Latin America and Caribbean

Ecuador 2019

Building Private Sector Consensus for Democratic Development

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $258,304

To strengthen private sector advocacy for public policy reforms in Ecuador. The center and its partner will develop a private sector-led National Business Agenda to make public policy recommendations to the government. Program activities will include organizing sector specific working groups, drafting a National Business Agenda document, and holding agenda launch events in five cities around Ecuador. The center and its partner will also develop a communications and digital media strategy to advocate for policy changes.

Combating Impunity in Violence Against Women

Asociacion Mujeres por la Equidad de Genero y la Autonomia

 $40,000

To reduce impunity in cases of violence against women by advocating for improvements in the justice system and adherence to the law. Through a series of training workshops, the organization will empower women’s rights defenders to advocate for enforcement of existing laws intended to address violence against women.

Defending Women’s Rights in Ecuador

Centro Ecuatoriano de Desarrollo y Estudios Alternativos

 $47,680

To raise women’s awareness of laws and mechanisms designed to prevent violence against them and to help victims of violence seek legal assistance and reparations. Workshops will be conducted to explain the measures enacted under the national Law for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence Against Women to members of women’s organizations and train them in protective measures. The organization will also work with the large population of Venezuelan women who have arrived in Ecuador due to the political and economic crisis in their home country.

Democracy Training for the Future

Fundacion para la Integracion y el Desarrollo de America Latina

 $50,000

To strengthen the leadership skills and democratic commitment of Ecuadorian youth to become agents of change in their communities. A training program targeting young leaders from across the country will be conducted in collaboration with universities and other civil society organizations. On-site and online training workshops will focus on leadership, participation, gender equality, and democratic values. To complete the training program, youth will design democracy projects for their communities.

Fighting Xenophobia

Fundacion Redes con Rostro

 $40,000

To defend the rights of migrants from Venezuela and Colombia in Ecuador and reduce discrimination and xenophobia among Ecuadorian citizens. The organization will generate multimedia oral histories to capture the experiences of migrants and use these to humanize the Venezuelans and Colombians in the eyes of Ecuadorians and conduct workshops to discuss the plight and rights of migrant populations.

Promoting a New Generation of Civic Leaders

Centro de Apoyo Ecuatoriano-CAJE

 $45,000

To provide Ecuadorian youth with the skills to assume leadership roles in civic affairs. The organization will establish a Regional School for Leadership, Democracy, and Social Development for 50 students. The school will offer training modules that will cover a wide range of topics, including communications skills, the national and international political context, human rights, the civic duties of citizens, digital information technologies and social networks, conflict resolution, and the connections between citizen advocacy and public policy-making.

Promoting and Defending the Rights of Indigenous Populations

Fundacion Pachamama

 $51,050

To strengthen the capacity of indigenous leaders to understand and use national laws and international human rights mechanisms to defend their rights. The organization will raise domestic and international awareness of restrictions on freedom of association and violations of environmental rights in Ecuador’s Amazon region.

Promoting Citizen Participation and an Informed Electorate

Corporacion Participacion Ciudadana Ecuador

Supplement: $40,332

To promote citizen participation and foster a new generation of leaders during a period of political transition in Ecuador and to promote an informed vote in elections scheduled for 2019. The organization will build the capacity of citizens to monitor the activities of the all-important Council on Citizen Participation and Social Oversight and to enable those interested to run for election to the permanent council. It will identify candidates to serve as monitors and conduct workshops to train them.

Promoting Government Transparency and Accountability

Fundacion Mil Hojas

Supplement: $29,900

To promote transparency and accountability by collecting, systematizing, and analyzing information on government corruption. Areas of focus will include drug trafficking, extractive industries, and human rights violations, and the information will be made available for civil society organizations to produce legal briefs. Investigative journalism and alternative ways of exercising freedom of expression and freedom of the press will be fostered.

Promoting Government Transparency and Accountability

Fundacion Mil Hojas

Supplement: $15,000

To promote transparency and accountability by collecting, systematizing, and analyzing information on government corruption. Areas of focus will include drug trafficking, extractive industries, and human rights violations. The information will be made available for civil society organizations to produce legal briefs. The organization will foster investigative journalism and alternative ways of exercising freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

Promoting Investigative Journalism

Revista digital Plan V

 $55,000

To promote freedom of expression and accountability in Ecuador through high-quality and independent investigative journalism. The organization will focus its coverage on uncovering corruption and will collaborate with Ecuadorian NGOs in disseminating information on human rights. It will also continue its campaign against disinformation on social media.

Promoting Judicial Independence, Human Rights, and Government Accountability

Observatorio de Derechos y Justicia

Supplement: $10,450

To monitor and report on the performance and independence of the judiciary and raise national and international awareness about violations of human rights and due process, and to hold public officials accountable in the areas of corruption, human rights, and the administration of justice. The organization will produce reports assessing the state of due process and judicial independence and will address violations of due process and of human rights. It will analyze executive decrees to assess interference in the judiciary and any violations of human rights.

Strengthening Transparency, Political Participation and Reform

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $550,000

To strengthen Ecuador’s democracy and foster a more inclusive and accountable political system. The institute will strengthen political organizations, processes, and initiatives to promote greater participation of citizens in Ecuador’s political and electoral system and strengthen the capacity of Ecuadorian lawmakers to more effectively promote consensus building, accountability, legislative openness, and transparency in the National Assembly.

Supporting Human Rights through Journalism

JOSELER S.A

 $35,100

To reinforce journalism as an effective platform to promote human rights and to build the capacity of young journalists to report on human rights. The organization will expand a stream of coverage dedicated to exploring violations of human rights and that often go under-reported in traditional media in Ecuador.

Supporting Municipal Governments for Decentralized Transparency and Citizen Oversight Initiatives

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $200,000

To improve Ecuadorian municipal government access to resources, tools, and frameworks to carry out responsibilities required by transparency and decentralization laws in coordination with national government authorities, and to build capacity to conduct specific citizen oversight processes according to these laws. The institute will support these governments to advocate for shared needs through development of a common agenda and by supporting their coordination with civil society to socialize and implement citizen oversight mechanisms.

Transparency and Open Government in Ecuador

Fundacion Ciudadania y Desarrollo

 $64,410

To promote transparency, accountability, and citizen oversight of the National Assembly and of the governments of Ecuador’s three largest cities. The organization will continue to provide critical information about the legislative agenda as well as on Assembly members’ voting records. It will promote transparency and good governance in Ecuador’s three largest cities: Guayaquil, Quito, and Cuenca.

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