THAILAND 2020

Expanding Awareness of Democratic Values

Human Rights

$133,000

To enhance the capacity of activists to promote democracy and human rights. The organization will coordinate a series of learning sessions for advocates from different regions of the country on strategies for promoting democracy and provide them with the space to pilot creative advocacy initiatives using their new skills. Activities will also nurture cross-regional and cross-sectoral collaboration as well as focus on the development of resources that capture lessons learned from the participants’ experiences.

Bolstering Human Rights Protection and Access to Justice

Rights for Justice Foundation (RJF)

$125,500

To promote human rights and enhance access to justice for victims of rights violations. The program will provide legal assistance to those who are targeted by authorities for exercising their civil and political rights and freedoms. Activities will include legal aid and litigation support, monitoring and documentation of human rights violations across the country, and advocating for legal reforms.

Civic Technology to Foster Informed Debates on Politics and Governance

Punch Up World Co. Ltd.

$61,000

To provide the public with independent information and analysis of critical socio-political issues to inform public debates and promote civic participation. The group will develop media products and analytical pieces that aim to present policy issues in more accessible and creative ways, strengthening public understanding of the country’s political and governance processes and encouraging citizen engagement in debates on key policy issues. 

Civic Technology to Foster Informed Debates on Politics and Governance

Punch Up World Co. Ltd.

Supplement$33,465

To provide the public with information and analysis of critical socio-political issues to inform public debates and promote civic participation. Combining civic technology, data analysis of government information, and journalism, the group will develop media products and analytical pieces that aim to present issues in more accessible and creative ways, strengthening public understanding of political and governance processes and encouraging citizen engagement in debates on issues

Fostering An Accountable And Responsive Political Culture

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$250,000

To support a democratic political culture in Thailand by encouraging democratic values and principles, the Institute will work with political actors to strengthen their roles as accountable institutions and the voice of the people. Activities will focus on support to political parties and new voices within Thai politics to build their capacity for internal party and coalition operations, as well as a build a stronger understanding of the pressing needs facing the country and the perspectives of their peers on these issues. 

Fostering Citizen Participation in Advancing Democracy and Human Rights

Human Rights

$60,000

To foster citizen engagement in advancing democracy. The organization will strengthen a network of activists committed to promoting democracy and human rights and facilitate their participation in key discussions on pressing political and governance issues. Activities will include a series of consultations, workshops, and public events that provide participants with opportunities to collaborate with one another and amplify their voices.

Fostering Citizen Participation in Advancing Democracy and Human Rights

Human Rights

Supplement$15,300

To foster citizen engagement in advancing democracy. The organization will strengthen a network of community groups committed to promoting democracy and facilitate their participation in key discussions on pressing political and governance issues. Activities will include a series of consultations, workshops, and public events that provide participants with opportunities to collaborate with one another, amplify their voices, and contribute perspectives to help make the broader conversation on challenges to democracy more diverse.

Fostering Democratic Values and Practices

Human Rights

$32,000

To strengthen community activists’ knowledge of democracy and human rights principles. The organization will conduct a series of trainings as well as dialogue sessions with local communities to bolster their ability to contribute to broader debates about policies and challenges related to democracy. Participants will also lay the foundation for the formation of a local civil society network that will provide a platform for cooperation in their democracy-building efforts.

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, dialogue sessions with local communities, and public events to highlight challenges to democracy and to lay the foundation for a civil society network to promote democracy.

Fostering Public Understanding and Dialogue on Democratic Reforms

Political Processes

$31,000

To foster public dialogue on democratic reform issues and strengthen citizen participation in advocating for a reform process that adheres to democratic values. The coalition will conduct public education activities to expand citizens’ understanding of the various issues at the center of calls for democratic reform, helping them to examine how the different policies and aspects of the political and governance processes impact their rights and daily lives and providing opportunities for them to articulate their views to contribute to advocacy on reforms.

Human Rights Volunteer Project

Thai Volunteer Service

$77,000

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 activism to promote rights.

Labor Program 2020

Solidarity Center (SC)

$728,300

To further promote international labor standards and protections in Thailand, the Center will leverage global trade union networks and international mechanisms including global framework agreements, and 1) support and strengthen efforts by its partners to organize and bargain collectively, and protect themselves from anti-union and other retaliatory measures; and 2) support and intensify efforts by migrant workers to organize, build their capacity to access social benefits and protections, and to defend themselves from judicial harassment and discrimination.

Legal Assistance and Community Empowerment in Support of Environmental Rights

ENLAWTHAI Foundation

$60,000

To strengthen citizens’ ability to exercise their environmental rights and promote accountability. Project activities will include strategic litigation on specific environmental cases that could have far-reaching implications for environmental law and regulation; community empowerment trainings; and public awareness efforts to raise the profile of environmental issues, human rights, and rule of law.

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

The 101 Percent Co., Ltd.

$90,000

To provide the public with independent news and analysis on critical political, social, and economic issues and contribute to the public discourse on these topics. The organization will operate 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.

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

The 101 Percent Co., Ltd.

Supplement$80,000

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 operate an online media platform that will publish a range of content, including reports, opinion columns, interviews, and video documentaries, which will focus on topics such as democratization; political, economic and cultural changes in Thailand; rule of law; and the impact of regional and global trends on the country.

