Global 2020

2020 Program Evaluation

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Supplement$63,900

To support rigorous evaluation and learning about democracy support programming. Activities will include the design and implementation of an evaluation of a selected NED-funded NDI program and the production of four cumulative assessments.

Accountability around Electronic Electoral Technologies through Transparency and Inclusion

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$190,000

To strengthen accountability in relation to the adoption of electronic electoral technologies. The institute will engage with stakeholders to build consensus around principles and practices for applying democratic norms of transparency, inclusion, and accountability in discussions about the adoption of electronic electoral technologies and the impact on electoral integrity. Activities will include research and analysis of the relevant trends, case studies, and key actors as well as the organization of forums and other events to provide the international community with opportunities to share information and recommendations.

Advancing a Positive Vision for the Future of Democratic and Market-Based Norms

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$612,170

To enhance the capacity of key stakeholders in the private sector, civil society, and technology sector to envision and advance a technology-empowered democratic future and to empower greater collaboration and advocacy by business and civil society through technology. The center will support business to engage strategically to reaffirm democratic and market-based norms while countering malign authoritarian narratives. Activities will advance thought leadership around a technology-empowered vison for democracy and markets, promote local engagement, maximize technology for democratic resiliency, and define future strategies and practical lessons for advocacy.

Advancing Human Rights Practices in the Private Sector

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Supplement$200,000

To promote respect for human rights in the technology sector. The group will strengthen collective efforts to expand transparency and accountability; catalyze action by investors, companies, and civil society; and define good practice in human rights due diligence among companies in the technology industry. Activities will include raising awareness of digital attacks and surveillance against human rights defenders  and convening a series of cross-sectoral events to inform joint strategies.

Advancing Human Rights Practices in the Private Sector

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

$120,000

To promote respect for human rights in the private sector and raise awareness of the impact of business practices on human rights. The group will highlight and support civil society efforts in all regions to advocate for human rights protection and strengthen private sector accountability, encouraging dialogue between all stakeholders. Activities will include providing tools, resources and platforms for peer learning, informing policy efforts to develop and protect human rights, and tracking companies’ human rights policies and performance. 

Better Business through Integrated Compliance

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$1,244,442

To enhance business integrity and best practices in emerging markets. The center will promote a holistic approach to compliance that addresses a range of risks including corruption, labor, environment, Covid-19, and social inclusion. Through strategic engagement and capacity building, the center will provide medium-sized businesses with the tools necessary to improve participation in the global market.

Broadening Access to Digital Tools

Localization Lab

$188,261

To promote an open internet and remove language barriers to secure digital tools. The organization will work with a contributor network across all regions of the world to facilitate the localization of digital tools that support internet access, censorship circumvention, and open information access. By removing language barriers to critical digital resources and expanding access to leading circumvention technology in closed digital environments, the organization will empower minority and at-risk groups to sustain their voices and strengthen the work of local civil society organizations.

Building Civil Society Capacity to Promote Security Sector Reform

Red de Seguridad y Defensa de America Latina Asociacion Civil

$153,000

To strengthen the capacity of civil society to support security sector reform and facilitate networking among activists to share best practices. The organization will develop a community of practice to promote a collaborative, cross-regional approach to democratic governance of the security sector. Activities will include bringing together experts to exchange lessons learned on security sector reform in different regions, a series of trainings for reform advocates throughout the world, and the development of new resources that capture comparative trends in this area of work.

Building Resiliency for Interconnected Democracies in Global Environments III (BRIDGE III)

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$1,700,000

To strengthen resiliency against foreign influence activities that undermine democracy in vulnerable nations. The institute will conduct research and tailored trainings to continue to help stakeholders from countries in various regions to understand tactics employed by China’s authoritarian regime, including in the digital domain. The institute will also provide technical assistance and support in the form of flexible subgrants to stakeholders to implement strategies to address growing malign influence.

Building Respect for Human Rights through Memory Initiatives

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

$230,000

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 global network, which includes museums and sites of historic significance. Activities will include three cross-regional workshops, capacity building and peer learning opportunities for member sites, development of joint projects, and engagement with nascent sites.

Building Rule of Law for Workers by Conducting Legal Research, Promoting Labor Law Reform, and Utilizing Domestic and International Legal Mechanisms

Solidarity Center (SC)

$1,786,081

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

Citizen Trust, Open Parliament, and Civic Tech: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to the Open Government Partnership

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$127,400

To strengthen citizen engagement and the accountability of legislative institutions. The institute will support a series of trainings for civil society and parliamentary representatives on a citizen engagement methodology that utilizes feedback loop tools to more effectively engage local civil society organizations in efforts to promote stronger trust between citizens and government. The institute will also provide support as participants integrate the tools into their work, and will convene a global roundtable to reflect on findings and inform future efforts.

