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Switzerland and EU sign an agreement on participation in EUTM Mali

Posted by African Press International on April 30, 2014

BERN, Switzerland, April 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Today, Switzerland and the European Union have signed an agreement on Switzerland’s participation in the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali). The agreement will enable Switzerland to support EUTM Mali with civilian expertise.

The signing today of the agreement between Switzerland and the EU on Swiss participation in EUTM Mali paves the way for Switzerland to second a civilian expert to EUTM Mali. The secondment of this Swiss expert – a media analyst – is planned for this year and will complement Switzerland’s involvement in peacebuilding in Mali and support the EU’s efforts to stabilise the Sahel region.

EUTM Mali aims to strengthen the Malian army’s capacities in the fields of management, logistics, personnel, human rights and international humanitarian law, and in this way contribute to the stabilisation of Mali and the whole region.

As part of its commitment to multilateral civilian peacebuilding, Switzerland participates in peace missions conducted by both the UN and the EU. Furthermore, Switzerland has been active in Mali for more than 30 years within the framework of its bilateral development cooperation.

Switzerland has a long tradition of seconding civilian experts in the context of its peace, human rights and humanitarian policy. Experts are made available on a needs basis for fixed-term civilian peace projects, for example as election observers, police advisers or specialists in constitutional matters, mediation, the rule of law, human rights and humanitarian law.

SOURCE

Switzerland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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New round of death sentences in Egypt

Posted by African Press International on April 30, 2014

OSLO, Norway, April 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/  “It is shocking and unacceptable that an Egyptian court has once again pronounced a summary judgment – this time passing 683 death sentences. We are now witnessing a situation where Egyptian courts are seriously undermining the country’s reputation internationally,” commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

On Monday 28 April, 683 people were condemned to death by a court in Minya, including the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie. Nearly 600 were condemned in absentia. The death sentences are not yet final, as they have been referred to the Grand Mufti for consideration. The court will pronounce the final sentence once the Grand Mufti has made his recommendation. The sentence can then be appealed. There are several similarities between this judgment and the judgment in March, under which 529 people were condemned to death. Since then 492 of those sentences have been commuted to long prison sentences, while 37 have been upheld.

“It is unacceptable that death sentences and long prison sentences are pronounced without individual legal safeguards being ensured. The right to a fair trial is a fundamental international principle,” Mr Brende said.

In a court ruling in Cairo today, all activities of the April 6 Youth Movement were prohibited with immediate effect. This movement was one of the main driving forces behind the 2011 revolution, and actively promoted workers’ rights also before 2011. Several of its leaders are already imprisoned. The reasons given for today’s ruling were allegations of espionage and defamation of the Egyptian state.

“This is one of a series of repressive measures against critical voices in Egypt. I am deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation for civil society and the increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in the country,” said Mr Brende.

SOURCE

Norway – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Africa: FY 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya

Posted by African Press International on April 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Funding Opportunity Announcement

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

April 25, 2014

Funding Opportunity Number: PRM-PRMOAPAF-14-016

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 19.517

Announcement Issuance Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

Proposal submission deadline: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EDT (noon Washington, DC time). Proposals submitted after this deadline or incomplete proposal packages will not be considered.

ADVISORY: All applicants must submit proposals through the website Grants.gov (not GrantSolutions.gov). PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal several days early to allow time to address any technical difficulties that may arise. Please note that Monday May 26, 2014 is a U.S. Federal holiday.

Proposed Program Start Dates: July 1 – September 15, 2014

Duration of Activity: Program plans from 12 to 36 months will be considered. Applicants may submit multi-year proposals with activities and budgets that do not exceed 36 months from the proposed start date. Actual awards will not exceed 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 continuation application and will be contingent upon available funding, strong performance, and continuing need. 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 the Multi-Year Funding section below for additional information.

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 Organizations (IOs) should not submit proposals through Grants.gov in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Rather IOs such as UN agencies and other Public International Organizations (PIOs) that are seeking funding for programs relevant to this announcement should contact the relevant PRM Program Officer (as listed below) on or before the closing date of the funding announcement.

Current Funding Priorities for refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya:

(a) PRM will prioritize funding for proposed NGO activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities for filling programming gaps in the Horn of Africa region as identified below.

While PRM encourages activities that include host communities, because of PRM’s mandate to provide protection, assistance, and durable solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM will consider funding only those projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50% refugees. Please note that projects that do not meet the protection/assistance gap(s) below will not be considered.

