Asia

SRI LANKA 2019

Citizen Participation in Monitoring Economic Development

Centre for Environmental Justice (Guarantee) Limited

 $36,000

To promote good governance, adherence to regulations for transparency and accountability, and the rule of law in the development sector and strengthen legal protection for communities adversely affected by severe environmental degradation caused by development. The center will raise awareness about decision-making in the development sector and equip civil society and relevant government actors with the appropriate tools to engage in the development process.

Civic Engagement for Sustained Collective Action

Janawaboda Kendraya

 $41,000

To build knowledge and create opportunities for citizens to become more engaged in the political process at the local level. The organization will strengthen and sustain the work of its volunteer structures in 10 districts through programming that incorporates leadership development and community training on democracy, human rights, and good governance, moderated discussions, and street theater in an effort to engage citizens and government officials in the political life of their communities.

Community Mobilization and Political Participation

Human Rights

 $68,000

To build the capacity of human rights defenders to support victims in the pursuit of justice, accountability, and the truth. The organization will train human rights activists in the concepts of democracy, civic engagement, and international human rights mechanisms and support their efforts to mobilize victims around prevailing concerns and violations and the ongoing reform process.

Creating a Community of Practitioners for Social Accountability to Strengthen Democratic Process.

The Social Architects

 $40,000

To deepen understanding of transitional justice mechanisms and the right to information (RTI) in conflict-affected areas as well as to work with communities to reflect on multiple war experiences and perspectives. In parallel with the government’s truth and reconciliation process, the organization will work to bridge the gap between ethnic communities, which have been weakened by deep-rooted suspicion and competing political narratives. As part of this effort, the organization will work with government officers to assess the qualitative and quantitative impact of RTI and transitional justice mechanisms at the local level.

Enhancing Civics Education for High School Students

Social Scientists’ Association

 $50,000

To build knowledge and advance dialogue around issues of democracy, governance, and reconciliation among high school teachers and students. The organization will develop student-friendly videos to supplement existing high school civics education textbooks on the topics of democracy and human rights, justice, conflict resolution, and local government. It will also train high school civics teachers and students on the applicability of these topics to current day politics and the integration of the supplemental videos into the existing curriculum. Specifically, it will discuss ways to broach difficult, more controversial topics with teachers and students.

Human Rights Advocacy

Human Rights

 $60,000

To document human rights violations committed during the war and post-war periods and advocate for justice and accountability. The organization will systematically gather data about atrocities in the north and east, catalog and analyze the information, and distribute it to interested entities. It will also provide feedback to individuals and bodies that solicit ideas on the development of a transitional justice mechanism.

Improving Legal Literacy on Land Rights

Law and Society Trust

 $50,000

To facilitate coordination between civil society and government authorities for the implementation and reform of existing laws and ordinances on land rights. The project will include the management of a nationwide network of organizations focused on land rights, the convening of government officials and citizens on land laws and policies, the documentation of land disputes, and advocacy for new, equitable laws.

Improving Local Engagement for Democratic Actors

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $430,000

To enhance the ability of democratic actors to understand citizen concerns and priorities at the local level and effectively advocate for their concerns. The institute will work with a local partner organization to strengthen emerging democratic actors’ ability to identify citizen concerns and develop issue-based advocacy campaigns and initiatives. The institute will also provide resources to democratic actors to support advocacy campaigns and facilitate discussions between democratic actors and elected representatives.

Increasing Transparency and Accountability in Public Finance

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $311,355

To improve public access to information about government expenditure and enhance demand for open and accountable governance among civil society and private sector activists. The center will support a range of activities related to open governance, including national budget monitoring, tracking foreign capital flows in public works projects, advocacy around open data policies, and targeted outreach to community groups—including business organizations—to communicate findings and outline reforms that address any identified governance gaps.

Leadership Development for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Centre for Justice and Change

 $30,000

To support the development of community leaders and advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights in eastern Sri Lanka. The organization will undertake a multi-faceted program in Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts aimed at strengthening the capacity of village leaders, including its staff and youth, to raise awareness about the needs of their communities and advocate on their behalf. It will also facilitate the engagement of its network members, many of whom are victims of human rights abuses, in the transitional justice process.

Mobilize Families of the Disappeared in Support of Reconciliation and Justice

Families of the Disappeared

 $30,000

To mobilize families of the “disappeared” in support of reconciliation and transitional justice. The organization will raise awareness about the systematic nature of disappearances, impunity in past cases, and efforts by victims’ families to seek redress. It will highlight human rights violations experienced in the context of the ethnic conflict and leftist insurrections and commemorate the lives of disappeared citizens. It will build support for transitional justice mechanisms and broader democratic values and reform efforts.

Parliamentary Tracking Tool for Accountability and Good Governance

Verite Research Pvt. Ltd.

 $65,000

To promote accountability and good governance through the application of a web-based parliamentary tracking tool. The organization will operate an online platform that documents the biographical information and political activities of members of parliament and conduct outreach to promote its usage by the media and civil society. Using the data, it will contribute, through articles and other media, to the political debate around the development and implementation of governmental policies and legislation.

Promoting Citizen Participation and Local Government Accountability in Estate Tamil Communities

Uva Shakthi Foundation

 $20,000

To promote citizen participation and local government accountability in estate Tamil communities. The organization will conduct trainings on governance and democracy to raise awareness among Indian Origin Tamils working in the estate sector of their roles and responsibilities as citizens and encourage their full participation in Sri Lankan society.

