Asia

REGIONAL: ASIA 2018

Advancing Democratic Norms and Values: a Regional Think Tank Network

East Asia Institute

$210,000

To strengthen a regional network of democracy research think tanks that provides action-oriented and policy-driven research to support the work of civil society organizations and policymakers in their efforts to advance democratic norms and values across Asia. The project will support the Asia Democracy Research Network to facilitate cooperation and collaboration among think tanks on common democratic challenges and opportunities as well as strengthen efforts to translate research into policy and practice.

Conference: Rising Powers and the Impact on Democratic Norms and Values

Hitotsubashi University

$15,000

To promote regional solidarity and cooperation among Asian democracies and foreign policy communities to advance democratic norms and rules-based order throughout the Asia region. The project will include a one-day international conference in Tokyo to discuss rising powers and the political impact on democratic norms and values and explore the role of Japan in maintaining the liberal order in Asia.

Enhancing the Rule of Law in Employment

Solidarity Center (SC)

$469,000

To advance worker rights and enhance the rule of law in Asia. In Thailand, the center will collaborate with a leading migrant worker rights NGO to promote better protection of migrant workers’ human and labor rights by supporting its migrant worker empowerment and strategic litigation programs. In China, the center will support scholars to research worker collective actions and precarious work to promote labor law reforms, and support legal practitioners to address gender-based discrimination and violence in the workplace.

Fostering Values Diplomacy within Asia

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies

$85,000

To promote regional unity and cooperation among foreign policy experts, academics and civil society leaders to advance democratic values and a rules-based order throughout the Asia region. The organization will examine and explore the merit of values diplomacy in bolstering the liberal international order in the region. Project activities will include convening a seminar series for foreign policy experts, academics, and democracy practitioners, publishing a book on comparative policy perspectives on values diplomacy, and developing a strategic vision for values diplomacy in the region.

Mitigating Governance Risks from Investment in Southeast Asia

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$350,608

To expand actionable, objective information on the impacts of Chinese capital flows on Southeast Asian economies and institutions, and to enhance opportunities for democratic learning across democratic institutions in Southeast Asia. The center will work with think tanks in target Southeast Asian countries to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the impact of Chinese state-backed capital flows on the local economy and systems of governance.

Occupational Safety and Health Program

Solidarity Center (SC)

$126,000

To advance occupational safety and health (OSH) rights in Asia. The center will collaborate with partners to strengthen the capacity of national and regional OSH networks to facilitate exchanges, advance national and regional OSH initiatives, and empower victims and grassroots advocates. These activities will be aimed at providing a voice for workers and advancing occupational safety and health rights in Asia.

Protecting Civic Space and Human Rights through the G20

Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation

$102,000

To support dialogue between civil society and governments on protecting civic space and to strengthen the engagement of Japanese and Asian civil society members on issues of democratic governance such as the rule of law, accountability, and social inclusion.  The organization will coordinate activities of civil society organizations in preparation for the G20 Summit in Japan in 2019. The organization will convene forums where civil society will carry out policy advocacy and public outreach on issues related to democratic development, civic space, and human rights.

Strengthening Democratic Unity and Cooperation in Asia

Asia Democracy Network

$140,000

To strengthen regional solidarity, support, and cooperation for human rights and democracy throughout Asia. The project will support the operation of the secretariat and the core functions and activities of a regional civil society network dedicated to fostering the consolidation and expansion of democracy across Asia through support and collaboration among key civil society and democracy activists and advocates.

Strengthening Domestic Election Monitoring in Asia

Asian Network for Free Elections Foundation

$130,000

To strengthen the capacity of and cooperation among domestic election monitoring bodies in the Asia region. The project will work closely with domestic election monitoring groups to organize short- and long-term observations of targeted elections. It will also organize training opportunities on voter education, election systems, parliamentary oversight, media advocacy, and good governance, and will promote efforts to develop regional norms and principles on election monitoring.

Supporting Japan’s Role in Fostering Democracy in Asia

Japan Center for International Exchange

$42,029

To promote regional solidarity and cooperation among Asian democracies and foreign policy communities to advance democratic norms and rules-based order throughout the Asia region. The organization will carry out a research project and engage with key thought leaders and legislative members to explore and develop a strategic vision for democracy support as a pillar of Japan’s foreign policy.

Supporting Japan’s Role in Fostering Democracy in Asia

Japan Center for International Exchange

$200,000

To support dialogue between civil society and governments on protecting civic space and to strengthen the engagement of Japanese and Asian civil society members on issues of democratic governance such as the rule of law, accountability, and social inclusion.  The organization will coordinate activities of civil society organizations in preparation for the G20 Summit in Japan in 2019. The organization will convene forums where civil society will carry out policy advocacy and public outreach on issues related to democratic development, civic space, and human rights.

Upholding Democratic Norms and Rules-based Order in Asia

Asia Pacific Initiative

$150,000

To promote regional solidarity and cooperation among Asian democracies and societies to advance democratic norms and rules-based order throughout the Asia region. The organization will carry out policy research and consultations with Japanese and global experts to explore and develop ways for Japan to expand its support and leadership in advancing democratic unity efforts in Asia.

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