REGIONAL: SOUTHERN AFRICA 2020

Building a Regional Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Media Alliance of Zimbabwe

Supplement$10,000

To strengthen regional coordination towards reinforcing democratic norms and institutions protecting freedom of expression and access to information in Southern Africa. This project will establish a regional network that will advocate for policies to counter threats to independent media and freedom of expression. The network will be developed through a consultative process and report that will leverage varying experiences of media experts from across the region. Additionally, the organization will continue to advise the Southern African Development Community on the implementation of media reforms in the region.

Building a Regional Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Media Alliance of Zimbabwe

$80,000

To strengthen regional coordination towards reinforcing democratic norms and strengthening institutions protecting freedom of expression and access to information in Southern Africa. The project will formalize a regional network that will engage with regional institutions and advocate for policies to counter threats to independent media and freedom of expression. Thematic working group meetings and consultations with regional institutions will leverage varying experiences of media experts from across the region and seek to establish formal engagement mechanisms between civil society networks and regional institutions.

Building Workers’ Capacity to Influence Policy Processes in Southern Africa (Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

Solidarity Center (SC)

$700,000

To promote freedom of association and other workers’ rights in Southern Africa, the Center will develop and strengthen the capacity of regional federations and trade unions operating in the textile and garment sector, the mining sector, as well as other civil society organizations, through a training program for organizers and union leaders. To coordinate these efforts, the Center will establish a new office in Lesotho and provide subgrants to the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.

Strengthening Political Parties through Regional Exchange And Policy Development

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$700,000

To strengthen political parties in Southern Africa. The Institute will work with political parties in Angola, Mozambique, and Zambia to formulate effective policy solutions that are responsive to citizen needs through a series of workshops, seminars, and policy briefings on a variety of topics including research methods, voter outreach for citizen input, policy platform development, and strategic communications on policy platforms. The Institute will also continue to bolster regional political party collaboration and networking to share lessons learn.