Bureau of DRL seeking Application for Countering Corruption amid COVID-19

Deadline: 12 June 2020

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications in support of the goal of combatting corruption arising in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A competitive project will demonstrate substantial experience with anti-corruption programming, including on open government and public procurement issues; proven connections to a range of anti-corruption advocates and organizers, including local organizations, investigative media entities, and civil society organizations; and capacity to administer sub-grants in varied contexts to support national and transnational transparency and anti-corruption advocacy. DRL seeks a project that includes a responsive small grants component to support innovative anti-corruption initiatives that advance the outcomes outlined above in order to ensure local buy-in. Other illustrative project activities can include:
  • Supporting civil society and media to foster public demand for accountability, including by shedding light on corrupt practices and engaging citizens and others regarding its impact;
  • Mobilizing local civil society to advocate for transparent procurement standards and compliance with anti-corruption and competition laws;
  • Advocating for the inclusion of transparency and anti-corruption measures in COVID-19- related emergency relief efforts to ensure resources go to support those most vulnerable and at risk;
  • Partner with governments to enhance measures intended to increase transparency in public procurement;
  • Promoting dialogue and joint actions among civil society, local communities, and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen community oversight and accountability of government response to COVID-19;
  • Identify areas where existing procurement processes and government response to COVID-19 are inadequate to safeguarding against corruption and work with civil society, government, and regional and international experts to address those weaknesses.
Funding Information
  • Funding Floor: $1,000,000
  • Funding Ceiling: $1,000,000
  • Period of Performance: 24 – 36 months
  • Anticipated Time to Award, Pending Availability of Funds: 4 – 5 months
  • 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.
Eligibility Criteria
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.
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