Asia

THAILAND 2018

Democratic Participation and Citizen-Centered Governance

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$400,000

To foster a culture of citizen-centered governance and youth engagement. The institute will work with local stakeholders to increase understanding, support, and utilization of democratic principles and practices. Activities will focus on capacity-building workshops and civic education initiatives to increase the ability of local stakeholders to jointly identify and tackle challenges facing Thailand and provide avenues for youth to become actively engaged in civic life.

Bolstering Human Rights Protection and Access to Justice

Union for Civil Liberty

$104,700

To promote human rights and enhance access to justice for victims of rights violations. The program will provide legal assistance to those affected by policies and actions that contravene internationally recognized human rights standards. Activities will include legal aid and litigation support as well as monitoring and documentation of human rights violations across the country.

Empowering Citizen Journalism in the Northeast

The Isaan Record

$50,000

To strengthen the capacity of citizen journalists to report on political, economic, and development issues in the Northeastern region. The grantee will organize a series of trainings for participants on a range of topics including good practices for news reporting; feature and investigative story writing; and photography and videography. Participants will produce news reports and feature stories, which will be published on a news website.

Fostering Citizen Participation in Advancing Democracy

Human Rights

$50,000

To foster citizen engagement in advancing democracy. The project will strengthen a network of citizens committed to promoting democratic principles. Activities will include a series of meetings, trainings, and public events that provide participants with opportunities to collaborate with one another, amplify their voices, and contribute to discussions on democracy and human rights.

Fostering Democratic Values and Practices

Human Rights

$45,000

To strengthen grassroots activists’ knowledge and practice of democratic principles. The organization will conduct a series of trainings on democracy and human rights, provide ongoing support to participants who will go on to lead dialogue sessions with local communities, and organize public forums to highlight challenges to democracy and to lay the foundation for a regional civil society network to promote democracy.

Fostering Dialogue and Promoting Democratic Values

Cafe Democracy

$35,000

To strengthen democratic awareness and values among the public, particularly youth. The organization will undertake a series of activities to promote critical thinking, open dialogue, and tolerance for diverse viewpoints. Discussions and trainings will support young people’s engagement on democracy and human rights issues.  

Human Rights Volunteer Project

Thai Volunteer Service

$72,000

To support the development of a new generation of human rights activists. The organization will coordinate a program to place young people as volunteers with civil society organizations to introduce them to human rights issues and encourage them to become active participants in the country’s human rights movement. Other activities will include workshops on democracy and human rights principles for young people interested in becoming more active in promoting rights.

Labor Program

Solidarity Center (SC)

$755,000

To promote freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, and the prohibition of forced labor in Thailand. The center will support efforts by trade union partners and migrant worker rights groups to organize workers, conduct outreach and education to workers, and provide legal advocacy and representation to victims of labor rights abuses and violations.  The center will also build the capacity of partners to conduct public outreach and campaigns to advocate for labor law reform.

Online Media Platform on Critical Social, Economic, and Political Issues

The 101 Percent Co., Ltd.

$70,000

To provide the public with a source of independent news and information on critical political, social, and economic issues and contribute to the public discourse on these topics. The organization will establish an online media platform that will publish a range of content, including investigative reports, opinion columns, interviews, and video documentaries, which will focus on topics such as democratization; political, economic and cultural changes in Thailand; corruption; rule of law; and the impact of regional and global trends on Thailand.

Promoting Civil and Political Rights and Law Reform

Internet Law Reform Dialogue

$40,000

To foster public understanding and dialogue on the impact of existing and proposed laws on civil and political rights and to promote freedom of expression. The organization will provide the public with accessible analysis of how various pieces of legislation will affect their rights. It will also operate a documentation center to monitor and report on freedom of expression violations.

Strategic Litigation and Community Empowerment in Support of Environmental Rights

ENLAWTHAI Foundation

$60,000

To provide the Thai public with a credible source of independent news reporting and editorial commentary. The organization will publish an online Thai- and English-language daily newspaper that covers underreported issues in the areas of politics, human rights, natural resources, the environment, the ongoing violence in southern Thailand, and other key policy developments.

Strengthening a Network of Human Rights Lawyers

Human Rights Lawyers Association

$47,000

To strengthen a network of lawyers engaged in the protection of human rights. The organization will foster networking among its members and provide capacity building opportunities for young human rights lawyers; undertake strategic litigation; and conduct research on ways in which legal mechanisms have been used to perpetuate human rights violations and stifle public participation.

Strengthening Civil Society to Promote Democracy

Human Rights

$50,000

To foster citizen engagement in advancing democracy. The project will bolster the collective voice of civil society advocates committed to democracy and enhance their abilities to advance democratic policy alternatives to social, political, and economic challenges. Activities will include a series of workshops and networking opportunities that will build activists’ capacity to promote respect for democratic principles and provide them with a platform to collaborate on joint initiatives.

Strengthening Community Leaders’ Capacity to Promote Democracy

Human Rights

$40,000

To strengthen grassroots activists’ knowledge and practice of democratic. Activities will include a series of workshops for community leaders on democracy and human rights, dialogue sessions with local communities, and a forum to highlight challenges to democracy and provide an opportunity for civil society groups to connect with one another.

Strengthening Democracy and Human Rights Advocacy

Human Rights

$40,800

To bolster the capacity of activists to advocate for human rights. The project will provide opportunities for participants to enhance their knowledge and ability to promote democratic values and raise public awareness about human rights violations. Activities will include forums on democracy and human rights, capacity-building trainings related to citizens’ rights, and initiatives that support advocates in asserting their rights.

Strengthening Regional Democracy and Human Rights Networks

Human Rights

$47,830

To enhance the capacity of university students, activists, and community leaders to network and collaborate to defend democracy and human rights. The organization will coordinate a series of forums and learning sessions for advocates in four regions of the country to develop strategies for strengthening and expanding their local networks. The program will also provide support for activists to conduct joint initiatives and advocacy campaigns on a range of human rights-related issues.

Support for Political Party and Civic Dialogue to Promote Democratic Governance

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$440,000

To support dialogue between key stakeholders on democratic governance topics. The institute will organize forums in three regions of the country that will bring together political parties and civil society at the local level to discuss and exchange insights on democratic governance priorities and challenges and enable collaboration to address these issues.

Supporting Grassroots Engagement in Promoting Democracy

Thai Poor Act

$51,000

To strengthen grassroots activists’ knowledge and practice of democratic principles. The organization will conduct trainings to develop participants’ capacity to understand and participate in democratic processes; analyze policies and their impacts on human rights; build networks across diverse sectors and areas to advocate for democracy; and deepen their leadership, advocacy, and critical thinking skills.

Supporting Independent Media

Foundation for Community Educational Media

$41,670

To provide the Thai public with a credible source of independent news reporting and editorial commentary. The organization will publish an online Thai- and English-language daily newspaper that covers underreported issues in the areas of politics, human rights, natural resources, the environment, the ongoing violence in southern Thailand, and other key policy developments.

Supporting Youth Participation in Democratic Processes

Asian Network for Free Elections Foundation

$80,000

To strengthen youth participation and provide opportunities for youth to collaborate on raising public awareness about democratic values and processes.  The project will support young people to take an active role in promoting democracy. Activities will include a series of forums on democracy-related topics as well as outreach to encourage civic participation.

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