US funds strengthening civil society

us-sri-lankaThe United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Tuesday announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for an opportunity for a project on Strengthening civil society in Sri Lanka.

DRL seeks proposals for programs that strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to influence and monitor the role of the government at all levels in areas that support good governance and protect fundamental freedoms while emphasizing inclusivity and non-violence, the announcement said.

Proposals should seek to improve civil society’s ability to mobilize and lead advocacy and/or monitoring initiatives that advance their communities in the areas of good governance and human rights, including but not limited to anti-corruption and protection of individual freedoms and rights.

Project activities could include facilitation of coalition-building and coordination among similar civil society organizations and development of public-awareness and advocacy campaigns that can be implemented via multiple media and social platforms.

Competitive proposals will illustrate a thorough understanding of the political situation on the ground; provide a justification for the selected geographic areas, ensure diversity among participant groups; illustrate an understanding of the capacity of groups to influence change; build on prior efforts in this space; and be technologically innovative.

Projects should have the potential to have an immediate impact leading to long-term sustainable reforms, and should have potential for sustainability beyond DRL resource.

The application deadline for the project is December 19, 2016.


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