Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Google Honors Ghana’s Esther Afua Ocloo with Her Doodle

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Story: Al Jazeera

April 18, 2017

Esther Afua Ocloo launched her entrepreneurial career as a teenager in the 1930s on less than a dollar.

She quickly became one of Ghana‘s leading entrepreneurs and a source of inspiration around the world. Today, on what would had been her 98th birthday, Google dedicated to her a ‘doodle’ illustration.

In addition to her own business, she taught skills to other women and co-founded Women’s World Banking (WWB), a global micro-lending organisation.

On its website, the WWB microlending network says it lends to 16,4 million women around the world, managing a loans portfolio of over $9bn.

Known as “Auntie Ocloo”, Esther dedicated her life to helping others like her succeed.

“Women must know that the strongest power in the world is economic power,” she said in a speech in 1990.

“You cannot go and be begging to your husband for every little thing, but at the moment, that’s what the majority of our women do.”

How she started

As a high school graduate with only a few Ghanian shillings given to her by an aunt, she bought sugar, oranges and 12 jars to make marmalade jam.

Ocloo sold them at a profit, despite the ridicule of her former classmates, who saw her as an “uneducated street vendor”.

Soon she won a contract to supply her high school with marmalade jam and orange juice, and later managed to secure a deal to provide the military with her goods.

On the basis of that contract, she took out a bank loan.

In 1942, she established a business under her maiden name, “Nkulenu”. Ocloo then traveled to England to take a course in Food Science and Modern Processing Techniques at Bristol University.

In 1953, determined to grow her business with her newly acquired knowledge in food processing and preservation, she returned to her homeland with a mission to help Ghana become self-sufficient.
Nkulenu Industries still makes orange marmalade today and exports indigenous food items to markets abroad.

In 1962, the company relocated to its present location at Madina, a suburb of the capital city, Accra.

Award-winning leadership

Besides working on her thriving business, she also set up a programme to share her knowledge with other women who cook and sell products on the streets.

”You know what we found? We found that a woman selling rice and stew on the side of the street is making more money than most women in office jobs – but they are not taken seriously,” she said.

In 1990, she became the first woman to receive the Africa Prize for Leadership.

She proposed alternative solutions to the problems of hunger, poverty and the distribution of wealth – championing the development of an indigenous economy based on agriculture. In 1999 interview  she said:

Our problem here in Ghana is that we have turned our back on agriculture. Over the past 40 years, since the beginning of compulsory education, we have been mimicking the West.     ~ Esther Afua Ocloo.

We are now producing youth with degrees who don’t want to work in the fields or have anything to do with agriculture. She added.

Ocloo died in 2002 after suffering from pneumonia. At her state burrial in Accra, former president John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor said: She was a creator and we need many people of her calibre to build our nation.

She was a real pillar … worthy of emulation in our efforts to build our nation. Her good works in the promotion of development in Ghana cannot be measured.”      ~ Former Ghanaian President Kufuor.

Today would have been Esther Occlo’s 98th birthday. In her honor Google changed its homepage logo in the United States; Ghana; Peru; Argentina, Iceland; Portugal; Sweden; Australia; Greece; New Zealand; Ireland and the UK to a “doodle” – or illustration – of her empowering the women of Ghana.

Algeria’s Amel Mohandi Among 2017 Global Emerging Young Leaders

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U.S. Department of State to Honor Global Emerging Young Leaders
04/18/2017 02:49 PM EDT

Office of the Spokesperson
Department of State
Washington, DC
April 18, 2017

In recognition of the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace, the U.S. Department of State is honoring outstanding young leaders from around the world. On Thursday, May 4, the ten recipients of the second annual Emerging Young Leaders Award will be acknowledged in a public ceremony at the State Department for their efforts as partners for peace and drivers of economic growth and opportunity.

The 2017 awardees are:

Naomi Bugre, Malta
Chamathya Fernando, Sri Lanka
Gharsanay IbnulAmeen, Afghanistan
Raj Kumar, Pakistan
Amel Mohandi, Algeria
Jahongir Olimov, Tajikistan
Noé Petitjean, Belgium
Luu Thi Quyên, Vietnam
Moises Salazar Vila, Peru
Hanna Tams, Jerusalem

These ten remarkable young people will visit the United States for an intensive program, April 30-May 13, specially designed to explore their leadership capacities, strengthen their knowledge of management strategies in the non-profit, government and private sectors, learn and share best practices, and broaden their networks of resources and support. The exchange program provides skills training to set awardees on paths for increased collaboration on global issues affecting youth, particularly those involved in combating extremism, empowering youth, and building peace.

Learn more about the award and exchange program at exchanges.state.gov/eyl

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Funding Opportunity for NGO Programs Benefiting Urban Refugees in South Africa

Notice of Funding Opportunity for NGO Programs Benefiting Urban Refugees in South Africa
04/12/2017 09:17 AM EDT

Funding Opportunity Announcement
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
April 11, 2017

Funding Opportunity Number: SFPOP0001609

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 19.517 – Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Africa

Announcement issuance date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Proposal submission deadline: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. noon Eastern Daylight Time. We are unable to consider proposals submitted after this FIRM deadline.

**ADVISORY: All applicants must submit proposals through theGrants.gov website only. Please note that if you apply on the SAMS Domestic site, your application will be disqualified. PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to allow time to address any difficulties that may arise.**

If you are new to PRM funding, the Grants.gov registration process can be complicated. We urge you to refer to PRM’s General NGO Guidelines “New to PRM Funding” section for information and resources to help ensure that the application process runs smoothly. PRM also strongly encourages organizations that have received funding from PRM in the past to read this section as a refresher.

