BURMA 2020

Advancing Awareness and Respect for Human Rights in Shan State

Human Rights

$55,00

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.

Assistance for Political Prisoners and Human Rights Advocacy

Human Rights

$200,000

To support the release, rehabilitation, and re-integration of political prisoners and advocate for the ratification of international human rights treaties and prison reform in Burma. The project activities will include monitoring 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 and 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. The activities will include a series of networking trips and forums designed to establish trust and increase understanding and coordination between Burman and ethnic activists throughout 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 will nurture a new generation of activists and provide a safe space where a network of democratically-minded civil society leaders can convene and strategize. The project activities will include the publication of a monthly public affairs journal, an intensive training for potential Rangoon-based youth leaders, and the maintenance of a political resource center to advance democratic learning, dialogue, and coordination.

Burmese-Language Satellite Television Broadcasts

Freedom of Information

$450,000

To provide independent news and information and to encourage and sustain independent public opinion in Burma. The organization will produce and broadcast daily satellite television 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

$35,000

To provide accurate and reliable information about political, social, and economic developments in Chin State and promote an increased understanding among the ethnic Chin community of democracy, federalism, 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.

Creating a Network of Youth Leaders

Human Rights

$41,000

To build the leadership skills of youth, encourage them to take a more active role in the advancement of peace and equality, and establish a network of young human rights activists. The program will include a series of networking trips to establish trust and increase understanding and coordination among the youth. The program will consist of workshops to build the capacity of youth in the areas of human rights and democracy, along with a community-organizing program designed to encourage increased cooperation among young people.

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

$100,000

To empower communities in Arakan State impacted by resource extraction through consultation and coalition-building, documentation and advocacy, and developing policies promoting standards of accountability and transparency in the natural resource sector. The activities will focus on strengthening an alliance of local activists and a series of documentation projects highlighting impacted communities. 

Documenting Corruption within Extractive Industries

Accountability and Governance

$70,000

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 extractive industries and related investment projects, creating a platform to increase public awareness about corruption and support media campaigns based on the findings of the research, and facilitating advocacy efforts for transparent and accountable governance.

Domestic Election Monitoring and Public Opinion Surveys

Political Processes

$125,000

To foster electoral integrity and to ensure that the minimum standards for democratic elections are maintained during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as gauge the public’s awareness, enthusiasm, and concerns regarding its participation in the election process. The project activities will include public opinion polling, election monitoring, and understanding the role that state media outlets and government social media play during the election.

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 workshops that will focus on building the capacity of community members and 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.

Encouraging Political Participation Among Mon Youth

Human Rights

$47,000

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 increased cooperation, understanding, and leadership among Mon youth.

Enhancing Democratic Awareness in Kachin State

Civic Education

$67,000

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, a forum for political party representatives, 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

Democratic Ideas and Values

$50,000

To promote increased understanding among the Shan community, particularly women, of citizens’ electoral rights and responsibilities, along with tools for informed participation. The organization will mobilize a network of ethnic Shan volunteers, largely women, for a series of awareness raising workshops aimed at increasing electoral and political participation. In addition, the activities will also include advocacy campaigns to increase the number of women in decision-making positions within political parties and as elected officials. 

Empowering Independent Business Voices at The Local Level in Burma, Phase IV

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$300,057

To develop broader private sector dialogue and consensus on economic issues as potential areas for collective advocacy through economic roundtables, stakeholder consultations, public private dialogues;; and to build the capacity of next generation market-oriented reform advocates by providing technical assistance to a local think tank. The center will work with its local partner to address these challenges faced in Burma.

Fostering Alliances and Coordination among Democratic Activists

Democratic Ideas and Values

$50,000

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, strategy building, and increased engagement with constituents. The series of activities will be aimed at increasing civil society coordination and alliance-building, and encouraging more meaningful engagement between civil society, political parties, and the general public, particularly ethnic minorities.

Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

Human Rights

$75,000

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 in Burma and the region.

