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Center for International Private Enterprise
To facilitate the participation of women entrepreneurs in the economy. CIPE will support the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry's efforts to support women entrepreneurs through advocacy and educational efforts, including policy analysis, roundtable discussions, and discussion groups.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To promote a more open and transparent economic environment in Bangladesh. CIPE will support the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry's policy research and advocacy efforts.



A. Internal Organizing and Coalition-Building

To monitor the human rights situation in Burma and educate monks and Buddhist lay people about the nonviolent struggle for democracy in Burma. The organization will produce and distribute material, including pamphlets, stickers, and calendars, on human rights and democracy and support efforts to organize the Buddhist community inside Burma.

To support the organizing efforts of prodemocracy groups in Burma. The organization will distribute human rights and democracy materials inside Burma, train party activists in effective techniques of nonviolent political action, and provide humanitarian support for party activists and others along the Thai-Burma border and inside Burma.

To strengthen the ability of the Burmese people to participate in peaceful efforts to promote democracy and political reconciliation in Burma. The forum will offer community-organizing training courses and produce several Burmese-language reports on successful examples of democracy movements from around the world.

To promote political capacity building in northern Burma. The project will consist of four interrelated components the translation and publication of a course on democratic theory, workshops in democratic theory and practice, political study groups, and a community library.

To improve access to information and communications technology in Burma. The institute will establish three adult education learning centers in Burma, which will provide classes in subjects such as business management, journalism, and information technology, and offer reasonably-priced internet access.

To support efforts to bring about national reconciliation and political reform in Burma. The coalition will work to increase contact, trust, and cooperation between ethnic and prodemocracy forces, expand its organizing activities inside Burma, and draw international attention to the political situation inside the country.

To empower ethnic nationality political parties and to promote their inclusion in the political process. The organization will support efforts to educate key stakeholders about a federal constitution and democratic state constitutions within a federal framework, and support organizing efforts to promote ethnic nationality participation in resolving Burma's long-standing political and economic problems.

To strengthen civil society in Burma by supporting former political prisoners and activists. The organization will work with partners inside Burma to establish two institutions for former political prisoners that provide educational opportunities, modern communication facilities, and an emergency medical support fund.

International Republican Institute
To strengthen the technological capacity of prodemocracy groups working in Burma. IRI will create a team of technicians who can provide skills and knowledge to democratic forces and upgrade the existing computer technology of pro-democracy organizations.

International Republican Institute
To support efforts to coordinate prodemocracy groups' activities inside Burma. The organization will work to expand its network of democracy activists in Burma, train more activists in nonviolent political action, and push for reform of the Burmese military.

International Republican Institute
To promote democracy in Burma. IRI will support the efforts of prodemocracy activists in exile to provide financial, logistical, and technical support to nonviolent political activists inside Burma.

B. Independent Media

To support increased access to information inside Burma by promoting the use of information and communication technology. The organization will provide technology training to Burmese journalists, distribute news and information inside Burma through the Internet, transcribe information into Burmese Unicode, and provide a secure website for users in Burma to share information.

To improve the professional capacity of Burmese journalists and to facilitate cooperation among Burma-related media groups. The group will organize and convene the fourth Burma Media Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The conference will bring together more than 120 journalists who cover Burma to discuss issues, exchange ideas, and coordinate activities related to freedom of information and expression in Burma.

To support Burmese- and ethnic-language radio broadcasts of independent news and opinion into Burma. The organization will improve the quality of its programs, invest in advanced training and education for its staff, and maintain regional infrastructure for its broadcasts.

To promote access to independent media in Burma. The organization will produce and broadcast a Burmese-language satellite television program to complement its long-running daily shortwave radio program.

To support independent media in Burma and to provide independent news and information about Burma and events in Southeast Asia. The organization will produce a monthly English-language news magazine, distribute a daily electronic news bulletin, and maintain a Burmese- and English-language website.

To inform people in Burma about news and events in eastern Burma and to expose them to basic principles of human rights and democracy. The organization will produce an independent, bi-weekly Burmese-language newspaper covering news and issues for the Karenni community in Burma, in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, and for ethnic and prodemocracy groups in exile.

To inform Karen people in Burma about events and news and to expose them to basic principles of human rights and democracy. The organization will publish a 32-page newsletter in Burmese and Karen that provides an alternative news source for Karen people in Burma, in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, and for ethnic and prodemocracy groups in exile.

To encourage a deeper and more critical understanding of democratic practice and theory within the Burmese democracy movement. The group will translate and print selected articles from each issue of the Journal of Democracy and distribute the Burmese-language translations to democracy activists and others inside Burma and in exile.

To provide independent and accurate information about the state of Burma and a forum to discuss a wide range of issues. The news group will produce a daily electronic information service that covers developments in Burma, India, and the India-Burma border; maintain a Burmese- and English-language website; publish a monthly Burmese-language newspaper; organize forums on India's Burma policy; and run a journalism internship program.

To provide accurate and reliable information about political, social, and economic developments in Arakan State. The organization will operate a daily news service in English and Burmese concentrating on current events and human rights in Arakan State.

