Latin America and Caribbean

Venezuela 2019

Best Practices in Citizen Engagement

Civic Education

 $29,180

To enhance understanding on best practices for increasing citizen participation in selected states. Successful strategies for engaging citizens will be identified and shared in states that have traditionally low levels of participation. Grassroots social and political activists will be trained on best practices and alternative communication tools.

Building Public Awareness on Democratic Initiatives

Civic Education

 $60,000

To build public awareness about democratic initiatives throughout Venezuela. Activities will include providing targeted assistance to democratic actors throughout the country. Activities will also comprise a public awareness campaign targeting different groups and involve monthly updates and hosting a series of public events throughout the country.

Circumventing Censorship and Informing Citizens

Freedom of Information

 $40,000

To circumvent government censorship of independent media, allowing citizens to access daily news reports. Short daily audio and video reports, a weekly broadcast, and a new program summarizing investigations will be disseminated. All content produced will be disseminated and posted online. In addition, a targeted communications campaign will be conducted.

Documenting Human Rights Violations

Human Rights

 $20,000

To increase the visibility of human rights violations and political prisoners in Venezuela. Information and tools on human rights, due process, the Venezuelan legal system, and international human rights instruments will be shared with local activists and grassroots leaders in targeted states. Emblematic human rights cases will increase visibility.

Documenting Human Rights Violations

Human Rights

Supplement: $15,000

To increase the visibility of human rights violations and political prisoners in rural states of Venezuela. A network of local activists and family members of political prisoners to advocate for human rights, due process, and democracy in Venezuela will be expanded. This network will document and denounce violations of due process, and will collaborate with domestic and international human rights organizations to raise the visibility of these cases.

Engagement and Political Innovation

Civic Education

 $35,000

To foster increased political engagement among citizens and promote innovation. Through trainings, networking, mentoring, and small funding, youth will develop projects that address the humanitarian situation, engage citizens  in public affairs, and reach out to new sectors and groups. Activities will foster greater civic engagement in targeted communities.

Ensuring Access to Independent and Uncensored Information

Freedom of Information

 $75,000

To enhance the availability and reliability of independent, verified and uncensored information in Venezuela, and to raise awareness about misinformation campaigns, especially via Twitter. Contingency plans will be developed to protect independent media from cyberattacks, and joint investigations in four critical areas will be published. The use and spread of misinformation via Twitter will be reported.

Establishing a Democratic Framework for State-Owned Asset Privatization and Recovery

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $248,094

To strengthen Venezuela’s democratic players in developing a democratic framework for the privatization of state-owned enterprises and the recovery of stolen assets in a short window of opportunity. The center and its local partners will develop actionable solutions to the obstacles associated with state-owned asset divestment and asset recovery to help implement the first steps of bringing Venezuela back to a democratic and functioning economy.

Facilitating Humanitarian Aid Relief

Human Rights

 $42,390

To strengthen a network that will monitor and coordinate relief efforts for vulnerable populations. Activities will comprise monitoring, recording, and informing domestic and international audiences about the critical situation and litigating cases before domestic and international human rights bodies. Activities will also include coordination with a collation of diverse civil society organizations.

Fostering Leadership in Low-Income Communities

Civic Education

 $20,000

To enhance the democratic values and leadership skills of grassroots leaders. Civic education and grassroots organizing workshops will be carried out with women heads of household using an existing network of community centers. Communities will be encouraged to identify and respond to local demands.

Improving Local Democratic Governance

Civic Education

 $40,000

To improve democratic governance in municipalities; and to overcome polarization by the promotion of community level socio-economic programs. A network of community leaders will advocate for solutions to public challenges in municipalities. This network will promote democracy, rule of law, and good governance. These leaders will also encourage citizen participation in political processes at the local level.

Monitoring Human Rights Conditions

Human Rights

 $37,296

To monitor and report on human rights conditions among marginalized populations and provide trainings for human rights defenders. Data collection, interviews, analysis of information, and the development of materials will raise awareness on the human rights situation in the country. An annual report will be produced and presented at public events.

