Regional: Latin America and Caribbean 2020

A Regional Approach to Promoting Democratic Values in Cuba

Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de America Latina

$100,000

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.

Bringing Venezuelan Kleptocrats to Justice

Accountability and Governance

$90,350

To facilitate a platform of international experts, researchers and journalists to investigate Venezuelan kleptocratic and illegal activities; and to improve collaboration between Venezuelan activists and international decision-makers to explore legal action . A series of online products will help visualize the scale and complexity of Venezuela’s kleptocratic system, and advocate for legal action against involved officials.

Citizen Polling on CCP Influence in the LAC Region

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$500,000

To equip domestic and international stakeholders with the resources needed to bolster regional resistance against foreign influences in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Institute will conduct a series of polling surveys and supplemental qualitative research on  public opinion regarding  knowledge of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence throughout the region. The Institute will then hold targeted, contextualized briefings for domestic and international stakeholders on the research findings and provide local actors with resources to implement advocacy and public awareness initiatives on CCP influence in the region.

Combatting Corrosive Capital in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$521,724

To support local initiatives to address and raise awareness of governance challenges posed by corrosive capital inflows in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. The center will work with local partners to analyze the impact of corrosive capital and advocate to close governance gaps utilized by corrosive capital inflows from undemocratic states. The center will expand access to information by uncovering the effects of corrosive capital and foster good governance by recommending solutions to mitigate those effects in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. 

Countering Disinformation and Surveillance Technology

TEDIC

$100,336

To provide analysis and integrate the recommendations of Latin American digital rights networks into global discussions on disinformation and surveillance technologies. The organization will conduct two studies on disinformation regulatory trends and companies providing surveillance technologies to governments responding to covid-19. The coalition will develop regional knowledge and present analysis on how disinformation and surveillance technology corrode global human rights and democratic standards. The organization will also present study findings and recommendations at the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS), among others.

Defending Inter-American Democratic Norms in the Context of Covid-19

Red Latinoamericana de Jovenes por la Democracia

$100,000

To promote youth involvement in defending Inter-American democratic norms in the context of the covid-19 pandemic. It will monitor governments’ response to the crisis, produce an index to rank their performance, carry out events to analyze the impact of the pandemic on democracy and the youth population. It will advocate for the interests of youth and stronger democratic commitment from leaders in the region at multilateral forums, such as the OAS General Assembly. Finally, it will promote democratic solidarity among youth activists in the region. 

Democratic Solidarity

Forum 2000 Foundation

$115,219

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

Denouncing Violence against Gender Minorities in Latin America

Presentes: Periodismo, Generos y Derechos Humanos, Asociacion Simple

$90,000 

To raise awareness of growing violence, discrimination, and human rights violations against vulnerable populations, and to improve the quality of press coverage of human rights violations, hate speech, and crimes against vulnerable populations. The organization will continue to focus its reporting on these high-priority countries: Paraguay, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Expanding the Digital Democracy Room in Latin America

Fundacao Getulio Vargas

Supplement $100,000

To enhance the digital and informational integrity of electoral and political processes in Latin America. The organization will consolidate its Digital Democracy Room in Latin America, expanding the initiative to Mexico, Bolivia, Chile and El Salvador. It will train and collaborate with local partners to use its methodologies, sharing lessons, and best practices the organization has developed in Brazil. It will produce comparative research on trends of disinformation around elections.

Increasing Understanding and Oversight of Chinese Interests in Latin America

Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

$90,755

To foment 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.

Journal of Democracy in Portuguese

Fundacao Fernando Henrique Cardoso

$13,950

To promote awareness and debate on democracy among Portuguese speaking decision makers, scholars, and civil society; and to foster informed dialogue on the state of democracy in Brazil and its role in Latin America. The organization will publish an online and print version of the Journal of Democracy in Portuguese. It will produce two issues per year, translating at least four selected articles from the English version of the Journal for each issue, and include an original article on Brazilian politics. 

Mapping Venezuelan Corruption

Accountability and Governance

$74,955

To uncover and document kleptocratic practices in Venezuela and to increase visibility and citizen understanding of Venezuela’s kleptocracy through new platforms and narratives. In partnership with regional investigative media, the project will map corrupt practices in Venezuela, highlighting links with other countries. It will also produce videos and infographics and use new narratives and platforms to reach new audiences.

Monitoring Electoral Advertising in Social Media in Latin America

Asociacion por los Derechos Civiles

$110,000

To promote greater accountability and transparency on the sources and use of electoral campaign funds on digital and social media in Latin America. The organization will develop technological tools to monitor political and electoral advertising in social media and will work with other organizations in the region to implement monitoring missions in several elections in Latin America between 2020 and 2022. It will document and present its findings, elaborate recommendations, and design and implement an advocacy campaign to foster greater accountability and transparency on political advertising and electoral campaigns.

