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Displaying records 201-250 of 1,413 results
All results totalling $125,875,699
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Project Title: Strengthening Citizen Participation
Organization Name: Citizens Standing
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Mauritania
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To strengthen youth participation in public policy development at the local level. The organization will organize one workshop for youth on advocacy techniques and strategies and another on local governance. It will also lead advocacy efforts to promote youth engagement in public life through policy monitoring and evaluation and continue providing technical support for local youth councils.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $26,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Developing Community Youth Leadership
Organization Name: Moomken Organization for Awareness and Media
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Libya
Project Focus: Conflict Resolution
Description: To promote a community of peacebuilding practice and community dialogue to respond to localized conflicts in Libya. The organization will build the capacity of a cadre of youth through a two-week intensive course on peacebuilding and conflict management and assist to develop community-focused mechanisms for conflict prevention and community mediation.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $22,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Defending Youth Detainees
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Egypt
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To support and defend young political detainees and prisoners. The project will provide legal, psychosocial, and medical assistance to youth detained or imprisoned on politically motivated charges. Lawyers will be assigned to provide legal representation, counselors or psychologists will provide psychosocial support and mentorship during and post detention, and medical and other support will be provided on a case-by-case basis.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $55,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Supporting Human Rights Activists
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: _ Gulf Regional
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To support human rights defenders and activists in Gulf States. The grantee will hold an annual training for a network of activists in the region, monitor and publicize human rights violations in Gulf countries, provide assistance and guidance to human rights activists on utilizing the United Nations and international support systems, and conduct advocacy campaigns.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $30,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Accountability in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Organization Name: STOP Organization for Monitoring and Development
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To promote accountability and rule of law in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The grantee will produce biannual reports that assess government officials' follow through on campaign promises to combat corruption, form a corruption monitoring team to advocate for the resolution of four identified cases, and produce a final report on its findings and progress.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $25,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Strengthening Investigative Journalism
Organization Name: Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: MENA Regional
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: 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.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $70,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Strengthening Civil Society's Role in Post-Conflict Rebuilding
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To strengthen emerging youth volunteer groups and enable them to play a constructive role in reviving civic engagement. The organization will train and mentor youth as they lead community initiatives. The organization will hold training workshops, support the youth groups in carrying out the community initiatives, and act as a link between citizens and the local and national governments.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $75,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Measuring Indicators of Democracy
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To provide the public and policy-makers with indicators of the status of democracy in Iraq. The grantee will publish and disseminate an annual report that measures Iraq's democratic progress and the role of civil society in advancing good governance based on public opinion surveys and expert interviews. The grantee will release the report findings and conclusions at a conference attended by media, policy and decision-makers and civil society leaders.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $35,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Enhancing Local Governance
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To strengthen civil society's role in informing public policy. The organization will convene professional unions and civil society organizations to produce policy papers aimed at improving governance and public services. The organization will produce a booklet including the policy papers and convene meetings to call for the adoption of the booklet's recommendations.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $20,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Community Radio and Human Rights Journalism
Organization Name: Radio Deng
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen independent media reporting through community radio in Sulaimaniyah. The grantee will continue to develop its Human Rights Journalism Unit, publish its women's issues newspaper and monthly reports on local government performance, broaden public outreach through its website, and conduct a human rights reporting competition.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $35,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Empowering Women for Political Party Leadership
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Strengthening Political Institutions
Description: To advance women's political party engagement and develop local women party activists' leadership skills. The program will train women from political parties and women candidates for upcoming provincial elections. The trainings will enable the women party activists to seek stronger representation within their parties including in leadership positions.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $17,500
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Enhancing Government Accountability
Organization Name: Community Media Network
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Jordan
