Regional: Latin America & Caribbean 2018
A Regional Approach to Promoting Democratic Values in Cuba
Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de America Latina
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.
Advocating for Legislative Implementation of Inter-American Freedom of Expression Standards in the Americas
The Trust for the Americas
To promote the right to freedom of expression as recognized in the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Assistance will be provided to legislators and civil society to promote, enshrine, and implement Inter-American freedom of expression (FOE) standards in countries that are lagging behind in their implementation or that have adopted norms contrary to them. It will also work to foster greater respect for Inter-American FOE standards in Cuba and Venezuela.
Bringing Venezuelan Kleptocrats to Justice
Accountability and Governance
To create an international taskforce to research corrupt and illegal activities carried out by Venezuelan officials; and to facilitate collaboration between Venezuelan activists and international decision-makers to advocate for legal prosecution. The group will map legal mechanisms and instruments in jurisdictions outside Venezuela. The taskforce will share its analysis of domestic legislation and international conventions that have been violated, and any evidence already collected to document such violations, and will meet with decision-makers to advocate for legal prosecution.
Countering Grand Corruption through the International Human Rights Framework
Due Process of Law Foundation
To promote the use of international human rights law and expand the interpretation of existing international standards to address issues of entrenched transnational corruption and to facilitate a multidisciplinary approach in upholding international human rights standards. The organization will create a taskforce to analyze and expand existing human rights standards to counter entrenched corruption. Through this taskforce, public hearings and expert meetings, the group will also facilitate the exchange of information, experiences, and legal tools between two distinct communities of practice.
Defending Democratic Institutions and Norms in Latin America
Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy, Inc.
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. Advocacy will be carried out in favor of more effective civil society participation in multilateral forums to uphold universal human rights and democratic norms. Additionally, a series of actions will take place to strengthen the advocacy capacity of its members, particularly those defending the rights of minority groups. Finally, the organization’s institutional structure and communications strategies will be strengthened.
Forum 2000 Foundation
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. 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.
Denouncing Violence against Gender Minorities in Latin America
Presentes: Periodismo, Generos y Derechos Humanos, Asociacion Simple
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 those groups in Latin America. The organization will expand its digital portal to generate awareness about human rights violations committed against vulnerable groups, including sexual minorities. It will continue to foster journalistic best practices in order to increase the rigor, quality, and quantity of reporting on these issues in Latin America.
Emerging Leaders: Building Democratic Governance in Latin America
Asuntos del Sur
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 and its training seminars with low-cost tools for effective and constructive engagement and advocacy for civil society.
Empowering Community and Civil Society Participation
International Senior Lawyers Corporation
To increase community consultation and participation in the planning and implementation of large-scale development projects in the Andes and to improve the capacity of local lawyers, community leaders and civil society representatives to defend community priorities vis-à-vis corporate and government interests. The organization will mobilize the skills and experience of high-level international lawyers to increase the technical, legal and advocacy skills of local civil society organizations.
Enhancing Governance through Improved Fiscal Policy in Central America
Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales
To improve democratic governance in Central America through a focus on fiscal and budget issues, anti-corruption initiatives, and open government work. The grantee will use its expertise to improve the understanding of policy makers and members of government on key fiscal issues that undermine good governance and will provide technical support for drafting various fiscal reform and public finance initiatives. It will also enhance its coordination with key civil society organizations in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to strengthen transparency and anti-corruption efforts.
Fostering Online Investigative Journalism in Central America
To foster investigative online journalism in Central America’s Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The Salvadoran-based grantee will support an online media portal specializing in coverage of citizen security, transnational crime and violence, corruption, and political issues in the region. It will produce hard-hitting investigative pieces on these critical issues and collaborate with like-minded media, universities, and civil society organizations.
Informed Vote in Latin America
Fundacion Conocimiento Abierto
To promote informed voting in the presidential elections in Latin America. The organization will adapt existing digital tools and online platforms to the context of Brazil in 2018, and Bolivia and Guatemala in 2019. The organization will train civil society organizations in those countries to generate relevant contents for the application and help them disseminate the platform. The toolkit will enable citizens to compare and contrast objective and truthful information regarding candidate proposals and policy preferences and to see the degree of affinity with the user’s personal choices.
Journal of Democracy in Portuguese
Fundacao Fernando Henrique Cardoso
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 Connections for Political Innovation (CLIP)
To strengthen the capacity of a new generation of democratic civil society activists to participate in policymaking processes. The organization will strengthen and expand the Latin American Connections for Political Innovation Initiative. It will enhance the capacities of civil society activists and emerging actors to overcome the challenges they face as actual or potential policymakers, and bolster their ability to design, plan, and execute effective political and policy responses to the demands for public security that safeguards human rights, transparency and anticorruption.
