The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that promote democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Africa.
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REQUESTED PROPOSAL PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
DRL invites organizations to submit proposals outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects targeting the following issues:
Kenya (approximately $700,000 available): DRL’s goal is to strengthen accountability for past and ongoing election-related and politically motivated human rights abuses committed by security forces or others. DRL seeks proposals that will: (1) strengthen civil society organizations’ (CSOs) ongoing efforts to address gaps in accountability; (2) facilitate constructive engagement of CSOs with the Government of Kenya to promote accountability; and (3) encourage the Government of Kenya to become more effective in addressing human rights abuses. Competitive proposals will utilize existing mechanisms, such as the newly established International Crimes Division of the High Court, in program activities and will capitalize on networks within Kenyan civil society. Proposals are encouraged to focus at the local and/or community level where relevant. Proposals may consider, but are not limited to, activities such as: monitoring judicial cases of politically motivated or security related human rights abuses; advocacy campaigns for improved government accountability; training for appropriate government officials; and capacity building for civil society organizations, including bar associations. Proposals should be designed with sufficient flexibility to permit the program to also address any significant human rights abuses that may be committed by security forces or others during the 2013 general elections, where appropriate.
Nigeria (approximately $500,000 available): DRL’s goal is to address human rights abuses, especially as they relate to the security sector, including the police and military. DRL seeks proposals that will: (1) enable local civil society organizations to develop a framework to effectively monitor and document human rights abuses perpetrated by security forces through targeted training and (2) strengthen local non-governmental organizations’ capacity to engage and advise relevant government bodies, including but not limited to the National Human Rights Commission, on addressing those human rights abuses. Strong proposals will apply global and/or regional lessons learned and best practices as they relate to human rights monitoring. Proposals are encouraged to focus on at least two regions in Nigeria and must engage on, but not necessarily in, northern Nigeria.
Africa Regional, The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) (approximately $750,000 available): DRL’s goal is to advance women’s legal and political empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa through the incorporation of the Maputo Protocol (MP). Proposals are encouraged to address Article 8 of the MP: Access to Justice and Equal Protection before the law. Depending on the respective country situation, proposals could also focus on Articles that address the following: Elimination of discrimination against women; Right to life, integrity and security of the person; Right to Participation in Politics and Decision-Making; Protection of Women in Armed Conflicts; Widows’ Rights and Right to Inheritance; and Protection of Women with Disabilities. DRL seeks proposals that will support operationalizing those MP articles in at least two countries that have ratified the MP.
- Identify a select number of Sub-Saharan African countries that have ratified the MP where the project will work to support the operationalization of the MP. This selection should be based on a short-term review of existing research on the political will, capacity and/or progress in incorporating the MP. The review must identify existing gaps and challenges in the incorporation of the MP as well as best practices and lessons learned;
- Demonstrate how the identified gaps and challenges from the review will be addressed in the project;
- Include local bar associations, community leaders from rural areas, and women’s groups in project activities; and
- Work with local civil society organizations that have an existing network.
Proposals may consider, but are not limited to, activities such as:
- Targeted trainings, including on legal drafting, for governments, lawyers, paralegals, judges and/or local community leaders including women and men;
- Advocacy and awareness raising initiatives on women’s rights targeted at the national and community level;
- Provide legal support to advance women’s rights as they relate to the MP; and/or
- Demonstrate linkages between the selected countries for this proposal.
Proposals are encouraged to include a cost-share in the form of pro bono legal support and incorporate local women’s rights groups as beneficiaries.
Sudan (approximately $1,000,000 available): DRL’s goal is to promote meaningful political participation among youth and other future leaders through civil society organizations (CSOs), including in the context of the 2015 elections. DRL seeks proposals to encourage the development of new and/or youth-focused Sudanese civil society organizations including, but not limited to, media, opposition political parties, and women’s rights groups to purposefully engage the Sudanese government, the public, and each other on relevant political issues and advocate for respect for freedoms of association and expression.
Activities must include intensive leadership development and mentoring and demonstrate tactics to create new and strengthen existing networks of democracy-focused CSOs across regional and cultural divides throughout Sudan. Activities must include methods for improving communication techniques between Sudanese organizations. To the extent that the operational environment in Sudan is non-permissive, off-shore programming will be considered. Trainings that take into account cultural and linguistic linkages between Sudanese civil society and those in the Middle East and North Africa region could be explored. As appropriate, South Sudanese civil society representatives should also be considered in training opportunities. Subgrants to Sudanese organizations, if feasible, are encouraged and should include at least one group based outside of Khartoum. Only programs of at least 24 months or longer will be eligible.
Zimbabwe (approximately $750,000 available): DRL’s goal is to enhance civil society’s ability to foster a more democratic Zimbabwe that is responsive to citizens at the local level. DRL seeks proposals with the objective to strengthen non-governmental organizations’ ability to advocate for improved government accountability, especially during instances of politically-motivated violence. In addition to strengthening partner organizations’ core skills (including advocacy, strategic planning, and coalition building), proposals should also seek to improve these organizations’ capacity to monitor, document and verify human rights abuses within their own communities. Proposals should demonstrate how program activities will lead to increased citizen participation in the democratic process, and methods of ensuring the protection of those who do participate. Partnering with organizations based outside of Harare and Bulawayo will be considered more competitive. Subgrants to local organizations, where feasible, are highly encouraged.
Unless otherwise noted, all proposed programs must be for at least 18 months in duration. Proposals must demonstrate awareness of similar USG-supported programming in a given country/region and how the proposed program would complement ongoing efforts. Letters of support from potential subgrantees or program beneficiaries are recommended. Cost-sharing from non-USG funding sources is highly encouraged.
Technically eligible submissions are those which: 1) arrive electronically via www.grantsolutions.gov or www.grants.gov by March 15, 2013 before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST); 2) heed all instructions contained in the solicitation document and Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI), including length and completeness of submission; and 3) do not violate any of the guidelines stated in the solicitation and this document.
The information contained herein is to assist you as a general reference for completion of the proposal submission. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all of the material submitted in the grant application package is complete, accurate, and current. Please review the below Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) in their entirety. Should you have any questions that are not answered therein, or questions on the solicitation, please contact DRLProgramInfo@state.gov.
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure that proposals have been received by www.grantsolutions.gov or www.grants.gov in their entirety. DRL bears no responsibility for data errors resulting from transmission or conversion processes.
All applicants are encouraged to submit applications via www.grantsolutions.gov.
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Applicants using www.grantsolutions.gov for the first time should complete their “New Organization Registration” as soon as possible. This process must be completed before an application can be submitted. Registration with www.grantsolutions.gov usually occurs directly after an applicant submits their registration. To register with www.grantSolutions.gov, click “Login to GrantSolutions” and follow the “First Time Users” link to the “New Organization Registration Page.” There are different ways to register your organization, click on the link that fits best.
A valid DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number and CCR (Central Contractor Registration) are NOT required for submission of an initial application on www.grantsolutions.gov. If a project is selected for further funding stages, these will need to be obtained. Instructions for obtaining a DUNS number can be found at www.sam.gov . Click “create user account” and sign up for an “individual account.” For help with www.sam.gov, please call the Federal Service Desk at 866-606-8220.
Electronic applications submitted via www.grantsolutions.gov must contain the SF-424 online forms (completed) and the SOI document (Project Narrative) specified in the application kit. No additional documents should be uploaded. The preferred document formats for the uploaded documents are .doc or .docx. Applicants should wait until the upload shows the status as “successful” before moving to the next part of the application kit.