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BURMA 2019

Advancing Awareness and Respect for Human Rights in Shan State

Human Rights

 $55,000

To advance awareness and respect for human rights in Shan State. 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 for an emerging cadre of youth activists.

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

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $277,009

To develop broader private sector dialogue and consensus on economic reform as a potential area for collective advocacy, to build the capacity of parliamentarians and local private sector representatives to enact market-oriented economic policies through public-private dialogues, and to strengthen the capacity of the local partner to advocate for market-oriented reforms. The Center will work with its local partner to address structural economic challenges at the subnational level.

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

 $50,000

To build trust and working relations between Burman and ethnic activists throughout the country. The activities will include networking trips for Burman activists to Burman and ethnic areas to maintain and coordinate a nationwide network of activists committed to the values of tolerance and diversity, a respect for basic rights, and building a genuine federal union of Burma.

Burmese-Language Current Affairs Journal and Political Activism Resource Center

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement: $29,000

To present commentary and editorials, which might otherwise not be covered in the mainstream Burmese media, and to maintain a resource center that provides a cooperative space where a diverse network of democratically minded activists can gather to discuss the pressing issues of the day. Activities will include the publication of a monthly public affairs journal, a series of public forums on the peace process, a community-level 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 organization will produce and broadcast daily satellite TV news and maintain its website and social media pages, including information and independent analysis on Burma’s political situation, human rights and media freedom, and business issues.

Burmese-Language Satellite Television Broadcasts

Freedom of Information

Supplement: $200,000

To provide independent news and information and to encourage and sustain independent public opinion in Burma. The organization will produce and broadcast daily satellite TV news and maintain its website and social media pages, including information and independent analysis on Burma’s political situation, human rights and media freedom, and business issues.

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, farmer rights activists, and civil society actors to establish a viable and politically engaged civil society that performs the dual role of assisting the local government to bolster the democratic transition while continuing its role as a watchdog on the government.

Development and Resource Extraction Policies in Kachin State

Human Rights

 $60,000

To promote and advocate for a fair and equitable natural resource extraction and development policy for the people of Kachin State. The activities will include a series of workshops, discussions, and 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 provide policy recommendations.

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 advocating for 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 incorporate international protection standards.

Documenting Corruption Within the Extractive Industries

Accountability and Governance

 $45,000

To research and promote public awareness of corruption within Burma’s extractive industries and to advocate for good governance. The project activities will include conducting research and publishing reports on various forms of corruption within the extractive industries and related investment projects, creating a platform to increase public awareness and support media campaigns, and facilitating advocacy efforts for transparent and accountable governance.

Domestic Election Monitoring and Public Opinion Surveys

Political Processes

 $325,000

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 strategies to address identified challenges.

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 and awareness-raising campaigns for workers, farmers, and members of Burma’s informal economic sector. 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 human rights and democracy initiatives.

Empowering Local Communities on Legal Rights

Human Rights

 $80,200

To raise awareness of the legal rights and responsibilities of citizens and to participate in peaceful efforts to promote democracy. The activities will include voter education trainings, candidate forums, and 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

 $50,000

To build the capacity of youth from Shan State and to increase youth participation in the movement for social and political change as part of Burma’s democratic transition. The project activities will include two-month and two-week intensive residential courses, along with a series of digital security trainings for both Shan State-based civil society and political organizations.

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

Civic Education

 $25,000

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 of Chin State to meet one another, discuss common issues and problems, and build linkages to create a network of empowered young leaders.

Encouraging Citizens’ Participation in Burmese Politics

Accountability and Governance

Supplement: $12,000

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 Citizens’ Participation in Burmese Politics

Accountability and Governance

 $40,000

To encourage citizens’ participation in Burmese politics. The activities of this pilot project will include a series of workshops that will focus on building the capacity of community members from civil society organizations to monitor local government services and present recommendations on good governance and accountability to members of parliament and government officials in an effort to promote a dialogue between Burmese citizens and their elected representatives.

Enhancing Democratic Awareness in Kachin State

Civic Education

 $65,000

To train political 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 and advanced political trainings for local political parties’ members from Kachin State. Participants will attend workshops on civic education and political empowerment.

Enhancing Shan Women’s Political Participation

Human Rights

 $17,000

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; and documentation and advocacy on the situation of women in Shan State.

