Latin America and Caribbean

Regional: Latin America and Caribbean 2019

A Regional Approach to Promoting Democratic Values in Cuba

Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de America Latina

 $132,000

To support and raise the visibility of pro-democracy actors and human rights advocates in Latin America. The grantee will promote greater international awareness of the efforts of democracy activists to ensure greater political pluralism throughout the region, with an emphasis on those countries where democracy is either absent or at greater risk.

Addressing the Need for Transparency in Operations and Transactions within State-Owned Enterprises

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $330,644

To improve transparency and accountability for how state-owned companies (SOEs) are run, managed, and monitored; to enhance south-south international networks sharing of best practices on implementing corporate governance standards in SOEs; and to draw attention to active and potential threats to human rights and democratic values posed by opaque SOE management. The center and its partners will implement activities that improve accountability and transparency through a mixture of objective research, public policy advocacy, and corporate governance training.

Advocating for Legislative Implementation of Inter-American Freedom of Expression Standards in the Americas

The Trust for the Americas

 $114,989

To promote and protect the right to freedom of expression (FOE) as recognized in the Inter-American Democratic Charter. The organization will educate and provide technical assistance to relevant stakeholders on issuing regulations to the digital space in accordance to Inter-American FOE standards. Additionally, they will prioritize efforts to promote greater respect for Inter-American FOE standards in countries with restrictive media environments.

Bringing Venezuelan Kleptocrats to Justice

Citizens for Integrity

 $67,300

To facilitate a platform of international experts and researchers to investigate corrupt and illegal activities carried out by Venezuelan kleptocrats in jurisdictions outside Venezuela and to improve collaboration between Venezuelan activists and international decision-makers. The group will expand a database to map the business and family relations of Venezuelans sanctioned by foreign governments, and produce actionable dossiers for other decision-makers in targeted countries. The group will also work with investigative journalists to raise public awareness on the effects of Venezuelan kleptocracy.

Defending Democratic Institutions and Norms in Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy, Inc.

 $115,000

To strengthen the role of civil society throughout Latin America in defending democratic institutions and the norms enshrined in the Inter-American System and other multi-lateral bodies. The organization will advocate for effective civil society participation in multilateral forums to uphold universal human rights and democratic norms. The organization will carry out actions to strengthen the advocacy capacity of its members, particularly those defending the rights of minority groups. Finally, the organization will continue to strengthen its institutional structure and modernize its communications strategies.

Democratic Solidarity

Forum 2000 Foundation

 $128,884

To promote effective international solidarity to defend and promote democracy and human rights. The organization will continue to foster the institutionalization of the Democratic Solidarity platform, a broad coalition of democratic activists from Latin America and beyond. The platform will define strategies and actions to sustain democracy and build international support for democracy and human rights in the region. The organization will leverage its international network to share lessons learned regarding democratic transitions and governance challenges.

Emerging Leaders: Building Democratic Governance in Latin America

Asuntos del Sur

 $100,000

To strengthen the capacity of emerging leaders in civil society and in public office to foster democratic governance in Latin America, and to promote the exchange of best practices on innovative and democratic governance among those individuals. The organization will consolidate the online-based Political Innovation Academy, which trains current or aspiring policy-makers on democratic governance. It will also continue supporting the Network of Political Innovation.

Expanding the Digital Democracy Room in Latin America

Fundacao Getulio Vargas

 $80,000

To enhance the digital and informational integrity of electoral and political processes in Latin America. The organization will expand its Digital Democracy Room initiative to Argentina, Colombia, and Peru. It will train and collaborate with local partners to use its methodologies, sharing lessons, and best practices developed through the implementation of this initiative to monitor and counteract disinformation in social media and the internet during the Brazilian elections of 2018.

Increasing Civil Society Oversight of Chinese Interests in Latin America

Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

 $90,283

To increase a broader understanding of China’s geopolitical and economic interests in Latin America among academia, civil society, and indigenous communities. The organization will work on improving accountability and transparency of Chinese investments in Latin America and the respect of regional and international environmental, labor, and human rights standards.

Increasing Civil Society Oversight of Chinese Investments in Latin America

Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

 $75,000

To increase civil society debate and understanding of Chinese economic investment and political influence in Latin America and to advocate for the respect of human rights, environmental and transparency standards in Chinese-financed infrastructure projects. Through a regional civil society coalition, the organization will articulate civil society, indigenous, and academic efforts to analyze bilateral agreements, publish research on the impact of China in Latin American strategic sectors and lending practices, and monitor the impact of Chinese investments on indigenous communities in the Amazon Basin.

Informed Elections: Collaborative Efforts to Fight Disinformation

Fundacion la Voz Publica

 $60,000

To strengthen collaborative efforts to fight disinformation in electoral contexts in Latin America. The organization will collect information, measure the impact and identify the best practices in projects using fact-checking to fight disinformation around elections. It will design standardized indicators to measure impact in future collaborative efforts, and will develop recommendations and materials to build successful coalitions to implement this kind of programs in the future.

Journal of Democracy in Portuguese

Fundacao Fernando Henrique Cardoso

 $13,950

To contribute to information sharing and debate on democracy-related issues among Portuguese speaking audiences in Brazil, Africa and Europe.  The grantee will produce an online and a print version of the Journal of Democracy in Portuguese. It will publish two issues per year, translating at least four selected articles from the English version of the Journal for each issue and actively disseminating the online material.

