Funding brief: This project will provide professional and technical development for defense legal professionals that provide criminal legal aid services in Bangladesh and help develop the organizational capacity of government legal aid committees to improve access to justice for indigent Bangladeshis. The project will provide legal training for defense lawyers to enhance the quality of legal aid services and engage with government legal aid committees to develop strategic initiatives to improve public outreach capabilities, planning, administrative capacity, and coordination among government facilities and NGOs. The project will support efforts to counter violent extremism in Bangladesh through improving access to justice and formal mechanisms to air grievances.
This project will provide professional and technical development for defense legal professionals that provide criminal legal aid services in Bangladesh and help develop the organizational capacity of government legal aid committees to improve access to justice for indigent Bangladeshis. The project will provide legal training for defense lawyers to enhance the quality of legal aid services and engage with government legal aid committees to develop strategic initiatives to improve public outreach capabilities, planning, administrative capacity, and coordination among government facilities and NGOs. The project will support efforts to counter violent extremism in Bangladesh through improving access to justice and formal mechanisms to air grievances.
The project is comprised of the following objectives and corresponding activities:
Project goals: The goal of this project is to increase access to justice and the quality of legal aid services for Bangladeshis through strengthening the capacity of defense lawyers who provide legal aid and government-run legal aid committees. This project also aims to provide criminal legal aid services to Bangladeshis that are vulnerable to radicalization, including the youth (29 years of age or less), pre-trial detainees, and other vulnerable communities. INL plans for this project to complement other U.S. government efforts and therefore prefers that project activities take place in the following districts: Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Dhaka, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi, and Rangur.
Project objectives and activities: Proposals must address all objectives listed below. Activities listed below are examples, and proposals should revise the suggested activities as appropriate to achieve desired outcomes.
Objective 1: Training and Evaluation
Activity 1: Train and evaluate defense attorneys who regularly provide legal aid based on subjective and objective criteria and standardized methodology derived from the monitoring component. Training should include substantive legal topics within criminal law and criminal procedure as well as professional development topics such as trial advocacy. Trainings should use local trainers when feasible. Partnerships with local bar associations and district legal aid committees are encouraged.
Activity 2: Work with the DLACs to develop a standardized system to evaluate client satisfaction and defense attorney performance. Provide mentoring and assistance to DLACs on collecting and analyzing data in order to improve performance and provision of legal aid services in the community. Pilot this process in one to two districts before expanding to other districts.
Activity 3: Evaluate legal aid legislative framework to identify areas where standardized policies and guidelines would be beneficial to the work of the DLACs. Once identified, work with the NLASO on developing and drafting those standard policies and guidelines. Once completed, assist with the roll-out and socialization to the DLACs.
Activity 4: Advocate for and establish mentorship program between junior and senior defense attorneys. Work with the local bar associations and/or DLACs to host and manage the mentorship program. Assist the appropriate organization with establishing, implementing, and managing the program. Explore opportunities for legal internships, judicial clerkships, or practical clinicals for law students at universities. Pilot a mentorship program in one to two districts before expanding to other districts.
Objective 2: Government Legal Aid Committee Capacity Building
Activity 1: Convene workshops and/or seminars at the district level to develop a referral strategy between government legal aid services, NGO services, the police, prison officials, and other criminal justice stakeholders. The referral strategy should aim to marshal district-level legal aid resources to better identify comparative advantages and lessen duplicative lines of efforts. Pilot this process in one to two districts before expanding to other districts.
Activity 2: Engage specifically with local jails and DLACs to develop a standardized referral system for pretrial detainees. This referral system should aim to address the backlog of cases as it pertains to those in pretrial detention.
Activity 3: Assist the NLASO with developing a strategy for institutional reforms to improve legal aid services. Possible areas include budgeting, legislative advocacy strategies, human resources, monitoring attorney workload, training, outreach, and oversight.
Objective 3: Public Awareness and Outreach
Activity 1: Develop a public awareness strategy and campaign to inform the public of legal rights and available legal aid services, including government services. A special emphasis should be placed on vulnerable communities or individuals.
Activity 2: Work with schools and universities to provide seminars that teach youth about legal rights and available legal services.
Activity 3: Develop and host community forums and/or law clinics for the public to engage with defense lawyers. This activity should involve members of the DLAC, local government officials, such as mayors and deputy mayors, local judges, and other appropriate officials.
Activity 4: Assist the NLASO and appropriate DLACs with events for National Legal Aid Day each year.
