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NED Grants for FY 2005

From In the Name of Democracy

In the Name of Democracy researcher Anthony Fenton received this information (below) from a NED program officer in December. According to NED spokesperson Jane Riley Jacobson, it was not intended to be made public (all or portions thereof, in conjunction with the publication of their annual report) until May 2006.

NB: Special DOS (Department of State) Funds are provided in addition to NED's yearly appropriation and are to be used in a specific, and often priority, country. In LAC in 2005, Cuba is the only country for which NED receives special funds. They review Cuba proposals following their standard guidelines and procedures; the only difference is the funding source (DOS rather than NED).

SUMMARY OF PROJECTS APPROVED FY 2005:
LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Caribbean

Afro-Cuban Alliance
$62,000
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote discussion about the conditions of Afro-Cubans and Afro-Cuban issues. The Afro-Cuban Alliance will establish a quarterly journal, Islas, that will be distributed inside and outside the island. The journal will seek to inform Cubans of African descent on the island and in exile about civil rights, the hidden history of slavery and racial discrimination in Cuba, the experience of civil rights movements, and how to organize to bring change.

Federación Sindical de Plantas Eléctricas, Gas y Agua (Federation of Electric, Gas and Water Plants)
$177,696
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote labor rights and defend independent labor unions and workers in Cuba. Working with independent labor leaders, the Federation will produce a report on labor rights violations inside Cuba. The group will also support a training center in Havana that will train Cuban workers in worker rights and distribute information inside Cuba on international labor laws and the activities of international unions.

People in Need Foundation
$99,900
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To support the spread of information inside Cuba through local “samizdat  literature. PINF will send Eastern Europeans who were active in producing “samizdat  during the 1980s to Cuba to work with local journalists and dissident groups to develop a work plan to produce printed materials and a video-journal on life in Cuba. PINF will also organize the second meeting of the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba in Brussels, Belgium.

People in Peril Association
$16,900
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote independent research and think tanks in Cuba. People in Peril will work with Cuban independent activists and intellectuals to conduct research and analysis on issues of political and economic transitions. People in Peril will pair the Cuban researchers with a group of Slovak former dissidents and leaders of the democratic transition to assist them in the research and to share with them their experiences.

Asociación Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana (Cuban Culture Encounter Association)
$200,000
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote free debate and discussion about Cuban politics and the future of Cuba. Endowment support will cover partial administrative expenses that will enable Encuentro to publish its journal Revista Encuentro and continue its web-based daily newspaper “Encuentro On-Line  and its internet chat portal “Connections.  Encuentro will publish four editions of its journal, which will be distributed in Cuba and abroad.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$175,000
Special DOS Cuba funds
To support peaceful democratic change in Cuba. NDI will help Varela Project representatives in Miami develop the organizational capacity of their newly registered non-profit, and continue to build awareness of and support for the Varela Project and the National Dialogue in the Latin America.

Cuban Committee for Human Rights
$65,000
Special DOS Cuba funds
To advance the cause of human rights and democracy in Cuba. Endowment support will cover the operating costs and program activities of CCHR’s Miami office, which works on behalf of human rights and human rights activists in Cuba.

CubaNet
$67,500
Special DOS Cuba funds
To promote the free flow of information to and from Cuba. CubaNet will provide humanitarian and material assistance to Cuban independent journalists on the island, hire a professional editor, and send representatives to Europe and Latin America to promote international solidarity with independent Cuban journalists.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$123,288
To increase the flow of independent information to Cuba with the help of the Pan-American Development Fund. CIPE will distribute its award-winning magazine Perspectiva in Cuba. Perspectiva provides practical information and analysis on democratic, market-oriented reforms to its readers.

Bibliotecas Independientes de Cuba (Independent Libraries of Cuba, or BIC)
$133,773
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote intellectual freedom and debate inside Cuba. BIC will continue to provide direct financial and material assistance to independent libraries in Cuba and promote international awareness of the library movement. BIC staff will travel to Latin America and Spain to meet with libraries, universities, think tanks, and other organizations to enlist their support for individual libraries and the libraries movement. 6/05

Center for a Free Cuba
$55,000
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To provide humanitarian assistance and emergency relief to political prisoners and their families. Assistance will go to family members of the nearly 300 prisoners detained in Cuba because of their political beliefs. 6/05

Directorio (The Cuban Democratic Directorate)
$663,690
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote access to objective information and news in rural communities inside Cuba. The Directorio will establish a short-wave radio station specializing in programming devoted to community development and community news. The station will reach out to youth and women as well as moderate elements of Cuban leadership through programs that will promote greater awareness of citizen participation, entertainment and events at the local level. 6/05

