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Search results for Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Year: 2016
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Displaying records 176-200 of 252 results
All results totalling $23,188,302
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Project Title: Local Accountability in the Kurdish Region of Iraq
Organization Name: Aran for Developing Civic Culture
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To encourage public engagement in citizen oversight of local governance. The group will continue its local accountability program in Sulaimaniyya and will extend its outreach to Kirkuk and Koye to monitor the implementation of public works projects contracted to private companies. Project activities include forming community groups in each city to engage with the local government and other relevant institutions, conducting a survey among residents, issuing reports, and organizing follow-up visits.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $43,500
Project Title: Strengthening the Independent Voice of the Private Sector II
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Egypt
Project Focus: Developing Market Economy
Description: To strengthen the independent voice of the private sector and to engage the public and private sectors in dialogue to advance free market economic reforms. Technical expertise and support will assist a local business association in implementing its organizational reform plan. A comprehensive review of legislation governing Egypt's investment climate will inform reform efforts.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $370,192
Project Title: Public Political Dialogue
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iran
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To improve accountability in Iran by facilitating improved communications between citizens and members of Parliament. The grantee will customize and promote a set of online tools that will allow Iranian citizens to engage elected officials in matters of concern to them through constructive dialogue.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $44,064
Project Title: Public Private Dialogue at the National Level
Organization Name: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iraq
Project Focus: Developing Market Economy
Description: To improve stakeholder analysis and promote reform-oriented dialogue among national government and private sector stakeholders on corruption, institutional failure and strategic planning in Iraq. The center will commission policy papers from a local think tank based on priorities identified for democratic and economic growth. This will form the basis for public private dialogue forums and advocacy work initiated by a local business association. Finally, the center will organize training programs in economic analysis and reporting skills for independent journalists to complement ongoing dialogue.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $425,000
Project Title: Human Rights Advocacy for Medical Impartiality
Organization Name: European Center for Democracy and Human Rights
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: MENA Regional
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To strengthen a regional network to monitor violations, advocate for medical impartiality in the MENA region, and strengthen the advocacy skills and effective use of UN mechanisms among human rights defenders from the Gulf region. The organization will work with its members to document and produce reports on medical impartiality violations in the region, prepare and lead two delegations for advocacy missions in Geneva, and expand and cultivate relationships with international medical and human rights organizations as well as global and regional media outlets.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $127,100
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Youth Participation in Local Governance
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Egypt
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To promote transparency in public service delivery at the local level. Workshops for young community leaders on local governance and an advanced training on public budgeting and resource allocation will prepare youth to communicate community needs and priorities to local officials. Participants will visit small communities, identify their priorities and needs, and assist them in finding constructive forums through which to communicate to local governments.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $21,000
Project Title: Women's Rights and Empowerment
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Afghanistan
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To promote women's rights in Herat and to strengthen the institutional capacity of a women's organization. The program will raise awareness of women's rights through a series of seminars in rural Herat province; provide free legal assistance and counsel to victims of gender-based violence; and conduct a public forum on the status of women and women's rights in Afghanistan, engaging local officials, lawyers, ulema, and civic activists.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $28,000
Project Title: Youth Civic Participation in Upper Egypt
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Egypt
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To engage youth in local governance. Two series of workshops will prepare and educate 40 youth interested in running in municipal elections. Topics will include local governance, advocacy campaigns, community engagement, and public budgeting. Participating youth will develop and implement advocacy campaigns to address community priorities related to service delivery and governance.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $19,394
Project Title: Human Rights Monitoring
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: _ Gulf Regional
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To monitor and report on human rights violations in Gulf States. The grantee will work with a team of local monitors to collect and document information on human rights violations, and publish and distribute monthly and annual reports on human rights conditions in the Gulf. The grantee will also use the findings to lead advocacy campaigns to promote respect for human rights in accordance with international human rights standards.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $50,000
Project Title: Strengthening the Capacity of Trade Unions and Worker Rights Organizations to Advance Democratic Process in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Libya
Organization Name: Solidarity Center (SC)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: MENA Regional
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To enhance workers' democratic participation through union activities in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya. The center will strengthen the capacity of union partners and workers' rights organizations to organize; promote leadership and advocacy trainings for workers, especially women and youth; and campaign for gender equality and rule of law. The center will also support its partners through legislative reform processes and defense of social and economic rights. Regionally, the center will support advocacy efforts for an ILO Convention to end gender-based violence in the workplace.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $853,000
Project Title: Bringing the Voices of Local Business to Reform II
Organization Name: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Tunisia
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To build the role of Sfax's small and medium industry sector as a constructive partner in economic reform and to enhance the voice of business in Tunisia's democratic process. The center will support its local partner in its efforts to develop a regional small and medium industry sector reform agenda. The center will also assist in outreach efforts to industry leaders in other regions, and efforts to enhance the partner's overall ability to represent members and engage with decision makers about urgent reform.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $309,870
Project Title: Strengthening Citizens' Engagement in a Changing Syria III
Organization Name: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Syria
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To build support among Syrian youth for a market-based democracy and enhance their engagement in developing enterprise solutions to the country's challenges; and to build the capacity of a local partner to convene Syrian private sector stakeholders in support of democratic, market-oriented policy solutions. The project will enhance the sustainability of civic education and advance private sector solutions to development challenges in Syria through community-based dialogue and engagement with decision-makers.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $402,170
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Strengthening Accountability in Ibb
Organization Name: Attanweer Social Development Foundation
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Yemen