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: 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.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $18,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Political Pluralism and Citizen Participation
Organization Name: Brave Youth Organization
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To stimulate citizen participation and discourse on governing systems and minority representation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The grantee will leverage its region-wide network of contacts with political parties to organize roundtable discussions, meetings, print and distribute its magazine, develop and publish research briefs, and organize a conference to present and advocate for recommendations that promote inclusive governance.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $35,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Strengthening Youth Participation
Organization Name: Humetna Association
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Tunisia
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To strengthen youth participation in local governance in Medjez el Bab. The organization will lead a local governance council in monitoring municipal work, produce a monthly report on the performance of the municipality, disseminate monthly videos with local council members discussing the reports, publish monthly policy recommendations, and produce weekly videos on key issues facing citizens in Medjez el Bab.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $25,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Civic Engagement
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Afghanistan
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To promote civic engagement and advocate for youth empowerment and good governance in northern Balkh province. The organization will hold a series of civic and community engagement sessions to promote human rights and political participation and to foster dialogue and collaboration between local leaders and government. In addition, the grantee will strengthen its existing Youth Civic Groups across the province.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $50,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Empowering Youth Leaders
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Afghanistan
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To empower local youth leaders to promote peace and tolerance and to enhance cooperation between community leaders and local decision makers. The organization will train youth leaders on responsible leadership, civic values, the rule of law, and conflict resolution. Graduates will subsequently lead a number of community initiatives. The organization will also produce TV and radio programs to educate a wider audience on civic responsibilities, civic values, and the rule of law.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $50,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Human Rights Monitoring and Documentation
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iran
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To raise awareness about human rights and strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders. The organization will monitor, document and report on human rights violations. The grantee will work closely with human rights defenders to build their reporting and advocacy skills, and will share its monitoring findings with the United Nations and international human rights organizations.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $26,300
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Human Rights Memorial Project
Organization Name: Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iran
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To promote human rights and democracy education, discourse and advocacy. The organization will monitor and document human rights violations, publically disseminate its findings, and advocate for greater accountability to international treaty obligations as well as for victims of human rights violations. The grantee will also expand its human rights database and online documentation initiatives.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $24,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Participatory Decision Making Process
Organization Name: Instance Marocaine des Droits Humains
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Morocco
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To promote accountability and mobilize civil society to advocate for a participatory approach to decision making at the local level. The organization will lead training on human rights-based approaches to development and local governance, organize community thematic meetings, engage local CSOs in advocacy initiatives, solidify a local forum, and conduct a program evaluation.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $27,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Gender Equality in Governance
Organization Name: Union of Associations of Fes-Medina
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Morocco
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To promote women's participation and gender inclusion in public affairs. The organization will engage elected officials, civil society, and women councilors to advance women's roles in decision-making and policy processes. It will convene a study day on gender equality, lead workshops on gender-responsive budgeting, and advocate gender inclusion in local policies and in the local and regional councils' policy agenda.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $45,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Citizen Participation in Governance
Organization Name: Al-Amal Network for Relief and Sustainable Development of Al-Hoceima
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Morocco
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To strengthen youth's ability and capacity to transition from protest to participatory civic engagement and accountability. The organization will conduct training on monitoring public policy and government performance; form three working groups on topics related to access to information, transparency and good governance; convene a regional seminar and lead an awareness campaign on effective youth policy.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $30,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Freedom of the Press and Expression
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: _ Gulf Regional
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support press freedom and strengthen access to independent information in the Gulf. The grantee will continue monitoring and documenting violations against the press and free expression in the Gulf and will publish its findings in an annual report. The grantee's website will serve as a platform for contributions and publications related to freedom of expression and the press in the Gulf.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $40,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Rule of Law