Disidente Universal de Puerto Rico (Universal Dissident of Puerto Rico)
$67,200
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To increase the flow of independent information to Cuba and within Cuba. Disidente will publish and distribute in Cuba its monthly journal, El Disidente, and maintain its website, www.disidenteuniversal.org, containing articles and editorials from activists living on the island, dissidents living in exile, international news organizations, and an up-to-date list of political prisoners in Cuba. 6/05

Fundación Hispano Cubana (Hispano-Cuban Foundation)
$76,000
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To increase the flow of independent information to Cuba. The Foundation will publish and distribute in Cuba three editions of its journal Revista Hispano Cubana. The journal features articles and editorials on politics, human rights, and social and cultural issues. The Foundation will post each edition on the journal’s website, as well as prepare 16 previous editions of the journal in CD ROM format. 6/05

Partners of the Americas
$86,712
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To strengthen women’s groups in Cuba and increase collaboration in Latin America. Partners will provide printed training material to women’s groups to strengthen their technical capacity in the areas of social communication, women’s legal rights, and leadership development. Partners will also facilitate links between Cuban and non-Cuban women’s rights groups interested in working with Cuban organizations. 6/05

Red Feminista Cubana, Inc. (Cuban Feminist Network)
$82,228
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote women’s rights in Cuba. Red Feminista will establish contacts with women’s movements throughout the world, collect materials, and initiate a series of training programs inside Cuba for independent women activists. Red Feminista will expand its women’s network within Cuba from two to six groups to disseminate information on the strategies and activities of women’s movements in other countries. 6/05

Group for Corporate Social Responsibility in Cuba (GCSRC)
$213,108
To promote labor rights and defend independent labor unions and workers in Cuba. GCSRC will conduct an international informational campaign about the violation of international labor conventions and promote corporate responsibility in Cuba by documenting the labor rights conditions in Cuba, participating in a public hearing of the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, and holding a conference, in Spain, with experts, union activists, and investors. Last, GCSRC will continue to provide training and material support to labor activists inside Cuba.

Haiti

Center for International Private Enterprise
$83,779
To promote the democratic representation of the private and informal sectors. CIPE will organize an intensive one-week program on key topics of association management, incorporating the informal sector, and the role of business associations in democratic development for the Haitian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIH). The chamber will devise an organizational strategy to be more effective in serving its members and giving voice to small and informal businesses to advocate for market-oriented economic policies in Haiti.

Amicale des Femmes Haitiennes Journalistes (Association of Haitian Female Journalists)
$16,815
To improve citizens  access to election and campaign-related information. AMIFEHJ will train 60 journalists in four cities on journalistic ethics, elections law, how to collect and report on candidate platforms and issues, voters  rights, and election-day reporting.

Grand Front National des Etudiants Haïtiens (National Grand Front of Haitian Students)
$33,271
To promote informed citizen participation in the upcoming elections. GRAFNEH will conduct a civic education campaign to educate Haitians about the political parties, candidates, and issues being presented during the electoral season. The campaign will include information dissemination in print and broadcast media, and a series of debates for municipal and presidential candidates at the University of Haiti.

American Center for International Solidarity
$999,965*
To promote the development and capacity of democratic unions in free trade zones. ACILS will work with the May 1st Union Federation- Batay Ouvriye to train workers to organize and educate fellow workers. Training will include developing organizational plans, networking with workers outside their factories, forming community and factory unions, and researching and monitoring working conditions. Finally, NGOs and trade unions from the U.S. and Canada will visit to discuss working conditions in Haiti.

*Upon confirmation, actual amount according to NED and Solidarity Center is $99,965

Centre de Formation Citoyenne et d’Appui au Developpement (Center for Citizen Training and Development Support or CEFCAD)
$149,615
To work with community groups and their leaders on community organization and local development. CEFCAD will train community groups in community organization and outreach, problem identification, proposal writing, project management, budgeting, and mobilization of resources. Once the training is completed, CEFCAD will provide small sub-grants to the groups to help them carry out community development projects, in collaboration with CEFCAD.

Fondation Espoir (Hope Foundation)
$132,970
To increase the political awareness and participation of Haitian youth. The Foundation will conduct workshops and intensive training of trainers for youth on conflict management, association management, project management, democratic leadership and team building. The Foundation will also bring together community leaders from across Haiti for regional and national conferences. The Foundation will work with community groups and local governments to implement projects developed at these conferences.

Fondation Secours Gaël Painson (Gaël Painson Aid Foundation)
$83,375
To promote democratic values in rural Haiti through a traveling civic education program. The Foundation will carry out basic civic education sessions focusing on respect and tolerance, civil rights and responsibilities, and non-violent resolution of conflict and conflict management. The lessons will be an interactive, entertaining, and ultimately memorable experience for communities that do not often receive outside visitors. Foundation representatives will recruit and train educators and volunteers from the communities to continue the educational process.