ETHIOPIA

Proposals must focus on one or more of the following:

Dollo Ado (Melkadida, Bokolmayo, and/or Buramino camps ONLY)

1. Health (reproductive health, maternal and child health/nutrition, mental health, psychosocial support, or assistance to persons living with disabilities)

2. Protection (prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV) and/or child protection)

3. Education/Livelihoods (primary and/or vocational education/training that benefits both refugees and host nationals, and that for Somali refugees has a clear link to eventual voluntary return, and youth education)

Gambella

1. Protection (prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV) and/or assistance to unaccompanied or separated minors or persons living with disabilities)

Jijiga

1. Education/Livelihoods (primary and/or vocational education/training that benefits both refugees and host nationals, and that for Somali refugees has a clear link to eventual voluntary return, and youth education)

2. Health (reproductive health, maternal and child health/nutrition, mental health, psychosocial support, or assistance to persons living with disabilities)

3. Protection (child protection and/or prevention and response to GBV)

Tigray

1. Education/Livelihoods (primary and/or vocational education/training that will help minimize onward migration and youth education).

2. Health (reproductive health, maternal and child health/nutrition, or assistance to persons living with disabilities)

3. Protection (child protection and/or prevention and response to GBV)

KENYA

Proposals must focus on one or more of the following:

1. Protection (prevention and response to GBV, child protection, assistance to separated or unaccompanied minors, and/or activities to address/prevent xenophobia)

2. Health (mental health, psychosocial support, reproductive health, support and accessibility to adequate maternal and child health/nutrition for children; health support to persons living with disabilities)

2. Education/Livelihoods (primary and/or vocational education/training that benefits both refugees and host nationals, and that for Somali refugees has a clear link to eventual voluntary return), and youth education)

Please Note: Proposals may focus on urban areas; however, evolving Government of Kenya policy may not allow urban programming. In that case, PRM would not be able to fund such activities.

(b) For both countries, proposals should be shared with UNHCR in advance of submission and must be developed in full consultation with UNHCR to ensure coherence with its overall comprehensive planning for refugee operations. If PRM awards a grant and then circumstances subsequently preclude implementation in urban areas, PRM will work with you to determine how to proceed.

(c) PRM Standardized Indicator Initiative:

Health: Proposals focusing on health in camp based/returnee settings must include a minimum of one of the four following indicators and should try to include as many of the other indicators as are relevant:

•    Number of consultations/clinician/day (Target: Fewer than 50 patients per clinician per day).

•    Measles vaccination rate for children under five (Target: 95% coverage).

•    Percentage of deliveries attended by a skilled birth attendant in a health care facility (Target: 100%).

•    Percentage of reporting rape survivors given post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) with 72 hours (Target: 100%).

Proposals focusing on health in urban settings must include a minimum of one of the six following indicators and should try to include as many of the other indicators as are relevant:

•    Capacity-building: number of health care professionals/administrators trained on providing health services to beneficiary populations.

•    Referrals: number of beneficiaries referred to appropriate services, and percentage of those referred who were able to get needed services.

•    Community Outreach: number of beneficiaries who received targeted messages on their rights and health-related services available to them.

•    Health Staffing: number of total consultations per health care provider, disaggregated by refugee/national, sex, and age.

•    Patient Satisfaction: percentage of beneficiary patients receiving primary and emergency care who express satisfaction with services received.

•    Post Exposure Prophylaxis: percentage of reporting beneficiary rape survivors given PEP within 72 hours (Target: 100%).

NGO proposals seeking to fund service provision may include the following indicators as appropriate:

•    Primary Care: number and percentage of beneficiary patients, by sex and age, receiving primary health care assistance.

•    Emergency Care: number and percentage of beneficiary patients, by sex and age, receiving care for trauma or sudden illness.

Proposals should include custom health indicators in addition to the relevant standardized indicator(s).

Key Resources – Health

•    Sphere Handbook: http://www.sphereproject.org/handbook/

•    UNHCR Health Guidelines, Policies, and Strategies:http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646cdd.html

•    OFDA NGO Guidance (pages 96-110):http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1866/guidelines_for_proposals_2012.pdf

Livelihoods: Proposals focusing on livelihoods in camp based/returnee settings must include a minimum of one of the three following indicators and should try to include as many of the other indicators as are relevant:

Camp-Based/Returnee Settings:

•    Number of project beneficiaries, disaggregated by gender and population (refugee, national) receiving training on appropriate skills as determined by market and livelihood assessments. This may include language and skills training, entrepreneurship building, financial literacy, business support services, job placement and apprenticeship schemes, and/or legal aid.

