Global 2019

Global 2019

Accessible Tech Infrastructure for Democracy

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $80,000

To empower democratic activists to effectively engage democratic institutions. The institute will provide ongoing support, security, and hosting to a suite of online applications providing critical communication, data collection, analysis, and citizen outreach capabilities to over a hundred key democratic institutions around the world. The institute’s support for the resources will provide activists with the ability to use digital tools in their language of choice and will offer tools with voice assistance capacity.

Advancing Accountability Mechanisms

Third Sector New England, Inc.

 $65,000

To develop and strengthen rule of law and accountability mechanisms at the national, regional and international levels to address grand corruption. The organization will enhance understanding of the importance of effectively developing and enforcing legal mechanisms to combat corruption, particularly by contributing technical expertise to international efforts to promote rule of law and connecting young anti-corruption activists with experienced leaders and allies.

Anti-Corruption Mobilization – Phase III

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $239,982

To bolster the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts in transitioning counties. In this third phase, the center will provide rapid support to stakeholders both through direct intervention and by strengthening a DC-based anti-corruption hub. By deploying resources based on global best practices and tailored to a country at a critical juncture, the center will support activists in a target country to make critical progress on anti-corruption reforms.

Bolstering Legislative Support for Democratic Norms

The Atlantic Council

 $139,974

To strengthen global support for democratic norms. The group will establish a platform to engage legislators in leading democracies to support the advancement of freedom, free markets and a rules-based democratic order. The platform will foster a network for consultation and coordination, develop concrete policy actions to advance key tenets of a rules-based democratic order, and set forth a common narrative to help rebuild public support for democratic values and principles.

Bridging Informal and Formal Youth Political Participation

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $233,000

To enhance understanding of how democracy support programs can better bridge the gap between young people and political parties. The institute will develop materials that democracy support groups, youth, and political parties can use to assess the political interests and preferences of youth in their respective contexts and identify strategic entry points for more constructive engagement between young people and political parties.

Building Civil Society Capacity to Promote Security Sector Reform

Red de Seguridad y Defensa de America Latina Asociacion Civil

Supplement: $50,000

To strengthen the capacity of civil society to support security sector reform and facilitate networking among activists. The organization will share lessons learned on security sector reform in Latin America with reform advocates throughout the world and provide opportunities for these advocates to exchange knowledge. Activities will include multi-day trainings for civil society representatives in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and the development of new resources that capture best practices in this area of work.

Building Resiliency for Interconnected Democracies in Global Environments (Bridge II)

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $1,000,000

To strengthen resiliency against foreign influence activities that undermine democracy in vulnerable nations, the institute will conduct sector-specific trainings and knowledge-sharing roundtables to continue to help stakeholders understand tactics employed by authoritarian regimes. The institute will also provide technical assistance and support in the form of flexible subgrants to stakeholders to implement strategies to address growing influence.

Building Respect for Human Rights through Memory Initiatives

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

 $170,000

To foster democratic values by connecting past struggles for freedom and human rights with contemporary challenges to democracy. The organization will strengthen memory initiatives within its partner network, which includes museums and sites of historic significance. Activities will include capacity building and peer learning opportunities for member sites, development of joint projects, and engagement with nascent sites.

Building the Capacity of Cross-Border Networks and Worker Rights Activists in the Gulf-Asia Migration Corridor Phase IV

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $440,000

To assist migrant communities in the Gulf to protect worker rights and connect with local unionists and worker rights advocates. The center will develop and strengthen the capacity of workers and their organizations to promote freedom of association and fundamental labor standards for all, including irregular workers.

Combating Transnational Corruption

Civil Forum for Asset Recovery (CiFAR)

 $79,800

To foster debate and cross-regional exchange on combating transnational corruption. The group will hold a series of events in four countries to strengthen civil society capacity to engage in policy discussions on the role of sanctions as an accountability mechanism in their countries. The group will also convene an international workshop drawing on local experiences to deepen global understanding of the role of sanctions in combating kleptocracy, and will support the development of cross-regional communities of interest and movements against kleptocratic behavior.

