Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Statements of Interest: FY20 Iraq Programs

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) outlining project concepts and capacity to manage programs in Iraq that will: strengthen effective governance; increase political participation and civic activism; promote fundamental freedoms; and support atrocity prevention, accountability, and reconciliation.

U.S. human rights and democracy assistance will be tailored to promote governance based on democratic principles, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and peaceful coexistence. It will also provide for the protection of and advocacy for the rights of the most vulnerable, including youth, women, and religious and ethnic minorities, and mitigate the impact of conflict on Iraqi communities.

Proposed programming must be responsive to immediate needs in-country; flexible in its ability to respond to the shifting context; and in line with the U.S. Government’s democracy, governance, and human rights goals for Iraq. Programming should also contribute to and support Iraqi efforts where possible.

Effective governance, political participation, and civic activism :

Programming should promote inclusive, transparent, and responsive governance and should focus on one or more of the following areas. Elections-related programs should consider not only the anticipated general/national elections, but also promote the establishment of best practices and inclusive institutional policies for future elections, including provincial and regional elections and should focus on one or more areas in the public notice.

Fundamental freedoms :

Programming should protect and advance fundamental freedoms, including freedom of the press, expression, association, and peaceful assembly and should focus on one or more areas in the public notice.

Atrocity prevention, accountability, and reconciliation :

Programming should support inclusive efforts to protect human rights, reduce and prevent violence, and rebuild trust within and between communities and between citizens and the state and should focus on one or more areas in the public notice.


Eligibility Information :

Organizations submitting SOIs must meet the following criteria :

  • Be a U.S.- or foreign-based non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO), or a public international organization; or
  • Be a private, public, or state institution of higher education; or
  • Be a for-profit organization or business (noting there are restrictions on payment of fees and/or profits under grants and cooperative agreements, including those outlined in 48 CFR 30, “Cost Accounting Standards Administration”, and 48 CFR 31, “Contract Cost Principles and Procedures”); and
  • Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders including private sector partner and NGOs; and
  • Have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs.

DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering federal awards. These applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.

Applicants may form consortia and submit a combined SOI. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant with the other members as sub-award partners.


Date limite de dépôt de candidatures : 04 Décembre 2020

Montant de la subvention : $750.000 to $4.000.000

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