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Egypt
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To promote impartiality and transparency in trial processes. The project will provide legal and media support for individuals facing politically motivated charges to ensure due process and the right to a fair trial. Two studies will analyze the legal punishments used in politicized crimes, the laws governing prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $9,800
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Online Academy for Promoting Accountability
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: MENA Regional
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: 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.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $26,300
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Civil Society and University Engagement
Organization Name: High Atlas Foundation
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Morocco
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To foster greater cooperation among local civil society organizations and universities and promote community service learning. The organization will partner with a university in Fes to establish a legal aid program and engage law students to work with local civil society and community leaders on priority issues. It will also organize a series of monthly workshops on participatory approaches to advocacy and local policy planning and monitoring and lead civil society-university initiatives on community priority issues.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $50,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Dialogue on Human Rights and Democracy
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Egypt
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To educate and promote dialogue among citizens on political, social, cultural, and human rights issues through digital media. The project will establish a monitor and produce reports on the state of democracy and human rights in Egypt. The project will also produce multimedia products that illustrate the findings of the reports and explain various citizen rights protected by Egyptian law, such as freedom of association and expression, transparency, and privacy rights.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $27,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Reducing Risks to Democracy from Corrosive Capital Flows
Organization Name: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: MENA Regional
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To counter the malign influence of authoritarian countries in the MENA region on democratic movements and democratic development in the region, by increasing objective knowledge about capital flows from such countries and how governance gaps are exploited to exert influence; to strengthen exchange between stakeholders across the MENA region on corrosive capital and strategies for combatting its deleterious effects on democratic movements and democratic development; and to improve the ability of civil society, media, and the business community across the MENA region to identify gaps in governance allowing foreign capital flows to exert malign influence and, individually and collectively, advocate recommendations to close them. The Center will work with local researchers to outline the key d
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Project Title: Coordinating An Economic Reform Dialogue
Organization Name: International Republican Institute (IRI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Tunisia
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To build consensus among stakeholders on the key economic issues facing Tunisia, and the policies needed to address them, the Institute will facilitate a national dialogue on economic reform and enable the Prime Minister's Office to better coordinate across ministries to relay a cohesive policy agenda to the public. The Institute will support inter-ministerial coordination through strategy sessions, communications trainings, and public relations trainings. To encourage consensus around economic policy through the national dialogue, the Institute will engage in public opinion polling, consultations, and policy development workshops with relevant stakeholders, including political parties, labor unions, public sector and civil society. The national dialogue process will serve to build consens
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $500,000
Project Title: Investing in a Democratic Future
Organization Name: International Republican Institute (IRI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Turkey
Project Focus: Political Processes
Description: To promote political dialogue, policy-driven political debate, and youth inclusion in political decision-making, the Institute will conduct public opinion research and present findings to Turkey's mainline political parties. The Institute will continue to train young leaders in political and policy skills, as well as reconnect with recent alumni of the Institute's youth programming. Finally, the Institute will continue to promote evidence-based policy discussion among higher-level political party leaders, and to bring together those professionally engaged in Turkey's relationship with the West. At time of writing, it is unsafe and illegal to hold public gatherings in Turkey due to the COVID-19 crisis. If this situation continues through the beginning of the grant, then the Institute wi
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $700,000
Project Title: North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco, & Algeria): Building Worker and Trade Union Power to Influence Sustainable Democratic Change
Organization Name: Solidarity Center (SC)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: MENA Regional
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To build worker and trade union power in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, the Center will strengthen the labor movements there to influence sustainable democratic change by advancing respect for freedom of association and collective bargaining, contributing to economic and administrative reform processes, advocating for the rights of young people, and in Tunisia, by encouraging public policies that promote the Ratification of ILO Convention 190 on Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $1,300,253
Project Title: Promoting Issue-Based Politics II
Organization Name: International Republican Institute (IRI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Lebanon
Project Focus: Strengthening Political Institutions
