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Motivate youth by including them in project design

Raising expectations of young people and then leaving them unmet because there is no follow-up is bad practice. Building sustainability into actions that depend on a group that is by …
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Integrate prevention of corruption activities with technical assistance to government authorities

The project directly contributed to local enforcement of the Access to Information Act and public transparency policies. This clearly has a positive effect on strengthening Brazil’s democratization process. The project …

Projects conceived, planned, designed, implemented, and monitored in equal partnership with national and local media partners have an increased success rate. The grantee’s ability to adapt its strategy through careful …

Software and tools developed in a project may have different applications beyond the initial concept. In spite of the issues linked to different understandings of “Maidan” app, the tool has …

A platform allowing journalists to detail the background of their created a consolidated network of like-minded professionals. The project’s “Maidan” platform became a space for journalists, citizen journalists, and engaged …

Introducing stakeholders to data-driven journalism is a good entry point for broader debates on rights issues and interaction with the government.

Awareness raising activities should be strategic as well as tactical, for increased long-term effect. Activities should maximize the number of people reached, and the message should be focused and applied …

Networking to gather participants in training sessions should be conducted after there has been clear scoping of potential existing resources. The reliance solely on social media and personal connections limits …

Projects spanning multiple countries should provide a detailed context analysis for each country of implementation. If the organization is not present in the countries where activities are taking place, it …

The grantee lacked the necessary financial management and accountability mechanisms. Developing the skills of local staff could bolster this capacity.