Rassemblement National des Citoyens Organisés pour le Développement d’Haïti (National Assembly of Citizens Organized for the Development of Haiti)
$41,220
To promote democratic values and the emergence of young leaders in marginalized communities of Port-au-Prince. RANCODHA will conduct training for young representatives from community organizations on community leadership, group dynamics, peaceful resolution of conflicts, community participation, articulating community demands, and community project design and implementation. RANCODHA will sponsor a conference for seminar participants, other civil society organizations, and political and government representatives to discuss issues of common concern and jointly propose potential solutions.

Guatemala

Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales (Research and Social Studies Association)
$54,526
To promote effective local governments in the highly-indigenous populated regions. ASIES will conduct training workshops for local government officials and community leaders on the role and procedures of local decision-making councils; establishing internal regulations, public administration and policy; and accountability. ASIES will hold a public forum to foster exchange among councils throughout the country and feature the achievements of the three target departments.

International Republican Institute
$200,000
To promote more responsive political parties. IRI will assist political parties to develop leaders capable of understanding, developing and communicating market-based approaches to poverty. IRI will help strengthen political parties and civil society youth leadership, while increasing sensitivity to democracy and governability issues. 6/05

International Republican Institute
$350,000
To promote the development of party platforms and legislation that address market-based economic reforms as well as the priorities and needs of the electorate. IRI will commission a national poll on specific economic reform proposals. IRI will provide political leaders with analysis and information on the poll results and train them to incorporate market-based policies in their platforms. IRI will hold workshops with the local and national media to encourage the media to report on the debate about economic reform.

Instituto de EnseZanza para el Desarrollo Sostenible (Training Institute for Sustainable Development)
$81,652
To improve the capacity of the police to work in an effective and democratic manner with indigenous communities. IEPADES will publish a manual and hold workshops designed to educate police and mayors about the indigenous communities  understanding of the Guatemalan criminal justice system and strategies to improve the relationships between the police and the indigenous community. IEPADES will also hold meetings in indigenous communities to discuss importance of citizen cooperation with police in crime prevention.

MesoAmerican Centre for Sustainable Human Rights Action (CEMAS)
$79,970
To promote political participation of community youth through educational workshops on human rights and leadership. CEMAS will work with grassroots human rights organizations to hold workshops for Guatemala youth on human rights, Guatemalan law and history, and community leadership. The workshop participants will then hold workshops in their communities to share the information they have learned. CEMAS will also hold two national youth meetings and two regional human rights conferences to share best practices and develop networks.

Mexico

Centro de Encuentros y Diálogos (Center for Encounter and Dialogue)
$40,000
To promote citizen participation in local government. The Center will work in three municipalities in Morelos state to continue to educate citizens on municipal management and budgeting procedures, and train citizens to monitor their local government’s expenditures of municipal funds. The Center will also create a permanent regional network of monitors and include the monitors  updates in its one-hour weekly radio program.

Colectivo de Investigación, Desarrollo y Educación entre Mujeres (Collective for Investigation, Development and Education among Women)
$32,100
To promote citizen participation in indigenous communities through radio. CIDEM will conduct training workshops for 240 indigenous and non-indigenous women radio broadcasters to strengthen their political and technical knowledge base and to professionalize the information they share with their listeners. CIDEM will also help create a working group to participate in the design and orientation of public policy regarding communication media, freedom of expression and the right to information.

Democracia, Derechos Humanos y Seguridad, A.C. (Democracy, Human Rights and Security)
$76,530
To promote citizen participation in the police reform process. DDHS will conduct research studies on police-community relations in Tijuana and Querétaro, followed by a series of fora and workshops designed to educate citizens about police reform and transparency. These activities will be complemented by a public information campaign in broadcast media on police reform issues.

Due Process of Law Foundation
$65,140
To defend human rights of indigenous citizens in the justice system. DPLF will prepare a cadre of indigenous and non-indigenous lawyers to serve as public defenders in criminal proceedings of indigenous communities and in support of their human rights. DPLF will also work with the state’s Human Rights Commissioner to reform the criminal justice system for indigenous communities and monitor the government’s compliance with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission’s rulings.

Instituto para la Seguridad y la Democracia, A.C. (Institute for Security and Democracy)
$60,714
To promote an accountable police force in Mexico. INSyDE will conduct pilot training seminars in three selected municipalities to train mid- to senior-level police officials on the use of its accountability manual. INSyDE will follow up the training provided during the previous year’s project in Querétaro and Naucalpan municipalities by disseminating the lessons learned to the police institutions in those municipalities and providing follow-on assistance.

Libertad de Información México (Freedom of Information Mexico)
$51,000
To promote and protect independent journalism in México. LIMAC will research Mexican laws used to intimidate journalists and draft model reform legislation. LIMAC will produce a manual for journalists outlining legal strategies to avoid harassment and emphasizing journalistic ethnics. LIMAC will conduct seminars with journalists, editors, prosecutors, and judges to discuss the importance of independent journalism in a democratic society and the security needs of independent journalists, and create a network of communication among the participants.

