Philippines 2021


International Republican Institute (IRI)

Strengthening and Mobilizing the Democratic Movement 


Public Summary: To support a coalition of democratic actors, consisting of civil society organizations, community leaders and civic activists in widening their base of support; amplifying their efforts ahead of the 2022 elections to denounce and act against democratic backsliding and to promote democratic values and norms in the Philippines; and increase Filipinos’ political engagement, the Institute will implement a program of technical assistance and applied learning opportunities to unite democratic actors ahead of the 2022 elections and to streamline and amplify their efforts to  collectively act to counter democratic backsliding and promote democratic values, norms and institutions in the Philippines.


National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Bangsamoro Inclusive Political Party and Policy Development


Public Summary: To support the democratic political transition of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and promote the inclusion of women and Indigenous Peoples in the democratic process, the Institute will conduct several activities in a program to strengthen new and existing political parties, as well as to increase dialogue and foster stronger partnerships among civil society, political parties, women and Indigenous Peoples. In collaboration with a local partner organization, the Institute will provide comprehensive technical training for political parties and support multi-stakeholder roundtables, grassroots town halls and outreach activities on public policy issues.


Solidarity Center (SC)

Promoting Worker Rights in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Projects and Growth Sectors


Public Summary: To support new efforts by multiple stakeholders, including trade union partners, civil society and grassroots organizations, global union federations, and U.S. trade unions, to develop worker advocacy and union organizing strategies to advance labor rights and freedoms in the Philippines.  These efforts will be concentrated in key economic growth sectors, and emphasize outreach to youth, women and other marginalized groups of workers. Accordingly, the project will conduct survey and mapping activities, research, and workshops on organizing strategy, worker outreach, and paralegal trainings to address labor rights violations, depending on the sector.  


Rappler Inc.

Understanding and Addressing Disinformation’s Impact on Democracy
Public Summary: To strengthen awareness and understanding of disinformation and mobilize multisectoral efforts to address its impact on democracy. 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 also support awareness and education efforts that seek to broaden public understanding of disinformation.


People’s Alternative Studies Center for Research and Education in Social Development, Inc.

Grassroots Capacity Building for Democracy and Human Rights Advocacy
Public Summary: 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 from across the country on a range of topics, including the promotion of a democracy and human rights agenda, understanding the impact on citizens’ rights of various legislation, and strategies for public outreach. Participants will conduct follow-on activities to share their knowledge, expand their networks, and collaborate with one another in advocacy campaigns to support democracy and human rights.


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

Mobilizing Advocates to Protect and Advance Democracy
Public Summary: To empower and mobilize an informed public and a multisectoral community of democracy advocates to promote democratic reform. The organization will provide platforms that bring together a diverse range of advocates across civil society, business, and other sectors to examine the current 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.


Generation Peace Youth Network

Bolstering Youth Capacity to Advance Democracy
Public Summary: 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.


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

Strengthening Multisectoral Collaboration to Protect Human Rights
Public Summary: To strengthen collaboration among stakeholders from diverse sectors to defend human rights and promote accountability. The group will continue to strengthen its network of legal groups, human rights advocates, and other civil society organizations to provide assistance to victims of human rights violations and to raise public awareness about rights abuses. Activities will include documentation of human rights violations, legal assistance, and capacity building for victims of rights abuses to become human rights advocates.  


Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Investigative Journalism to Strengthen the Public Discourse on Democracy
Public Summary: To bolster the media’s ability to promote transparency and accountability and strengthen public discourse on democracy and human rights through investigative journalism. The organization will produce investigative reports on democracy and rights issues; coordinate capacity building fellowships for reporters; organize an investigative journalism conference; and host an investigative journalism hub for reporters to share data and resources.  


Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

Mobilizing Citizen Participation to Defend Human Rights
Public Summary: To broaden public awareness of human rights principles and mobilize policy support for rights protection. The network will strengthen citizens’ understanding of democracy and human rights, encourage citizen participation in dialogues and collective action to promote rights, and engage decision-makers to bolster defense of rights. Activities will include human rights education initiatives, network strengthening, awareness-raising campaigns, policy advocacy, and outreach to national and international human rights mechanisms.


Young Public Servants (YPS) Inc.

Strengthening Youth Political Participation
Public Summary: To strengthen youth engagement in democratic processes. Through a series of online and offline discussions and workshops, the group will engage young people in conversations about the impact of public policies and governance issues on their lives and the relevance of democratic processes and institutions. It will also develop a coalition of civic-minded young people who will mobilize their peers to promote youth political participation.


Active Vista Center

Nurturing New Voices to Promote Democracy and Human Rights
Public Summary: To enhance the capacity of youth and artists to foster broad-based citizen engagement in the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights. Activities will include trainings on democracy and human rights principles, storytelling and using multimedia platforms, and advocacy strategies. Participants will go on to develop creative advocacy materials and artworks for awareness campaigns as well as organize public events that seek to bring local communities into broader conversations on democracy and human rights.   


PumaPublic Productions

Supporting Democracy and Human Rights-Focused Podcasts to Engage New Audiences
Public Summary: To provide the public with independent, accurate information, analysis, and commentary on political, social, and economic issues to promote and advance democratic discourse. The organization will develop podcast programming that will produce a range of shows and audio documentaries focusing on various democracy and human rights issues, including those that touch on governance, public policies, the law, and political processes.  


The Medical Action Group, Inc.

Strengthening Credible Medical Documentation of Human Rights Abuses
Public Summary: 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 standardize and systematize medico-legal documentation of human rights violations and cooperate on legal cases to pursue accountability for human rights abuses.


Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking, Inc.

Fostering Democratic Values and Civic Engagement Among Youth
Public Summary: 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 through coordination of democracy hubs across the country. The hubs will serve as spaces to develop their understanding and practice of democratic principles and civic engagement through training courses, public events, and joint projects. Other activities will present youth with opportunities to contribute their voices to advocacy campaigns, public discussions, and debates on democracy challenges facing the country.  


Mindanao Institute of Journalism, Inc.

Supporting Independent Media and Policy Discourse in Mindanao
Public Summary: To provide the public with a credible source of independent news reporting and to foster public participation in open debate. The organization will publish an online daily newspaper that covers critical and underreported issues in the southern region of the country on topics including the peace process, human rights, governance, business, and the environment.  


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

Strengthening Civic Participation
Philippines – $100000
Public Summary: 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 advocacy and partnership building; town hall meetings on democracy-related topics; and awareness-raising initiatives among marginalized citizens to promote more civic and political participation.  


Freedom of Information

Fostering Civic Participation and Dialogue
Public Summary: To foster public dialogue and strengthen civic engagement on critical socio-political topics. The organization will develop a new digital media platform that provides opportunities for citizens to learn about and participate in initiatives addressing key issues and challenges related to democracy. The platform will provide visitors with access to news stories and analyses and options for civic action.