Full Text of Notice of Funding Opportunity

A.  Program Description

This announcement is designed to accompany PRM’s General NGO Guidelines which contain additional information on PRM’s priorities and NGO funding strategy with which selected organizations must comply. Please use both the General NGO Guidelines and this announcement to ensure that your submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements and that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities. Submissions that do not reflect the requirements outlined in these guidelines will not be considered.

Current Funding Priorities:

(a) Proposed activities should support refugees and asylum seekers residing in South Africa with priority areas being urban centers such as Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, and Pretoria. Programs should build capacity of national organizations and within communities to address refugee and asylum seeker needs and promote self-reliance. They should also, where relevant, include efforts to identify and reach out to “hidden” refugees, identify and build upon existing services (including government services), provide information about and referrals to existing services, establish a clear method and criteria for identifying and assisting the most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, adopt a community-based approach that takes into account host community needs, and avoid creating refugee-specific parallel services to what already exists in the community. Because of PRM’s mandate to provide protection, assistance, and sustainable solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM will consider funding only those projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees and asylum seekers.

(b) Proposals should focus on advocacy and support for refugee protection and access to basic social services in urban settings in one or more of the following sectors:
  •  Protection: Proposal should bear in mind existing refugee protection mechanisms including formal laws and policies designed to protect refugees and asylum seekers as well as informal community-based protection efforts. Proposals should be designed to support and strengthen existing protection mechanisms rather than develop parallel systems that may not be sustainable over time. Key components of protection programs may include: (1) legal assistance and counseling, (2) community-based prevention and response to xenophobia, (3) prevention and response to gender-based violence, (4) child protection, and/ or (5) dissemination of information to promote enhanced refugee access to protection mechanisms and programs.
  • Healthcare, Education, and/or Shelter: Proposals should focus on increasing refugee and asylum seeker access to existing government- and community-based social services rather than developing parallel services, with a focus on (a) health care (including mental health care and sexual and reproductive health services), (b) education and vocational training, and/ or (c) housing and shelter. Proposals should enhance local capacity to address refugee and asylum seeker needs and may include support to host communities who are assisting and protecting refugees and asylum seekers provided at least 50 percent of the beneficiaries are refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Livelihoods: Proposals should be based on market assessments and should be designed to foster self-reliance among refugees and asylum seekers in urban areas. Components may include (a) training in language, literacy and vocational skills linked to local markets, (b) job-placement, , and/ or (c) legal support for businesses. Proposals should include plans to measure the impact of proposed activities on achieving self-reliance, or in the case of continuation applications, describe the impacts of previous livelihoods activities and include indicators of self-reliance. Programs may include host-community beneficiaries provided that at least 50 percent of the beneficiaries are refugees and asylum seekers
B.  Federal Award Information

Proposed program start dates: August 1– September 15, 2017

Duration of Activity: Program plans for one or two years will be considered. Applicants may submit multi-year proposals with activities and budgets that do not exceed two years (24 months) from the proposed start date. Actual awards will not exceed one year (12 months) in duration and activities and budgets submitted in year one can be revised/updated each year. Continued funding after the initial 12- month award requires the submission of a noncompeting single year proposal and will be contingent upon available funding, strong performance, and continuing need. For the purposes of this announcement, a multi-year project should entail a progression of efforts and not just be two one-year projects; rather, it is one plan of up to twenty-four months of programming with a breakdown of activities and budgets between the first and second years of the overall two-year program plan. Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider whether livelihoods projects should be one- or two-years in duration to accomplish the project goals. In funding a project one year, PRM makes no representations that it will continue to fund the project in successive years and encourages applicants to seek a wide array of donors to ensure long-term funding possibilities. Please see Multi-Year Funding section below for additional information.

Funding Limits: Project proposals must be more than $100,000 and less than $300,000 per year or they will be disqualified.

C.  Eligibility Information
  1.  Eligible Applicants: (1) Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with IRS, other than institutions of higher education; (2) Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with IRS, other than institutions of higher education; and (3) International Organizations. International multilateral organizations, such as United Nations agencies, should not submit proposals through Grants.gov in response to this Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement. Multilateral organizations that are seeking funding for programs relevant to this announcement should contact the PRM Program Officer (as listed below) on or before the closing date of the funding announcement.
  2. Cost Sharing or Matching: Cost sharing, matching, or cost participation is not a requirement of an application in response to this funding announcement.
  3. Other:
(a) Proposals must have a concrete implementation plan with well-conceived objectives and indicators that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and reliable, time-bound, and trackable (SMART), have established baselines, and include at least one outcome or impact indicator per objective; objectives should be clearly linked to the sectors.

(b) Proposals must adhere to relevant international standards for humanitarian assistance. See PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for a complete list of sector-specific standards including guidance on proposals for projects in urban areas.

(c) PRM strongly encourages programs that target the needs of vulnerable and underserved groups among the beneficiary population (women; children; adolescents; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) individuals; older persons; the sick; persons with disabilities; and other minorities) and can demonstrate what steps have been taken to meet the specific and unique protection and assistance needs of these vulnerable groups effectively. See gender analysis requirements below in D.2.(c).

