Middle East and Northern Africa

Regional: MENA 2019

Academy for Economic Policy Reform

Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies

 $120,000

To enable leaders from the MENA region to engage in economic policy reforms. The grantee will lead two rounds of an economic policy academy that includes training workshops, virtual mentorship, and policy paper production. The first round will focus on the role of institutions in economic development and democratic consolidation and the second will focus on the role of host country civil society and the private sector in refugee integration.

Advocating Electoral Reform

Arab Network for Democratic Elections

 $90,000

To strengthen civil society organizations’ ability to influence electoral reforms in the MENA region. The grantee will organize and lead two nine-day electoral reform missions, including capacity-building seminars, in countries holding elections in 2019 and early 2020. The grantee will produce reports on each mission and provide an assessment outlining recommendations and advocacy strategies for electoral reform. Building on new and past missions, a regional conference will facilitate exchange of experiences and case studies and create a platform to follow up on specific reform recommendations.

Arab Network for Human Rights Films

Ma3mal Art Productions

$57,000

To broaden public dialogue and debate on human rights through film festivals and to strengthen a regional network that promotes and advocates for human rights. The organization will support a regional network for human rights films by providing expertise and technical assistance on using films as a platform to discuss and advocate for human rights, facilitating cooperation among member organizations and other likeminded groups, and making information, research tools, and resources available to the human rights film community in the region.

Building Resiliency in Civil Society

Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights Development, and Peace

 $60,000

To build institutional and leadership capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) active in democracy, women’s, and human rights. The grantee will convene a regional Training of Trainers workshop on leadership and organizational development. It will also hold follow-up capacity-building workshops for participating CSOs, and host one-on-one mentoring and training sessions for activists and women leaders from the Gulf region.

Building Workers and Trade Union Powers to Influence Sustainable Democratic Change

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $683,000

To strengthen trade unions’ internal democratic structures in Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco to become more representative and inclusive of a broad constituency of workers, including vulnerable marginalized groups like migrant workers. The center will support local partners in their organizing, communication, advocacy and collective bargaining efforts, to address and prevent gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace and to promote workers’ engagement in national public policy debates, and to reduce social tensions in state-owned enterprises.

Civic Space Watch

Al Chabaka Al Arabia

 $75,000

To expand opportunities for regional collaboration and strengthen coordinated advocacy to protect and defend civic space. The grantee will maintain and expand a regional Civic Space Watch that includes an electronic platform for monitoring, documenting, and sharing information on shrinking civic space trends from across the region. In addition, the grantee will convene regional CSO leaders to facilitate regional coordination, collaboration, and strategizing to defend civic space.

Civil Society Strengthening

Civic Space Institute

 $35,400

To support knowledge sharing and exchange of best practices among civil society activists, particularly in the area of democratic governance and civic engagement in local governance. The grantee will deliver two eight-week online courses for civil society leaders, activists, practitioners and academics from throughout the MENA region. Each course will consist of three interrelated activities including reading resources, weekly online discussions, and weekly assignments.

Community Monitoring and Advocacy

Arab Watch Coalition

 $70,000

To strengthen civil society groups’ ability to monitor development projects, contribute to shaping development plans in their countries, and hold their governments accountable. The grantee will provide technical support to its members, produce and disseminate information and analysis on international finance institute’s (IFI) activities and policies, facilitate the engagement of its members and partners in the region with IFIs, develop the institutional capacity of the coalition and strengthen collaboration among members in six countries

Constitutional, Legislative, and Policy Observatory

Democratic Transition and Human Rights Support Center

 $44,800

To strengthen a political, cultural and legislative environment supportive of democracy and to contribute to the production of and access to knowledge on democratic transformation, with a focus on marginalized communities. The grantee will engage diverse civic and political actors from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia at both the national and regional levels to review, assess, and make policy recommendations. The grantee will continue to develop its electronic platform on democratic transitions and produce an annual report.

Defending Freedom of Association Phase III

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $590,000

To improve and expand union membership participation and workplace level leadership. The center will assist Palestinian unions to increase its representation of women and youth, and engage workers and local unions in national campaigns for legislative reform. In Jordan, to support independent unions to raise their profile in the country, the center will support unions to complete the registration process and to influence the public debate around freedom of association.

Enhancing Constitutional Culture

Arab Association for Constitutional Law

 $75,000

To strengthen expertise on rule of law and constitutional governance and better prepare scholars and practitioners to engage in constitutional reforms; and to stimulate and contribute to national and regional debates on constitutional reforms. The grantee will hold an annual academy for ten constitutional and rule of law scholars, jurists, policy and decision-makers from the MENA region. The grantee will mentor participants before and after the two-week academy as they develop policy papers and lead activities in their home countries to promote their policy recommendations.

Enhancing Constitutional Culture

Arab Association for Constitutional Law

Supplement: $34,500

To strengthen expertise on rule of law and constitutional governance and better prepare scholars and practitioners to engage in and contribute to debates on constitutional reforms. The grantee will hold an annual academy for constitutional and rule of law scholars, jurists, policy and decision-makers from the MENA region. The grantee will mentor participants as they develop policy papers and lead activities in their home countries to promote their policy recommendations. The grantee will also form two working groups from Algeria and Sudan that contribute to both countries’ national debates on their respective political transitions.

Enhancing Policy Sector Capabilities

The Project on Middle East Democracy

 $400,000

To strengthen the ability of policy centers in MENA countries to influence public policymaking and advance policy recommendations. The group will provide technical and financial assistance to nascent policy centers in five countries and will establish a Tunis-based coalition to focus on economic reforms. Tailored, one-on-one capacity building support in the form of consultations, mentorship and training workshops will focus on strengthening the centers’ policy research, writing, and advocacy skills.

