USAID launches ‘Initiatives for Human Rights’ Project to enhance Democratic Governance in Philippines

Deadline: 29 May 2019

The United States Agency for International Development mission in the Philippines (USAID or USAID/Philippines) is soliciting applications for its Project entitled “Initiatives for Human Rights” to enhance democratic governance in the Philippines, specifically respect for human rights.

USAID has announced this call for effective and innovative approaches and interventions that contribute to achieving the mission’s high level goal of “Enhanced democratic governance that provides economic and political inclusion and advances social stability.”

Programming Areas

The initiative has four programming areas:

  1. Media capacity and independence advanced: The APS invites innovative applications to advance media capacity and independence in three areas:
    • Improve the environment for a free press;
    • Bolster capacity of media and other organizations to address disinformation;
    • Strengthen self‐regulation.
  2. Public support for human rights increased: The APS solicits innovative and tested social behavior change interventions to raise public awareness and support for civil and political rights enshrined in the Philippine Constitution. Activities are envisioned to be organized in three inter‐related components:
    • Build the evidence base for behavior change strategies;
    • Implement social behavior change interventions to increase citizen engagement in support of human rights;
    • Enhance the capacity of communities, civil society and local champions to advocate the advancement of human rights.
  3. Political participation enhanced: The APS calls for applications to expand political participation and civic engagement in the following key areas:
    • Promote civic education;
    • Increase resilience of electoral process;
  4. Local governance bolstered: USAID invites insightful applications to bolster local governance through the following:
    • Increase transparency and accountability;
    • Improve third party oversight of local procurement;
    • Support policy dialogues to advance local governance and decentralization.

Funding Information

  • Award Ceiling: $8,000,000
  • Award Floor: $7,500,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • This funding opportunity is open to all eligible U.S. and non‐U.S. nongovernmental organizations (other than those from foreign policy restricted countries), including but not limited to foundations, academic organizations, media organizations or associations, for‐profit private enterprises, and consortia.
  • Individuals are not eligible to participate in this APS or in any of the Addendums.
  • USAID welcomes organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
  • Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S. government standards, laws, and regulations.
  • Applicants must have a valid DUNS number to submit an application. They also must be registered and is active in SAM.
  • USAID encourages applications from potential new implementing partners in support of the Agency’s interest in fostering a larger assistance base, diversifying the partner base, and expanding the number and sustainability of development partners.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For further information, please visit

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