Human Rights and Political Training for Ta’ang Youth

Human Rights

 $40,000

To establish a network of human rights activists in northern 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 youth in the areas of human rights, democracy, community organizing, and the role of youth in promoting peace in different townships in northern Shan State.

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

Supplement: $25,000

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 both in Burma and internationally.

Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy for Burma’s Chin Minority

Human Rights

 $125,000

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

 $100,000

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 and multimedia platforms 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 publishing its bi-weekly Mon-language newspaper that informs the Mon people about current events and basic principles of human rights and democracy and maintaining its office in Mawlamyaing.

Independent News and Information in Mon State

Freedom of Information

Supplement: $15,000

To provide accurate and reliable information to the Mon people about political, social, and economic developments as well as in-depth coverage of elections in Mon State and southern Burma. The activities will include publishing a bi-weekly Mon and Burmese-language newspaper to provide thorough coverage of issues, candidates, and news related to the upcoming elections.

Independent news and information Service

Freedom of Information

 $25,007

To support independent media and to provide independent news and information about Burma. The project activities will include the publication of a monthly, Burmese-language current affairs magazine, which will incorporate independent analysis, focusing on Burma’s political transition, human rights and media freedom, and business issues.

Investigative Journalism to Promote Transparency and Accountability

Freedom of Information

 $100,000

To promote transparency and accountability by increasing the public’s access to credible information through investigative reporting on social and political issues. Project activities will include the maintenance of Burmese and English-language websites and social media pages, featuring monthly investigative reports and weekly news updates and independent analysis covering a range of issues, such as Burma’s democratic transition, human rights, freedom of expression and the press, armed conflict, and entrenched corruption.

Investigative Journalism to Promote Transparency and Accountability

Freedom of Information

 $60,000

To promote transparency and accountability by increasing the public’s access to credible information through investigative reporting on social and political issues. Project activities will include the maintenance of Burmese and English-language websites and social media pages, featuring monthly investigative reports and weekly news updates and independent analysis covering a range of issues, such as Burma’s democratic transition, human rights, freedom of expression and the press, armed conflict, and entrenched corruption.

Kachin State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

 $44,000

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 journal, maintaining a website, and producing multimedia broadcasts in Burmese and Karen to serve as a primary news sources for Karen communities in Burma, displaced populations along the Thai-Burma border, and abroad.

Legal Aid for Victims of Human Rights Abuses in Kachin State

Rule of Law

 $75,000

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, voter education, and paralegal trainings for Kachin citizens; hosting a workshop to review draft laws; as well as an organizational management workshop; and providing support to human rights lawyers to help sustain their work.

Maintaining an Independent Think Tank and Training Center

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $100,000

To facilitate dialogue about the critical political issues facing Burma and promote greater understanding and cooperation among diverse religious and ethnic groups through roundtable discussions and public events. The activities will include trainings on comparative politics and public seminars on political science topics relevant to the issues confronting the country.

Media Monitoring Initiative

Freedom of Information

 $75,000

To inform the Burmese public about the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and online media reporting. The project activities will include a professional media monitoring effort and advocacy for democratic reforms, structural changes, and more pluralistic and balanced media coverage of political and social issues.

Parliamentary Monitoring Program

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement: $16,000

To serve as an independent source of information on parliamentary proceedings and freedom of information legislation. The project activities will include a website that features a parliamentary watch database, bill tracking, and budget monitoring; and research and advocacy on freedom of information legislation.

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. The project activities will include a website that features a parliamentary watch database, bill tracking, and budget monitoring; and research and advocacy on freedom of information legislation.

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; an emerging researcher mentoring program; 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

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement: $1,000

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; an emerging researcher-mentoring program; 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 Ethnic Politics

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $65,000

To provide policy-oriented research and analysis of politics in the various ethnic states, with an emphasis on political participation.  The project will contribute to an informed debate about ethnic politics through a series of roundtables and discussions, the publication of policy papers and briefs, the organization of trainings for civil society representatives and political party members from ethnic areas, and the formation of civil society networks designed to encourage ethnic political participation.

Promoting and Advocating for Human Rights of Karen Communities

Human Rights

 $45,000

To develop and strengthen Karen human rights advocacy networks to improve and increase the protection of villagers in southeastern Burma. The activities will include carrying out a domestic and international human rights campaign to build networks among advocacy partners, increasing the distribution of its human rights reporting among relevant media and political actors, and facilitating workshops to empower grassroots organizations and communities to better understand their rights.