Combatting Grand Corruption through Civic Action

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $300,000

To foster a better understanding of how anti-corruption efforts can be leveraged for democratic reform and to help civic activists better expose and denounce grand corruption and kleptocratic networks, the institute will conduct research and disseminate proven strategies to counter large-scale corrupt practices. Based on the findings and feedback received from relevant stakeholders, the institute will also produce and test a toolkit to help build skills and develop tools needed to turn anti-corruption action into pro-accountability reform.

Consolidating a Human Rights Documentation Resource Hub

Transitional Justice Working Group

 $165,000

To advance the practice of human rights documentation in transitional societies by facilitating knowledge sharing among rights advocates. The organization will further develop a human rights documentation hub of expertise, connecting specialists and practitioners with experience in transitions to democracy. Activities will include fostering the exchange of knowledge between documentation groups, trainings and support for grassroots documenters, and development of an online resource center for civil society groups to enhance their documentation efforts in support of justice and accountability.

Countering Digital Censorship

Freedom of Information

 $74,760

To protect and improve the public’s access to independent sources of information, and to counter the accelerating effort by authoritarian actors to assert greater control over the internet by popularizing the use of internet freedom technologies. The group will support civil society and media operating in restrictive contexts to adopt innovative new technology to counter censorship.

Defending Independent Media & Protecting At-Risk Journalists

Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)

 $86,000

To strengthen protection for at-risk journalists and advance media freedom. The organization will provide legal defense to independent media outlets, journalists, and bloggers through an emergency defense fund. Other activities will include strategic litigation and capacity-building support for partners, including a two-day litigation workshop, and support to local media defense centers to challenge the abusive use of laws to silence the media.

Delivering on the Impacts of Civic Technology

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $111,000

To strengthen the capacity of a global civic technology network and advance collaboration between network chapters and local actors to design and implement tools that strengthen democratic processes. The institute will support the development of communities of practices as mechanisms for collaboration and provide support to the network through global consultations.

Developing An Approach To Engaging Men As Active Supporters To Build Inclusive Democracy

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $122,000

To enable civil society and democracy and governance practitioners to engage male political leaders as agents of change and equal partners in the advancement of inclusive democracy. The Institute will identify key strategies, approaches and models for programming that shift norms by enabling male participants to understand the relationship between the dynamics of political power, masculinities and women’s empowerment in politics. The organization will work with male political elites to ensure that these approaches support the advancement of inclusive democratic processes.

Digital ID and Challenges to Civic and Political Participation

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $40,000

To improve understanding of how digital identification systems affect the civic and political participation of marginalized communities. The institute will conduct desk and field-based research to develop a set of recommendations that outline strategies for addressing the opportunities and threats to inclusive participation for these communities in countries where such systems are in place.

Empowering Community and Civil Society Participation to Promote Democratic Accountability

International Senior Lawyers Corporation

 $85,000

To strengthen the capacity of local lawyers, community leaders, and civil society representatives to advocate for democratic governance and accountability in support of community rights. The organization will mobilize the skills and experience of high-level international lawyers to enhance the technical, legal, and advocacy skills of partners in Latin America and Africa. Through strategic meetings, trainings, and mentoring, the group will support partners to develop more informed and strategic responses to protect local communities’ rights in the context of Chinese-financed development projects.

Engaging Local Governments in Violence-to-Peace Transitions

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$60,000

To strengthen understanding about when and how democracy and governance assistance programs can support inclusive, pluralistic violence-to-peace transitions at the local level, setting the foundation for long-term democratic consolidation within communities.  The institute will analyze informal and formal political networks at the local level to understand the risk factors and incentives that motivate local actor support for inclusion and non-violence.  The project will result in recommendations that can inform democracy and governance programs, and will be widely disseminated to the democracy and governance community.