To support independent media in Burma. The organization will publish and distribute inside Burma an independent, monthly Burmese-language newspaper focusing on the struggle for human rights and democracy and maintain a Burmese- and English-language website.

To publish a bilingual, monthly newspaper. The newspaper will provide accurate and reliable information to the Shan and wider Burmese communities, as well as Thai and international audiences, about political, social, and economic developments in Shan State. The newspaper will also provide information about the efforts of prodemocracy, student, ethnic, and labor organizations to promote peace and democracy in Burma.

C. Human Rights Education, Documentation, and Advocacy

To educate and empower teachers and promote civic education in Burma. The organization will continue a civic education program for Burmese teachers from Karen, Karenni, and Mon States in Burma and develop teams of teacher-trainers who will travel into Burma to reach even less accessible populations. The organization will also publish a small resource book containing essential democracy and human rights documents that can be used in training workshops and classrooms.

To support human rights in Burma by raising awareness about, and supporting, political prisoners. The organization will research and document the situation of political prisoners inside Burma; provide assistance to political prisoners, former political prisoners, and their families; and raise international awareness about the human rights crisis inside Burma.

To promote respect for human rights and the rule of law in Burma. The organization will manage a legal research and education program, produce a quarterly journal on legal issues, organize an in-depth training program, and advocate for rule of law and democracy in Burma.

To document human rights violations and social conditions in Burma. Funds will support the work of a photographer and writer to produce photographs and essays on political repression, forced relocation, forced labor, and other human rights violations in Burma.

To publicize the human rights situation in Chin State, Burma. The organization will publish and distribute a human rights newsletter, advocate on human rights issues internationally, and organize a conference inside Burma.

To promote respect for human rights and to build the capacity of local human rights organizations through training courses, written material, and consultations. The organization will organize a human rights trainers' forum and training-of-trainer courses, offer a human rights internship program for ethnic-nationality youth, and publish an ethnic language version of its human rights manual.

To document the human rights situation and promote human rights education in Mon State and among Mon refugees. The organization runs six core projects human rights documentation, human rights and civic education, human rights defenders, civil society development, ethnic-language publications, and women's and children's rights.

To build inter-ethnic cooperation and solidarity through education programs for refugees and ethnic populations inside Burma. The committee's programs will strengthen local educational capacity through curriculum development, educational research, teacher training, educational material development, and management training workshops.

To document human rights violations in eastern Burma. The organization will publish and distribute monthly ethnic- and English-language human rights newsletters to audiences in Shan state, the exile community in Thailand, and the broader international community.

D. International Advocacy and Organizing

To support efforts in Southeast Asia to increase pressure for political reform in Burma. The organization will organize a campaign by parliamentarians from ASEAN countries to secure the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, improve the human rights situation in Burma, and encourage the Association of Southeast Asian Nationals (ASEAN) to adopt a policy toward Burma that supports political reform.

To support efforts to create a political environment in Burma and in the international community conducive to resolving Burma's long-standing political crisis. The organization will support the coordination of international and domestic political action, coalition building, transition planning, and institutional development.

To encourage and support grassroots activism in the ASEAN countries on the issue of democracy and human rights in Burma. The organization will conduct four core activities research and data collection, networking with regional and international NGOs, campaigning and public outreach, and an internship program for Burmese ethnic nationality youth.

To increase awareness about political developments in Burma and to strengthen international support for Burma's prodemocracy movement. The institute will work to ensure that important research and reports produced in Thailand by Burmese democracy activists reach a targeted audience in the international community, keep the international media informed of important political initiatives and developments in Burma, and coordinate various initiatives to increase pressure on the regime for reform.

To strengthen support for democracy in Burma throughout Asia. The organization will engage and encourage governments, organizations, and individuals to take a supportive role in the effort to promote freedom in Burma, to secure the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and to ensure that any national reconciliation process includes the National League for Democracy and leading ethnic-nationality prodemocracy parties.

To strengthen Thai support for democracy in Burma. The organization will engage in policy advocacy, public information campaigns, legal support to Burmese who suffer human rights violations in Thailand, and efforts to strengthen Burmese prodemocracy organizations in Thailand.

E. Ethnic Nationalities

To publish and distribute reliable information about federalism and the Chin State Constitution. The forum will support a series of training-of-trainers courses on issues of federalism, constitutionalism, and the role of Chin State in a future federal structure of Burma, and convene a meeting of its elected leadership to evaluate the forum's performance and plan for future activities.

To support the institutional capacity of the committee to distribute humanitarian aid and to document the plight of the IDP Karen population. The committee will publish a bi-monthly newsletter, upgrade its computer equipment, and provide training courses for its field staff. 

To promote civic awareness and participation in Mon State. The organization will produce a Mon-language journal and operate a civic education program designed to encourage increased cooperation and understanding among Mon youth.

To promote greater understanding of democracy and human rights among the Palaung people and empower Palaung youth to strengthen community networks and organizations. The organization will organize a series of three human rights and democracy trainings for Palaung youth from inside Burma.

