The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition for projects in support of a forthcoming comprehensive bilateral anti-trafficking program between the U.S. Government and the Government of Zambia.
The program will be jointly developed and implemented by the U.S. Government, the Government of Zambia, and the selected implementing partner(s) through a multi-year partnership. The purpose of the partnership and program is to strengthen the efforts of Zambia’s government and civil society organizations to prevent human trafficking; proactively identify, protect, and provide comprehensive, trauma-informed care for victims of trafficking; effectively investigate, prosecute, and convict perpetrators of human trafficking; and create an enabling environment to promote effective collaboration and partnerships to address human trafficking. This partnership will encompass all forms of human trafficking and will target both adult and child victims. This program will be modeled after the successful Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnerships and expanded to comprehensively address trafficking of adults.
- The goal of the partnership is to create an enabling environment for the partner government at all levels and civil society organizations to work in concert to combat human trafficking by employing a multi-sectoral, victim centered approach that addresses targeted risk factors, ensures comprehensive victim protection and investigates, prosecutes, and convicts human trafficking criminals. The anticipated, broad objectives include:
- Objective 1 (Prevention): There is widespread awareness and understanding of human trafficking crimes in targeted communities; stakeholders in government, civil society, and communities understand and address the key factors leading to human trafficking and families and individuals are stable and resilient to vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking.
- Objective 2 (Protection): There is a multi-sectoral, clear, and well understood mechanism for identifying and referring trafficking victims to care. Care is available and readily accessible to trafficking victims. The mechanism and subsequent care are victim-centered and trauma informed.
- Objective 3 (Prosecution): According to their respective roles, justice sector actors apply anti-trafficking laws to identify and investigate cases of human trafficking in victim-centered, and trauma-informed manners, and use evidence and build successful cases against perpetrators to secure convictions.
- Objective 4 (Partnership): Partnerships, cooperation and coordination are flourishing across multiple sectors and actors involving human trafficking, including, but not limited to, government agencies, government and civil society, trafficking victims and justice sector actors, communities and civil society, and governments and their foreign counterparts when foreign trafficking victims are involved.
- Ceiling of Award Range: $4,000,000 for initial period of performance; $12,00,000 for total overall ceiling.
- Approximate Number of Awards: Minimum: One; Maximum: Three
- Anticipated Award Date: Early 2024
- Applicants may only submit one proposal per organization in response to this funding opportunity.
- Organizations eligible to apply include U.S.-based and foreign non-profits, non-governmental organizations (including faith-based organizations), public international organizations (PIOs), institutions of higher education, and for-profit entities. For-profit organizations are not permitted to generate profits from grant-funded activities. U.S. government agencies may respond to this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) with applications for projects that would be funded through an Interagency Acquisition Agreement. While foreign governments are not eligible to apply, governments may be beneficiaries of projects provided that funding does not pay salaries of government agency personnel and that such assistance is not restricted by U.S. law or policy.
- While foreign governments are not eligible to apply, governments may be beneficiaries of programs provided that funding does not pay salaries of government agency personnel and that such assistance is not restricted by U.S. law or policy.
- The eligibility requirements for applying to this funding opportunity do not restrict applicants from receiving other sources of funding from the United States government, including funding from other bureaus within the Department of State. However, the applicant must provide information on any work conducted with U.S. government funding related to human-trafficking issues or cross-cutting (e.g., child protection, health, education, labor, gender, etc.) human-trafficking issues within the project narrative.
- Applicants should have existing active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders, including government interlocutors, private sector actors, and local civil society organizations and/or non-governmental organizations. Applicants should have experience in administering successful projects, preferably in human trafficking or related areas in Zambia.
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