Africa

SUDAN 2019

Advancing Freedom of Association, Assembly, and Expression

Freedom of Association

 $76,717

To strengthen civil society’s role in the transitional period and to advance civic space. The organization will convene a conference of nongovernmental groups to determine agreement priorities for civic space reforms during the transition, identify reform implementation strategies, and foster commitment to the priority areas and actions identified. The organization will host regular strategy and implementation review meetings of civil society organizations and media entities.

Advancing Freedom of Association, Assembly, and Expression in Sudan

Freedom of Association

 $55,000

To monitor the state of free of association, assembly, and expression in Sudan. The organization will update in Arabic and English its website with immediate news alerts and quarterly analyses of violations of freedom of association, assembly, and expression; host quarterly focus group discussions with civil society leaders and media experts and journalists to jointly examine the status of civic space in the country; and produce an annual report with corresponding recommendations.

Bridging the Gap with a More Informed and Engaged Citizenry

Freedom of Information

 $50,000

To increase understanding of news events and awareness among Sudanese in Khartoum and the country’s war-torn South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The organization will produce films by local journalists to be published online and screened at Mobile Viewing Circles. The organization will facilitate post-screening community discussion sessions to encourage citizens to advocate on behalf of all disenfranchised Sudanese.

Documentation and Prosecution for Serious Human Rights Abuses in Sudan

Accountability and Governance

 $50,050

To enhance the collection and analysis of evidence for use in legal claims and encourage accountability through advocacy. The organization will collaborate with Sudanese human rights organizations and lawyers to collate, obtain, and safeguard evidence to identify perpetrators for prosecutions under universal jurisdiction and asset seizure. The organization will advocate that regional and international human rights bodies support Sudanese and international accountability efforts. It will work with Sudanese human rights leaders to prepare a policy brief outlining the necessary changes to Sudanese law and practice required for accountability.

Facilitating Dialogue among Marginalized Groups and Supporting Human Rights Defenders

Accountability and Governance

 $57,818

To support activists from Sudan’s conflict areas to engage in ongoing political discourse. The organization will support policy development and dialogue sessions of its marginalized peoples, women, and youth networks to develop an advocacy agenda for the inclusion of issues related to sustainable peace, development, equality, federalism and transitional justice in democratic change discussions. The organization will continue to provide ongoing legal aid to human rights defenders.

Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy

Human Rights

 $59,984

To increase the availability of reliable information on violations of fundamental freedoms and access to justice in Sudan. The organization will monitor human rights violations countrywide, publish press releases and legal opinions on access to justice and law reform, and issue advocacy briefings and legal interventions before UN and African Commission on Peoples and Human Rights mechanisms. It also will organize an advocacy strategy development workshop for groups working on human rights and draft memorandums to Sudanese government officials highlighting monitoring findings and recommendations to amend restrictive laws and practices.

Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy

Human Rights

 $39,635

To seek accountability for human rights violations. The organization will hold a meeting of relevant Sudanese civil society organization to strategize accountability avenues for human rights abuses committed during the 2018-2019 protests. The organization will collaborate with civil society leaders to engage African regional mechanisms to conduct a fact-finding mission and independent investigations into the crimes.

In Your Pocket: Easy Access to Information and News on Sudan

Freedom of Information

 $59,987

To provide Sudanese audiences with independent and unbiased news and information about current affairs. The organization will build the capacity of and support Sudanese media to disseminate daily news flashes and audio reports via WhatsApp. The organization also will support the creation of a new weekly program for women to share their experiences and priorities about the future of the country.

In Your Pocket: Easy Access to Information and News on Sudan

Freedom of Information

 $49,962

To increase access to information about the Constitutional Charter and developments during the transition period. The organization will support Radio Dabanga to produce “Voices in Transition” radio broadcasts and moderated Facebook discussions with experts and stakeholders to answer citizen questions about political, justice, security and legal developments during the transition period. The programs also will provide airtime for citizens to voice their questions, opinions, and concerns about these same topics.

