Latin America and Caribbean

Bolivia 2019

Countering Disinformation in the Political Process

Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Economica y Social

 $44,000

To raise awareness among citizens of the effects of disinformation posted on social networks during a national election campaign. The organization will analyze the impact of messaging on digital social networks and will quantify and classify the types of political messages disseminated on these platforms. It will determine their source, fact-check their accuracy, and classify them as false, true, or cannot be determined and will disseminate the information to the public.

Defending the Rights of Indigenous Women

Kurmi Apoyo al Desarrollo Sostenible Interandino

 $40,000

To defend and promote the rights of indigenous women in Bolivia. The organization will help indigenous women leaders defend their rights, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 as a tool for advocacy and holding the government accountable. It will provide training for leaders of indigenous women’s groups to advocate more effectively for government adherence to the development goals that most affect their populations.

Engaging Youth in Local Governance

Centro de Estudios y Apoyo al Desarrollo Local

 $38,100

To build the capacity of youth in Bolivia to participate in public policymaking and exercise their political rights. The organization will conduct workshops in the cities of El Alto, Sucre, and Tarija and use digital media platforms to train youth in legislative processes and political leadership and increase understanding of their rights.

Informing Citizens Via Digital Platforms

Asociación Científica Multidisciplinaria – SIM

 $37,580

To strengthen the capacity of civil society, activists, and journalists to use digital platforms to inform the public, monitor national elections, and demand government accountability through online and in-person training workshops. The organization will also focus on exposing government corruption and on promoting in-depth investigative journalism.

Monitoring Human Rights and Justice

Fundacion Observatorio de Derechos Humanos y Justicia

 $57,640

To promote legislation and jurisprudence that uphold political and civil rights as defined in Bolivia’s constitution and in international treaties and conventions, and to foster institutional strengthening and engagement among human rights defenders. The organization will track and analyze rulings by Bolivia’s constitutional court and the Inter-American Court for Human Rights, as well as other international judicial bodies.

Monitoring the National Electoral Process

Fundacion Jubileo

 $80,808

To contribute toward a fair and transparent national electoral process through citizen participation in election monitoring. The organization will lead a coalition of civil society groups and form an election-monitoring platform, which will deploy election monitors across the country. The platform will develop an instruction manual and provide online and in-person training for the observers.

Promoting an Informed Electorate

Educacion Radiofonica de Bolivia

 $40,920

To educate citizens about the electoral process in Bolivia and raise awareness of their political rights. The radio network will broadcast informative interviews with experts in Bolivia’s politics and electoral system, focusing on provisions of a new law on political organizations. Radio journalists will interview members of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, and political scientists will provide comparative analysis of election laws and procedures in other countries.

Promoting and Defending Human Rights

Derechos en Accion

 $45,000

To promote and defend human rights in Bolivia through strategic litigation at the national and international level. The organization will offer training workshops on access to international human rights mechanisms and publish reports on emblematic cases litigated before international bodies. It will bring new cases and continue to monitor the progress of cases already before the courts.

Promoting Citizen Participation

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Urbano y Regional

 $36,000

To promote citizen participation and transparency in the lead up to the 2020 municipal elections in the city of Santa Cruz. The organization will support an innovative initiative to foster citizen participation in the local election campaign, transparency in the electoral process, and responsiveness by local political candidates. The organization will conduct training workshops for the citizen candidates on the legislative process, constitutional norms, urban planning, public budgets, and political communication.

Providing Independent Analysis and Information

Instituto de Asistencia Social Economica y Tecnologica

 $50,000

To promote freedom of expression and accountability in Bolivia through independent analysis and in-depth news reports. The organization will continue to cover political, economic, and social issues. It will especially focus on the presidential and national legislative campaigns and the performance of the Supreme Electoral Council, which exercises control over the electoral process, and it will publish a special report on the inauguration of a new presidential term.

Providing Independent Political News and Election Information

Agencia de Noticias Fides Compania de Jesus

 $44,271

To provide independent, high-quality news coverage, with an emphasis on human rights, government accountability, and the electoral process. The organization will provide Bolivian citizens reliable and independent information about political developments during a highly controversial national election this year and will continue to report on government and politics following the vote.

Stimulating an Informed National Debate

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $270,031

To enhance public discourse on a strategic vision for Bolivia’s future. The center and its partner will organize forums with civil society leaders, journalists and prominent social media influencers to increase public knowledge and receive input on an overarching national strategy, as well as promote democratic engagement in public policy debates.

Strengthening Civil Society for the Defense of Human Rights

Fundacion Construir

 $68,000

To strengthen the capacity of civil society to promote transparency and accountability in the justice system and defend human rights in Bolivia. The organization will facilitate public debate among political parties to inform voters during a national election campaign while continuing to promote civil society oversight and participation in Bolivia’s judicial system. It will conduct research, organize training workshops, facilitate meetings with civil society and government representatives, and carry out monitoring and advocacy initiatives.

Strengthening the Political Participation of Indigenous and Rural Communities

Fundacion Microjusticia Bolivia

 $40,000

To promote political participation by indigenous and rural communities through increased understanding of their civil and political rights and to facilitate access to basic legal documents to members of indigenous and rural communities to enable them to participate in political processes. The organization will visit rural communities to offer technical assistance and training.

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