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Grantee Information – Enhancing CARIFORUM’s Civil Society Capacity to Participate in National and Regional Development Programming and Policymaking

Organisation: Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD)
Project title: Amplifying the Voice of Girls and Young Women: Combating Gendered Disinformation
Project duration: 9 months
Grant amount: $12,480 USD

The Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD) is a legally registered non -profit organization located in Trinidad and Tobago. Founded in 1999, the organization is committed to advancing the rights of women and girls through thought leadership, mentoring, quality service delivery, and stakeholder engagement. The principles are: Sisterhood, Respect for Human Rights, Embracing Diversity, and Excellence. WINAD’s work program is based on three thematic areas: Gender and Security; Leadership; Governance.  WINAD has been awarded a small grant to:

  • Provide online easily accessible, credible data and information to dispel gendered disinformation in a timely manner 
  • Train twenty-five girls and young women to provide timely and accurate information about the rights of women and girls
  • Pre-empt and respond to social media trolls successfully and to develop an electronic data management system and upgrade its website

WINAD was awarded this grant based on an evaluation score of 205. The project has been made possible through a partnership with the CPDC and the European Union.

Organisation: Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM)
Project title: Training Tools and Actions to prepare Maya Communities to influence the development of the Maya Customary Land Tenure Act
Project duration: 12 months
Grant amount: $20, 500 USD

Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) was founded in 1999 by Maya and Garifuna communities in southern Belize after they discovered the government had turned their ancestral lands into a park and planned to drill for oil – without their knowledge or consent. SATIIM negotiated with the government on a park co-management agreement, making these communities the first Indigenous protected area co-managers in Belize. SATIIM then spearheaded a 20-year legal battle that led to a 2015 settlement with the government in the Caribbean Court of Justice. This Consent Order obligates the government to legalize Maya lands, follow a Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) protocol for any development and develop a national Maya Customary Land Tenure Act. This now informs SATIIM’s work – as the three project communities selected SATIIM to assist them in the Consent Order’s implementation. SATIIM has been awarded a small grant to:

  • Increase the capacity of three Maya communities to implement the National FPIC Protocol.
  • Develop bylaws in three Maya communities to improve customary governance.
  • Develop bylaws in three Maya communities in natural resource management.

SATIIM was awarded this grant based on an evaluation score of 215. The project has been made possible through a partnership with the CPDC and the European Union.

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