Asia

BURMA 2018

Advancing Market-Oriented Policy Reform at the Local Level in Burma, Phase II

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$255,353

To enhance the capacity of parliamentarians in Upper Burma, to strengthen the capacity of local partners to advocate for market-oriented reforms, and to assist the business community to serve as a constructive partner in public-private dialogue. The center will work with its local partner to address structural economic challenges at the subnational level.  

Domestic Election Monitoring and Public Opinion Surveys

Political Processes

$125,000

To increase Burmese citizens’ civic awareness and understanding of democratic political processes. The project activities will include election monitoring and public opinion polling, forums that bring together civil society and political parties to develop a data-driven consensus on priorities for electoral reform, along with the continued development of informed policy recommendations and advocacy strategy to address identified challenges.

Advancing Awareness and Respect for Human Rights in Shan State

Human Rights

$45,000

To advance awareness and respect for human rights in Shan State. The program activities will include gathering firsthand information about human rights violations, producing and distributing thematic advocacy reports and media alerts on significant human rights issues, conducting a corresponding advocacy campaign targeting regional and international actors, and organizing a human rights documentation training.

An English- and Burmese-Language Multimedia News Service

Freedom of Information

$150,000

To support independent media and to provide independent news and information about Burma and events in Southeast Asia. Project activities will include the maintenance of Burmese- and English-language websites and social media pages, including information and independent analysis on Burma’s political transition, human rights and media freedom, and business issues.

Assistance for Political Prisoners and Human Rights Advocacy

Human Rights

$175,000

To support the release, rehabilitation, and re-integration of political prisoners and advocate for prison reform in Burma. The project activities will include research and documentation; assistance to political prisoners, former political prisoners, and their families; and domestic and international campaigns about the situation these groups face.  

Building Trust Between Burman and Ethnic Activists

Human Rights

$60,000

To build trust and working relations between Burman and ethnic civil society activists, as well as with religious and ethnic political leaders. The activities will include a series of networking trips for Burman activists to both Burman and ethnic regions in order to meaningfully engage and coordinate a network of activists dedicated to peaceful coexistence and the creation of a federal union of Burma.

Burmese-Language Current Affairs Journal and Political Activism Resource Center

Democratic Ideas and Values

$85,000

To present in-depth commentary and editorials which might otherwise not be covered in the mainstream Burmese media and to maintain a resource center that provides a cooperative and safe space where a diverse network of democratically-minded activists can gather to discuss contemporary affairs and the pressing issues of the day. The project activities will include the publication of a monthly public affairs journal, a series of public forums on the peace process, a community-level participatory needs assessment, and the maintenance of a political resource center to advance democratic learning, dialogue, and practice.   

Burmese-Language Satellite Television Broadcasts

Freedom of Information

$250,000

To provide independent news and information and to encourage and sustain independent public opinion in Burma.  The project activities will include the production and broadcasting of daily satellite TV news and informational programs, including the continued use of live broadcasting, which will allow it to reach its audience more quickly and directly, and the maintenance of a multilingual website.

Chin State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

$25,000

To increase awareness among Chin people about current news and events and to expose them to basic principles of politics, democracy, and ethnic rights. The project activities will include the production of news reports and the maintenance of various multimedia news platforms that feature independent coverage and analysis of political news and ethnic issues that affect Chin communities.

Civil Society Development in Burma

Human Rights

$235,000

To enhance the capacity of civil society organizations in an effort to prevent political backsliding in Burma. The project activities include working with networks of legal activists, labor and farmer rights activists, and civil society actors to establish a viable and politically engaged civil society that performs the dual role of assisting the government to bolster the democratic transition while continuing its role as a watchdog on the new government.

Developing Media Monitoring Skills

Freedom of Information

$75,000

To provide the Burmese public with a detailed analysis and evaluation on the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and online media reporting. The project activities will include a professional media monitoring and reporting effort in order to advocate for democratic reforms, structural changes, and more pluralistic and balanced media coverage of political and social issues, as well as  a series of media roundtables to present and discuss findings.

Development and Resource Extraction Policies in Kachin State

Human Rights

$60,000

To promote and advocate for fair and equitable natural resource extraction and development policy for the people of Kachin State. The activities will include a series of workshops, discussions, a forum on natural resource management and development policy with civil society, and community leaders in resource extraction-affected areas as well as members of parliament and political party members in an effort to raise awareness and policy input.

