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Institutional Development of a Regional Network to Protect Voters Rights

VOICE Association

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $140,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2004–October 31, 2006
  • Location Moscow, Russia
  • Geographic Focus Russia, Russia

About this grant

The development of civil society in Russia during the past 15 years has resulted in more civic groups using advocacy techniques to promote policy change and address issues on behalf of their stakeholders through elected representatives. In response, the VOICE Association recently developed a project to monitor the activities of elected representatives or deputies.Multiyear funding will enable the VOICE Association to establish and strengthen five interregional centers to coordinate its work as it expands from 30 to 45 regions of Russia during the next several years. The centers’ objectives will include observing and reporting on all regional legislative assembly sessions; monitoring the activities of deputies through direct observation during legislative sessions, analyzing documents and visits to their offices; and promoting public interest in the work of legislative bodies and deputies through public meetings, a Web site, mass media and public events. In addition, VOICE will continue to promote free and fair elections.The VOICE Association was established in 2000 as a national association of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and regional NGO coalitions that work on voter education and elections monitoring.