Promoting Citizen Engagement in the Policy Reform Process

Human Rights

 $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

 $25,000

To promote civic engagement and political awareness among eastern Shan State women and youth. Activities will include an intensive political awareness training with a particular focus on women’s empowerment, 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

Supplement: $20,000

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; along with a three-month intensive training program focused on empowering ethnic minority youth in subjects including civic education, political analysis, leadership, and English language; and the maintenance of a center as a convening point for civil society campaigns and networking.

Promoting Civic Engagement and Political Mobilization among Shan State Youth

Civic Education

 $45,000

To promote civic engagement and political mobilization among Shan State youth and emerging political leaders. 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 in subjects including civic education, political analysis, and leadership; and activities aimed at strengthening the organization’s alumni network.

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 Engagement in Burma’s Electoral Democracy

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.

Promoting Civil Society in Mon State

Civic Education

 $60,000

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 build networks of like-minded activists.

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 to democracy and 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

 $35,000

To build up and establish a network of emerging human rights activists in southern Shan State enlisted to both document and report abuses on the ground and provide local communities with tools for redress. The 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 Democracy through the Empowerment of the Press and Civil Society

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $60,000

To build the capacity of Burma’s leading journalists and editors and to increase the media relations skills of key civil society and student union organizers. The project activities will include a series of inter-related workshops aimed to increase the capacity of local journalists around key areas of reporting. The organization will also conduct a series of workshops for student unions and civil society organizations aiming to increase local organizations’ grasp of the role of media.

Promoting Democratic Values and Countering Religious Nationalism

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $40,000

To strengthen the role of civil society and youth activists, as well as community and religious leaders, in building a more coordinated effort to promote democratic values, expand media literacy, and counter religious nationalism. With a focus on five strategically selected communities, the activities will include a series of workshops, public dialogues, and an innovative online media campaign in order to broaden and diversify public access to this discussion.

Promoting Free and Fair Elections in Mon State

Human Rights

 $130,000

To promote increased understanding among the Mon people of the constitution, political processes, and the electoral process and to encourage Mon citizens to participate in politics. The campaigns will be conducted by a network of civil society organizations, which will implement voter education and community organizing programs designed to encourage political participation at all levels of Mon society. In addition, the program will aim to increase cooperation and understanding among Mon civil society organizations, in an effort to amplify the impact of the outreach program.

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Assembly

Human Rights

 $60,000

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

Promoting Mon Women’s Political Participation

Human Rights

 $40,000

To empower Mon women to both participate in the political arena and to assume decision-making positions in their communities and civil society organizations. The program will include a range of activities to support Mon women to more meaningfully engage in the democratic transition, including a series of human rights, democracy, and women’s empowerment trainings.

Promoting Peace and Diversity Among Politically Engaged Citizens and Youth

Human Rights

 $40,000

To educate politically engaged citizens about human rights and democratic values, and to encourage greater citizen 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 promote greater understanding and cooperation among diverse religious and ethnic groups.

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 Peace and Political Awareness in Arakan State

Civic Education

Supplement: $2,500

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

 $50,000

To promote political awareness of ethnic minority perspectives in Burma. The organization will publish a quarterly 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 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 a unique mix of research, documentation, training, community organizing, and advocacy. Project activities will include a series of country-wide human rights education trainings and community organizing workshops, advocacy campaigns, and programs to advance child rights, gender and women’s rights, and anti-trafficking efforts; along with building linkages across diverse civil society networks.

Promoting Student and Youth Participation in the Democratization Process

Human Rights

 $50,000

To raise awareness among students and youth about human rights, democracy, and democratic federal systems. The activities will include a series of workshops and networking trips designed to establish trust and increase understanding and coordination between Burman and ethnic youth activists throughout Burma, especially in Karen and Shan 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 gatherings centered on women’s empowerment and providing practical skills in human rights documentation and research, tools for preventing human rights violations, and political awareness sessions to expand the number of ethnic Ta’ang female political candidates and civil society leaders.

Promoting the Fundamental Human Rights of the Rohingya

Human Rights

Supplement: $10,000

To build international and domestic political support for the rights and protection of Rohingya communities and to increase human rights documentation and accountability for abuses committed against the Rohingya. The activities will include a series of regular advocacy meetings with targeted diplomatic missions, political parties, and human rights partner organizations, and media briefings.

