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Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Washington, DC
July 28, 2005

FY 2004-2005 Human Rights and Democracy Fund Projects

DRL's Human Rights and Democracy Fund (HRDF), which is DRL's allocation of the Economic Support Fund (ESF), is used to fulfill the Bureau's mandate to monitor and promote human rights and democracy worldwide. HRDF supports innovative programming designed to uphold democratic principles, support democratic institutions, promote human rights, and build civil society in countries and regions of the world that are geo-strategically critical to the U.S. The following are programs that have been or are currently being supported through the fund.

FY 2004-2005 ESF Funds ($43,740,400)

Europe

  • Information Centers for Democracy in the Kyrgyz Republic ($613,000)- Strengthen democracy and build a more informed electorate in the Kyrgyz Republic by supporting existing Information Centers in the Kyrgyz Republic through the upcoming election cycle and increasing outreach to neighboring villages by opening five new centers. Each center is a neutral forum in which citizens can learn their rights as voters, learn international standards for electoral processes, debate the pros and cons of various candidates, learn the role of domestic election monitors in ensuring a fair process, and appreciate the importance of an informed electorate.
  • Women’s Leadership in Tajikistan ($500,000)- Preparing for the February 2005 parliamentary election by strengthening political parties’ capacity to represent citizens effectively and advocate for reforms. Training is focused on building national party structures and improving internal democratic structures, candidate recruitment, increasing the number of women candidates and women party members, establishing regional party offices, and canvassing constituents to prepare the party’s election strategy.
  • Information Centers for Democracy in Azerbaijan ($540,000) – Establish a network of Information Centers for Democracy that will provide a nonpartisan forum through which citizens can gain access to news reports and acquire grassroots organizing and advocacy skills through training programs. Each center location will be chosen based upon an area’s need for access to information.
  • Women’s Political Participation Project in Kazakhstan ($400,000) – Work with a local Kazakh partner to increase the participation of provincial women in Kazakhstan in the electoral process, in public policy formation, and in promoting accountability of deputies in regional and local legislative bodies.
  • Citizen Participation in Local Government in Turkey ($300,000) – Enhance the skills of newly elected officials in Turkey and encourage citizen participation in local government. The program will focus on a few select municipalities in Turkey, chosen based upon the results of the March 2004 general elections.
  • Women’s Legal Advocacy Centers in Tajikistan ($350,000) – This project will work with local partners to establish two Women’s Legal Advocacy Centers in Dushanbe and Khojand, Tajikistan. Advocates, including lawyers and law students, will be identified and trained with the knowledge and tools they need to assert their legal rights. Each Center will house a legal clinic that will provide legal services to indigent women.
  • News Factory Kazakhstan ($557,000) – Create the first online Kazakhstani news and information exchange for independent mass media. This project will help raise the professionalism of the newly created private media enterprises of Kazakhstan and will foster coordination and communication among the various mass media in Kazakhstan.
  • Public Defender Centers in Uzbekistan ($80,000)- Promote rule of law in Uzbekistan by establishing Public Defender Centers (PDCs) in Karshi, Tashkent, and Andijon to protect the rights of criminal defendants in Uzbekistan. Advocates provide free criminal defense services to indigent persons from the moment of detention and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By working with lawyers capable of providing a vigorous defense, the PDCs aim to prevent coercion, torture, and self-incrimination while defendants are in pre-trial custody and to ensure a fair trial through the provision of effective trial counsel.
  • Tajikistan Independent Radio Network ($887,000)- Supporting the development of radio broadcasting in Tajikistan by helping local partners launch five radio stations, providing training, technical support, internet access, and links with local broadcasters and NGOs, and creating quality programming and a library of radio programs freely accessible to all stations and citizens.
  • Independent Printing Press in the Kyrgyz Republic ($350,000)- Promote free and independent media in the Kyrgyz Republic by conducting activities that will support the MSCF to become a self-sustaining entity through additional oversight, training, and grants and support through training and consultations of independent print media outlets in the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Training Human Rights Reporters in Central Asia ($300,000) – This project will continue a fiscal year 2002 HRDF project to offer intensive, hands-on training to journalists and offer them web and email distribution for their news reporting. The program will include activities that promote cross-border and cross-conflict cooperation between journalists and NGOs in the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

