Latin America and Caribbean

Venezuela 2017

Advancing Research on the State of Democracy

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $46,748

To promote independent political research and analysis on the state of democracy and provide strategic recommendations to defend democratic space in Venezuela. Activities will include monitoring political developments, facilitating dialogue and roundtable discussions on policy alternatives, and completing a report on the Venezuelan electoral system and conditions for participation.

 

Building Strategic Capacity for Local Democratic Actors

Strengthening Political Institutions

 $200,000

To support the strengthening of democratic actors in the development of agendas and strategies that can adapt to a variety of scenarios. The program will hold working sessions with democratic actors and domestic and regional experts, and then follow-on sessions to fully develop the products.

 

 

Cohesive Strategic Communications

Strengthening Political Institutions

 $115,000

 To promote an informed citizenry that is better able to make decisions about the future of Venezuela. The project will provide technical assistance to create a nationwide, coordinated communications plan, and craft effective messages using non-traditional media. These activities will ensure that Venezuelan citizens and members of the international community receive objective messages that accurately inform them about the country’s economic, social, and political realities.

 

Cohesive Strategic Communications

Strengthening Political Institutions

 $300,000

To promote an informed citizenry that is better able to make decisions about the future of Venezuela.  Technical assistance will be offered to create a nationwide and international coordinated communications plan. Through non-traditional media, Venezuelan citizens and members of the international community will receive cohesive and coordinated messages that accurately inform them about the situation in Venezuela.

 

Defending Human Rights Victims

Human Rights

 $42,000

To defend human rights victims before domestic and international courts, and raise international visibility on the human rights situation in Venezuela. Information collected from legal assistance efforts on behalf of victims of arbitrary detentions and torture, will inform a report on the human rights situation in Venezuela.

 

Developing Tools for Agile Communication

Strengthening Political Institutions

 $50,000

To increase understanding of citizen needs and priorities through agile and interactive communication tools. Activities will include conducting a survey of the population in order to better understand citizens’ priorities.

 

Empowering Citizens through Local and National Policy Dialogue

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $188,196

To empower civil society and the business community across Venezuela’s regions to develop policy proposals that contribute to local and national development. The project will strengthen the capabilities of local authorities, candidates, private sector leaders, civil society representatives and youth and will increase public understanding of the importance of market-oriented reform. Democratic dialogue will be strengthened by allowing citizens to engage in public affairs and construct reform agendas based on local realities.

 

Facilitating Humanitarian Aid Relief

Human Rights

 $43,290

To establish a network that will monitor and coordinate relief efforts to vulnerable populations. Activities will include informing domestic and international audiences about the critical situation and litigating cases before domestic and international human rights bodies.

 

Formulating a Comprehensive Public Policy Reform Package

Human Rights

$177,200

To establish a network that will monitor and coordinate relief efforts to vulnerable populations. Activities will include informing domestic and international audiences about the critical situation and litigating cases before domestic and international human rights bodies.

 

Fostering Scenario Planning and Strategic Analysis

Strengthening Political Institutions

 $36,700

To strengthen strategic communication and consensus building capacity in Venezuela. Activities will include public opinion surveys, as well as discussion and consensus on democratic solutions to the political situation. Communication products that promote consensus on democratic values will also be produced.

 

Fostering Small Business Enterprise in Defense of Democracy and Free Markets

Developing Market Economy

 $151,956

To improve the private sector’s democratic role as a driver of the Venezuelan economy. Entrepreneurship trainings will help to strengthen the image of the private sector. This program will focus on supporting citizens in developing useful business skills and an understanding that free enterprise and market values will improve the development of their businesses.

 

Generating Consensus for an Emergency Plan

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $18,820

To strengthen the technical capacity of Venezuelans to efficiently respond to the socioeconomic crisis unfolding in disenfranchised communities. Data from a survey will provide information on the needs of the average Venezuelan citizen and ensure that policy making is inclusive and responsive to citizen demands.

