U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of INL: Increasing Access to Justice in Bangladesh

Deadline: 16 August 2018

The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is seeking applications from qualified Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Educational Institutions and other non-profit qualified organizations for a Grant/Cooperative to implement a program entitled “Increasing Access to Justice in Bangladesh”.

This project will provide professional and technical development for defense legal professionals that provide criminal legal aid services in Bangladesh and help develop the organizational capacity of government legal aid committees to improve access to justice for indigent Bangladeshis. The project will provide legal training for defense lawyers to enhance the quality of legal aid services and engage with government legal aid committees to develop strategic initiatives to improve public outreach capabilities, planning, administrative capacity, and coordination among government facilities and NGOs. The project will support efforts to counter violent extremism in Bangladesh through improving access to justice and formal mechanisms to air grievances.

Project Objectives

  • Training and Evaluation
  • Government Legal Aid Committee Capacity Building
  • Public Awareness and Outreach

Funding Information

  • Award Ceiling: $400,000
  • Award Floor: $200,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants that qualify to receive U.S. grants (such as U.S. not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or U.S. based educational institutions subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code; foreign not-for-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or foreign based educational institutions, with the ability to develop and successfully implement a project in Bangladesh and meet INL’s reporting requirements. Organizations must also be able to demonstrate current (or pending) country registration in Bangladesh, if required by the country of project implementation.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated experience implementing similar capacity building programs, preferably in Bangladesh or within the South Asia region. INL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering similar programs and/or federal grant awards.
  • Applicants must have the ability to produce course materials, deliver training, and conduct evaluations in Bengali and English. The applicant’s staff should be proficient in English in order to fulfill reporting requirements.
  • Applicants must have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with stakeholders in order to successfully carry out the proposed program.
  • Organizations may form a consortium and submit a combined proposal. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant.
  • Applicants must be able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period of time.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Grants.gov.

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