March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The
National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is pleased to announce its Spring 2013 cohort of Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows and Visiting Fellows. In residence are leading practitioners, journalists, and scholars from
Uganda, and the
The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program seeks to increase the knowledge, enrich the skills, broaden the perspectives, and boost the morale of some of the world's most committed and courageous democratic activists and scholars. The program is housed at the
International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED's research and publications arm, in
Washington, D.C. Named in honor of NED's two principal founders, former president
Ronald Reagan and the late congressman
Dante Fascell, the program has enabled over 180 fellows from more than 80 countries to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.
Additionally, the International Forum hosts a small Visiting Fellows Program for scholars and practitioners who conduct independent research and writing in residence on an unfunded basis.
SPRING 2013 FELLOWS
Mr. Kwami Ahiabenu
is founding president of the International Institute for ICT Journalism, an
-based organization that promotes journalistic innovation throughout
Mr. Abdulrazaq Alkali
is executive director of the Youth Society for the Prevention of Infectious Disease and Social Vices (YOSPIS), a nongovernmental organization that promotes civic education and peace-building initiatives among youth in
's Kano state.
Ms. Nadira Eshmatova
is co-founder and executive director of the Youth Human Rights Group (YHRG), a
-based nongovernmental organization that monitors and reports on human rights abuses in
Mr. Matar Ebrahim Matar
is a well-known political activist who served as
's youngest-elected member of parliament, representing its largest constituency.
Mr. Frank Rusa Nyakaana
is a senior program officer at the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), a
basket fund initiative established by eight European partners to support democracy, human rights, peace-building, anti-corruption and access to justice in
Dr. Fouzia Saeed
is director of Mehergarh, an
-based human rights and democracy center that conducts training and research on youth activism and empowerment.
Dr. Irma Sandoval-Ballesteros
is associate professor at the Institute for Social Research and director of the Laboratory for the Documentation and Analysis of Corruption and Transparency at the
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Mr. Thet Sambath
is a renowned documentary filmmaker and journalist with the
Phnom Penh Post.
Mr. Joseph Tucker
( United States)
served most recently as the negotiations team leader in the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for
at the U.S. Department of State.
Nang Lao Liang Won
( Burma/ Thailand)
is co-founder of the Migrant Assistance Programme (MAP), a grassroots NGO that works with migrant workers from
A complete list of the 2012–2013 Fellows and their bios can be found online at
SOURCE National Endowment for Democracy