American Center for International Solidarity
$183,315
To promote the development and capacity of democratic unions. ACILS will hold workshops with established unions to improve their capacity to organize and engage in collective bargaining by providing them with resources, information on and access to international trade union structures and improving collaboration between the unions. ACILS will also hold workshops to strengthen internal democracy in the unions and encourage rank-and-file leadership.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$51,196
To encourage the adoption of stronger corporate governance standards in Mexican companies.
CIPE will work with the Center for Excellence in Corporate Governance to educate corporate directors about global trends in corporate governance and best practices through workshops, a series of roundtables and brochures.

Mexico and Venezuela

American University
$171,538
To promote the role of legal academia in influencing public policy in human rights. In Mexico, AU will work with its partner institutions to produce a research report and a model draft legislation to amend the current legislation on the prohibition of torture. In Venezuela, AU will help five universities develop teaching capacity and a curriculum in the area of human rights protection and promotion.

Nicaragua

Instituto de Estudios Estratégicos y Políticas Públicas (Strategic Study and Public Policy Institute)
$46,000
To increase the knowledge and participation of civilians in the discussion and formulation of public policies in defense and security. IEEPP will conduct three studies on policy-related themes and present its conclusions in a series of roundtables and a national conference. IEEPP will also continue to provide direct training to the members of the Defense and Governance Commission in the National Assembly.

International Republican Institute
$300,000
To encourage the development of viable, inclusive political party practices. IRI will provide technical support and assistance on internal party organization, voter identification, and grassroots outreach strategies. IRI will work with parties on the application of polling techniques and the inclusion of youth and women in parties.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$110,000
To help publicize citizen concerns about the political system. NDI will conduct a survey on Nicaraguan attitudes toward the political crisis, the findings of which will be presented at an international public forum designed to generate citizen pressure for political reform, particularly among youth.

Asociación Hagamos Democracia (Let’s Make Democracy Association)
$85,000
To engage citizens in the electoral and political process. HD will conduct legislative electoral reform and citizen participation forums throughout the country. HD will also assist in the consolidation of a new citizens  group, Movimiento por Nicaragua (Movement for Nicaragua, or MpN), which was formed as an attempt to reassert citizens  rights to transparency in the governance of their country.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$70,000 (supplemental)
To help publicize citizen concerns about the political system. NDI will conduct a survey on Nicaraguan attitudes toward the political crisis, the findings of which will be presented at an international public forum designed to generate citizen pressure for political reform, particularly among youth.

Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Humanísticos (Nicaraguan Institute for Humanistic Studies)
$50,650
To promote informed citizen participation and accountable local government. INEH will conduct workshops on the role of local and central governments and citizen oversight with citizens and elected local government officials in five municipalities in Nicaragua. Workshop participants will be encouraged to design their own citizen participation projects based on the knowledge and skills they have acquired at the workshops. INEH staff will provide technical assistance and advice as the participants implement these projects.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$250,000
To increase the transparency and credibility of the voter registration process to increase voter turnout. NDI will work with Ethics and Transparency (Ética y Transparencia, ET) to determine the reliability of the voter registration list and analyze the distribution of the national identity cards required for voting. Based on the results on this research, NDI will work with political parties, civic groups, and the international community to pressure the electoral commission to take necessary corrective action.

Central America Regional

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$92,100
To support freedom of association. The Solidarity Center will assist national organizations in Central America in building the capacity of workers and their unions to organize and bargain collectively and to enlist national and international resources to bolster and protect their efforts.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$92,100 (supplemental)
To support freedom of association. The Solidarity Center will assist national organizations in Central America in building the capacity of workers and their unions to organize and bargain collectively and to enlist national and international resources to bolster and protect their efforts.

Argentina

Poder Ciudadano (Citizen Power)
$79,795
To strengthen the capacity of community organizations in Buenos Aires province to democratically represent citizens. Poder will conduct workshops with eight partner organizations in the province and assist them in implementing projects designed to address issues of local interest. Each partner organization will receive a small subgrant to aid them in conducting their projects.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$99,785
To promote sound corporate governance standards. CIPE will work with subgrantee Center for Financial Stability (CEF) to analyze current compliance of corporate governance practices among financial institutions. CEF will produce a survey of the best international practices and recommendations along with a Code of Ethics and Social Responsibility which will serve as a guide for financial institutions, the public, and regulatory agencies.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$89,276
To improve public and Congressional debate on fiscal policies. CIPE will work with subgrantee Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth to continue preparing monthly informative policy briefs on fiscal and budget policies for members of Congress, academic experts, and the Ministry of Economy. CIPPEC will also support the development of a caucus within Congress that will focus on tax coparticipation issues.

Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (Center for the Implementation of Public Policy Promoting Equality and Growth)
$50,913
To promote citizen participation in the Argentine interior. CIPPEC will conduct workshops with civil society organizations in Buenos Aires provinces to impart skills in budget monitoring, participation in the legislative process, and monitoring access to information legislation and implementation.

Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (Civil Association for Equality and Justice)
$58,575
To strenghten the capacity of Argentine civil society organizations working in the villas miserias, or shantytowns, of Buenos Aires. ACIJ will conduct workshops for local civil society groups to help them gain access to existing resources and participate effectively in local government. Public interest lawyers will work with these groups to address their legal issues and questions. Finally, ACIJ will travel to Bolivia to meet with and train civil society organizations in La Paz and El Alto to replicate the project there.

Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (Association for Civil Rights)
$61,187
To educate civil society about the importance of understanding how Congress functions. At the national level, ADC will continue to monitor and publish on its website individual congressmen and senators votes. ADC will replicate this program at the provincial level, working with local partner organizations to conduct legislative monitoring and advocate for legislative voting reform. Finally, ADC will also report on and advocate for greater oversight of the use of presidential emergency decrees.

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (Center for Legal and Social Studies)
$71,460
To strengthen the capacity of human rights organizations in the interior of Argentina. CELS will continue provide organizations in the interior intensive training on human rights and support the implementation of local projects designed by these organizations based on the human rights situation in their respective provinces. CELS will publish information on the human rights situation in the provinces in a series of reports, a monthly news bulletin, and on the CELS website.

Fundación Nueva Generación Argentina (New Argentine Generation Foundation)
$61,561
To strengthen the participation of local neighborhood associations in the democratic system. FNGA will conduct training sessions for leaders of the associations on democratic leadership, local government, mediation and internal democratic management, and provide participants an opportunity to discuss matters of common interest and coordinate activities. Finally, FNGA will assist the neighborhood associations as they prepare to host the International Congress of Neighborhood Associations in November 2005.

Bolivia

Instituto de Investigación y Capacitación Pedagógica y Social (Institute for Research and Education and Social Training)
$37,937
To strengthen citizens  understanding of their rights and obligations and promote citizen participation in local decision making. IIPS will work with community-based organizations in the department of La Paz to train citizens in civic education and citizen participation techniques.

Fundación Pusisuyu (Pusisuyu Foundation)
$34,925
To promote recognition of legitimate community justice. Pusisuyu will conduct a series of workshops and seminars for justice branch authorities, civil society leaders, and the public to create a draft law outlining policies designed to improve coordination between the state justice system and practitioners of community justice.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$197,445
To increase constructive cross-sector dialogue between citizens groups, especially in the indigenous community, and local party and government leaders. NDI will hold a series of information-sharing workshops and community forums to allow community groups to develop and present their shared needs and expectations of the government to local government and party officials in advance of the elections.

Colombia

Fundación Seguridad y Democracia (Security and Democracy Foundation)
$52,680
To promote transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s security and defense strategy. The Foundation will produce four newsletters and various articles for mainstream media on aspects of the internal armed conflict and the crime rate.

Fundación Social (Social Foundation)
$38,013
To assist local nongovernmental organizations promote the political, economic and social rights of the displaced. The Foundation will conduct 16 workshops in Putumayo, Nariño and Tolima states on the rights of the displaced for 50 grassroots organizations, and monitor the development of 12 community projects designed to promote, protect and educate the displaced community.

Universidad de los Andes (University of the Andes)
$105,817
To promote citizen participation and information on the congress and legislation. The University’s Congreso Visible (Visible Congress, or CV) project will monitor congressional activity and collect information on the decision-making processes to draft legislation under debate in congress. CV staff will continue to work with marginalized communities to disseminate this information through training workshops and meetings with their legislators, and will update its project web site to provide information on congressional activities.

Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (Foundation for Press Freedom)
$86,367
To promote respect for freedom of the press in Colombia. FLIP will maintain its alert network for the protection of journalists, informing national journalists, civil society and the international community of incidents of attacks against journalists. FLIP will also implement a training program for six regional newspapers to improve media coverage of the armed conflict, and conduct a national seminar on the preservation of independent media in the midst of an armed conflict.

Plural   Corporación Centro de Estudios Constitucionales (Plural   Center for Constitutional Studies Corporation)
$70,000
To promote the justice of the peace tribunal system. Plural will solidify local and national government support through issue-oriented meetings, informational newsletters, drafting policy, and promoting the accomplishments of the system in Valle del Cauca state.

Asociación de Grupos Juveniles Libertad (Youth Association)
$73,570
To promote Afro-Colombian citizen participation at the national and municipal levels. The Youth Association will facilitate dialogue between the Afro-Colombian community and the government at the municipal level in the states of Cauca, Valle de Cauca, and Nariño. At the national level, the Youth Association will help to develop a caucus of Afro-Colombian Congressman.

Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas (League of Displaced Women)
$80,039
To promote participation of displaced women in the department of Bolívar in municipal government. The Liga will hold workshops on leadership, planning, and communication with displaced women to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate fully in local government. In addition, Liga staff will continue to maintain four previously established community centers to aid displaced women and children.

Ecuador

Centro sobre Derecho y Sociedad (Center on Law and Society)
$35,413
To strengthen Afro-Ecuadorian organization and leadership. CIDES will train Afro-Ecuadorian district government and community leaders in management, negotiation and citizen participation.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$125,806
To encourage more democratic and informed decision-making structures. CIPE subgrantee Ecuadorian Institute for Political Economy (IEEP) will make use of television, radio, discussion forums and the press to promote public debate on the main economic and political issues affecting Ecuadorian society, including free trade and globalization.

Centro de Educación y Promoción Popular (Center for Popular Education and Promotion)
$53,800
To strengthen the capacity of Afro-Ecuadorian grassroots organizations to promote political participation. In collaboration with another Afro-Ecuadorian NGO, Fundación Acción para el Desarrollo Comunitario, CEPP will carry out training workshops to promote the political participation and education of Afro-Ecuadorian civil society leaders to develop their leadership skills, help strengthen their non-governmental organizations, and create a better understanding of the tools and laws that guarantee rights to all Ecuadorians.

Fundación Q’ellkaj (Q’ellkaj Foundation)
$86,408
To increase participation and inclusion of rural indigenous communities and youth leaders in local government. Q’ellkaj will train youth and community leaders on concepts of leadership and governance, democracy, citizen participation, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Q’ellkaj will also work with 30 rural, indigenous district governments to strengthening their capacity to better represent their citizens.

Peru

Consejo de la Prensa Peruana (Peruvian Press Council)
$66,830
To promote transparency and accountability in regional and local government. The Council will provide follow-up training for regional and local government officials from some 50 municipalities who have participated in the last two years of the Council’s “transparent municipalities  program, and hold a series of public meetings for citizens to provide them with information about their rights under the access to information law.

International Republican Institute
$300,000
To promote more responsive and fiscally responsible political parties. IRI will continue its political party building program with a focus on three components: assisting parties to adapt to the new political party law governing party finances; conducting seminars on incorporating economic reforms into party platforms and communications strategies; and holding workshops for political candidates, with a particular emphasis on women.

Comisión Andina de Juristas (Andean Commission of Jurists)
$76,477
To improve transparency in the judicial branch. CAJ will support citizen monitoring committees in eight regions of Peru to monitor the judiciary, providing training in information gathering and monitoring techniques and aiding the committees in disseminating the results of their monitoring activities.

Consorcio de Investigación Económica y Social (Economic and Social Research Consortium)
$49,880
To promote a more informed national election debate. CIES will conduct a series of meetings with political social, and economic leaders to disseminate a series of policy papers while encouraging candidates to educate themselves on the issues and citizens to make an informed decision at the ballot box. CIES will conduct training workshops with journalists from the interior of the country to improve their understanding and ability to adequately cover the issues addressed by the policy papers.

Centro de Capacitación J.M. Arguedianos (J.M. Arguedianos Training Center)
$30,000
To strengthen civic leadership and participation among young people. The Center will train 60 young leaders from the department of Junín in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, democratic values, human rights, and leadership. Following the training sessions, the young leaders will work together with existing youth networks to develop and implement projects to promote citizen participation at the regional and local levels.

Proética   Consejo Nacional para la Ética Pública (Proética   National Council for Public Ethics)
$56,560
To promote government transparency at the regional level. Proética will work with government authorities and civil society in Ayacucho and Huancavelica to develop regional anti-corruption plans. Proética will also educate regional government officials on access to information laws and public contracting standards, and will work with the regional administrations to publish their action plans and agendas in accordance with Peruvian access to information law.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$59,232
To educate Peruvian companies on the concepts of good corporate governance pratices.
CIPE will hold four conferences on good corporate governance and invite attendees to enter a nationwide contest to honor companies with the best treatment of shareholders, best board of directors policies, best information transparency, best managerial structure and risk management, and the best policies for internal and external environment.

Venezuela

International Republican Institute
$200,000
To promote more responsive political parties. IRI will assist political parties in improving their capacity to identify and represent constituent concerns; adopting clear and concise party platforms and communicating them to voters; and developing internal structures and processes for transparent and democratic selection of party leaders.