Fact-Checking: Promoting Accountability and Improving the Quality of News

Poynter Institute for Media Studies

 $80,000

To strengthen the practice of fact-checking as a way to promote accountability and improve the accuracy and reliability of news and information. The organization will support a global network of fact-checking groups to share best practices and methodologies to enhance their capacity and credibility. Activities will include the organization of a global summit of fact-checkers, ongoing engagement with emerging fact-checking groups, promotion of a code of principles for fact-checking, and the coordination of trainings and joint initiatives with network participants.

Forum on Economic Freedom 2019

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $361,775

To increase international visibility and reach of resources on democratic and economic reform efforts. Activities will include the development of resources and tools on governance, enterprise ecosystems, business advocacy, and anti-corruption and ethics. The center will strengthen its global network of partners and other reformers by providing a platform for such exchanges in order to support the sharing of information to advance democratic and market-oriented reforms.

Generation Democracy

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $500,000

To empower democratic political and civic youth leaders, the institute will support a global network offering young changemakers a platform to gain skills and collaborate to promote democratic values. The institute will continue to strengthen this network by increasing engagement and opportunities for collective action through regional and global alumni events. It will provide members with opportunities to collaborate and commit to a vision that advances the participation of young people in decision-making processes.

Improving Governance through Technology: Phase III

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $286,938

To promote expanded integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) and strategies to advance democratic governance. Through the development of resources, training modules, outreach and capacity-building activities, the center will continue to support private sector organizations globally to use ICT tools to work more effectively with their members and to engage in democratic governance and policy-making processes while staying secure online.

Info/Tegrity II: Building and Refining Approaches to Combating Disinformation and Promoting Information Integrity

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $342,094

To build awareness and share good practices and tools for identifying, analyzing, and countering disinformation. The institute will support efforts to advance a global coalition on information integrity, the Design 4 Democracy (D4D) Coalition; expand and refine methods, tools, and communication strategies for citizen election observer groups; and pilot evidence-based approaches to countering disinformation.

International Workers’ Rights Legal Network

Solidarity Center (SC)

$165,000

To enhance the capacity of legal practitioners and scholars worldwide to represent workers and unions more effectively in their national jurisdictions and to facilitate transnational workers’ rights litigation, including in global supply chains. Activities will include establishing, operating and administering a new network of workers’ rights lawyers that will offer legal news and resources, as well as facilitate communication and coordination, to advance the rule of law and promote justice for workers.

Investigating Kleptocracy: Strengthening the Capacity of and Collaboration among Journalists

Finance Uncovered

 $108,000

To strengthen collaboration among a network of journalists to raise awareness of and expose kleptocratic practices. The group will equip journalists operating where kleptocracy is a current or potential threat with the skills and tools to investigate the expropriation of public assets by political elites, government officials, and other relevant actors. Subsequently, the group will provide technical and editorial support for and collaborate with its trained network to report on illicit finance, grand corruption, and money laundering.

Knowledge Management 2019

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $298,615

To improve the capture and application of innovations and lessons learned in program design and implementation and to promote the cross-regional sharing of successful approaches to building institutions of democratic free-market systems. The center will identify lessons in mobilizing the private sector to promote democratic reform, develop guidance on developing program approaches in restricted spaces, and update and promote key tools. The center will also facilitate knowledge exchange among staff and partners on specific challenges and share resources and lessons learned.

Leveraging Private Sector-Led Approaches for Anti-Corruption and Business Integrity – Phase II

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $385,448

To strengthen and disseminate bottom-up, private sector-led approaches to combatting corruption. The center will promote global thought leadership on emerging trends in the fight against corruption, enable cross-cutting learning among anti-corruption reformers, activists, and compliance professionals, and expand the strategic engagement of diverse stakeholders in anti-corruption compliance. This project will inform and draw lessons from the center’s regional anti-corruption programming.