Combatting Transnational Corruption

Civil Forum for Asset Recovery (CiFAR)

$179,000

To foster debate and cross-regional exchange on combatting transnational corruption. The group will hold a series of events to strengthen civil society capacity to engage in national and international policy discussions, and will convene a workshop to foster cross-regional dialogue on accountability mechanisms responding to kleptocracy. The group will track and assess policy responses to transnational corruption by creating a global database of all major anticorruption sanctions. It will also research a range of policy tools to address kleptocracy.

Consolidating a Human Rights Documentation Resource Hub

Transitional Justice Working Group

Supplement$155,000

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

$115,260

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. 

Covid-19 Pandemic – Confronting the Democratic Challenge

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Supplement$41,536

To effectively defend democratic norms and the architecture to support those norms in light of the sustained effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and their potential convergence with authoritarian attempts to undermine democratic values. The institute will concentrate the efforts of its thematic expert teams on developing and sharing new knowledge, best practices, and tools to employ in the face of challenges the pandemic poses for democracy assistance efforts.

COVID-19 Pandemic – Confronting the Democratic Challenge

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$2,654,129

To effectively defend democratic norms and the architecture to support those norms in light of the sustained effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and their potential convergence with authoritarian attempts to undermine democratic values. The institute will concentrate the efforts of its thematic expert teams on developing and sharing new knowledge, best practices, and tools to employ in the face of challenges the pandemic poses for democracy assistance efforts.

Creating Shared Knowledge of Next-Generation Threats and Defensive Approaches

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$150,000

To promote awareness of innovative strategies and tools to combat election-related disinformation. The institute will convene international experts and stakeholders from government, the civic technology sector, academia, and civil society to explore how disinformation manifested in recent elections and how civic technology and government actors responded to such efforts. It will also support civic actors to learn and share strategies, tactics, and tools that can be used by local groups in diverse settings to monitor, analyze, and respond to threats in their own countries.

Curbing Kleptocracy through Transnational Networks and Supported Transition Processes

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$600,000

To promote transnational awareness of the impacts of kleptocracy and to enhance integrity in post-transition contexts. The institute will strengthen the capacity of civic partners to develop advocacy and outreach strategies and engage with decision makers in kleptocracy-enabling countries. The institute will also facilitate learning and engagement regarding the challenges faced by governments seeking to dismantle deeply embedded kleptocratic structures and networks by cooperating with civil society to develop and pilot an assessment framework to detect, analyze, and respond to kleptocratic legacies. 

Data for Democracy

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$200,000

To strengthen the capacity of democracy activists to collect, evaluate, process, and interpret data, the institute will develop, implement, scale, and test a data literacy curriculum customized to the work of democracy activists. This curriculum will strengthen the skillset of democracy activists globally, contributing to their ability to hold their political leaders accountable by leveraging data and information. 

Deepening Resilience to Democratic Norm Erosion by Illiberal State Influences

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$850,000

To strengthen activists’ capacity to counter the corrosive impacts of illiberal state actions that erode democratic norms and weaken governance institutions and political practices. The institute will build on expert research to foster cross-regional exchange, develop a set of recommendations for different sectors to work together on building resilience to illiberal interventions, and support local partners in piloting responses.

Deepening Understanding of Challenges to Democratic Norms

Accountability and Governance

$179,000

To strengthen understanding of the impact of authoritarian overseas investment on democratic practices and values. The group will conduct research on authoritarian overseas investments and growing engagement in the multilateral space, assessing implications for democratic norms such as accountability, transparency, and freedom of speech, and will strengthen the capacity of civic actors to respond to these challenges.

Deepening Understanding of Challenges to Information Integrity

Global Voices

$150,000

To deepen understanding and strengthen awareness of challenges to information integrity. The group will cooperate with its extensive global network of bloggers, journalists, academics, and human rights activists to monitor, analyze, and report on coverage of key themes across a range of media and languages. Working with local partners, it will analyze online, mainstream, and offline media ecosystems and compare story topics and narrative framing, enabling a more robust understanding of disruptions in information environments and strengthening a targeted response. 

Deepening Understanding of Global Authoritarianism

Freedom House

$900,000

To deepen understanding of global authoritarian influence and inform international policy dialogue, debate, and advocacy, and to strengthen protection of human rights defenders. The group will conduct extensive research and produc

e reports on transnational repression and on the global media influence of authoritarian regimes. In addition, the group will conduct an assessment of regional trends related to the protection of human rights defenders and civil society to examine potential approaches and entry points for mid-term support and technical assistance.