To build the capacity of youth from Shan State and to increase youth participation in the movement for social and political change leading toward a genuine democratic Burma. The school will educate, train, and empower ethnic young people from Shan State through nine months of English-language, social studies, and computer courses.

F. Women's Participation and Empowerment

To promote understanding among Burmese women of human rights, women's rights, democracy, and community development. The organization will maintain community libraries; publish a bi-monthly Burmese-language journal; launch public awareness campaigns about women's rights, gender equality, and social change; run an internship program; manage a center for migrant workers; hold roundtable discussions and commemorative events; organize a week-long leadership workshop; and run a six-month long intensive women's leadership school.

To promote the rights of women and children in northern Burma and encourage understanding and cooperation among Burman and ethnic-minority women. The organization will maintain a central office to carry out a range of activities to support the empowerment of Kachin women, including the publication of a newsletter, booklets, and other materials on democracy and women's rights.

To educate Karen people about democracy, human rights, and current affairs and to ensure Karen women's participation in the drafting of a Karen State constitution. The organization will conduct democracy and human rights courses and hold workshops to discuss and gather feedback on the Karen State Constitution in refugee camps, high schools, and for the broader community.

To increase women's participation in Burma's democracy movement and provide Shan women with the necessary skills to assume decision-making positions in their communities and organizations. Projects will include women's empowerment and capacity building workshops, documentation and reporting on the situation of women in Shan State, and basic social services for Shan women.

To promote increased understanding among Burmese women of human rights, women's rights, democracy, federalism, peace-building, community development, and health issues. Projects will include a series of women's rights and empowerment training workshops for Burmese refugees; capacity-building workshops for Burmese women in India, Thailand, and Bangladesh; and an ongoing peace-advocacy program.

To educate, train, and empower Burmese women in exile in India to take a more active role in the prodemocracy struggle and to promote women's rights in Burma and among the exile community. The group will organize training courses on politics, democratic institutions, and organizational systems and create a forum for ethnic and Burmese women to discuss common issues and concerns.



Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee
To coordinate advocacy and conduct investigations of human rights violations through the joint efforts of leading human rights groups, and to promote a greater understanding of the Khmer Rouge trial process. The Action Committee, a coalition of 18 human rights groups, will coordinate investigations, provide legal assistance, advocate for better human rights conditions, and meet with government officials to press for resolution of significant human rights cases and issues.

Documentation Center of Cambodia
To empower youth to participate in the national debate over transitional justice and impunity with respect to the Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia. DC-Cam will publish a history textbook of the Democratic Kampuchea period for high school students as well as offer a course on comparative genocide studies at the Royal Phnom Penh University.

International Republican Institute
To promote freedom of expression and basic rights in the country. IRI will work with the Community Legal Education Center to identify and resolve high profile land dispute cases.



Civil Society Capacity Building

To promote greater access to information and increase public participation in the policy-making process. The project will include a mini-grants program supporting innovative, small-scale projects pressing for accountability to the public.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To promote awareness of labor rights among migrant workers. ACILS will support rights education and networking opportunities for low-wage migrant workers in several localities.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To educate workers about their rights under Chinese law. ACILS will support a bilingual website that serves as an information clearinghouse on labor issues in China. The website will contain information from a range of sources inside and outside of China.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To collect and disseminate information concerning workers' rights in China. ACILS will support an online, Chinese-language worker-rights information center and an email newsletter containing information about developments related to labor issues. 

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To promote awareness of labor conditions in China and to enhance access to judicial recourse for Chinese workers suffering violations of their legal rights. ACILS will support a Chinese-language website that provides comprehensive information and analysis of the labor situation in China, and will also support a legal aid project that provides analysis and advice for constructive approaches to dispute settlement in worker compensation and other labor law-related cases.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To promote corporate social responsibility and strengthen worker education. ACILS will work with Chinese partners to promote compliance with China's labor laws and to carry out workers' rights education programs.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To promote labor rights in China. ACILS will support the work of Chinese partner organizations to develop effective channels for worker representation and sustainable strategies for the protection of core labor rights and standards.

BBC World Service Trust
To raise public awareness of citizens' rights, including awareness of avenues through which disabled and other citizens can gain access to the legal system. The BBC World Service Trust will establish a legal-awareness telephone hotline and create innovative media programs with the goal of fostering uniform standards of accountability and access to the judicial system.

Beijing Spring Magazine
To publish the monthly Chinese-language magazine Beijing Spring. The magazine publishes analysis and commentary by authors inside and outside China regarding political developments, social issues, and the prospects for democratization in China.