Promoting the Fundamental Human Rights of the Rohingya

Human Rights

 $75,000

To build international and domestic political support for the rights and protection of Rohingya communities and to increase human rights documentation and accountability for abuses committed against the Rohingya. The activities will include a series of regular advocacy meetings with targeted diplomatic missions, political parties, and among human rights partner organizations; as well as media briefings.

Promoting Voter Education and Participation in Arakan State

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $100,000

To enable citizens in Arakan State to become more active and informed participants in their country’s political processes and to foster collaboration in strengthening the integrity and credibility of Arakan State’s electoral processes, including the empowerment of a locally led network of election monitors. An alliance of civil society organizations will conduct a range of activities including a voter education program and the initial preparations for an election monitoring and reporting mission.

Promoting Voter Education and Participation in Shan State

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $55,000

To enable a greater and more diverse number of citizens in Shan State to become more active and informed participants in their country’s political processes and to foster collaboration in strengthening the integrity and credibility of Shan State’s electoral processes, including the empowerment and capacity building of a locally led network of election monitors. The southern Shan civil society alliance will conduct a range of activities including a voter education program and the preparation for an election monitoring and reporting mission.

Promoting Women’s Leadership and Political Participation

Civic Education

 $95,000

To promote 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 a series of advanced leadership trainings for emerging women political leaders; targeted women’s rights workshops with women political party members; ongoing intensive mentoring for 2020 election female candidates; and policy consultations around women’s rights legislation, convening a broad coalition of women civil society activists, and political party members.

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, voter education, networking activities, and advocacy initiatives on meaningful women’s participation in decision-making at all levels of society.

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 scale up delivery of capacity-building training programs, conduct mentoring sessions regarding actual cases, and assist unions in identifying issues and developing standardized language to be included in collective bargaining agreements. In cooperation with multiple union federation and/or labor NGO partners, the center will focus these activities primarily to build capacity at the workplace union level.

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 Alliances and Coordination among Democratic Activists

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $25,000

To strengthen the coordination among a diverse cohort of democratic activists in civil society, political parties, and the think tank community by providing a neutral space for dialogue and strategy building. The activities will include two regional alumni forums each convening sixty actors from both Upper and Lower Burma; a national conference featuring fifty of the most active network alumni; and a survey of over 300 activists and thought leaders assessing the current political challenges and collecting input for a collective strategy.

Strengthening Leadership for Citizens’ Engagement in the Political Process

Civic Education

 $65,000

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 to select members from both political parties and civil society 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 the Capacity of Burma’s Leading Journalists

Freedom of Information

 $60,000

To build the capacity of Burma’s leading journalists. The project activities will include a series of advanced professional trainings focused on Burmese media history, ethics, law, and investigative journalism, and support for investigative journalist teams to explore and write about the country’s most pressing political issues.

Strengthening Trade Union Capacity And Worker Voice

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $475,000

To strengthen their structural and operational capacity to defend worker rights. The center will provide training and mentoring to workplace-level unions in Burma.  In addition, the center will identify and cultivate key union leaders, staff and activists within union federation structures and labor NGOs to become effective trainers and mentors to workplace-level unions, and it will produce a new training guide to add to its educational materials critical to the building of a democratic trade union movement in Burma over the coming years.

Supporting Civic Engagement and Policy Research in Upper Burma

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $60,000

To promote civic engagement and policy research in Upper Burma. The project activities will include a series of trainings on youth community leaders mostly from ethnic areas focused on political science, human rights, democracy, and foreign affairs so they can engage effectively in Burma’s democratic political transition and a quarterly magazine focusing on democratic policy development and local governance issues.

Supporting Stronger Local Governments

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $400,000

To strengthen the capacity of subnational political party members to conduct constituent outreach and to develop evidence-based, citizen-centered policies in partnership with civil society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders. The institute will provide training on advanced policymaking techniques, such as analysis of public opinion polls and conducting focus group discussions, and strategies for leveraging the knowledge of CSOs, political parties, and other experts.

Sustaining Support for Human Rights and Democracy in Burma

Human Rights

 $85,000

To increase awareness about and deepen analysis of political developments in Burma. The project activities will include advocacy initiatives designed to increase awareness about political developments, strengthen international efforts to advance political reform in the country, and ensure that the voices of leading ethnic minority and pro-democracy activists in Burma are heard by the international community.

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