Defending Independent Media and Protecting At-Risk Journalists

Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)

Supplement$125,000

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 a global emergency defense fund. Other activities will include strategic litigation, capacity building for partners, and support to local media defense centers to challenge the abusive use of laws to silence the media.

Defending Independent Media and Protecting At-Risk Journalists

Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)

$100,000

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 for partners, and support to local media defense centers to challenge the abusive use of laws to silence the media.

Democracy 2030

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$100,00

To strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders in civil society and in the political and technology sectors to envision and advance a technology-empowered democratic future. The institute will, in coordination with two other core institutes, conduct a survey of grassroots democratic actors, jointly hold a set of consultations on future visions for high-tech democracies, collaborate in developing a compendium on best practices and local democratic innovation, and convene a series of virtual events with local government officials and civic activists to showcase scalable grassroots governance innovations. 

Democratic Futures

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$125,000

To strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders in civil society and in the political and technology sectors to envision and advance a technology-empowered democratic future. The institute will, in coordination with two other core institutes, conduct a survey of grassroots democratic actors, jointly hold a set of consultations on future visions for high-tech democracies, collaborate in developing a compendium on best practices and local democratic innovation, and support experts, artists, and writers to explore uses of technology to reinforce democracy and human rights.

Developing a Cadre of Experts on Stopping Violence Against Women in Politics

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$200,000

To confront the barriers to achieving equality in political empowerment for women, particularly the issue of violence against women in politics. The institute will develop an international cadre of practitioners and experts accredited to use tools related to understanding and mitigating the effects of violence against women in politics. Activities will include a series of online workshops and academies.

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. Through 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 foreign-financed development projects. The organization will mobilize the skills and experience of high-level international lawyers to enhance the technical, legal, and advocacy skills of partners.

Empowering Human Rights Defenders

Civil Rights Defenders

$60,000

To strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders and support cooperation among activists. The organization will convene human rights advocates and allies at a global conference that will focus on innovative practices for human rights advocacy and the protection of human rights defenders. The group will bring together activists from different regions to participate in the event and trainings and provide follow-up support.

Enhancing Political Process Monitoring Tools and Approaches

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$190,000

To support civil society organizations’ efforts to strengthen government transparency and accountability. The institute will update its political process monitoring toolkit to include lessons related to the use of technology and how to more effectively facilitate and disseminate the analysis of the monitoring results to inform public discourse. To pilot these updated tools, the institute will collaborate with a local partner to develop a monitoring initiative to increase government transparency and accountability.  

Enhancing the Efficacy of Early Warning Systems through Gender Informed Indicators

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$127,40

To strengthen approaches for identifying where instability and violence is likely to occur in different political contexts, which can help to increase the confidence of women and other traditionally marginalized groups to re-enter and re-engage with political processes. The institute will develop a comprehensive set of gender-informed indicators and test the effectiveness of these indicators at predicting instability and violent conflict alongside election observers, by integrating them into existing early warning systems in Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Uganda. 

Equality and Inclusion

Solidarity Center (SC)

$495,000

To strengthen the capacity of workers, unions, and their human rights allies to effectively address long-term inequalities that oppress and exclude women and other marginalized groups from equal and active participation in democracy building. The center will support unions and their allies in their efforts to increase participation of women and other vulnerable workers in union leadership and decision-making. Activities will include the development of resources on strategies to promote inclusion, awareness-raising initiatives, and cross-regional sharing of lessons learned.

Equality and Inclusion

Solidarity Center (SC)

$405,000

To promote the participation in decision making and leadership of unions of women and marginalized workers. The center will support unions in their efforts to promote inclusion and address the inequalities that Covid-19 has exacerbated. Activities will include research and analysis on the pandemic’s impact on women and marginalized workers, development of tools to address the increase in violence and harassment of these workers, and workshops to develop plans to address challenges in the changing world of work.

Evaluation 2020

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$299,920

To equip local and global democracy promotion implementers with evidence-based programmatic best practices and to build the capacity for how locally-owned evaluation contributes to democratic governance, public accountability, and transparency. The center will conduct rigorous program evaluations on thematic program areas central to efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, build internal and local capacity to assess program performance, and share lessons learned with the democracy practitioner community.

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

Poynter Institute for Media Studies

Supplement$44,000

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. Network members will also collaborate in tracking pandemic-related falsehoods and updating a multilingual database, which can enable analysis of themes and motives behind the spread of misinformation and disinformation campaigns

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

Poynter Institute for Media Studies

$85,000

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 an annual 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 2020

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$394,797

To support dialogue on democratic and economic reform and increase the international visibility and reach of resources that can help to strengthen 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.

