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The program goal is to strengthen civil society in European Union new Member States and accession countries. To this end, the Latvian Rural Forum will continue to facilitate a network of nongovernmental organizations in Western and Eastern Europe to promote multinational exchange focused on rural development. During the grant period, the grantee will promote dialogue and cooperation between different actors in rural development, facilitate multinational exchanges, and support international networking and advocacy for rural development. Past project results include developing strong national rural development networks in Eastern Europe, strengthening international cooperation, and strengthening national networks' input into European-level rural policy development. Since its establishment in 2005, the grantee has been promoting sustainable rural development policies and providing services to over 80 member organizations in Latvia.
The UNESCO Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights, based at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, was established through funding by UNESCO to advance human rights, respect for democratic values, peace, and social justice. Past support enabled the chair to train and support women and youth in the Nkonkobe region of the Eastern Cape province to meaningfully participate in local governance and decisionmaking processes that affect their lives. The training enabled these groups to explore emerging economic opportunities, especially through the municipal and other government processes and increased their chances to get employed. This grant will assist the UNESCO Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights to continue to empower women and young people to enhance their skills so that they can become self-reliant and self-sufficient. It will use lessons from prior years to strengthen the program and will conduct research and document the work to contribute to knowledge on models of community engagement.
The Black Sash Trust was founded in 1955 by a group of women who were fighting for the recognition of human rights for all in South Africa. Its aim is to contribute to the creation of a society that has effective laws and comprehensive social protection for the most vulnerable. It conducts rights awareness programs for community-based organizations and poor and marginalized people. Over the next year and a half, the Black Sash Trust will train community-based organizations and members of the public about human rights and how to access them, provide the tools and information to community-based organizations on how to monitor the delivery of government services, and engage relevant government institutions on how to improve on their delivery of basic services. This grant increase will contribute to the Dullah Omar Spring School, which will offer training to an estimated 400 community-based paralegals on various subjects related to basic rights and the law. This grant increase has been made possible by a partnership with Atlantic Philanthropies in support of the community advice office sector.
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