Central and Eastern Europe

Belarus 2019

Broadening Understanding of Security Issues

Freedom of Information

 $17,000

To increase access to quality information and analysis on security issues. The program will produce and make available related analytical materials. In addition, it will monitor and analyze the security environment in regions impacted by neighboring countries. The project will engage with media outlets, hold events on regional security issues, and organize a conference on malign influence.

Developing Civil Society in the Gomel Region

NGO Strengthening

 $28,400

To increase local and regional civic engagement. The program will hold coordination meetings to identify local problems and develop advocacy strategies to address them. It will also bring together experts, civic activists, and citizens through town hall meetings to press local authorities to resolve key local issues. The project will also produce and disseminate informational bulletins.

Expanding Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

 $40,000

To expand freedom of information. The program will maintain and expand an online depository of publications not readily accessible in the country, including works on politics, civil society, history, human rights, and independent culture. It will also add to its broad collection of archived periodicals. Additionally, the program will promote the library’s content via social media and public events.

Fostering Freedom of the Media

Freedom of Information

 $43,000

To defend and support independent journalists and media. The project will monitor freedom of information, document and disseminate information about violations, and assist journalists and media outlets. To raise awareness of its monitoring findings, the project will convene a series of meetings as well as publish and disseminate a regular newsletter and a report on press freedom issues.

Fostering Freedom of the Media

Freedom of Information

Supplement: $10,400

To protect and support independent media. The project will monitor freedom of information. It will document and publish information about violations, and assist media outlets. The project will organize meetings, disseminate an electronic newsletter, and publish a report on the state of media freedom. Ahead of elections, it will monitor, assess and report on the fairness of national and regional media coverage.

Fostering Independent Public Discourse and Democratic Values

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $40,000

To promote public debate on democratic ideas and values. The program will convene public meetings featuring moderated talks by leading domestic, regional, and international pro-democracy intellectuals and cultural figures on current events and issues. Discussions with participants will follow the talks. The program will record and transcribe the contents of the public meetings, as well as of their resulting discussions, and publish them online.

Fostering Youth Activism

NGO Strengthening

 $22,000

To foster youth civic engagement. The program will offer trainings on civic activism for regional youth. It will also raise the skills of representatives of local NGOs in fundraising and social media marketing, communication, and media outreach skills. The program will promote civic activities through a website, social media pages, newsletter, and other public outreach tools.

Increasing Capacity of Civil Society in Belarus

NGO Strengthening

 $50,000

To foster coordination and enhance the effectiveness of civic society. The program will organize study trips and internships for civic activists. The participants will learn from and exchange ideas with their counterparts on how to encourage local communities to promote government accountability. Following the program, the participants will establish an international network.

Increasing Party Capacity In Citizen Outreach And Issue Advocacy

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $300,000

To enable a broad, diverse group of political activists representing democratic political parties and movements to conduct effective and systematic citizen outreach. The institute will assist political leaders in utilizing important pre- and post-election periods to carry out constructive citizen outreach by training democratic parties and movements in effective advocacy campaigns.

Increasing the Impact of Belarus’ Third Sector

NGO Strengthening

 $50,000

To build the capacity of regional civil society groups. To foster local activism, the program will hold a series of trainings, organize regional meetings, and support local civic initiatives. It will also oversee a study visit for civic activists, produce a training manual on grassroots activism, and organize a human rights exhibition.

Increasing the Professionalism of Independent Media

Freedom of Information

 $89,498

To increase the professionalism of independent journalists. The program will support the professional development of and enhance networking among media professionals. It will organize public lectures, master classes, and other educational meetings, as well as conferences and roundtables. In addition, the program will produce and distribute professional development content for media workers.

Promoting Accountability through Civic Engagement

Accountability and Governance

 $25,000

To increase civic engagement in fostering government accountability. The project will maintain and   further develop an independent web portal that allows citizens to file appeals on pressing civic issues to state bodies. It will publicize the website and stimulate petition campaigns in the country’s regions through public presentations, briefings, and social media.

Promoting Citizen Engagement

Accountability and Governance

 $14,000

To foster civic participation and government accountability. The initiative will oversee civic campaigns focusing on local quality of life issues, cultural and historical topics, and political accountability. It will publish a bulletin and a booklet, as well as maintain and upgrade a website. The initiative also will organize roundtables to increase civic engagement.

Promoting Civic Journalism and Engagement

Freedom of Information

 $45,000

To promote civic engagement and freedom of information. The program will train local activists in civic journalism, including reporting for online platforms. The trainees will employ their learned skills by interning at news and information websites. The program will also organize offline events that promote civic engagement on local issues.

Promoting Independent Analysis

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $35,000

To promote democratic ideas and values. The project will promote critical thinking by regularly producing and disseminating original analysis. The analysis will focus on key events and challenges facing the country. To inform its analysis, the project will convene expert roundtables, organize a regular discussion forum, and carry out public surveys. The project will also aggregate and promote other analytical texts.

Promoting Regional Civic Engagement

NGO Strengthening

 $16,000

To promote local independent media and civic engagement. The project will maintain and expand an independent web portal that produces and disseminates local and national news and information. It will promote civic engagement by assisting local civic initiatives, holding regular public discussions, and organizing a series of independent cultural events.

Promoting Youth Activism through Independent Culture

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $32,000

To promote youth activism and independent culture. The project will organize a series of independent civic activities, such as cultural events, meetings, lectures, and trainings, to foster indigenous cultural identity. It will assist innovative initiatives supporting youth activism and independent culture around the country. The project will also maintain its website.

