Europe Regional 2020

Baltic Eurasia Inter-Parliamentary Training Institute – BEIPTI

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$350,000

To build the capacity of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to form issue-based coalitions and develop policies that deliver needed reforms, the Institute will conduct  legislative exchanges, bringing parliamentarians to Vilnius to learn from their counterparts in the Lithuanian Seimas (parliament) as well as  follow-up exchanges, ongoing consultations that bring Seimas representatives and other technical experts to partner parliaments to focus on subject-matter support aimed at advancing priority reforms, and a capstone module bringing together parliamentarians from each participating country to Vilnius.

Beacon: Beyond Disinformation

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$500,000

To strengthen democratic resilience to malign Kremlin influence, the Institute will expand and diversify the Beacon Project’s network of civil society organizations (CSOs) and policymakers, in the Visegrad Four, Romania, and Bulgaria, and engaging decision-makers on the national and EU levels. The Institute will expand its monitoring tool to include non-media data and continue supporting partner research in the region to better equip stakeholders with tools and information that will facilitate advocating for a more consolidated and robust response on the national and European levels.

Bolstering Europe Against the Subversive Tactics of the Chinese Communist Party

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$500,000

To facilitate a collective policy response to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) political influence activity in Central and Eastern Europe through the 17+1, the Institute will bolster understanding among European political parties of the CCP’s foreign influence tools , and develop channels of communication between parties and parliaments to illuminate comprehensive awareness of CCP influence activity and catalyze a coordinated policy response.

Building Resilience to Disinformation in Central Europe

European Academy of Diplomacy

$42,200

To build resilience against disinformation in Central Europe. The organization will promote best practices among a new generation of political and social leaders in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Poland. It will create a learning and networking platform for 15 civic and political activists specialized in building response mechanisms and fostering resilience against disinformation; train 150 activists, and prepare a comprehensive curriculum for the network of 21 Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies.

Consolidating a Knowledge and Resource Hub in Europe to Support Unions Fighting Corruption During a Global Crisis

Solidarity Center (SC)

$800,000

To build the capacities of unions and civil society organizations in Europe and Eurasia to advance anti-corruption efforts, the Center will continue to develop its Ukraine-based knowledge hub and expand the Solidarity Against Corruption civil society coalition. This work will encourage proactive union responses to corruption across the region, expand worker reporting on corrupt practices and improve legal protection for anti-corruption activists. The Center will expand platforms for dialogue and information exchange between anti-corruption activists across different countries responding to challenges brought about by COVID-19.

Counter Disinformation among Vulnerable Populations in Central Europe

Transitions Online

$100,000

To counter disinformation among vulnerable populations in Central Europe. The Czech organization, together with partners in Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary, will assess the media literacy skills of senior citizens and adapt teaching methodologies to create more effective training programs that build those skills. The media group will design educational materials, train trainers, and conduct workshops designed to counter disinformation among seniors in the target countries.

Creating Enabling Environments for Constructive Capital in Europe – Phase II

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$1,301,091

To enhance local stakeholders’ engagement in promoting good governance norms through anti-corruption compliance and corporate governance, address governance challenges posed by corrosive capital, and facilitate cross-regional learning and thought leadership, the Center will engage and connect partners to create the conditions for rule of law-driven constructive capital flows into the emerging markets of Europe. The Center will foster regional networks committed to ethics, integrity, and good governance and work with international partners to highlight the benefits of constructive capital.

Defending Democratic Institutions 2

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$1,200,000

To improve European political parties’ ability to understand and address their electorates’ shifting priorities, target and engage disaffected constituencies, and expand and diversify their candidate pools to increase their competitiveness. The Institute will facilitate sociological research and focus groups to develop non-traditional candidate profiles, targeted consultations on internal party democracy, and cross-border skills-building and best-practices sharing among Transatlantically oriented political actors.

Enhancing The Role Of The Private Sector In Local Democracy – Phase I, Slovakia, Czech Republic

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$372,006

To improve public-private cooperation in developing a joint vision for growth in selected municipalities of Slovakia and the Czech Republic; and to enhance the role of the wider private sector in public policy decision-making. Building upon the pro-reform orientation of selected local public and private actors, the Center will facilitate public-private cooperation in the development of recommendations to restart local economies. The Center will provide private sector champions with advisory services and connections with other like-minded stakeholders within the two countries and in the region.

Fostering Democratic Values in Central Europe

Res Publica Foundation

$100,000

To foster regional dialogue promoting democratic values in Central Europe. The Poland-based organization will produce articles and reports in 12 languages and publish them in its leading regional journal and other key media outlets in the region. The content will address issues contributing to the region’s democratic backsliding, including disinformation and the shrinking space for civil society. The organization will also identify, strengthen, and link emerging pro-democratic opinion leaders across the region by holding a series of networking events.

Gendered Research on Anti-System Politics

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$400,000

To dissect and better understand political identity and support in a shifting world of political competition throughout Europe, the Institute will conduct original research on the involvement of women in anti-system political parties, with a focus on their political motivations and social and economic contexts. The Institute will produce a full report of research findings and recommendations to inform its network of mainstream political stakeholders on the issue priorities and identities among women in the populations they seek to serve.