Beijing Zhiaixing Information Counseling Center
To operate a diverse program promoting accountability and human rights. The work of the Institute will include legal aid, investigative reporting, activist training, and human rights documentation related to HIV/AIDS and other public health threats.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To strengthen the capacity of business associations. CIPE will work with a partner in China to collect and disseminate information on Chinese business associations and their activities, as well as association management best practices. CIPE will also conduct research and analysis on the legal status of business associations in China and their contributions to economic growth and good governance.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To encourage market-oriented reforms in China's public finance system. CIPE and its Chinese partners will hold a symposium on public finance reform in Beijing and will maintain and expand a website that serves as an online forum for the exchange of ideas among private entrepreneurs and economists.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To promote good corporate governance and business ethics in China. CIPE and its partners in China will develop training materials and conduct a training course on corporate governance for senior managers and directors from state-owned enterprises and the private sector.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To encourage better local governance and on-going policy dialogues. CIPE will support local partners in China to research local governance issues and conduct regular symposia on China's economic and governance reforms.

Center for Modern China
To maintain a forum for informed and responsible debate of public policy questions. The Center will publish Modern China Studies, a quarterly Chinese-language scholarly journal that features economic and social science research concerning liberal, democratic solutions to contemporary policy questions in China.

China Aid Association
To promote religious freedom in China. The Association will publish the Chinese Law & Religion Monitor, a journal containing analysis and documentation of religious issues and the challenges of the struggle for religious freedom in China. The Association will also maintain an online library of reference materials, including Chinese- and English-language full-text copies of laws and regulations governing religious practices in China.

China Free Press
To serve as a resource for Chinese websites and bloggers and to expand the space for free expression. China Free Press will provide free hosting for banned and censored Chinese prodemocracy websites that provide a forum for well-informed, critical discussion and debate on a variety of current events and pressing social, political, and economic questions facing China.

China Information Center
To provide an alternative source of news and opinion. The Center will disseminate news, commentary, and independent analysis of developments in China and important international events through two Chinese-language websites and an email list.

Democratic China
To promote uncensored dialogue on issues relevant to China's political development. Democratic China will publish the weekly online Chinese-language magazine Minzhu Zhongguo (Democratic China), which carries analysis by authors inside and outside of China regarding current affairs, culture, history, and international relations.

Foundation for China in the 21st Century
To support a variety of forums for liberal intellectuals and prodemocracy analysts to promote democratic values and political reform. The Foundation will sponsor a book series, two Internet-based projects, the China E-Weekly magazine of analysis and commentary, and a petition forum.

Human Rights in China
To advance internationally recognized human rights in China. HRIC facilitates the work of domestic groups in building an effective agenda for social, legal, and political development through collaborative research and education, print and electronic publications, and advocacy.

Independent Chinese PEN Center
To promote freedom of expression in China. Activities will include the publication of banned works, advocacy on behalf of imprisoned writers and journalists, and campaigns calling attention to authors who suffer state censorship and persecution.

International Republican Institute
To increase the capacity of Chinese civil society organizations. The IRI program will support community-based NGOs and provide technical assistance to foster the development of the next generation of civil society organizations.

Laogai Research Foundation
To campaign for the abolition of the laogai labor camps. The Foundation will carry out investigation and documentation of the Chinese system of labor camps, while also undertaking a program of timely research exposing other human rights abuses in China.

Open Magazine
To promote free discussion and analysis of current events and political issues. Open Magazine will continue to publish its monthly periodical, Open Magazine, known for its regular expos�s and timely analysis of trends and newsworthy events in China. The organization will also publish a series of Chinese-language books on issues related to the future of democracy and human rights in China.

Princeton China Initiative
To promote human rights in China. The Princeton China Initiative will carry out a broad program of support for human rights defense projects aimed at transparency, accountability, knowledge of the law, and access to justice.

Princeton China Initiative
To promote media freedom and civic engagement via the Internet in China. The Initiative will bring together specialists in internet technology to create online tools that can be easily used by ordinary Chinese citizens, journalists, and social activists for "citizen journalism" and civic-oriented, open communication.

Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC)
To advance the human rights of ethnic Mongolians living in the Southern Mongolia region of China. SMHRIC will report on the human rights conditions in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, also known as Southern Mongolia, through its website and its English and Mongolian electronic publication, the Southern Mongolia Watch.


China (Hong Kong)

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To foster freedom of association and other worker rights. ACILS will support local trade-union education and outreach programs, as well as a research program raising international awareness regarding the current labor-rights situation in China.

Civic Exchange
To engage the public in discussion of governance reforms. Civic Exchange will carry out a diverse program of research and public education on key topics related to universal suffrage and electoral and constitutional reform.

Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor
To raise the standards of human rights protection and democratic representation. The Monitor will carry out human rights reporting, casework, campaigning, and public education drawing local and international attention to civil and human rights developments in Hong Kong.


China (Tibet)

Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet
To document the situation of political prisoners in Tibet and provide support for political prisoners in Tibet and former political prisoners in exile. Gu-Chu-Sum will organize lectures and workshops, publish a magazine, maintain a human rights research desk, and support former political prisoners in exile through various activities ranging from job training to adult education.

International Campaign for Tibet
To increase understanding between Tibetans and Chinese by providing greater access to information about Tibet. The organization will facilitate interaction between Tibetan and Chinese officials, academics, and the public through meetings, conferences, and the publication of a Chinese-language newsletter and website.