Latin American Youth Network for Democracy

Red Latinoamericana de Jovenes por la Democracia

 $100,000

To promote democratic solidarity and defend democratic norms among youth activists in Latin America. The organization will engage Latin American governments and regional multilateral bodies to defend democratic norms as enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter and advocate for consideration of youth interests in the regional policy agendas. Additionally, it will organize campaigns to bring attention to democratic challenges in the region as well as national forums to discuss democracy and youth-related issues and share best practices to address them.

North Andes: Promoting Fundamental Labor Rights in Colombia and Venezuela

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $626,000

To address the closing space for civil society and growing repression of democratic freedoms in Venezuela. The center will strengthen the capacity of unions to monitor and report rights violations and defend fundamental liberties by building alliances beyond the labor movement and utilizing international mechanisms. To support the Colombian union movement to defend recent gains in fundamental labor rights, the center will build union capacity to participate in wider civil society coalitions and support union-led actions and advocacy for improved access to justice utilizing national and international mechanisms.

Promoting Collaborative In-Depth Journalism

Fundacion Connectas

Supplement: $5,885

To increase journalists’ investigative reporting skills and strengthen cross-border, cross-media and cross-sector collaboration; and to promote media coverage and public discussion of critical transnational issues, such as corruption. In addition to training and financial assistance, the organization will provide editorial support to the journalists and launch a school for editors to help improve the quality of their products.

Promoting Collaborative Journalism on Indigenous Issues

Casa Editorial Agenda Propia S.A.S

 $50,000

To increase journalists’ investigative and editing skills regarding indigenous issues and strengthen cross-border, cross-media and cross-sector collaboration; and to promote media coverage and public discussion of critical transnational indigenous issues. The organization will produce in-depth reports from on transnational indigenous people’s issues in Latin America. The organization will hold a sub-regional event and create a network to report on indigenous people’s issues.

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Internet Freedom in Latin America

Fundacion Universidad de Palermo

 $85,067

To strengthen the protection of freedom of expression on the Internet in Latin America. The organization will expand the work of its Freedom of Expression on the Internet Initiative and carry out trainings for freedom of expression activists on digital rights and internet governance. It will bolster its capacity for regional monitoring of freedom of expression and internet governance, and will advocate for the protection and strengthening of existing standards for the regulation of digital rights and internet access in the region.

Raising Awareness on Human Rights Conditions in Latin America

CASLA O.P.S

 $55,100

To raise awareness in European and UN institutions on the deteriorating democratic and human rights conditions in Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua; and to enhance understanding and use of international mechanisms to uphold human rights standards and protections. The organization will travel to European capitals to organize events and meet with key decision-makers and civil society to denounce human rights abuses. Similarly, it will meet with civil society and political leaders in Latin America to increase their understanding and use of international human rights bodies including the International Criminal Court and the UN.

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

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $850,000

To strengthen the defense of workers’ human rights. The center will enhance the ability of Latin American unions to access the Inter-American Human Rights system in order to obtain remedies for grave labor and human rights violations; create mechanisms to protect the civil, political and social rights of Afro-descendants, at-risk union leaders, and migrant workers in Brazil; promote the robust inclusion of historically excluded groups such as women, LGBT and Afro-descendant workers in the union movement; and support efforts to reconsolidate the sustainability of Brazilian unions.

School of Advocacy: Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America

Fundacion Ciudadano Inteligente

 $196,000

To strengthen local governments’ capacity to include and encourage citizen participation in the policy-making process and their capacity to tackle democratic governance challenges in Latin America. The organization will prepare local and national government staff with skills, knowledge, and tools for building multi-stakeholder approaches to tackling key governance challenges. The organization will focus on Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico, and will continue building a community to share knowledge and best practices on principles and tools of democratic governance across Latin America.

South Andes: Trade Union Strengthening in Ecuador and Peru (FOA)

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $565,000

To provide the trade union movement in Ecuador and Peru with the capacity to effectively engage workers to advocate for greater transparency and accountability in government and at the workplace. The center will provide technical and legal assistance to trade unions to advocate for the protection of labor rights and to participate in policy spaces to address the obstacles to democratic consolidation.

Strengthening Dialogue between Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society in Defense of Human Rights

Grupo de Estudios Multidisciplinarios sobre Religion e Incidencia Publica

 $66,480

To strengthen dialogue and joint advocacy between faith-based organizations (FBOs) and civil society at large in defense of human rights. The grantee will work with its network of partners in six Latin American countries to build the capacity and leadership of FBOs and civil society groups on issues of human rights. In addition, the grantee will work with FBOs, experts, and other civil society groups to carry out participatory dialogue sessions and help them develop joint advocacy plans for engaging in the public sphere.

Strengthening the Capacity of Human Rights Defenders to Promote and Protect their Rights before the UN System and the OAS

International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

 $295,000

To enhance the knowledge and advocacy skills of human rights defenders. Based in Washington, DC, the organization will train afro-descendent women leaders to use the Inter-American System of Human Rights to advocate for greater respect for their rights. In addition, the Institute will work with Cuban human rights activists to advocate for their rights and interests using various mechanisms of the UN Human Rights System.

Strengthening the Latin American Anti-Corruption Network

Fundacion Espacio Publico

 $80,000

To promote the understanding of institutional sources of corruption and anti-corruption reforms in Latin America, and to strengthen a network and key regional actor in anti-corruption efforts. The network will produce policy-relevant, comparative analyses of the causes and effects of corruption cases in the region and will strengthen the advocacy capacity of the member organizations.

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