•    Number and percentage of program participants, disaggregated by gender and population (refugee, national) reporting higher household income level by end of project period as compared to the pre-project baseline assessment.

•    (Temporary Employment) Number of beneficiaries, disaggregated by gender and population (refugee, national) participating in cash or food for work programs.

Proposals focusing on livelihoods in urban settings must include a minimum of one of the eight following indicators and should try to include as many of the other indicators as are relevant:

Urban:

•    Number of project beneficiaries, disaggregated by gender and population (refugee, national) receiving training on appropriate skills as determined by market and livelihood assessments. This may include language and skills training, entrepreneurship building, financial literacy, business support services, job placement and apprenticeship schemes, and/or legal aid.

•    Number and percentage of program participants, disaggregated by gender and population (refugee, national) reporting higher household income level by end of project period as compared to the pre-project baseline assessment.

•    Number and percentage of program participants, disaggregated by gender and population (refugee, national) in urban settings who are placed in jobs by completion of the project period. Note: A chart should be provided reflecting the length of employment for program participants.

•    (Temporary Employment) Number of beneficiaries, disaggregated by gender and population (refugee, national) participating in cash or food for work programs.

•    The percentage of sampled host community employers who are able to identify at least two skill-sets (e.g., carpentry, embroidery) among program beneficiaries living in their municipality.

•    The percentage of sampled host community employers who are able to describe accurately the procedures for hiring program beneficiaries.

•    The percentage of sampled urban program beneficiaries who:

•    Are able to describe accurately the procedures for receiving permits to conduct business.

•    Apply for and receive for business permits.

•    The percentage of sampled urban program beneficiaries who are economically self-reliant, as measured by self-reporting of household consumption and income sources.

Proposals should include custom livelihoods indicators in addition to the relevant standardized indicator(s).

Key Resources – Livelihoods

•    USAID/OFDA Guidelines for Proposals, October 2012 (pgs. 82-96)

•    Women’s Refugee Commission, Preventing Gender Based Violence, Building Livelihoods: Guidance and Tools for Improved Programming

•    Minimum Economic Recovery Standards, 2nd ed. Washington, DC, USA: The SEEP Network, 2010. http://communities.seepnetwork.org/econrecovery

•    Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis Toolkit. (EMMA) Practical Action Publishing. 2010. http://www.emmatoolkit.info (In French as of 2011.)

•    Local Economic Recovery in Post-Conflict: Guidelines. Geneva: ILO, 2010.

http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_emp/documents/instructionalmaterial/wcms_141270.pdf

(d) 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 aforementioned sectors.

(e) Proposals must adhere to relevant international standards for humanitarian assistance. See PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for a complete list of sector-specific standards.

(f) PRM strongly encourages programs that target the needs of potentially vulnerable and underserved groups among the beneficiary population (women; children;; older persons; the sick; persons with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) individuals 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. NOTE: PRM partners must now complete a gender analysis (see PRM proposal template, section 3a) that briefly analyzes (1) gender dynamics within the target population (i.e., roles, power dynamics, and different needs of men and women, girls and boys); (2) associated risks and implementation challenges for the project posed by those dynamics; and (3) how program activities will mitigate these protection risks and be made accessible to vulnerable groups (particularly women and girls). A gender analysis is a requirement prior to PRM making a final funding award.

(g) PRM will accept proposals from any NGO (refer to Eligible Applicants section above) working in the above mentioned areas 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. Proposals must include 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 and should include any UNHCR co-funding for the proposed activities and/or similar refugee activities);

•    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;

•    Projects in protracted refugee situations and multi-year funding applications must include (1) concrete steps that will be taken during the program period to support the eventual transition of activities to government ministries, local NGOs, or development actors, (2) the estimated timeframe for the transition, and (3) what obstacles might inhibit the transition;

•    A budget that is appropriate for meeting the objectives and demonstrates co-funding by non-U.S. government sources;

•    where applicable, adherence to PRM’s Principles for Refugee Protection in Urban Areas available online athttp://www.state.gov/documents/organization/187237.pdf;

•    Appropriate targeting of beneficiaries in coordination with UNHCR and other relevant organizations; and

•    Inclusion of persons living with disabilities within the targeted population.

