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US Grants for Supporting Progress on Labor Standards in the DR Congo

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 22, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on August 29, 2021
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The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announces the availability of federal funds for one cooperative agreement to fund one technical assistance project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to improve the DRC’s compliance with acceptable conditions of work (ACW) in one or more economic sectors through tripartite capacity building and dialogue.

The overarching strategy is to focus on one or more economic sectors to:
• build the capacity of the General Labor Inspectorate (Inspection Générale du Travail, IGT) to detect and address violations of ACW;
• increase worker access to effective remedies (state-based and / or non-state-based) against such non-compliance;
• empower workers and their organizations to help prevent, monitor, and / or stop non-compliance with ACW; and
• strengthen and sustain dialogue among tripartite stakeholders to improve compliance with ACW.

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The following organizations are eligible to apply:
1. U.S. organizations:
a) Nonprofits, including any faith-based organizations or community-based organizations;
b) Public / State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education;
c) Private Institutions of Higher Education;
d) For-Profit Organizations;
2. Non-U.S. organizations:
Non-U.S. Entities, including PIOs.

The project will aim to achieve the following outcomes in one or more economic sectors of the DRC:
Outcome 1:
Enhanced capacity of the General Labor Inspectorate (IGT) to identify and address labor violations concerning relevant labor laws and standards for ACW.
Outcome 2:
Workers and worker associations utilize new knowledge and skills to prevent, monitor, and / or stop non-compliance with relevant laws and standards for ACW in the workplace.
Outcome 3:
Increased worker access to effective remedies (state-based and non-state-based) to address non-compliance with relevant labor laws and standards for ACW.
Outcome 4:
Strengthened and sustained dialogue among relevant stakeholders from government, workers and worker associations, and employers and employer associations to improve compliance with relevant labor laws and standards for ACW.

USDOL encourages applicants to consider a broad spectrum of economic sectors in the DRC to maximally benefit workers and worker rights.

Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to USD$3 million total costs.

The period of performance is a maximum of 4 years (48 months) from the effective date of the award. This performance period includes all necessary implementation and start-up activities.

Only allowable costs incurred during the period of performance may be charged to the federal award.

Closing Date for Applications: Aug 30, 2021 at 4:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 22
Jul 22

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed calls that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Jul 23
Jul 23

Thanks, Ana.