Khawa Karpo Tibet Cultural Centre Charitable Trust
To provide news and analysis to the Tibetan public and promote greater discussion and debate on current issues related to Tibet and Tibetans. Khawa Karpo will publish the Tibetan-language newspaper, Bo-Kyi-Bang-Chen (Tibet Express), three times per month, establish two branch offices to facilitate news collection and distribution, maintain a trilingual website, and organize a three-day workshop on the role of media.

Longsho Youth Movement of Tibet
To build leadership skills, promote cultural and political awareness of Tibet, and encourage greater civic engagement among Tibetan youth. Longsho will establish a branch office in Northeast India, conduct a training-of-trainers workshop, and organize leadership camps to strengthen awareness of Tibetan culture and religion and foster democratic values among Tibetan youth.

Tibet Museum
To preserve and present material related to modern Tibetan history and to educate visitors about the Tibetan culture and people. The Tibet Museum will continue to maintain and operate its Dharamsala-based museum, "Demton Khang," promote a touring exhibition, organize seminars and lectures, and maintain a website.

Tibetan Literacy Society
To provide the Tibetan public independent and accurate information on developments in Tibet and in the exile community, and to promote open discussion among intellectuals and a general readership on civic issues, including human rights and democracy. The Tibetan Literacy Society will publish and distribute throughout the Tibetan community in exile and in Tibet Bod-Kyi-Dus-Bab (Tibet Times), a Tibetan-language newspaper published three times a month.

Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre
To strengthen local Tibetan assemblies, the first level government of the Tibetan government-in-exile. The organization will conduct a workshop for members of the local assemblies, facilitate their attendance during a session of the national parliament, and encourage discussion of the functions and procedures of the parliament among local assembly members.

Tibetan Review
To promote freedom of press and understanding of democratic concepts in the Tibetan exile community. Tibetan Review, a monthly English-language news magazine, will provide Tibetans in exile and the international community with Tibet-related news and insightful opinion pieces and editorials, featuring articles written by prominent journalists, academics, and others interested in Tibetan issues.

Tibetan Women's Association
To promote the social, political, and economic empowerment of Tibetan refugee women and raise awareness of human rights violations against women in Tibet. TWA will publish a bi-weekly newsletter, an annual magazine, and a memoir by one of Tibet's most famous female former political prisoners. TWA will also expand outreach efforts internationally and to regional chapters and strengthen its organizational capacity through trainings and workshops.

Tibetan Writers Abroad PEN Center
To preserve Tibetan literature and culture and protect and support Tibetan writers in Tibet. The Tibetan PEN Center will translate essays and other written materials into Tibetan, much of it originally published in Chinese; publish a collection of writings by its members; and conduct an extensive research project on Tibetan writers imprisoned in Tibet.

Voice of Tibet
To encourage and sustain independent public opinion inside Tibet and to familiarize Tibetans with the ideals of democracy and human rights. The Voice of Tibet, an independent, Tibetan-language shortwave radio station, will continue to broadcast regular news about Tibet, the Tibetan exile community, and the Tibetan government-in-exile to listeners in Tibet and in exile in neighboring countries.


China (Xinjiang)

International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (IUHRDF)
To advance the human rights of ethnic Uyghur women and children. IUHRDF will maintain an English and Uyghur language website on the human rights situation of Uyghur women and children, conduct a civic education seminar for Uyghur women, and publish a booklet containing personal accounts of the impact of population control policies on ethnic minority women.

Uyghur American Association
To carry out the Uyghur Human Rights Project, a program documenting and reporting on human rights violations affecting the Turkic-speaking, traditionally Muslim, indigenous populations of northwest China. This program will research, document, and bring to the attention of the international community independent, accurate information about the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

World Uyghur Congress
To promote democratic leadership among Uyghurs living in exile. The World Uyghur Congress will conduct an intensive advocacy training course for leaders of Uyghur community organizations dedicated to advancing human rights and democracy.



American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To promote freedom of association and build the capacity of free trade unions in Indonesia. ACILS will implement a training program on collective bargaining for free trade unions in three municipalities in Indonesia.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To strengthen corporate good governance in the public and private business sector in Indonesia. In conjunction with Indonesia Business Links (IBL), CIPE will organize a series of workshops on corruption, business ethics, and good governance policies to assist the Indonesian government's Corruption Eradication Commission in its efforts to improve corporate accountability and transparency. In addition, CIPE and IBL will publish books on business ethics, create codes of conduct for businesses, and broadcast a radio show on corruption.

International Republican Institute
To strengthen the governance capacity of Indonesian provincial parliamentarians and to increase public outreach through the use of information technology. IRI will train legislators in Yogjakarta on the use of information and communication technologies to enhance constituent relations and help the provincial legislature develop a long-term e-governance strategy.

International Republican Institute
To improve the ability of Indonesian political parties to be effective representatives of their constituencies and to strengthen the organizational structures of the parties at the provincial and district levels. Through a series of training workshops and seminars, IRI will develop targeted assistance programs for at least six parties in at least four different provinces, with a special focus placed on training for parties in Aceh.