 

Improving Democratic Governance in Venezuela

Accountability and Governance

 $33,900

To promote democratic governance at the local level. A series of forums aimed at furthering citizen participation will be organized throughout the country. Independent analysis on current socio-economic and political developments will be shared with the general public.

 

Improving Local Democratic Governance

Civic Education

 $40,000

To improve local governance in different municipalities throughout Venezuela. Local leaders will learn how to overcome local community problems. These leaders will then conduct advocacy with local authorities.

 

Leadership Empowerment and Socio-Political Participation

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $42,000

To promote citizen empowerment and bolster political participation. Communities will have opportunities to engage in democratic governance processes, and foster greater accountability between citizens and their government representatives.

 

Monitoring Human Rights Conditions

Human Rights

 $37,000

To monitor and report on human rights conditions among marginalized populations. Data collection, interviews, analysis of information, and the development of materials will raise awareness on the human rights situation in the country.

 

Monitoring the Human Rights Situation

Human Rights

 $45,000

To promote human rights and raise awareness on the situation in Venezuela. Project activities will include monitoring and reporting human rights violations; organizing trainings on democratic values and human rights; and producing and disseminating reports in Venezuela and abroad.

 

Promoting Access to Justice and Public Services

Rule of Law

 $38,000

To facilitate access to public services in underserved communities and monitoring checks and balances in Venezuela. Activities will include raising awareness about violations to basic human rights in marginalized communities.

 

Promoting Checks and Balances

Accountability and Governance

 $50,000

To improve democratic checks and balances. Activities will include technical assistance, dialogue with experts and citizens, and progress reports to policy-makers.

 

Promoting Citizen Journalism

Freedom of Information

 $61,800

To promote citizen journalism and alternative media platforms to protect freedom of expression and promote freedom of information. Activities will include trainings on the use of alternative media platforms to share news and information, and reports on critical social issues affecting citizens.

 

Promoting Citizen Participation and Freedom of Expression

Human Rights

 $34,983

To strengthen the capacity of citizens to monitor and defend human rights, especially freedom of expression. Activities will include an advocacy campaign that utilizes art and online activism to promote human rights and democratic values in Venezuela.

 

Promoting Democratic Governance

Political Processes

 $60,000

To strengthen the relationship between citizens and elected officials; and to promote citizen participation in the political process. Citizens will identify needs and priorities, engage in dialogue with elected officials, and increase their political participation in advance of regional elections.

 

Promoting Democratic Values

Civic Education

 $59,240

To promote democratic values among vulnerable populations in Venezuela. Citizens will learn the value of leadership and public service, and will gain experience to take on greater leadership roles in their respective communities and organizations.

 

Promoting Dialogue and Reconciliation

Conflict Resolution

 $55,000

To promote political dialogue and reconciliation. Discussions that convene citizens across the ideological spectrum will be organized. Public forums and events will raise awareness on the value of dialogue in generating consensus and bridging ideological gaps.

 

Promoting Freedom of Association

Freedom of Association

 $40,000

To promote democratic values and freedom of association. Civil society leaders will be trained in consensus building, democracy, and citizen participation. In addition, the program will raise public awareness and advance the rights and interests of vulnerable populations.

 

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Freedom of Information

 $50,867

To raise awareness of freedom of expression violations in Venezuela. Special reports on the state of freedom of expression, censorship, and attacks against independent media will be completed and presented to the general public. 

 

Promoting Human Rights

Human Rights

 $65,000

To strengthen human rights organizations’ abilities to demand adherence to international human rights standards. Activities will include trainings, workshops, public forums on international human rights standards, and a newsletter on human rights issues.

 

Promoting Human Rights

Human Rights

 $40,000

To increase understanding of the deteriorating political and socio-economic situation in Venezuela; and to engage civic-minded leaders. Activities will include fostering greater citizen awareness of and investment in democracy in Venezuela and carrying out activities in local communities to express solidarity.

