Counterpart International – ACEP: Accepting Applications for Research, Policy and Advocacy Grants (RPAG)

Deadline: 17 November 2018

The USAID-funded Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP), implemented by Counterpart International, Inc. (Counterpart) is soliciting competitive applications from eligible organizations for its Research, Policy and Advocacy Grants (RPAG).

CSOs can select and work on projects that addresses radicalization through community peace building and CSOs efforts. Specific objectives may include:

  • researches that identify invisible elements and root causes fuelling radicalization in the communities,
  • advocating with government to tackle radicalization in the country,
  • produce teaching materials, i.e. civic education and human rights self-learning manuals, and conduct human rights capacity development opportunities for the imams of the insecure prone communities,
  • work with civil society networks to develop/build on an existing peace building strategy for Afghanistan civil society organizations and
  • build in country peace building experts and practitioners,
  • work and advocate for the rights of victims of war, child soldiers and veterans.

Expected Outcomes

  • Afghan citizens, civil society and government are well-aware of root causes of radicalization in Afghanistan
  • A national peace building strategy is developed that defines the key areas of civil society interventions in peace building and in country capacity built for follow of the strategy.
  • Afghan government takes necessary measures to tackle radicalization, i.e. draft new legislation that addresses radicalization, and take decisions that support counter radicalization.
  • Civic education materials are produced for counter radicalization in Afghan communities

Funding Information

  • Counterpart International anticipates awarding One (1) Fixed Amount Award (FAA)s to an Afghan CSO for a period of eight (8) months, and for up to AFN 3,700,000 (Three Million seven hundred thousand).
  • The anticipated start date of the Research, Policy and Advocacy Grants (RPAG) is on or about December 21, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

All Afghan CSOs (including women-led CSOs) that hold valid registration certificates from the Ministry of Economy and/or Ministry of Justice.

Counterpart will accept applications from organizations that meet the following eligibility requirements:

Peacebuilding and reconciliation:

  • Applicants must demonstrate at least five years of previous experience working on peacebuilding and reconciliation.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a good working relationship with High Peace Council (HPC), relevant CSOs and CSO working groups that works on peacebuilding and last but not least with other public relevant institutions.
  • Applicants must be Afghan Civil Society Organization, holding valid registration certificates from the Ministry of Economy and/or the Ministry of justice, should be formally constituted, recognized by and in good standing with appropriate government authorities, have its principle place of business in the recipient country, and compliant with all applicable civil and fiscal regulations (clean audit report).
  • The applicant cannot be currently implementing another grant awarded by ACEP.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate successful past performance in implementation of mentoring, coaching and training using adult learning methodologies, programs related to ACEP priority areas as described in this RFA.
  • Applicants must have established outreach capabilities with linkages to the beneficiary group(s) identified in the program description. This should be reflected by the incorporation of the beneficiary perspective in the application.
  • Applicants must display sound management in the form of financial, administrative, and technical policies and procedures and present a system of internal controls that safeguard assets; protect against fraud, waste, and abuse; and support the achievement of program goals and objectives. ACEP will assess this capability prior to awarding a grant.
  • Applicants must be based or be able to travel to the provinces they are applying for.

How to Apply

Complete Applications should be emailed at the address given on the website.

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