Monitoring Human Rights Violations

Human Rights

 $51,410

To strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders and organizations to engage citizens in monitoring and advocating for human rights and to facilitate discussions on transitional justice and reconciliation. Activists in several regions will increase their understanding of concepts and tools for human rights documentation and learn about the peace process and transitional justice.

Monitoring the Human Rights Conditions in Venezuela

Human Rights

 $45,000

To promote human rights and raise awareness on the human rights 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. Presentations both in and outside Venezuela will also be organized.

Promoting Access to Justice

Rule of Law

 $30,000

To raise domestic and international awareness about the criminalization of social protest in Venezuela. Activities will include tools and trainings on holistic risk analysis and digital, physical and organizational security will be shared with human rights defenders. Activities will also include interactions with the global human rights community to raise awareness about the human rights situation in the country.

Promoting Citizen Journalism

Freedom of Information

 $42,760

To bolster freedom of expression and information by enhancing a network of citizen journalism, alternative media platforms and civil society organizations; and to raise awareness about the current humanitarian, economic, security and human rights crises. Civil society organizations, journalists and citizens at large are trained on the use of alternative media platforms to share news and information.

Promoting Citizen Participation and Freedom of Expression

Human Rights

 $51,950

To bolster the capacity of citizens to monitor and defend human rights and document human rights violations and to denounce internationally these violations. The organization will build off previous years’ work and use renewed Endowment support to foster citizen engagement in the defense of human rights and raise awareness on the situation in Venezuela.

Promoting Freedom of Association

Freedom of Association

Supplement: $20,000

To promote democratic values and freedom of association. Activities will include trainings on consensus building, democracy, and citizen participation. In addition, public awareness and progress of the rights and interests of vulnerable populations will be advanced. Activities will also include informational public forums and community discussions dealing with freedom of association rights throughout the country.

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Freedom of Information

 $100,000

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. Activities will also include public forums and discussion related to freedom of expression in the country.

Promoting Human Rights

Human Rights

 $40,000

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. Activities will also include interactions and advocacy with global human rights organizations in order to inform them about human rights violations throughout the country.

Promoting Human Rights

Human Rights

 $30,920

To strengthen the capacity of civil society network in region. This network will be expanded to advocate for human rights and democracy in several states of Venezuela. This network will document and denounce rights violations, document illegal activities, and will collaborate with domestic and international organizations to raise the visibility of select cases.

Promoting Human Rights in Venezuela

Human Rights

Supplement: $23,430

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. Activities will also involve interactions and advocacy with global human rights organizations in order to inform them about human rights violations throughout the country.

Promoting Human Rights through Creative Tools

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $81,665

To foster a better understanding of human rights and the documentation of human rights violations in communities, as well as to strengthen the capacity of community members to use cultural tools in raising awareness on human and civil rights. Cultural tools and human rights workshops will be used to disseminate pro-human rights messages in communities.

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. Activities will also include monitoring and reporting on the state of media throughout the country.

Promoting Political Engagement

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $25,000

To train and promote participation in politics, thus advocating for democracy and rule of law and to continue strengthening participation in local and national governance and build capacity for renewed leadership. A network of emerging leaders will be consolidated and trained. Similarly, emerging leaders will learn new tools and knowledge to engage in decision-making processes and strengthen their project management capacities.

Promoting Youth Engagement

NGO Strengthening

 $41,713

To strengthen youth leadership and help articulate a national network of youth groups. Young leaders from across Venezuela will be identified and trained, and they will carry out joint activities and a cohesive advocacy strategy. A national forum will be organized and the organization will provide training to the participants attending the forum.

Promoting Youth Leadership and Democratic Values

Civic Education

 $35,000

To expand and strengthen a network through promoting democratic values; and to bolster democratic knowledge, leadership skills, and participation of citizens through democratic capacity-building efforts. Activities will include civic education workshops and cultural events targeting vulnerable communities. Dissemination of democratic ideas and values will occur with participants.

Protecting Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights

 $50,000

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. Legal and material assistance will also be provided to select beneficiaries. Dissemination of human rights violations with the international community will also be part of the project.