China

  • National Endowment for Democracy for China ($2,982,300)- Promoting the development and values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in China through a grant-making program to pro-democracy NGOs.
  • Rule of Law Program in China ($2,100,000)- Promoting rule of law in China through a foreign LL.M. degree program in China. This program educates Chinese legal professionals in China to earn an American law degree with a depth, rigor and length of the training different from the typical short-term seminars. This program also includes short-term training for prosecutors and judges.
  • Collaborative Action on Workplace Conditions in China ($400,000)- Improving labor conditions in China through an innovative company-led approach to adopting best practices and implementing those best practices in the supply chain in three areas: health and safety, wage and overtime violations and HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • Promoting Democracy and Labor Standards in China’s Education Sector ($220,000)- Promoting democracy and labor standards in China’s education sector by establishing a pilot project in China in selected cities to assess the role of teachers in the educational labor system, identifying organizations of teachers and professors that exist outside the official trade union structure, developing a working relationship and working with those teachers and organizations through workshops and educational discussions to build awareness of worker rights and democratic principles.
  • Expanding Initiatives to Promote Workers’ Voice and Rule of Law in China ($580,000)- Promote workers’ rights and the rule of law in China by supporting labor rights organizations that serve as a source of information about worker rights, unrest and the resolution of grievances, continuing to support intervention and legal defense work, conducting advocacy with local media, promoting the rights of internal migrant workers, providing pre-migration education for workers, supporting paralegals representing workers, and training activists on "discovery", impact litigation and petition.
  • Grassroots NGO Development and Local Community Empowerment Program in China $295,000-Promote practical local community empowerment for independent rural associations by assisting a number of Chinese NGOs to launch activities that address the needs of China’s farmers and poor urban dwellers by establishing pilot farmer consultancy centers, training volunteers in simple but specialized mediation skills, convening a series of four stakeholder workshops around the country, producing materials for farmers explaining the amended agriculture law and discussing the pros and cons of a separate law, selecting local farmer-leaders to receive training in cooperatives management, initiating a number of strategically located demonstration cooperatives around the country and providing legal aid and advisory services for those who have been displaced.
  • Promoting Rule of Law in China’s Labor Relations System ($205,000)- Promote labor rights and rule of law in China by strengthening legal representation for workers through a training program for labor lawyers, developing a labor lawyers’ training course and producing a labor litigation manual.
  • Training Workers in China in Legal Strategies ($164,000)- Promote rule of law in China by educating workers through basic educational seminars to discuss their legal rights and appropriate strategies for taking legal action in the context of specific conditions they experience. The project will also provide advanced training to a smaller number of workers who have demonstrated leadership capabilities.
  • Women’s Rights Advocacy in China ($295,000)- Promote women’s rights in China by establishing a Women’s Action Forum and a Women’s Rights Watch, an independent permanent body to serve as a watchdog of the women’s rights community and the NGO community that will monitor, document and report women’s human rights violations, review legislation for gender discrimination and monitor the application of laws. The forum will revise and draft legislation related to women’s rights, set up task force training programs, develop a workshop and manual to address gender discrimination in judicial decision-making within the human rights framework, investigate and document discrimination and women’s rights violations, and charter a test case litigation strategy to incorporate international human rights.
  • Political Reform and Rights Consciousness in China ($850,000)- Promote political reform and improved rights consciousness through training for election administrators, assisting in the development of a model of democratic urban management, conducting training on the administration of free and fair elections and participating in drafting of comprehensive regulations for direct democratic elections. This project will also support training for women in political participation and empowerment, promote government accountability, and foster political dialogue and debate.