Fostering Multi-Stakeholder Action to Defend a Democratic Internet

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$135,000

To strengthen the policy and advocacy skills of a global community of open Internet advocates to promote and protect Internet freedom. The institute will engage in digital rights literacy training for civil society and policymakers, and work with a cadre of civic leaders from the Global South to develop instructional materials and advocacy campaigns to promote a more open, accessible Internet for civic groups, the media, and small business.

Fostering Multistakeholder Action to Defend a Democratic Internet

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$490,000

To strengthen the policy advocacy skills of a global community representing civic, political, media, and private sector organizations to promote and protect Internet freedom. The center will create a resource on the business case for digital rights, engage in international policy forums  on Internet freedom, lead a joint non-resident leadership program, amplify local digital rights advocacy efforts, and connect democratic and economic reformers to strategize ways to preserve an open digital space.

Generation Democracy

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$400,000

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. In addition, the institute will launch a member-led global advisory board to foster online collaboration and promote regional activities that engage and increase the participation of disaffected youth in decision-making processes.

INFO/TEGRITY: Developing Knowledge and Experience through Networks for the New Online Democratic Reality

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$200,000

To strengthen information integrity globally. The institute will cooperate with partners in all regions to identify and exchange tools and approaches to responding to disinformation and will facilitate information sharing across regions through developing and translating learning materials and convening a series of virtual workshops. The institute will also support a global civic technology network in cultivating a community of practice to develop and share solutions to combat disinformation and promote resilience of the information landscape in various contexts.

Information Operations Playbook

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$65,000

To strengthen the capacity of democracy partners to identify and respond to compromises to information integrity, particularly in the lead up to elections and other critical political events. The institute will develop an information operations playbook designed to help civil society organizations, political parties,  media, and other key actors to identify, report, and build resilience to efforts to undermine election-related information integrity.

Information Operations Playbook

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$64,800

To strengthen the capacity of democracy partners to identify and respond to compromises to information integrity, particularly in the lead-up to elections and other critical political events. The institute will develop an information operations playbook designed to help civil society organizations, political parties, media, and other key actors to identify, report, and build resilience to efforts to undermine election-related information integrity.

Innovative Digital Tools for Civil Society

NGO Strengthening

$269,968

To strengthen the ability of civil society actors in repressive environments to utilize a free and open internet in their work using new digital tools and research techniques. The group will organize a series of workshops on the use of innovative methods to find, verify, and analyze information online, and on the best security practices to counter emerging digital threats. The group will also pioneer and popularize new digital research tools and methods through research on conflict, corruption, environmental and human rights issues, and other relevant topics, and will foster regional networks of civil society actors using these new research techniques.

Investigating Kleptocracy: Strengthening the Capacity of and Collaboration among Journalists

Finance Uncovered

$115,000

To strengthen investigative capacity and 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 and collaborate with network members and partners to report on illicit finance, grand corruption, and money laundering.

Knowledge Hubs for Democratic and Market Transitions

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$697,830

To build broader consensus around reform priorities in Ukraine, Tunisia, and Bolivia, enable business To build broader consensus around reform priorities, enable business leaders to effectively frame economic reform messages, and make accessible international lessons in democratic and market transitions. The center will support the creation of local market transition hubs, transfer lessons from international experience, conduct national opinion surveys, and advise on reform strategies. The local hubs will coordinate stakeholder outreach to identify politically-viable, inclusive economic reforms; frame the case for reform; and embed the knowledge in reform coalitions.

Labor Leadership Initiative to Strengthen Democratic Governance

Solidarity Center (SC)

$1,500,000

To create an international learning network on democratic governance. The center will strengthen the skills, vision, and relationships of labor leaders and their pro-democracy partners, both directly and through their organizations, to prepare them to engage effectively in democratic and economic transitions. This network will equip labor to more capably oppose illiberal forces by cooperating with civil society and actively participating in democratic governance reform.

Learning from and Developing Tools for New Political Actors

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$450,000

To better meet the unique needs of new democratic political actors. The institute will conduct an assessment of political movements; develop a series of lessons learned; and create, pilot, and refine new training materials tailored to the unique needs of political movements. The materials will expand the institute’s technical assistance portfolio and be disseminated within the broader democracy support community.

MENA and Africa Regional: Strengthening Labor Rights, Advocacy and Democratic Practices for Migrant Workers

Solidarity Center (SC)

$478,000

To strengthen protection of migrant workers’ rights. The center will support country-level organizing and protection initiatives in the Africa and Middle East and North Africa corridors, and will support the formation of inter-regional networks for advocacy and collaboration on labor rights under bilateral agreements or labor laws. Activities will include developing a set of resource materials and conducting trainings to strengthen the capacity of trade unions and civil society to ensure safe migration and effective advocacy across regions. 

Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

$152,770

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, and facilitate access to regional mechanisms to advance democratic norms and standards.

Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

$190,000

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.