Monitoring and Advocating for Media Freedom

Index on Censorship

 $75,000

To raise awareness of violations of media freedom. Drawing on a network of regional correspondents, the group will use an online platform to document violations of media freedom in Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Ukraine. It will use the monitoring data, which is presented via an interactive map, to analyze and spotlight violations, advocate for their redress, and foster greater awareness of media freedoms.

Monitoring Global Democratic Development

Freedom House

 $400,000

To raise awareness of the threats to freedom around the world and to catalyze and support dialogue, debate, and advocacy. The organization will conduct comprehensive research and analysis on the state of democracy and fundamental freedoms around the globe that will culminate in the publication of an annual report, Freedom in the World. The group will also hold a series of briefings with civil society and policymakers to provide an overview of its findings as well as develop a user-friendly digital platform to reach a broader public audience.

Municipal Technology and Democratic Resilience

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $120,000

To strengthen the capacity of elected municipal leaders and municipal governments to weigh the costs and benefits of acquisitions of innovative technology on democracy and civic engagement. The institute will conduct human-centered research and provide direct technical assistance and capacity building to two municipal governments as well as create an evaluation framework that could be used by others around the world.

Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

 $101,310

To promote safer working environments for human rights defenders in North and sub-Saharan Africa by strengthening protection mechanisms. The group will further develop and support a network of regional shelter cities to assist at-risk human rights defenders from throughout the continent. The group will also facilitate coordination among various stakeholders active in this space to increase support, raise awareness, and share best practices.

Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

 $102,770

To enhance the capacity of regional human rights networks in North and sub-Saharan Africa to engage with regional human rights institutions to advance democratic ideals and values. Through a series of workshops and events, the group will foster collaboration between sub-regional human rights networks, strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders to engage with the regional human rights system, develop new channels of engagement, and facilitate access to regional mechanisms to advance democratic norms and standards.

Preventing Gender-Based Violence at Work, Phase V

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $300,000

To continue building the capacity of women workers, other vulnerable workers, and their unions to address gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) at work. The center will support women and vulnerable workers to implement the binding global standard, ILO Convention 190, which was adopted by the International Labor Conference in June 2019. The center will support unions’ awareness-raising and policy-making to prevent GBVH at work, thereby overcoming this barrier to democratic participation.

Program Development

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $250,000

To support activities related to the identification of new projects and partners to meet ongoing programmatic aims and to develop projects in priority countries. Activities will include needs assessment trips and country visits to evaluate the state of political parties, civil society, media, and business; expand the network of contacts and prospective partners; and lay the foundation for developing new programs and approaches to strengthen democracy.

Program Development

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $275,000

To support activities related to the identification of new projects and partners to meet ongoing programmatic aims and to develop projects in priority countries. Activities will include needs assessment trips and country visits to evaluate emerging trends and challenges; expand the network of contacts and prospective partners; and lay the foundation for developing new programs and approaches to strengthen democracy.

Program Development

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $191,141

To support activities related to the identification of new projects and partners to meet ongoing programmatic aims and to develop projects in priority countries. Activities will include needs assessment trips and country visits to evaluate emerging trends and challenges; expand the network of contacts and prospective partners; and lay the foundation for developing new programs and approaches to strengthen democracy.

Program Development 2019

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $314,807

To support activities related to the identification of new projects and partners to meet ongoing programmatic aims and to develop projects in priority countries. Activities will include needs assessment trips and country visits to evaluate emerging trends and challenges, to expand the network of contacts and prospective partners, and to lay the foundation for developing new programs and approaches to strengthen democracy.

Program Management

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $155,613

To fulfill unique requirements of managing the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) core grants. Activities will include institutional coordination at headquarters and in the field, as well as annual planning, editing, and coordination of reports and multiple proposal submissions; oversight, monitoring, assessment, and retrospective evaluations for selected NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements.

