Africa Programs

DRL's current program in Angola seeks to strengthen the local Beneguelan government.

DRL's partner seeks to implement a project to improve public administration, democratic local government, and decentralization in Benguela Province. Activities focus on strengthening the participation of municipal and communal governments (MCG) in budgetary and administrative decision-making in Benguela Province; promoting collaboration by the provincial planning department and MCGs in administrative planning and participatory budget design; and integrating good governance practices within current government institutions.

DRL's current program in Burundi provides technical assistance to anti-corruption institutions.

DRL's partner works to provide technical assistance to anti-corruption institutions in Burundi through the promotion of international standards and need-based technical assistance. The project will develop the audit and monitoring skills of the Ministry of Good Governance and enhance their ability to identify and report on public financial management; and increase anti-corruption awareness and monitoring capacities within civil society to bolster public demand for and support of well-crafted anti-corruption laws and procedures that will move government towards the responsible management of public funds for the benefit of all Burundian citizens.

Cote d'Ivoire
DRL's current programs in Cote d'Ivoire work towards election reforms and fighting corruption.

One DRL-partner works to provide technical advice to key stakeholders on reforms to the voter registration and electoral processes as well as capacity building support for the Commission Electorale Independante (CEI). Activities include roundtable discussions on voter registration and electoral framework issues, a strategic planning seminar for election administrators, and training in basic election administration skills for the Commission Electorale Independante (CEI).

Another program partner seeks to build awareness and capacity to combat low-level, pervasive corruption and human rights abuses through highly targeted awareness and mobilization campaigns. The implementer reaches groups particularly vulnerable to extortion attempts through specialized education and training, and reinforcement of support to victims of abuses; builds on existing relationships with Ministry of Health officials and local health workers to reduce onsite inflation of official prices for drugs and services at hospitals and health centers; trains check point guards and officials and collaborate with the General Secretariat in charge of Good Governance and the Inspector General's Office of the Finance Ministry to fight corruption by stigmatizing the practice of requiring bribes at checkpoints.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRL's current programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo seek to stem gender-based violence, end impunity and provide capacity building to the justice sector and local NGOs.

One implementer works to stem gender based violence and end impunity in the DRC. To achieve this goal, the organization establishes a legal aid clinic to represent victims of gender based violence; trains members of the judges' association to improve its capacity to adjudicate gender based crimes; and builds the capacity of the Bar Association to provide continuing legal education on gender based crimes to its members as well as develop its legal capacity to deliver legal aid to victims. Working with both national and international NGOs, the implementer will identify victims of gender based crime and provide legal aid and education to victims and their communities.

Another DRL-grantee provides capacity building support for the justice sector and NGOs in the DRC. The goal of the project is to support the democratic process in the DRC by advancing the protection of human rights in key areas of the justice sector and bolstering the efforts of effective civil society groups that are committed to building a democratic society. Activities focus on the provision of technical assistance to government ministries and personnel and works with civil society organizations to improve implementation of human rights guarantees for those citizens seeking access to justice. The implementer develops training courses in human rights for judges and police, trains facilitators to conduct the courses, provides advice to the Ministry of Justice and civil society groups on international and regional treaty monitoring, and organizes a high-level forum in which human rights defenders and policy makers discuss human rights priorities and policy changes.

DRL's current programs in Ethiopia work towards impartial trial monitoring, alternative dispute resolution, expanding constructive dialogue and women's issues.

One DRL-partner works to train Ethiopian legal professionals in conflict management and dispute resolution techniques under the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) model in order to improve the capacity and independence of the Ethiopian judiciary. The implementer relies heavily on a previous program model which trained Kenyan legal professionals on ADR. The program leverages some of the Kenyan trainers to train Ethiopian participants.

DRL initiatives in Guinea focus on civic education, political participation and political election journalism.

One program in Guinea focuses on political and election journalism. DRL's partner organization will teach print and radio journalists from four regions of Guinea on how to cover elections with an emphasis on "citizen journalism" (citizen issues as the focus of a campaign instead of the candidates' agendas). The organization will use teams of international and Guinean trainers and offer training in media business management to independent newspapers and new independent broadcast media organizations. The journalists will interview citizens about issues that are important to them and hold public roundtables for citizen input.

Another DRL program in Guinea works to educate civil society groups (community leaders, women & youth) on their democratic and voter-participation rights; train community leaders to manage affairs transparently; provide media campaigns and increased civic awareness through community radio; and train youth and women groups managing radio stations, programming, and marketing. The goals for the project include: increased voter participation, particularly that of youth and women, in 2007 legislative elections; increased transparency and accountability in community development and planning; and overcoming points of civil unrest and political destabilization that may result.

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DRL programs in Liberia focus on combating impunity and strengthening the Liberian Truth Commission.

DRL's partner will support and strengthen the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Activities include: providing consultant services to the TRC on methods for large-scale data collection and the use of quantitative analysis of statements taken about human rights violations; working with the TRC to design and implement a data collection and analysis plan that will address key questions about the nature of the past conflict and human rights abuses that occurred; providing statistical expertise to complete a detailed analysis profiling overall patterns and trends of victims and violations reported to the TRC; and assisting the TRC in defining evidence-based questions to be answered through the analysis of the data.

Another DRL program in Liberia seeks to strengthen the rule of law and combat impunity. To attain this goal, the project will build judicial capacity in four underserved counties in the country; conduct a public education campaign in partnership with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) on citizen's rights and responsibilities under the law; and create dialogue around traditional justice practices and their relationship to the statutory system and international human rights standards.

DRL's program in Sudan targets gender based violence (GBV) in the country. The program implementer will open eight women's centers in internally displaced persons camps (IDP) throughout Darfur, Sudan. The eight women's centers will provide an array of services, including: literacy classes, health education, income-generating activities and treatment for sexual violence. Victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence will be able to receive medical, psychosocial and case management services from the centers, while being protected from the stigma of sexual violence under the guise of the centers' multi-faceted support activities. DRL's partner organization will also create two senior level positions within its organizational structure, including a Global Sexual Violence Emergency Technical Advisor who will recruit and train treatment specialists and collaborate closely with the UN agencies and NGOs to improve the international community's response to violence against women using Darfur as a test case and a Darfur Sexual Violence Specialist who will conduct site visits to IDP camps to ensure standardization of treatment.

The program implementer will also provide leadership to other NGOs and humanitarian organizations working with victims of sexual violence by providing regular communication with the complex set of actors and stakeholders on the ground in Darfur and internationally (Washington, New York, Geneva, Khartoum etc.) on recent developments related to sexual violence and protection for women and girls and by training and communication on providing holistic care to victims of sexual violence.

DRL's current program in Zimbabwe seeks to strengthen civil society and support human rights.

The DRL-partner works to strengthen civil society and support human rights by increasing regional and international public awareness about the need for political and electoral reform in Zimbabwe. The implementer strives to advance the rule of law and protection of human rights by supporting regional human rights advocacy efforts. Also, the organization aims to strengthen the leadership and strategic capabilities of local civic organizations.

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