Enhancing Policy Sector Capabilities

The Project on Middle East Democracy

Supplement: $62,000

To strengthen the ability of policy centers in MENA countries to influence public policymaking and advance policy recommendations. The grantee will provide technical and financial assistance to nascent policy centers in five countries and establish a Tunis-based coalition to focus on economic reforms. Tailored one-on-one capacity building support and training workshops will focus on strengthening the centers’ policy research, writing, and advocacy skills. The grantee will convene its annual regional capacity building and networking meeting for staff and leaders of partner organizations in the region.

Exchanging Experiences in Economic Empowerment and Democratic Governance

Espace Libre de Citoyennete, de Formation, et de Developpement a Mohammedia

 $50,000

To support and strengthen the capacity of an NGO working on environmental and cooperative rights in rural communities and share best practices from Morocco and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices in democratic governance and participatory democracy. The grantee will work with a local partner in another MENA country to provide technical support and hold meetings to assist independent agricultural and fishermen unions. The grantee will also host an academy in Morocco on local governance for regional civil society leaders.

Fostering Pluralism through Educators Network

Arab Association of Enlightened Muslim Educators

 $100,000

To support a regional platform for educators to amplify counter-extremist narratives rooted in Muslim values and traditions. The grantee will strengthen the impact of educational and cultural initiatives in the region that provide pluralist civic narratives. The grantee will engage educators, expand its network membership, further develop an online platform to facilitate member information-sharing, map regional educational needs and challenges, and work with members to increase production and dissemination of educational and cultural materials.

New Tactics in Human Rights Advocacy

Center for Victims of Torture

 $125,000

To strengthen MENA regional human rights activists’ ability to develop and lead strategic and tactical advocacy efforts. The grantee will lead a training-of-trainers workshop and mentorship program on implementing strategic advocacy campaigns for human rights activists from the region. In addition, it will conduct a country-specific training for organizations from one MENA country to develop a collective advocacy campaign. A selection of participants will receive modest financial support to implement advocacy campaigns.

Online Academy for Promoting Accountability

NGO Strengthening

 $35,000

To strengthen civil society groups’ ability to monitor political processes and media using new technology and to support the development of watchdog groups in the region. The organization will prepare new training content on budget and financial accountability, offer four rounds of its online course on accountability to 100 civil society activists, and facilitate four internships for top trainees.

Online Platform for Independent Journalism

Daraj Media

 $50,000

To provide and expand the availability of independent and in-depth investigative journalism to Arabic speaking audiences. The organization will produce a series of investigative and policy-oriented videos and articles on the legal status of women in the Arab world including Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Gulf states, and Syria.

Promoting Accountability through New Media and Technology

Why Not?

 $52,300

To strengthen civil society groups’ ability to monitor political processes and promote government accountability using new technology and to support the development of a MENA regional coalition focused on accountability in the public and private sectors. The organization will host a fellowship program, link participants with leading watchdog groups in the Balkans, provide ongoing technical support and consultations to partners in the MENA region, and convene a meeting in Sarajevo for MENA accountability experts.

Promoting Political Engagement With Online Tools

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $220,000

To increase citizens’ knowledge and skills to effectively participate in politics. The institute will create new content on digital skills such as digital organizing, database management, data visualization, and digital data analysis.  In addition, the institute will expand its repository of resources and training platform to include French language materials.  Finally, the institute will expand the format in which content is offered as well as the interactive nature of the website in order to strengthen and connect the TaalamSharek community.

Protecting Human Rights Defenders

Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders

 $90,000

To protect and assist at-risk Egyptian, Libyan, Syrian and Algerian human rights defenders, and to help sustain their activities through facilitating engagement and coordination with other human rights stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels. The grantee will direct rapid and flexible financial assistance to human rights defenders and provide coordination and coaching services to ensure medium and long-term sustainability of their activities.

Reducing Agricultural Women Worker’s Economic Constraints in Jordan, Morocco, And Tunisia

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $267,000

To improve the employment and retention of women workers in the agricultural sector in Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia. The center will support its partner unions’ efforts to identify and address women’s primary economic barriers in each country through research, awareness-raising campaigns around transportation challenges, and advocacy with employers and government representatives for improvements in the agricultural sector transportation systems.

Strengthening Investigative Journalism

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ)

 $47,000

To strengthen investigative journalism by exposing journalists to best practices. The grantee will host four, six-month fellowships for MENA journalists, especially those from closed or in-conflict countries, to work with experienced investigative journalists on investigative reports or media projects. The fellows will also attend workshops, trainings, and an annual conference to learn about new skills, experiences, strategies, and tools for investigative journalism.

Strengthening Policy Collaboration and Networking

Nawat Network

 $60,000

To strengthen the capacity of and regional cooperation among nascent MENA think tanks and to support the development and growth of a regional think tank network. A peer review board will develop quality standards for policy work and improve the quality of policy literature in the region. An annual conference will facilitate the exchange of best practices, networking and collaboration among network members.

Strengthening Professional Independent Journalism

International Center for Journalists, Inc.

 $170,000

To enhance professional capacity and foster regional networks among professional and citizen journalists through access to media tools, information, and training opportunities. The grantee will lead a ten-month mentorship program for new media start-ups, develop its media entrepreneurship toolkit, produce a new toolkit on physical and digital security, strengthen its alumni network, and maintain and enhance IJNet Arabic and Persian.

Strengthening Social Accountability Networks

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in the Arab World

 $50,000

To strengthen a regional network on social accountability and participatory governance. The grantee will develop and pilot an online platform to build the capacity of its members in seven countries, develop and produce training material, offer online training courses to its members, provide one-on-one consultations to two members in each country, and convene follow-up meetings with members in each country.

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