U.S. Department of State, Bureau of EAP announces Pacific Islands Good Governance Initiative

Deadline: 12 August 2019

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) has announced an open competition for eligible organizations to submit applications to 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 should address one or more of the following priorities:

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  • 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.

Award Information

  • EAP anticipates having approximately $12 million of FY18 Economic Support Funds (ESF) available to support one successful application submitted in response to this NOFO, subject to the ability of funding.
  • Applicants should include an anticipated start date of September 2019 and the period of performance should be no longer than four years.

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.

Eligible Applicants

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  • 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

All application submissions must be made electronically via the given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=318583

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