Asia

BANGLADESH 2019

Building Resilient Universities: Promotion of Democratic Citizenship and Media Literacy

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

 $60,000

To promote and reinforce democratic and civic values, critical thinking, and media literacy within universities. The organization will convene a two-day international conference to share best practices with like-minded universities on incorporating themes such as pluralism, social and emotional learning, and critical thinking into university course curriculum. The conference will serve as an opportunity to highlight its semester-long course on diversity, tolerance, and pluralism and encourage its use by other leading Bangladeshi universities.

Building Youth Leadership on Pluralism and Social Harmony

The Hunger Project

Supplement: $10,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of youth leaders to prepare them to address issues of pluralism and democratic values in their communities. The organization will conduct leadership trainings focused on skills such as conflict resolution, negotiation, and dialogue facilitation with the expectation that trainees will use this knowledge to promote pluralism, tolerance, and social harmony in their communities. The organization will work with its network members to advance societal discourse on issues of pluralism and social harmony.

Building Youth Leadership on Pluralism and Social Harmony

The Hunger Project

 $60,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of youth leaders to prepare them to address issues of pluralism and democratic values in their communities. The organization will conduct leadership trainings focused on skills such as conflict resolution, negotiation, and dialogue facilitation with the expectation that trainees will use this knowledge to promote pluralism, tolerance, and social harmony in their communities. The organization will work with its network members to advance societal discourse on issues of pluralism and social harmony.

Media Landscape Study

Accountability and Governance

 $46,000

To deepen public awareness about media ownership and press freedom in Bangladesh. The organization will study who owns various media outlets throughout the country, how the ownership has changed over time, and to what degree the various owners are affiliated and connected. It will produce an in-depth evidence-based report and publish it on an interactive website. The report will serve as a baseline for future research.

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Access to Independent Journalism

Freedom of Information

 $100,000

To establish an independent media platform focused on current events, including human rights and corruption. The organization will develop an independent and non-partisan media platform that will defend democracy, human rights, and the freedom of expression in Bangladesh. It will distribute its content through a variety of media websites and social media platforms.

Promoting Positive Political Participation In The Post-Election Environment

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $560,000

To strengthen elected representatives’ abilities to understand citizen priorities and develop citizen-centered policy proposals, and to improve university students’ understanding of effective and peaceful methods of political participation. The institute will work with elected representatives from both major political parties to conduct capacity building trainings and dialogues informed by the findings of public opinion research. Simultaneously, the institute will work with a local organization focused on youth empowerment to conduct civic education seminars for university students, as well as dialogue forums for the student wings of the major political parties.

Promoting Working Trust and Social Capital between Rohingya Refugees and the Local Community in Cox’s Bazar

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $250,000

To promote greater working trust and devise collective governance solutions for all communities impacted by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Cox’s Bazar. The institute will conduct a displacement effects assessment followed by a structured multi-stakeholder dialogue and capacity building workshop for the local Bangladesh government and host community.

Raising Awareness on Transparency and Accountability

Jaago Foundation

 $60,000

To strengthen and deepen youth engagement on issues of transparency and accountability. The organization will organize workshops on corruption and its effect on democracy for members in its youth networks. It will assist the youth in spreading this knowledge within their own networks and facilitate discussions with local authorities to advocate for transparent and accountable governance.

Research and Advocacy on Press Freedom

Freedom of Information

 $45,000

To raise awareness about the state of press freedom and advocate for associated legal safeguards. The organization will develop a research study on the status of free expression, organize policy dialogues around the country to its present findings, and convene a national level summit to advocate for legal reform, including amendments to the Digital Security Act.

Social Cohesion between Host and Refugee Communities

Civic Education

 $78,000

To build the leadership capacity of women leaders of different communities and promote social cohesion between them. The organization will convene a series of leadership workshops with young women in Eastern Bangladesh. It will facilitate meetings between the trained women to discuss each community’s concerns and identify possible solutions. Subsequently, it will convene inter-community dialogues designed to ease tensions and understand the reality of circumstances faced by the other.

Supporting Youth to Drive Economic and Democratic Reform

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $228,256

To develop the leadership skills of young people to participate in democratic and economic reform processes and to develop the capacity of a partner organization as a policy research institute. The center will work with a Bangladeshi policy research institute to build the capacity of a diverse group of young people living in rural areas to address local economic grievances from a policy perspective. The center will also provide the partner technical assistance and networking opportunities.

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