(h) Country Specific Instructions

•    Ethiopia: Proposals for activities must be accompanied by a letter from the UNHCR Addis Ababa Office showing endorsement of the proposed activities and inclusion on the Government of Ethiopia’s Agency for Refugee and Returnee Affairs’ (ARRA) accountability matrix (3W matrix).

•    Kenya: Proposals for activities must be accompanied by a letter from the UNHCR Nairobi Office showing endorsement of the proposed activities and inclusion on the respective camp’s accountability matrix (3W matrix). The UNHCR Nairobi letter should also acknowledge coordination with the relevant UNHCR sub-office.

Funding Limits: Project proposals may not exceed $1,500,000 per year or they will not be accepted.

As stated in the PRM General NGO Guidelines, PRM looks favorably on cost-sharing efforts and seeks to support projects with a diverse donor base and/or resources from the submitting organization.

Proposal Submission Requirements: Proposals must be submitted via Grants.gov (not via GrantSolutions.gov). 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” page on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements (http://test.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/applicant-resources.html).

Please also note the following highlights:

•    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). To register with Grants.gov, organizations must first receive a DUNS number and register with the System for Award Management (SAM) athttp://www.sam.gov which can take weeks and sometimes months. We 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.

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

•    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. Applicants who are unable to submit applications via Grants.gov due to Grants.gov technical difficulties and who have reported the problem to the Grants.gov help desk, received a case number, and had a service request opened to research the problem, should contact the relevant PRM Program Officer to determine whether an alternative method of submission is appropriate.

•    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 at: http://fa.statebuy.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=161&menu_id=68)

Proposal Content, Formatting and Template: This announcement is designed to accompany PRM’s General NGO Guidelines, which contain additional administrative information on proposal content and formatting, and explain in detail PRM’s NGO funding strategy and priorities. Please use both the General NGO Guidelines and this announcement to ensure that your proposal submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements and that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities. Proposal submissions that do not meet all of the requirements outlined in these guidelines will not be considered.

PRM strongly recommends using the proposal and budget templates that are available upon email request from PRM’s NGO Coordinator. Please send an email, with the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line, to PRM’s NGO Coordinator. Single-year proposals using PRM’s templates 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.

To be considered for PRM funding, organizations must submit a complete application package including:

•    Proposal 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.

In addition, proposal submissions to PRM 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.

•    To increase PRM’s ability to track the impact of PRM funding, include specific information on locations of projects and beneficiaries (GPS coordinates if possible).

•    Proposals should 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. PRM strongly encourages multilateral support for humanitarian programs.

•    In FY 2014, PRM is asking applicants whose proposals address gender-based violence (GBV) through their projects to estimate the total cost of these activities as a separate line item in their proposed budgets. PRM’s budget template document has been updated to reflect this new requirement.

•    Gender analysis (See above. Required before an award can be made).

•    Proposals and budgets should include details of any sub-agreements associated with the program.

•    Copy of the organization’s Code of Conduct (required before an award can be made).

•    Copy of the organization’s Security Plan (required before an award can be made).

•    Most recent Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA), 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.

•    Organizations that received PRM funding in FY 2013 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.

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 12-month cycles for a period not to exceed 36 months from the proposed start date. Fully developed programs with detailed budgets, objectives and indicators are required for each year of activities. These can be updated yearly upon submission of continuation applications. Applicants should note that they may use PRM’s recommended multi-year proposal template for this application, which is different from the single year template. Multi-year funding applicants may also use PRM’s standard budget template and should submit a separate budget sheet for each project year. Multi-year proposals using PRM’s templates must be no more than 30 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 25 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.

Multi-year applications selected for funding by PRM will be funded in 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 continuation application and will be contingent upon available funding, strong performance, and continuing need. Continuation 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). Continuation applications are submitted in lieu of responding to PRM’s published call for proposals for those activities. Late continuation applications will jeopardize continued funding.

Organizations can request multi-year funding and continuation application templates by emailing PRM’s NGO Coordinator with the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line.

Reports and Reporting Requirements:

Program Reporting: PRM requires quarterly and final program reports describing and analyzing the results of activities undertaken during the validity period of the agreement. It is highly suggested that NGOs receiving PRM funding use the PRM-recommended program report template. To request this template, send an email with the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line to PRM’s NGO Coordinator.

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; a final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement.

