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 that aim to prevent atrocities in either Mali, Cameroon or Cote d’Ivoire.
Projects should partner with local organizations to improve civilian security and strengthen community resilience with the goal of preventing atrocities in countries vulnerable to extremist and communal violence. Possible program activities may include: supporting the creation and local management of a communication and/or early warning system to share verified information, including but not limited to reports of violence, securely, quickly, and effectively in order to dispel rumors and activate protection mechanisms; training for community leaders to engage effectively with local security actors and increase community-government collaboration to promote civilian security; and promoting reconciliation and inter-communal dialogues in areas affected by ethnic conflict.
|Country||Cameroon, Mali and Cote d'Ivoire|
|Focus Areas||Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance|
Applicants may submit up to three proposals, one for each country. Applicants should not, however, submit multiple proposals for only one country; DRL will only review one proposal per country from each applicant. Regional programs are also not recommended and will be deemed less competitive than country-specific programs. As country contexts vary, proposals will be judged on their clear grasp of the relevant atrocity risks in the proposed country. Preference will be given to applicants that include partnerships with and/or sub-grants to local organizations.
DRL is uniquely placed to promote democracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advance labor rights globally through both policy and programming. Projects should aim to have impact that leads to democratic reforms, and should have the potential for sustainability beyond DRL resources. DRL’ s preference is to avoid duplicating past efforts by supporting new and creative approaches. This does not exclude from consideration projects that improve upon or expand existing successful projects in a new and complementary way. DRL provides targeted support through programs that take an intersectional approach to addressing barriers created by rising levels of violence, discrimination and criminalization aimed at individuals based on their religion, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and gender identity. These programs are demand-driven, locally led, and best practices to prevent, mitigate, and recover from human rights violations.
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.