Resources on Human & Civil Rights
- Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Grant Information: A collection of current and previous Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor calls for Statements of Interest, Requests for Proposals, and Notices of Funding Opportunity can be found online. You should also stay in touch with your U.S. Embassy contact, who is notified when one of these opportunities become available.
- Rapid Response fund for Women, Peace, and Security: The Rapid Response Fund supports projects that advance the role of women peacebuilders. Ranging from $500 to $250,000, the grants fund Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) work in select fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Potential funding ideas include efforts to expand women’s participation in peace processes, leverage political openings, offer logistical support for key discussions, or increase access to decision-making spaces. The fund will become globally available in April 2023.
- State Department Human Rights Reporting: To learn more about the U.S. State Department’s reporting on human and civil rights for marginalized communities, read the State Department’s Human Rights Reports, Trafficking in Persons Reports, International Religious Freedom Reports, and the Department of Labor’s International Child Labor Reports.
- USAID’s Human Rights for Marginalized Communities Efforts: USAID promotes the rights and inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented populations in the development process and leads the S. Government’s response to addressing the needs of children in adversity and youth. USAID implements activities that combat stigma and discrimination, promote empowerment and inclusion of marginalized or underrepresented groups, and improve the lives of populations in high-risk situations.
- LGBTQI+ Persons Resources: In solidarity with President Biden’s commitment to advancing the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons, PEPFAR remains dedicated to the vital work ahead of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 and protecting human rights. PEPFAR has also announced a new $3.78 million co-funded collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme counter to discriminatory laws that impede key populations’ access to HIV services.
Resources on Government Accountability & Transparency
- Accountability Lab: The Accountability Lab was founded in early 2012 as an effort to work with young people to develop new ideas for accountability, transparency, and open government. It has evolved into a global network of local Accountability Labs that are finding new ways to shift societal norms, solve intractable challenges and build “unlikely networks” for change. Accountability Lab also highlights “Integrity Icons” to elevate positive stories of accountability.
- USAID’s Anti-Corruption Efforts: To address corruption with the urgency and resolve that it requires, USAID is taking concrete actions to elevate, integrate, and strengthen anti-corruption across the Agency, and to improve coordination with our partners across the U.S. government and the development community. USAID has several resources available to individuals fighting corruption in their home countries.
- Open Government Partnership (OGP): In 2011, government leaders and civil society advocates came together to create a unique partnership—one that combines these powerful forces to promote transparent, participatory, inclusive, and accountable governance. The Open Government Partnership includes 76 countries and 106 local governments – representing more than two billion people – and thousands of civil society organizations. To join OGP, governments commit to upholding the principles of open and transparent government by endorsing the Open Government Members meet the Eligibility Criteria and pass the OGP Values Check.
- Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI): By becoming a member of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), countries commit to disclose information along the extractive industry value chain – from how extraction rights are awarded, to how revenues make their way through government and how they benefit the public. Through participation in the EITI, more than 50 countries have agreed to a common set of rules governing what has to be disclosed and when – the EITI Standard.
- Energy Resource Governance Initiative Toolkit (ERGI): The Energy Resource Governance Initiative (ERGI) is designed to promote sound mining sector governance and resilient energy mineral supply chains. This initiative brings countries together to engage on advancing governance principles, sharing best practices, and encouraging a level playing field for investment.