Middle East and Northern Africa

Egypt 2019

Accountability in Access to Healthcare

Freedom of Association

 $20,000

To promote accountability in the health sector. The project will help marginalized communities learn about their rights to access healthcare and social security; the necessary procedures to receive healthcare and social security; and how to advocate for the proper application of new legislation on the right to health through civic campaigns, seminars, animation videos, and free legal consultation.

Advancing Access to Justice

Rule of Law

 $50,000

To strengthen access to justice. The project will examine the legal, logistical and financial obstacles that restrict the efficiency of justice with a diverse community of stakeholders in the justice system. The project will propose and support civil society in advocating recommendations to overcome these challenges.

Building Consensus for Democratic Reforms

Human Rights

 $50,000

To build consensus among diverse actors on key issues and policies related to protecting and defending human rights. The organization will produce documents on the most urgent political, economic, and legal reforms needed to protect human rights. Human rights organizations and experts will discuss the documents at a consultative meeting. Attendees will hold subsequent meetings with civic and political activists to lay the groundwork for dialogue among civic actors.

Civil Society Fellowships

Human Rights

 $35,000

To provide opportunities for civil society activists to continue meaningful civic engagement and to enhance civil society organizations’ (CSOs) and activists’ ability to protect themselves against increasing cyberattacks. Fellowships with regional and international CSOs will provide Egyptian civil society activists with opportunities to enhance their work. Digital security tools will allow CSOs to protect themselves against cyberattacks.

Civil Society Support

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $230,000

To provide opportunities for civil society leaders to continue meaningful civic engagement and preserve the capacity and voice of civil society and to facilitate dialogue among civil society leaders on the future of civil society and the protection of basic rights and freedoms. The project will organize regional or international fellowships for civil society leaders and host a series of dialogue sessions to assess the challenges, opportunities and strategies for reforms in Egypt.

Defending Civic Space

Human Rights

 $20,000

To defend and protect youth civic engagement. The project will monitor the state of civil rights for youth, disseminate regular updates on related developments through social media, and produce a report to highlight prominent issues affecting civic space. Legal aid to youth will support their participation in civic life.

Defending Media Freedom

Freedom of Information

 $20,000

To defend media freedom and the rights of media professionals. The project will provide legal defense for journalists and bloggers facing legal prosecution because of their work. A study will analyze a new media regulatory body and its effect on media freedoms in Egypt. A training will support a small group of journalists and bloggers to organize an advocacy campaign on a prominent media rights issue.

Defending Youth Detainees

Human Rights

 $55,000

To support and defend young political detainees and prisoners. The project will provide legal, psychosocial, and medical assistance to youth detained or imprisoned on politically motivated charges. Lawyers will be assigned to provide legal representation, counselors or psychologists will provide psychosocial support and mentorship during and post detention, and medical and other support will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

Empowering Private Sector Stakeholders to Advance Market Reforms II

Civic Education

 $623,314

To maintain space for the private sector to engage in policy dialogue with diverse stakeholders in an increasingly restrictive environment and to enhance the capacity of the Egyptian private sector to develop, communicate, and advocate reform ideas and policies. The project will continue its highly successful ETEF national dialogue series; develop youth capacity to engage in public policy by further institutionalizing its pilot Public Policy Excellence program; and continue its support for private sector organizations’ engagement in policymaking at the national and grassroots levels.

Enhancing Citizen Participation in Local Governance

Accountability and Governance

 $23,000

To strengthen citizen engagement with local officials in decision-making and good governance. The project will support four popular committees to monitor local government, advocate for solutions to problems faced by their communities, and promote principles of good governance. Local community members will also learn about local administration and election campaign management.

Enhancing Civilian Oversight

Accountability and Governance

 $35,000

To enhance accountability. The project will enhance the expertise and engagement of civil society activists and academics on government oversight mechanisms through a five-day training. The project will also support participating academics and civil society activists in creating and implementing plans to advocate adherence to international commitments.

Enhancing Media Accountability and Accuracy

Freedom of Information

 $25,000

To enhance accountability and improve the accuracy and reliability of the media sector. The project will identify and expose false information and hold media outlets accountable through an online digital media platform that monitors and assesses the truthfulness and professionalism of leading online news sites. The project will review and assess online news articles and news outlets and publish monthly evaluation reports on its website and social media.

Enhancing Participatory Democracy

Accountability and Governance

 $15,000

To strengthen local governance and participatory democracy and to defend the rights of civil society activists. The project will train and support local citizens on strategic litigation and the roles and responsibilities of local citizen committees in addressing local governance issues. Project will continue providing legal support for human rights cases through its volunteer lawyer network.

Enhancing Rule of Law

Rule of Law

 $20,000

To strengthen due process and the right to a fair trial. The project will monitor trials against civil society activists and organizations. The project will publish reports on the trials that highlight the extent to which defendants received a fair trial. The project will also provide legal defense and support for individuals accused of charges related to the freedom of expression.

Human Rights Documentation and Archiving

Human Rights

 $23,000

To strengthen access to information on human rights violations. The project will collect and archive government, independent, and public records on human rights violations and disseminate three annual reports through social media and its website. The database will be available to the public for use in advocacy and legal cases.