  • Congressional Studies and Journalist-in-Residence Program ($410,000)- Support understanding of the U.S. political system, democratic processes and western journalistic traditions through an educational program. Media reform will also be pursued by enabling leading American news executives and journalists to lecture, and conduct seminars and workshops on western journalistic practices and traditions.
  • Promoting Better Elections in China ($380,000)- Promote free and fair election standards in China and momentum for higher level elections by implementing a project to improve the information on elections available to the public and Chinese officials, maintaining a website with information about elections in China, providing a forum for Chinese officials and scholars to debate governance issues, and working with Chinese officials to design election procedures at the local level. The project will also involve a review of existing procedures for the homeowners association and monitor and disseminate information on new developments in accountability, transparency, and legislative reform.
  • Strengthening Political Parties and Civil Society in Hong Kong ($377,000)- Promote democracy and strengthen civil society in Hong Kong by providing technical assistance to civil society through tailored consultations and trainings to enhance their role as advocates for democratic development, focusing on voter contact and communication, fundraising and media strategy consultations, the development of public opinion polls, the ability to campaign for more open and accountable governance.
  • Encouraging Citizen Participation in China ($471,000)- Promote democracy and strengthen citizen involvement and openness in governance processes by supporting the development of legislative hearings, providing technical assistance to strengthen provincial and municipal hearings, addressing practical problems that hinder the development of more open and participatory hearings, and holding seminars on legislative hearings at the national or local level.
  • Legal Reform Project in China ($750,000)- Promote judicial reform in China by assisting in the development of independent, professional courts and law enforcement institutions capable of resolving criminal and civil disputes in a fair and transparent manner, implementing projects on regulatory reform, developing new mechanisms of public participation in administrative rulemaking, working to enlarge the rights that citizens have to sue government officials who violate the law, reforming rural land regulation, developing a system of government lawyers, and developing alternatives to incarceration, including developing pilot community corrections programs.
  • Citizens’ Rights Advocacy Program in China ($635,000)- Promote environmental governance, citizen rights and public interest law in China by supporting and developing networks of public interest lawyers, providing advocacy training to public interest lawyers, supporting model projects, and convening an international conference on public interest advocacy to develop an Advocacy Action Plan for China.
  • Expanding the Model Advocacy Courthouse in China ($300,000)- Promote criminal justice in China through a training program for judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers in skills essential to an adversarial system of criminal defense and establishing within participating criminal courts, a procedural environment that will allow PRC defense lawyers, prosecutors, and judges to experiment with procedures and methods that will provide greater protection for the criminally accused.
  • Training of China’s Criminal Defense Lawyers ($300,000)- Promote criminal justice and empower criminal defense lawyers by training defense lawyers in China through preliminary seminars and training programs in the in several cities.
  • Training Journalists to Cover Legal Issues and the Rule of Law in China ($618,000)- Promote rule of law in China by training journalists, editors, and media managers in the coverage of legal and rule of law issues through short-term seminars, a university course, resource center, and website. The project will focus on improving journalists’ knowledge of law, covering court cases, seeking to increase transparency of court decisions through media, and promoting legal education and rights awareness through better journalistic practices. 
  • Support for Chinese Rule of Law and Citizens’ Rights Initiatives ($718,000)- Promote rule of law in China and heighten social awareness of individual rights that violate the Chinese constitution by implementing: 1) a comparative research and advocacy project that will raise awareness of discrimination both among the general public and government officials, 2) a research and public education project that will establish an informal action group of lawyers and other individuals and convene an international conference on discrimination and 3) improve the rural legal system, by sending students to rural areas to provide legal aid services, establish law clinics at several universities, and develop recommendations for non-legal measures to enhance the rights granted to farmers.