(d) PRM will accept proposals from any NGO working in the above mentioned sectors although, given budgetary constraints, priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:
  • a working relationship with UNHCR and/or current UNHCR funding, and/or a letter of support from UNHCR for the proposed activities (this letter should highlight the gap in services the proposed program is designed to address);
  • a proven track record in providing proposed assistance both in the sector and specified location;
  • evidence of coordination with international organizations (IOs) and other NGOs working in the same area or sector as well as – where possible – local authorities;
  • a strong sustainability plan, involving local capacity-building, where feasible;
  • where applicable, adherence to PRM’s Principles for Refugee Protection in Urban Areas; and
  • an understanding of and sensitivity to conflict dynamics in the project location.
D.  Application and Submission Instructions
  1. Address to Request Application Package:
(a) Application packages may be downloaded from the website www.Grants.gov.
  1. Content and Form of Application:
(a) PRM strongly recommends using the proposal and budget templates that are available upon email request from PRM’s NGO Coordinator (PRMNGOCoordinator@state.gov). Please send an email, with the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line, to PRM’s NGO Coordinator to receive an automated reply with the templates.

Page limits: Single-year proposals using PRM’s templates must be no more than 15 pages in length (Times New Roman 12 point font, one inch margins on all sides). If the applicant does not use PRM’s recommended templates, proposals must not exceed 10 pages in length. Organizations may choose to attach work plans, activity calendars, and/or logical frameworks as addendums/appendices to the proposal. These attachments do not count toward the page limit total however annexes cannot be relied upon as a key source of program information. The proposal narrative must be able to stand on its own in the application process. For multi-year funding application instructions, see section (e) below. Proposals exceeding the page limit cannot be considered.
(b) To be considered for PRM funding, organizations must submit a complete application package including:
  • Proposal narrative reflecting objectives and indicators for each year of the program period.
  • Budget and budget narrative for each year of the program period.
  • Signed completed SF-424, SF-424A, and SF-424B.
  • Risk Analysis.
(c) Additionally, organizations must submit the following documents as part of their proposal package, if applicable:
  • Organizations applying for livelihoods project funding must include both a market analysis and a beneficiary competency/capacity assessment as part of the proposal package. Please see the General NGO Guidelines for more details.
  • Most recent Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA), if applicable or a de minimis rate calculation if the applicant elects to use the de minimis rate, if applicable.
  • NGOs that have not received PRM funding since the U.S. government fiscal year ending September 30, 2004 must be prepared to demonstrate that they meet the financial and accounting requirements of the U.S. government by submitting copies of 1) the most recent external financial audit, 2) proof of non-profit tax status including under IRS 501 (c)(3), as applicable, 3) a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, and 4) an Employer ID (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification number, as applicable.
  • Organizations that received PRM funding in FY 2016 for activities that are being proposed for funding under this announcement must include the most recent quarterly progress report against indicators outlined in the cooperative agreement. If an organization’s last quarterly report was submitted more than six weeks prior to the submission of a proposal in response to this funding announcement, the organization must include, with its most recent quarterly report, updates that show any significant progress made on objectives since the last report.
(d) In order to be considered a competitive proposal, the proposal narrative should include the following information:
  • Focus on outcome or impact indicators as much as possible. At a minimum, each objective should have one outcome or impact indicator. Wherever possible, baselines should be established before the start of the project.
  • Include Specific information on locations of projects and beneficiaries (GPS coordinates if possible) to increase PRM’s ability to track the impact of PRM funding.
  • Outline how the NGO will acknowledge PRM funding. If an organization believes that publicly acknowledging the receipt of USG funding for a particular PRM-funded project could potentially endanger the lives of the beneficiaries and/or the organization staff, invite suspicion about the organization’s motives, or alienate the organization from the population it is trying to help, it must provide a brief explanation in its proposal as to why it should be exempted from this requirement.
  • The budget should include a specific breakdown of funds being provided by UNHCR, other USG agencies, other donors, and your own organization.
  • Applicants whose proposals address gender-based violence (GBV) through their projects must estimate the total cost of these activities as a separate line item in their proposed budgets (see PRM’s budget template).Proposals and budgets must include details of any sub-agreements associated with the program.
  • PRM partners must complete a gender analysis in the proposal narrative that briefly explains (1) Experiences of men, women, boys, and girls with a focus on the different familial roles, community privileges, and gender dynamics within the target population; (2) associated risks and threats experienced by women, girls, and other vulnerable populations based on their gender; (3) power imbalances and needs that arise based on gender inequalities that exist within the family or community; and (4) proposed responses that will address the above and mitigate any gender differences in access, participation, or decision-making that may be experienced by at-risk groups, particularly women and girls. The gender analysis should aim to specify and target specific at-risk sub-populations of women and girls, in particular women and girl heads of households, out-of-school girls, women and girls with disabilities, women and girl survivors of violence, married girls, and adolescent mothers, as well as people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI), and those who are often unaware of and excluded from programs and services and who may be the hardest to reach based on their gender.
  • Summarize the risk analysis in the security and risk management section of the proposal narrative.
(e) We will ask applicants to submit the following documents before a cooperative agreement is finalized:
  • Copy of the organization’s Code of Conduct that must include protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA).
  • Copy of the organization’s Security Plan.
  • Copy of the organization’s Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) framework.
  • Completed PRM Award Data Sheet.
(f) Multi-Year Funding: Applicants proposing multi-year programs should adhere to the following guidance:

Applicants may submit proposals that include multi-year strategies presented in one year (12-month) cycles for a period not to exceed two years (24 months) from the proposed start date. Fully developed programs with detailed budgets, objectives and indicators are required for each year of activities. Applicants should use PRM’s recommended multi-year proposal template for the first year of a multi-year application. Multi-year funding applicants may use PRM’s standard budget template and should submit a separate budget sheet for each project year. Multi-year proposal narratives and budgets can be updated yearly upon submission of new noncompeting single year proposal narrative template with an updated budget, each year.

