REGIONAL: CENTRAL AFRICA 2019
Countering Authoritarian Entrenchment
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
To support local organizations faced with authoritarian entrenchment in the Central Africa sub-region, the Institute will pilot a framework for assisting local partners in closing spaces. It will facilitate solidarity and “democratic learning” through workshops, a secure platform for access to information and exchanging experiences, the collection of best practices and lessons learned from organizing in closing spaces, and support for an online identity for safely raising international awareness.
Defending the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Central Africa
Forum des Associations et Organisations des Personnes Handicapees en Afrique Centrale
To defend the rights of persons with disabilities in eight countries of Central Africa, the grantee will train civil society leaders and organize a number of major events on this particular issue. In addition to sponsoring audiovisual programs, the grantee will undertake several advocacy initiatives, and release numerous reports on the electoral participation, detention conditions, and legal treatment of disabled persons in the targeted countries.
Denouncing Human Rights Abuses and Restoring Democratic Space in Central Africa
Reseau des Defenseurs des Droits Humains en Afrique Centrale
To enhance the capacity of young human rights defenders to play their role effectively throughout Central Africa. The organization will first train these defenders on investigation and protection techniques, and then deploy them on missions to unstable regions of Cameroon and Eastern Congo. The grantee will also publish a human rights index and organize a conference to present its findings from human rights investigative missions.
Fighting Kleptocracy in Central Africa
To enhance the efforts of a nascent anti-kleptocracy coalition, the organization will provide strategic guidance to its members and facilitate linkages with transnational efforts in the region and globally. A far-reaching digital awareness campaign will show how power-holders in Central Africa loot state coffers, erode institutions domestically, regionally, and internationally, holding on to power, intersecting with each other and with kleptocratic networks outside the region. The organization will conduct strategic learning workshops building links to current regional and international anti-kleptocracy initiatives.
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