North Andes: Promoting Fundamental Labor Rights in Colombia and Venezuela

Solidarity Center (SC)

$626,000

To address the closing space for civil society and the growing repression of democratic freedoms in Venezuela. The center will strengthen the capacity of union partners to monitor and report rights violations and defend basic liberties and trade union autonomy. To maintain and defend recent gains in fundamental labor rights in Colombia, the center will build union capacity to advocate for improved access to justice through participation in wider civil society platforms and the use of national and international mechanisms. 

North Andes: Promoting Fundamental Labor Rights in Colombia and Venezuela

Solidarity Center (SC)

Supplement$199,000

To address the closing space for civil society and the growing repression of democratic freedoms in Venezuela, the Center will strengthen the capacity of union partners to monitor and report rights violations and defend basic liberties and trade union autonomy. To maintain and defend recent gains in fundamental labor rights in Colombia, the Center will build union capacity to advocate for improved access to justice through participation in wider civil society platforms and the use of national and international mechanisms. 

Political Innovation Academy: Building Democratic Governance in Latin America

Asuntos del Sur

$88,085

To strengthen the capacity of local authorities to encourage citizen participation to foster innovative democratic governance in Latin America and to promote the exchange of best practices on political innovation and governance among civil society activists and office holders. The organization will provide training through the Political Innovation Academy and in-person sessions in several countries in Latin America, focusing on expanding citizen participation in policy formulation in local governments. The organization will expand opportunities for exchange of best practices for the Political Innovation Academy alumni.

Promoting Civil Society Coalition-Building to Strengthen Human Rights Systems and Ensure Government Accountability in Latin America

International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

$200,000

To promote civil society coalition building in Latin America in defense of Inter-American and international human rights norms. Working with its civil society partners, the organization will establish a broad coalition to develop a common strategy for addressing the most pressing human rights issues in the region. It will also carry out a Latin American regional human rights conference and engage in advocacy to enforce the application of Inter-American and international human rights norms and standards.

Promoting Collaborative In-Depth Journalism

Fundacion Connectas

$90,640

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

$50,325

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 an in-depth series of articles from Central America and from the Amazonian Basin, on transnational indigenous peoples’ issues in Latin America. Additionally, the organization will produce a series of articles and stories on how covid-19 is affecting indigenous populations in the Amazonian Basin.

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Internet Freedom in Latin America

Fundacion Universidad de Palermo

$132,956

To safeguard freedom of expression on the internet and contribute to the global discussion on internet governance and to improve the quality of discussions and exchanges between the digital and human rights communities. The organization will continue expanding and consolidating its Latin American legislative observatory and disseminating findings on regulatory trends in the region. It will train freedom of expression activists as well as elected officials on digital rights and internet governance and provide comparative analysis and best practices on internet governance. 

Promoting Inter-American Freedom of Expression Standards in Latin America’s Most Repressive Media Environments

The Trust for the Americas

$104,018

To promote and protect Inter-American freedom of expression standards in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The grantee will monitor online freedom of expression violations in the target countries and will include its findings in a regional report. The grantee will train activists and journalists from these countries, advance petitions, and precautionary measures in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and carry out joint actions with the United Nations human rights system to strengthen the protection of victims.

Promoting Transparency and Accountability through Investigative Journalism

Asociacion Convoca

$80,000

To promote transparency and accountability of the state’s decisions regarding public contracts in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. The group will train journalists and help them research into the use of public funds in the health and infrastructure sectors, and oversee contracts made during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group will construct a database detailing the contracts signed between the State and private companies. The journalists will produce in-depth reports and disseminate them online and with media in the region.

Public-Private Anti-Corruption Alliances in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$833,831

To empower local private sector stakeholders to address and raise awareness of corrupt practices in government procurement in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The Center will identify vulnerabilities in public procurement processes that lead to corruption and empower private sector stakeholders to create a roadmap to curb corruption in government procurement processes. 

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. Working with human rights activists in Latin America, the organization will travel to European capitals to organize events and meet with decision-makers in government, parliament, and civil society to denounce human rights abuses. It will meet with civil society and political leaders in Latin America to increase their understanding and use of international human rights bodies outside the Americas, such as the ICC.

Resilient Leaders: Building Democratic Governance in Latin America

Accountability and Governance

$98,086

To strengthen the capacity of public officials and local elected leaders to implement democratic governance action plans in municipal governments facing democratic governance challenges in three countries in Latin America. The project will include peer-to-peer mentoring and trainings to strengthen innovation and democratic practices at the local level through in-person and virtual sessions with tailored modules for leaders in Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico.