Iran

  • Human Rights Documentation in Iran ($1,000,000)- Promote respect for human rights and democracy in Iran by supporting the creation of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, an autonomous and strictly non-partisan organization that seeks to remedy a deficit in the systematic, objective and analytical documentation of human rights violations committed in the Islamic Republic of Iran since the 1979 revolution.


Middle East and North Africa/South Asia
  • Establishing a Network of Democrats in the Middle East and North Africa ($750,000) - The project will seek to develop a formal network of democrats in Morocco, Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt by providing the financial, moral, and logistical support needed to overcome challenges and obstacles. Activities will include the recruitment of individual members, organization of training sessions, organization of communication links for the network, including the wide dissemination of information.
  • Political Participation for Persons with Disabilities ($538,000)- Promote greater political and electoral participation and visibility of citizens with disabilities in the Middle East and North Africa by partnering with disability experts and organizations in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Yemen and assisting authentic disability organizations and leaders in airing their grievances and needs during a time in which the citizenry has the best opportunity to express their political will: the election season.
  • Supporting the Community of Democracies in the Middle East and North Africa ($180,000)- Promote democracy in the Middle East and North Africa by conducting two projects in support of the Community of Democracies (CD) and the implementation of the Seoul Plan of Action at the United Nations: 1) Coordinating one of the regional meetings, providing technical and financial assistance in the organization, developing a regional advocacy strategy to promote awareness of the CD Seoul Plan of Action and making recommendations as to how the CD can best promote democratic change in the region; 2) increasing awareness of and support in the international community for an effective democracy caucus at the United Nations by reaching out to governments that participate in the Community of Democracies, national and international NGOs, political leaders, and overseas media and working with them to provide briefings at regional and international conferences.
  • Human Rights Action Forum in Pakistan ($250,500)- Improving human rights and women’s rights in Pakistan by working with the Lahore-based AGHS Legal Aid Cell to initiate human rights advocacy training programs for lawyers, paralegals, judges and policy makers, develop a network of women’s rights and human rights organizations and produce and disseminate materials among grassroots advocates such as best practices on human rights advocacy and strategic tools to implement rights of vulnerable groups.
  • Promoting Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Pakistan ($365,000)-Promote rule of law and human rights in Pakistan by working with human and labor rights groups, trade unions, employers, and NGOs, the Working Women Support Center’s (WWSC) and the Pakistan National Federation of Trade Unions (PNFTU), to strengthen democratic rights, provide free legal assistance to women workers, organize teachers’ associations, work with The Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) to educate national and provincial legislators on the importance of labor standards, and to create an enabling social environment for democracy and respect for workers’ rights.
  • Citizen Demand for Democratic Reform in Pakistan ($790,000)- Strengthen the role that the independent media plays in advancing the democratic process in Pakistan by building the capacity of independent broadcast media outlets to channel and amplify citizen demand for reform through innovative and compelling broadcast programming, specifically, quality investigative reporting, policy-oriented documentaries, and innovative programming centered on citizens.
  • Trade Union Journalists in the Middle East ($235,000)- Improving the flow of information between unions and media and promoting greater freedom of the press and more accurate, diverse, and socially relevant media in the Arab world by conducting an assessment to identify the needs and challenges facing union media in the Arab World and conducting a five-day Arab union media strategy and skills program for communication officials from the national union federations of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Tunisia, and Yemen.
  • Women’s Political Participation Project in Egypt ($350,000) – This project will implement a program to provide identification cards to approximately 80,000 Egyptian women, primarily from the rural north and south. This project will also facilitate women registering to vote once they have obtained their ID cards.
  • Clinical Legal Education Project – Morocco ($340,000) – Open a law clinic focusing on human rights and public interest law on a pilot basis and in partnership with a Moroccan law school. The clinic will include a public education component for advanced students to conduct public legal education and outreach activities at local schools and in the community.
  • Promotion of the Family Code in Moroccan Public Life ($125,000) – In cooperation with Morocco’s Institute Superieur des Magistrats, the country’s premier judicial institute, this project will train a core group of family judges to implement the new Family Code and pass on the training to colleagues. This project will also include activities to promote the depiction of gender equality in school textbooks, consistent with the new status accorded to women and girls in the Code.
  • Open Media Fund for the Middle East ($302,000) – This project will build professional media as a force for democracy and development. A small-grants fund will be available for independent media outlets to build their capacity, increase the availability of fact-based reporting, and encourage a multiplicity of viewpoints in Arabic language media.