Protecting Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights

Supplement: $15,600

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. Legal and material assistance will also be provided to select beneficiaries. Activities, meetings, and trainings will raise awareness about human rights violations throughout the country.

Providing Timely Coverage of Political Developments

Freedom of Information

 $75,060

To develop a nationwide network of professional and citizen-journalists to provide timely coverage of political developments in Venezuela. Journalists and citizens will be trained on journalistic principles and the use of appropriate technology, and will be field to several regions of the country.

Raising Awareness on Human Rights

Human Rights

 $40,000

To raise awareness about the state of human rights. A network defending human that raise awareness of the social and human rights situation will be strengthened. Civil society groups in the country will foster their collective advocacy for the respect of human rights and return to democracy in their communities.

Reporting on Human Rights Violations and the Humanitarian Crisis

Freedom of Information

 $25,000

To enhance journalists, activists, and communications students use narrative journalism to document and report on human and social rights violations.  Participants will be trained in storytelling, how to document the ongoing crisis, and increase its visibility. Investigations, interviews, photographs, and videos will be produced and disseminated via social networks and through partnerships with national and international news outlets.

Strengthening Female Leadership in Venezuela

Political Processes

 $40,000

To empower women in Venezuela through capacity-building, and to foster the organization, coordination, and articulation of female leaders. Women in leadership positions will be empowered and will establish strategic alliances to articulate and promote their interests and agendas. Women’s participation in political parties and civil society will be improved.

Strengthening Freedom of Association

Freedom of Association

 $35,000

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. Public events and forums will also be conducted to discuss and raise awareness on freedom of association in the country.

Strengthening Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights

 $40,000

To consolidate a network of human rights defenders to document and denounce human rights violations; and to promote increased collaboration and advocacy efforts at the international level for a coordinated response to the humanitarian crisis. Grassroots leaders will learn how to document, denounce violations, and advocate for solutions regarding human rights abuses.

Strengthening Outreach, Communication and Organizational Capacity

Political Processes

 $91,280

To strengthen the communication capacity of democratic actors and to strengthen the nationwide civil society network. Communications teams will develop a message of hope and support for democracy, and help disseminate it through its nationwide network of local activists. It will also continue to provide training and support to local activists to maintain a nationwide presence.

Strengthening Regional Citizen Networks

NGO Strengthening

 $102,950

To strengthen and mobilize a nationwide network of citizens in support of democratic change in Venezuela. Citizens will engage in regional and national activities to promote a peaceful and constitutional resolution to Venezuela’s crisis. Through on-site assessments and training workshops, regional citizen platforms will be strengthened and articulated.

Strengthening Regional Spaces for Democratic Dialogue

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $313,010

To strengthen regional spaces for dialogue that seek to address economic and political challenges in Venezuela. The center and its partners will host consensus-building activities to provide Venezuelan citizens with spaces for democratic dialogue at the local and regional levels. Program activities will include developing local public policy agendas and training workshops that discuss the importance of democracy and private-sector led development. The center and its partners will also rely on a public awareness campaign via media channels.

Strengthening the Capacity of Nascent Civil Society Organizations

Clovek v tisni, o.p.s. (People in Need)

 $59,565

To strengthen the capacity of nascent organizations to defend the rights of vulnerable groups and report human rights violations. Through trainings, mentoring, small grants and regional exchanges, new civil society voices will be consolidated. The group will also facilitate regional exchanges to discuss common challenges, share lessons learned, and identify joint advocacy strategies.

Supporting the Production and Dissemination of Independent News Media

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $350,000

To support the operational capacity and sustainability of independent media outlets and content dissemination organizations in Venezuela. The institute will provide technical and financial assistance to these outlets for their continued production and dissemination of information, with a focus on promoting access to information through a variety of platforms for Venezuela’s lower income sectors.

Updating Policy Recommendations

Accountability and Governance

 $39,860

To update a package of policies on critical issues affecting citizens. A series of surveys and focus groups will be conducted with a set of targeted groups. A newsletter and report will be published. A series of forums will promote the findings. Activities will address issues related to the humanitarian crisis.

 

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