DRL Promoting and Protecting Media Freedom in Afghanistan


Funding Opportunity ID: 330265
Opportunity Number: SFOP0007462
Opportunity Title: DRL Promoting and Protecting Media Freedom in Afghanistan
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: Democracy Fund/Human Rights Democracy 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: Dec 08, 2020
Close Date: Jan 25, 2021
Last Updated Date: Dec 08, 2020
Award Ceiling: $750,000
Award Floor: $700,000
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 that promote free and independent media in Afghanistan. The government of Afghanistan is currently in ongoing peace talks with the Taliban, and it will be important to establish the media’s role in reporting on this process while protecting their safety. DRL’s goal is to promote an independent media, including citizen journalists, that can safely and freely report in Afghanistan, while also including women and youth in reporting. Programs should seek to ensure that journalists are able to operate and report on sensitive topics safely and independently under increasing threats of violence from outside groups. Desired outcomes of this program are an expanded space for independent media entities to report with transparency and objectivity, while maintaining independence, building sustainability, and reducing self-censorship, particularly on sensitive topics such as the Afghanistan Peace Talks, religious tolerance, gender, corruption, conflict, and governance. Target independent media entities will be those that promote human rights, gender equality, rule of law, democratic processes, and government accountability, and that empower women, religious minorities, sexual and gender minorities, and/or people with disabilities. Programming should also prioritize media entities that operate in more rural areas, and that include local language journalism to strengthen reporting to local communities.
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