Human Rights Documentation and Civil Society Development in Mon State

Human Rights

$80,000

To promote increased understanding among the Mon people 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 and political rights documentation, monitoring of and advocacy on foreign direct investment (FDI), 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

$115,000

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, on-going documentation and reporting of human rights abuses, and advocacy both in Burma and internationally on indigenous rights and challenges to freedom of religion.   

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

$97,000

To provide the Burmese people with independent information and high quality, in-depth, and ethical investigative journalism. The project activities will include the maintenance of Burmese-language website and social media pages, which will focus on investigative news pieces, independent analysis, and long-form in-depth video features, in an effort to build a larger audience.

Independent News and Information in Mon State

Freedom of Information

$65,000

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 a bi-weekly Mon and Burmese-language newspaper, maintaining a website as well as social media platforms, and producing multimedia broadcasts in Burmese and Mon languages.

Independent News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

$26,000

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, media freedom, and business issues as well as produce elections related news, articles, interviews, and opinion pieces in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

Investigative Journalism to Promote Transparency and Accountability

Freedom of Information

$150,000

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 two monthly investigative reports and approximately fifteen 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

$40,000

To provide accurate and reliable information about political, social, and economic developments in Kachin State and northeastern Burma. The activities will include publishing a bi-monthly Burmese-language newspaper, posting materials online including on its social media pages, and producing multimedia products about human rights, Kachin politics, the civil war and peace process, environmental issues, land confiscation, human and drug trafficking, and entertainment news.

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 primary news sources for Karen communities in Burma and abroad, as well as displaced populations along the Thailand-Burma border.

Legal Aid for Victims of Human Rights Abuses in Kachin State

Rule of Law

$75,000

To promote legal reform, raise awareness of citizens’ 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, and an organizational management workshop, as well as providing support to human rights lawyers to help sustain their work.

Maintaining an Independent Think Tank and Training Center

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement$30,800

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

Supplement$20,000

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 changes in the media environment and democratic reforms, structural changes, and more pluralistic and balanced media coverage of political and social issues as well as a pilot program on Right to Information (RTI) and media literacy among youth.

Parliamentary Monitoring Program

Democratic Ideas and Values

$50,000

To serve as an independent source of information and analysis on parliamentary proceedings, particularly right to information legislation. The project activities will include a series of parliamentary recapitulation reports, a website that features a parliamentary watch database, key bill tracking programs, and budget monitoring. The project will also focus on convening civil society to conduct research on and advocate for right to information legislative reform.

Policy-Oriented Research

Democratic Ideas and Values

$70,000

To provide policy-oriented research and analysis of governance, with an emphasis on political reform.  The project will contribute to an informed debate about political reforms through the publication of a package of political reform proposals, production of a democracy index and report, a series of discussions with sectoral experts and civil society, and advocacy with elected officials, and political party members to encourage political reform.

Policy-Oriented Research and Analysis

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement$50,000

To provide policy-oriented research and analysis to the Burmese general public and policymakers.  The project activities will include a series of high-level roundtables and workshops; the publication of a quarterly analytical journal; mentoring of emerging researchers and a study on governance; 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

$125,000

To provide policy-oriented research and analysis to the Burmese general public and policymakers.  The project activities will include a series of high-level roundtables and workshops; the publication of a quarterly analytical journal; mentoring of emerging researchers and a study on governance; 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.

Promoting and Advocating for the Human Rights of Karen Communities

Human Rights

$45,000

To inform the organization’s advocacy networks internationally and within the Burmese democracy movement domestically of the human rights situation in southeastern Burma through the promotion and protection of grassroots community voices.  The activities will include carrying out a domestic and international human rights campaign to build networks among advocacy partners and local community leaders, informing key stakeholders of pressing human rights issues through credible reporting and analysis, and facilitating workshops to empower grassroots organizations and communities with tools to redress rights violations.  

Promoting Citizen Engagement in the Policy Reform Process

Human Rights

Supplement$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

$23,000

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 youth empowerment, a series of community-level voter education workshops, one public elections awareness 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$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, as well as a three-month intensive training program focused on empowering ethnic minority youth in subjects including civic education, political analysis, leadership; a targeted one-month-long advanced political and campaign workshop for political party members; and activities aimed at strengthening the organization’s alumni network.

