DRL Labor Program to Combat Slavery in West Africa

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Funding Opportunity ID: 326465
Opportunity Number: SFOP0006840
Opportunity Title: DRL Labor Program to Combat Slavery in West Africa
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: Economic Support Fund
CFDA Number(s): 19.345
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL's preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
Agency Code: DOS-DRL
Agency Name: Department of State
Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor
Posted Date: Apr 21, 2020
Close Date: Jun 05, 2020
Last Updated Date: Apr 21, 2020
Award Ceiling: $900,000
Award Floor: $900,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects to support the eradication of descent-based slavery in West Africa and assist with the full integration of victims into society. The open and legal institution of slavery that existed in some West African societies for many centuries has largely been legally abolished, but the practice continues in various forms. Proposed projects should focus on efforts to eradicate descent-based slavery as well as efforts to address the economic, legal, and social exclusion faced by those impacted by slavery in no more than two West African countries. Programs should include systematic documentation of identified cases of slavery and the follow-up and monitoring actions taken for each case. Activities may include, but are not limited to: providing legal assistance and accompaniment to victims and/or civil society organizations focused on anti-slavery causes to file and track the progress of civil and/or criminal court cases, including strategic litigation, and improving the capacity of legal and judicial professionals to hold slaveholders to account; engaging with key stakeholders to increase non-discriminatory access to educational, socioeconomic, and other services in order to assist slaves to establish an independent form of income; assisting slaves, former slaves, and slave descendants to exercise their rights under existing laws, including the right to obtain formal identity documents; supporting civil society organizations working to combat slavery to strengthen their collaboration with each other, support the integration of slaves, former slaves, and slave descendants into civil society organizations working to combat slavery, and advocate for a transparent and fair process for CSO authorization and registration; raising consciousness throughout all segments of society about the systemic excl
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