Asia

PHILIPPINES 2019

Bolstering Youth Capacity to Advance Democracy

Generation Peace Youth Network

 $55,000

To strengthen the capacity of youth organizations to promote democratic values and advance human rights. The network of young activists will conduct a series of education and advocacy initiatives to empower youth groups to take action to uphold rights and freedoms. Activities will include the organization of democracy and human rights trainings for network chapter members and partners as well as information dissemination, learning sessions, and public actions across the country aimed at raising awareness among young people about their rights and roles as citizens.

Fostering Democratic Values Among Youth

Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking, Inc.

 $49,700

To strengthen coordination and collaboration among young democracy and human rights advocates. The project will build the capacity of young leaders and youth organizations to foster a democratic political culture among a new generation of Filipinos through coordination of youth democracy hubs. The hubs will provide young people with spaces to develop their understanding and practice of democratic principles. Other activities will present youth with opportunities to contribute their voices to public discussions and debates on democracy challenges facing the country.

Grassroots Capacity Building for Human Rights Advocacy

Peoples’ Alternative Studies Center for Research and Education in Social  Development (PASCRES)

 $60,000

To strengthen the capacity of community-based organizations to promote human rights and democracy. The organization will conduct a series of trainings for grassroots activists on topics related to democracy and human rights principles, the electoral process, and active citizenship. Participants will conduct follow-on activities to share their knowledge, expand their networks, and collaborate with one another in advocacy campaigns to support human rights.

Investigative Journalism to Strengthen the Public Discourse on Democracy and Human Rights

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

 $98,800

To bolster the media’s ability to promote transparency and accountability and strengthen public discourse on democracy and human rights. The organization will support investigative journalism on democracy and human rights issues and coordinate capacity-building opportunities for journalists, including through the hosting of a national investigative journalism conference.

Mobilizing Advocates to Protect and Advance Democracy

International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov) Inc.

 $91,000

To empower and mobilize an informed public and a multisectoral community of democracy advocates dedicated to advancing and sustaining democratic reform. The organization will provide platforms that bring together a diverse range of advocates across civil society, business, and other sectors to reflect on the challenges to democracy, discuss critical policy issues, and collaborate to support and protect democratic institutions. Activities will include the organization of roundtable discussions, secretariat support for key coalitions and campaigns, and research.

Mobilizing Citizen Participation to Defend Human Rights

Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

 $80,000

To broaden public awareness of human rights principles and mobilize support for rights protection. The network will strengthen citizens’ understanding of democracy and human rights and encourage citizen participation in dialogues and collective action to promote rights. Activities will include human rights education initiatives, network strengthening, awareness-raising campaigns, policy advocacy, and outreach to national and international human rights mechanisms.

Multisectoral Collaboration to Promote Human Rights

Kaabag sa Sugbo Foundation, Inc.

 $39,500

To foster collaboration to promote human rights. A coalition of civil society groups from different sectors will develop a coordination mechanism to conduct human rights education, promote accountability for rights abuses, and strengthen the capacity of partners to advocate for human rights. Activities will include trainings on human rights, community outreach, and dialogues with key stakeholders to promote policies in line with human rights principles.

Promoting Accuracy and Transparency in Public Debate

VERA Files

 $75,000

To promote accuracy and accountability in public debate. The organization will continue to conduct a fact-checking initiative that monitors, verifies, and reports on the accuracy of statements made by politicians and government officials. The fact-checking team will publish the non-partisan assessments on its website and promote the articles in traditional and social media to raise public awareness and foster more informed political discourse.

Promoting Responsible Journalism and Press Freedom

Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility

 $38,500

To advance press freedom and promote responsible journalism. The organization will monitor media practices and raise awareness of media freedom violations. Other activities will include the publication of an annual report examining the state of the press and a conference to highlight professional media practices.

Promoting Responsible Journalism and Press Freedom

Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility

 $37,500

To advance press freedom and promote responsible journalism. The organization will monitor media practices and raise awareness of media freedom violations. Other activities will include the publication of an annual report examining the state of the press and a conference to highlight professional media practices.

Strengthening Civic Participation

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific Foundation, Inc.

 $75,000

To strengthen civic engagement by empowering local communities to participate in public debates on key policy issues and to amplify their voices in support of democracy. Activities will include trainings for local leaders on coalition-building and social accountability, town hall meetings on democracy-related topics, and awareness-raising initiatives to promote more civic and political participation.

Strengthening Collaboration among the Legal Community to Protect Human Rights

Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS), Inc.

 $80,000

To strengthen information sharing and collaboration within the legal community to defend human rights. Through the coordination of forums and the establishment of new partnerships with rights advocates from various sectors, the project will facilitate more dialogue and cooperation on promoting human rights policies. Other activities will focus on providing legal assistance for rights violations and raising public awareness about human rights abuses.

Strengthening Credible Medical Documentation of Human Rights Abuses

The Medical Action Group, Inc.

Supplement: $10,000

To promote accountability for human rights violations by strengthening medical documentation and investigation practices. The organization will conduct a training and provide ongoing mentoring for health care professionals to sharpen their understanding and application of international guidelines for the investigation, documentation, and reporting of human rights violations. The organization will collaborate with other partners to investigate and document these abuses.

Strengthening Credible Medical Documentation of Human Rights Abuses

The Medical Action Group, Inc.

 $40,000

To promote accountability for human rights violations by strengthening medical documentation and investigation practices. The organization will collaborate with representatives from the health sector, legal community, and human rights groups to develop joint resources and systematize information sharing. Network members will also cooperate to address and document human rights abuses.

Strengthening Women’s Voices to Promote Democratic Values

PILIPINA Inc.

 $60,000

To strengthen women’s political participation and empower women to take action to support democratic processes and institutions. Through its network, the organization will bolster the ability of women to promote democratic values; hold public officials accountable; and engage key stakeholders, the broader democracy movement, and the general public to advance democracy and human rights. Activities will include trainings and learning sessions, advocacy initiatives, and awareness-raising campaigns.

Supporting Independent Media and Policy Discourse in Mindanao

Mindanao Institute of Journalism, Inc.

 $40,000

To provide the public with a credible source of independent news reporting. The organization will produce an online publication that covers critical and underreported issues in the southern region of the country, including the peace process, governance, business, and the environment. The publication will feature articles and reports that examine in more depth the impacts of local- and national-level policies on communities in the region.

Understanding and Addressing Disinformation’s Impact on Democracy

Rappler

 $142,000

To strengthen awareness and understanding of disinformation. The organization will focus on capturing data on the disinformation ecosystem to facilitate research on how disinformation spreads online and how this dynamic affects democracy in the Philippines and around the world. It will support collaborative fact-checking among key stakeholders as well as support awareness and education efforts that seek to broaden public understanding of disinformation.

Young Leaders for Good Governance III

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $400,000

To support a network of young local elected officials to advocate for and advance democratic governance. The institute will build upon the successes of its two-year Young Leaders for Good Governance pilot program by providing targeted resources and technical support to local government officials and civil society representatives to promote citizen-centered governance and participatory democracy in their communities.

Young Leaders for Good Governance III

International Republican Institute (IRI)

Supplement: $50,000

In order to support a network of young local elected officials to advocate for and advance democratic governance initiatives in their communities, the International Republican Institute (IRI) will build upon the successes of its two-year Young Leaders for Good Governance (YLGG) pilot program. The Institute and local partners will provide targeted resources and technical support to local government officials and civil society representatives to encourage citizen-centered governance and participatory democracy efforts in their communities.

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