Asia

Asia Regional 2019

Strengthening Digital Democratic Resilience

Strengthening Political Institutions

 $180,000

To strengthen the digital resilience of democratic institutions through network building, information sharing, and developing new digital tools. The organization will develop a global network of regional activists, map and research China’s influence on democratic institutions in Asia, and facilitate the creation of digital technological tools and methods that will identify and defend against the manipulation of information.

Advancing Democratic Norms and Values: A Regional Think Tank Network

East Asia Institute

 $219,000

To strengthen a regional network of democracy research think tanks to provide action-oriented and policy-driven research to support the work of civil society organizations and policymakers in their efforts to advance democratic norms and values across Asia. The project will support the Asia Democracy Research Network to facilitate cooperation among think tanks and other regional institutions on democratic challenges and opportunities related to information and communications technology, as well as strengthen efforts to translate research into policy and practice.

Amplifying The Voice Of Women Entrepreneurs In Economic Policy Decision-Making

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $356,157

To strengthen the leading advocates for women in business in Asia and to enable collective action among women’s business organizations in the region. The center will provide targeted in-country technical and grant support to women’s business organizations in Asia and continue to strengthen their advocacy capacities. The center will also introduce activities aimed at promoting regional advocacy for the South Asia women’s business network and knowledge sharing between South Asia and Cambodia.

Occupational Safety and Health Program

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $352,000

To advance occupational safety and health (OSH) rights in Asia. The center will collaborate with partners to strengthen the capacity of national and regional OSH networks to facilitate exchanges, advance national and regional OSH initiatives, and empower victims and grassroots advocates. These activities aim to provide a voice for workers and promote safer and healthier workplaces in China primarily and Asia more broadly.

Private Sector Approaches to Fighting Corruption, Phase II

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $335,250

To combat corruption through private sector approaches. The center will enable democratic learning, experience sharing, and innovation among its partners and anti-corruption practitioners around the world; strengthen anti-bribery compliance controls and corporate governance systems of individual companies in Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia; and institutionalize international ethical business in the broader Thai, Indonesian, and Malaysian marketplaces.

Promoting Democratic Norms and Narratives in Southeast Asia through Regional Cooperation

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $321,683

To bolster regional cooperation in defense of democratic norms and market-oriented democratic principles among Asian think tanks and empower them to promote democratic norms and market-oriented principles. The center will work with a network of governance and economic think tanks to counteract the rising tide against free market democracy. The project will organize meetings, workshops, and a regional policy forum that will address regional challenges in Southeast Asia, develop a common pro-democracy narrative, and boost the communication between and the technical capacity of participating think tanks.

Strengthening Advocacy Networks for Securing Civic Space Asia

Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation

 $120,000

To strengthen the capacity and engagement of Japanese and Asian civil society to advocate on issues of civic space, democratic governance, rule of law, and accountability. The organization will carry out research and advocacy on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16 by Asian governments.  It will convene an international conference and engage with national and international networks and organizations working to defend and expand civic space.

Strengthening Civil Society Solidarity and Cooperation in Asia

Asia Democracy Network

 $235,000

To strengthen regional solidarity, support, and cooperation for human rights and democracy throughout Asia. The organization will raise awareness of and strengthen a civil society response to the challenge of growing malign influences in the region through evidence-based research, collaborative civil society action, and media and policy advocacy. The organization will also support democratic unity programs in South Asia to expand its network of democracy partners in the subregion.

Strengthening Democratic Cooperation and Unity in Asia

Asia Democracy Network

Supplement: $27,000

To strengthen regional solidarity, support, and cooperation for human rights and democracy throughout Asia. The project will support the operation of the secretariat and the core functions and activities of the Asia Democracy Network (ADN), a regional civil society network dedicated to fostering the consolidation and expansion of democracy across Asia through support and collaboration with key civil society and democracy activists and advocates.

Strengthening Democratic Cooperation and Unity in Asia

Asia Democracy Network

 $150,000

To strengthen regional solidarity, support, and cooperation for human rights and democracy throughout Asia. The project will support the operation of the secretariat and the core functions and activities of the organization, a regional civil society network dedicated to fostering the consolidation and expansion of democracy across Asia through strategic support and collaboration with key Asian democracy activists and advocates.

Strengthening Domestic Election Monitoring in Asia

Asian Network for Free Elections Foundation

 $100,000

To strengthen the capacity of and cooperation among domestic election monitoring bodies in the Asia region. The project will work closely with domestic election monitoring groups to organize short and long-term observations of targeted elections. It will also organize training opportunities on voter education, election systems, parliamentary oversight, media advocacy, and good governance, and promote efforts to develop and strengthen regional norms and principles on election monitoring.

Strengthening Regional Coordination to Advance Democratic Norms and Values

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $432,214

To strengthen democratic unity in defense of democratic norms and standards in Asia. The institute will convene political party, parliamentary and civil society leaders throughout Asia in a series of regional dialogues. The institute aims to facilitate collaboration between advanced and developing democracies in establishing an agenda and platform for regional cooperation.

Supporting Japan’s Role in Fostering Democracy in Asia

Japan Center for International Exchange

 $208,000

To promote regional solidarity and cooperation among Asian democracies and foreign policy communities to advance democratic norms and rules-based order throughout the Asia region. The organization will carry out a program to engage key thought leaders, government officials, and legislative members to explore and develop a strategic vision for democracy support as a pillar of Japan’s foreign policy and diplomacy, as well as ways for Japanese democrats to play an important role in regional and global efforts to build democratic unity.

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