Program Management

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $159,750

To fulfill unique requirements of managing the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) core grants. Activities will include institutional coordination at headquarters and in the field, as well as annual planning, editing, and coordination of reports and multiple proposal submissions; oversight, monitoring, assessment, and retrospective evaluations for selected NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements.

Program Management

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $163,925

To fulfill unique requirements of managing the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) core grants. Activities will include institutional coordination at headquarters and in the field, as well as annual planning, editing, and coordination of reports and multiple proposal submissions; oversight, monitoring, assessment, and retrospective evaluations for selected NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements.

Program Management 2019

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $157,327

To fulfill unique requirements of managing the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) core grants. Activities will include institutional coordination at headquarters and in the field, as well as annual planning, editing, and coordination of reports and multiple proposal submissions; oversight, monitoring, assessment, and retrospective evaluations for selected NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements.

Promoting Democracy and Pluralism in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation

 $162,000

To promote leadership skills and values of democracy, pluralism, and human rights among youth in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The organization will conduct political leadership trainings for youth in Afghanistan, Balochistan, and districts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa formerly known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. It will incorporate the trainees into a fellowship program, organize study circles, and carry out peace activism to engage youth in social movements that prioritize tolerance and peace and counter the spread of extremist ideology.

Promoting Democratic Participation in the Digital Economy: Part III

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $433,809

To promote the importance of democratic processes in shaping the norms of the global digital economy and to enable local private sector organizations to contribute to policymaking regarding the digital economy. The center will raise awareness, create additional capacity building materials, and publish thought leadership pieces to help advance democratic processes and the perspectives of local business communities in shaping inclusive digital economies. The center will support two private sector organizations to develop policy advocacy campaigns on key digital economy policies.

Promoting Just Transition in the Energy and Extractive Sectors

Solidarity Center (SC)

$122,000

To raise awareness among and between unions and environmental and community groups about the impact of extractive and energy sectors on workers, their communities, and the environment, and strengthen coalitions to advance safe and sustainable employment., The center will support union and coalition advocacy efforts that promote worker and community-driven solutions for decent work and environmental protections. Activities will include awareness-raising workshops and ongoing mentorship that coalition-building and inclusive advocacy.

Protecting Academic Freedom and Freedom of Thought

Scholars at Risk, Inc.

 $244,375

To protect and bolster support for individuals who promote free inquiry and expression, democratic debate, and respect for human rights. The organization will pilot a set of temporary placements for democrats-at-risk, including scholars, journalists, writers, and human rights defenders facing grave threats. It will also coordinate trainings for those transitioning to a new country to develop plans to remain engaged in the professional and activist communities in their new location as well as back at home.

Protecting an Open Internet through Internet Governance Bodies

Freedom of Information

 $129,110

To protect and promote democratic values, including freedom of expression and association, security, and privacy, and to build global and regional networks of experts and activists working on digital rights and internet governance issues. The group will facilitate increased engagement and leadership by democratic activists within key internet governance bodies and processes to defend and promote the open and secure structure of the internet as it continues to evolve.

Reaffirming and Promoting Democratic Unity

Forum 2000 Foundation

 $149,000

To promote transatlantic cooperation, foster democratic unity, and reaffirm democratic norms. The Prague-based organization will facilitate more effective and efficient democracy assistance partnerships, strategies, and responses by convening the 23rd annual Forum 2000 international conference, expanding the Vaclav Havel Circle, and further developing the Coalition for Democratic Renewal. The program will provide platforms for dialogue between democratic thinkers, activists and assistance providers, and develop coordinated responses and actions to global challenges facing democracy.

Reinforcing Norms, Principles and Networks for Electoral Integrity

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $144,000

To promote greater coordination and consensus on shared norms and principles of electoral integrity. The institute will engage with and facilitate dialogue between and among citizen observers, international observers and global electoral integrity initiatives. To strengthen the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors  and build capacity among the members, the institute will foster in-person and online exchanges and disseminate new tools and resources on enhancing systematic election observation methodologies.