Monitoring China’s Influence and Impact on Democratic Standards

AcaMedia

Supplement$75,700

To strengthen understanding of China’s growing presence overseas, and to examine its impact on democratic practices and values. The Czech organization will publish original investigations and analysis on its website and social media, and cooperate with traditional media to increase the visibility of this topic. It will also work with experts in other countries to identify areas for joint cooperation and engagement in the global conversation on foreign authoritarian influence, including through knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Monitoring China’s Influence and Impact on Democratic Standards

AcaMedia

$100,000

To strengthen understanding of China’s growing presence overseas, and to examine its impact on democratic practices and values. The Czech organization will publish original investigations and analysis on its website and social media, and cooperate with traditional media to increase the visibility of this topic. It will also work with experts in other countries to identify areas for joint cooperation and engagement in the global conversation on foreign authoritarian influence, including through knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Promoting Dialogue between Poland and Ukraine

KARTA Center Foundation

$80,000

To promote dialogue, civic education, and historical reconciliation in Poland and Ukraine. The Warsaw-based organization will establish a Ukrainian civic library and an archive in eastern Poland, organize a specialized workshop on dealing with sensitive historical issues between the two countries, and publish a series of related educational articles, primary source documents, and a book on the Maidan Revolution.

Promoting European Democracy Dialogue

European Forum Alpbach Foundation

$117,500

To promote dialogue and facilitate networking on democracy issues in Europe. The Austria-based organization will bring established and young civil society leaders and journalists from Central and Eastern Europe to take part in the annual Alpbach Forum. The organization will also gather journalists from the region for an advanced media training and facilitate the participation of NED alumni in a series of alliance-building meetings of pro-democracy actors.

Promoting Independent Digital Media

Notes from Poland Foundation

$50,000

To strengthen independent digital media in Central Europe. The Poland-based organization will improve and expand its monitoring, reporting and analysis of issues relating to democracy, the rule of law, civil society, human rights, and media freedom in Poland and Central Europe. It will expand and professionalize its media outlet and convene a workshop to foster closer cooperation between journalists, media outlets, and NGOs reporting on these issues across the region.

Promoting Investigative Journalism in Central Europe

Foundation Reporters

$121,800

To strengthen the work of and cooperation among investigative journalists in Central Europe. The Poland-based media outlet will continue to develop, expand, and professionalize its crossborder investigative website, produce joint investigations on Russian disinformation and malign influence in the Visegrad countries, increase its content production, deepen its links with investigative journalists in the Baltic States, and convene meetings and workshops for reporters in the region.

Promoting Local Government Accountability

K-Monitor Association

$78,000

To promote local government accountability in Central Europe. The Hungary-based organization and its Polish and Romanian partners will build the capacity of local civil society in their countries through a regional project fostering transparency, good governance, and civic engagement at the local level. The project will include identifying best practices, compiling case studies, drafting policy guides, conducting local trainings, supporting local accountability initiatives, and fostering regional networking.

Promoting New Approaches to Civil Society Resiliency

Partners Global

$199,000

To promote new models for building civil society resiliency in Central Europe. The organization will introduce new approaches to understanding the challenges of a shrinking civic space and charting a path for civil society organizations and actors to adapt and thrive in response. The organization will strengthen the resiliency of key civil society organizations in Hungary and Slovakia, and help them to become “resiliency champions.” The program will establish a lasting infrastructure of resiliency support for civil society in the region.

Promoting Quality Russian-Language Media Content

Eastern Europe Studies Center

$83,000

To produce and disseminate Russian-language content that challenges the Kremlin’s disinformation and anti-democratic narratives. Working with leading media outlets, the think tank will produce and distribute 48 analytical and investigative pieces. It will hold a meeting for young professionals from nine countries working to combat disinformation. The think tank will convene and disseminate the results of public meetings on identifying and understanding disinformation in the media.

Promoting Understanding and Awareness of Chinese and Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe

Association for International Affairs

$162,150

To monitor, assess, publicize, and respond to Chinese influence in Central and Eastern Europe. Working with local partners in the Visegrad countries, the Czech think tank will analyze and produce a series of publications on Chinese and Russian policies and their relation to the region’s democratic backsliding. It will also continue to expand its broader regional platform on China’s influence in the ‘17+1’ countries, and conduct awareness campaigns aimed at fostering a democratic and accountable approach to foreign policy vis-à-vis China.

Reinforcing Democratic Discourse and Inclusive Governance in Central Europe

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$750,000

To reinforce resilient democratic politics and inclusive governance in Central Europe, the Institute through a regional initiative will enable political actors to strengthen citizen engagement practices through improved communications strategies and outreach tools. The Institute will extend its engagement with political parties and other political actors to work with youth, women, and local elected officials, as well as civil society, to support communications and legislation that reflects citizen priorities and deepen citizen engagement with policy makers.