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To strengthen the role of youth and women in local government accountability in Ibb governorate. The program will select and train 29 community representatives on citizen monitoring. The grantee will also monitor and report on local government accountability in delivering services to citizens, and hold two forums to discuss the findings and recommendations of the monitoring reports among governorate officials, district council members and local directorate employees.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $30,000
Project Title: Preparing Political Parties for Decentralization and Subnational Elections
Organization Name: International Republican Institute (IRI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Tunisia
Project Focus: Strengthening Political Institutions
Description: To enable Tunisian political parties to implement locally based campaigns and to develop the ability of women and youth at the regional party level to participate in party activities in advance of municipal elections. The institute will consult with national and regional level party leaders on the skills and information necessary to conduct locally-based campaigns and provide appropriate assistance to prospective young and female candidates on a multi-party basis.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $380,000
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Preparing Entrepreneurs to Lead
Organization Name: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Tunisia
Project Focus: Developing Market Economy
Description: To promote the participation of Tunisian youth in civic action and policy processes; and to encourage substantive engagement between young entrepreneurs and policymakers regarding meaningful reforms to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The center will work with a local partner to build the collective voice of young entrepreneurs and develop their potential as a constituency. Activities will include developing specific recommendations to improve the entrepreneurship ecosystem, as well opportunities to build skills and experience in engaging decision makers.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $279,543
Project Title: Challenging Censorship
Organization Name: MARCH
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Lebanon
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To raise awareness of the implementation of Lebanon's censorship law, in support of revised legislation that supports freedom of expression. The program will illustrate the limitations the current Lebanese censorship law places on freedom of expression through 12 discussion forums, three short videos, a "know your rights booklet," and one-on-one meetings with government officials.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $39,500
Project Title: Enhancing the Political Participation of Marginalized Communities
Organization Name: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: MENA Regional
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To enable marginalized communities to effectively participate in community-level and political decision-making processes in the Middle East and North Africa. The institute will train a group of youth activists from marginalized communities across the region on political leadership and advocacy skills, and assist them in applying those skills to better organize their communities and lead advocacy initiatives to address local concerns. The institute will support participants in training their peers on new skills gained through this program to broaden the impact on their communities.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $194,000
Project Title: Advancing Social Accountability
Organization Name: Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: West Bank / Gaza
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To promote local accountability on municipal service delivery in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The program will strengthen youth engagement on local accountability through a coordinated series of eight debates, eight public hearings and three town hall meetings with municipal leaders.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $57,700
Project Title: Promoting Youth Policies
Organization Name: Alternative Youth Network - RAJ Tunisia
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Tunisia
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To empower and equip youth activists with the knowledge and skills to advocate for youth priorities and policies. The grantee will form a five-member civil society committee; select 12 youth leaders to participate in a series of three-day learning courses on policy analysis and advocacy of youth socioeconomic empowerment, employment, and counterterrorism in the interior regions; publish and publicize policy papers at a press conference; and launch an interactive web competition.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $28,000
Project Title: Supporting Independent Associations
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Egypt
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To promote the right of association and to build the capacity of a network of independent associations. Training workshops will strengthen the management, strategic planning, advocacy, and campaigning skills of associations. A convening of senior association leaders will facilitate the drafting and enhancement of strategic planning documents of participating associations.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $20,667
Project Title: Promoting Quality Journalism
Organization Name: National Union of Young Journalists in Morocco (NUYJ)
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Morocco
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen a nascent national network on civic journalism, and raise awareness about democracy and human rights among regional and local journalists. The organization will lead four regional forums for local journalists; organize four one-day workshops on civic journalism, human rights, and democracy themes; and plan four one-day trainings on techniques and standards of civic journalism. It will also conduct a two-day workshop on investigative journalism; hold a national conference on the role of civic journalism in promoting democratic practices; and build a national network of young journalists.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $35,500
Project Title: Promoting Dialogue on Human Rights and Democracy Issues
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Egypt
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To educate and promote dialogue amongst citizens on political, social, cultural, and human rights issues through digital media. The project will include the production of 48 weekly multimedia products that explain various citizen rights protected by Egyptian law. Segments will cover such topics as freedom of association, corruption, transparency, violence against women, censorship, and privacy rights. The messages will be disseminated through social media and traditional media outlets.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $26,819
Project Title: Monitoring Human Rights Violations
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Iran
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To raise awareness about, monitor and document human rights violations and to enhance communication and information access for human rights activists. The organization will publish and distribute reports on human rights violations and compile related data. It will also provide technical assistance in the fields of communication and online security.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $124,500
Project Title: Promoting Participatory Advocacy
Organization Name: High Atlas Foundation
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Morocco
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To foster greater cooperation among local civil society organizations, municipalities, and universities on issues related to local governance and development. The group will engage 20 local organizations, elected officials, and 20 student leaders from three target universities in Fes-Sais, Oujda, and Beni Mellal in a series of monthly capacity-building workshops on community mapping and participatory approaches to policymaking. The group will also lead 30 community meetings on strategic planning and local projects on community priority issues, and conduct an evaluation to assess the impact of its program.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $50,000
Project Title:
Project Region: Middle East & North Africa
Project Country: Afghanistan
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To raise public awareness of citizens' rights and responsibilities and to strengthen public dialogue between local community leaders and government officials on local policies. Organization will produce and broadcast civic educational programs through its FM radio news channel and rebroadcast them on Shahr-ba-Shahr Radio in Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir and Sar-e-Pul Provinces, and mentor 16 journalism faculty students.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $26,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
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