Updated May 01, 2019CLOSED

DRL Labor Programs to Combat Slavery in West Africa

Offered by U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects to support the eradication of slavery in West Africa, with a focus on descent-based slavery, and assist with the full integration of victims into society.

While the open and legal institution of slavery that existed in some West African societies for many centuries has largely been legally abolished, the practice continues in various forms. Proposed projects should focus on efforts to eradicate slavery as well as efforts to address the economic, legal, and social exclusion faced by those impacted by slavery in a single West African country. Programs should include systematic documentation of identified cases of slavery and the follow-up and monitoring actions taken for each case. Each proposal should target only one country.
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CLOSEDMay 22, 2019Deadline
$1,000,000 - $2,000,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountrySenegal, Niger, Mauritania and Mali
Focus AreasDemocracy, Human Rights, and Governance
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 some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited. Applications submitted by for-profit entities may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process. Additionally, the Department of State prohibits profit to for-profit or commercial organizations under its assistance awards. Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs. The allowability of costs incurred by commercial organizations is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards Administration, and Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.

Other Requirements

Financial StatementsThe Federal Financial Report is the required form for the financial reports and must be submitted.REQUIRED
Impact Evaluation/M&E PlanNarrative progress reports should reflect the focus on measuring the project’s impact on the overarching objectives and should be compiled according to the objectives, outcomes, and outputs as outlined in the award’s Scope of Work (SOW) and in the Monitoring & Evaluation Narrative. See attachmentfor further information.
Reporting RequirementsDRL awards will require that all reports (financial and progress) are uploaded to the grant file on a quarterly basis. The progress reports uploaded to the grant file must include a narrative and Project Indicators (or other mutually agreed upon format approved by the Grants Officer) for the F Framework indicators.REQUIRED

Activities that are not typically allowed include, but are not limited to:

  • The provision of humanitarian assistance;
  • English language instruction;
  • Development of high-tech computer or communications software and/or hardware;
  • Purely academic exchanges or fellowships;
  • External exchanges or fellowships lasting longer than six months;
  • Off-shore activities that are not clearly linked to in-country initiatives and impact or are not necessary per security concerns;
  • Theoretical explorations of human rights or democracy issues, including projects aimed primarily at research and evaluation that do not incorporate training or capacity-building for local civil society;
  • Micro-loans or similar small business development initiatives;
  • Initiatives directed towards a diaspora community rather than current residents of targeted countries

Application Directions

All application submissions must be made electronically via www.grants.gov or SAMS Domestic (https://mygrants.service-now.com).


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