The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) invites organizations to submit proposals outlining program concepts and capacity to manage the following project in Nicaragua:
Strengthening the Capacity of Nicaraguan Women to Engage in Civic Advocacy (approximately $500,000 available for an 18 to 24 month-long period): DRL’s objective is to strengthen the capacity of women in the North Central Corridor of Nicaragua to engage in civic advocacy initiatives that are aimed, at least in part, at diminishing root causes of generalized violence in their communities. Proposals should identify one or more particularly underserved areas within the designated region in which the program will operate.
Illustrative activities may include, but need not be limited to:
- strengthening the capacity of women to identify and advocate for measures to reduce violence in their communities;
- increasing the capacity of female civil society representatives to push for transparency and accountability on issues of concern to their community, including but not limited to effective provision of state or social services or enforcement of legal rights under domestic law;
- providing generalized training, capacity-building, and technical or legal assistance to female civil society leaders in underserved areas.
The program may also include a component to increase the organizational capacity of partner CSOs in Nicaragua.