Monitoring Human Rights in Sudan’s Two Areas

Human Rights

 $49,970

To provide core support to a network of human rights monitors in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The organization will collect information from human rights monitors based in South Kordofan and Blue Nile and produce timely press releases and monthly reports on human rights conditions in the Two Areas.

Promoting Democracy and Leadership among Sudanese Women

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $55,440

To advance women’s political, social, and economic rights in Blue and White Nile states. The organization will train female grass-roots leaders and government representatives on leadership and advocacy skills, host an advocacy strategy session for the women leaders, and organize public forums and private meetings with relevant community leaders and government representatives for the women to advocate for policy reforms and increase the role of women in peace processes.

Promoting Democracy and Leadership among Sudanese Women

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $62,940

To develop a national women’s rights agenda in the transitional period. The organization will review Sudan’s current laws and the transitional guiding documents to detail disparities with women’s rights; survey women from the periphery to determine their issues of importance; organize a meeting of women’s rights advocates to strategize an agenda for the transitional period; and advocate for reforms.

Sudan Transparency Initiative

Accountability and Governance

 $65,480

To increase the capacity and development of a nationwide network of communities and civil society organizations to raise awareness of and counter corruption in Sudan. The organization will conduct trainings on anti-corruption advocacy tactics; build a national network of existing anti-corruption civil society, professional associations and community organizations to tackle countrywide corruption concerns; and initiate an anti-corruption civic education campaign.

Sudan Transparency Initiative

Accountability and Governance

 $55,054

To develop a shared vision and strategy for transparency and an independent anti-corruption commission. The organization will hold a strategy session to examine the current legal framework to identify gaps and the requirements to improve transparency and combat corruption and develop recommendations to address the deficiencies during the transition period. The organization will hold meetings with transitional parliamentarians on transparency and anti-corruption reform initiatives, as well as training sessions for members of the legal community to pursue corruption cases.

Supporting Internet Freedom in Sudan

Freedom of Information

 $50,000

To increase internet access to key actors in Sudan. The organization will distribute equipment and technology to trusted and key activists, human rights defenders, and journalists in Sudan to establish internet access to allow them to share information internally and with the international community and coordinate responses to government repression.

Supporting Legal Aid Services in Darfur

Rule of Law

 $40,900

To increase access to justice and accountability in the Darfur region. The organization will provide legal aid to human right defenders and victims of government abuse, conduct a training to increase the technical capacity of lawyers to challenge human rights violations, and facilitate collaborated legal aid support among Darfuri young lawyers and paralegals.

Toward a Peaceful Transition

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $50,160

To increase civil society collaboration to support transitional justice and increase access to democratic education and information. The organization will convene roundtables of civil society organizations, activists, and experts to develop recommendations for advancing a transitional justice law and a truth and reconciliation commission. It will convene regular meetings with civil society, organize public seminars, and produce radio and TV spots to discuss how to establish democracy in Sudan in keeping with the country’s religious, cultural, and social diversity.

Youth to Youth: Activating and Safeguarding Youth Political Participation

Political Processes

 $65,559

To increase formal youth political participation. The organization will facilitate its youth network to conduct a nationwide survey of youth to document and assess the factors that limit their meaningful political participation and to identify, recommend, and advocate for the establishment of institutional and formal mechanisms to ensure active and effective youth inclusion in political processes.

Youth to Youth: Activating and Safeguarding Youth Political Participation

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $72,857

To build the capacity of neighborhood committees to advance democracy during the political transition. The organization will hold training sessions for leaders from neighborhood committees from across Sudan on developing and leading campaigns at the community level; strategizing; coordinating and networking; using social media; and understanding organizational development, team building, and budgeting. The organization will support the neighborhood committees to promote basic democratic principles, the importance of diversity and inclusion during the transitional period, and the tenets of the transitional political agreement.

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