Promoting Civic Participation and Political Dialogue in Upper Burma

Democratic Ideas and Values

$80,000

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

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 in Southern Shan State

Civic Education

$40,000

To build up and establish a network of emerging youth democracy and human rights advocates in southern Shan State to promote democratic principles and provide local communities with tools for redress. Using a complementary media and civic engagement model, the activities will include a set of intensive trainings and workshops; community-based dialogues and gatherings; and an online platform to both disseminate credible information and hold decision-makers to account. 

Promoting Democracy through the Empowerment of the Press

Freedom of Information

$80,000

To build the capacity of Burma’s leading newsrooms. The project activities will include a series of inter-related workshops aimed at increasing the capacity of local journalists around key areas of reporting including monitoring of the government, elections, and human rights. The organization will also convene a forum of representatives of the country’s leading newsrooms to discuss the threats to the sector and establish an agreed upon framework for ethical reporting.  

Promoting Democracy through the Empowerment of the Press and Civil Society

Freedom of Information

Supplement$5,000

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 organization aimed at increasing the local organizations’ grasp of the role of media.

Promoting Democratic Values and Countering Religious Nationalism

Conflict Resolution

$50,000

To strengthen the role of religious and community leaders, as well as civil society and youth activists, in building a more coordinated effort to promote democratic values, expand media literacy, and counter religious nationalism. The activities will include a series of exposure trips, strategy meetings, 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

$65,000

To promote understanding among the Mon people of the constitution and political processes and to encourage Mon citizens to participate in the political environment. The organization will support awareness raising and outreach campaigns about citizens’ electoral rights and responsibilities as well as provide policy-oriented research and analysis of politics and the state of democracy in Mon State.

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Assembly

Human Rights

$70,000

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 producing policy-oriented research and analysis to reform various laws that restrict the freedoms of expression and assembly, advocacy campaigns on these rights, and educational programs on these principles for networks of people throughout the country.

Promoting Independent Journalism in Arakan State

Freedom of Information

$50,000

To promote credible and independent reporting and to foster an appreciation for the basic principles of media freedom, human rights, and democracy among journalists and communities in Arakan State in Arakan State. The activities will include publishing a bi-monthly journal, maintaining a website and social media platform, and producing multimedia broadcasts to serve as a primary news source for both domestic and international audiences for breaking and investigative news from Arakan State.

Promoting Informed and Democratic Policymaking in Government

Strengthening Political Institutions

$70,000

To strengthen the leadership and policy-making skills of a diverse class of newly-elected governing officials. The project activities will include a series of intensive workshops on comprehensive economic governance and public services delivery for newly-elected lawmakers as well as an assessment report that will be a platform to advocate for a smarter and more constituent-responsive government.

Promoting Mon Women’s Political Participation

Human Rights

$45,000

To empower women to participate in politics and assume decision-making positions in their communities and organizations. The program seek to transmit the concerns of local communities, especially women, to key political stakeholders so that they will be able to address these issues and problems effectively if they are elected in the nation-wide elections scheduled for late 2020.  

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 training 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 as well as to conduct objective and impartial monitoring of the campaigns of political parties.

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 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 advance women’s rights.

Promoting Student and Youth Participation in the Democratization Process

Human Rights

Supplement$25,000

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, as well as encourage greater participation in the democratization process and building a genuine federal union of Burma.

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 gathering of alumni 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

Multifund Supplement$5,000

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, and media briefings.

Promoting the Fundamental Human Rights of the Rohingya

Human Rights

$90,000

To increase international and domestic political pressure for the rights and protection of the Rohingya community, along with mechanisms for accountability and justice. The activities will include a series of regular advocacy meetings with targeted diplomatic missions, governments, rights-based organizations, and media briefings. Activities will also encourage a more coordinated advocacy movement to build upon and broaden support for accountability by strengthening alliances between Rohingya advocates and a diverse cohort of Burmese human rights defenders.  

