The U.S. Embassy Kinshasa / Africa Bureau of the U.S. Department of State has announced an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program for not-for-profit organizations to submit proposals that seek to support both state and private media in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Curbing Misinformation and Disinformation through Information Literacy and Fact Checking.
The U.S. Mission Kinshasa supports a more stable, democratic nation through improved governance, greater respect for human rights, and credible local, provincial, and national elections. The goal of this project is to educate journalists (and through them, the public) so that they can identify and debunk dis/misinformation and make informed choices.
This funding opportunity seeks to train tech-savvy journalists from all provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and will also be open to those from the Republic of Congo.
- The selected partner is required to design a series of comprehensive media trainings for tech-savvy journalists from both state and private media throughout the country, up to 20 trainings in total.
- There should be at least 15-20 participants at each training with at least 50% female media practitioners in attendance. The training should cover techniques to detect misinformation and disinformation, identifying and fact-checking information. Based on feedback from and in close collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, the partner will implement these trainings nation-wide for hundreds of public and private media actors.
- The goal is to help journalists cultivate tools to identify and debunk misinformation and disinformation so they can better inform the Congolese public on issues related to health, democracy, economics, security, and climate change. In turn, this strengthens the democratic foundations of the DRC.
- The project should use a combination of in-person and/or virtual workshops, trainings, video messaging, a targeted social media strategy and radio programs to engage young citizens throughout the DRC.
- Length of performance period: 18 to 24 months
- Number of awards anticipated: 1 award (dependent on amounts)
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $50,000
- Total available funding: $50,000
Participants and Audiences
- The primary project audience is 50-70 tech-savvy journalists from all provinces of the DRC. At least 50% of the participants should be female. While the initial beneficiaries should be the tech-savvy journalists, the secondary audience should be young voters from across the DRC who are consuming and producing information through traditional and social media platform.
Priority Region: Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations – U.S. or foreign
- Public and private educational institutions – U.S. or foreign
- Individuals with relevant academic or journalism experience – U.S. or foreign
- Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions
Other Eligibility Requirements
- In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration.
- Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.
- Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.
- Proposals must be submitted in English.
- Training and all training materials must be conducted in French. Fluency in Lingala, Swahili, and/or Kikongo is beneficial, but not required.
For more information, visit https://cd.usembassy.gov/embassy/grants/