African Movement for Democracy

The Network for Solidarity, Empowerment and Transformation for All – NewSETA


To promote respect for human rights, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly; and to strengthen the relationship between civil and political societies in Africa. The organization will conduct five country case studies assessing de facto and de jure restrictions on freedom of assembly and expression, and the ability of civil society to perform its role as democratic and human rights watchdog. With these case studies in hand, the organization will launch advocacy campaigns aimed at strengthening freedom of assembly and expression at the national and regional level.

CSO Legitimacy and Solidarity for Impact in Time of Scrutiny

International Civil Society Centre gGmbH


To devise collaborative strategies on CSO legitimacy and solidarity towards more impact. The organization will convene two global conferences under the topic ’Legitimacy and Impact in Times of Scrutiny’ to address questions around internal and external drivers for legitimacy, explore future scenarios for CSO trust and legitimacy, and foster the exchange of local, regional and global leadership.

 Developing a New Generation of Leaders to Drive Movement against Illicit Financial Flows – Phase IV

Solidarity Center (SC)


To develop the capacities of trade union partners in Nigeria, Swaziland, and Zambia to effectively engage in policy advocacy that curbs illicit financial flows (IFFs), promotes democratic governance, and contributes to inclusive and sustainable development. The center will continue to provide campaign development and advocacy training and provide technical assistance to facilitate transnational trade union and civil society partnerships to more effectively curb IFFs and promote democratic governance.

Expanding Protections for Migrant Workers in the East Africa Community

Solidarity Center (SC)


To promote the rights of workers in East Africa, especially those moving across borders, the center will strengthen its union partners’ capacity to advocate for the implementation of social security portability laws by drawing lessons learned from previous social security portability work and contributing to current social security developments in the region. To further advance the protection of workers, the center will build its partners’ capacity to understand and advocate for workers’ rights in trade agreements in the region.


Keeping It Real With Adeola

Kirwa Foundation


To engage the public in conversations on government accountability and transparency across Africa. The organization will produce a weekly online political satire show that highlights trending stories on government corruption, human rights, and insecurity. The show will seek to educate the public on key governance challenges, highlighting the most egregious democratic deficiencies, and mobilize them to challenge these shortcomings and demand reform.

Political Party Leadership Institute (PPLI)

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)


To build on lessons learned from the NED funded Political Party Strengthening Institute and to address regional trends in declining youth political participation in the Southern and East Africa region. The institute will provide a structured learning platform for youth political party activists from Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia to develop capacity skills to use when engaging in formal political party processes.

Promoting Gender Equality Among Unions Phase V

Solidarity Center (SC)


To promote political and civic participation of African union women in addressing gender-based violence in the world of work. The center will sponsor the participation of five African union gender coordinators in the 2019 International Labor Conference (ILC), then support them to lead their unions in strategizing how to support the implementation of the convention and/or recommendation on Ending Violence and Harassment Against Women and Men in the World of Work.

Promoting Accountability within the Extractives Sector

Accountability and Governance


To promote government accountability and compliance with domestic and Chinese human rights and environmental laws. The organization will educate civil society on Chinese human rights and environmental laws and strengthen local capacity to engage with elected officials to advocate for increased compliance with local and international laws. The grantee will also collect data on human rights abuses and environmental damage at extractives sites into reports and a database that will be shared with civil society and local government officials.

Strengthening Civil Society Capacity for Accountability

Bank Information Center


To enhance the technical capacity of civil society organizations in Africa to engage government and International Financial Institutions (IFI) prior to large development projects. The organization will work with civil society organizations in The Gambia, Burkina Faso and Guinea as they provide questions and input on the development and implementation of major projects. It will conduct trainings and maintain a website on the work of civil society and major IFI projects. Activities will build on outcomes from the African Development Bank meeting on International Accountability Mechanisms.

Strengthening Civil Society through Digital Voter and Civic Education

International Republican Institute (IRI)


To strengthen civil society and empower activists with innovative mechanisms to enhance civic and voter education efforts across Africa, the institute will develop a digital civic engagement tool that can be adapted to different contexts throughout the continent. The institute will pilot the platform in an African country to test the educational tool and to demonstrate its effectiveness in elevating and enhancing civic education efforts in the context of a forthcoming election.

Strengthening the Voice of Labor in Trade Programs – Phase IV

Solidarity Center (SC)


To promote African worker and civil society voice in countries that have made the most use of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The center will ensure labor union participation in the 2019 United-States-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum), and support in-country research and advocacy campaigns that advance respect for internationally recognized worker rights in the apparel and footwear sector.  National level activities will reinforce the workers’ proposal to integrate workers’ rights plans into AGOA utilization trade strategies.

Supporting Regional Civil Society in Local Advocacy and Regional Collaboration

International Republican Institute (IRI)


To develop the capacity of Great Lakes civil society organizations (CSO) to advocate for democratic principles and regional stability and to increase their collaboration around issues affecting the region. The institute will provide CSOs with knowledge, skills, and resources and facilitate opportunities for regional collaboration on advocacy efforts regarding the post-2015 Burundian political situation.

The Sentry/Africa Uncensored Investigations

The Sentry


To obtain evidence that exposes kleptocratic networks, tell compelling stories that capture public interest, and enhance the impact of the investigations through transnational advocacy. The organization and a local partner will conduct extensive field research and interviews, carry out detailed financial investigations, produce a second documentary, write supporting articles and conduct advocacy that engages the public, law enforcement and financial institutions.

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