Asociación Civil Consorcio Desarrollo y Justicia (Development and Justice Consortium)
$74,590
To promote more efficient and independent judicial systems. The Consortium will continue its Andean Regional judicial observatory, monitoring key aspects of the judicial systems in Venezuela, Peru, and Ecuador with the assistance of human rights organizations in those countries. The Consortium will also continue its collaboration with the Peruvian NGO Instituto de Defensa Legal (Legal Defense Institute) to conduct a democracy leadership training program for community and Afro-Venezuelan and indigenous leaders in Venezuela.

Instituto Prensa y Sociedad   Venezuela (Press and Society Institute   Venezuela)
$74,950
To promote freedom of expression and journalist professionalization and safety. IPYS-Venezuela will maintain its alert network through continued support to correspondents in seven provinces to monitor press conditions and investigate cases of attacks or threats against journalists. IPYS-Venezuela will also offer training workshops for journalists  professionalization on such topics as investigating reporting, journalist ethics, and the role of the media in promoting democratic values.

Asociación Civil Uniandes
$15,058
To promote local participation in social welfare programs in Mérida. Uniandes will train 30 community organizations in public advocacy, help organize them into a state-wide network, and work with local governments to improve links between these organizations and local authorities.

Centro al Servicio de la Acción Popular (Center at the Service of Popular Action)
$68,133
To promote community participation in the planning and implementation of social programs. CESAP will work with local groups in Zulia, Anzoátegui, and Trujillo states to monitor government budgets and programs, gather data through surveys, and train local organizations in how to participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of social programs in Venezuela. CESAP will also continue to produce a regular report on poverty and social programs at the local level in Venezuela.

Acción Campesina (Farmers in Action)
$58,240
To promote farmers  rights at the national and local levels through policy reform at the local level. Acción Campesina will work with local organizations in four states to analyze local conditions, develop proposals for policy and legislation concerning agriculture and rural development, and promote those initiatives to local, state and national public officials.

Asociación Civil Consorcio Justicia-Occidente (Civil Association “Justice Consortium    West)
$20,000
To strengthen community leadership and peaceful resolution of conflict. Consorcio Justicia-Occidente will work with local community organizations in the state of Táchira, on the border of Colombia, to train over 400 young community leaders in democratic leadership, democratic values and human rights. Consorcio Justicia-Occidente will then work with these leaders in their communities to help them carryout projects to develop strategies for addressing local problems.

Asociación Civil Justicia Alternativa ( Civil Association “Justice Consortium )
$17,650
To promote the political participation of youth and the peaceful resolution of conflict. Working with local middle and high schools, Justicia Alternativa will convene five workshops that will teach students the tools and meaning of democratic leadership. Justicia Alternativa will also conduct four workshops to bring together community representatives and locally elected officials to discuss ways of improving collaboration between communities and local officials.

Asociación Civil Kapé-kapé (Civil Association “Kapé-kapé )
$14,950
To strengthen civil society among indigenous communities of Bolívar and Delta Amacuro states. Kapé-kapé will conduct 20 leadership and conflict resolution workshops in the Warao and Pemón communities. Drawing from the communities  traditional means of conflict resolution and other methods of negotiation, the participants in the workshop will develop an agenda for addressing economic, social and political problems confronting the Warao and Pemón communities.

Asociación Civil Liderazgo y Visión (Civil Association “Leadership and Vision )
$22,721
To conduct a democracy and human rights training program for public servants in Carabobo state. Liderazgo y Visión will train a total of 550 police officers and firemen in democratic rights and responsibilities and the peaceful resolution of conflict. In addition, Liderazgo y Visión will train a total of twelve representatives to serve as coordinators for follow-up and to help organize and conduct courses and informal workshops in the future.

(Center for the Resolution of Conflict of the Lawyer Association of the State of Lara)
$12,850
To promote tolerance and nonviolence in Lara state. The Center will conduct workshops on conflict resolution and dialogue and organize eight dialogue tables in the city of Barquisimeto. The dialogue tables will bring together four representatives that support the national governing party and four representatives from groups that oppose the national governing party to jointly develop action plans for commonly identified community problems.

Concentroccidente
$14,202
To promote the political representation of informal sector business owners and employees in Lara state in western Venezuela. Concentroccidente will convene three workshops that will bring together informal and micro-enterprise representatives and associations from different sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, sales and services, to establish a network to advocate for their interests at the local and national level.

Fundación Justicia de Paz del Estado Monagas (Justice of Peace of Monagas State Foundation)
$17,200
To train police and communities in human rights. Fundación Justicia de Paz will conduct 10 workshops on constitutionally protected human rights and tools for improving relationships with local communities for over 300 police officers in the state of Monagas. To complement its work within the police forces, Fundación Justicia de Paz will hold 12 community forums throughout the city of Maturín to discuss concerns and issues with the local police.

