REGIONAL: AFRICA 2020

Advancing Civic Space and Human Rights through the African Human Rights System

Synergia – Initiatives for Human Rights

$80,000

To strengthen civil society capacity to advance human rights through regional human rights mechanisms and improve linkages between national and regional human rights advocacy. The organization will educate civil society actors from across the continent, especially from Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries, on how they can best utilize regional human rights mechanisms, most especially the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights. It will assist civil society organizations in coordinating their advocacy to and collaborations with the Commission to defend and advance civic space.

Africa Movement for Democracy

Network for Solidarity, Empowerment and Transformation for All – NewSETA

$125,000

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 an advocacy campaign of five country case studies assessing restrictions on freedom of assembly and expression, and the ability of civil society to perform its role as a democracy and human rights watchdog.  The grantee will host a workshop to build the capacity of 30 social movements to advocate for expanding civic space.

Aligning Market Forces with Democratic Values in Africa

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$1,484,698

To strengthen legal support and protection measures for whistleblowers in Africa. The organization will improve its ability to support whistleblowers and foster their collaboration with citizen movements to reduce government corruption. The organization will reinforce its in-house capacity to conduct advocacy and information campaigns to highlight the effects of institutionalized corruption and advance whistleblower protection legislation to foster an environment in which democratic activists can safely expose kleptocratic practices. The organization will continue to support strategic litigation for whistleblowers and investigators.

Confronting Threats to Civic Space

Afrobarometer

$270,000

To identify and mitigate the drivers of declining public support for freedom of association and media freedom. The organization will commission a study that augments its survey data on declining support for freedom of association and press freedom with qualitative research to identify trends that contribute to this decline. It will convene a stakeholder review meeting before publishing a report of its findings to guide civil society, donor, and government interventions. The organization will also upgrade its internal and external communication abilities, including its website.

Empowering Private Sector Leadership in Digital Economic Transformation

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$816,655

To promote issue-based dialogue on the inclusion of small and medium-sized businesses in national policy dialogues on digital economy in Ethiopia and Kenya, and build the capacity of public, private, and civic leaders to support private sector participation in policy development around economic transformation. The Center will work with local think tanks to equip the private sector, government, and civil society to establish the foundation for private sector leadership in dialogue about national digital economic transformation and strategies to support businesses during COVID-19 through national studies, training on policy development, and advocacy.

Improving Transparency and Accountability in African Elections

Africa Freedom of Information Centre

$120,000

To improve transparency and accountability in electoral processes in Africa. The organization will build and train coalitions of civil society, political parties, and election management bodies in Uganda, Zambia, and the Gambia to apply regional norms and guidelines on access to information and elections. The coalitions will advocate for electoral reforms that align with regional norms and monitor the progress of their institutions to prepare for elections and expand access to information.

Investigating Governance in Africa: The Next Level

ZAM-net Foundation

$130,390

To raise awareness on the impact of kleptocracy on democracy and to counter corruption through investigative reports. The organization will continue its work to analyze the complex networks that enable corruption and kleptocracy across the African continent. The organization will partner with a likeminded organization to produce stories analyzing the root causes of governance failures in Africa, in particular the networks both on the continent and abroad that protect kleptocrats and allow resource theft to erode public confidence in government institutions and propagate social injustice.

Keeping It Real with Adeola

Kirwa Foundation

$50,000

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 satirical 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.

New Realities of African Election Observation

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$240,000

Parallel vote tabulations (PVTs) have broadly taken root across Africa deterring election day manipulation of results during tabulation. The overall credibility of elections, however, often remains due to questions about the integrity of the entire electoral process. To promote more inclusive, transparent, and accountable elections in Africa, The institute will facilitate dialogue and recommendations about best practices for conducting systematic election observation – including PVTs – in light of these new electoral realities across the continent. Dialogue will bring together the more than 40 citizen observer groups who have conducted more than 120 election observation efforts – including over 20 national PVTs – on the continent, as well as critical election stakeholders from election management bodies, the international observation community, and key regional and international bodies.

Strengthening Mail & Guardian’s Africa Unit

Adamela Trust

$100,200

To promote high-quality independent journalism in Africa. The organization will support Mail & Guardian to publish credible, reliable, and original reporting, analysis, and features, from and on the African continent, for an African audience. It will also provide a continental platform for African journalists to publish their work and expand syndication of its reporting throughout the continent.

Strengthening Media and Civil Society Capacity to Defend LGBT Rights

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.

$40,000

To strengthen the capacity of civil society and independent media to defend the human rights of sexual and gender minorities in Africa. The project will support three workshops for civil society organizations to enhance their media engagement strategies and for journalists to improve media coverage of LGBT issues. Participants will contribute to the organization’s monitoring platform to track and respond to negative media narratives concerning LGBT rights in Africa.

Strengthening Whistleblower Protections to Combat Kleptocracy in Africa

Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa

$98,508

To strengthen legal support and protection measures for whistleblowers in Africa. The organization will improve its ability to support whistleblowers and foster their collaboration with citizen movements to reduce government corruption. The organization will reinforce its in-house capacity to conduct advocacy and information campaigns to highlight the effects of institutionalized corruption and advance whistleblower protection legislation to foster an environment in which democratic activists can safely expose kleptocratic practices. The organization will continue to support strategic litigation for whistleblowers and investigators.

Supporting At-Risk Human Rights Defenders

Africa Human Rights Network Foundation (AHRN)

$60,000

To provide temporary shelter to at risk human rights defenders and provide tools to support their advocacy.  At least 24 at risk human rights defenders will be temporarily sheltered in Tanzania and Benin.  The organization will provide trainings on digital security techniques to safeguard devices and prevent access for nefarious purposes.  Finally, the grantee will build a network of beneficiaries to continue collaboration and share experiences from their work as human rights defenders.

Supporting Pluralistic and Inclusive, Community-Led Approaches to Preventing Violent Extremism

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$350,000

To improve understanding of how pluralistic and inclusive community networks can moderate state activities that fuel violent extremism, the Institute will conduct a practice review of prevention and countering violent extremism programs (P/CVE) in the Sahel and Kenya. It will use the review to support the development of community-based efforts on P/CVE in Niger, which is experiencing rising violent extremist threats.