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

Proposal Review Process: PRM will conduct a formal competitive review of all proposals submitted in response to this funding announcement. A review panel will evaluate submissions based on the above-referenced proposal evaluation criteria and PRM priorities in the context of available funding.

PRM may request revised proposals and/or budgets based on feedback from the panel. PRM will provide formal notifications to NGOs of final decisions taken by Bureau management.

Applicant Vetting as a Condition of Award: Applicants for programs in Kenya are advised that successful passing of vetting to evaluate the risk that funds may benefit terrorists or their supporters is a condition of an award for Kenya. Applicants may be asked to submit information required by DS Form 4184, Risk Analysis Information (attached to this solicitation) about their organization and its principal personnel. Vetting information is also required for all sub-award performance on assistance awards identified by the U.S. Department of State as presenting a risk of terrorist financing. When vetting information is requested by the Grants Officer, information may be submitted on the secure web portal at https://ramportal.state.gov, via Email toRAM@state.gov, or by hardcopy to the Grants Officer. Questions about the form may be emailed to RAM@state.gov. Failure to submit information when requested, or failure to pass vetting, may be grounds for rejecting your proposal. The following clause shall be included in Section 9, Special Award Conditions, or as an addendum to the solicitation, whenever assistance is awarded after vetting:

•    Recipient Vetting after Award: Recipients shall advise the Grants Officer of any changes in personnel listed in the DS Form 4184, Risk Analysis Information, and shall provide vetting information on new individuals. The government reserves the right to vet these personnel changes and to terminate assistance awards for convenience based on vetting results.

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:

•    As a condition of receipt of this assistance award, all materials produced pursuant to the award, including training materials, materials for recipients or materials to communicate or promote with foreign audiences a program, event, project, or some other activity under this agreement, including but not limited to invitations to events, press materials, event backdrops, and podium signs must be marked appropriately with the standard U.S. flag in a size and prominence equal to (or greater than) any other logo or identity. Sub-recipients and subsequent tier sub-award agreements are subject to the marking requirements and the recipient shall include a provision in the sub-recipient agreement indicating that using the standard, rectangular U.S. flag is a requirement. In the event the recipient 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.

PRM Points of Contact: Should NGOs have technical questions related to this announcement, they should contact the PRM staff listed below prior to proposal submission. (Note: Responses to technical questions from PRM do not indicate a commitment to fund the program discussed.)

PRM Program Officer Madelina Young-Smith (YoungMM@state.gov; 202-453-9382), Washington, DC; please include PRM Program Assistant Lin’An Bartlett on email correspondence (BartlettL@state.gov)

Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Horn of Africa Bindi Patel (PatelBK@state.gov), U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Regional Refugee Assistant for the Horn of Africa Desire Diallo (DialloDA@state.gov), U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Deputy Refugee Coordinator for Kenya and Somalia Kristin Alderman (AldermanKL@state.gov), U.S. Embassy, Refugee and Migration Affairs, Nairobi, Kenya

SOURCE

US Department of State

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Sierra Leone to be reviewed by UN Committee Against Torture

Posted by African Press International on April 28, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The UN Committee Against Torture is due to review Sierra Leone’s record for the first time on 1 and 2 May in sessions that will be webcast live.

Sierra Leone is one of the 155 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and is required to undergo regular examinations of its record before the Committee of 10 independent experts.

 The Committee will engage in a dialogue with the Sierra Leone government delegation and also hear from NGOs. The public sessions, which will take place from 10:00 on 1 May and from 15:00 on 2 May, can be viewed here:http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

Sierra Leone’s initial report is available at:

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=890&Lang=en. The Committee will publish its concluding observations here on Friday 23 May.

A press conference is tentatively scheduled for Friday 23 May at 14:00 at Palais des Nations when the Committee will discuss its concluding observations on Sierra Leone and the other countries being reviewed – Uruguay, Thailand, Holy See, Guinea, Montenegro, Cyprus, and Lithuania.

SOURCE

United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

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IMF Executive Board Concludes Third Review of an Arrangement Under the Standby Credit Facility with Tanzania

Posted by African Press International on April 27, 2014

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, April 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today concluded the third and final review of an arrangement under the Standby Credit Facility (SCF)1 with Tanzania. The SCF was approved in July 2012 (see Press Release No. 12/252). In February 2013, the authorities drew the full accumulated amount of US$114 million under the SCF arrangement through that date. No drawings have been made since then, and the authorities have indicated that they do not intend to make further drawings on the arrangement, which expires on April 30, 2014.