Documenting and Raising Awareness on Resource Extraction in Arakan State

Human Rights

$80,000

To support communities in Arakan State affected by resource extraction through consultation and coalition-building, developing policies for the establishment of institutions laws, and advocacy mechanisms to manage oil and gas revenue with transparency and accountability. The activities will focus on strengthening an alliance of local activists to raise issues to both state- and national-level policymakers and to engage key stakeholders in debating and devising policies that support revenue transparency and management systems, and international protection standards.

Empowering Burmese Democracy Activists

Human Rights

$50,000

To strengthen citizen participation in the process of democratization and development. The project activities will include organizing awareness-raising campaigns for workers, farmers, and members of the informal sector of the Burmese economy. Additional activities will include publishing a report targeting farmers and workers, building the organizational capacity of the network’s members, and supporting activists to organize and conduct human rights and democracy initiatives.

Empowering Civil Society in Burma

Human Rights

$133,000

To empower Burmese civil society in order to increase its effectiveness in moving Burma’s transition forward. Working through networks of civil society actors, monks, and democracy activists, the organization will seek to provide valuable services to the people of Burma and to make more effective a vibrant and independent civil society.

Empowering Local Communities on Legal Rights

Human Rights

$50,000

To raise awareness of the legal rights and responsibilities of citizens and to participate in peaceful efforts to promote democracy. The activities will include trainings to develop strategies both to pressure the government to respond to the people’s needs as well as for citizen’s constructive engagement with the government at the local, state, and national levels.

Empowering Shan State Youth through Social Justice and Leadership Education

Civic Education

$45,000

To build the capacity of actively-engaged youth from Shan State and to increase participation in the movement for social and political change as part of Burma’s democratic transition. The project activities will include several intensive residential courses, along with a series of week-long field-based trainings focused on social justice, community development, leadership, and human rights.

Empowering Youth Leaders in Chin State: Chin Institute of Social Science

Civic Education

$50,000

To empower and strengthen the capacity of youth leaders in Chin State and to increase participation in the social and political movement for democratic change in Burma. The activities will center on an intensive training course focused on civic education, community engagement, critical thought, and skills for dialogue. The program will also allow Chin youth from geographically disconnected areas to meet one another, discuss common issues and problems, and build linkages to create a network of empowered youth leaders.

Encouraging Citizens’ Participation in Burmese Politics

Accountability and Governance

$40,000

To encourage citizens’ participation in Burmese politics. The project activities will include a series of leadership and citizen empowerment workshops throughout the country. The workshops will focus on topics such as preventing communal conflict, the causes of poverty, and land issues. The conclusions of the workshops will then be presented to members of parliament in an effort to promote a dialogue between Burmese citizens and their elected representatives.

Encouraging Political Participation Among Mon Youth

Civic Education

$47,400

To encourage youth to take a more active role in the advancement of peace, equality, and liberty and become local leaders in different sectors in Mon State. The project activities will include the production of a quarterly Mon- and Burmese-language journal on youth issues and managing a capacity-building and community-organizing program designed to encourage cooperation, understanding, and leadership among Mon youth.

Enhancing Democratic Awareness in Kachin State

Civic Education

$65,000

To train activists from northern Burma in human rights, democracy, and foreign affairs. The focus of the project will be a school-based democracy education program throughout the year. Participants will also attend workshops on civic education and political empowerment in an effort to increase their knowledge of the country’s political situation and encourage them to become more actively involved in politics.

Enhancing Shan Women’s Political Participation

Human Rights

$50,000

To increase women’s participation in Burma’s democracy movement and to provide Shan women with the skills necessary to assume decision-making positions in their communities and organizations. Projects will include political outreach, women’s empowerment and capacity building workshops, documentation and advocacy on the situation of women in Shan State; and the provision of basic social services for Shan women and refugees.

Human Rights and Political Training for Ta’ang Youth

Human Rights

$40,000

To establish a network of human rights activists in Ta’ang areas of Shan State and to increase ethnic participation in politics and within civil society. Activities will include training courses and forums designed to build the capacity of Ta’ang youth in the areas of human rights, democracy, community organizing, and the role of youth in promoting peace in fourteen different townships in the Ta’ang area

Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

Human Rights

Supplement: $20,000

To build the capacity of the human rights movement as well as expose human rights abuses occurring throughout the country.  The project activities will include monitoring and documentation of human rights abuses as well as the provision of training and technical support to human rights defenders and organizations throughout Burma.

Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

Human Rights

$65,000

To investigate, document, and disseminate credible information on the condition of human rights in Burma. The project activities will include investigating human rights violations, engaging with leading policymakers and the media, and amplifying the causes of human rights defenders, civil society organizations, and affected communities throughout Burma.

Human Rights Documentation and Civil Society Development in Mon State

Human Rights

$80,000

To promote increased understanding among the Mon of human rights, democracy, the environment, community empowerment, and the rights of women and children. The project activities will focus on four core issues: human rights documentation, monitoring of and advocacy on foreign direct investment, women and children’s rights documentation, and advocacy on the rights of various Mon communities to control the use of their land and natural resources.

Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy for Burma’s Chin Minority

Human Rights

$100,000

To document, report on, and raise awareness about the human rights situation in Chin State and western Burma. The activities include a series of trainings and forums for a network of ethnic human rights defenders, ongoing documentation and reporting of human rights abuses, and advocacy on indigenous rights and challenges to freedom of religion in Burma and internationally.

Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy for Burma’s Muslim Minorities

Human Rights

$55,000

To monitor and build awareness of the human rights conditions of Burma’s Muslim minorities and to promote international support for a greater respect of minority rights in Burma. The activities will include monitoring and documenting human rights abuses committed against Muslim communities in Burma, conducting a series of advocacy meetings with targeted diplomatic missions and human rights organizations, and producing periodic human rights reports.  

In-Depth Investigative Journalism

Freedom of Information

$50,000

To provide the Burmese people with high quality, in-depth, and ethical investigative journalism.  The project activities will include the publication of a monthly, Burmese-language current affairs magazine, which will focus on investigative news pieces and the maintenance of a companion website to the magazine in an effort to build a larger readership.

Independent News and Information in Mon State

Freedom of Information

$50,000

To provide accurate and reliable information to the Mon people about political, social, and economic developments in Mon State and southern Burma. The activities will include the publishing of a weekly Mon-language newspaper, which seeks to inform the Mon people about current events and exposes them to the basic principles of human rights and democracy.

Journalism Training School

Freedom of Information

$30,000

To enhance journalists’ understanding of issues critical to Burma’s political development, such as democratic governance, elections, social development, economics, human rights, and ethnic rights. Project activities will include basic and advanced trainings for journalists at its school in Rangoon and in ethnic areas throughout the country.

Kachin State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

$40,000

To provide accurate and reliable information to the Kachin and Burmese publics and stakeholders about political, social, and economic developments in Kachin State and northeastern Burma. The activities will include publishing a weekly Burmese-language newspaper and maintaining a Burmese-language website and social media pages.

Karen State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

$48,000

To inform Karen communities about events and news in Karen State and eastern Burma, and to expose them to basic principles of media freedom, human rights, and democracy. The activities will include publishing a monthly newsletter, maintaining a website, and producing multimedia broadcasts in Burmese and Karen to serve as primary news sources for Karen communities across Burma, among displaced populations along the Thai-Burma border, and abroad.

Legal Aid for Victims of Human Rights Abuses in Kachin State

Rule of Law

$65,000

To promote legal reform, raise awareness of rights and responsibilities, and provide legal assistance to people whose rights have been violated in Kachin State. The project activities will include conducting legal awareness trainings, paralegal trainings for Kachin citizens, a workshop to review draft laws, an organizational management workshop, and support to human rights lawyers to help sustain their work.

Maintaining an Independent Think Tank and Training Center in Rangoon

Democratic Ideas and Values

$100,000

To facilitate dialogue among activists and youth leaders about the critical political issues facing Burma and to promote an appreciation for diversity and a democratic ethos in the political landscape through roundtable discussions and public events. The activities will include trainings on comparative politics and public seminars on political science topics relevant to the challenges confronting the country.

Mobilizing Rohingya Communities to Promote and Protect Their Human Rights

Human Rights

$85,000

To promote political awareness and civic activism among Rohingya youth and leaders and to highlight human rights abuses faced by Rohingya communities. The activities will include organizing a series of political education trainings for Rohingya and minority youth leaders, establishing a coalition of civil society allies, conducting advocacy meetings, and developing a network of emerging leaders to address challenges and collect documentation from Rohingya refugees.