Strategic Litigation and Engagement of Regional Human Rights Mechanisms

Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

 $175,000

To strengthen human rights defenders’ capacity and collaboration with one another to use regional and international mechanisms to shape legal standards in the protection of basic freedoms that enable civil society to operate. Activities will include an exchange visit for African and Latin American activists and experts on strategic litigation strategies and best practices for engaging regional mechanisms, an intensive litigation workshop for African civil society groups, and preparation of strategic litigation cases in both regions.

Strengthening a Civic Technology Network

Fundacja ePanstwo

Supplement: $5,000

To enhance citizen engagement and improve democratic governance through the development and adaptation of civic technology tools; and to strengthen the organizational capacity of a civic technology network to promote and replicate digital civic tools, develop strategies, and bolster collaborations. The organization will cooperate with partners on six continents to replicate tools that have been successful in promoting transparency and boosting civic participation, and will facilitate discussion and knowledge exchange among civic technology experts to improve democratic practice worldwide.

Strengthening a Civic Technology Network

Fundacja ePanstwo

 $120,000

To enhance citizen engagement and improve democratic governance through the development and adaptation of civic technology tools; and to strengthen the organizational capacity of a civic technology network to promote and replicate digital civic tools, develop strategies and bolster collaborations. The organization will cooperate with partners in six regions to replicate tools that have been successful in promoting transparency and boosting civic participation, and will facilitate discussion and knowledge exchange among civic technology experts to improve democratic practices worldwide.

Strengthening a Network to Protect Freedom of Expression

PEN American Center Inc.

 $75,000

To strengthen support for democrats-at-risk by expanding collaboration between the international arts community, the broader human rights movement, and threatened artists. The group will develop a hub to coordinate the services and resources provided by existing organizations in the field, fostering coordination between organizations supporting at-risk individuals to ensure rapid and effective responses to cases. Additionally, the group will strengthen and expand its network, focusing on underserved regions.

Strengthening Accountability and Transparency Efforts

Hertie School of Governance GmbH

 $97,000

To strengthen the effectiveness of anticorruption efforts. The group will develop a monitoring tool to track governance trends, predict windows of opportunity to support democratic accountability, and identify risks to reforms. Additionally, the group will produce a series of country reports, conduct outreach, and collaborate with domestic anticorruption groups and the global transparency community to develop and recommend evidence-based policy responses.

Strengthening Coordination and Collaboration for Media Development

Global Forum for Media Development

 $78,000

To strengthen coordination and collaboration in support of media development. The group will facilitate information sharing, research, and networking between its media development organizations. Through convening events, conducting policy research, hosting webinars and developing an online resource platform, the network will equip its members with the skills, knowledge, platforms and tools to exchange experiences and best practices, develop collaboration, and engage on key debates that shape the media development sector.

Strengthening Local Democratic Governance to Address Forced Migration

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $200,000

To strengthen democratic governance to mitigate tension over scarce resources and enhance long-term strategic planning and coordination in response to forced migration inflows. The institute will develop, test and share a toolkit of contextualized, community-level trainings and resources with local government and community actors. Building on its institutional framework on forced migration, the institute will adapt and evaluate the effectiveness of this toolkit in order to advance a tested, evidence-based approach to forced migration.

Strengthening NGO Capacity and Cooperation in the Eastern Partnership

Secretariat of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

 $65,000

To develop the capacity and cooperation of reform-oriented NGOs in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. The Brussels-based organization will convene the 2019 Assembly of the Civil Society Forum of the EaP in Helsinki. It will continue to build collaboration and networking among its NGO members by supporting crossborder projects that aim to promote democracy and human rights in the EaP countries.

Strengthening Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Justice and Peace Netherlands

 $100,000

To strengthen collaboration in the protection of human rights defenders. The group will strengthen and expand a network of shelter cities and stakeholders offering secure temporary relocation placements for at-risk human rights defenders, enabling them to better anticipate and respond to threats and adapt to changes and disruptions. Additionally, the group will convene an international workshop and a series of field visits to enable coordination between temporary relocation initiatives.