Page limits: Multi-year proposals using PRM’s multi-year template must be no more than 20 pages in length (Times New Roman 12 point font, one inch margins on all sides). If the applicant does not use PRM’s recommended templates, proposals must not exceed 15 pages in length. Organizations may choose to attach work plans, activity calendars, and/or logical frameworks as addendums/appendices to the proposal. These attachments do not count toward the page limit total however annexes cannot be relied upon as a key source of program information. The proposal narrative must be able to stand on its own in the application process. Proposals exceeding the page limit cannot be considered.

Multi-year applications selected for funding by PRM will be funded in one year (12- month) increments based on the proposal submitted in the initial application as approved by PRM. Continued funding after the initial 12- month award requires the submission of a noncompeting single year proposal narrative and will be contingent upon available funding, strong performance, and continuing need. Follow-on funding applications must be submitted by the organization no later than 90 days before the proposed start date of the new award (e.g., if the next project period is to begin on September 1, submit your application by June 1). Follow-on year applications are submitted in lieu of responding to PRM’s published call for proposals for those activities. Late submissions will jeopardize continued funding.

Organizations can request single-year and multi-year funding proposal narrative templates by emailing PRM’s NGO Coordinator with the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line.
  1. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM)
(a) Each applicant is required to: (i) be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active PRM award or an application or plan under consideration by PRM. No federal award may be made to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the PRM award is ready to be made, PRM may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a PRM award and use that determination as a basis for making a PRM award to another applicant.

(b) Proposals must be submitted via Grants.gov. (Do NOT try to apply via SAMS Domestic which would result in disqualifying your proposal.) Grants.gov registration requires a DUNS number and active SAM.gov registration. If you are new to PRM funding, the Grants.gov registration process can be complicated. We urge you to refer to PRM’s General NGO Guidelines “New to PRM Funding” section for information and resources to help ensure that the application process runs smoothly. PRM also strongly encourages organizations that have received funding from PRM in the past to read this section as a refresher. Applicants may also refer to the “Applicant Resources” tools and tips page on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements.

(c) Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application on Grants.gov. Organizations not registered with Grants.gov should register well in advance of the deadline as it can take up to two weeks to finalize registration (sometimes longer for non-U.S. based NGOs to get the required registration numbers). We also recommend that organizations, particularly first-time applicants, submit applications via Grants.gov no later than one week before the deadline to avoid last-minute technical difficulties that could result in an application not being considered. PRM partners must maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which they have an active federal award or an application under consideration by PRM or any federal agency.

(d) When registering with Grants.gov, organizations must designate points of contact and Authorized Organization Representatives (AORs). Organizations based outside the United States must also request and receive an NCAGE code prior to registering with SAM.gov. Applicants experiencing technical difficulties with the SAM registration process should contact the Federal Service Desk (FSD) online or at 1-866-606-8220 (U.S.) and 1-334-206-7828 (International).

(e) Applications must be submitted under the authority of the Authorized Organization Representative at the applicant organization. Having proposals submitted by agency headquarters helps to avoid possible technical problems.

(f) If you encounter technical difficulties with Grants.gov please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at support@grants.gov or by calling 1-800-518-4726.

(g) It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure the appropriate registrations are in place and active. Failure to have the appropriate organizational registrations in place is not considered a technical difficulty and is not justification for an alternate means of submission.

(h) Pursuant to U.S. Code, Title 218, Section 1001, stated on OMB Standard Form 424 (SF-424), the Department of State is authorized to consolidate the certifications and assurances required by Federal law or regulations for its federal assistance programs. The list of certifications and assurances can be found here.

(i) In accordance with 2 CFR §200.113, Mandatory disclosures, the non-Federal entity or applicant for a Federal award must disclose, in a timely manner, in writing to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity all violations of Federal criminal law involving fraud, bribery, or gratuity violations potentially affecting the Federal award. Non-Federal entities that have received a Federal award including the term and condition outlined in Appendix XII—Award Term and Condition for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters are required to report certain civil, criminal, or administrative proceedings to SAM. Failure to make required disclosures can result in any of the remedies described in 2 CFR §200.338 Remedies for noncompliance, including suspension or debarment. (See also 2 CFR part 180, 31 U.S.C. 3321, and 41 U.S.C. 2313.)
  1. Submission Dates and Times
Announcement issuance date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Proposal submission deadline: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. noon EDT.
  1. Intergovernmental Review – Not Applicable.
  2. Funding Restrictions. Federal awards will not allow reimbursement of Federal Award costs without prior authorization by PRM.
  3. Other Submission Requirements
(a) PRM Standardized Indicators: In an effort to streamline the proposal writing/reviewing process and better measure the impact of the Bureau’s work, PRM requires the use of standardized indicators for projects in the protection, child protection, health, mental health and psychosocial support, WASH, nutrition and food security, education, livelihoods, and emergency shelter sectors, as well as projects that include local government capacity-building and core relief items (non-food items). Applicants must fill in numerical and/or percentage targets for each indicator. Sphere standards should be used as targets, unless otherwise noted. Proposals must include all standardized indicators that apply to the program. Please refer to PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for a complete list of all standardized indicators that must be included.