The Board also concluded the 2014 Article IV consultation; a press release will be issued separately.

Following the Executive Board discussion, Mr. Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, said: “The Tanzanian authorities are to be commended for the broadly satisfactory implementation of their economic program supported by the Fund’s Standby Credit Facility. Prudent macroeconomic policies have delivered buoyant economic growth and successful disinflation.

“Preserving macroeconomic stability is essential for continued strong growth. Yet, vulnerabilities may be building up, with pressures for additional fiscal expenditures and a large current account deficit. To safeguard the sustainability of the public finances, improved public financial management is a priority, going forward.

“A key objective for the remainder of this fiscal year is to contain expenditures within the limits set in the mid-year budget review and to strengthen revenue administration. Looking ahead, efforts will be needed to mobilize additional revenues, beginning with the VAT reform, while ensuring that revenue assumptions are realistic, so as to eschew the accumulation of new arrears and to avoid abrupt expenditure cuts during budget execution.

“A crucial medium-term challenge will be to set up appropriate institutional arrangements to ensure that the benefits from the exploitation of natural gas fields accrue to all Tanzanians. This will involve establishing a fair taxation regime, transparent contracts with the companies involved, and a framework to manage resource wealth that promotes inter-generational equity and is fully integrated with the budget process.

Tanzania is becoming increasingly interconnected with the global economy and greater focus on international competitiveness is warranted. Accordingly, the exchange rate should fully reflect market conditions, and a variety of reforms need to be undertaken to dismantle remaining impediments to trade, including infrastructure bottlenecks, and improve the business climate.”

1 The SCF supports low-income countries that have reached broadly sustainable macroeconomic positions, but may experience episodic, short-term financing and adjustment needs, including those caused by shocks. The SCF supports countries’ economic programs aimed at restoring a stable and sustainable macroeconomic position consistent with strong and durable growth and poverty reduction. It also provides policy support and can help catalyze foreign aid. (See http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/scf.htm.) Details on Tanzania’s SCF are available at http://www.imf.org/tanzania

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International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS AURÉLIEN AGBÉNONCI OF BENIN DEPUTY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE AND RESIDENT COORDINATOR FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Posted by African Press International on April 26, 2014

NEW YORK, April 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Aurélien Agbénonci of Benin as Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Mr. Agbénonci will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative. The Secretary-General expresses his sincere thanks to Mr. Georg Charpentier, who served as Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative ad interim.

The new Deputy Special Representative brings extensive experience with the United Nations system to the position, having worked on conflict, development and governance issues. He has served throughout Africa, including as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda, from 2008 to 2011, and Congo, from 2003 to 2008. Previously, he was UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Côte d’Ivoire, from 1999 to 2003, and Cameroon, from 1996 to 1999.

Prior to his career with the United Nations, he was Senior Programme Coordinator and Chief of Staff at the Pan–African Social Prospects Centre in Benin, and worked in the Faculty of Law at the University of Nanterre in France. Most recently, Mr. Agbénonci was the Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mali from 2012 to 2013.

Mr. Agbénonci earned graduate degrees in international trade law from the University of Paris X Nanterre and in institutional development, governance and environmental sciences from the University of Dakar in Senegal. He also holds a master’s degree in business law from the University of Dakar.

Born in 1958, Mr. Agbénonci is married and has two children.

SOURCE

UNITED NATIONS

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Indigo Publications 2013 results: Strong profitability driven by digital development

Posted by African Press International on April 25, 2014

Since April 2013, Intelligence Online and all the group’s Africa publications have been 100% digital

PARIS, France, April 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – In 2013, Indigo Publications (http://www.indigopublications.fr) registered its 11th consecutive year of growth and profit. Its turnover increased 7.4% to €3.4 million and its operating result rose 25% to €535,000.

These good results confirm the group’s excellent health and the durability of its economic model, based on exclusive paid-for information for professional subscribers.

They also show the positive impact of the digital development strategy it has been pursuing since 1995. Since April 2013, Intelligence Online and all the group’s Africa publications, which are now grouped together on the Africa Intelligence website, have been 100% digital.

•          The digital products have shown remarkable growth. The Web accounted for 84% of the group’s growth last year across all publications.

•          Electronic wallets, which offer the opportunity to buy single articles on Indigo Publications’ six web sites, increased strongly in number and the number of transactions carried out rose 24%.