Promoting Collaborative In-Depth Journalism
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 Effective and Transparent Governance in the Southern Cone II
International Republican Institute (IRI)
To strengthen effective and transparent democratic governance in South America’s southern cone. The institute will work in Argentina and Paraguay to improve congressional budget oversight, expand access to public information at the provincial level, improve service delivery in municipal governments, and investigate vulnerabilities to corruption.
Promoting Fundamental Labor Rights in Colombia and Venezuela
Solidarity Center (SC)
To address the closing space for civil society and growing repression of democratic freedoms in Venezuela. The center will strengthen the capacity of union partners to monitor and report rights violations, and defend fundamental liberties by building alliances beyond the labor movement and utilizing international mechanisms. In Colombia, the center will continue to assist trade unions to effectively participate in transitional bodies established to implement aspects of the peace accord, as well as support union-led advocacy for improved access to justice.
Promoting New Standards for Investigating Threats against Human Rights Defenders
Center for Justice and International Law
To advance due diligence standards for investigating threats against human rights defenders; and to raise awareness on threats, violence, and impunity against human rights defenders in the Americas. The organization will facilitate thematic, multi-stakeholder working groups and in-person consultations with United Nations and Inter-American officials and human rights experts to develop new international standards. It will also promote the adoption of best practices and increase enforcement of existing standards through strategic litigation before the Inter-American System.
Promoting Respect for Democratic and Human Rights Norms
To strengthen and expand a coalition of Latin American and European human rights and democracy actors and institutions working to defend democratic values. The organization will raise awareness in European and UN institutions on the deteriorating democratic and human rights conditions in key Latin American countries. It also will foster greater collaboration and interaction between European and Latin American actors, countries, and institutions in support of shared global democratic and human rights principles. These efforts will yield official statements in support of democratic principles to counter the emergence of authoritarian trends.
Promoting the Application of International Standards of Freedom of Expression
Center for Socio-legal Research – Universidad de los Andes, School of Law
To promote the application of international standards of freedom of expression, access to public information, and journalist safety. The organization will train judges, specialists, prosecutors and other justice workers in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. Building upon its experience developing a comprehensive toolkit for judicial schools, the group will carry out six thematic modules in each country. Throughout the grant, the organization will evaluate the judges’ jurisprudence and monitor if they apply the freedom of expression international standards in their decisions.
Promoting Transparency and Corporate Governance in State-Owned Enterprises
Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
To improve transparency and accountability for how state-owned enterprises (SOEs) operate, increase support for the implementation of corporate governance practices in SOEs, and enhance south-south international networks’ sharing of best practices. The center will mobilize local activists to enhance the available information on management and performance of SOEs and develop training programs to improve democratic standards of corporate governance in Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela, in an effort to curtail kleptocratic behavior in the region.
Rights Based Approaches to Promote Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining in the Americas
Solidarity Center (SC)
To enhance the ability of Latin American unions to strategically use international legal mechanisms to obtain remedies for labor and human rights violations. The center will promote the inclusion of historically marginalized workers in the union movement, including Afro-descendants, women, migrants, indigenous workers and workers with disabilities; and will support regional exchanges to share best practices of strengthening union structures and improving organizing and collective bargaining skills and processes.
School of Advocacy: Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America
Fundacion Ciudadano Inteligente
To foster innovative leadership from civil society and government to address democratic governance challenges in Latin America. Through a new edition of its School of Advocacy program, the organization will continue empowering emerging leaders in civil society and government in Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua with skills, knowledge, and tools for building multi-stakeholder approaches to tackling key governance challenges. The organization will continue building knowledge and practice communities in Latin America, with an emphasis on transfer of best and most successful practices.
Strengthening Accountability in the Use of Public Funds
Fundacion Poder Ciudadano
To strengthen civil society’s oversight of the use of public funds in Latin America and its capacity to advocate for accountability in the region, and to promote integrity as key aspects of democratic development. The organization will lead a coalition of organizations from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guatemala, Paraguay and Peru. The coalition will promote public awareness of the negative effects of the misuse of public funds, and will advocate at the national and regional level for the transparent use of public funds.
Strengthening Dialogue and Advocacy between Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society in Defense of Democracy
Grupo de Estudios Multidisciplinarios sobre Religion e Incidencia Publica
To strengthen dialogue and joint advocacy between faith-based organizations and civil society at large in defense of human rights and democracy. The grantee will work with its network of partners to organize a series of public panel discussions and roundtables in six selected Latin American countries. In addition, the grantee will work with faith-based organizations, experts, and other civil society groups to develop joint advocacy plans and to engage with public officials on issues related to the intersection of religion and public policy.