Promoting Transparency in Politics and Policymaking

Accountability and Governance

$50,000

To promote transparency and structural change by raising awareness of the various networks of political corruption as well as tools for instituting democratic reform.The project activities will include a series of interrelated investigations examining the role funding from moneyed interests in hampering democratic reform in Burma, with a particular focus on political party financing and the extractive industries.

Promoting Voter Education and Participation in Arakan State

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement$45,000

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

Supplement$40,000

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 expand and strengthen the leadership and influence of women in political parties, government, and civil society. The activities will include a series of advanced leadership trainings for emerging women political leaders, on-going intensive mentoring for women seeking to run in the 2020 elections, and advocacy targeted at key political institutions focusing on increasing the number of women in decision-making roles.

Promoting Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Kachin State

Human Rights

Supplement$3,815

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.

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.

Providing Voter Education in Kachin State

Civic Education

$150,000

To promote increased understanding and participation among the people of Kachin State of the constitution and political processes in the country. The organization, which is a network of civil society organizations, will implement voter education and community organizing programs designed to encourage political participation in Kachin State. In addition, the program will seek to increase cooperation and understanding among civil society organizations in Kachin State, in an effort to amplify the impact of the outreach program.  

Raising Awareness Among Local Communities of Their 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.

Shan State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

Supplement$75,000

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 advocacy initiatives designed to increase awareness about political developments and ensure that the voices of leading ethnic minority and pro-democracy activists are heard by the international community, and to strengthen international efforts to advance political reform in the country.

Strengthening the Capacity of Burma’s Leading Journalists

Freedom of Information

$60,000

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

Strengthening the Civic and Political Participation of Ta’ang Youth

Democratic Ideas and Values

$40,000

To expand and strengthen a network of youth activists in the Ta’ang areas of Shan State and to increase youth participation in politics and within civil society. Activities will include workshops and forums designed to build the capacity and cooperation of Ta’ang youth in the areas of human rights, democracy, community organizing, and the role of youth in promoting peace and engaging decision-makers. 

Strengthening the Political Leadership and Coordination of Shan State Civil Society

Civic Education

$50,000

To bolster the capacity of emerging leaders from Shan State and to increase minority youth participation in the country’s struggle for democracy and accountability. The project activities will include a series of workshops on community organizing and social justice aimed at increasing the strength and cooperation of a diverse community of primarily Shan State-based civil society, political, and religious figures.

Strengthening Think Tanks and Civil Society Organizations

Democratic Ideas and Values

$100,000

To enhance the institutional capacity of Burmese think tanks through a high-quality research program that builds upon previous work by providing practical and academic trainings focusing on Burma’s democratic transition. The project activities will include social science research methodology training with an emphasis 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 first-hand knowledge of Burma’s transition.

Strengthening Trade Union Capacity and Worker Voice

Solidarity Center (SC)

Supplement$342,161

To strengthen their structural and operational capacity to defend worker rights, the Center will provide training and mentoring to workplace-level unions in Burma. The Center will identify and cultivate key leaders, staff, and activists within union federation structures and labor NGOs to become effective trainers and mentors to workplace-level unions. The Center will also develop model structures and language for union constitutions, which are critical to the building of a democratic trade union movement capable of improving working conditions in the future.

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. The Center will identify and cultivate key leaders, staff, and activists within union federation structures and labor NGOs to become effective trainers and mentors to workplace-level unions. The Center will also develop model structures and language for union constitutions, which are critical to the building of a democratic trade union movement capable of improving working conditions in the future.

Supporting Activists Working to Empower Farmers

Human Rights

$50,000

To increase coordination among networks of farmers seeking to protect their rights and livelihoods. The project will focus on initiatives to increase land ownership, improve the legal framework regarding the protection of farmland, highlight land grabbing issues, and focus attention on agricultural and fishery problems. Additional activities will include the publication of a report focusing on farmers’ rights, building the organizational capacity of network members, and supporting activists to organize human rights and democracy initiatives for farmers. 

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 for 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. The activities will also include community meetings among ethnic groups designed to establish trust, increase understanding, and promote tolerance and a respect for basic rights, with the goal of building a genuine federal union of Burma.