The Bureau of International Narcotics-Law Enforcement is seeking applications for its Western Hemisphere Regional Anti-corruption Project to help keep Americans safe by countering crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad.
Corruption is endemic throughout the Western Hemisphere and negatively impacts political, economic, and social outcomes.
Com-batting corruption is a key component of INL’s mandate to counter crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad, and the U.S. has a vested interest in doing so – to prevent such consequences of corruption like irregular migration, political and economic instability, and the effects of transnational crime.
- To enhance regional access to knowledge regarding corruption and INL/WHP’s capacity to address corruption with a region-wide, on-demand approach, through broadly applicable interventions, including judicial vetting, country corruption scorecards, and training and technical assistance.
- Objective 1: Justice Sector Vetting
- Increase the transparency of nominations of justice sector officials and the public’s awareness of corruption in the justice system through vetting activities. INL welcomes applicants to recommend either a sub-region within the hemisphere or selected countries for this objective, along with a rationale as to why these countries should be prioritized for this effort.
- Objective 2: Scorecard(s)
- Increase awareness amongst the public, private sector, and international community concerning the levels of corruption in various sectors of a given country that contribute to the overall level of corruption in that country. INL recommends a minimum of two sub-regions but is open to recommendations from applicants, along with accompanying justification.
- Objective 3: Capacity Building
- Enhance INL/WHP’s ability to deliver flexible on-demand capacity building in one or more of the following anti-corruption programming areas: security institutions, judicial institutions, legislative frameworks, electoral systems/campaign finance, public contracting, international standards and compliance, and/or others as designated by INL/WHP. The implementer will work in close coordination with INL/WHP and INL sections in partner countries to identify opportunities and needs in a timely fashion. For assistance requests, the implementer will submit a detailed technical proposal to the INL GOR, to include a work plan and M&E plan. Pending funds availability, a cost proposal may be required. INL will evaluate the proposal, and the implementer should be ready to execute the project within a period no longer than two weeks following official approval by the Grants Officer.
- Length of performance period: 12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: 2 – 3 awards (dependent on amounts)
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $400,000 – $600,000 (each award) but not exceed a maximum of $1,214,927
- Total available funding: $1,214,927
Participants and Audiences
The general public of the respective countries where programming is deployed
- Civil society organizations
- International organizations
- Host government law enforcement actors, judges, court staff, audit and oversight officials
- Relevant U.S. government agencies
- Other audiences as determined by the deployment of the grantee expert
- While target countries will ultimately be targeted and prioritized based on INL/WHP requirements, INL welcomes recommended prioritization by applicants along with accompanying rationale.
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- U.S.-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
- U.S.-based educational institutions subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code;
- Foreign-based non-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
- Foreign-based educational institutions
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333981