Centre for Independent Journalism
To improve the free flow of information and foster communication rights in Malaysia. The Center for Independent Journalism will produce a news and information radio show as well as launch advocacy campaigns to promote communication rights throughout Malaysia.

International Republican Institute
To increase the effectiveness and improve the skills of human rights educators in Malaysia and to strengthen linkages between mainstream and alternative press journalists. IRI will work with Pusat Komas and the Strategic Information and Research Development to organize two training-of-trainers workshops on the use of popular education techniques in human rights education work and to organize forums for media professionals from both the mainstream and alternative media to discuss cross-cutting issues and concerns.

International Republican Institute
To increase political parties' understanding of constituent needs, encourage open discussion between parties and civil society organizations, and strengthen the capacity of a domestic election monitoring organization. IRI will commission national level polls to gauge the public's sentiment on key public policy issues and present the findings to the political parties; assist in the organization of a conference on democracy and electoral reform; and provide organizational capacity-building support to the domestic election monitoring group, Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
To improve the effectiveness of political parties in constituent outreach, message development and communications, and to encourage dialogue among political parties, civil society, and the public on issues of electoral reform in Malaysia. NDI will work to strengthen parties' communications skills and support efforts to involve citizens, civil society groups, and all major parties in advocacy on issues of electoral reform in preparation for the 2008 national elections.

Open Dialogue Centre
To promote greater political participation among urban youth in Malaysia. The Open Dialogue Centre will organize discussion seminars on social and political issues with prominent democracy advocates and publish a journal featuring issues relating to democracy and youth.

Southeast Asian Press Alliance
To strengthen independent media in Malaysia. SEAPA will support the development of media outlets providing professional, responsible coverage of issues and news often ignored or distorted by the mainstream media, and conduct informal consultations with journalists committed to enhancing journalistic professionalism.

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)
To promote human rights in Malaysia. Suaram will organize human rights campaigns on the issues of police accountability, participatory democracy, and the right to trial. Each campaign will include the publication of an in-depth report, special briefings for influential government and civil society leaders, and grassroots education in the form of posters and pamphlets. Suaram will also continue to issue its annual survey and evaluation of the human rights situation in Malaysia.



International Republican Institute
$71,956 Reprogramming of 2003 funds
To increase the capacity of MPs and to strengthen women's political participation in Mongolia. IRI will provide technical support to the Parliament by engaging experts to assist MPs in their continued implementation of important institution-building advances. IRI will also conduct trainings, facilitate on-going dialogues to combat challenges facing female candidates, and produce a bulletin that raises awareness of women in politics.

Liberal Emegteichuudiin Oyuny San (Liberal Women's Brain Pool) (LEOS)
To strengthen Mongolia's democratic infrastructure and enhance public participation in the processes of governance. LEOS will collect and disseminate information about corruption, publish and distribute select articles on the topic of democratic development, and foster women's participation in public life through training and networking activities.



Antenna Foundation Nepal
To raise awareness of the constituent assembly and the constitution drafting process, and to conduct a six-month feasibility study of a proposed media program on democracy. Antenna will produce a weekly radio program focusing on issues associated with the anticipated constituent assembly. Antenna will also conduct a series of focus group discussions and carry out a nationwide survey to explore perceptions of democracy and gauge the level of participation in the democratic process.

Informal Service Sector Center
To increase the level of awareness and commitment of the political parties to democracy and human rights principles and to strengthen the major political parties. The Informal Service Sector Center will organize workshops, training programs, and seminars designed to strengthen the internal organizational capacity of the major democratic political parties, encourage the development of democracy within the parties, and deepen their commitment to human rights and democracy.

Nepal National Depressed Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO)
To increase dalit participation in the political process in rural Nepal and to promote dalit rights. The NNDSWO will conduct a wide-ranging program, including advocacy, empowerment programs, and capacity-building components to raise awareness among dalits of their rights and encourage the full participation of dalits in Nepali society and public life.


North Korea

Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights
To bring international attention to the human rights situation in North Korea and the plight of refugees in neighboring countries. The Citizens' Alliance will also promote awareness among South Koreans about North Korea and test methods of assisting North Koreans living in South Korea to adjust to citizenship in a free and democratic society.

The DailyNK
To disseminate accurate and timely information about North Korea. The DailyNK will produce an online newspaper targeting audiences in South Korea and in the international community. The newspaper will include news and information about North Korean human rights issues as well as developments in North Korean politics and economics.

Database Center for North Korean Human Rights
To collect and collate available testimonies and documentation on human rights conditions in North Korea, including information on institutions and practices throughout society. The Center will classify and enter information from interviews and written testimonies into the database. The Center will also carry out individualized data searches in-house in order to respond to information requests from outside researchers, governments, UN bodies, and human rights advocates.

Free North Korea Radio Station (FreeNK)
To support the free flow of information in North Korea. FreeNK will produce and broadcast to increase the news, information, and independent commentary available to North Korean audiences.

International Republican Institute
To support human rights and democratic processes on the Korean peninsula. IRI will launch a program to offer technical assistance to South Korea-based NGOs, with a focus on democracy education for North Koreans living in South Korea. The program will also be made available, via broadcast, to audiences in North Korea.

Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights (NKnet)
To support the free flow of information in North Korea. NKnet will increase broadcasting of its daily radio program designed to provide news and information to the North Korean people. NKnet will organize conferences and seminars in South Korea, concentrating on broadening awareness of the problems of North Korea among South Korean youth. NKnet will also hold civic workshops for North Korean youth living in South Korea designed to ease their adjustment to South Korean society.

Open Radio for North Korea
To support the free flow of information in North Korea. Open Radio will maintain a radio platform that enables a variety of organizations and groups to broadcast information and feature programs to North Korean audiences.



American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To strengthen the democratic trade union movement in Pakistan, and to improve dialogue between labor and business on issues of economic reform and policy. ACILS will provide institutional and technical support to three Pakistani trade unions and sponsor a series of meetings that will bring together stakeholders representing labor, management, government, and others to discuss issues facing Pakistani industry and workers.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To promote workers' rights in Pakistan. ACILS will run a diverse program of workers' rights promotion in conjunction with local partners in both urban and rural areas of Pakistan.

Balochistan Institute for Future Development (BIFD)
To promote a culture of human rights and to advance women's rights in rural Balochistan. BIFD will carry out four interrelated activities the formation of Union Council Committees, capacity building, social mobilization, and human rights advocacy.

Center for Civic Education (CCE)
To inform and educate citizens about democratic rights, political parties, and political institutions, and to encourage greater public participation in the electoral process. The CCE will conduct a series of activities to facilitate citizens' participation in democratic processes, including two training courses for activists, a street theater performance, a series of civic forums held in eight cities throughout Pakistan, and a national conference.

Center for Research, Communication and Dialogue (CRCD)
To build the capacity of journalists and support the development of independent media in the tribal areas of Pakistan. The CRCD, in partnership with the Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ), will organize training-of-trainer workshops for tribal journalists in all seven agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, support the development of TUJ branches and local press clubs, and publish an online newspaper covering the Tribal Areas.

Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI)
To promote greater public accountability and transparency in the use of public funds. CPDI will strengthen civil society networks and develop methods to track and monitor the use of public funds by district-level government. CPDI will also organize workshops and seminars to educate the public on issues of access to information and transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.

Democratic Commission for Human Development (DCHD)
To foster the principles of democracy, tolerance, and social harmony in Pakistan's rural communities. DCHD will organize advocacy seminars and community dialogues, promote democratic values, and publish a monthly Urdu-language democracy education newsletter.

Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP)
To cultivate a new generation of female leaders who will be prepared to take an active role in local government and civil society. The IDSP will develop the leadership capacity of young women in gender, development, and democracy in five districts of Balochistan and one district of North West Frontier Province.

Interactive Resource Center
To mobilize marginalized communities in Pakistan to take an active role in the struggle for human rights. The Center will carry out a country-wide human rights education program centered on the use of interactive theater.

International Republican Institute
To improve the capacity of political parties in Pakistan in advance of upcoming local and national elections. IRI's training program will focus on improving responsiveness to voters, internal communications, and media relations.

Mukhtar Mai Women's Welfare Organization (MMWWO)
To raise awareness of women's rights in south Punjab. The MMWWO will provide legal services to victims of human rights violations; organize meetings to raise awareness about, and provide a forum for, the discussion of human rights issues affecting women; and convene seminars that aim to educate key stakeholders, including law enforcement, government officials, politicians, and civil society leaders about women's rights.

National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP)
To promote greater respect and understanding of democratic norms, including respect for minority rights in Pakistan. NCJP will conduct a multifaceted project that includes data collection and research on minorities, public education on democracy and human rights, political party worker capacity building training, local and national level conferences on human rights and democracy, a legislative watch initiative, and a resource center for democracy and human rights.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
To demonstrate international interest in, and support for, the integrity of the electoral process in Pakistan. NDI will conduct two multi-national, nonpartisan pre-election assessment delegations to evaluate the political and electoral environment in the lead up to the national and provincial polls.

Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation (OAKDF)
To strengthen civil society engagement in electoral politics and democratization in Pakistan. The OAKDF will organize training workshops for activists, hold community-based people's assemblies, and bring together citizens and civil society groups through roundtable discussions in an effort to create broad-based coalitions that promote inclusive democratic reform.

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum
To support grassroots mobilization and advocacy efforts by the fisherfolk communities in the Sindh. The Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum will work with local stakeholders to promote local government accountability and corporate social responsibility on issues that impact the livelihood of fisherfolk communities.

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
To build the capacity of local civil society organizations to better understand the media and to increase information sharing and cooperation between rural journalists and local civil society organizations. The PPF will organize workshops, seminars, and networking sessions for journalists and civil society leaders in the Sindh.

Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA)
To strengthen public participation and improve government accountability on a local level in rural Pakistan. PODA will educate and empower local citizens, especially women, through its community-based democracy learning center and the organizing of workshops and seminars for local leaders and officials.