•          The group remains very international. Fifty two per cent of its subscribers are registered outside France and these subscribers divide up equally into anglophone and francophone readers. The number of new subscriptions to the English language publications rose by 44% in 2013.

•          Indigo Publications also continued to strongly develop its overall readership with subscriptions up 15% in 2013.

The digital development should continue to progress in 2014. In France, the VAT rate for online publications has at last been brought into line with that of the printed press, thus reducing it from 20% to 2.1% as of February this year. The legislation making this possible was passed unanimously by the French National Assembly and Senate. It is the culmination of a long struggle over several years by Indigo and its fellow French online publishers via their professional body, the Syndicat de la Presse Indépendante d’Information en Ligne (SPIIL). The law will enable the whole of the French press to make available the necessary resources for its digital development.

As a result, for Indigo Publications, 2014 will, even more than previous years, be a year of investment in digital technology:

•          In May, a free Africa Intelligence mobile application will be made available to subscribers (with devices using iOS, Androïd and Windows Phone).

•          In September, La Lettre A will inaugurate a new formula and launch a mobile application.

•          In October, the Africa Intelligence web portal will be renovated with a new graphic identity and new navigational system as part of an effort to constantly improve quality of service to readers.

Indigo Publications is pleased with its financial results and positive prospects, which enable it to guarantee its present and future editorial independence. An independent press group, it is not constrained by any dependence on advertising and is free of all political and commercial affiliation, with 100% of its revenues coming directly from its readers.

About Indigo Publications

Indigo Publications (http://www.indigopublications.fr), which styles itself the “smallest international press group in the world”, publishes eight newsletters in English and French and runs four web sites in French and two in English. Headed by the group’s founder, Maurice Botbol, its editorial team analyses and interprets the issues raised by political and economic power:

•          The Africa Intelligence portal (http://www.AfricaIntelligence.comand http://www.AfricaIntelligence.fr) hosts all the group’s publications on Africa:

•          The West Africa Newsletter, which covers political and economic issues in West and Central Africa;

•          The Indian Ocean Newsletter, which focuses on politics and business relations in African countries in the Indian Ocean region;

•          Maghreb Confidential, which follows developments in the power structures of the Maghreb;

•          Africa Energy Intelligence, which covers political and economic strategy in the African energy sector;

•          Africa Mining Intelligence, which reports on political and economic strategy in the African mining sector.

•          Intelligence Online, which specialises in coverage of state and economic intelligence gathering on its websites,http://www.IntelligenceOnline.fr and http://www.IntelligenceOnline.com

•          La Lettre A, a newsletter reporting on power in France in all its forms, with its website, http://www.LaLettreA.fr

•          Presse News, a newsletter covering French media news, with its website, http://www.PresseNews.fr

SOURCE

Indigo Publications

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UK / Foreign Secretary welcomes Presidential elections in Algeria

Posted by African Press International on April 24, 2014

LONDON, United-Kingdom, April 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomes peaceful vote and congratulates the winner of Presidential elections in Algeria.

Following the result of the elections in Algeria, the Foreign Secretary said:

“I congratulate the Algerian people on their elections and President Bouteflika on the result. We welcome the peaceful and orderly vote, and the commitment of the Algerian authorities to an inclusive dialogue about future constitutional reforms in line with the wishes and aspirations of the Algerian people.

“The UK government reiterates its firm commitment to building a strong and enduring partnership between the UK and Algeria across many areas, including security, prosperity, promotion of the English language and cultural and educational links.”

SOURCE

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Huge op hits al Qaeda strongholds

Posted by African Press International on April 24, 2014

  •  April 22, 2014
    An operation targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is under way in Abyan and Shabwa, Yemen, a high-level Yemeni government official who is being briefed on the strikes told CNN on Monday. Huge op hits al Qaeda strongholds, READ MORE….

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Street artist forged ‘masterpieces’

Posted by African Press International on April 23, 2014

  • April 22, 2014
    Spanish art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz helped convince wealthy buyers to shell out millions of dollars for works he claimed famous masters of modern art painted. But in reality, federal authorities allege, the works he sold as Rothkos and Pollocks were fakes painted by an artist he met on a Manhattan street corner. Street artist forged ‘masterpieces’ READ MORE…

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Somaliland Authorities arrest 3 Journalists in Las-Anod for Attending Rival regional State Conference

Posted by African Press International on April 22, 2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns in the strongest terms possible the act of suppression, arbitrary arrests, threats and intimidations against the media by the Somaliland authorities, following the arbitrary arrests of three journalists in the disputed town of Las-Anod town, the latest in a string of violence against the journalists and the media in Somaliland.