Súmate
$107,200
To educate citizens on the election law and to encourage and provide them with the tools to claim their right to free, open and transparent elections. Súmate will conduct 360 training workshops in all 24 states training a total of 12,200 members of its national network of volunteers in elections law. The workshops will train volunteers and local citizens in the “five requisites for a clean election , which have been cited consistently by Venezuelans and international election observation groups.

Venezolanos del Mundo (Venezuelans of the World)
$12,490
To improve and professionalize community journalism. The project will conduct 50 workshops with networks of community journalists to improve their ability to cover local events objectively and responsibly and share with them methods of investigative journalism. Venezolanos del Mundo will also hold convene five community workshops in poorer neighborhoods in and around Caracas to bring together residents and journalists to discuss local issues and ways in which they can collaborate to promote common objectives.

Andean Region

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$637,327
To strengthen unions  capacity to involve workers in the practice of democracy at their workplaces and in broader economic and political arenas. Economic and technical support will be provided for strategic development of contract proposals, negotiations, and support actions for unions. A series of two-day workshops for negotiators and union leadership to develop specific negotiation proposals and plans for advancing and negotiating the proposals will be held in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

The Center for Justice and International Law
$140,000
To promote and defend human rights in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. CEJIL will continue to present and litigate cases before the Inter-American System (IAS), train human rights activists, journalists, and young leaders in international human rights standards and the use of the IAS, and support and encourage local NGOs and civil society organizations in their efforts to defend human rights.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$148,750
To promote good corporate governance in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. CIPE will work with the Colombian Confederation of Chambers of Commerce, local participating organizations of the Quito Stock Exchange, and the Association of Venezuelan Executives to build a network of private sector institutions to strengthen the culture of good governance and improve democratic dialogue with government policy makers.

Southern Cone Regional

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$112,670
To strengthen unions  internal democratic mechanisms and the ability of trade unions to organize and represent workers. The Southern Cone Field Representative will work with trade union organizations from Paraguay, Argentina, Urugay, Chile and in some cases Brazil to conduct regional and national level workshops designed to develop skills and strategies to confront common challenges.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$156,624 (Supplemental)
To strengthen unions  internal democratic mechanisms and the ability of trade unions to organize and represent workers. The Southern Cone Field Representative will work with trade union organizations from Paraguay, Argentina, Urugay, Chile, and in some cases Brazil to conduct regional and national level workshops designed to develop skills and strategies to confront common challenges.

Latin America Regional

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$210,000
To strengthen political parties through the exchange of information and experiences. NDI will develop additional party reform manuals and case studies and train NDI party experts on these new party reform materials and methodologies. NDI will also improve the Political Party Network (PPN) website design and online tools to better facilitate learning and exchange of party reform materials and ideas for the PPN’s network of party practitioners.

Afro-América XXI Columbia Chapter
$90,530
To promote local political participation of Afro-Latino organizations and leaders in Honduras, Peru and Venezuela. AAXXI Colombia will train 75 community leaders from 30 Afro-Latino grassroots organizations in institutional strengthening, leadership and civil and political rights. AAXXI Colombia will also establish working groups with local government officials in the three countries.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$282,918
To strengthen the ability of trade unions to organize and represent workers. The Solidarity Center will assist participants in systematizing strategies and techniques that have proven effective in their respective industry. In addition, the participating unions will carry out national plans to build union membership and collective bargaining in their industries and will participate in working groups or “virtual committees  in which they will maintain on-going contact with their counterparts in the program, share information, and provide each other feedback on the progress of their work.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$185,000
To provide technical assistance to advance the party strengthening projects of young political party leaders. NDI will sponsor expert trainer visits to Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Peru over the next year to provide support to NDI Leadership Program participants from those countries.

SER en el 2000
$133,910
To promote the capacity of civilians in the area of security and defense. SER will continue the research and training activities of its regional network of NGOs, academics, and state institutions in Latin America working in the field of civil-military relations, defense, and security.

Canadian Foundation for the Americas
$94,516
To generate a dialogue on the role that civil society and the international community can play in the promotion and defense of democracy in the hemisphere. FOCAL will commission two papers, organize a Conference in Ottawa, and conduct follow-up meetings in Venezuela and Ecuador on civil society and hemispheric and international norms for democracy promotion and defense.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$161,844
To inform and educate opinion makers, political leaders, and the general public in Latin America about the need to encourage democratic, market oriented reform. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) will work with the Political Science Institute to continue to publish four new issues of Perspectiva, a magazine that supports democratic, market-oriented reform in the region and offers guidance on how those reforms can be broadened and deepened.

Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad (Press and Society Institute)
$105,770
To protect journalists in Peru, expand its access to information and civic journalism initiatives domestically, and continue promoting an Andean network to protect journalists in Colombia and Venezuela. The network enables a journalist who is in trouble or the victim of an attack to report the threat or attack to the central office in Lima, after which IPYS will investigate and publicize the attack, and provide legal assistance to the journalist, if necessary.


  
 
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