Venezuela 2020

Assessing Perceptions of Democracy in Venezuela

Civic Education

$35,000

To assess the state of democracy in different locations throughout Venezuela. Project activities will include surveying Venezuelans to get a better understanding of citizen perceptions of democracy across the country. Activities will also include conducting interviews, focus groups, and publishing the findings of the study of democracy in the country.

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 include monthly updates and hosting a series of public events throughout the country. Activities will also center on analysis of the social and political environment and fast changing events.

Circumventing Censorship and Informing Citizens

Freedom of Information

Supplement $43,618

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.

Circumventing Censorship and Providing Access to Information

Freedom of Information

$50,000

To provide access to information to vulnerable communities. The delivery of news will be provided through the use of creative and nonconventional mechanisms. Trainings to enhance access to information will occur and information on developments will be delivered on a regular basis. Best practices and trust building will be promoted during activities.   

Conducting Civic Engagement on Pressing Public Problems

Accountability and Governance

$40,000

To conduct civic education and empower citizens. A manual will be developed and workshops will be conducted. Civic engagement campaigns will then occur in different locations.  

Defending Freedom of Association and Expression

Freedom of Association

$38,000

To promote human rights and freedom of association principles throughout Venezuela. Activities will include trainings on how to monitor and document violations, and a network will be established to defend freedom of association in the country. Reports will be published and  advocacy will be conducted before regional and international rights bodies

Defending Freedom of Expression Online

Freedom of Information

$35,000

To defend freedom of information and document disinformation campaigns. A new tool will track and document disinformation campaigns in Venezuela, and a public awareness campaign involving a series of digital, print, and public events will be carried out. The project will involve trips to relevant conferences and opportunities to disseminate information. A targeted audience will be informed. 

Documenting Human Rights Violations

Human Rights

$50,000

To increase understanding of human rights courts processes and procedures among civil society organizations; and to document human rights violations in Venezuela and contribute to the completion of investigations. The organization will document human rights violations in Venezuela collecting evidences and testimonies. Additionally, the organization will raise awareness about Venezuela’s open cases focusing on CSOs and media.

Documenting Human Rights Violations

Human Rights

$35,000

To raise awareness of human rights violations and political prisoners in central and western states of Venezuela. In collaboration with local activists, grassroots leaders, and family members of political prisoners, the organization will provide information and tools on human rights, due process, the Venezuelan legal system, and international instruments to protect rights. It will work to raise the visibility of emblematic cases before domestic and international audiences.

Documenting Human Rights Violations

Human Rights

Supplement $8,000

The supplement will reimburse equipment that criminal groups stole from its director, to prevent the organization from carrying out its human rights documentation work. Funds will also support the purchase of security devices to strengthen protection for the organization’s staff against future attacks and to enable them to continue their human rights documentation.

Documenting Human Rights Violations and the Humanitarian Crisis

Freedom of Information

$34,700

To raise awareness about the current humanitarian crisis and increase international support for democracy in Venezuela. The organization will raise awareness on the current Venezuelan humanitarian crisis around the world by producing audiovisual products, which will be widely disseminated around the world. The organization has the ambitious goal to reach millions of people worldwide.

Documenting Human Rights Violations Tied to Migration

Human Rights

$60,000

To monitor human rights violations against Venezuelan migrants. Activities will include documenting and reporting on violations in and out of the country. A final report will be produced and social media platforms will be used to disseminate information. Activities will also include developing international awareness with global human rights organizations. 

Empowering Female Students as Political and Social Leaders

Democratic Ideas and Values

$45,000

To empower female students to become political and social leaders who promote democratic change. The group will train women on leadership, political advocacy, and the role of women in a democracy. Twelve groups will carry out micro-projects and receive mentorship and feedback. The organization will carry out a national event for female leaders from political, social and student organizations. Leaders will discuss key issues facing women and youth, and develop an advocacy strategy to raise awareness about a topic that the government is not addressing. 

Engaging in Political Innovation

Civic Education

$40,000

To foster increased political engagement among citizens and promote greater 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

$100,000

To enhance the availability and reliability of independent, verified and uncensored information; and to raise awareness about the use of disinformation, especially in an electoral context. The organization will develop contingency plans to protect from cyber-attacks, and will promote increased coordination to carry out joint freedom of expression endeavors and investigate human rights violations and large-scale corruption. 

