Human Rights and Labor Programs in Bangladesh

Funder: United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

CFDA: 19.345

Due Date: November 03, 2017 11:30 PM Eastern

Budget: $1,000,000

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for
projects that support the diversification of the Bangladesh economy by assisting efforts to promote good jobs in sectors beyond the ready-made garment sector. DRL requests proposals that promote decent work and acceptable working conditions in the leather/tannery sector. Proposals should target workers to become more engaged with their communities, fellow workers, employers, and the government at all levels in order to promote inclusive dialogue around occupational safety and health. Efforts should seek to raise awareness among workers on occupational safety and health concerns, the risks associated with working in tanneries, and their labor rights under Bangladeshi law. Efforts should also work to further develop and enforce existing laws around child labor and occupational safety and health, including protective equipment for workers. Proposals should take into consideration government efforts to relocate tanneries. Competitive proposals will be complementary to current initiatives funded by International Financial Institutions as well as the various vocational
and skills development programs ongoing in the country. Successful proposals will partner with unions and/or established local NGOs that can advocate for policy and legislative changes and enforcement.
Projects should have the potential to have an immediate impact leading to long-term sustainable reforms, and should have potential to be supported beyond DRL resources. DRL’s preference is to not duplicate past efforts, but instead support new and creative approaches. This does not exclude from consideration projects that improve upon or expand existing successful projects in a new and complementary way. DRL also strives to ensure its projects advance the rights and uphold the dignity of the most vulnerable or at-risk populations.

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