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Programs to Support Inclusive Political and Economic Reform, and International Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Burma

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 12, 2016 from Brazil
Expired on October 28, 2016
United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
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TheUnited StatesDepartment of State Bureau ofDemocracy,Human Rightsand Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI)fromorganizationsinterested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) for programs for a program entitled “DRL Request for Statements of Interest on Programs to Support Inclusive Political and Economic Reform, and International Religious Freedom and Human Rights inBurma”.

DRL’s program objective is to support activities that promote national and local government transparency, accountability, revenue and resource sharing in Burma, in support of the goal of furthering and deepening an inclusive democratic transition andpeaceprocess.

Objectives

  • Increase transparency and accountability in Burma;
  • Increase religious freedom and respect for religious and ethnic diversity in Burma.

FundingInformation

  • Increase transparency and accountability in natural resources(approximately $706,000 available)
  • Promote religious freedom and respect for religious and ethnic diversity(approximately $1,465,000 available)

Focus Issues

  • Increasing understanding leading to the adoption of resource and revenue sharing models, and promote energy and natural resource management;
  • Technical assistance, research or advocacy efforts which identify, track and/or repatriate illicitly acquired assets, particularly in the mining and oil and gas industries, prioritizing locations where resources contribute to conflicts;
  • Advocacy and/or technical assistance leading to legislation and policies which incentivize responsible investment in Burma, encourage investments with non-military businesses, and support inclusive processes for inclusive community engagement in infrastructure and special economic zone investments.
  • Projects in support of anti-corruption and transparency.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be a U.S.-based or foreign-based non-profit organization/non-governmental organization (NGO), or a public international organization; or
  2. Be a private, public, or state institutions of highereducation; or
  3. Be a for-profit organization or business, although there are restrictions on payment of fees and/or profits undergrantsand cooperative agreements, including those outlined in 48 CFR 30 (“Cost Accounting Standards Administration”), 48 CFR 31 (“Contract Cost Principles and Procedures”); and
  4. Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders including private sector partner andNGOs; and
  5. Have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs. DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering federal awards. These applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.
  6. Applicants must have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities and relevant stakeholders, including private sector partners and NGOs, and have demonstrable experience in administering successful and preferably similar projects.

DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

DRL encourages applications from foreign-based NGOs headquartered in the geographic regions/countries relevant to this NOFO. Applicants may form consortia and submit a combined application. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant with the other members as sub-award partners.

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, includingwomen,youth, persons with disabilities, members of ethnic or religious minority groups, and LGBTI persons.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application packages via given website.

For more information, please visithttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289015

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