NORTH KOREA 2020

Advancing Human Rights and Democracy Education for Defector Youth

Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights

$600,000

To bring international attention to the human rights situation in North Korea and promote awareness among South Koreans about North Korea. The project will advocate for human rights in North Korea at the UN and organize a variety of public campaigns and activities to facilitate the collaboration of a network of international NGOs and specialists dealing with North Korean human rights. It will also provide civic education and leadership training for defector youth.

Analyzing North Korean State Media Reporting and Propaganda

Coalition for Change in North Korea

Supplement$53,000

To provide objective analysis of the state media reporting and propaganda in North Korea, and to enhance the capacity of the organization and defector youth to create democracy and human rights-focused media content for young North Koreans. The organization will review and disseminate online analysis on state media, and provide alternative perspectives to encourage critical thinking among North Korean people on their society and the information provided by the state. The organization will develop a content strategy to produce radio programs suitable for North Korean youth. 

Bolstering Defector Women’s Role in Advancing Human Rights

Korea Future Initiative

$50,000

To cultivate the leadership of defector women and encourage their participation in fostering democratic values and advancing human rights in North Korea. The organization will conduct a survey to identify existing barriers and explore solutions to enhance defector women’s participation, and will organize discussion forums to increase their representation in advancing North Korean human rights. The project will also provide mentorship and networking opportunities to emerging defector women activists. 

Bolstering Youth Capacity and Participation on Human Rights

Database Center for North Korean Human Rights

$166,000

To equip defector and South Korean youth with the knowledge and skills needed to take leadership in advancing North Korean human rights. The organization will implement an education and leadership project designed to bolster the capacity of young defectors and South Koreans to cultivate and nurture the next generation of activists in the North Korean human rights movement. 

Creating Political Space through Private Markets and Entrepreneurs

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$399,998

To enhance the availability of information on entrepreneurship and free markets and to cultivate spaces for association that will lay the foundation for a market-oriented civil society in North Korea. The Center will refine its Digital Economic Library in ways that reflect ongoing changes in North Korea’s markets and the current needs of market operators. Additionally, the Center will work to foster business networks among a select group of North Korean entrepreneurs. 

Cultivating Democratic Leadership among Defectors and Providing Informed Analysis on North Korean Society

Center for Korean Women and Politics

$200,000

To instill democratic values and cultivate civic leadership in defector youth and women, and to examine the role of private markets and women in fostering democratic openings in North Korea. The organization will provide educational and civic engagement programs to equip youth and women defectors as leaders of democratic change, and will organize an international conference to assess the contribution of private markets and women in spurring positive changes in North Korean society. 

Daily Internet Newspaper

The Daily NK

$848,000

To raise awareness and understanding of the conditions in North Korea by disseminating accurate, timely, and relevant news and information about the country. The project will produce an online newspaper serving readers in South Korea and the international community, train North Korean citizen journalists, and provide ongoing professional development for its correspondents and stringer reporters based in the region. 

Engaging Youth and Defectors in Human Rights

NAUH (Now, Action and Unity for Human Rights)

$280,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of North Korean defector youth in South Korea and encourage their engagement in human rights and democracy issues. Project activities will include a series of education, networking, and advocacy activities for defector youth, including a leadership program and public awareness campaigns on North Korean human rights both domestically and internationally.

Enhancing Access to Independent Information

Freedom of Information

$89,000

To promote the free flow of information by exploring new approaches and tools. The project will organize an inaugural workshop that brings together activists, technologists, engineers, and other key stakeholders to research and map current technologies that restrict outside information and identify new methods to enhance access to information in North Korea.

Enhancing Access to Information through Mediumwave Radio Broadcast

Save North Korea

$276,000

To support the free flow of information into North Korea. The organization will broadcast a weekly mediumwave radio program to provide relevant human rights and democracy-related analysis and commentary to the citizens of North Korea. The radio program will be comprised of news, lectures, talk shows, and defectors’ stories to foster critical thinking among its target audience.

Exploring the Role of Informal Networks in Enhancing Access to Information

Unity of Bridge Woorion

$60,000

To enhance access to information in North Korea by examining factors that foster voluntary information dissemination, including the role of social and economic networks. The organization will conduct a survey research project to understand how and what types of information is shared between North Koreans, as well as assess how relationships and networks outside of the state structure contribute to information sharing. It will share research finding with relevant stakeholders working to improve content design and information dissemination. 

Fostering Independent Thinking

North Korea Strategy Center

$60,000

To instill democratic norms and ideals and foster independent thinking among North Korean citizens. Project activities will include creating curated content of democracy-related information and educational materials and disseminating it to reform-minded North Koreans in the Asia region to encourage alternative viewpoints to North Korea’s state-run media and propaganda. 