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

Solidarity Center (SC)

$565,000

To support the trade union movement in Ecuador and Peru to achieve a unified voice that reactivates tripartite social dialogue and continues to advocate for greater enforcement of labor rights. The center will provide technical assistance to trade unions to develop joint strategies to advocate for legal reforms and policies that strengthen the protection of labor rights and to restore democratic social dialogue spaces. 

Strengthening Activism and Advocacy regarding Gender and Corruption in Latin America

Fundacion Poder Ciudadano

$85,000

To strengthen anti-corruption activism and women’s movements in Argentina, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Peru and to advocate for the inclusion of a gender perspective in addressing corruption. It will work with three groups in each country to understand how corruption and gender overlap in each context. The civil society groups will contribute to a comparative report about the region that the leading organization will disseminate. Its awareness raising campaign will advocate for institutional reforms that include a gender perspective in the fight against corruption.

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

Grupo de Estudios Multidisciplinarios sobre Religion e Incidencia Publica

$81,400

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 eight 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 various sectors to carry out in-country participatory dialogue sessions. The organization will engage in advocacy before the Inter-American System and produce publications on religion, democracy, and human rights.

Strengthening Networks to Actively Combat Kleptocracy (Snack)

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$499,942

To improve transparency and accountability for how state-owned companies are run, managed, and monitored; to enhance south-south international networks sharing of best practices on implementing corporate governance standards in SOEs; and to engage civil society on active and potential threats to democratic values posed by opaque SOE management. The Center and its partners will combat global kleptocracy by strengthening regional and global networks. In country activities will include information gathering to formulate policy recommendations, stakeholder engagement, and advocacy initiatives to improve accountability and transparency.

Strengthening Political Party Reform, Innovation and Transparency

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$650,000

To strengthen political parties, legislatures and organizations; support political reform and open parliament processes; and expand the opportunities of regional activists to exchange related tools and information, the Institute will facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge transfer and dialogue through regular technical assistance and training exchanges in target countries and provide increased access to political reform materials and comparative experiences through a Spanish-language online portal.

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

Supplement $19,000 

To enhance the knowledge and advocacy skills of Cuban human rights defenders. 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 organization will work with Cuban human rights activists to monitor and document human rights abuses in Cuba, and to advocate for their interests using various mechanisms of the UN Human Rights System.

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

$217,500

To enhance the knowledge and advocacy skills of human rights defenders. 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 Fact Checking Network in Latin America

Fundacion la Voz Publica

$79,000

To strengthen the capacity of fact-checking efforts respond to counter disinformation in Latin America, and to enhance the availability of materials and targeted digital literacy campaigns across the region. The organization will collaborate with partners to investigate and identify new patterns of transnational disinformation campaigns. The coalition will also develop and disseminate educational materials to foster digital literacy among groups in society that may be more susceptible to spreading misinformation.

Strengthening the Impact Evaluation Capacity of Civil Society Organizations

Asociacion Civil Red Ciudadana

$78,000

The grantee will strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to measure their impact on democratic outcomes and raise awareness of monitoring and evaluation best practices within the region. In partnership with Do Big Good, a U.S.-based impact measurement organization, it will produce an Impact Evaluation Toolkit to equip organizations with guidance to assess the results of their projects.

Strengthening the Latin American Anti-Corruption Network

Fundacion Espacio Publico

$79,944

To promote the understanding of institutional sources of corruption and anti-corruption reforms in Latin America; and to strengthen a network of think tanks as a 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. It will also issue reports on corruption associated with the response to the covid-19 pandemic.

Strengthening the Sustainability of Independent Media in Latin America

Stichting Interkerkelijke Organisatie Voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, ICCO

$115,654

To build the capacity of independent media to develop business models and strategies that strengthen their sustainability and to support independent voices that defend freedom of expression. The organization will work with digital media organizations in four Latin American countries to help them reach long-term sustainability and ensure a diversity of independent media voices

Trade Union Strengthening in Ecuador And Peru (FOA)

Solidarity Center (SC)

Supplement $285,385

To support the trade union movement in Ecuador and Peru to achieve a unified voice that reactivates tripartite social dialogue and continues to advocate for greater enforcement of labor rights, the Center will provide technical assistance to trade unions to develop joint strategies to advocate for legal reforms and policies that strengthen the protection of labor rights and to restore democratic social dialogue spaces. 

Venezuelan Migrant Workers

Solidarity Center (SC)

$645,389

To promote the human and labor rights and the democratic participation of workers in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and Peru, the center will develop the capacity of its union partners to build relationships with Venezuelan migrant workers to collectively advocate for decent work and promote greater respect for labor rights