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U.S. Mission to Togo launches Africa Regional Democracy Fund

U.S. Mission to Togo launches Africa Regional Democracy Fund

Deadline: 11-Sep-20

The U.S. Embassy in Lome-Togo through this Notice of Funding Opportunity is pleased to announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to conduct capacity building, accountability and a youth engagement workshop to strengthen democratic institutions, improve governance, and promotes respect for human rights in Togo.

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Togo is in the midst of a decentralization process and is devolving power to 116 newly created communes. This is an unprecedented opportunity for citizens to play a bigger role in local governance.
This program seeks to increase the capacity of the new local councils as well as citizens’ ability to hold them accountable.
It also seeks to facilitate increased exchange between the councils and citizens, with a focus on women, youth, and people with disabilities.
Funding Information

The total amount available for funding is $2,50,000.
Proposed programs should be completed in 1 year.

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Strengthen Democracy;
Human Rights;
Good Governance.
Main Activities

Work with relevant citizen groups on sustained citizen monitoring of public service delivery and project execution to increase accountability and improve the delivery of basic services in selected communities.
The development of an app with a dashboard of services (showing different local public services such as education, health, water, etc.) to make these services more responsive and transparent.
Workshops with relevant local councils to help them respond effectively to citizen monitoring activities, as well as increase their capacity and understanding of their new roles. The goal is to increase both citizen demand for good governance and the new councils’ ability to supply good governance.
Fight marginalization at the local level by equipping disadvantaged groups (people with disabilities, women, and youth) with job skills and opportunities to engage with local councils. This could include activities such as promoting social entrepreneurship, agricultural entrepreneurship, and partnerships like the twin cities initiative.
American content/values in the form of resources, consultants, or experts related to the topic address in this call to contribute to the implementation of this award.
Priority Program Area

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Promote Accountable, Transparent, and Responsive Governance

Assist state institutions at all levels in delivering on the mandates of their offices, fulfilling public trust, and providing public goods and services through transparent and citizen-responsive governance.
Support the ability of civil society and independent and open media to provide oversight and foster government accountability
Promote and Protect Fundamental Rights and Liberties

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Promote human rights principles, in accordance with American values and international norms.
Support Democratic Processes and Promote Strong Democratic Norms

Promote politically engaged and informed citizenries, active civil society organizations, organized labor, independent and open media, and representative political parties
Support the implementation of participatory political processes by state institutions, including at the sub-national level.
Participants and Audiences

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Citizens with a focus on youth, women, and people with disabilities; local councils and their members; and local authorities are the target audience for this program. Our target is to positively affect the lives of over 250,000 people in at least three districts.
Eligible Applicants

The following organizations in the U.S. and Togo with local expertise and significant knowledge and or awareness about Togo’s political system and structure are eligible to apply.

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Registered not-for-profit organizations including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with experience in Togo
Accredited public and private non-profit educational institutions
Content of Application

Please ensure:

The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
All documents are in English
All budgets are in U.S. dollars
All pages are numbered
All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 points Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328637

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