Program Coordination

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$128,211

To fulfill the 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, and assessment for NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements..

Program Coordination

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$127,800

To fulfill the 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, and assessment for NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements..

Program Coordination

Solidarity Center (SC)

$132,110

To fulfill the 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, and assessment for NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements.

Program Coordination 2020

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Supplement$1,089,132

To fulfill the 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, and assessment for NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements.

Program Coordination 2020

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$113,964

To fulfill the 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, and assessment for NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements.

Program Coordination 2020

International Republican Institute (IRI)

Supplement$1,613,745

To fulfill the 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, and assessment for NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements.

Program Coordination 2020

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Supplement$602,641

To fulfill the 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, and assessment for NED-funded programs; periodic training on NED-specific requirements; and compliance with all NED grant requirements.

Program Coordination 2020

Solidarity Center (SC)

Supplement$1,467,293

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

Program Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Through the Covid-19 Pandemic and Authoritarian Surge

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$614,466

To more effectively capture and utilize evidence, insights, and promising practice from the institute’s Covid-19-relevant programmatic adaptations. As it develops new approaches in the face of the pandemic and authoritarian resurgence, the institute will capture new kinds of evidence on its programmatic adaptations; maintain a central repository of data to analyze and identify trends; create new learning forums; and disseminate its new knowledge through guidelines, trainings, and online forums.

Program Development

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$250,000

To support activities related to the identification of new project approaches 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 to strengthen democracy.

Program Development

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$275,000

To support activities related to the identification of new project approaches 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 to strengthen democracy.

Program Development

Solidarity Center (SC)

Supplement $272,141

To support activities related to the identification of new project approaches 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 to strengthen democracy.

Program Development

Solidarity Center (SC)

$189,929

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 Development 2020

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$314,777

To support activities related to the identification of new project approaches 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 to lay the foundation for developing new programs to strengthen democracy.

Program Development 2020

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Supplement$54,150

To support activities related to the identification of new project approaches 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 to strengthen democracy.

Program Evaluation

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$43,394

To support rigorous evaluation and learning about democracy support programming. Activities will include the design and implementation of an evaluation of a selected NED-funded CIPE program and the production of four cumulative assessments (CAs). 

Program Evaluation

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$30,759

To support rigorous evaluation and learning about democracy support programming. Activities will include the design and implementation of an evaluation of a selected NED-funded IRI program and the production of four cumulative assessments (CAs). 

Program Evaluation

International Republican Institute (IRI)

Supplement $62,609

To support rigorous evaluation and learning about democracy support programming. Activities will include the design and implementation of an evaluation of a selected NED-funded IRI program and the production of four cumulative assessments.

Program Evaluation

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$31,950

To support rigorous evaluation and learning about democracy support programming. Activities will include the design and implementation of an evaluation of a selected NED-funded NDI program and the production of four cumulative assessments (CAs).

Program Evaluation

Solidarity Center (SC)

$33,028

To support rigorous evaluation and learning about democracy support programming. Activities will include the design and implementation of an evaluation of a selected NED-funded Solidarity Center program and the production of four cumulative assessments (CAs). 

Program Evaluation

Solidarity Center (SC)

Supplement $65,987

To support rigorous evaluation and learning about democracy support programming. Activities will include the design and implementation of an evaluation of a selected NED-funded Solidarity Center program and the production of four cumulative assessments (CAs).

Program Evaluation 2020

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Supplement$304,054

To support rigorous evaluation and learning about democracy support programming. Activities will include the design and implementation of an evaluation of a selected NED-funded CIPE program and the production of four cumulative assessments.

Promoting International Norms on Responsible Business Conduct

Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

$75,000

To enhance the capacity of civil society to strengthen global standards on responsible business conduct. . Activities will include a cross-regional workshop, training webinars, and research and analysis to evaluate and strengthen accountability mechanisms and inform the development of norms to promote respect for human rights, corporate accountability, and rule of law.

Promoting Norms, Principles And Networks For Electoral Integrity

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$217,400

To promote greater coordination and consensus on shared norms and principles of electoral integrity, the institute will facilitate dialogue and targeted engagement between and among citizen election monitors, international election observers, election management body leaders, and other key international actors. The institute will also foster in-person and online experience sharing and disseminate new resources and tools on enhancing systematic election observation methodologies to the build capacity of and strengthen linkages among members of a global network of citizen election monitors.

Promoting Post-Transition Democratic Reform

Democratic Ideas and Values

$133,000

To support and expand a knowledge hub that makes available transition experiences, particularly those addressing security sector reform, to activists and experts. The Prague-based think tank will add three country case studies to its transitions guide, expand its database of transition experts, and continue its Transitions Academy that provides training on political transformations and challenges related to historical memory for young reformers from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. 