Parliamentary Monitoring Program

Democratic Ideas and Values

$50,000

To serve as an independent source of information on parliamentary proceedings and freedom of information legislation to promote transparency and increase public access to information. The project activities will include the maintenance of a website that features a parliamentary watch database, bill tracking, and budget monitoring, a series of publications illustrating the status of parliamentary functions and actions, and data-driven advocacy on freedom of information legislation.

Peace Promoting Civic Engagement and Political Awareness among Eastern Shan State

Civic Education

Supplement: $5,000

To promote civic engagement and political awareness among eastern Shan State youth. The program will support an office and training center, carry out a month-long women’s empowerment training program, support community-level civic education training programs, and host a political strategy meeting among its network members.

Policy-Oriented Research and Analysis

Democratic Ideas and Values

$125,000

To provide policy-oriented research and analysis to the Burmese general public and policymakers.  The project activities will include a series of roundtables and workshops; the publication of a quarterly analytical journal; and the dissemination of news and analysis through a website and social media outlets, all of which will be designed to contribute to an informed debate about the most important public policy issues in the country.

Policy-Oriented Research and Analysis of Civil-Military Relations

Democratic Ideas and Values

$65,000

To provide policy-oriented research and analysis of civil-military relations. The project will contribute to an informed debate about civil-military relations through a series of roundtables and panel discussions, the publication of policy papers and briefs, security sector trainings to civil society organizations from the ethnic areas, and the formation of civil society networks for security sector reform.

Promoting and Advocating for Human Rights of Karen Communities

Human Rights

$35,000

To develop and strengthen Karen human rights advocacy networks to improve and increase the protection of villagers in eastern Burma. The organization will carry out a domestic and international human rights campaign to build networks among advocacy partners and increase the distribution of its human rights reports among relevant media and political actors.

Promoting Citizen Engagement in the Policy Reform Process

NGO Strengthening

$40,000

To strengthen the capacity of staff and network members to engage meaningfully in the policy reform process focusing on human rights-related legislation and policies, including the rights of association, expression, and information. The project activities will include organizing workshops and meetings on human rights advocacy, monitoring the process of implementation of legislation, and networking with counterparts in the region.

Promoting Civic Engagement and Political Awareness in Eastern Shan State

Civic Education

$20,000

To promote civic engagement and political awareness among eastern Shan State women and youth. Activities will include an intensive women’s empowerment and political awareness training, a series of community-level civic education workshops, one public human rights event, and a political strategy meeting among network members and civil society partners.

Promoting Civic Engagement and Political Mobilization among Shan State Youth

Civic Education

$38,000

To promote civic engagement and political mobilization among Shan State youth. The project activities will include a series of targeted political education trainings and thematic discussions, a three-month intensive training program focused on empowering ethnic minority youth through courses in civic education, political analysis, leadership, and English language, as well as the maintenance of a center serving as a convening point for civil society campaigns and networking.

Promoting Civic Participation and Political Dialogue in Upper Burma

Democratic Ideas and Values

$70,000

To promote civic participation and political dialogue in Upper Burma. Project activities will include a series of trainings for activists, political party members, and university students on issues relating to democratic transitions, political strategies, policy implementation, and leadership; regular public discussions and lectures on political topics with guest speakers; policy research and analysis on local government services; and maintenance of a book club and community library

Promoting Civil Society in Kachin State

Human Rights

$30,000

To promote increased understanding among the Kachin of human rights, democracy, the environment, and community development. The project activities will include supporting information and outreach campaigns conducted by fledgling civil society organizations and promoting efforts by activists to organize and network to encourage increased understanding of the constitution, political processes, and the peace process.

Promoting Civil Society in Mon State

Civic Education

$49,793

To empower and build the capacity of Mon community leaders and human rights defenders to advocate for civil and political rights and support communities in raising their voices to policymakers. The activities will include supporting information and outreach campaigns conducted by fledgling civil society organizations and supporting activists to organize and network.

Promoting Civil Society’s and Women’s Roles in Burmese Politics

Human Rights

$50,000

To expand civil society’s role in Burma’s transition and to promote women’s rights in Burma.  The project activities will include advocacy on a variety of issues affecting civil society, particularly women’s issues; maintenance of a women’s center; a series of workshops designed to empower women and develop their leadership skills; and public talks and seminars about women’s rights and the role of women in Burmese society.

