Funding brief: The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ (OES) Office of Environment, Conservation, and Water announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (“NOFO”) for a program on international cooperation on shared waters. The agreement will use U.S. Fiscal Year 2018 Economic Support Funds.
Eligibility is limited to U.S. non-profit/non-governmental organizations subject to section 501 (c) (3) of the U. S. tax code, foreign not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and public international organizations.
A Cooperative Agreement for up to $690,000 U.S. Dollars (USD) in FY 2018 Economic Support Funds (ESF) awarded for a multi-donor partnership mechanism to support cooperation on shared waters that leverages U.S. diplomatic and financial support, promotes coordination between development partners on shared waters, and ensures the sustainability of the programs beyond the period of U.S. support. The program on international water cooperation will improve coordination and cooperation over shared waters in regions where water is, or may become, a source of conflict. The program’s goal is to build political will and advance cooperative processes on shared waters where the lack of political commitment/engagement is an impediment to cooperative action. Meeting this goal will increase shared prosperity and regional security. The initial period of performance will be for three years (36 months). Funding authority rests in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.
The program’s goal is to build cooperative relationships among stakeholders (including governments, regional organizations, media, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)) to create, enable, or reinforce cooperation and/or collaboration over shared waters, particularly in areas where political impediments limit cooperation. While the program should be global in its overarching approach, individual efforts to build cooperation may vary by region and occur through existing institutions, platforms, or organizations or through creating new formal or informal platforms for engagement. Meeting this goal should increase shared prosperity and regional security. Applicants are expected to build cooperative relationships in at least two transboundary or shared water areas, from distinct geographic regions.
The primary objective is to establish, enhance, or lay the groundwork for formal or informal inter-governmental dialogue, institutional arrangements, and/or technical processes for shared water management decision-making that are endorsed by key stakeholders and/or financially supported by governments. This objective must include:
● improved cooperative governance structures (i.e. river basin organizations or regional governmental cooperation) with sustained interaction between public governing bodies and other stakeholders that are inclusive, transparent, and equitable and/or
● interactive processes that support joint problem-solving, negotiation, and conflict resolution and which sustainably distribute costs and benefits related to basin management and development, as agreed to by the stakeholders.
A secondary objective is improved coordination of diplomatic and development efforts around international cooperation on shared waters. This objective must include:
● mobilizing regional development partner (i.e. donors or multilateral institutions) capacities, interests, and support towards a coordinated, unified, and effective long-term strategy for supporting transboundary water cooperation and/or reinforcing the benefits of cooperation through collaborative capacity-building activities, shared development projects, and/or mutually-beneficial investments that deliver tangible benefits.
Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0005896
Donor Name: The US Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans – Int. Environmental – Scientific
Funding name: No specific fund name
Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. EDT on July 8th, 2019
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Funding limit: $690,000
Project start date: Anticipated Award Date-September 2019
Project duration: Anticipated Award Date-September 2019 And Anticipated Project Completion Date-March, 2022
Eligible organization: As below
● Eligibility is limited to U.S. non-profit/non-governmental organizations subject to section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. tax code, foreign non-profit/non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and public international organizations.
● Technically eligible submissions are those which: 1) arrive electronically to www.grants.gov or SAMS Domestic by the designated deadline; 2) have heeded all instructions contained in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), including length and completeness of submission; and 3) do not violate any of the guidelines stated in the solicitation and this document.
Eligible Country: Below is a list of the countries that are anticipated to be supported by FY18 Economic Support Funds; some changes to this list may occur. Participation by other riparian countries in key river basins not listed here can be covered through cost-share or in-kind contributions. Applicants are expected to work in at least two distinct shared water areas in separate geographic regions.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Botswana||Brazil|
|Central African Republic||Chad||China|
|Comoros||Congo, Dem. Rep.||Congo, Rep.|
|Costa Rica||Côte d’Ivoire||Djibouti|
|Dominica||Dominican Republic||El Salvador|
|Korea, Dem. Rep.||Kosovo||Kyrgyz Republic|
|South Sudan||Sudan (non-government only)||Tajikistan|
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