(b) Branding and Marking Strategy: Unless exceptions have been approved by the designated bureau Authorizing Official as described in the proposal templates that are available upon email request from PRM’s NGO Coordinator, at a minimum, the following provision will be included whenever assistance is awarded:
  • The Recipient shall recognize the United States Government’s funding for activities specified under this award at the project site with a graphic of the U.S. flag accompanied by one of the following two phrases based on the level of funding for the award:
1) Fully funded by the award: “Gift of the United States Government”
2) Partially funded by the award: “Funding provided by the United States Government”
Exemptions from this requirement may be allowable but must be agreed to in writing by the Grants Officer.

All programs, projects, assistance, activities, and public communications to foreign audiences, partially or fully funded by the Department, should be marked appropriately overseas with the standard U.S. flag in a size and prominence equal to (or greater than) any other logo or identity. The requirement does not apply to the Recipient’s own corporate communications or in the United States.

The Recipient should ensure that all publicity and promotional materials underscore the sponsorship by or partnership with the U.S. Government or the U.S. Embassy. The Recipient may continue to use existing logos or program materials; however, a standard rectangular U.S. flag must be used in conjunction with such logos.

The U.S. flag may replace or be used in conjunction with the Department of State seal, the U.S. embassy seal, or other DOS program logos.

Sub non-Federal entities (sub-awardees) and subsequent tier sub-award agreements are subject to the marking requirements and the non-Federal entity shall include a provision in the sub non-Federal entity agreement indicating that the standard, rectangular U.S. flag is a requirement.

In the event the non-Federal entity does not comply with the marking requirements as established in the approved assistance agreement, the Grants Officer Representative and the Grants Officer must initiate corrective action with the non-Federal entity.

E.  Application Review Information
  1. Criteria: Eligible submissions will be those that comply with the criteria and requirements included in this announcement. In addition, the review panel will evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria:
(i) Problem Statement/Analysis
(ii) Program Description
(iii) Gender Analysis
(iv) Objectives and Indicators
(v) Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
(vi) Accountability to Affected Populations
(vii) Coordination
(viii) Sustainability and Capacity-Building
(ix) Management and Past Performance
(x) Budget
  1. PRM will conduct a formal competitive review of all proposals submitted in response to this funding announcement. A review panel of at least three people will evaluate submissions based on the above-referenced programmatic criteria and PRM priorities in the context of available funding.
  2. Department of State Review Panels may provide conditions and recommendations on applications to enhance the proposed program, which must be addressed by the applicant before further consideration of the award. To ensure effective use of limited PRM funds, conditions or recommendations may include requests to increase, decrease, clarify, and/or justify costs and program activities.
  3. New PRM Award Data Sheet: Prior to award and upon final negotiation, PRM will ask the selected NGOs to fill out and submit a PRM Award Data Sheet to capture a subset of information from the proposal.
F.  Federal Award Administration Information
  1. Federal Award Administration. A successful applicant can expect to receive a separate notice from PRM stating that an application has been selected before PRM actually makes the federal award. That notice is not an authorization to begin performance. Only the notice of award signed by the grants officer is the authorizing document. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified following completion of the selection and award process.
  2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements. PRM awards are made consistent with the following provisions in the following order of precedence: (a) applicable laws and statutes of the United States, including any specific legislative provisions mandated in the statutory authority for the award; (b) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); (c) Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions of the award; (d) the award’s specific requirements; and (e) other documents and attachments to the award.
  3. Reporting
Successful applicants will be required to submit:

(a) Program Reports: PRM requires program reports describing and analyzing the results of activities undertaken during the validity period of the agreement. A program report is required within thirty (30) days following the end of each three month period of performance during the validity period of the agreement. The final program report is due ninety (90) days following the end of the agreement. The submission dates for program reports will be written into the cooperative agreement. Partners receiving multi-year awards should follow this same reporting schedule and should still submit a final program report at the end of each year that summarizes the NGO’s performance during the previous year.

The Performance Progress Report (SF-PPR) is a standard, government-wide performance reporting format. Recipients of PRM funding must submit the signed SF-PPR cover page with each program report. In addition, the Bureau suggests that NGOs receiving PRM funding use the PRM recommended program report template and reference this template as being attached in block 10 of the SF-PPR. This template is designed to ease the reporting requirements while ensuring that all required elements are addressed. The Program Report Template can be requested by sending an email with only the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” (without the quotation marks) in the subject line to PRMNGOCoordinator@state.gov.

(b) Financial Reports: Financial reports are required within thirty (30) days following the end of each calendar year quarter during the validity period of the agreement (January 30th, April 30th, July 30th, October 30th). The final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement. For agreements containing indirect costs, final financial reports are due within sixty (60) days of the finalization of the applicable negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA).

Reports reflecting expenditures for the recipients overseas and United States offices should be completed in accordance with the Federal Financial Report (FFR SF-425) and submitted electronically in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Payment Management System (HHS/PMS) and in accordance with other award specific requirements. Detailed information pertaining to the Federal Financial Report including due dates, instruction manuals and access forms, is provided on the HHS/PMS website.

For more details regarding reporting requirements please see PRM’s General NGO Guidelines.

(c) Audit Reports: When a recipient-contracted audit is not required because the Federal award amount is less than the $750,000 threshold, the Department may determine that an audit must be performed and the audit report must be submitted to the responsible grants office(r) for review, dissemination, and resolution as appropriate. The cost of audits required under this policy may be charged either as an allowable direct cost to the award, or included in the organizations established indirect costs in the award’s detailed budget.

