Tuesday, 19 April 2016

U.S. Department of State Bureau of DRL: Supporting Projects of Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law in Pakistan

Deadline: 31 May 2016
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) is seeking proposals from the eligible organisations for projects  that supports democracy, human rights and rule of law in Pakistan.
Programs (with objectives)
§  Alternative Dispute Resolution: Improved access to justice, especially for marginalized populations.
§  Independent media small grants program: Protect and expand the space for small, independent media entities to report with transparency and objectivity.
§  Improving media coverage of minority communities: Increased mutual understanding, protection, and respect for all faiths. The bureau seeks proposals that will promote responsible and objective media coverage of minority communities among journalists, editors, and media owners.
§  Education and action for the protection of minorities: DRL seeks proposals in support of this objective that will
§  Educate members of minority communities about existing laws that serve to protect their rights;
§  Educate the general population about existing laws that protect minority communities;
§  Support advocacy toward improved legislation for further protections, including a focus on laws addressing conversions, marriage and divorce, family rights, property ownership, and inheritance, among others
Funding Information
Subject to the availability of funding, DRL anticipates having approximately $7,000,000 available to support multiple successful applications submitted
§  Alternative Dispute Resolution: Approximately $1,800,000
§  Independent media small grants program: Approximately $1,000,000
§  Improving media coverage of minority communities: Approximately $1,000,000
§  Education and action for the protection of minorities: Approximately $1,000,000
Eligibility Criteria
§  DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses.
§  DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited
§  Applicants must have existing or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities and relevant stakeholders including industry and NGOs and have demonstrable experience in administering successful and preferably similar projects.
§  DRL encourages applications from foreign-based NGOs headquartered in the geographic regions/countries.
§  DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on applicants that do not have previous experience administering federal grant awards, and these applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.
§  DRL is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its projects and activities.
§  DRL welcomes applications irrespective of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or other status.
§  DRL encourages applications from organizations working with the most at risk and vulnerable communities, including women, youth, persons with disabilities, members of ethnic or religious minority groups, and LGBTI persons.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can submit their application materials via given website.
For more information, please email to goodgovernanceforum@gmail.com

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