ASIA REGIONAL 2020

Increasing Transparency on China’s Role in Asia

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$350,000

To strengthen analysis and improve use of tools and information among Asia-Pacific civil society, political parties, media, academics, business and governments to respond to China’s influence in the region. The institute will support leaders across Asia-Pacific to develop analysis of China’s policy objectives in their respective countries. The institute will support stakeholders to participate in roundtable policy discussions with peers, analysts, and policymakers, and to publish comprehensive reports of findings from the discussions.

Advancing Democratic Norms and Values: a Regional Think Tank Network

East Asia Institute

$200,000

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 network to strengthen efforts to translate research into policy and practice and facilitate cooperation among think tanks and other regional institutions on democratic challenges and opportunities related to COVID-19 and democratic governance, judicial independence, and systems of political finance.

Cooperation in Response to a Liberal International Order under Threat

Asia Pacific Initiative

$202,000

To strengthen solidarity and cooperation between Europe and Japan to advance democratic norms and the rules-based order globally. The project will involve policy research and consultations with Japanese and European experts to explore and develop ways for Japan and European countries to expand support and leadership in advancing democratic unity efforts throughout the world. The organization will produce an edited volume and share the findings with the policy community, including government institutions and leading global think tanks.

Occupational Safety and Health Program

Solidarity Center (SC)

$595,000

To provide a voice for workers and advance occupational and environmental safety and health rights, the center will collaborate with partners to strengthen the capacity of national and regional networks in Asia to facilitate exchanges, advance national and regional initiatives, and empower victims and grassroots advocates. The center will place greater emphasis on Chinese organizations to promote safer and healthier workplaces and communities and address forced labor issues in certain manufacturing sectors.   

Predictive Analysis for Youth Political Participation

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$700,000

To enhance outreach among youth online and improve digitally driven programs that foster youth participation in civic and political processes in Asia, the institute will implement a program that applies survey data and predictive analytics to investigate youth attitudes towards political participation and the underlying factors that contribute to youth passivity. Concurrently, the institute will support local digital youth outreach initiatives in Asia and reformat an existing training resource to test the delivery of youth program outreach through digital platforms.

Private Sector Approaches to Fighting Corruption, Phase III

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$399,498

To enable learning, experience sharing, and innovation among partners and anti-corruption practitioners in Asia and globally, to strengthen anti-bribery controls and corporate governance systems of individual companies in Thailand and Indonesia, and to institutionalize ethical business in the Thai and Indonesian marketplaces. The Center will support a range of activities to enable private sector anti-corruption collective action coalitions, including training workshops for member companies, media outreach, and productive engagement with relevant public-sector stakeholders.

Promoting Worker Rights in Foreign Investment Projects

Solidarity Center (SC)

$408,879

To assist unions in three countries in Asia to promote worker rights, including freedom of association, in projects funded by foreign investors, the Center will guide unions and civil society allies in establishing durable national networks that serve as a platform for information sharing, capacity building, and research related to promoting accountability for internationally recognized worker rights. The Center will also facilitate the creation of a regional network that will provide opportunities for wider exchange of information and promote cross-border collaboration.

Strengthening Domestic Election Monitoring in Asia

Asian Network for Free Elections Foundation

$200,000

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 trainings on voter education, election systems, parliamentary oversight, media advocacy, and good governance for the election-monitoring bodies, as well as promote efforts to develop and strengthen regional norms and principles on election monitoring.

Strengthening Human Rights Networks in the Asia-Pacific

Diplomacy Training Program

$70,000

To encourage knowledge sharing and strengthen solidarity among democracy and human rights defenders in Asia. The project will provide training on strategic advocacy, engagement, and coalition building for leading human rights activists in Asia. In addition, the organization will provide platforms for activists in the region to engage with one another to discuss critical issues involving human rights and democracy and support democratic norms and values in Asia.

Strengthening Regional Coordination to Advance Democratic Norms and Values

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$375,000

To strengthen information-sharing and collaboration among East Asian democracies to advance democratic norms and values in Asia. The institute will provide technical and financial assistance to civil society groups and think tanks in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan to build their capacity to analyze, articulate, and engage on lessons about democratic resilience in their countries. The institute will also provide opportunities for peer engagement and learning among the stakeholders.