G.  PRM Contacts

Applicants with technical questions related to this announcement should contact the PRM staff listed below prior to proposal submission. Please note that responses to technical questions from PRM do not indicate a commitment to fund the program discussed.

PRM Program Officer Chris Upchurch: UpchurchCM@state.gov, 202-453-9307

Monday, April 10, 2017

US Issues Statement on Attacks in Egypt

Statement on Attacks in Egypt

04/09/2017 02:30 PM EDT
Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Acting Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 9, 2017

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric attacks on Christian places of worship in Tanta and Alexandria that killed dozens of innocent people and injured many more on this holy day of Palm Sunday. We express our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wish a quick recovery for all those injured.

The United States will continue to support Egypt’s security and stability in its efforts to defeat terrorism.

US Issues Statement on 23rd Anniversary of Genocide in Rwanda

Commemoration of the 23rd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

04/07/2017 10:45 AM EDT

Press Statement
Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 7, 2017

On this solemn day, the United States stands side-by-side with the Rwandan people in remembrance of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children killed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. We bow our heads honoring those who suffered and the family members who each day keep their memories alive and close at heart.

The United States remains steadfast in our support for the Rwandan people as they work to overcome this dark period in their history, hold accountable the perpetrators of such heinous acts, and strengthen the fabric of their country in preventing a recurrence.

African Utility Power Sector Exchange Launched

U.S. Department of State and Edison Electric Institute Launch the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange

04/06/2017 04:37 PM EDT

Office of the Spokesperson
Department of State
Washington, DC
April 6, 2017

The U.S. Department of State in partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) officially launched the African Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) initiative today with a workshop in Washington, D.C., attended by African and U.S. utility Chief Executive Officers (CEO). Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources Ambassador Mary Warlick and EEI President Tom Kuhn opened the event. Other keynotes included Abel Tella, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Power Utilities of Africa, and Dr. Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, Ellen Gurney Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Utility CEOs from six African nations met their counterparts from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia to discuss a range of critical power sector management issues, including the integration of renewable energy onto the grid, providing electricity for remote populations, and long-term sustainability.

The U.S.-Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange initiative, which State and EEI are implementing jointly, aims to advance electric power sector reform and development in underdeveloped markets, which experience the greatest challenges to energy access, by encouraging the exchange of ideas and best practices in the management of utilities.

US and Algeria Hold Bilateral Dialogue on Security and Terrorism

Photo: Embassy of Algeria, Washington, DC

Bilateral Dialogue Between the United States and Algeria on Security and the Fight Against Terrorism

04/06/2017 03:08 PM EDT

Office of the Spokesperson
Department of State
Washington, DC
April 6, 2017

On April 6, U.S. and Algerian officials met in Washington, D.C. for the fourth annual bilateral dialogue between the United States and Algeria on security and the fight against terrorism.

Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell led the U.S. delegation, which included officials from the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, and Treasury. The 17-member Algerian interagency delegation was led by Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union, and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.

The meeting was designed to strengthen the U.S.-Algeria partnership and serve as a force multiplier for countering terrorism in the region. The United States views Algeria as an important and highly capable partner in this endeavor. Topics included regional terrorist threats, foreign terrorist fighters, and terrorist use of the Internet. The United States looks forward to continued counterterrorism exchanges with Algeria to further broaden and deepen our cooperation.

President Trump Issues Notice on Somalia

Office of the Press Secretary
April 6, 2017


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On April 12, 2010, by Executive Order 13536, the President declared a national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the deterioration of the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia, acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, which have repeatedly been the subject of United Nations Security Council resolutions, and violations of the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council.

On July 20, 2012, the President issued Executive Order 13620 to take additional steps to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13536 in view of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2036 of February 22, 2012, and Resolution 2002 of July 29, 2011, and to address:  exports of charcoal from Somalia, which generate significant revenue for al-Shabaab; the misappropriation of Somali public assets; and certain acts of violence committed against civilians in Somalia ‑‑ all of which contribute to the deterioration of the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia.

The situation with respect to Somalia continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.  For this reason, the national emergency declared on April 12, 2010, and the measures adopted on that date and on July 20, 2012, to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond April 12, 2017.  Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13536.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.



Remarks by Patricia Haslach on Biotechnology and Africa

Photo: Econ@State Twitter account

04/06/2017 11:00 AM EDT

Patricia M. Haslach
Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
CSIS Roundtable on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa
Washington, DC
April 6, 2017

As Prepared

At the State Department, we like to say that economic policy is foreign policy. Many of the most serious global challenges we face are economic in nature. That’s either because the original problem stems from economic issues such as poverty, income inequality or lack of opportunity; or because those challenges have devastating economic ramifications, such as famine.

Globally, 795 million people are food insecure with nearly 75 percent of poor people in developing countries living in rural areas. Growth in the agriculture sector has been found, on average, to be at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as growth in other sectors. The fundamental importance of agriculture cannot be overstated.

Previously, as the U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, I witnessed the challenges that African farmers face first hand. In summer 2016, I helped manage the delivery of U.S. food aid during the worst drought in 50 years, which left an estimated 9.7 million people in Ethiopia and Southern Africa without food.
Improving food security and nutrition in the face of these challenges will require getting new technologies into the hands of farmers.

As Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, has said, “you cannot be anti-hunger and anti-technology in the fight to end global food insecurity.”

Innovation is central to meeting the needs of a growing global population with limited natural resources; innovation makes agriculture more productive and more efficient.