Promoting Women’s Leadership in the Economy

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$988,594

To promote leadership, networking, and collective action on issues of regional and global urgency for women in the economy and women’s economic empowerment. The center will conduct a series of regional conferences, launch a subgrant competition, and promote women leaders representing s local partner groups in global platforms. The center will also champion local partner inclusion strategies for women with the center’s regional program teams through strategic planning, case studies, and women’s economic empowerment resources.

Protecting an Open Internet through Internet Governance Bodies

Freedom of Information

$139,635

To protect and promote democratic values of the internet, including the freedoms of expression and association, security, and privacy. Through its program, the organization will facilitate increased engagement and leadership by democratic activists within key international internet governance bodies and processes shaping the internet’s structure, and foster global and regional networks of experts and activists working on digital rights and internet governance issues.

Protest to Policy

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$1,000,000

Democratic activists form networks and cooperate with citizens and elites to devise, propose, and advance to support democratic capacity building for activists by equipping them with evidence-based knowledge to overcome challenges in their advocacy for democratic reform. The institute will conduct original research on how democratic activists develop policy priorities, select between strategies to influence policymaking processes, and how they resolve intra-movement disputes on these issues. Based on this research, the institute will develop a set of resources and offer opportunities for sharing of lessons across countries that will enable democratic activists to better formulate policy proposals and effectively advocate for democratic reform.

Raising Awareness of the Impact of Pandemic Surveillance and Censorship Measures

PEN American Center Inc.

$100,000

To strengthen collaboration in raising awareness of the democratic impact of surveillance and censorship measures imposed by states in response to the global pandemic. The organization will conduct a series of workshops for journalists, writers, and civil society groups on surveillance technologies, geopolitical disinformation trends, and strategies to assess the most probable and highest impact risks. The trainings will help to inform their efforts to raise awareness, through local reporting and advocacy, of the various regulations and restrictions and their impacts on democracy.

Reaffirming and Promoting Democratic Unity

Forum 2000 Foundation

$150,000

To promote cooperation, foster democratic unity, and reaffirm democratic norms. The Prague-based organization will convene the 24th annual Forum 2000 international conference and further develop 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. 

Reexamining Election Observation to Meet 21st Century Needs (REO)

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$300,000

To equip domestic and international election observers with tools and resources to evaluate the integrity of electoral processes. The institute will conduct a landscape analysis to review existing international election observation protocols and data aggregation systems. It will develop an observation framework enabling monitoring of misinformation campaigns, online campaigning, and the proliferation and procurement of voter technology. The institute will pilot the framework in at least four countries where national elections are expected to take place.

Scaling Human-Centered Design Approaches

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$125,000

To scale human-centered design approaches among its partners for more adaptable and effective technology-powered initiatives. The institute will develop human-centered design training curricula, conduct virtual trainings, and mentor local partners in two countries to apply human-centered design in their efforts to promote transparency and anti-corruption practices, advocate for greater inclusion of women and minorities, and improve communication between citizens and their elected officials.

Shaping Business Norms That Strengthen Trust in Democratic and Market Institutions

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$857,420

To provide new platforms for dialogue on shaping global business norms that strengthen trust in democratic and market-oriented institutions. The center will provide resources and expand opportunities for multi-stakeholder dialogue for businesses and business organizations at both the local and international levels to advance ethical practices, responsible conduct, and norms that reinforce trust in democratic and market institutions.

Solidarity Across Regions for Migrant Worker Rights, PHASE I

Solidarity Center (SC)

$1,000,000

To strengthen the capacity of trade union and civil society partners across multiple regions to advance the rights of migrant workers. The center will bolster cross-regional collaboration and learning to inform national, regional, and international policy discussions and decisions that impact democratic norms for migrant workers and will facilitate the informed and strategic participation of partners in regional and international processes.

State-Based Gendered Disinformation and COVID-19

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$75,000

To examine and raise awareness of state-based gendered online disinformation during crises and shocks and enable a more inclusive and open information environment for women’s safe participation in political discourse and democratic processes. The institute will conduct research on online state-based gendered disinformation campaigns, using Covid-19 as a primary case study, and will develop recommendations on countering the impact of these issues on political and electoral outcomes.

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 rights and freedoms. Activities will include support to strategic litigation cases related to the protection of civic space in Africa and Latin America, mapping of key cases at the national and regional levels, and strengthening an inter-regional litigants’ network and cooperation among its members. 

Strengthening a Civic Technology Network

Fundacja ePanstwo

$150,00

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 bolster collaboration. 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.

Supplement $150,000

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 a rapid and effective response to cases. Additionally, the group will strengthen and expand its network, focusing on underserved regions.

