U.S. Embassy Nouakchott’s Program and Grants Office (PGO) of the U.S. Department of State announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in applying for funding for program proposals that improve collaboration and trust between citizens and civilian government officials, and support women as effective peace and security leaders.
When confronted with the rise of violent extremism, most notably in the early 2000s, the GIRM started a structural metamorphosis to adapt, contain, and deter this new menace which threatens its existence: the violent extremists do not recognize the authority of the state whom they perceive as sympathetic to foreigners.
In 2010, the Mauritanian government designed a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) strategy that combines the use of military and non-military approaches to control and eliminate the threat.
Some analysts believe that Mauritania’s success in preventing terrorist attacks on its soil since 2011 is due to its military posture, however, part of its success may be attributed to Mauritania’s increased narrative of promotion of tolerance.
There’s little doubt that the GIRM is making progress but more remains to be done to reverse the trajectory imprinted by decades of extremist rhetoric and action.
It is important to continue to build the capacity of oulemas, fuqaha, imams, youth, and women – through the Ministry of Islamic Affairs (MOIA) – to improve the GIRM’s ability to fight extremism and to spread a narrative of acceptance.
This will lead to more youth trusting government’s guidance, more Mahadras adopting official teaching curricular, more religious scholars trusting the government and disseminating its approach, including approach to peaceful resolution of grievances.
These actions will result in decreasing extremist content in those spaces and reducing appeal for violence, especially to youth, as the only method of asserting positions.
In this regard, the U.S. Embassy seeks to expand on successes and recommendations from prior programming to make measurable progress on CVE in Mauritania.
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Improve the capacity of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs (MOIA) to better design and implement pertinent CVE interventions involving youths, women, and religious leaders in target regions to counter violent extremism.
1. Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society / non-governmental organizations;
2. U.S. and foreign educational institutions;
3. Foreign Public Entities (FPE) for example: Public International Organizations (PIOs) and Governmental institutions.
Priorities with room for expansion under this program:
a) Conflict mediation: F
urther help religious leaders to understand their roles within the national structure by providing them with resources and support and networking them with other ministry conflict mediators;
b) Evaluating risk factors for terrorism:
The ministry has a proven approach for capturing and disseminating information on risk factors to inform and establish evidence-based policies;
c) Engaging productively with Mauritanian youth:
The ministry has a clear policy and protocol on youth engagement, which could include more formalized structures to support it.
The target audiences should be religious leaders, youth, girls and women, government officers, civil society actors, community leaders.
Length of performance period: 24 months.
Award ceiling: US$800,000.
Closing Date for Applications: July 15, 2021.
For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333902