BRAZIL 2020

Delibera Brasil: Promoting Citizen Deliberation in Brazil

SITAWI

$62,500

To foster informed citizen participation in public decision-making processes in Brazil. The organization will establish a consortium of civil society organizations interested in using deliberative democracy mechanisms throughout the country. It will train member organizations to develop skills, and generate opportunities to use these mechanisms. It will support the implementation of deliberative processes, known as mini-publics, and promote the adoption of these practices across the country.

Dialogue Networks in Brazil

Politize – Institute of Political Education

$85,000

To promote a culture of tolerance and constructive dialogue in Brazil. The organization will scale up the use of its methodology to foster informative discussions on relevant political issues. The organization will engage social media influencers, civil society networks, as well as its own volunteers to ensure that multiple audiences participate in these activities around the country. It will also develop contents and materials for youth engagement in tolerant and respectful debates, with a human rights approach that will be used in schools. 

Fostering a Democratic Digital Space in Brazil

Associacao Internetlab de Pesquisa em Direito e Tecnologia

$90,000

To promote a democratic agenda among key actors in social media and to strengthen civil society efforts to combat malicious digital interference on public and political discussions in Brazil. The organization will carry out trainings and capacity building activities together with a partner organization for digital influencers and civil society activists, to strengthen democratic discourse online. It will also promote research and civil society engagement in identifying malicious and coordinated uses of computational techniques to distort the digital public sphere.

Fostering Democratic Public Security Policy in Brazil

Instituto Sou da Paz

$60,000

To promote informed public scrutiny of security policies in Brazil, and to foster public awareness of the importance of democratic public security policies. The organization will launch a public campaign, including dissemination of content online to increase public discussion on the links between human rights, democracy, and public security. It will train a wide array of journalists on methodologies to gather public security information to produce reports and hold authorities accountable..

Fura Bolha: Fostering Democratic Dialogue in Brazil

Fundacao Fernando Henrique Cardoso

$77,300

To protect the human and labor rights of vulnerable workers in Brazil and Paraguay, the center will develop the capacity of its partners to better represent and advocate for historically marginalized groups, to construct and implement human rights and security plans, and to build partnerships to assist Venezuelan migrant workers in constructing sustainable livelihoods. In addition, the center will support efforts to increase the membership bases of Brazilian unions, thus enhancing their advocacy capacity, and financial and institutional sustainability.

Pact for Democracy in Brazil

SITAWI

$67,000

To promote democratic culture and the value of dialogue, tolerance, and citizen engagement to strengthen the capacity of civil society to defend democratic processes and principles in Brazil. The organization will support the Pacto Pela Democracia (Pact for Democracy) initiative, a civil society platform that includes a plural and diverse group of civil society and political actors. The coalition will develop a democratic process monitoring mechanism, organize public dialogues on key topics of democracy with plural panels, and expand its membership across the country.

Promoting Human Rights and Democracy in Civic Education in Brazil

Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

$75,000

To strengthen the capacity of teachers in Brazil to promote democratic citizenship and human rights in civic education and to promote tolerance, constructive engagement, and leadership among Brazilian youth. The organization will expand in-person trainings, develop virtual versions of those courses, and provide teachers with resources to foster tolerance, appreciation for constructive engagement, and respect for human rights among youth. It will also advocate for public education reforms to incorporate more effectively democratic civic education. 

Rede Liberdade: Defending Human Rights and Democracy Activists

Instituto Sou da Paz

$70,000

Strengthen the rule of law and enhance the legal protection of civil society activists in Brazil. The organization will strengthen its capacity to tackle more effectively a growing demand for legal assistance to confront cases of harassment against human rights activists. The organization will use strategic litigation to improve the rule of law, and will carry out capacity building activities on legal matters for civil society organizations.

Rights Based Approaches to Promote Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining in Brazil and Latin America

Solidarity Center (SC)

$850,000

To protect the human and labor rights of vulnerable workers in Brazil and Paraguay, the center will develop the capacity of its partners to better represent and advocate for historically marginalized groups, to construct and implement human rights and security plans, and to build partnerships to assist Venezuelan migrant workers in constructing sustainable livelihoods. In addition, the center will support efforts to increase the membership bases of Brazilian unions, thus enhancing their advocacy capacity, and financial and institutional sustainability.

Strengthening the Collaborative Advocacy Network

Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade – IDS

$60,000

To strengthen the capacity of civil society to advocate effectively in the Brazilian national congress. The network will carry out capacity building activities to provide tools, knowledge, and methodologies to improve the ability of its member organizations to use evidence-based analysis, social listening, and effective communication strategies to enhance their advocacy on issues of public interest and democracy.