Strengthening Freedom Of Expression In A Changing Latin America
Fundacion Universidad de Palermo
To strengthen the protection of freedom of expression on the Internet in Latin America. The organization will expand the work of its Iniciativa por la Libertad de Expresión en Internet (Freedom of Expression on the Internet Initiative, or ILEI). It will bolster its capacity for regional monitoring of freedom of expression and internet governance, carry out trainings for civil society, and advocate for the protection and strengthening of existing standards for the regulation of digital rights and internet access in the region.
Strengthening Implementation of Universal Norms in Central America
Centre for Civil and Political Rights
To strengthen the implementation of the UN Human Rights Committee’s recommendations on protecting civil and political rights in the region. The organization will raise awareness about the most recent recommendations issued, establish a mechanism for ongoing dialogue and cooperation between government and civil society regarding implementation, and assist civil society in enhancing their capacity to monitor and track progress on implementation.
Strengthening Open Parliament Initiatives
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
To assist legislators, legislatures and civic groups in Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay to address perceptions of political corruption and lack of transparency and accountability. The institute will incorporate legislative and civil society representatives from the three countries into regional transparency initiatives and strengthen working relationships to advance transparency and accountability issues. In collaboration with local partners, the institute will organize technical assistance sessions on international transparency best practices and facilitate peer-to-peer sharing of lessons learned with legislative and civil society representatives, strengthening the transparency practices and initiatives of participating legislatures.
Strengthening Political Party Practice and Innovation
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
To strengthen political parties and organizations, support political reform 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
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 human rights activists to advocate for their interests in specific agencies of the UN Human Rights System.
Strengthening the Capacity of Nascent Civil Society Organizations
Clovek v tisni, o.p.s. (People in Need)
To strengthen the capacity of nascent organizations to defend the rights of vulnerable groups and report human rights violations and to raise awareness of closing democratic space in Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Through trainings, mentoring and small grants, the organization will consolidate new civil society voices in each country, and support human rights initiatives to raise domestic and international awareness on closing democratic space. The group will also foster cooperation and help human rights organizations advocate before regional and international audiences.
Strengthening the Credibility and Independence of the Inter-American System
Due Process of Law Foundation
To strengthen the credibility and independence of the Inter-American System; and to promote the exchange of information between UN and Inter-American institutions to harmonize standards and promote enforcement. The organization will mobilize a coalition of civil society organizations to advocate for transparent and participatory processes in the nomination and selection of IAHRS commissioners and judges. This coalition will carry out advocacy and informational activities to promote practices in line with other international human rights bodies. The group will also promote the exchange of information and standards between the Inter-American and the United Nations systems on issues of business and human rights.
Strengthening the Latin American Anti-Corruption Network
Fundacion Espacio Publico
To promote the understanding of institutional sources of corruption and anti-corruption reforms in Latin America, and to strengthen REAL as a network and 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.
Supporting Independent Journalists in Latin America
Institute for Nonprofit News
To enable journalists to share digital media best practices and further their cross-border collaboration throughout Latin America. The organization will strengthen a dynamic regional network of independent journalists running their own digital media projects in 20 countries. The organization will also target countries with restricted media environment training 60 journalists on how to develop their own independent digital media outlets, sharing best practices and success stories, and connecting them with members of the network in other countries.
The Foreign Policy and Democracy Monitoring Project: Who’s Respecting Next Generation Rights?
Global Americans, Inc.
To monitor the performance of Latin American governments in multilateral forums on matters related to human rights and democracy. Through a series of publications and public events, the grantee will raise awareness of the importance of multilateral norms and institutions in protecting human rights and democratic values. The organization will also provide knowledge and tools to journalists and activists working on these issues to promote greater accountability of Latin American governments for their human rights record in multilateral bodies.
Tools for Effective Citizen Engagement in Latin America
To strengthen the capacity of activists to promote citizen participation in public discussions and policy advocacy in Latin America. The organization will expand its training and ongoing support for civil society organizations in Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina on the use of its methodologies and digital tools for public engagement and advocacy. The organization’s digital tools and methodologies will strengthen other organizations’ capacity to advocate for government accountability and democratic governance. The organization will also foster the exchange of experiences among civil society groups using the aforementioned tools and modes of civic engagement to foster mutual learning and the growth of networks of democratic organizations using civic technology.
Trade Union Strengthening In Ecuador and Peru (FOA)
Solidarity Center (SC)
To address the erosion of labor rights and growing societal challenges that undermine democracy in Ecuador and Peru. The center will seek to build the capacity of unions in both countries to effectively represent workers, defend fundamental labor rights, and meaningfully participate in initiatives to address gender-based violence, corruption, and institutional transparency.
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