Western Hemisphere

  • Opinion Polling in Haiti ($250,000) - This project will strengthen democracy in Haiti by developing independent Haitian organizations’ capacity to conduct credible, non-partisan opinion polls and targeted surveys. It will train 45 selected Haitians in technical aspects of conducting polls and evaluating data, and train hundreds of volunteer pollsters to administer questionnaires that will provide data to political parties, elected officials, and civil society groups about the needs and desires of the Haitian people.
  • Democracy Projects in Haiti ($1,000,000) – These funds will be awarded to the Consortium for Electoral and Political Processes Strengthening (CEPPS) through a cooperative agreement that is administered by USAID to strengthen and support democratic electoral and political processes.
  • Civic Participation and Democratic Planning in Nicaragua and Honduras ($350,000) - The project seeks to reduce the barriers to participation in local decision-making structures, especially for women. This project will also enable effective citizen participation in local public policy-making and economic development by increasing citizens’ knowledge of democracy, opportunities for participation and relevant national laws. Activities will strengthen the capacity of local civil society and create a permanent space for dialogue between local authorities and civil society.
  • Guatemala Reconciliation and Reparations Project ($300,000) – As part of the healing process in the aftermath of Guatemala’s 30-year civil war, the project will develop the capacity of local Guatemalan institutions to organize evidence obtained from exhumations and victim testimonies by establishing a working group of Guatemalan state and civil society organizations. The working group will ensure that the available information is not simply filed or cited, but made known to legal authorities for investigation.
  • Regional Political Party Renovation ($400,000) - The project will operate in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Argentina and Bolivia to assist political parties in the development and implementation of party reform initiatives and provide them with the local support and international expertise necessary to act as effective political parties, capable of good governance and policy-making and effective representation of their constituencies (especially of marginalized groups).
  • Nurturing Foundations for Market-Driven Labor Rights Compliance in the CAFTA Environment ($200,000) -This project is designed to build a multi-stakeholder consensus and generate political will in favor of a labor rights verification mechanism in the garment and textile industry. The project will also plot a path to the mechanism’s implementation, and help interest corporate buyers and consumers in products that have been produced according to fair labor practices.
  • Promoting the Equitable Participation of Afro-Ecuadorians ($300,000) - The project seeks to empower the afro-Ecuadorian population, particularly women, through political leadership training, increased voter participation, dialogue with political parties, and increasing the general population’s awareness of afro-Ecuadorians.
  • Support for the Chopcca Minority Group in the Democratic Process in Peru ($300,000) - The project assists members of the Chopcca minority group, especially women, to obtain identification documents without which they can't exercise full citizen rights. It will also provide assistance and training to improve the capacity of this community to develop and lobby, in local and regional bodies, for projects addressing the issue of poverty in their region.
  • Strengthening Civil Society in Haiti’s Northwest ($350,000) - The project will provide curriculum and training in civic education, democratic values and citizen rights and responsibilities, as well as financial assistance, to parent/teacher committees and students’ associations.
  • Promoting Free Press in Central America: Advocacy, Training and Public Awareness ($390,000) - The project will be executed in four target countries in Central America: El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Activities will focus on: developing a capacity for effective advocacy for legislative change on issues related to freedom of expression and access to information; promoting a professional and knowledgeable press corps through investigative journalist training; and promoting public awareness of the importance of freedom of expression and access to information in a democracy.

Africa

  • Civil Society Development in the Northern Region of Uganda ($290,000) - Projects will work with local civil society organizations, including the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA) to develop civil society programs in northern Uganda. Elements will include a needs assessment, training of local government officials and development of training curriculum for participants.

  • National Endowment for Democracy Africa ($2,982,300)- Promote democracy, civil society, peace, conflict resolution, and greater openness in Africa by funding approximately sixty programs with focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and Liberia, strengthening NED engagement in the surviving dictatorships of Togo, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, while seeking openings in Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, and Burundi and enhancing the NED program in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and democracy activists in Zimbabwe.

 • Women’s Political Participation in Africa ($400,000)- Promote women’s participation in the political and economic decision-making process by training and preparing marginalized female populations in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Angola in the area of public speaking, advocacy, lobbying skills, community engagement and sensitization on transparency, democracy and human rights issues, developing a budget and finance plan, defining a platform, conducting research and incorporating the media into their campaign.

East Asia

  • Women’s Rights Task Force in Vietnam ($100,000)- Encouraging legal and legislative procedural changes in Vietnam through human rights and women’s rights advocacy by pushing the limits of existing Vietnamese law, setting new legal precedents and improving public awareness of women’s rights under the law.

  • Support for Village Elections in Laos ($150,000)- Establishing the practice of electing local leaders and holding them accountable by improving procedures for village elections, training election officials, and developing regulations to bring government decision-making closer to the people.

  • Monitoring Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ($350,000)- Promoting democracy in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by expanding grant-making programs to promote democracy and supporting three to five organizations based in South Korea working for human rights and democracy in North Korea. These grants will improve awareness in the South Korean general public about the human rights conditions in North Korea that these NGOs are addressing, improve the quality and professionalism of the research and publications of several human rights oriented grantees, expand outreach and launch new programs, produce more cutting–edge, in-depth research into actual conditions inside North Korea, publish professional, credible reports that will reach the international media and other actors, produce these materials in Korean and English, and upgrade these organizations’ websites.

