USAID’s Call for Applications: Promoting the Rule of Law Project in Myanmar

Deadline: 6 February 2017

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for its program entitled “Promoting the Rule of Law Project (the Project)” to strengthen rule of law, including access to justice for marginalized populations, in Myanmar. The Project focuses its efforts on national level policies as well as the regional/state and local level policies and services in several focus regions/states.

The Project is designed to support Myanmar’s transition to a democratic system that includes the rule of law and ensures access to justice for all of Myanmar’s people. Much of the Project’s work focuses on rule of law institutions and processes becoming more transparent and credible; that justice services are available; and just laws are applied equally to individuals of all ethnicities, religions, or socio-economic statuses.

Through this Request for Applications, USAID seeks to support improvement of prevention of trafficking in person’s crimes, and in the provision of legal and/or protection services for trafficking survivors and those at risk of being trafficked.

Objectives and Goals

  • The overall objective of the Project’s grants program is to increase legal literacy, access to justice, and the participation of marginalized populations in target regions/states. Marginalized populations are defined as citizens who are excluded or otherwise disadvantaged due to their gender, age, occupation, income level, ethnicity, disability, social status, and/or any other consideration.
  • This RFA specifically addresses the need for anti-trafficking in persons programming in prevention, protection, and legal support efforts. Programs will be supported that promote awareness-raising and education about TIP issues to prevent and protect against human trafficking, provide protective services to victims/survivors of trafficking, as well as programs that assist victims to seek legal redress.

Funding Information

  • The Project expects to fund 6 to 10 grant projects based on this RFA, with 1-2 awards made to INGOs and the rest to Myanmar organizations.
  • It is anticipated that a total of approximately MMK 520,000,000 (approximately USD $500,000) will be allocated for all grants.
  • Organizations may apply for funding up to MMK 120,000,000 (approximately USD $100,000), unless the applicant is an INGO not based in the US and is proposing grant-making activities to local organizations, and may apply for funding up to MMK 240,000,000 (approximately USD $200,000).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible grant applicants include community-based organizations (CBOs), local/national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), or similar organizations. To be eligible for grant funding an organization should have:
    • Past experience of working effectively to address TIP issues in Myanmar, and well-formed plans to continue doing so;
    • A reputation for integrity, non-discrimination, and political independence; and
    • Sound financial and administrative procedures, and a clear commitment to further organizational development.
  • Applying organizations should have at least 12 months experience working, with at least 6 months working specifically on anti-trafficking issues. However, an exception may be made if the applicant can provide sufficient evidence that the organization’s director(s) have adequate prior experience, and the applicant organization is proposing to fill a gap or address anti-trafficking needs of a community that has been underserved in the past.
  • Organizations based and currently working in Myanmar, in particular those engaged in anti-trafficking, prevention, protection, and justice-related activities in areas specified in the focus regions/states, are strongly preferred.

How to Apply

Applications may be submitted in hard copy or electronically (via email) and if in hard copy, they must be delivered by hand (in person or by courier service) in both hard and soft (electronically on CD) copies at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Myanmar

For more information, please visit Promoting the Rule of Law.

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