Facilitating Humanitarian Aid Relief

Human Rights

$50,000

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 Best Practices in Civic Engagement

Civic Education

$50,022

To foster the organization and coordination of democratic actors in ten states; and to improve levels of citizen engagement and grassroots organizing in selected states. The organization will identify successful strategies to foster political best practices and foster participation. The organization will train grassroots, social and political activists on best practices, facilitate greater interaction across groups and states, and promote alternative communication tools to reach citizens. 

Fostering Democratic Values and Understanding

Democratic Ideas and Values

$60,000

To increase domestic support and understanding of democratic values and ideas by raising awareness on the achievements of previous democratic governments. The organization will restore public knowledge and memory associated with Venezuela’s democratic history. Products developed will be widely disseminated in Venezuela through partnership with education institutions, civil society organizations, and political actors.

Fostering Political Participation and Leadership

Accountability and Governance

$40,115

To promote Venezuelan democratic activism and participation in politics through trainings, thus advocating for democracy and rule of law. The organization will build capacity for renewed democratic leadership in one state, to provide emerging leaders with tools and knowledge to engage in decision-making processes and strengthen their activism capacities. The organization will consolidate its network of emerging leaders, activists, and members of civil society organizations.

Fostering Youth Participation

Democratic Ideas and Values

$35,000

To foster the active participation of youth leaders in democratic activities through capacity building. The project will foster democratic values and educate young leaders to help them contribute to economic reconstruction, the reestablishment of democracy, and to strengthen their own organizations. The project will include trainings for hundreds of participants across Venezuela and aims to contribute to restore a social fabric based on democratic principles. 

Increasing Transparency of China-Venezuela Relations

Accountability and Governance

$50,000

To strengthen transparency and accountability regarding Venezuela’s political, economic, technological, and military relation with authoritarian countries. The project will include engagement with independent media organizations to investigate and document Venezuelan relations over the past 15 years. Once completed, the research will be published in a dedicated website, and will be presented in individual meetings to civil society, academics, and members of the National Assembly.

Increasing Understanding of the International Criminal Court

Human Rights

$64,653

To increase understanding of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) processes and procedures among civil society organizations in Venezuela; and to raise awareness about the Venezuela case open under the ICC jurisdiction to international constituencies. The organization will provide training on and facilitate visits to the ICC with partners, and support the ICC investigation on Venezuela. 

Monitoring Human Rights Conditions

Human Rights

$40,000

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

Supplement $50,000

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

$50,000

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 Citizen Engagement

Democratic Ideas and Values

$50,000

To foster democratic participation by promoting leadership and help articulating a national coalition of civil society groups and citizens in support of democratic participation. The organization will set up a broad coalition of experts, civil society organizations and citizens in eight states in order to advocate and defend a democratic and open system in Venezuela.

Promoting Citizen Journalism

Freedom of Information

$45,040

To promote freedom of expression and information by supporting a network, alternative media platforms and civil society organizations; and to raise awareness about the current humanitarian, economic, security and human rights crises. The organization will focus on amplifying, curating and disseminating information coming from its vast network and from other independent media outlets. It will support an disseminate information on topics such as medicine shortages, the state of public services, the covid-19 crisis and other issues of public concern.

Promoting Citizen Participation and Freedom of Expression

Human Rights

$30,746

To foster democratic activism in underserved communities through activities; and to promote reconciliation and dialogue through peace-building activities. The project will foster citizen engagement in the defense of democracy, through different socio-cultural initiatives as an entry point to debate with underserved communities, and create spaces for dialogue, engagement, and activism.

Promoting Civic and Political Participation

Civic Education

$40,000

To promote civic and political participation. The group will strengthen its network of community leaders to oversee political processes in their municipalities and to advocate for solutions to public challenges in their municipalities. The network will promote citizen participation in identifying problems and mobilize citizens to advocate for the resolution of these issues with their local authorities. Lastly, the group will train and prepare its members to participate in political processes.