Somaliland police arrested Abdiqani Goox, a correspondent of a privately owned Somalisat Television based in London and two freelances namely Ali Yusuf Ahmed and Abdirashid Aideed on Sunday 20 April, 2014 at the disputed town of Las-Anod, local media reported.

According to deputy police commissioner of Las-Anod, Ahmed Abdi Gelle told the local media that the journalists were arrested for attending a rival conference that threats its peace and security.

The Secretary general of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim called on the Somaliland authorities to stop the media crackdown it is currently undertaking and expressed his outrage against the arrests of the three journalists and demanded their unconditional release.

On 07 April, 2014, Somaliland police stormed the offices of Haatuf newspaper in Hargeysa, following the orders of the regional court – after the newspaper published a series of articles accusing senior officials of corruption allegations.

In February, Somaliland Authorities suspended the operations of the privately owned Universal Television, after accusing the television for insulting its president. Police raided and closed indefinitely the daily Hubaal on December 13 following a court order that claimed the publication promoted insecurity in the nation. Both newspapers are still shut down.

SOURCE

National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)

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Boko Haram: A bloody insurgency

Posted by African Press International on April 22, 2014

  •  April 22, 2014
    Boko Haram’s lethality is indisputable. Boko Haram: A bloody insurgency. READ MORE…..

 

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Teen stows away in Hawaii-bound jet 

Posted by African Press International on April 21, 2014

  • April 22, 2014
    A 16-year-old boy traveled from San Jose, California, to Maui, Hawaii, in the landing gear wheel well of a Boeing 767, Hawaiian Airlines said Sunday. READ…

 

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Visit of Mr. Yutaka Iimura, Special Representative of the Government of Japan to the Arab Republic of Egypt

Posted by African Press International on April 20, 2014

TOKYO, Japan, April 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – 1. Given the current situation of Egypt, Mr.Yutaka Iimura, Special Representative of the Government of Japan, visited Egypt from April 15th to 17th and met Mr.Nabil Fahmi, Foreign Minister of Egypt, Dr.Nabil El-Araby, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, and others.

2. In the meeting between Mr.Iimura and Foreign Minister Mr.Fahmi,

(1) Mr.Iimura conveyed the following points.

(a) Japan watches closely the progress of roadmap towards the normalization of political situation in Egypt and hopes the coming presidential election will be conducted properly.

(b) While Japan is well aware of the efforts of the interim government for maintaining security and public order, Japan expects that issues such as human rights would be dealt with properly.

(c) Japan hopes to further strengthen the cooperative relations with Egypt. Japan will continue to extend assistance to Egypt for democratization and socio-economic stability.

(d) Japan hopes that socio-economic stability in Egypt will lead to further development of the bilateral relations such as investments from Japan.

(2) Both also exchanged views extensively on the Middle East Peace Process and regional situations.

3. Mr.Iimura also exchanged views with Marshal El-Sisi, former Defense Minister, and Mr. Sabbahi, President of People Current Movement, who have both announced their intention for the candidacy to the presidential election, and other Egyptian Intellectuals.

SOURCE

Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Canada Announces Emergency Contribution to Fight Ebola Virus Outbreak

Posted by African Press International on April 19, 2014

OTTAWA, Canada, April 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced a joint funding contribution of $1,285,000 to address the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

“In a situation like the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, it is of critical importance to implement measures to end the chain of transmission,” said Minister Paradis. “We must ensure strong surveillance and investigation as well as a coordinated response to new or suspected cases. Canada’s support will play a critical role in responding to and preventing the spread of this deadly disease.”

“Biological threats such as the current Ebola outbreak do not recognize borders,” said Minister Baird. “They represent a global problem that requires coordinated international action across multiple sectors, including health and security. Canada’s contribution underscores the importance of obtaining cooperation from various sectors to help prevent, detect and rapidly respond to infectious diseases.”

“The Government of Canada welcomes the World Health Organization’s rapid efforts to address this outbreak of Ebola, one of the most virulent diseases known to humans,” said Minister Ambrose. “Canada is pleased to join other countries in this response and urges other donors to support the WHO.”

SOURCE

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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