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US agency to fund democracy, freedom promotion

02 May 2014, 07:41

Lagos - The United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour (DRL) is requesting proposals from organizations interested in submitting suggestions for projects that promote democracy, human rights and religious freedom in Nigeria.

The bureau anticipates awarding grants in the third quarter of the current year according to the US fiscal year calendar.

According to a statement, programmes that leverage resources from funds internal to the organization or other sources, such as public-private partnerships, would be highly considered.

Projects that have a strong academic, research, conference, or dialogue focus will not be deemed competitive.

DRL strongly discourages health, technology, or science- related projects unless they have an explicit component related to the requested programmes objectives.

“Projects that focus on commercial law or economic development will be rated as non-competitive. Projects may include a gender-based violence component, but should not be aimed solely at countering gender-based violence. Cost sharing is strongly encouraged, and cost sharing contributions should be outlined in the proposal budget and budget narrative. DRL will not consider proposals that reflect any type of support for any member, affiliate, or representative of a designated terrorist organization, whether or not elected members of government,” DRL stated.

DRL said its goal was to address religious tensions and violence in Nigeria.

With religiously motivated violence escalating in Plateau and Middle Belt states, religious tension in other parts of the country and the upcoming Presidential elections in February 2015, there is a need for conflict mitigation and violence prevention strategies to avert widespread violence, the organisation stated.

“This programme is aimed at addressing the atmosphere of ethno-sectarian tension and potential violence that could occur in the run up to and immediately following the elections. Activities could include, but not to be limited to: identifying and working in areas most likely to break into conflict post-election; voter education that fosters mutual respect and non-violence; inter-religious dialogue to mitigate election-related violence; supporting the cooperation of police ,security forces and citizens working together to find methods to mitigate violence and build peace. Participants should reflect religious, ethnic, and gender diversity.”

– CAJ News

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