Latin America and Caribbean

Honduras 2018

Advancing the Human Rights of Marginalized Communities in Honduras

Centro para el Desarrollo y la Cooperacion LGTBI

 $40,000

To strengthen the capacity of CSOs to develop and advocate for public policies that advance a rights-based agenda for marginalized communities. The grantee will convene meetings with a select grouping of organizations to strengthen their ability to draft proposals for public officials. In addition, the grantee will develop an advocacy plan and carry out a series of meetings with public officials. Finally, the grantee will conduct a communications campaign to increase awareness on the need to protect the rights of marginalized communities in Honduras.

Fostering Investigative Journalism in Honduras

Investigación, Diseño y Comunicaciones, Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada

 $30,000

To expand investigative journalism in Honduras by reporting on key democracy issues such as justice, human rights and violence. The grantee will produce multiple investigative pieces, distribute them widely, and hold press conferences and other public events to promote the role media can play as a watchdog. The grantee will also foster a culture of investigation journalism by providing training to other media professionals on investigative journalism and journalist security.

Improving Public Policy through Citizen Engagement and Multi-Party Dialogue

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $475,000

To sustain and build on earlier advances as Honduras moves beyond contentious November 2017 elections and a new government and congress take office. The institute will continue its work with political parties, the congress, and civil society on initiatives to reduce corruption, impunity, and lack of transparency. The project will support efforts by multi-party congressional caucuses to advance initiatives that will improve government responsiveness and promote inclusive sound political engagement between the government and civil society.

Promoting Freedom of Expression in Honduras

Asociacion Comite por la Libre Expresion

 $45,000

To promote freedom of expression and freedom of the press. The grantee will utilize its network of local correspondents throughout Honduras to report on freedom of expression violations and attacks against journalists. It will also maintain its alert system; prepare strategic litigation for emblematic cases; publish a report on the state of freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Honduras; and hold public events and private advocacy meetings on key free expression issues.

Reinforcing Transparency Initiatives in Honduras

Foro Social de Deuda Externa y Desarrollo de Honduras

 $40,000

To strengthen cohesiveness and coordination for enhanced civil society participation in and monitoring of international initiatives related to transparency and accountability. The grantee will monitor the developments and progress of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Honduras and provide technical advice and contributions from the civil society side as the country enters a new OGP action plan. The grantee will also identify opportunities to conduct advocacy based on the newly announced “Open State” declaration from the government.

Strengthening Democracy in Honduras through Independent Media

Producciones Red Comunica, Investiga y Conecta Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada de Capital Variable

 $25,124

To strengthen the landscape of independent digital media in Honduras and report on key sociopolitical and human rights issues in the country. The grantee will produce articles on a range of issues including human rights, minority rights, and environmental concerns. Further, the grantee will produce longer investigative pieces on political violence as well as video shorts, photo galleries, and podcasts on changing youth political participation and current political and social events in Honduras.

Youth Leadership for Local Transparency

Asociacion Cristiana de Jovenes de Honduras

 $40,000

To promote local transparency and to strengthen meaningful political participation of youth at the local level. The grantee will raise awareness among municipal officials regarding national legal mechanisms for youth participation and will empower youth to coordinate actions across a dozen municipalities. The grantee will hold capacity-building trainings and dialogues and will provide continued support as youth councils monitor local spending on youth priorities.

Youth Led Violence Prevention Policies and Advocacy

Asociacion Jovenes Contra la Violencia Honduras

 $40,000

To promote dialogue and youth-led violence prevention policies in Honduras. The grantee will empower youth leaders to become “Ambassadors for Violence Prevention” and develop localized campaigns promoting prevention. The grantee will organize dialogues between youth and forums for youth to engage municipal governments and other leaders to advocate for more effective youth violence prevention programs and policies.

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