UNDEF funds a project in Jordan to foster a more informed public dialogue on human rights through strengthening media. It works for high quality journalism on human rights-related issues.
The right to free counsel for poor persons accused of a crime is enshrined in law in the West Bank. Yet the government legal aid system is not meeting the need and few lawyers are trained to provide effective criminal defence services. In addition, police, prosecutors, and courts often engage in practices that are unsupported by law and further undermine the rights of the accused.
The first project of UNDEF's Eighth Round of Funding was signed on 9 September 2014, one of some 50 new initiatives that will be launched by UNDEF in this new Round. The project will work to strengthen independent journalism in Libya, so that local citizens have better access to information.
An UNDEF-funded project in Tunisia has produced an irresistibly motivational video for the empowerment of girls, as part of a vast programme of civic outreach and electoral education. The project addresses the need for women's rights, participation and political education in all regions.
An UNDEF-funded project works in Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt to strengthen the role of women in society, particularly in remote and underprivileged areas. Implemented by the Jordanian Centre for Civic Education, the project works with local civil society groups to improve their capacity and networking.
An UNDEF-funded project in Iraq has completed its work with six Governorate Councils to strengthen civil society participation in democratic processes and advance accountability in Government institutions. The project, implemented by the Um-Alyateem Foundation, worked in Baghdad, Babil, Karkuk, Najaf, Wasit and Diyala to establish civil society monitoring groups.
After a series of disruptions caused by political upheavals and government restrictions, an UNDEF Egypt project has started work in earnest to form a coalition of partners for integrity. Implemented by the Arab Program for Human Rights Activists, the initiative held its first conference in December 2013.
UNDEF funds a project to empower Jordanian artists and journalists to act as "Freedom Messengers" -- catalysts and networkers for free speech and media. The project, focused on people under 35 and implemented by the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists in Jordan.
In the occupied Palestinian territory, movement restrictions and closures severely limit access to information and interaction with decision-makers. UNDEF funds a project using social media and broadcasting to bridge this communication gap between officials and the public. Implemented by AMIN Media Network, the initiative advances the use of citizen journalism and blogs for interaction between communities and the Palestinian Authority. It trains civil society in producing community radio talk shows and national TV
Lebanon is undergoing a critical period in its efforts to build governance, the rule of law and participatory democracy. To prepare young people to play a fuller part, UNDEF funds 'Citizenship Is My Right', a project for youth in local governance and community life in South Lebanon, Mount Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. The overall goal is to build the skills required to create youth municipal councils and projects of collective interest. The project is implemented by Mouvement Social, a secular association working for
development throughout Lebanon for the past 40 years.