The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State has announced an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a project to: help Burkinabe law enforcement use road safety as a tool to improve the social contract with their citizens.
Road safety is defined as prevention, response, and public engagement/advocacy used to reduce traffic fatalities and criminality on/around roads, including banditry and corruption.
The project goal is to create or make measurable improvement in public perception of police integrity and effectiveness in Burkina Faso.
This will be achieved through a combination of concrete progress in improving law enforcement prevention and response and improving communications approaches.
The project will consist of three phases:
- The implementer will conduct a detailed analysis of the political economy of road safety and related law enforcement context in Burkina Faso.
- The implementer will design a program for targeted assistance focusing on improving police perceptions through road safety efforts.
- Following INL approval of the program design and budget, the implementer will implement the program, including necessary adaptation along the way.
- Objective 1: Produce a detailed assessment of existing law enforcement roles, initiatives, performance, and political economic environment in Burkina Faso. During the first phase of the program, the implementer will conduct a detailed assessment of law enforcement roles, initiatives, and the political economic environment in Burkina Faso. The assessment may also include an examination of patrol police reform, and model road safety initiatives in other countries. It is highly recommended that applications conduct this phase in partnership with host government law enforcement actors and local organizations who study/advocate in this area (see background for examples). The analysis should include:
- Activity 1: Examine the road safety performance, initiatives and relevant context. This should analyze security concerns within this problem set that most impact public trust.
- Activity 2: Identification and analysis opportunities and challenges for implementing road safety initiatives. This includes policies and procedures, existing physical and human resources, including equipment, vehicles, and training.
- Activity 3: Identify potential partnerships with local NGOs, other government agencies, the private sector, and other donors operating in this space that could be leveraged to build coalitions, anchor programs in existing efforts/relationships, and maximize road safety gains with an emphasis on public confidence building aspect of any project.
- Objective 2: The implementer will design a program focused on enhancing citizen trust in law enforcement by improving service delivery related to road safety, and reducing law enforcement corruption in Burkina Faso. During the second phase of the program, the implementer will design a program that seeks to improve road safety and reduces law enforcement abuse of power. The implementer will submit to INL for approval a program design, including budget, based on the assessments. The type of intervention should be driven by phase 1 and should be designed in an iterative, adaptive, flexible way. The proposed program must respond to the overall project goal and the findings of the political economy and contextual analysis. However, pending concurrence from INL, the implementer’s proposed program must include the following three activities:
- Activity 1: Mentorship of senior and mid-level law enforcement managers in developing road safety initiatives, including data and statistics collection or communications/marketing/branding strategies. Programs should be designed to meet the individual needs and opportunities of each country, as outlined in the assessment.
- Activity 2: Develop at least two road safety initiatives in Burkina Faso that includes local partners – including other government agencies, NGOs, and/or the private sector. The implementer will work directly with host government and civil society to develop and implement programs to improve police perceptions via the road safety lens. Use of multiple approaches and methodical quantitative and qualitative testing/experimentation is encouraged.
- Activity 3: Develop at least one communication initiative to ensure positive aspects of the project are being shared with the public. Examples could include workshops, developing media, or a public relations campaign. INL anticipates that the implementer will have success working through civil society organizations and law enforcement institutions to improve the perception of law enforcement in Burkina Faso. It is important to not only share these lessons, but to teach the Burkinabe how to share the lessons so that all are aware of the progress and they can continue communicating following the end of the project.
- Objective 3: Following INL approval of the program design and budget, the implementer will implement the program. This phase will implement the program defined during the Objective 2 phase. INL will monitor and evaluate against the specific goals, objectives, activities, and metrics jointly agreed upon during the Objective 2 phase. Various criteria and processes for adaptation should be specified in Objective 2. INL does not see this as a rigid blueprint. INL will encourage the implementer to work closely with INL and adapt the project to maximize the potential impact, while keeping in mind the overall project goal and hypothesis.
- Total available funding: $815,000
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $750,000 to a maximum of $815,000
- Length of performance period: 24 months
- Anticipated program start date: September 2021
- Burkina Faso
- The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- U.S.-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
- U.S.-based educational institutions subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code;
- Foreign-based non-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
- Foreign-based educational institutions.
- Applicants must also meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply to this NOFO:
- Applicants must have demonstrated experience implementing similar education or capacity building programs, preferably in Burkina Faso. 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 French 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 and other members as sub-award partners.
- Applicants must be able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333839