Belarus 2020

Advancing Transparent Data Management in Belarus

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$225,000

To help democratic activists adapt their data management tools and collection methods to new data privacy legislation in Belarus, the Institute will provide expert trainings and consultations to partners that utilize specialized customer relations management (CRM) systems to conduct systematic citizen outreach.

Broadening Understanding of National Security Issues

Freedom of Information

Supplement$17,200

To increase access to quality information and analysis on national and regional security issues. The organization will make available analytical materials related to the security sector. The organization will engage with international media and topical experts, and hold events on national and regional security issues.

Building a Transatlantic Community in Support of Belarus

Democratic Ideas and Values

$44,875

The organization will bolster its rapid-response initiative by holding public events, securing regular media appearances, publishing a weekly newsletter, and networking to promote transatlantic policy coordination on policy issues. The initiative will promote peaceful solutions to political crises, support for democratic processes, as well as a deterrence to foreign malign influences.

Defending Human Rights and Civic Activism

Human Rights

Supplement$126,000

To monitor and defend human rights. The organization will monitor and document human rights abuses and provide assistance to individuals whose rights have been violated. It will provide legal and other aid to victims of political repression through its local and regional branches.

Defending Human Rights and Civic Activism

Human Rights

$100,500

To monitor and defend human rights. The organization will document human rights abuses and provide assistance to individuals whose rights have been violated. In particular, it will provide legal and other assistance to victims of political repressions. The organization will continue to operate local branches, which monitor human rights violations and provide legal aid. It will also collect and disseminate information on abuses and publish an annual report on human rights violations.

Developing Regional Civil Society

NGO Strengthening

$32,000

To increase local and regional civic engagement. The organization will hold civil society coordination meetings to identify problems and develop advocacy strategies to address them. It will also bring together experts, civic activists, and citizens through meetings to press authorities to resolve key issues. The organization will support civic activists by providing assistance and media coverage.

Expanding Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

Supplement$40,000

To expand freedom of information. The organization will maintain and expand its library of publications not readily accessible in the country. It will promote the library via social media and public meetings in the country’s regions.

Fostering Free and Fair Elections

Political Processes

$50,100

To foster free and fair elections. Ahead of presidential elections, the nonpartisan program will carry out a comprehensive informational campaign to educate citizens about electoral rights and independent election monitoring. During the election campaigns, it will educate activists around voting rights, and train and deploy observers to monitor violations. The program will disseminate its monitoring findings through a variety of media.

Fostering Free and Fair Elections

Political Processes

Supplement$30,000

To foster free and fair elections. Ahead of key elections, the nonpartisan program will carry out a comprehensive informational campaign to educate citizens about electoral rights and independent election monitoring. It will train and deploy observers to monitor violations.

Fostering Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Information

$42,500

To foster freedom of expression and access to independent information. The organization will publish materials on key historical and contemporary figures and political developments in the country. It will hold events across the country to promote its work. The organization will also disseminate its materials on social media, through independent media, and via its networks of volunteers.

Fostering Freedom of the Media

Freedom of Information

$75,800

To protect and support independent media. The organization will monitor the freedom of information environment in the country. It will document and disseminate information about media freedom violations, and it will provide assistance to journalists and media outlets at risk.

Fostering Freedom of the Media

Freedom of Information

Supplement$25,600

To protect and support independent media. The organization will monitor freedom of information through its regional offices and local monitors. It will document and disseminate information about violations, and provide assistance to local journalists and media outlets. To raise awareness of its monitoring findings, the organization will conduct press club meetings, disseminate an e-newsletter, and publish an annual report on the state of media freedom. Ahead of key elections, the organization will monitor, assess, and report on the fairness of media coverage.

Fostering Youth Activism

NGO Strengthening

$37,000

To foster youth civic engagement. The organization will conduct meetings, trainings and other educational activities on civic activism for regional youth. The organization will also promote civic activism through its website, social media pages, messenger channel, weekly newsletter, and mobile application.

Increasing Capacity of Civil Society in Belarus

NGO Strengthening

$94,760

To enhance the effectiveness of civic society. The organization will manage an internship program and study trips offering an opportunity for civic activists to learn from and exchange ideas with their regional counterparts on how to mobilize local communities to become politically active and promote government accountability. The organization will also run a small-grants program to support civic initiatives.

Increasing the Capacity of Independent Media and Civil Society

Freedom of Information

$38,700

To increase the capacity of independent media and civic organizations to use open data research. The organization will convene a school that will provide training in gathering open source information. In addition, it will hold public lectures on open data research, place resident mentors at selected newsrooms to support open data research, organize trainings in data mining, and produce a manual on the topic.

Increasing the Effectiveness of the Civic Sector

NGO Strengthening

$50,000

To increase the capacity of civic organizations and initiatives to foster local activism. The organization will build the capacity of regional civil society groups through trainings, support and mentoring for local initiatives as they develop and implement local projects. It will also organize working meetings, hold evaluation seminars for activists, and convene annual capstone events.

Promoting Accountability through Civic Engagement

Accountability and Governance

$31,000

To increase civic engagement in fostering government accountability. The organization will maintain, further develop, and promote its portal, which allows citizens to file appeals on pressing civic issues to state authorities and serves as a public forum. It will publicize the website, hold public presentations, press briefings, online trainings and discussions.

Promoting Civic Journalism and Engagement

Freedom of Information

Supplement$48,200

To promote civic engagement and freedom of information. The organization will train local and regional activists in civic journalism. The trainees will practice their newly-acquired skills by reporting for the organization’s independent online newspaper. The media group will also organize offline events that promote civic engagement on local issues.

