U.S. Department of State, Bureau of DRL: Promotes Worker Rights in Kazakhstan


Deadline: 28 January 2019

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects to promote freedom of association, improve labor rights protections, and ensure that labor unions in Kazakhstan can exercise and defend their rights.

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Projects should partner with local worker organizations, including NGOs, to build the capacity of worker organizations to engage in meaningful policy dialogue with all stakeholders, monitor abuses, engage international mechanisms, and defend and protect worker rights.  Policy dialogue should be complemented with technical assistance to bring trade union, labor, and criminal laws and practice into compliance with international standards.  Competitive proposals will be complementary toany current initiatives and will also seek to facilitate transparent dialogue regarding grievances and mechanisms for upholding workers’ rights as well as foster advocacy and awareness-raising around freedom of association, the right to strike, and other core labor standards.

DRL also requires all of its programming to be inclusive and expects implementers to include strategies for deliberate analysis, integration, and investment in at-risk or vulnerable individuals. Where appropriate, competitive proposals may include:

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  • Opportunities for beneficiaries to apply their new knowledge and skills in practical efforts.
  • Solicitation of feedback and suggestions from beneficiaries when developing activities in order to strengthen the sustainability of programs and participant ownership of project outcomes.
  • Input from participants on sustainability plans and systematic review of the plans throughout the life of the project with adjustments made as necessary.
  • Inclusion of vulnerable populations in needs and/or rapid assessments in order to identify challenges, gaps, and opportunities among these groups.
  • Joint identification and definition of key concepts with relevant stakeholders and stakeholder input into project activities.
  • Systematic follow up with beneficiaries at specific intervals (3 months, 6 months, etc.) after the completion of activities to track how beneficiaries are retaining new knowledge as well as applying their new skills.

Award Information                                                                         

  • Award Ceiling: $500,000
  • Award Floor: $400,000

Eligible Applicants

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  • 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) at 48 CFR 30, Cost Accounting Standards Administration, and 48 CFR 31 Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.

How to Apply

Applicants can find application forms, kits, or other materials needed to apply via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310561

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