Humanizing Human Rights Cases

Human Rights

 $25,000

To humanize human rights cases. The project will collect, document and make publically available the stories of victims of human rights abuses. Corresponding evidence about their cases will also be compiled and included for advocacy campaigns and documentation efforts. The project will collect information about victims through interviews with family and friends and in cooperation with civil society.

Independent Collaborative Media Platform

Freedom of Information

 $30,000

To support and strengthen an independent media initiative providing impartial news and information that reflects citizens’ interests and to create space for diverse voices and marginalized communities in the media. The organization will mentor and train contributors and publish content from citizen and professional journalists that addresses issues or communities neglected by mainstream media. The organization will also redesign and upgrade its website to accommodate growing content and traffic, and announce the new website at a launch event and through an online marketing campaign.

Informing Civil Society Strategy

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $17,000

To support civil society in addressing new challenges and stimulate discussion on key priorities for democratic reforms. The project will produce legal papers to evaluate the consequences of changes in the legal environment for civil society and democracy. The project will hold discussions with civil society on the findings of the papers and identify possible steps for overcoming new challenges and advancing human rights and democracy.

Legislative Transparency

Accountability and Governance

Supplement: $12,500

To promote transparency through public participation in the legislative process. The project will monitor and report on proceedings in Parliament and its sub-committees and convene key stakeholders for discussions on proposed legislation. Through regular parliamentary monitoring reports published online, the group will disseminate parliamentary news and updates. In addition, the group will disseminate legislative recommendations that emerge from its discussions with stakeholder and other policymakers.

Monitoring Press and Media Freedom

Freedom of Information

 $30,000

To support and defend journalists and media freedom. The project will monitor the rights of media professionals and organizations and issue regular updates on violations and related developments. Monthly and annual reports will inform advocacy and support legal efforts to defend and protect the rights of media professionals and institutions.

Promoting Accountability in the Health Sector

Accountability and Governance

 $26,000

To promote accountability in the health sector. The project will conduct extensive field research with key stakeholders in the health sector to identify problems in health service provision and potential reforms. The project will also convene a discussion on healthcare reforms, disseminate videos to raise awareness on health issues, and provide legal support to individuals denied health services.

Promoting Accountability on Environmental and Health Rights

Accountability and Governance

 $20,000

To promote accountability on environmental and health rights. The project will gather citizen feedback on issues related to environmental and public health issues, engage youth on advocacy campaigns to bring attention to the raised issues, and engage government officials to provide recommendations for resolving the issues and following-up on their implementation.

Promoting Dialogue on Human Rights and Democracy

Civic Education

 $27,000

To educate and promote dialogue among citizens on political, social, cultural, and human rights issues through digital media. The project will establish a monitor and produce reports on the state of democracy and human rights in Egypt. The project will also produce multimedia products that illustrate the findings of the reports and explain various citizen rights protected by Egyptian law, such as freedom of association and expression, transparency, and privacy rights.

Promoting Women’s Leadership in Professional Associations

Civic Education

 $28,000

To advance women’s leadership within professional associations. The project will prepare women professional association members to become candidates in upcoming association elections and to lead advocacy campaigns for greater representation in association leadership positions. It will lead training workshops for association members and support participants in leading advocacy campaigns.

Protecting Public Space

Accountability and Governance

 $20,000

To strengthen citizen participation in decision-making and accountability of public land development. The project will organize a campaign to educate the public on the consequences for the misuse of public land, engage citizens in accountability efforts, and amass broad support for equitable and sustainable alternatives to its development.

Strengthening Participation in Community Development

Accountability and Governance

 $20,000

To promote community engagement in local decision-making. The project will support community leaders advocating citizen needs and priorities through community meetings that address local governance issues, and outreach and follow-up with local officials on citizen needs. The project will also bring together representatives from different communities to share their experiences and identify solutions to local priorities.

Strengthening Rule of Law

Rule of Law

 $20,000

To promote impartiality and transparency in trial processes. The project will provide legal and media support for individuals charged with politicized crimes to ensure due process and the right to a fair trial. Two studies will analyze the legal punishments used in politicized crimes and the laws governing prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners.

Supporting Civil Society

Freedom of Association

 $50,000

To support and build the capacity of civil society organizations and initiatives (CSOs). The program will provide technical and financial support to CSOs for institutional development and sustainability. In addition, it will provide training and consultations for CSO partners on overcoming operational and legal challenges to increase their efficiency, effectiveness, and impact within the new context in which they operate.

Supporting Equal Access to Education

Accountability and Governance

 $30,000

To promote equality and diversity within the Egyptian education system. The project will advocate improved laws and regulations to improve access and quality of education for all students. A campaign will include strategic litigation, a report and public events to raise awareness on recommended legislative reforms, and meetings with decision-makers to discuss possible solutions.

Supporting Freedom of Association

Freedom of Association

 $18,000

To promote freedom of association. The project will hold an extensive training program for independent associations on their legal rights, strategic planning, financial management, and sustainability and fundraising. The project will also produce a series of publications to educate association leadership about important issues related to civic activism and freedom of association.

Supporting Women’s Participation in Local Governance

Civic Education

 $25,000

To strengthen women’s political leadership and participation in local governance. The project will provide technical and legal guidance to local women leaders through two trainings and one-on-one consultations. The project will also highlight the successes and obstacles to women’s leadership in local governance through monthly reports and social media.

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