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Independent Thought in Venezuela

Freedom of Information

$63,000

To promote freedom of expression and independent thought among Venezuelan intellectuals and citizens. The group will edit and reprint two books that portray authoritarianism and the deterioration of the Venezuelan state. It will also publish four new books on topics including corruption, torture, women’s rights, and the crisis of basic services. The organization will carry out monthly discussion groups on these issues and build a network of engaged readers.

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Investigative Journalism

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

$70,000

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

Supplement $45,000

To strengthen the capacity of a civil society network in the region to promote human rights. The group will expand its network 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 through Art and Cyber Activism

Human Rights

$64,550

To bolster the capacity of youth to monitor and defend human rights through art and to empower the Venezuelan diaspora to expose and denounce rights violations at the international level. Infographics, social media campaigns and other communication tools will engage youth in the diaspora in the defense of democracy in Venezuela.

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 Participation

Democratic Ideas and Values

$24,000

To promote Venezuelan youth participation in politics through trainings, thus advocating for democracy and rule of law. The project will continue its training program to provide emerging leaders with tools and knowledge to engage in decision-making processes and strengthen their activism capacities. The project will consolidate its network of emerging leaders, activists, and members of civil society organizations.

Promoting Social Entrepreneurship in Low-Income Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$200,000

To support community resilience and increase citizens’ capacity to respond to problems that have emerged or become acutely worse due to COVID-19 in Venezuela, the Institute will work with local partners to teach community members the skills needed to engage in social entrepreneurship and implement project initiatives. These activities will help community members become problem solvers and grow independent from the regime’s control, ultimately ensuring the preservation and recovery of democratic spaces in the country, which will be fundamental in any transition to democracy.

Promoting Solutions Based Journalism

Freedom of Information

$50,000

To strengthen media ecosystems in Venezuela by working with journalists and professionals interested in producing content for digital media. Training programs will be conducted for journalists working on select stories, and to build capacity on audio-visual content. Tailored mentorship will also provide a space for additional learning. Stories will be published.

Promoting Transitional Justice Principles

Democratic Ideas and Values

$47,700

To promote transitional justice principles. Technical assistance will be provided and workshops and webinars on transitional justice will be produced. There will also be a communications campaign on these issues for domestic and international audiences. International awareness on transitional justice issues will be generated and directed at diverse domestic and international audiences..

Promoting Youth Engagement

NGO Strengthening

Supplement$40,000

To strengthen youth leadership and help articulate a national network of youth groups. Young leaders from across Venezuela will be trained and develop a cohesive advocacy strategy through greater communication and joint interactions. Communication across groups and regions will be improved, and youth leaders will be convened to share ideas and strategies

Promoting Youth Leadership and Democratic Values

Civic Education

$60,000

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 among their respective communities.

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 in Venezuela

Human Rights

$69,450

To provide assistance to victims of human rights abuses in Venezuela and before international mechanisms; and to raise international visibility on the human rights situation in Venezuela. Victims of arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances will receive legal representation. A report on the prevalence of this issue will be published.

Providing Live Coverage of Political Developments

Freedom of Information

$120,263

To consolidate a nationwide network of journalists to offer 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. Special reports on the migration and humanitarian crisis will be produced.

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.

Reducing Polarization in Communities in Venezuela

Democratic Ideas and Values

$50,000

To strengthen Venezuela’s social fabric and to reduce polarization in society. The organization will map out the needs of communities and invite members to participate in local dialogues. It will employ a deliberative democracy model to engage citizens in discussions about key problems citizens are facing. The group will also carry out trainings to help citizens launch advocacy campaigns and to raise awareness about the challenges they face. It will publish the outcomes of the discussions and its resources on its website and on social media.   

Reporting on Human Rights Violations and the Humanitarian Crisis

Freedom of Information

$45,000

To enhance journalists, activists and communications students use of  journalism to document and report on human and social rights violations. The organization will document and write pieces about the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The organization will continue to train and guide its networks’ members, and strengthen its ability to document and collect high-impact stories to shed light on the ongoing crisis and human rights abuses through case studies, and multimedia products.

