Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Prevention Initiative
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Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
The purpose of this program is to provide emergency response mechanisms for survivors of gender-based violence, as well as those under credible threat of imminent attack due to their gender. This Initiative would primarily provide emergency assistance and protection for survivors of gender-based violence, including harmful traditional practices.
The Initiative will also provide short-term assistance to civil society organizations with linked emergency assistance to either individuals or communities, including additional support such as enhanced security and measures to prevent future threats or attack. Prevention efforts will also
include short-term assistance to civil society organizations who are leading efforts to raise awareness about acute and imminent GBV threats confronting their communities, including the cases of individuals under immediate threat. The Initiative will also provide a focal point for improving emergency GBV network coordination and collaboration.
The Initiative will work toward the following objectives:
- Provide emergency assistance to individuals facing extreme acts of gender-based violence, including harmful traditional practices.
- Provide prevention and/or protection assistance to human rights defender organizations and/or individuals who are working to address gender-based violence.
- Provide a focal point for improving global emergency GBV response network coordination.
History of Funding
The Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Prevention Initiative has received roughly $500,000 for its first year.
If awarded, the Consortium will work closely with DRL to design, in a timely fashion, targeted programs that address a myriad of issues in various ways. DRL may approach the Consortium with an idea for a program or the Consortium may propose a program idea to DRL, but the two will work together to design the program that one or more members of the Consortium will implement. Consortium members must demonstrate a global reach, the capacity to implement large program activities in a time-sensitive manner that could be multi-year in nature, and the technical
expertise for the broad scope of activities to be undertaken. The Primary Applicant will be required to develop a detailed program plan outlining the role and responsibilities of the other NGO partners in the Consortium and how the Consortium will work and consult with DRL. The Primary Applicant should submit a letter of commitment from each NGO partner in the Consortium. Proposals should allocate requested funding to provide as much direct assistance to the program’s activities as possible and keep overhead costs to a minimum. The Lead Organization shall obtain receipts and/or reimbursement documentation for all expenditures over $10,000 and
for those under $10,000 to the extent possible. The Consortium should ensure that it has a solid reach in all geographic regions, and can
maintain, through a demonstrated track record, strong relationships with experienced, reliable, local partner NGOs across the globe. Strategies to develop stronger contacts to improve the administration of the program can be included, but associated costs must be reasonable and kept to a minimum. Vetting will be required in accordance with the Department’s standard vetting procedures.
As DRL seeks proposals with global expertise, access, and networks, applicants are encouraged to consider a consortium approach. DRL will consider awarding a cooperative agreement to a consortium of at least four NGOs with global reach (“Consortium”), with one lead organization serving as the primary recipient/applicant (“Primary Applicant” or “Lead Organization”). DRL employs this cooperative agreement mechanism in order to provide the Consortium with a preapproved grant vehicle that allows for rapid response/disbursement of resources when the situation on the ground requires it.
The approximate deadline is February 15, 2013.
Pending availability, USD $500,000 is expected to be available for the first year, with the intent to expand to multiple years. The project will initially be 12 months. Cost sharing is not required.
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