Agricultural biotechnology has greatly improved crop efficiency and production in the United States and countries like Brazil and Argentina. On average, biotech crop adoption has:
  •  increased crop yields by 22 percent,
  • reduced chemical pesticide use by 37 percent, and
  • increased farmer profits by 68 percent.
Biotechnology is not a new technology; it has been around for over 20 years. As a result, African scientists have the advantage of not starting from a baseline of zero, but rather can build off of the last 20 years of research.

New techniques like CRISPR give scientists precise tools to resolve difficult disease problems in important staple crops indigenous to Africa.

In some diseases, like cassava mosaic virus or cassava brown streak disease, there is no current conventional solution. Brown streak has devastated cassava, a primary source of calories for more than one-third of people living in sub-Saharan Africa.

Biotechnology also has the advantage of speed over conventional breeding, adding in desirable traits like disease resistance that could otherwise take years to develop. And we know these approaches can work for African farmers.

Karim Traore, a cotton farmer from Burkina Faso, can testify to the power of biotechnology. Using Bt cotton, engineered for pest resistance, Mr. Traore experiences nearly four times the yield and uses one-fourth the amount of pesticides during the growing season.

However, in order for biotechnology to be successful, farmers AND politicians must be open to trying innovative technologies. Science-based regulatory systems must be established so that new products and approaches can be evaluated.

Ultimately, because perception drives policy, we need accurate information on a global scale to reshape conversations about biotechnology to focus on the benefits to farmers.

For now, there are only three countries on the entire continent that produce biotech crops — Burkina Faso, Sudan, and South Africa — and the latter is the only one growing large acreage. But, the potential is there.

To make sure that farmers everywhere have the opportunity to benefit from powerful technologies, as policy makers, as scientist, as farmers, and as consumers we must seek to listen, explain, and build trust.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Congressional Black Caucus Africa Taskforce Hosts Africa Policy Forum on Famine

(L-R) Jon C. Brause, Dr. Monde Muyangwa, General William “Kip” Ward, John Presdergast, Rep. Karen Bass

Washington, D.C.
April 4, 2017

By Frederick Nnoma-Addison

The co-chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus Africa Taskforce, Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, and Congress member Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, today hosted an Africa Policy Forum on Famine focusing on the challenges facing Somalia, South Sudan and Northeastern Nigeria. All three countries are either experiencing, or are on the brink of famine, while addressing terrorism or internal conflict.

The forum sought to highlight the commonalities and differences between the situations in the three countries, and propose ways through which governments and regional organizations can work to effectively address the issues.

Jon C. Brause, Director, World Food program, Washington, DC; John Prendergast, Founding Director, The Enough Project / Co-Founder, The Sentry; and former AFRICOM Commander and current President, SENTEL Corporation, General William E. “Kip” Ward (Retired) constituted the panel of experts that led the discussion. Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars moderated the event held at the Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium.

General Ward briefed the attendees on the current situation in Northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram continues to plague residents, and said there is a direct link between famine and security. He emphasized the need for countries affected, and the international community to arrest the drivers of famine with meaningful economic activity. He added that resources beyond just food, drinking water, medication, are critical to famine and conflict stricken areas, and called on donor countries and organizations to look at more holistic approaches to providing resources in such situations.

John Prendergast stressed the need to end the financial flow of rebel forces that attack the livelihoods of innocent, hard working nationals, through targeted sanctions, and the freezing of personal assets. He also reiterated the need for credible peace keeping processes that effectively and permanently resolve existing conflicts.

Jon C. Brause in his remarks said that the same reasons for which President’s Kennedy and Eisenhower championed the fight against global hunger in the 1960’s are still relevant today, and added that the United States has the capability to lead the charge against fighting famine in Africa and on other parts of the world.

“We must never forget that there are hundreds of millions of people, particularly in the less developed parts of the world, suffering from hunger and malnutrition, even though a number of countries, my own included, are producing food in surplus. This paradox should not be allowed to continue.”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower – September 22, 1960 – UN General Assembly

All the panelists agreed that supporting famine stricken areas in Africa and other parts of the world does indeed stabilize the US economy and security. Congress member Karen Bass in her closing remarks thanked the panelists and moderator and invited them to continue offering support to the US Congress in its efforts to address global famine and conflict.

For more information about the Africa Policy Forum click here

Egyptian President Al Sisi Meets President Trump

Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

Office of the Press Secretary
April 3, 2017

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt

President Donald J. Trump today welcomed President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt to the White House to continue efforts to strengthen the United States-Egypt strategic partnership and to mark a new day in the relationship between the countries. The United States and Egypt stand fully committed to addressing critical bilateral and international issues in a spirit of mutual respect and open cooperation. President Trump reaffirmed our deep and abiding commitment to Egypt’s security, stability, and prosperity, and pledged continued support to Egypt’s ongoing fight against terrorism and Egypt’s historic economic reform program.

President Trump and President Al Sisi agreed on the critical importance of advancing peace throughout the Middle East including in Libya, Syria, and Yemen.  They also expressed their mutual interest in supporting the Israelis and Palestinians in moving toward a genuine and lasting peace.
President Trump and President Al Sisi agreed to continue coordinating military, diplomatic, and political efforts to defeat terrorism.  Both leaders recognized that terrorism cannot be defeated solely by military force and pledged to explore ways to address the economic, social, political, and ideological factors that fuel terrorism.  President Trump applauded President Al Sisi’s courageous efforts to promote moderate understandings of Islam, and the leaders agreed on the necessity of recognizing the peaceful nature of Islam and Muslims around the world.