  • Legal Training Project in Cambodia ($134,000)- Promote democracy and rule of law by improving legal knowledge and capacity among leaders of local government, academia, the media and civil society, heightening public awareness of the law and increasing public understanding and participation in the tribunal process.

  • Community of Democracies East Timor Initiative ($15,000)- Promote democracy in East Timor by supplying funding for two delegates to participate in a multinational Community of Democracies delegation to meet with Government of East Timor officials to share best practices on democracy building.

  • Philippine Madrassahs ($400,000)- Promote educational reform by introducing American educational methodologies, job skills programs, school-community relations, and school administration practices to 28 Madrassah leaders. In addition to primary and secondary education, religious tolerance and democratic principles, a three-week stateside training program, mini-grants and a Mindanao educator networking conference for Filipino, Indonesian, and American educators will be conducted.

  • Southeast Asia Center for E-Media ($548,000)- Building new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) capacity of Southeast Asian independent media and civil society organizations by creating an e-media center in Malaysia, developing new Its for overcoming both political and economic barriers to freedom of expression and information exchange, training communications managers, officers, and Webmasters and providing Web hosting, platforms for multi-organization cooperation projects, and other centralized services.

  • Regional Judicial Program ($76,000) - Promote an independent and professional judiciary throughout the region, equipped with the human and material resources to do its job by bringing together judicial leaders from selected countries in Asia, to initiate a dialogue on administrative issues facing the judicial systems of the participating countries.

Worldwide/Regional

  • Embassy Small Grants Projects ($477,000) - Small grants of up to $50,000 for embassies to administer human rights and democracy projects worldwide. This year’s winning posts were Ndjamena, Harare, Kinshasa, Ankara, Chisinau, Quito, La Paz, Amman, Beirut, Hanoi, Bangkok, and Colombo (for a project in the Maldives).
  • Educating for Democracy in the Muslim World Project ($900,000)- Create a better understanding of democracy in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Algeria by producing and disseminating Arabic-language materials that translate law and democracy into practical reality for everyday citizens; training forty religious, political, educational, community, and democracy leaders and activists about the content and strategies of the Democracy for All in the Muslim World publication; and train eighty facilitators on how to conduct discussions and/or workshops using Democracy for All in the Muslim World. 
  • Promoting Democracy in the Muslim World ($3,479,350)- Through a grant-making program, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will foster democracy in the Muslim world by supporting activities that promote pluralism, human rights, rule of law, freedom of association and freedom of expression in Iran, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Turkey.
  • National Endowment for Democracy World Movement for Democracy ($250,000)- Support the democracy promotion activities of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) World Movement for Democracy by organizing three regional meetings of activists, practitioners, and scholars actively engaged in establishing or strengthening World Movement networks, bringing together global networks organized around particular areas of democracy work, such as local governance and the political and civic participation of women or youth, and enabling members of the World Movement’s Steering Committee to conduct outreach activities.
  • Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program ($1,000,000)- Deepen the knowledge, enrich the skills, broaden the perspectives, and revive the energy and morale of some of the world’s most creative and courageous democratic practitioners and scholars by hosting approximately 16 fellows and enriching their experiences through events, research support, seminar series, brownbag presentations, informal gatherings and dinners, fellows’ presentations at National Endowment for Democracy, in the media and on Capitol Hill.
  • Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Secretariat and Website. ($10,000) -Promote respect for human rights in the context of extractive industry security in challenging operating environments by creating and managing a website and a secretariat for the Voluntary Principles process that will facilitate communication and event coordination between participants, provide technical support for VP initiatives, performing public outreach, and engage in public advocacy and information exchange on the web.
  • Community of Democracies - Santiago 2005 ($500,000)- Support for the planning and implementation of the 2005 Ministerial Meeting in Santiago, Chile.
  • "Countries at the Crossroads" Analysis of Countries’ Commitment to Democracy and Human Rights ($374,000) – Creation of the annual survey that evaluates a country’s commitment to and record on human rights and democracy by working with outside and in-house experts and analysts.


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