Fostering Young Defector Leaders in Human Rights and Democracy

Unity of Bridge Woorion

$50,000

To provide opportunities for young, educated North Korean defectors to engage in issues related to human rights and democracy. The organization will carry out a leadership program for young defectors to take part in human rights and democracy advocacy to discuss and explore their potential roles in serving as bridges between the two Koreas and contributing to building a democratic North Korea. 

Interactive Online Platform on North Korean Human Rights

Database Center for North Korean Human Rights

$140,000

To encourage greater awareness of and participation in the North Korean human rights movement among the South Korean public, and foster opportunities for North Korean human rights organizations to collaborate on North Korean human rights issues through an online platform. The organization will launch an interactive online platform that will feature digital resources on the North Korean human rights situation. The organization will also conduct events to engage the South Korean public on the online platform and encourage wider participation on North Korean human rights.

Investing in Democratic Young Leaders in Korea III (IDYLIK III)

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$300,000

To foster a network of young democratic Korean leaders with the necessary skills and experience to promote North Korean human rights and democratization. The institute will continue to implement its Future Democratic Leaders Fellowship program and youth incubator subgrants to provide skills training and experiential learning, and expand the network of Korean youth promoting North Korean human rights and democratization.

Mapping Crimes Against Humanity

Transitional Justice Working Group

$83,000

To seek accountability for crimes against humanity and systemic human rights abuses in North Korea and raise awareness of transitional justice issues among key stakeholders, including victims and international policymakers. The organization will conduct a mapping project that utilizes geospatial evidence to document sites of potential crimes against humanity. The project will also conduct international advocacy targeted at the European Union.

Mapping Crimes Against Humanity

Transitional Justice Working Group

Supplement$470,000

To seek accountability for crimes against humanity and systemic human rights abuses in North Korea and raise awareness of transitional justice issues among key stakeholders, including victims and international policymakers. The organization will conduct a mapping project that utilizes geospatial evidence to document sites of potential crimes against humanity. The project will also conduct international advocacy targeted at the European Union and the international community, as well as domestic advocacy aimed at fostering civil society solidarity and enhancing domestic support for North Korean human rights.

Online Platform for Dialogue between South and North Koreans

Freedom of Information

$430,000

To increase opportunities for North Korean defectors to share accurate information about North Korea and personal experiences living in democratic South Korea with the citizens of North and South Korea. The project will include posting defector-written blog pieces, hosting online forum discussions with North and South Koreans, and creating video dialogues featuring defector guests on North Korean human rights and democracy-related issues.

Promoting the Free Flow of Information

Freedom of Information

Supplement$342,000

To support the free flow of information. The organization will conduct a feasibility study on information technologies to explore new methods of information dissemination to North Korea. The organization will cooperate with human rights organizations and defectors to assess the information and technology environment and identify viable methods to transmit digital content to meet the rising demand for outside information. The project will also work with local partners to curate and manage digital content suitable for the target audience to be disseminated through new methods.

Providing Accurate News on North Korea

Freedom of Information

$140,000

To enhance understanding of North Korean society, economy, human rights, and people. The project will publish accurate and timely news and information about developments inside North Korea for the international community. In addition, the organization will work with North Korean defectors and citizens to support the free flow of information in North Korea. 

Strengthening Strategic Coordination on Advancing North Korean Human Rights

HanVoice Support Association

$160,000

To strengthen and sustain international action to advance human rights and encourage reform in North Korea. The project will convene an international symposium with key stakeholders from civil society, non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and scholars to examine past achievements, and create new action plans and recommendations to advance human rights and promote democratic ideals in North Korea. The project will also conduct an analysis of the current actors and strategies of the North Korean human rights and democracy community. 

Strengthening Youth Participation in Promoting Human Rights and Democracy

Beyond the Boundary

$60,000

To equip defector youth to become advocates for democratic change in North Korea and encourage engagement of South Korean youth on North Korean human rights issues. The organization will carry out an educational program for young defectors to deepen the understanding of and develop their roles in transitional justice and fostering change in North Korea. The program will also conduct outreach initiatives led by defector youth to encourage participation of young South Koreans in human rights advocacy.

Understanding the Role of Private Markets in Civil Society Building

Mercy Corps

$71,000

To enhance understanding of the role of private markets in fostering conditions necessary for the emergence of civil society. The project will conduct empirical research to analyze how socioeconomic changes brought by market activities and strategies adopted by market participants may contribute to the building blocks of civil society. The project will also make programmatic recommendations to better leverage the markets to advance human rights and democracy.