Strengthening a Network of Women Leaders

Civic Education

$60,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of women in Venezuela and to contribute to mapping the risks, challenges, and priorities that Venezuelan women face in low income communities. The group will train women on democratic ideas and values and support them in the creation of a women’s leadership network. The organization will invite selected leaders to take part in a fellowship program aimed at replicating its training, bringing together women and community members to hold discussions, and monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation.

Strengthening Communication, Leadership and Outreach Capacity

Political Processes

$120,000

To strengthen communication capacities and internal cohesion; and to consolidate a nationwide network of social and political activists. Regional communications teams will be established to improve the flow of information and strengthen local-level activism. Grassroots organizations working on eight social sectors will be mapped in a database and supported.

Strengthening Female Leadership in Venezuela

Political Processes

Supplement $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

$50,000

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

$51,450

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 Human Rights Defenders in Venezuela

Human Rights

$35,000

To strengthen human rights defenders’ capacity to protect themselves from physical and digital attacks and to raise awareness about the human rights situation in Venezuela through international advocacy. The organization will train independent civil society members to identify, mitigate, and prevent risks that threaten their lives. The group will also monitor the human right situation and alert the public and independent media when attacks occur. It will produce annual and quarterly reports that it will present to international bodies to raise awareness of the worsening situation.

Strengthening the Capacity of Nascent Civil Society Organizations

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

$99,993

To strengthen the institutional and advocacy capacity of nascent organizations in Venezuela to defend the rights of vulnerable groups and report human rights violations; and to empower human rights defenders and victims of political violence. Trainings, mentoring, and small grants will be offered to consolidate new civil society voices. Rights violations in Eastern Venezuela will be documented and highlighted.

Strengthening the Human Rights Perspective in Independent Journalism

Human Rights

$35,000

To strengthen the capacity of independent journalists to incorporate a human rights perspective in their reporting. The group will train journalists, journalism students and activists to defend human rights by reducing discrimination and stigmatization in their news coverage. The organization will prioritize reporting about citizens in vulnerable situations such as human trafficking, forced migration, and LGBTI populations. It will publish guides and emblematic cases on its website and carry out an advocacy event in five states.

Strengthening the Leadership Capacity of Women in Venezuela

Civic Education

$35,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of Venezuelan women and to raise awareness about the challenges female politicians and activists face. The organization will carry out a training program for activists on human rights defense and political and civic participation. It will also provide legal support to women who are victims of gender-based violence. The group will launch an advocacy campaign to raise the visibility about the lack of female participation in civil society and politics. 

Strengthening Women as Community Leaders

Democratic Ideas and Values

$35,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of women who have been victims of human rights abuses. The organization will carry out a human rights training program for women to educate them on human rights principles and political, social and economic freedoms. Women will reproduce the trainings in their local communities. The group will also provide women with legal, psychological and medical assistance to strengthen woman as leaders and to help them become a voice for other victims of violence. 

Supporting Democratic Youth Leaders

Democratic Ideas and Values

$59,512

To enhance the leadership, organizational and networking capacity of youth to engage in the recovery of democracy in Venezuela; and to foster the international solidarity with the Venezuelan cause by raising the profiles and messages of youth leaders. The organization will support and build the capacity of the next generation of civil society leaders and their organizations’ staffers.

Updating Policy Recommendations

Accountability and Governance

Supplement $44,000

To contribute to future institutional reforms by making policy recommendations on a critical sector. Surveys will be conducted, information from around the country analyzed, and medium and long-term policy recommendations made to educate decision makers. A nationwide network of sectoral experts will be consolidated and increase interaction and information sharing. 

Venezuela Accountability Project

Human Rights

$48,250

To explore practical legal options for justice and accountability for perpetrators of atrocity crimes suffered by the Venezuelan people. The organization will collaborate with local and international stakeholders to analyze and convert existing raw information into case dossiers, legal memoranda, and indictments, which could be used by the international authorities to bring individual perpetrators to justice.

Youth Leadership Empowerment and Socio-Political Participation

Democratic Ideas and Values

$30,000

To enhance local leadership, and its participation in local governance in Venezuela; and to foster political participation, maintain open political spaces for political dialogue, and community participation, and establish new pluralistic spaces. The project will produce a training program to promote community and local leadership, foster and create new areas for participation and social activism, and support the adoption of community driven public policies.