Securing a Transatlantic Future

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$500,000

The transatlantic alliance faces numerous challenges, including growing skepticism about the necessity of transatlantic institutions among leaders in newer European democracies.  In response, the Institute will facilitate exchanges among political leaders and experts and their foreign counterparts, lead study visits, and provide workshops to educate participants regarding the internal and external threats facing the alliance. Participants will co-produce a white paper and promotional strategy advocating for strengthening the Alliance in their respective countries.

 Strengthening Civil Society Resilience

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

$52,000

To continue strengthening the resilience of civil society organizations in Central Europe. In response to the growing pressure on civil society in the region, the Polish, Romanian and Hungarian partners will organize six advocacy visits to relevant EU institutions. They will also convene two webinars for the region’s watchdogs on the monitoring of human rights and hold an event in Brussels to share the project’s findings and recommendations and raise awareness of the shrinking civic space.

Strengthening Cooperation among Independent Media and Civil Society

Fundacja Kultura Liberalna

$47,800

To strengthen cooperation among independent media and civil society, and help to increase resilience to anti-democratic influences and trends in new EU member states. In collaboration with three regional partners, the Poland-based organization will oversee the production, publication, and dissemination of nonpartisan analyses and articles related to the rule of law in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Bulgaria. It will also hold a series of online coordination meetings for the program partners.

Strengthening Independent Journalism

Outriders

$116,900

To strengthen independent journalism in Central and Eastern Europe. The Poland-based organization will expand its online platform that assists journalists in gaining and sharing knowledge, developing new story ideas, identifying partners for crossborder projects, and providing them with new technology tools. It will organize  meetups, trainings and a summit to establish crossborder partnerships. The organization will also produce regional and community stories, and develop articles and videos promoting new, engaging models of reporting.

Strengthening Independent Media

Eurozine

$105,692

To support key independent media outlets, produce and disseminate unique content, and strengthen cooperation among independent media to increase resilience to disinformation and anti-democratic narratives. The media organization will oversee the production, publication, and dissemination of articles on disinformation, technology, and democracy among its 90 partner journals. Over two years, it will convene two annual conferences of all partner journals, and quarterly meetings of its editorial board.

Strengthening Independent Media in Central Europe

Mertek Media Monitor

$116,000

To increase the resilience of independent media in Central Europe. Together with partner organizations in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Romania, the Hungarian organization will conduct complex research into the media ecosystems of the four countries and use the subsequent reports to propose domestic and regional policy recommendations. The reports and policy recommendations will also be used to raise public awareness and strategic partnerships to advocate with governments to adopt the policy recommendations.

Strengthening Inter-Ethnic Political Discourse and Minority Inclusion

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$750,000

To foster more inclusive and accountable governance in fragile democracies in Central and Eastern Europe, the Institute will develop meaningful channels of political discourse among politically and ethnically divided communities, particularly among youth, and foster access points for politically marginalized groups, such as the Roma and other ethnic minorities To do this, the Institute will build the political capacity, participation, and representation of ethnic minority groups; and create space for inter-ethnic dialogue and problem-solving on issues of shared concern.

Strengthening Legislative Integrity and Independence in Central and Southeastern Europe

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$435,000

To strengthen the institutional integrity of parliaments to fulfill their legislative and representative functions and improve openness, the Institute will facilitate regional dialogue among parliamentary leaders to develop strategies and apply new measures to address challenges in their respective legislatures. To foster parliaments’ institutional independence through the development of professional services and resources, the Institute will support collaboration and resource sharing in lawmaking and oversight among members and staff of parliaments in Central and Southeastern Europe and with experts from European Union (EU) member-legislatures.

Strengthening Public Diplomacy in Central Europe

GLOBSEC

$371,500

To defend the integrity of the information space and increase resilience to media manipulation in Central Europe. The Slovakia-based think tank will conduct public opinion polls and focus groups, convene informational and educational events, publish analytical materials, and design and disseminate informational products and tools that will help officials, civil society, and the public in seven countries to understand better the impact of and counter disinformation.

Strengthening Transatlantic Ties

Center for European Policy Analysis

$225,000

To rebuild, strengthen, and deepen relationships between Central European and American institutions and policy makers working on transatlantic issues. The U.S.-based organization will recruit, competitively select, and sponsor young mid-level professionals from Central Europe for a tailored fellowship program at key foreign policy-related institutions and organizations in Washington, DC.

Supporting Government Accountability through Investigative Journalism

RISE Romania

$78,500

To increase government accountability. The Romania-based organization, working with a Bulgarian partner, will establish a regional network of investigative journalists working to expose government corruption and money laundering. The network will analyze and expose how criminal groups cooperate on a crossborder basis, and assist accountability groups and law enforcement bodies in identifying and prosecuting criminal financial schemes carried out by organized crime and corrupt politicians that undermine democratic transitions in the region.

Training and Networking for Young Journalists

Potsdam Media International

$40,000

To develop the skills, networking and cooperation of journalists in Europe and Eurasia. The Berlin-based organization will bring promising journalists from Eastern Europe and the Eastern Partnership states to its annual journalist workshop and media conference. The events will improve participants’ practical skills, as well as foster networks that will allow them to better understand key challenges facing media from different regions and build support for journalists under threat.