Promoting Democracy and Human Rights Awareness in Southern Shan State

Human Rights

$30,000

To build up and establish a network of emerging human rights activists in southern Shan State enlisted to document and report abuses on the ground and provide local communities with tools for redress. Program activities will include a series of democracy, human rights, and community organizing trainings to promote and deploy a network of youth activists throughout southern Shan State.

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Assembly

Human Rights

$35,000

To promote freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and to raise awareness among citizens of these basic principles of human rights and democracy. The activities will include research on the various laws related to the freedoms of expression and assembly, advocacy campaigns related to the rights, and educational programs on these basic principles to networks of people throughout the country.

Promoting Mon Women’s Political Participation

Human Rights

$30,000

To empower Mon women to participate in politics and assume decision-making positions in their own communities and organizations. The program will include a range of activities to encourage and support women’s political participation, including human rights and political empowerment trainings for Mon women in Burma.

Promoting Peace and Diversity among Politically Engaged Citizens and Youth

Human Rights

$30,000

To educate politically engaged citizens about human rights and democratic values, and to encourage greater participation in the democratization process. Project activities will include a series of trainings, workshops, and group discussions designed to create a more active and engaged citizenry and to strengthen young people’s leadership roles in society.

Promoting Peace and Political Awareness in Arakan State

Civic Education

$45,000

To promote peace and political awareness among youth in Arakan State. The project activities will include an intensive youth leadership program focused on peace and civic education at its youth education centers, an outreach and education program designed to promote tolerance and civic engagement among diverse communities, and various public activities which seek to build positive relationships among disparate populations.

Promoting Political Awareness of Ethnic Minority Perspectives

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement: $1,400

To promote political awareness of ethnic minority perspectives in Burma. Program activities will include the publication of a semi-annual journal focused on ethnic rights, public policy, and federalism; a resource center to provide a library, research, and information services to elected officials; and monthly policy and political dialogues among members of parliament.

Promoting Political Awareness of Ethnic Minority Perspectives

Democratic Ideas and Values

$25,000

To promote political awareness of ethnic minority perspectives. The project will publish a semi-annual journal focused on ethnic rights, public policy, and federalism; run a resource center to provide a library, research, and information services to elected officials; and host monthly policy and political dialogues among members of parliament.

Promoting Political Awareness of Ethnic Minority Perspectives

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement: $17,000

To promote political awareness of ethnic minority perspectives in Burma. The activities will include publishing a semi-annual journal focused on ethnic rights, public policy, and federalism; running a resource center to provide a library, research, and information services to elected officials; and hosting quarterly policy and political dialogues among members of parliament.

Promoting Rights-Based Solutions to Deep-Rooted Social and Political Problems

Human Rights

$45,000

To promote human rights through education, capacity building, community organizing, and advocacy. Project activities will include a series of human rights education trainings and community organizing workshops, advocacy campaigns, and programs to increase child rights, gender, and women’s rights, and to expand anti-trafficking efforts throughout the country.

Promoting Student and Youth Participation in the Democratization Process

Human Rights

$50,000

To raise awareness among a diverse network of student and youth activists about human rights, democracy, and democratic federal systems. The activities will include a series of intensive workshops and networking trips designed to establish trust and increase engagement, understanding, and coordination between Burman and ethnic youth activists throughout Burma, particularly in Karenni and Kachin States.

Promoting Ta’ang Women’s Political Participation

Human Rights

$55,000

To strengthen the capacity of Ta’ang women to engage and participate in the political sphere by promoting their understanding of human rights, democracy, community development, and the fundamental rights of women. The project activities will consist of a series of trainings and a consultation centered on women’s empowerment and providing practical skills in human rights documentation and research, preventing gender-based violence and human rights violations, and political awareness   to increase the number of ethnic Ta’ang female political candidates and civil society leaders.

Promoting the Fundamental Human Rights of the Rohingya

Human Rights

$75,000

To provide accurate and reliable information about the human rights situation in Arakan State and within Rohingya communities internationally. Project activities will include documentation collection and reporting, along with a series of regular advocacy meetings with targeted diplomatic missions, political parties, and among human rights partner organizations; and media briefings.