Promoting Freedom of Expression through Citizen Journalism

Centre for Policy Alternatives, (Guarantee) Ltd.

 $77,000

To generate content and spur debate around democratic governance, human rights, and other critical political issues. The organization will operate Groundviews, one of Sri Lanka’s leading alternative media platforms, which serves as an outlet for activists, bloggers, and journalists to disseminate and discuss issues of democracy and human rights.

Promoting Grassroots Youth Leadership And Participatory Governance

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $475,000

To defend civil society space and promote a renewal of democratic culture and practice at the grassroots level.  The institute will support the capacity development of next-generation leaders to promote new norms of participatory governance, transparency, and accountability. It will work with young leaders to advocate for citizens’ needs through issue-based campaigns.

Promoting Political Participation and National Reconciliation

AFRIEL

Supplement: $4,300

To increase youth participation in the political process and national reconciliation. Through political and civic education as well as skills development trainings, the organization’s youth network members will deepen their involvement in the civic life of their communities. The organization also will promote inter-ethnic solidarity for national reconciliation and lasting peace.

Promoting Political Participation and National Reconciliation

AFRIEL

 $70,000

To increase youth participation in the political process and national reconciliation. Through political and civic education programs as well as skills development trainings, the organization’s youth network members will deepen their involvement in the civic life of their communities. The organization also will promote inter-ethnic solidarity for national reconciliation and lasting peace.

Promoting Youth Involvement in Reconciliation

The Social Architects

Supplement: $5,090

To deepen understanding of transitional justice mechanisms and the right to information in conflict-affected areas as well as to work with communities to reflect on multiple war experiences and perspectives. In parallel with the government’s truth and reconciliation process, the organization will work to bridge the gap between ethnic communities, which have been weakened by deep-rooted suspicion and competing political narratives. It will also work with government officers to ensure transitional justice mechanisms deliver for the people.

Promoting Youth Involvement in Reconciliation

The Social Architects

Supplement: $10,000

To deepen understanding of transitional justice mechanisms and the right to information in conflict-affected areas as well as to work with communities to reflect on multiple war experiences and perspectives. In parallel with the government’s truth and reconciliation process, the organization will work to bridge the gap between ethnic communities, which have been weakened by deep-rooted suspicion and competing political narratives. As part of this effort, the organization will work with government officers to assess the qualitative and quantitative impact of right to information and transitional justice mechanisms at the local level.

Raising Awareness on Human Rights and Democracy

Rights Now – Collective for Democracy

 $38,808

To increase the public understanding of constitutional democracy, good governance, and rule of law in order to foster greater civic participation and encourage discussions about Sri Lankan democracy. The organization will facilitate leadership trainings, host public discussion forums and debates, and produce and disseminate information focused on democracy issues. It will place particular emphasis on reaching students and youth leaders.

Seeking Redress for Victims of Human Rights Violations

Centre for Human Rights and Development

 $60,000

To raise awareness about and seek redress for victims of human rights violations. The organization will provide legal aid in cases of human rights violations, including rape, torture, and detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), provisions of which are contrary to international human rights standards. In addition, the organization will conduct advocacy and public awareness campaigns supporting a more transparent judicial system and calling for the repeal of the PTA and other policies that infringe on civil liberties and human rights.

Seeking Transitional Justice, Reform, and Reconciliation in Post-War Sri Lanka

The International Working Group on Sri Lanka Ltd.

 $40,000

To support post-war transitional justice, reform, and reconciliation. The organization will coordinate a series of capacity building, strategy, and advocacy related activities in conjunction with Sri Lankan civil society activists to mobilize domestic and international support for meaningful transitional justice efforts. The organization will convene at least two coordinating sessions for civil society organizations around important events, including Human Rights Council sessions and elections.

Strengthening Civil Society Networks for Active Political Participation

Viluthu

 $60,000

To raise awareness of political and social rights, provide a venue for reflection and discussion, and empower participants to take action on issues of concern. The organization will conduct a series of community discussions and learning workshops aimed at engaging youth, including university students, and women’s network leaders on democracy, good governance, and transitional justice.

Strengthening Youth Leadership and Civic Participation in Eastern Sri Lanka

Trincomalee District Youth Development – AHAM

 $30,000

To strengthen the capacity of youth to participate effectively in the civic life of their communities. The organization will train youth in leadership development skills and basic principles of democracy and human rights to prepare them for involvement in civic life and to assume leadership roles in their communities in Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts.

Supporting Civic Engagement on Democracy and Human Rights

Law and Society Trust

 $20,000

To facilitate coordination between civil society and government authorities for the implementation and reform of existing laws and ordinances on land rights and to inform and engage grassroots communities on democratic values and advocate for stronger democratic institutions. The organization will manage a nationwide network of organizations focused on democracy and human rights, convene government officials and citizens on land laws and policies, document land disputes, and advocate for new, equitable laws.

Youth Leadership Development and Awareness on Democracy

Alliance Development Trust

 $40,000

To promote liberal values among youth leaders. The organization will equip youth with a deeper understanding of democratic principles and values, responsible citizenship, and the rule of law. Youth will subsequently share the knowledge gained with their networks and the broader public, with a special focus on voter education.

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