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U.S. Mission to Pakistan: Call for Proposals for Capacity-building in Countering Disinformation and Fake News

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted May 1, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on June 7, 2020
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Project Goal

They seek proposals that further the professional development of the Pakistani press and strengthen the media industry.
The program should improve print, broadcast, and online media practitioners’ ability to develop fact-based, investigative reports and provide Pakistani citizens with the information need to make informed judgments about their lives, their communities, and their public institutions.


1. Over 18 months, the grantee will train current and emerging media professionals—to include reporters, journalists, bloggers, assignment desk staff, and/or editors—in the implications of unreliable/fake and misleading news through a series of workshops, roundtables, and training sessions. The grantee should plan to train at least 500 journalists through multiple sessions throughout the year.
2. The project will also provide journalists with tools to better support investigative journalism in Pakistan, and to better explain the news to the public. Program activities may include mentorship and training to support investigative stories including, but not limited to, the spread of disinformation to undermine confidence in institutions, support for radical movements and parties, rule of law, and governance issues. The program can also support collaboration across media organizations and creative media literacy campaigns.

Participants and Audiences

Emerging mid-level male and female Pakistani journalists, editorial staff, assignment editors and other media professionals representing a mix of Urdu, English, Sindhi, Pashtu, Balochi, and Punjabi speaking communities.
Final participant list requires approval of Mission Pakistan.
Female participation is strongly encouraged.
Projects that include work in underserved areas in Pakistan will be especially competitive.

Utilize This Offer

The U.S. Consulate General Karachi Public Affairs Section is seeking proposals for workshops, roundtables, and training sessions aimed at improving Pakistani journalists’ ability to decipher and counter false narratives, while building their capacity to produce data-driven investigative stories.

The award floor is two hundred thousand dollars US$200,000; the award ceiling is two hundred fifty thousand dollars US$250,000.

All award activities should be completed within 18 months of the award start date.

Eligibility: international and Pakistan-based non-profit organizations. Applicant organizations must submit proof of their non-profit status with their proposal submission (e.g. proof of 501(c) (3) status, Pakistan NGO license).

Deadline for Applications: Monday, June 8, 2020 (11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 01, 2020
May 01, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too! They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
May 02, 2020
May 02, 2020

Thanks, Dear.