Strengthening an Approach to Conflict Sensitivity and Do No Harm

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$127,400

To develop effective programmatic approaches to advance sustainable peace and democracy in conflict-affected environments. The institute will conduct research and develop guidelines, tools, and practices for the democracy and governance assistance community that, take into account conflict sensitivity, gender sensitivity, and inclusivity, and will pilot and test these resources in select regions. 

Strengthening Business Leadership through Policy Solutions and Program Learning

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$828,992

To engage business leaders in emerging democracies with actionable knowledge on policy solutions for democratic free-market systems and improve the capture and application of innovations and lessons learned in building institutions of democratic free-market systems. The center will identify strategic opportunities for policy reform, conduct applied research in the political economy of transition, develop models of business leadership toward democracy that delivers, and facilitate exchange of best practices among international partners and program staff.

Strengthening Civil Society in Central Asia, Central America, and West Africa

Solidarity Center (SC)

$75,000

To enhance the ability of workers, labor unions, worker movements, and other civil society actors to access and engage with international human rights mechanisms. The center will support meetings in three different regions with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association. The meetings will provide opportunities for advocates to share their experiences, challenges, and recommendations in relation to workers’ rights and freedom of association.

Strengthening Civil Society Resilience to Online Disinformation

Digital Public Square

$815,000

To deepen understanding of online disinformation efforts carried out by authoritarian actors and strengthen resilience against malign foreign influence. The organization will pilot an initiative to provide local organizations in countries targeted by digital disinformation campaigns with integrated tools to challenge those efforts. The organization will employ a digital toolkit to track online disinformation impacting local communities and raise awareness on topics vulnerable to malign foreign influence, contributing to the global knowledge base on online disinformation practices and their impact on local internet users.

Strengthening Coordination and Collaboration for Media Development

Global Forum for Media Development

$100,000

To strengthen coordination and collaboration in support of media development.  The group will facilitate information sharing, research, and networking between its member 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, and engage on key debates that shape the media development sector.

Strengthening Democratic Governance through more Accountable Subnational Governments

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$400,000

To strengthen democratic governance by supporting ongoing decentralization processes. The institute will conduct research, analysis, and stakeholder mapping in two countries to identify gaps and challenges at the subnational level of government that will inform efforts to advance democratic governance. The institute will support subnational actors in better assessing political economy factors that impact effective political decentralization and in piloting initiatives to help them become more accountable to citizens.

Strengthening Democratic Governance to Stabilize Conflict-Affected Areas

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$850,000

To bolster locally-led efforts aimed at fostering pluralism and preventing the spread of violent conflict. The institute will develop, test, and evaluate evidence-based tools and governance interventions in two conflict-affected contexts. The institute will use the tools to support local actors as they implement community-wide initiatives that strengthen democratic governance as a way to prevent the spread of violent conflict. The resulting tools will be adapted and disseminated to provide democratic governance programs with a tested approach to working in conflict-affected contexts.

Strengthening Digital Democratic Resilience

Freedom of Information

$375,000

To strengthen digital democratic resilience through cross-regional collaboration, information sharing, in-depth research and analysis, and development of new digital tools. The organization will develop a global community of experts, map and research foreign technological strategies and methods for influencing democratic institutions, and facilitate the creation of digital tools that will identify and defend against the manipulation of information and digital interference.

Strengthening Independent Media’s Capacity to Cover the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thomson Reuters Foundation

$98,870

To strengthen the capacity of independent media to cover the COVID-19 pandemic. The group will develop two sets of comprehensive trainings to enhance the skills of journalists in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean to report on the political, social, and economic impacts of the global pandemic in their countries and regions. The group will also leverage its expertise and networks to develop and disseminate resources, skills, and knowledge to journalists and media groups across different regions to extend the reach of its support.

Strengthening Information Integrity in the Digital Space

AN Foundation

$230,000

To deepen understanding of the challenges to information integrity in the digital space. The group will work with local partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean to research and assess disinformation risks of local online media ecosystems, using artificial intelligence as well as expert review. The resulting risk ratings will be used to raise awareness of the risks that arise from funding disinformation. Partners will also use the data to inform discussions on trust in media and on combatting disinformation.

Strengthening NGO Capacity and Cooperation in the Eastern Partnership

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

$65,000

To strengthen the capacity and cooperation of reform-oriented nongovernmental organizations in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. The Brussels-based organization will convene the 2020 Assembly of the Civil Society Forum of the EaP in Berlin. It will continue to build collaboration and networking among its members by supporting cross-border projects that aim to promote democracy and human rights in the EaP countries.

Strengthening Support for Democrats at Risk

Scholars at Risk, Inc.

