Syria 2020

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Civil Society

NGO Strengthening

$50,300

To strengthen the impact of civil society organizations. The organization will train and mentor six Syrian partner organizations in the design and implementation of advocacy campaigns that draw attention to the need to protect human rights in Syria. This will comprise training modules on development of new campaigns, digital campaigning, advocacy, fundraising, media coverage, and women-led campaigning; and guidance in their application in active campaigns.

Enhancing the Understanding and Practice of Democracy at the Local Level

Civic Education

$27,800

To support citizen understanding and action on local priorities during a period of conflict. The organization will lead a youth-centered initiative to deepen activists’ understanding and practice of democracy. It will conduct a series of dialogue sessions on democracy-related priorities for the local community.

Establishing a Constitutional Culture

The Syrian Centre for Legal Studies and Research

$52,000

To promote the rule of law, introducing a wide foundational understanding of a constitution and a culture of protecting it. The organization will draft a manual on constitutional awareness, vet it through three workshops with Syrian legal experts, and conduct public seminars to spread a broader understanding of a constitutional culture.

Promoting Independent Media

Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently

$31,000

To enhance the role of independent media in expanding democratic thought and promoting accountability. The organization will report on and provide constant news coverage of developments in its governorate through daily and bimonthly content production for its online media platform on topics such as public service delivery, reconstruction efforts, and citizen opinions on local matters.

Promoting Independent Media

Freedom of Information

$25,200

To promote objective reporting on southern Syria. The grantee will provide independent and fact-based news coverage on a wide array of issues in southern Syria, with a focus on security-related incidents and human rights violations. The outlet will monitor and publish developments throughout the province, and broadcast them regularly through its established web presences.

Promoting Independent Media

Freedom of Information

$26,200

To promote objective reporting on southern Syria. The grantee will provide independent and fact-based news coverage on a wide array of issues, with a focus on security-related incidents and human rights violations. The outlet will monitor and publish developments throughout the province, and broadcast them regularly through its established web presences.

Promoting Political Process Dialogue among Syrian Civil Society

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$150,000

To prepare Syrian civil society groups to effectively engage in internationally-brokered political dialogues determining the peace process. The Institute will conduct a mapping exercise, a series of consultations to identify needs and priorities for inclusion in political process dialogues, and a strategic gathering of Syrian civil society groups to present findings and provide resources and recommendations for next steps.

Protecting Journalists

Freedom of Information

$50,000

To strengthen independent media through advocating protection of journalists and other media workers. The organization will collect and verify data on killings of Syrian journalists from 2011 to 2020, publish a report on its findings, and conduct a panel discussion to disseminate these findings, raise awareness of these violations, and advocate better protection of journalists and other media workers.

Protection of Journalists

Association de Soutien aux Medias Libres

$47,000

To support and protect independent reporters and media. The organization will provide emergency assistance to journalists reporting in conflict areas, so that they may recover from injuries and return to their media outlets or freelance journalism. This support will comprise medical care, recovery support, training, re-entry support, and/or research and advocacy, as customized to each case.

Supporting Citizen Voices in the Constitutional Process

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$450,000

To increase the transparency of the constitutional process and ensure citizen priorities are represented, the organization will strengthen the ability of Syrian civil society to serve as a link between citizens and the constitutional process and will support Syrian civil society in fostering informed, inclusive dialogue on Syria’s future within and beyond the constitution process.

Syria Thought Forum

Syrian Bright Future Association

$35,500

To build the capacity of emerging community youth leaders. The grantee will train youth in three diverse regions and mentor them in exchanges with local decision-makers to promote citizen-driven initiatives. The organization will lead training on the conduct of advocacy campaigns and work with the youth to apply these skills in exchanges with local authorities.

Voices for an Inclusive Constitution

Syrians For Truth and Justice, aka Centre Verite et Justice pour le Moyen-Orient

$26,000

To advance a more inclusive constitution-making process representative of marginalized and minority communities. The organization will lead consultations among individuals from diverse, yet often marginalized, regions of the country to document their priorities for a new constitution. It will also produce and publish a set of thematic papers on the issues addressed during the consultations.