Description: To promote issue-based political discourse in Lebanon, the Institute will amplify alternative voices in civil society, using public opinion polling and trainings to help them develop effective strategies to advocate to political leaders and to educate and mobilize citizens on top policy priorities. To assist reform-minded political parties and independent candidates to compete against established political actors, the Institute will conduct capacity building trainings for nascent organizations, party democracy trainings for established organizations, and seminars for civil society and political parties to facilitate citizen-responsive platforms.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $700,000
Project Title: Citizen Participation and Community Leadership in Closed Societies II
Organization Name: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: MENA Regional
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To develop the leadership and relationships skills of activists in closed and closing spaces in countries such as Egypt and the Gulf states, the Institute will conduct online workshops, regional skills-building gatherings, issues-based convening and ongoing individual mentorship. In addition to skills-building, this program highlights the Institute's commitment to standing in solidarity with activists working in challenging political environments to ensure civil society remains active even in such difficult circumstances.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $300,000
Project Title: Encouraging New Civic and Political Voices
Organization Name: International Republican Institute (IRI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Strengthening Political Institutions
Description: To support the inclusion of new civic and political voices in Iraq's reforming electoral landscape, the Institute will leverage the nation's surge of civic duty to work with nascent civic organizers as they implement responsive advocacy while working with first-time candidates and political parties to prepare campaign strategies and voter contact for the next parliamentary elections, expected (as of August 2020) to be held in summer 2021.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $450,000
Project Title: Prioritizing Youth Leadership in Souss-Massa
Organization Name: International Republican Institute (IRI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Morocco
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To increase the meaningful participation of youth in the decision-making process, and their engagement with both local government representatives and senior political party members in the run up to Morocco's 2021 elections, the Institute proposes Prioritizing Youth Leadership in Souss-Massa. The Institute will increase youth capacity to become future political leaders and improve their visibility in political party and local government decision-making processes by equipping and supporting young party members from Souss-Massa with key skills that will help them engage in all aspects of politics - from political party engagement, to elections, to governing.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $600,000
Project Title: Laying the Groundwork for Engagement
Organization Name: International Republican Institute (IRI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: _ Gulf Regional
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To prepare the ground for future engagement in Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman, the Institute will identify, expand and deepen connections with reform-minded government and non-governmental stakeholders to understand priorities and needs in the context of declining hydrocarbon prices. Information collected during exploratory activities will be used to help design future programs.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $200,000
Project Title: Supporting Citizen Voices in the Constitutional Process
Organization Name: International Republican Institute (IRI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Syria
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To increase the transparency of the Syrian constitutional process and ensure citizen priorities are represented, the Institute 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.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $450,000
Project Title: Coordinated Advocacy for Good Governance (CAGG) in Nangahar Province
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Afghanistan
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To amplify citizen demands for better governance in at-risk communities of eastern Afghanistan, the Institute will facilitate a coordinated advocacy campaign for accountability in Nangahar Province focused on generating reform via collective action. The Institute will convene and support a coalition of civil society groups to design and execute an advocacy campaign against corruption in public health services in their province.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $400,000
Project Title: Empowering Private Sector Stakeholders to Advance Market Reforms
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Egypt
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To maintain space for the private sector to engage in policy dialogue with diverse stakeholders in an increasingly restrictive environment and to enhance the capacity of the Egyptian private sector to develop, communicate, and advocate reform ideas and policies to facilitate the development of a private sector-led market economy based on rule of law. The Center will continue its national dialogue series; develop youth capacity to engage in public policy by further developing its public policy training program; and provide support for private sector engagement in policymaking at the national and grassroots levels.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $20,000
Project Title: Strengthening Policy Advocacy at the Federal, Regional, and Provincial Levels
Organization Name: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To strengthen policy advocacy at the federal, regional, and provincial levels to enhance transparency and disclosure, promote economic opportunities, and improve revenue sharing in Iraq's decentralized system, and to improve the capacity of the private sector led coalitions to effectively engage key decision-makers and advocate public policy reforms. The Center will support private sector coalitions to engage public authorities in policy advocacy to implement laws that enhance transparency and improve economic conditions. The Center will also work to improve the capacity of the private sector coalitions by strengthening their internal organization and augmenting their external communications and advocacy skills.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $20,000
Project Title: A New Social Contract Post COVID-19
Organization Name: Solidarity Center (SC)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: MENA Regional