$294,445

To protect and bolster support for individuals who promote free inquiry and expression, democratic debate, and respect for human rights. The organization will facilitate 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.  Other activities will include monitoring of academic freedom violations and targeted advocacy.

Strengthening the Resilience of Civil Society

Open Briefing Ltd.

$317,700

To strengthen the resilience of human rights defenders and civil society organizations. The group 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 further develop a set of resources and toolkits enabling activists to assess risks, and expand collaboration with a network of international partners to share best practices and provide emergency support.

Strengthening Transnational Collaboration in Combatting Illicit Financial Flows

Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies

$317,500

To deepen civil society understanding of international norms and standards related to combatting illicit finance and support collaboration in promoting accountability and countering transnational corruption. The group will convene a series of trainings and webinars for civil society and investigative journalists in Africa and Latin America to strengthen their capacity in promoting better enforcement at the regional level, and will support local actors to connect international norms and standards to local grassroots efforts.

Strengthening Transparency, Accountability, and Service Delivery at the Local Level

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$200,000

To support the improvement of government transparency, accountability, and service delivery at the local level. The institute will provide technical assistance to develop and implement an open government action plan. It will also support the international sharing of good practices for local government openness and service delivery during and following the Covid-19 crisis, including through an international study mission, virtual events, and roundtable discussion.

Strengthening Women’s Leadership and Rights Advocacy

Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights Development, and Peace

$400,000

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; develop curricula on women’s leadership, political participation, and human rights; and fostering experience sharing on women’s rights advocacy.

Supporting Journalists in Danger

European Center for Press and Media Freedom

Supplement $85,140

To protect and assist journalists at risk. The organization will provide shelter to journalists who are in danger because of their reporting.  Assistance will include a comprehensive in-residence program as well as direct support, including 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 Transnational Collaboration to Protect Freedom of Association

European Center for Not-for-Profit Law Stichting

$200,000

To support transnational collaboration in shaping international norms on democratic civic space and freedom of association. The group will cultivate a global hub of expertise to respond to restrictive policies and provide technical assistance to improve the operating environment for civil society. Activities will assist regional and country-level efforts to defend civic freedoms from legal overreach; facilitate cross-regional exchange on strategies to address challenges; and inform global dialogue on the impact and implementation of securitization policies.

Supporting Youth Engagement in Local Government

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$94,000

To strengthen support for youth engagement in local governance. The institute will develop an international resource for citizens and governments to establish and operate structures for youth participation in governance at the local level. The guide will be adapted and expanded from a previously developed resource highlighting youth consultative councils and will feature case studies of comparative international models and recommendations for youth engagement in local governance, drawn from current and past programming in countries around the world.

Sustaining Internet Freedom and Digital Safety

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$1,915,095

To provide activists, independent media, and other democratic actors in repressive environments with a range of tools to gain free and fair access to information; communicate and collaborate with one another; and campaign for policy changes. The institute will help ensure critical tools that grassroots actors need remain operational.

Sustaining Internet Freedom and Digital Safety in Repressive Environments

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$1,620,000

To provide activists, independent media, and other democratic actors in repressive environments  with  a range of tools to gain free and fair access to information; communicate and collaborate with one another; and campaign for policy changes. The institute will help ensure those critical tools that grassroots actors need remain operational.

The Impact of 5G on Democracy

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$125,000

To assist democratic actors in countries adapting to 5G data environments that are controlled by external authoritarian governments. The institute will map 5G adoption within countries in which it works and will identify best practices and decision points that legislatures should consider when adapting to 5G systems. Through research and case studies, the institute will explore the dynamics of 5G controlled by authoritarian governments and the impact on democracies and democratic actors.

Transnational Responses Against Corruption and Kleptocracy – TRACK

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$500,000

To build resiliency against kleptocratic practices. The institute will develop a taxonomy of kleptocratic strategies and associated tactics, determine the conditions under which these are successful, and identify the most effective ways to counter them. The institute will engage with relevant local, regional, and international stakeholders to increase their understanding of the ways in which kleptocratic practices threaten democratic institutions and share successful strategies to identify and counter transnational kleptocratic tactics. 

Women’s Democracy Network

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$800,000

To strengthen women’s participation 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. Through subgrants, trainings, and conferences, the institute will connect members with opportunities to gain skills and collaborate with one another to support women’s empowerment.

World Movement for Democracy

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$100,000

To facilitate wider participation at the tenth assembly of the World Movement for Democracy (WMD), the institute will draw on its worldwide network of partners from political parties and within the democratic governance community to identify and send a delegation to participate in Tunis, Tunisia in 2020. The institute will provide WMD Assembly participants with practical, results-driven approaches to promote effective democratic governance at the national and local level in their home countries based on the best practices shared at the Assembly.

World Youth Movement for Democracy

Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Serbia

$30,708

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