USAID/BAA: Promoting Rights and Accountability through Responsible Business Conduct

Deadline: 26 May 2017

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications from the eligible organizations and companies for its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Promoting Rights and Accountability through Responsible Business Conduct  to seek opportunities to  co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to address human rights and anticorruption in business activities globally.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invites organizations and companies to participate with USAID to create more strategic, focused and results-oriented approaches to generate solutions to rights abuses and corrupt practices in global commerce, and form partnerships to target risks and prevent violations.

Criteria for Consideration

  • Expressions of Interest are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely based on whether USAID believes that the submitter will be a valuable contributor to the co-creation process.
  • Concept Papers are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely based on USAID’s determination that the Concept Paper will successfully address the Problem and Challenges set forth herein.
  • Decisions regarding USAID’s pursuit of a particular project, technology or relationship are based on the available evidence, data, and resulting analysis. USAID seeks solutions that have a significant impact (i.e. breakthroughs, not incremental improvements), and can achieve that impact at scale.
  • The reputation of an organization, its past performance, and the managerial and technical ability of the person or team of people engaged in the endeavor are always significant considerations in assessing the potential and the risks associated with each award.
  • Additional criteria may be considered under this BAA to indicate that the submission successfully addresses the Problem and Challenges, including:
    • Theory of change: Based on what drives illicit activity in this sector, describe the general theory of change and area(s) of intervention of your proposed concept.
    • Specify target populations: Indicate the geographic scope and economic actors to be addressed by your concept. Please clearly identify target populations, and if cross-border activities, the reasons for a transnational approach (i.e. following financial flows, or working in both origin and destination countries for migrant workers).
    • Impact and goals of the program: Indicate broad and discrete goals of the concept and how they relate to USAID’s Democracy, Rights and Governance (DRG) strategy and objectives.
    • Private-sector partnerships: Indicate specific relationships with private sector actors, and any pre-existing partnership commitments to identify and address identified issues in the target sector.
    • Capacity: A short statement of your organization’s past experience and capacity to conduct activities related to the proposed concept.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible under this BAA.
  • All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the BAA and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award type.

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