Mauritania 2020

Empowering Women Local Leaders

SOS Urgence


To promote participatory and inclusive governance, and build the capacity of women leaders of local cooperatives to advocate for greater economic and political opportunities. The organization will train women leaders on leadership skills, gender-sensitive governance practices, basic tenets of women’s rights, and coalition building and advocacy. It will also lead a diagnostic study on women’s cooperatives and advocate for women’s inclusion in governance and public affairs in Brakna region.

Enhancing Women’s Leadership

Al-Amal Association for Protecting Mothers and Children


To promote women’s participation in decision-making and public affairs. The organization will build the capacity of elected women in marginalized communities of Toujounine, Arafat, Dar Inaeem and Tayaret on leadership skills, women’s role in public affairs and women’s rights. It will also convene dialogue meetings on local priority issues.

Involving Civil Society in Public Policy

Association Mauritanienne de Developpement, Recherche et Suivi


To promote public policy monitoring and evaluation. The organization will engage a core group of experts and researchers to assess current national policies and regulations related to health and education reform. It will conduct trainings on policy assessment methodologies and techniques, lead workshops to analyze its evaluation findings, publish a report, organize a forum to discuss the findings and recommendations of the report, and convene meetings with national stakeholders.

Promoting Active Citizenry

Association des Gestionnaires pour le Developpement


To foster dialogue between local authorities and the local population in Rosso and its surrounding villages. The organization will expand its geographic reach to other communities; organize workshops on citizenship concepts, communication, and advocacy techniques; convene a dialogue forum on local development and governance; and establish community engagement clubs.

Promoting Dialogue on Decentralization

Mauritanian Center for Research and Humanitarian Studies


To promote dialogue on decentralization process in Mauritania. The grantee will convene a seminar on potential impact of regional councils and decentralization on governance, and roundtables on governance challenges and opportunities in Mauritania. It will also conduct workshops on the new regional council law for civil society organizations and elected officials at the regional level.

Promoting the Rights of Marginalized Communities

Free the Slaves


To promote rule of law and raise awareness about the rights of marginalized groups in Mauritania. The organization will lead a series of workshops on international and Mauritanian laws that protect marginalized groups, train journalists on human rights and effective media skills to foster visibility of minority voices and their struggle for justice, and publish a handbook for human rights activists and journalists.

Promoting Workers’ Rights

National Confederation of Mauritanian Workers


To strengthen the institutional capacity and advocacy skills of independent unions. The organization will conduct workshops on the legal framework of labor and trade unions, and workers’ rights under the labor law and the Mauritanian constitution. It will also develop a manual on syndicate election processes and frameworks and raise awareness about upcoming labor and syndicate elections, as well as produce a study on women’s role within syndicates and a quarterly newsletter.

Strengthening Citizen Participation

Citizens Standing

Supplement $26,000

To strengthen youth participation in public policy development at the local level. The organization will organize a workshop for youth on advocacy techniques and strategies, and a training on local governance; lead advocacy efforts to promote youth engagement in public life through policy monitoring and evaluation; and continue its technical support for local youth councils.