USAID Call for Concept Papers: Strengthening Partnerships for Democratic Governance through Regional and National Grants to Civil Society Organizations

Deadline: 22 February 2018

DAI, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced a two step process to select eligible proposals to implement activities that will improve civil society and government engagement on key government policy and reform plans that will result in strengthened democratic governance and accountability in Sri Lanka.

The purpose of this Annual Program Statement (APS) is to solicit applications for funding from the Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project (SDGAP).

SDGAP Objectives

SDGAP will work with the Parliament of Sri Lanka, selected government ministries, independent commissions and government agencies. The project will also support local civil society organizations (CSOs) to achieve the following results:

  • Task One: Strengthening Sri Lanka’s Public Accountability Systems (including oversight bodies such as Parliament and its Committees and emerging independent Commissions)
  • Task Two: Improving Strategic Planning and Communication, Policy Reform and Implementation (including through work with key ministries)
  • Task Three: Increasing Political Participation of Women and Underrepresented Groups in Democratic Governance (including at local levels)

Focus Areas

  • Improving a Culture of Accountability
  • Enhancing Civic Participation and Civic Education on Key Policy Reforms
  • Women’s political participation and underrepresented groups

Funding Information

  • Awards typically may not exceed USD $100,000 for Sri Lankan Organizations.
  • DAI anticipates a performance period of up to One (01) year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This APS is issued as a public notice to ensure that all interested and qualified organizations have a fair opportunity to submit applications for funding.
  • Eligible organizations must be a registered in Sri Lanka formally constituted, recognized by and in good standing with appropriate Sri Lanka authorities, and compliant with all applicable civil and fiscal regulations and could include, for example, foundations, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations (FBOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), host country organizations, private organizations, academic institutions, private companies, professional associations and consortiums.
  • DAI encourages an approach that establishes partnerships with several partner organizations and builds them into legacy institutions capable of sustaining development projects in the future.

How to Apply

Concept paper must be submitted at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Sri Lanka

For more information, please visit USAID.

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