Strengthening Resilience of Civil Society

Open Briefing Ltd

 $120,000

To strengthen the resilience of human rights defenders and civil society organizations. The group will develop a set of resources and toolkits enabling activists to assess risks, and will mentor and support vulnerable civic actors to develop and adopt tailored policies, procedures and action plans to improve safety and security. The group will also expand collaboration with a network of international partners to share best practices and provide emergency support.

Strengthening Women’s Leadership and Rights Advocacy

Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights Development, and Peace

 $200,000

To strengthen the capacity of women to become leaders and advocates for women’s rights, democratic governance, and peacebuilding. Collaborating with partners in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and the Middle East, the organization will convene a series of events, including global and regional trainings and workshops, and will develop curricula on women’s leadership, political participation, and human rights and conduct networking on women’s rights.

Supporting Journalists in Danger

European Center for Press and Media Freedom

 $85,166

To protect and assist journalists at risk. The organization will provide shelter to journalists who are in danger because of their reporting through a comprehensive in-residence program and direct support. Assistance will include emergency support and advocacy for in-country journalists who face legal challenges as a result of their work. The group will also collaborate with the international freedom of expression community to coordinate support, exchange expertise and raise visibility of the threats to media freedom.

Supporting Resilience to the Erosion of Democratic Norms by Illiberal State Influences

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $572,906

To equip activists in countering the corrosive impacts of illiberal state actions that erode democratic norms, weaken governance institutions and political practices, and embolden local autocratic tendencies. The institute will develop a multiregional network of champions and build a body of knowledge that surfaces cautionary lessons and best practices on these issues as a way to connect analytical findings to the work being conducted by civic activists, media representatives, party leaders and legislators from across different regions of the world to promote democratic norms.

Toward Normative Standards for Internet Openness

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $145,000

To strengthen the capacity of open internet advocates to identify and respond to threats to internet freedom. The center will coordinate a joint non-resident fellowship to enrich debates about open internet; enhance advocacy tools to preserve internet openness; and connect the business community, civic organizations, political parties, and media concerned about internet freedom to network and support each other.

Toward Normative Standards for Internet Openness: Phase IV

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $85,000

To strengthen the capacity of open internet advocates to identify and respond to threats to internet freedom.  The institute will collaborate with civic, political, and private sector leaders and media organizations to strengthen their capacity to advocate for internet freedom issues in their local context, promote cross-sector collaboration within the global open internet community, and inform multi-stakeholder approaches to global internet governance and policy.

Utilizing International Worker and Human Rights Standards to Build Rule of Law for Workers

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $455,000

To improve the capacity of lawyers and activists for unions, workers and human rights organizations to use effectively domestic, regional and international laws and institutions. The center will support activities in countries where human and worker rights are under particular risk and where the country is in transition, using trainings and assistance in legal advocacy. The center will continue to bridge the barriers between human rights and labor rights.

Women’s Democracy Network

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $1,000,000

To increase women’s engagement and effectiveness in democratic governance worldwide, the institute will support a global platform to enable aspiring and experienced women leaders to gain skills and collaborate to build more resilient and inclusive democracies. The institute will coordinate activities across its global network to amplify programming and connect women to learn from each other. The institute will continue to strengthen the network by identifying opportunities for cooperation and critical partnerships to help advance women’s leadership in decision-making processes worldwide.

World Youth Movement for Democracy

Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Serbia

 $35,500

To foster youth participation in advancing democracy. The group will coordinate the World Youth Movement for Democracy (WYMD) network by raising awareness of democracy trends and fostering solidarity among young activists. The group will coordinate WYMD activities, facilitate network meetings, manage web and social media presence, broaden the involvement of youth activists from around the world in the WYMD, and engage Hurford Youth Fellowship alumni to mentor new fellows.

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