President Trump and President Al Sisi also agreed on the importance of deepening bilateral economic and commercial ties.  American and Egyptian companies have built deep trade and investment relationships, and both countries’ economies stand to benefit from further engagement in the years ahead. Egypt’s ambitious homegrown economic reform plan, backed by a $12 billion agreement with the International Monetary Fund, will help stabilize Egypt’s economy and set the foundation for private-sector led growth and prosperity.

President Trump and President Al Sisi affirmed their governments’ commitments to following up on President Al Sisi’s historic visit and to continue the process of advancing and deepening the United States-Egypt partnership.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017 International Women of Courage Awards

First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon Honor 13 Women of Courage

03/28/2017 05:10 PM EDT

Office of the Spokesperson
Department of State
Washington, DC
March 28, 2017

First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will present the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world tomorrow at the U.S. Department of State.

The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored over 100 women from more than 60 different countries.

The 2017 awardees are:
  • Sharmin Akter, Activist Against Early/ Forced Marriage, Bangladesh
  • Malebogo Molefhe, Human Rights Activist, Botswana
  • Natalia Ponce de Leon, President, Natalia Ponce de Leon Foundation, Colombia
  • Rebecca Kabugho, Political and Social Activist, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Jannat Al Ghezi, Deputy Director of The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, Iraq
  • Major Aichatou Ousmane Issaka, Deputy Director of Social Work at the Military Hospital of Niamey, Niger
  • Veronica Simogun, Director and Founder, Family for Change Association, Papua New Guinea
  • Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista, Lawyer and Founder of Not One Woman Less, Peru
  • Sandya Eknelygoda, Human Rights Activist, Sri Lanka
  • Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh, Member, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (F.M.A.), Syria
  • Saadet Ozkan, Educator and Gender Activist, Turkey
  • Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, Blogger and Environmental Activist, Vietnam
  • Fadia Najib Thabet, Human Rights Activist, Yemen
On April 1, the honorees will travel to cities across the United States to engage with the American people through an International Visitor Leadership Program. They will visit Atlanta, Denver, Des Moines, Minneapolis, New York, Pensacola, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, and Tampa on their individual programs. The women will reconvene in Los Angeles to reflect on their visit and discuss ways to work together to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.


Below are the three African winners

 Ms. Malebogo Molefhe (Botswana)

Malebogo Molefhe is a former National Basketball player who narrowly escaped death after being brutally attacked and shot eight times in 2009 by her deranged ex-boyfriend. She survived the attack but uses a wheelchair due to extensive spinal cord injuries. Since her attack Malebogo has felt led to advocate for herself and other women and girls that are survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). She began speaking out against domestic abuse and GBV on national radio, facilitating workshops and trainings on organizational wellness with leading state organizations and non-governmental organizations in Botswana. She also volunteers in communities across the country to bring awareness to these issues and shine light on cultural norms that promote the continuation of GBV in Botswana. Malebogo has dedicated her life to teaching young girls about self-esteem and self-respect to fight against gender oppression and domestic abuse. She is currently working with the Ministry of Education to develop a program for school-age children to help them understand the implications of violence in the home. Malebogo also advocates for the advancement of women in sports with a particular focus on women with disabilities. Having played professional basketball from age 18 until the incident in 2009 at 29 years old, she is passionate about promoting active rehabilitation for women who are disabled, especially those whose disability comes as the result of domestic violence.

Ms. Rebecca Kabugho (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Rebecca Kabugho is an activist in the LUCHA (Struggle for Change) citizen movement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite great repression, everyday threats and the risk of arrest, Rebecca bravely played a key role in a series of peaceful and non-violent demonstrations demanding that the Congolese government hold credible elections in 2016 as required by the Congolese Constitution. In February 2016, Rebecca and five of her male colleagues were arrested and convicted of inciting civil disobedience while planning a peaceful demonstration calling on President Kabila to abide by the Constitution. Rebecca and her colleagues were sentenced and spent six months in a prison in Goma. During her detention, she was lauded by social media and the international press as the youngest prisoner of conscience in the world—she was only 22 years old when she was arrested. On December 19,2016, Rebecca and 18 of her colleagues were arrested again in a peaceful demonstration demanding the resignation of the unconstitutional government before being released a week later. Through her courage, Rebecca has become one of the main activists of LUCHA and an inspiration for many young girls in her country. The organization continues to advocate for positive change in the Congo through non-violent resistance.

Major Aichatou Ousmane Issaka (Niger)
Major Aichatou Ousmane Issaka is currently Deputy Director of Social Work at the Military Hospital of Niamey. In 1996, she became one of the first women in Niger to join the army. She is also one of the first women in Niger to attend a military academy. While being a wife and mother of three, Major Ousmane Issaka finds work-life balance between her daily responsibilities and her military tasks which often demand her to deploy on the ground. Danger does not stop Major Ousmane Issaka who has served throughout Niger, most recently in the Diffa Region, where the Boko Haram terrorist organization continues to threaten the population. Major Ousmane Issaka has taken a proactive leadership role in both Niger and most recently Mali where she was deployed within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali to integrate gender perspectives into peacekeeping activities. Due to her contributions, she received a distinction award from the United Nations (UN). She was also awarded the UN’s first World Peace Prize for Military for gender equality in peacekeeping work within the UN force. Major Ousmane Issaka is a bright ray of hope for the Sahel. Her advocacy to raise awareness about gender sensitivities in conflict areas serves a positive example to Niger’s military and civil society.