Promoting the Fundamental Human Rights of the Rohingya

Human Rights

Supplement: $7,000

To foster a civil dialogue among the Burmese government and population about the fundamental human rights of the Rohingya minority and to provide accurate and reliable information about the human rights situation in Arakan State and within Rohingya communities. The project activities will include a series of advocacy meetings with targeted diplomatic missions, political parties, and among human rights partner organizations; and media briefings.

Promoting Women’s Leadership and Political Participation

Civic Education

$80,000

To promote a more meaningful and robust political participation among women community leaders and to mobilize a women’s leadership and policy network on key political issues. The activities will include an intensive leadership training for emerging women political leaders, targeted women’s rights workshops with women MPs, and policy consultations around women’s rights legislation, convening a broad coalition of women civil society activists, political party members, and members of parliament.

Promoting Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Kachin State

Human Rights

$45,000

To narrow the gender gap between Kachin women and men in decision making at all levels of society and equip grassroots activists with the knowledge and skills to become effective advocates for women’s rights, democratic governance, and peace building. The project activities will include workshops on gender and politics, a networking series, and advocacy initiatives on women, peace, and security.

Providing Reliable Information on the Extractive Industries

Freedom of Information

Supplement: $20,000

To provide accurate and reliable information about resource extraction, land rights, and environmental issues. The project activities will include a bi-monthly journal focused on the nexus between politics, development, and the environment that seeks to promote greater transparency in extractive industry decision making and operations and rights awareness among affected communities.

Shan State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

$55,000

To provide accurate and reliable information to the Shan and wider Burmese communities, as well as Thai and international audiences, about political, social, and economic developments in Shan State. The activities will include publishing a monthly Shan-language news magazine, broadcasting TV and radio news programs, and maintaining its multilingual website and social media news platforms.

Strengthening Efforts to Maintain and Expand the Democratic Space in Burma

Human Rights

$85,000

To increase awareness about and deepen analysis of political developments in Burma. The project activities will include facilitating advocacy initiatives designed to increase understanding and analysis of political developments, promoting information sharing and coordination across a broad range of networks, and strengthening international efforts to continue the advance towards positive political reform in the country.

Strengthening Leadership for Citizens’ Engagement in the Political Process

Civic Education

$55,000

To strengthen the knowledge and skills of young and emerging political party leaders and civil society activists. The project activities will include an advanced political leadership training for members of its alumni network who have the potential to contest future elections or grow into positions of leadership in their respective organizations and the skills and values necessary to undertake constituent-focused social change.

Strengthening Think Tanks and Civil Society Organizations

Democratic Ideas and Values

$100,000

To strengthen the research and institutional capacity of nascent think tanks and select civil society organizations. The project activities will include social science research methodology training with a focus on public policy analysis. The project will also include an exchange program in which representatives of democracy research institutes from established Asian democracies will share their experiences with Burmese organizations while gaining firsthand knowledge of Burma’s transition.

Supporting Civic Engagement and Policy Research in Upper Burma

Democratic Ideas and Values

$60,000

To promote civic engagement and policy research among emerging youth activists in Upper Burma. The project activities will include an advanced political science and civic education training focused on democratization, civil rights, and state building for a diverse cohort of youth political party and civil society leaders; along with the publishing of a quarterly magazine exploring public policy development and local governance issues.

Supporting Strategic Research Capabilities in Burma

Democratic Ideas and Values

$145,000

To support the development of high quality, independent, Burmese-developed policy analysis and its effective use in public policy deliberations.  The project activities will focus on an initiative to provide support for strategic research into some of the most sensitive and vexing intersectional issues in Burma’s ongoing political and economic transitions.

Protecting and Advancing Worker Rights

Solidarity Center (SC)

$225,000

To build Burmese trade union capacity to protect and represent workers in disputes and legal cases. The center will provide capacity-building training programs, conduct mentoring sessions regarding actual cases, produce additional training materials to strengthen paralegal skills, and update the Union Paralegal Handbook. The center will involve and cultivate key union leaders, staff, and allies such as labor lawyers, to handle cases, mentor others, and engage in all facets of the project.

Strengthening Trade Union Capacity and Worker Voice

Solidarity Center (SC)

$475,000

To build the capacity of workplace-level unions to defend worker rights. The center will provide training and mentoring to union federations and emerging union formations to strengthen their organizing and union-building capacity. It will cultivate key union leaders, staff, and allies to become trainers and mentors to workplace-level unions, and produce a training guide and update a union handbook critical to the enhancement of democratic trade union principles in coordination with union partners.

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