Increasing Access to Justice for Vulnerable Populations in the Central African Republic

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
June 7th, 2024
Close Date
August 5th, 2024
Total Funding
$2,000,000.00
Award Ceiling
$2,000,000.00
Award Floor
$1,000,000.00
Expected No. Awards
2
Opportunity No.
INL24CA0083-AMECAR-JUSTICEACCESS-060724

Agency

Bureau of International Narcotics-Law Enforcement (DOS-INL)

Eligible Applicants

Private Institutions of Higher Education

Funding Category

Law, Justice and Legal Services

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Bureau of International Narcotics-Law Enforcement, under the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications for a project to increase access to justice in the Central African Republic (CAR). This project aims to provide basic access to justice services in rural regions and for vulnerable populations in CAR, such as children, elderly, widows, orphans, LGBTQI+ individuals, and victims of sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV). The justice institutions in CAR lack the necessary infrastructure and resources to effectively provide legal services to a significant portion of the population, particularly in remote and conflict-affected communities. The project seeks to address this issue by improving knowledge of the court system operations, available legal protections, and facilitating access to courts. The absence of accessible, functional, and credible justice institutions has a profound impact on the lives of marginalized populations in CAR, increasing the risk of physical violence. The funding for this project is estimated to be between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000, with an expected number of two awards. Private institutions of higher education, U.S.-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs), U.S.-based educational institutions, foreign-based non-profits/NGOs, and foreign-based educational institutions are eligible to apply. Applicants must also demonstrate business registration in the Central African Republic. The deadline for applications is August 5, 2024. For more information, contact Joseph Gibson at gibsonjg@state.gov.

Description

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a project to increase basic access to justice in rural regions and for vulnerable populations throughout the Central African Republic.Central Africans in remote and conflict-affected communities continue to lack basic access to justice services and require assistance relating to crimes against vulnerable populations, such as children, elderly, widows, and orphans, LGBTQI+, and victims of sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV). Despite substantial progress in recent years, CAR’s justice institutions lack the infrastructure and resources to provide legal services to a substantial section of the country’s population. CAR remote populations possess limited knowledge of how court system operations, available legal protections, and difficulty accessing courts with limited functionality. The absence of accessible, functional, and credible justice institutions has a profound impact on the lives of marginalized Central African populations as the risk of physical violence remains.

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Type
Grant