Providing Objective Economic Information

Freedom of Information

 $40,300

To increase access to independent information. The project will support a website that increases citizens’ understanding of the country’s economic situation and developments. It will produce and disseminate weekly news and analysis that provides objective information on key economic issues affecting the government, business, and the general public. The project will also produce targeted content to increase its audience, and develop long-term sustainability strategies.

Strengthening Access to Independent Information

Freedom of Information

 $25,000

To strengthen access to independent information. The project will produce a website that offers independent political news and information, and informs the public of major issues facing the country, including local, national, and international political and economic developments. To broaden its audience and serve as a counterweight to Russian propaganda, the project will continue to develop the site’s content and capacity, create more accessible news formats, and boost its social media presence.

Strengthening and Defending Independent Online Media

Freedom of Information

 $50,400

To foster freedom of information and the Internet. The program will support and safeguard independent print and online media outlets by providing secure, reliable hosting and technical support, as well as legal and audit consultations and assistance. It will also conduct trainings and webinars on digital security, legal compliance, and sustainable development for media workers.

Strengthening Public Debate on Reforms

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $38,800

To strengthen public understanding of and debate on reforms. The program will promote young experts and their ideas in the digital sphere by producing and publicizing articles, reports, and videos on key reforms necessary for the country’s democratic development. In addition, it will organize a series of reform-related offline events, including regional discussions.

Strengthening Regional Civil Society

NGO Strengthening

 $18,000

To strengthen the capacity of regional civil society by engaging and assisting civic activists and citizens in addressing urban and quality of life issues. The program will conduct a survey to identify pressing issues; hold meetings with citizens, business, and local officials to discuss them; and publish its findings. It will also organize trainings for activists and assist civic projects that address local challenges.

Supporting a Leading Independent Media Outlet

Freedom of Information

 $60,000

To promote independent media and foster freedom of information. The program will maintain and develop an online newspaper, which provides timely coverage of key social, political, and economic developments. It will expand the publication’s content, improve its sustainability, and increase its audience by employing new innovative formats and by boosting its presence on social networks.

Supporting an Independent Online Newspaper

Freedom of Information

 $60,000

To support freedom of information. The project will maintain an independent online publication. The outlet serves as a free source of objective political, economic, and social information for civil society and ordinary citizens. The publication will post daily news items and analytical articles on politics, international relations, economics, social issues, and civic society.

Supporting an Independent Periodical

Freedom of Information

 $16,000

To foster a free exchange of ideas. The project will produce an independent print and online publication. It will expand its readership and sustainability by launching a digital news platform and partnering with other publications through a digital bookstore. The publication supports the dissemination of independent ideas and fosters freedom of expression, critical thinking, and democratic ideas and values.

Supporting Civil Society

NGO Strengthening

 $35,000

To assist independent civic initiatives. The program will assist a network of NGO resource centers that provide physical space and independent information, networking and training opportunities, and other support to local civil society groups and initiatives. It will also foster civic activism, publish a bulletin, and serve as civil society hub.

Supporting Independent Culture

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $73,300

To foster independent civic identity, critical thinking, and civic activism. The educational program will employ an innovative methodology that promotes civic engagement, human rights, and democratic values. Its courses will feature guest lectures and performances by independent experts and cultural figures. The program will also train instructors, produce a textbook, and launch new tools that facilitate learning.

Supporting Independent Media

Freedom of Information

 $194,400

To help ensure the continued viability of independent media. The project will continue to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable independent media groups whose ability to disseminate news and information of public interest is threatened. Through this mechanism, the project will also work to improve the longer-term economic sustainability of independent publications.

Supporting Independent Media

Freedom of Information

$76,000

To promote freedom of information and the sustainability of independent media. The program will support news outlets in pursuing an innovative collaboration and growth strategy. It will assist publications with sharing office space and operating expenses, and engaging in co-branding, cross promotion, and content sharing. The program aims to expand a model for greater media sustainability.

Supporting Independent Online Media

Freedom of Information

 $35,000

To foster freedom of information and promote public debate. The program will expand an online platform that engages young, educated audiences in discussions on needed reforms. The program will continue to expand its audiences in the regions by enhancing the quality of its information content, thereby stimulating debate and increasing its outreach.

Supporting Independent Regional Media

Freedom of Information

 $46,800

To promote independent media and freedom of information. The program will expand the content and audience of an independent online publication by helping it to develop new digital capabilities, increase its multimedia content, and boost the participation of citizen journalists. It will also expand a new digital publication in another region.

Supporting Local Civil Society

NGO Strengthening

 $50,000

To strengthen civil society and independent media at the local and regional levels. The program will support and coordinate civil society initiatives. It will assist regional resource centers, support local civic initiatives, publish online news and a print bulletin, and organize meetings that bring citizens together with civil society leaders.

Supporting Local Media and Civic Initiatives

Freedom of Information

 $27,600

To support local and regional civil society and independent media groups. The program will inform citizens and promote civic initiatives in underserved areas around the country. It will produce and disseminate independent news and information through online and traditional media outlets, and engage citizens to participate actively in local governance.

Supporting the Independent Press

Freedom of Information

 $40,000

To support independent media and freedom of information. The project will promote freedom of information by producing and disseminating independent news. It will play an important role in informing citizens about key social, political, civic and economic issues, and in raising greater awareness about independent civic initiatives throughout the country.

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