Promoting Civil and Political Rights and Law Reform 

Internet Law Reform Dialogue

$52,000

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 monitor political and governance processes and provide the public with accessible analysis of how various actions and policies will affect their rights. It will also operate a documentation center to report on freedom of expression violations,and will collaborate with other civil society groups in advocating for democracy and human rights.

Promoting Community Dialogue between Citizens, Political Parties and Elected Representatives

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$415,000

To support dialogue between citizens and elected local officials, the Institute will convene and facilitate forums and constituent dialogues in four regions of Thailand in collaboration with working groups of local civil society and political party representatives. These activities will bring together political parties and civil society at a time when space for political dialogue is limited, enabling collaboration and citizen input on local issues.

Promoting Democratic Values and Fostering Critical Thinking

Cafe Democracy

$50,000

To strengthen democratic values and foster critical thinking. The organization will organize a learning process on democracy and citizen participation as well as conduct workshops for target groups in civil society on nurturing critical thinking as a way to strengthen understanding of democratic norms and values. Other activities will include discussions on key social issues to promote open dialogue.

Promoting Human Rights in the Justice System

Human Rights Lawyers Association

$50,000

To strengthen a network of lawyers engaged in the protection of human rights. Focusing particularly on ending the misuse of laws to perpetuate human rights violations and stifle public participation, the organization will provide legal assistance to cases involving freedom of expression violations and engage in efforts to call for the reform of legal mechanisms aimed at protecting human rights.

Strengthening Citizen Journalism and Informing Public Discourse in the Northeast

The Isaan Record

$45,000

To strengthen the capacity of citizen journalists to report on political, economic, and development issues in the northeastern region, and contribute to public discourse on key policies in the region. The organization will coordinate advanced trainings on a range of topics such as in-depth reporting; data journalism; and photography and video journalism. The participants will go on to produce new reports and feature articles. 

Strengthening Civil Society to Promote Democracy

Human Rights

$63,000

To foster citizen engagement in advancing democracy. The organization will enhance the capacity of civil society advocates to contribute to debates on democratic policy alternatives to address social, political, and economic challenges. Activities will include a series of trainings, discussion forums, 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 Collaboration for Democracy

Political Processes

$177,500

To foster collaboration among civil society organizations to promote democracy and human rights. The group will establish a platform for democratic advocates to collaborate on joint initiatives to address key democracy issues. Activities will be conducted along two tracks: collaboration on advocacy to call for democratic reforms as well as a series of workshops to provide groups the space to build up their skills in areas such public outreach and democracy education.

Strengthening Democracy and Human Rights Advocacy

Human Rights

$41,000

To bolster the capacity of community groups to advocate for human rights. The project will provide opportunities for participants to enhance their knowledge and ability to promote democracy and raise public awareness about human rights violations in their region. Activities will include public forums on democracy and human rights, trainings for grassroots leaders and activists on ways to engage local communities, and advocacy activities to call for human rights protection.

Strengthening Grassroots Engagement in Promoting Democracy

Human Rights

$70,000

To strengthen grassroots engagement in promoting democratic principles. The organization will support activists’ ability to contribute to discussions on critical democratic reforms, providing spaces to discuss and analyze key democracy and human rights topics.  It will also strengthen the public’s understanding of these issues and support advocacy efforts that engage citizens to call for reforms.. Activities will include trainings, local community dialogues, and public awareness-raising events.

Strengthening Media Coverage of Democracy and Human Rights

Rocket Media Lab

$80,000

To expand in-depth media coverage of critical democracy and human rights issues. The organization will create a web portal that will house data and original research on a range of topics related to democracy, human rights, and social issues. The publicly-available resource will enable journalists to access statistics, research findings, and analysis on key issues that can be used to inform their reporting and increase their coverage of these key issues, thereby helping to expand public discourse on them.

Strengthening Activists’ Capacity to Engage in Democracy Building

Human Rights

$32,700

To strengthen the capacity of activists to promote democracy. The organization will conduct a series of trainings on democracy building and best practices and lessons learned on effective activism.  It will also develop an online resource center and database to provide activists with information and tools to help them engage more strategically in advocacy. The project will also provide participants with the opportunity to apply their skills in designing a joint advocacy initiative.

Supporting Grassroots Engagement in Promoting Democracy

Thai Poor Act

$72,000

To strengthen grassroots activists’ political participation and practice of democratic principles. The organization will work with a national network of activists in an advocacy initiative that aims to highlight the need for democratic reform. Activities that will serve to catalyze more inclusive discussions on the country’s political direction will include workshops to draft citizen recommendations to inform debates on issues related to democracy, consultations with communities, and a public forum to launch the proposals.

Supporting Independent Media

Foundation for Community Educational Media

$70,000

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

Supporting Local Communities to Advocate for Human Rights Protection

Human Rights

$47,500

To promote community rights and empower marginalized communities to defend their rights. Project activities will include trainings on utilizing legal mechanisms to protect community rights; workshops on data collection and documentation of rights abuses; legal assistance for human rights violation cases; awareness raising on the human rights impacts of certain environmental policies; and law reform advocacy.

Supporting Citizen Participation in Promoting Democracy

Asian Network for Free Elections Foundation

$100,000

To strengthen civic and political participation and foster coordination to promote democracy. The network will organize a series of trainings and learning sessions for civic-minded actors that will support their engagement in democratic processes, enable them to more effectively contribute efforts to advance democracy, and develop linkages with other key actors in the democracy movement.