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To strengthen the capacity of unions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to advocate for a new social contract in their countries, using gaps in social safety nets exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic to demand better protections for workers, the Center will convene unions to discuss gaps, exchange ideas and connect to the ITUC's global campaign for a new social contract. The Center will support unions in three countries in activities to identify the needs of workers and propose recommendations for systemic reform.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $300,000
Project Title: Strengthening Civil Society's Engagement in Open Government Reform
Organization Name: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Morocco
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To foster inclusive and informed civil society engagement in promoting open and accountable governance in Morocco, the Institute will identify and train a group of diverse civil society organizations (CSOs) to form a network to engage with decision makers on open government reform and subsequently become active members of the CSO Forum that Morocco has committed to establishing as part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $280,000
Project Title: Promoting Citizen Engagement in Local Democracy
Organization Name: Association Bledii
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Tunisia
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To connect citizens to decision-makers and promote participatory local governance in Kasserine Governorate. The organization will conduct a diagnostic study on the needs of three municipalities, develop a joint capacity building action plan with the municipal councils, and hold a series of trainings on local governance and accountability for municipal council members and local civil society.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $25,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Strengthening a Platform for Independent Information
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Egypt
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen access to information on corruption and approaches to combating it. The project will support an independent digital platform that disseminates information related to corruption, transparency, accountability, and democratic transitions more broadly. The platform will provide a forum for public debate and discussion on these issues.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $60,000
Project Title: Security Sector Reform Index
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To enhance civil society's role in security sector reform. The organization will convene experts and officials to study and survey the state of the Iraqi security sector and produce an annual Security Sector Reform Index. The organization will convene discussion workshops, present its findings in a conference, and lead advocacy efforts to promote reform recommendations.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $30,000
Project Title: Strengthening Independent Journalism
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iran
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To strengthen independent professional journalism and promote networking among media professionals. The organization will maintain and further develop an online resource center for journalists and media professionals. The grantee will publish on its website news and updates relevant to journalists, and will monitor and document violations against journalists.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $50,000
Project Title: Strengthening Independent Labor Unions
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iran
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To strengthen independent labor unions and to enhance workers' knowledge of and advocacy for their legal rights. The organization will design and implement a training program to help workers understand labor laws and collectively advocate for their rights. The organization will create an online platform to provide information and resources for workers and will develop a strategy to advocate with international human rights and labor organizations to promote labor rights.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $50,000
Project Title: Strengthening Independent Media
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen independent media and prepare a new cadre of journalists. The organization will publish its online news website, which provides independent coverage of regional and international news and reports on policy issues, government accountability, and rule of law in Iraq. The organization will also train and mentor young and aspiring journalists on journalistic ethics, investigative journalism, reporting practices, social media journalism, and economic reporting.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $57,500
Project Title: Strengthening Independent Media
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Afghanistan
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen a culture of accountability through investigative journalism and to support independent media. The grantee will continue the production of its daily newspaper and timely news coverage. The grantee will also produce investigative reports on issues related to the peace process, human rights, corruption and the rule of law. In addition, it will profile successful young citizens of Afghanistan to highlight gains made over the past 19 years. Finally, the project will produce multimedia content on democratic values.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $100,000
Project Title: Strengthening Independent Media
Organization Name: Studies & Economic Media Center
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Yemen
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen independent media organizations and support strategic planning to guide and sustain their work in a turbulent context. The organization will lead a training program in four provinces to equip media outlets that are struggling due to the war or financial difficulties with the tools needed to enhance their professionalism and financial stability. Expert trainers will work with the media outlets to develop and begin implementing strategic plans.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $25,000
Project Title:
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Afghanistan
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen independent media in Badghis province and to build the capacity of a nascent journalists' association. The organization will continue to produce and broadcast a wide range of civic programs on political, economic, and social affairs through its FM radio; train a cohort of male and female reporters and university journalism students; and produce a weekly bulletin on local affairs.
Year: 2020
Award Amount: $43,000
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