Pacific Islands Good Governance Initiative is now open for Applications

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Deadline: 12 August 2019

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) is accepting applications from eligible organizations to submit applications for Pacific Islands Good Governance Initiative.

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All NOFOs should focus on accomplishing the following objective: Create an initiative in the Pacific Islands that can promote sound, just, and responsive governance within the region to empower citizens, help combat corruption, and strengthen nations’ sovereignty. Transparent and accountable governments that promote civil society and rule of law are essential to strengthening the free and open Indo-Pacific region. Programs should address the most pressing governance needs of the Pacific Islands, including, but not limited to:

  • Multilateral engagement and advocacy to promote public sector accountability and tackle corruption;
  • Promote high standards investment;
  • Implement debt sustainability practices;
  • Strengthen governance institutions;
  • Increase public participation in policymaking, especially of women and marginalized populations;
  • Promote access to quality and reliable media and other sources of information; and
  • Strengthen rule of law, fundamental freedoms, and human rights.

Projects are limited to the following EAP countries eligible to receive Economic Support Funds: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Projects may also include participation from Pacific Island Forum (PIF) countries, including: Cook Islands, Niue, French Polynesia, and New Caledonia. Projects for Nauru may not involve any assistance to the central government, including the provision of training or technical assistance to central government employees, in light of applicable assistance restrictions.

Priorities

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Projects should address one or more of the following priorities:

  • SOUND GOVERNANCE: Increasing public sector accountability and transparency, fostering access to information, strengthening anti-corruption measures, promoting responsible borrowing, and encouraging honest and open procurement and public financial management practices.
  • JUST GOVERNANCE: Strengthening the rule of law by supporting national and subnational legislatures and government institutions, promoting legal and judicial reforms in line with international standards, strengthening the integrity of elections and political processes, promoting political party development, strengthening inclusive public participation in policymaking, and building capacity to investigate and prosecute financial and other crimes.
  • RESPONSIVE GOVERNANCE: Promoting a strong, active civil society by supporting organizations that foster fundamental freedoms and human rights, strengthening grassroots social accountability initiatives, strengthening civic education, increasing the participation of women and other disadvantaged groups, expanding people-to-people exchanges, and increasing access to credible information through thriving and independent media.

Funding Information

The Award Ceiling of this NOFO is $12,000,000.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • EAP welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO); Public International Organizations; and private, public, or state institutions of higher education.
  • For-profit and commercial firms are not eligible to apply in response to this NOFO.

How to Apply

Applicants can find application forms and other materials need to apply on the given website.

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For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316920

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