Women's Media Centre
To support the training and empowerment of female journalists in Pakistan. The Women's Media Centre will train female journalists, advocate for greater female participation in journalism, work with the media to assist the careers of aspiring young female journalists, and provide opportunities for female journalists and political party representatives to meet and discuss issues of common concern.



National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
To encourage dialogue between political parties and civil society organizations and to support media networks and civil society organizations in efforts to monitor processes related to constitutional change and political reform. NDI will organize a series of forums on issues identified by both the parties and civil society as crucial to strengthening the political process. NDI will also support independent research on issues critical to the reform process.


Sri Lanka

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To strengthen the democratic trade union movement in Sri Lanka and to promote worker rights. ACILS and its partners will support trade union organizing inside the free trade zones and industrial parks, maintain information and monitoring hubs, conduct trainings and awareness raising programs, advise the government in the formulation of legislation to protect workers rights and voting rights of migrant workers, and conduct training programs on women's leadership.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To foster a more open and informed debate on economic issues facing Sri Lanka and to increase access to information on economic policy issues for both public and parliamentary uses. CIPE, in partnership with the Pathfinder Foundation, will publish briefing notes from noted economists and quarterly assessments of economic policies adopted by parliament, and organize annual workshops, town hall meetings, and seminars.

International Republican Institute
To increase civil society's capacity to represent citizens' interests and advocate for political reform. IRI will provide advocacy training for local NGOs; create an interfaith dialogue program; work with business and economic leaders on issues of political reform; provide objective information regarding democratic political arrangements, such as federalism; and address limitations on women's political involvement by creating training networks for women.

People's Action for Free and Fair Elections
To engage and encourage local communities' involvement in good governance, human rights, and voter rights issues. PAFFREL will conduct a series of dialogues in eight districts in Sri Lanka on minority rights, federalism, constitutionalism, and political devolution.



Association of Vietnamese Overseas Culture and Liaison (Que Me)
To promote human rights and democratic values in Vietnam. Que Me will publish reports and mini-bulletins that provide uncensored news and commentary. Que Me will also conduct advocacy campaigns drawing international attention to human rights conditions and the efforts of prodemocracy activists inside the country.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
To strengthen citizen participation in local government. NDI will conduct a pilot program with a local partner to increase interaction between citizens and commune council authorities.


Asia Regional

Legal Aid
To promote the rule of law through strategic legal education and social justice initiatives. The project will train lawyers and coordinate their social justice advocacy and legal intervention work, particularly on the areas of land rights, human trafficking, and religious freedom.

American Bar Association
To strengthen the rule of law. The American Bar Association will carry out the initial phase of a multi-year technical assistance program to promote the development of a unified, autonomous, and professional bar organization. The organization will promote legal ethics and improve education and training for law graduates and practicing lawyers.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To promote the rule of law in South Asia, Southeast Asia and China. ACILS and its partners will conduct labor law research and provide technical support to legal activists, scholars, community groups, and NGOs in five countries in the region.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To broaden the civic participation of workers in Thailand by promoting labor law reform and enhancing worker participation in the political process. ACILS will assist Burmese trade unions to provide services to members, conduct a research and capacity-building project for Burma's ethnic groups, and conduct a series of seminars for local union leaders in Malaysia on democratic rights.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To promote freedom of association in the Thai and Cambodian garment industries. ACILS will conduct capacity-building seminars designed to foster the research and analytical skills of garment industry union members as well as develop mentors who will advise union members on such issues as organizing and collective bargaining.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To promote worker rights and democracy in Burma. From its Washington, D.C. office, the organization will educate workers and other citizens both inside Burma and in exile about labor rights and democracy, document violations of internationally recognized labor rights, and support the development of civil society organizations in ethnic areas.

Asian Network for Free and Fair Elections (ANFREL)
To strengthen the capacity of domestic election monitoring bodies in the Asia region, and to increase cooperation and regional solidarity. ANFREL will work closely with domestic election-monitoring groups to plan targeted interventions designed to improve the quality of elections. It will organize workshops on election monitoring, voter education, election systems, and good governance, and will conduct conflict-resolution programs in countries torn by violence.

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
To enhance religious freedom. The Fund will implement the second phase of a public awareness campaign to promote the understanding of laws designed to protect freedom of religion.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To strengthen private business associations in China and Vietnam. CIPE will hold a series of workshops in China and Vietnam on business association development, including best practices in association management.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To support the Association of Development Finance Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) to raise awareness about and encourage implementation of corporate governance best practices in development finance institutions in Asia. ADFIAP will organize one regional and four national-level training sessions for development bank staff to create a core of bank officers trained in promoting and sustaining corporate governance practices within the banks.

International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES)
To promote respect for minority rights in South Asia. ICES will prepare an annual review of the state of minority rights, commission research on conflict situations involving minorities, update a directory of resources on minority issues, promote dialogue through national-level and regional-level meetings, and draft a charter on minority rights in South Asia.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
To strengthen the role of women in politics in Southeast Asia. NDI will conduct political leadership training programs for women from the leading parties of targeted Southeast Asian countries.

* Indicates Department of State Funding Beyond NED's Annual Appropriation