Africa

SOMALILAND 2019

Engaging Citizens to Promote Credible Elections

United Trust Associations

 $36,909

To engage young people in the promotion of democracy and free expression in Somaliland. The organization will conduct trainings, host national youth forums, and facilitate opportunities for young people to engage with political leaders. The organization will also provide youth with opportunities to share their opinions on various political developments and advocate for greater free expression in the region.

Expanding Youth Participation in the Promotion of Democracy and Freedom of Expression

Solidarity  Youth Voluntary Organization

 $31,070

To engage young people in the promotion of democracy and free expression in Somaliland. The organization will conduct trainings, host national youth forums, and facilitate opportunities for young people to engage with political leaders. The organization will also provide youth with opportunities to share their opinions on various political developments and advocate for greater free expression in the region.

Promoting and Defending Human Rights in Somaliland II

Human Rights Center

 $40,944

To promote human rights and access to justice in Somaliland. The organization will promote citizen awareness of democracy and good governance through public events and meetings, train civil society groups and community leaders on rule of law and advocacy, and document human rights violations. Findings from the organization’s monitoring efforts will be released through quarterly and annual human rights reports.

Promoting Democratic Values through the Arts II

Redsea Cultural Foundation

 $60,000

To promote free expression and democratic values through the arts in Somaliland. The organization will provide Somalilanders, particularly women and youth, with a platform to engage the written and creative arts to promote civics, tolerance, and democratic values. The organization will organize a book fair, poetry readings, book launches, film screenings and dialogues to promote shared values, free expression, and democracy in Somaliland.

Strengthening Journalists’ Understanding of the Legal Framework Governing Media

Somaliland Journalists Association

 $28,980

To enhance the media environment in Somaliland through journalist capacity building and advocacy for a stronger legal framework. The organization will train journalists on existing domestic and international laws governing their work. It will also use operational support to advocate for journalists’ rights and reforms to the press law.

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