CROSS-CUTTING AND ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
1. Coordination and De-conflicting of Projects (if current projects exist in-country)
Proposals should demonstrate an awareness of other organizations that have implemented or are currently implementing similar projects in Bangladesh and address how the proposal would coordinate and complement these activities.
2. Buy-in and Local Ownership
Partnerships with local organizations and government agencies are crucial to the success of this project. Proposals should, when appropriate, include letters of support from local organizations and host country governments.
3. Program Expansion
In the event of successful project, INL will consider the option of extending the program in to future years, subject to the availability of future funding. Applicants may include in their proposal a brief section outlining how additional funds could potentially be used to expand work into further activities in future years. Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate how their program might leverage funding through other organizations.
4. Utilize Local Resources and Expertise
Proposals should demonstrate a strong knowledge of local conditions. Organizations with established offices and relationships in Bangladesh are preferred. Host country national key staff members and/or a demonstrated commitment to local staff development is preferred.
Organizations based outside of Bangladesh are required to identify and work with an implementing partner based in Bangladesh to ensure local buy-in and sustainability.
Funding Opportunity Number: INL18GR0057-JUSTICE-BANGLADESH-062118
Donor Name: U.S Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics-Law Enforcement
Funding name: No specific fund name
Deadline: 16th, August, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Funding details link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306424
Funding limit: $400,000- $200,000
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: The period of performance is two (2) years with an anticipated start date of September 2018.
Project duration: As above
Eligible organization: As below
● U.S. based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or educational institutions having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS or overseas based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or private/state educational institutions
(1) Eligibility for this NOFO is limited to:
● Applicants that qualify to receive U.S. grants (such as U.S. not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or U.S. based educational institutions subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code; foreign not-for-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or foreign based educational institutions, with the ability to develop and successfully implement a project in Bangladesh and meet INL’s reporting requirements. Organizations must also be able to demonstrate current (or pending) country registration in Bangladesh, if required by the country of project implementation.
● Applicants must have demonstrated experience implementing similar capacity building programs, preferably in Bangladesh or within the South Asia region. INL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering similar programs and/or federal grant awards.
● Applicants must have the ability to produce course materials, deliver training, and conduct evaluations in Bengali and English. The applicant’s staff should be proficient in English in order to fulfill reporting requirements.
● Applicants must have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with stakeholders in order to successfully carry out the proposed program.
● Organizations may form a consortium and submit a combined proposal. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant.
● Applicants must be able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period of time.
PLEASE NOTE: Public International Organizations (PIOs) and For-Profit Organizations are excluded from applying to this grant announcement.
● To be eligible for a grant award, in addition to other conditions of this NOFO, organizations must have a commitment to non‐discrimination with respect to beneficiaries and adherence to equal opportunity employment practices. Non‐discrimination includes equal treatment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and political affiliation.
● Applicants are reminded that U.S. Executive Orders and U.S. law prohibits transactions with, and the provision of resources and support to, individuals and organizations associated with terrorism. It is the legal responsibility of the Recipient to ensure compliance with these Executive Orders and laws. This provision must be included in any sub‐awards issued under this grant award.
(2) INL encourages applications from potential new partners.
Eligible Country: Bangladesh
Submission mail: Not found
Other important link:
● Apply: www.Grants.gov
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (www.Grants.gov).
For all application documents, please ensure:
1. All pages are numbered, including budgets and attachments,
2. All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
3. All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.
4. All documents must be submitted in English. (Please note: Per Department policy, English is the official and controlling language for all submitted application/award documents.)
Complete applications must include the following for proposal submissions:
1. Completed and signed SF-424, SF-424A, and SF424B, submitted via http://www.grants.gov, as well as, if applicable (Please see Tab D for instructions for completion of Standard Forms 424, 424A, and 424B.)
2. A copy of your organization’s most recent audit (as required per 2 CFR 200.500 – Subpart F). If an audit cannot be provided, an explanation must be submitted with the proposal submission.
Attachments (not to exceed five (5) pages total, preferably in Microsoft Word) that include the following in order:
a) Additional optional attachments. Attachments may include further timeline information, letters of support, memoranda of understanding (MOU)/agreement, etc. For applicants with a large number of letters/MOUs, it may be useful to provide a list of the organizations or government agencies that support the program rather than the actual documentation.
Note: INL retains the right to request additional documentation for those items not included on this form.
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