Honduras 2020

Advancing the Human Rights of Marginalized Communities in Honduras

Centro para el Desarrollo y la Cooperacion LGTBI

$75,000

To advance and advocate for the protection of human rights of marginalized communities in Honduras, particularly within the context of COVID-19. The grantee will strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to advocate for public policies that advance a rights-based agenda for marginalized communities. It will carry out meetings for leaders from vulnerable communities with legislators, hold national discussion sessions about relevant public policies, and conduct a campaign to promote pro human rights policies and public opinion surrounding them.

Fostering Anti-Corruption Efforts in Honduras

Foro Social de Deuda Externa y Desarrollo de Honduras

$50,000

To foster transparency by strengthening civil society anti-corruption efforts and to advocate for stronger government anti-corruption mechanisms and practices. The grantee will coordinate and lead an anti-corruption coalition in the country and build a consensus agenda within civil society to tackle impunity It will also provide capacity-building efforts for specialized civil society organizations.

Monitoring and Defending Human Rights in Honduras

Centro de Investigacion y Promocion de los Derechos Humanos

$75,000

To monitor, promote and defend democratic values and human rights in the context of the pandemic and upcoming elections in Honduras in 2020 and 2021. The grantee will produce a human rights bulletin, support human rights defenders with case documenting tools, and maintain a virtual human rights violations reporting mechanism for the public. The grantee will also produce innovative social media content on human rights, develop stronger relationships with journalists to strengthen its communication strategy, and hold a public forum.

Promoting Citizen Participation to Improve Elections and Candidate Responsiveness to Citizen Demands

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$585,000

To support Honduran efforts to strengthen transparency and inclusive political participation in advance of primary and general elections scheduled for 2021, the Institute will work with civil society, marginalized groups and candidates to strengthen citizen participation in and monitoring of the electoral cycle while also improving the capacity of candidates running for local and national office to represent and respond to citizens’ demands. 

Promoting Transparent, Inclusive, and Effective Electoral Reform

Asociacion para una Sociedad mas Justa

$55,000

To contribute to improvements to Honduras’s electoral system and to increase citizen trust in the reform process, and the country’s democracy more broadly. The grantee will work with several national entities responsible for reform, carrying out a mix of monitoring and oversight, technical assistance, and capacity assessments. The grantee will also coordinate informational campaigns and dialogue events for civil society and the public to engage in discussions regarding electoral reform and political rights.

Promoting Transparent, Inclusive, and Effective Electoral Reform

Asociacion para una Sociedad mas Justa

Supplement$25,000

To contribute to improvements to Honduras’s electoral system, to increase citizen trust in the reform process, and to promote and strengthen oversight of the use of emergency public resources during the covid-19 crisis in Honduras. The grantee will work with several national entities responsible for reform, carrying out a mix of monitoring and oversight, technical assistance, and capacity assessments. With supplemental funds, the grantee will conduct oversight of the government’s use of emergency funds in combatting the pandemic.

Reporting on Transparency in Times of Emergency and Elections

IMCOPUBLI, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.

Supplement$10,000

With supplemental resources, the grantee will expand its independent media coverage to investigate and report more thoroughly on transparency and access to information in the Honduran government’s response to the Covid19 pandemic. The grantee will also conduct fact checking of politicians’ statements around Covid19 to ensure that accurate information is disseminated

Shedding Light on Political and Civil rights Violations

Accountability and Governance

$60,000

To bolster government accountability and transparency by investigating civil and political rights violations in the electoral context. The media outlet will produce first hand and verifiable information on corruption and violations of political and civil rights in Honduras, as well as on shortcomings of democratic institutions and processes in the context of the 2021 electoral cycle. It will also carry out capacity-building workshops for journalists to train them in covering such issues. 

Strengthening Democracy in Honduras through Independent Media

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

Supplement $60,000

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 weekly articles on a range of issues including minority rights, violence against youth, forced displacement, and environmental concerns. The grantee will produce longer investigative pieces on power structures and public spending, as well as a mini-documentary, video shorts, photo galleries, and podcasts on youth political participation and current political and social events in Honduras.

The Economic Side of Strengthening Democratic Institutions in Honduras

Foro Social de Deuda Externa y Desarrollo de Honduras

Supplement $48,925

To analyze the economic, transparency, and budgetary implications of pending electoral reforms in Honduras. The grantee will produce analytical documents with assessments of the electoral reform costs, the electoral system, its institutions and finances, and oversight mechanisms. The grantee will host public events to presents its findings, and hold meetings with political actors to advocate for effective reforms that strengthen institutions and combat corruption. With supplemental funds, the grantee will expand its anti-corruption work in coordination with other civil society organizations. 

Transparency and Honduras’s 2021 Elections

IMCOPUBLI, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.

$40,000

To report on Honduras’s electoral challenges, the reforms underway, and the public procurement involved in the preparations for the 2021 elections. The grantee, an independent media outlet, will produce several in depth investigations over the course of the grant focused on the country’s electoral council and electoral tribunal and the efforts of the national registry to issue extensions of identity cards for all eligible voters. Additionally, the outlet will produce an investigative series that dives into various aspects of women’s political participation.