USAID/Armenia Advanced Civil Society for Accountable Governance Program, Draft Program Description for Comments

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USAID/Armenia Advanced Civil Society for Accountable Governance Program, Draft Program Description for Comments: USAID/Armenia intends to award up to three cooperative agreements for civil society-led programs aimed at strengthening civil society engagement in and oversight of selected, high priority reforms implemented by the Government of Armenia (GOAM). This Program Description is based on GOAM’s expression of interest in USAID’s assistance for implementation of the USAID/GOAM draft Development Objective Cooperation Agreement (DOAG) commitments (to be signed) and is designed to complement the GOAM’s reform goals as described in Armenian Development Strategy (ADS) for 2012-2015. The results of this program will contribute to USAID/Armenia’s draft Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for 2013-2017 goal: “A more engaged, prosperous and well-governed Armenian society.” The overall objective of this program is to ensure that key government reforms reflect the interest and needs of Armenian citizens and other stakeholders, citizens are engaged in the reforms process, and civil society can hold the responsible government institutions accountable for implementation of these reforms. To meet this objective USAID/Armenia is expected to fund up to three Civil Society programs in three policy reform areas, namely decentralization, transparency and accountability, and social sector. Each program will be implemented by a consortium of civil society organizations for a period of up to five years with an approximate budget of $3.5 million per consortium. While each consortium will pursue common results related to citizen engagement, advocacy, access to information and sustainability of the sector, the activities and approaches may be different due to the nature of the reform on which the consortium is focused. Each consortium, while expected to cooperate with the other two, where appropriate, will focus on one reform area. By focusing attention around the reform areas civil society actors will develop more sustainable capacity to (1) engage citizens and articulate their interests, (2) monitor government institutions, officials and policy reform processes, and (3) increase citizen access to independent and reliable information about selected reforms. In addition, the program will promote civil society-led initiatives to strengthen and sustain the CSO sector by advocating for improvements to the legal enabling environment and promoting transparency within the sector. By awarding these programs directly to Armenian civil society organizations, USAID hopes to develop the capacity and leadership of civil society to continue to advocate on behalf of civil society long after USAID funding ends.
Federal Grant Title: USAID/Armenia Advanced Civil Society for Accountable Governance Program, Draft Program Description for Comments
Federal Agency Name: Armenia USAID Yerevan (USAID-ARM)
Grant Categories: Other
Type of Opportunity: Earmark
Funding Opportunity Number: RFI-111-13-000001
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 98.001
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: September 9th, 2013
Original Application Deadline: September 9th, 2013
Posted Date: August 26th, 2013
Creation Date: August 26th, 2013
Archive Date: No date given
Total Program Funding: $10,500,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $3,500,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $1,900,000
Expected Number of Awards: 3
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Last Updated: August 26th, 2013
Category Explanation
Civil society-led programs aimed at strengthening civil society engagement in and oversight of selected, high priority reforms implemented by the Government of Armenia (GOAM).
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
The prime recipient will be a local (Armenian) organization, but the consortia may include international organizations as sub-recipients. USAID expects that any international organizations partnering within consortia will successfully transfer their technical and management skills to its local partners and phase-out their involvement within the first three years of the program.
Grant Announcement Contact
Narine Sarkisian
Grantor
Phone 37410494364
[email protected]
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