Middle East and Northern Africa

Jordan 2019

Enhancing Government Accountability

Community Media Network

$49,000

To strengthen government responsiveness to citizen demands and priorities, particularly at the decentralized level. The grantee will lead a nationwide effort to identify the needs of local communities, determine whether these needs are prioritized by local authorities, and verify implementation of government promises. The organization will hold meetings to identify priority issues, conduct localized multi-faceted advocacy campaigns, and publish short reports on the results.

Media Monitor

Freedom of Information

$40,000

To enhance the understanding and practice of media freedoms. The organization will monitor violations against media freedoms and report on them in monthly reports. It will complement this monitoring with in-depth investigative reports on media freedoms and enhance the awareness and skills of local journalists in navigating and reporting on the space for independent media.

Protecting Civic Space

Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies

 $33,500

To protect civic space through advocacy and engagement with local civil society organizations (CSOs). In response to increasingly restrictive conditions for CSOs, the grantee will launch an advocacy campaign to protect space for CSOs, which will include publishing a policy paper, providing social media outreach, and conducting two national forums.

Strengthening the Capacity of Business Associations for Democratic Participation

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $326,640

To build the capacity of independent business associations to serve their private sector constituencies through the pursuit of shared reform priorities. The organization will strengthen governance, management, and advocacy capabilities of voluntary membership business associations representing micro and small enterprises and businesswomen. The organization will support collective efforts by business associations to engage in public-private dialogue on priority policy issues and open new channels of participation in the democratic process.

Strengthening Youth Engagement in Public Life

Hikaya Center for Civil Society Development

 $40,000

To strengthen youth engagement in public life and promote enlightened views on Islam, pluralism, and civil rights. A local radio platform will produce at least 110 program episodes, broadcast for a minimum of 12 hours each day, and conduct a minimum of four trainings on media skills and youth civic engagement.

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