 

Promoting Human Rights

Freedom of Information

 $30,000

To strengthen technical skills among civil society activists. Activities will include trainings for civil society and human rights activists, and the creation of a series of products that document human rights violations.

 

Promoting Human Rights through Creative Tools

Human Rights

 $35,000

To promote a culture of civic participation and respect for human rights in Venezuela. Trainings on human rights will be held for traditionally marginalized sectors. Grassroots leaders will be trained on how to use digital media and storytelling tools.

 

Promoting Independent Journalism

Freedom of Information

 $55,000

To engage journalists and media outlets in defending freedom of expression and democracy. Activities will include trainings on investigative journalism tools and the use of social media in disseminating news. The project will also foster media pluralism.

 

Promoting Leadership and Democratic Values

Civic Education

 $25,000

To promote political participation and improve democratic leadership. Activities will include combining traditional civic education programming with cultural events to appeal to a broader base of marginalized citizens. The program will allow selected leaders to disseminate democratic ideas and values in their respective communities.

 

Promoting Leadership and Democratic Values

Civic Education

Supplement: $10,000

To promote participation and improve the leadership skills of citizens in Venezuela. Tools and knowledge will strengthen democratic values and enhance leadership skills among youth. A training course will focus on democratic institutions and citizen participation.

 

Promoting Political Dialogue

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $24,910

To promote discussion about key democratic challenges in Venezuela. Forums, roundtable discussions, and working group meetings with leaders and intellectuals will aid in the development of proposals to address Venezuela’s most significant problems.

 

Promoting Political Engagement and Advocacy

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $25,000

To encourage citizens to participate in local, regional, and national governance processes. Working outside Caracas, citizens will participate and monitor political trends and advocate for policies that respond to citizen needs.

 

Promoting the Rule of Law

Rule of Law

 $57,984

To promote reforms that restore the rule of law in Venezuela; and to strengthen the technical capacity of Venezuelan human rights lawyers. An action plan will promote discussion and advance reforms that restore judicial independence and the rule of law. Similarly, the capacity of Venezuelan lawyers to litigate cases internationally will be strengthened.

 

Promoting Transitional Justice Principles

Human Rights

 $36,400

To promote greater understanding of transitional justice principles and to facilitate coordination among human rights organizations to create a victims registry. Activities will include public events on transitional justice, as well as available mechanisms to offer redress and reparations to human rights victims. Through coordination with human rights groups, a database of human rights cases will be created.

 

Protecting Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights

 $65,000

To strengthen a national human rights network. Activities will include the provision of technical and advocacy skills, and assistance to human rights activists as needed.

 

Protecting the Human Rights of Vulnerable Populations

Human Rights

 $30,000

To monitor and report on human rights conditions among marginalized populations. Project activities will include collecting data, conducting interviews, analyzing information, and developing materials to raise awareness on the human rights situation in the country.

 

Raising Awareness on Human Rights

Human Rights

 $35,000

To promote human and civil rights in Venezuela; and to improve the advocacy capacity of civil society groups at the local level in Venezuela. The program will work with civil society to raise awareness on the human rights violations and social conflicts in their communities.

 

Reforming the Judiciary and Promoting Transitional Justice

Rule of Law

 $35,000

To devise a reform plan to address the institutional and procedural challenges facing Venezuela’s judicial system. The project will focus on how to reestablish the rule of law, separation of powers, and the independence of judges. Analysis of transitional justice processes will provide a comparative perspective to cases of human rights violations in Venezuela.

 

Strengthening Freedom of Association

Freedom of Association

 $25,000

To promote freedom of association in Venezuela. Activities will include a survey of labor rights violations, an analysis of trends, and the development of information for domestic and international audiences.

 

Strengthening Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights

 $40,000

To document and denounce human rights violations. Civic leaders will learn about human rights norms and engage in increased interactions with like-minded organizations.

 

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