Middle East and Northern Africa

Iran 2018

Empowering Civil Organizations

Accountability and Governance

 $53,000

To support local civic groups to advocate for transparency and accountability from elected officials. The project will provide technical assistance to local networks of civic actors to advocate constituents’ concerns to public officials and monitor their performance in comparison to their promises made during election campaigns.

Engaging Civil Society in Environmental Accountability

Accountability and Governance

 $65,500

To facilitate the ability of Iranian citizenry to hold national and local authorities accountable for water management. The project will raise awareness of civil society and the public regarding the role state mismanagement of water resources played in producing Iran’s current drought conditions, with a goal of elevating the issue for debate in upcoming parliamentary elections and beyond.

Engaging Civil Society in Environmental Accountability

Accountability and Governance

Supplement: $32,400

To facilitate the ability of Iranian citizenry to hold national and local authorities accountable for water management. The project will raise civil society and the general public’s awareness of the state’s role in water resource management and its impact on Iran’s current drought conditions, with a goal of elevating the issue for debate in upcoming parliamentary elections and beyond.

Enhancing the Capacity of Human Rights Lawyers

Rule of Law

 $50,000

To enable a human rights lawyers network to effectively communicate human rights violations using United Nations human rights mechanisms, such as the Universal Periodic Review process and to build the capacity of the human rights lawyers’ network. The program will include a workshop to outline reports and produce action plans.

Good Governance

Accountability and Governance

 $48,000

To promote issue-based economic and socioeconomic discourse and to enhance accountability, transparency, and participation as core values in the Iranian public. Fact-checking efforts will verify the accuracy and consistency of economic and socioeconomic statements of officials and economically relevant governmental or semi-governmental institutions.

Human Rights

Human Rights

 $45,000

To raise awareness about and monitor human rights violations and strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders to advocate for their rights. The organization will monitor, document, and report on human rights violations and seek to promote a greater awareness of and appreciation for human rights.

Iran Human Rights Memorial Project

Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran

 $80,000

To promote the education and discussion of human rights and democracy. The organization will enlarge its database and expand its online projects. The group will monitor and document the ongoing human rights violations and disseminate its findings to the public, and advocate for accountability to its international treaty obligations and for the people they are to protect.

Monitoring Human Rights Violations

Human Rights

 $103,500

To raise awareness about and monitor human rights violations and enhance communication and information access for its human rights activists. The project will publish and distribute a monthly report on human rights violations, as well as compile related statistics; develop and distribute a rights and laws manual; and provide technical assistance in the fields of communication and online security.

Post-Election Accountability Initiative

Rule of Law

 $250,000

Publication of a Legal Journal

Human Rights

 $45,000

To raise awareness through debates among Iranian lawyers and civil society actors about the rule of law and fundamental rights and to strengthen a network of democratically minded jurists and human rights defenders in Iran. The project will publish and distribute electronically a Farsi-language law journal to serve Iranian lawyers, law students, and clerics.

Strengthening Independent Journalism

Freedom of Information

Supplement: $50,000

To provide Farsi-speaking journalists with resources and online tools to establish and maintain journalism associations and to enhance their reporting skills for greater transparency and accountability. The project will develop online tools and resources in Farsi, help journalists utilize digital public data on establishing and maintaining journalism associations, and enhance their skills through an online network.

Strengthening Journalism

Freedom of Association

 $50,000

To strengthen independent professional journalism and support a platform for freedom of expression. The project activities will include maintaining a website providing news and information of relevance to media professionals and journalists and bringing greater visibility to threat faced by Iranian journalists to the global community.

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