Promoting Democratic Ideas and Values

Democratic Ideas and Values

$36,500

To promote democratic ideas and values. The organization will produce original analysis and publish it on its website. The analysis will focus on key events and challenges facing the country. The organization will also convene expert roundtables and other events The site will also serve as an aggregator for important analytical texts produced by other domestic and international experts and organizations.

Promoting Youth Activism through Independent Culture

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement$16,000

To promote youth civic engagement. The independent center will organize civic education activities including cultural events, lectures, and trainings. It will award mini grants to initiatives supporting youth activism and promoting inclusive national identity. The organization will also maintain its website that serves as an information portal for cultural news.

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 provide access to independent political news and information. In an important election year, the independent website will inform the public of major issues facing their country, including local, national, and international political and economic developments. To broaden its audience and serve as a counterweight to propaganda, the outlet will continue to develop the site’s content, create more accessible news formats, and boost its social media presence.

Strengthening and Defending Independent Media

Freedom of Information

$50,000

To strengthen and defend independent media. The program will foster freedom of information, both online and offline. It will support and safeguard independent traditional and digital media outlets by providing technical support, consultations, and assistance. The program will also conduct trainings on digital security, legal compliance, and media development.

Strengthening Civil Society in the Eastern Regions

NGO Strengthening

$23,000

To strengthen the capacity of local civil society in the country’s regions by assisting civic activists and citizens in addressing urban and quality of life issues. The organization will survey the local population to identify pressing issues, hold meetings on these issues with relevant actors, and publish the results.

Strengthening Public Debate on Reforms

Democratic Ideas and Values

$45,500

To strengthen public understanding of and debate on reforms. The program will promote young, reform-oriented experts and their ideas in the digital sphere. An online magazine will produce and publicize articles, reports, and videos on key reforms. In addition, the program will organize reform-related offline events.

Supporting an Independent Online Newspaper

Freedom of Information

$120,000

To support freedom of information. The organization will maintain its popular daily online newspaper. The independent publication serves as a free source of objective political, economic, and social information for civil society and ordinary citizens. The organization will post news items each day, including analytical articles, with a focus on politics, international relations, economics, and social issues.

Supporting Civil Society in Eastern Belarus

NGO Strengthening

$53,000

To promote civic activism. The organization will continue to serve as a leading resource center for local NGOs that provides a safe space and objective information, networking and training opportunities, and assistance to regional civil society initiatives.

Supporting Independent Culture and Civic Activism

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement$77,700

To foster an independent civic identity, encourage critical thinking, and promote civic activism. The organization will employ informal education that promotes civic engagement, human rights, and democratic values. Its courses will feature guest lectures and performances by independent experts and cultural figures.

Supporting Independent Local Media

Freedom of Information

$58,000

To foster freedom of information and independent media. The organization will maintain and develop its regional news website that provides timely reporting on key political, social, and economic developments in an underserved region. To expand the outlet’s content, improve its sustainability, and increase its audience, the organization will scale up coverage, upgrade the website, invest in marketing and advertising, and increase its presence on social media.

Supporting Independent Media

Freedom of Information

Supplement$3,844

To help ensure the continued viability of independent media. The organization will continue to provide emergency assistance to independent media outlets whose work is hindered by the government or whose financial survival is in jeopardy. Through this mechanism, the project will support the longer-term sustainability of independent publications.

Supporting Independent Media

Freedom of Information

$277,200

To help ensure the continued viability of independent media. The organization will continue to provide emergency assistance to independent media outlets whose work is hindered by the government or whose financial survival is in jeopardy.

Supporting Independent Media

Freedom of Information

$60,000

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

Supporting Independent Media

Freedom of Information

$83,700

To promote freedom of information and the sustainability of independent media. The leading news daily will partner with a likeminded publication to pursue an innovative viability and audience-growth strategy.

Supporting Independent Online Media

Freedom of Information

$42,000

To promote better access to independent, objective news and analysis during an important election year. A leading independent news and analysis outlet will increase the content production for its website covering political, economic, and social developments in the country.

Supporting Independent Online Media

Freedom of Information

$35,000

To foster freedom of information and promote public debate. The initiative will expand its online platform that engages young, educated audiences in discussions on reforms and related challenges.

Supporting Independent Regional Media

Freedom of Information

$52,800

To promote independent media and freedom of information. The media outlet will expand the content, audience, and regional reach of its established web publication and develop an additional online publication with a new target audience and regional reach.

Supporting Local Civil Society

NGO Strengthening

Supplement$50,000

To strengthen civil society and independent media at the local and regional levels. The organization will support and coordinate civil society initiatives. The nonpartisan program will assist regional resource centers, publish online news and regional bulletins, and convene meetings that bring citizens together with civil society leaders.

Supporting Local Media and Civic Initiatives

Freedom of Information

$28,000

To support the development of local civil society and independent media. The grassroots program will assist local resource centers in informing citizens and fostering civic initiatives in several districts in the country. It will produce and disseminate independent bulletins and maintain local websites.

Supporting Regional Urban Initiatives

Democratic Ideas and Values

$23,000

To increase civic engagement and activism. The program will publish and disseminate print and online editions of an independent journal that fosters discussion on civic engagement. To promote public participation around issues of urban development, the program will hold a series of discussions and workshop in major urban centers.

Supporting the Independent Press

Freedom of Information

$49,760

To foster the development of independent media and expand freedom of information. The media outlet will continue to produce its independent newspaper. In a key election year, the publication will play an important role in informing citizens about social, political, civic and economic issues.