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USAID CITIZENS’ VOICE PROJECT ANNOUNCES SEVENTH GRANT CYCLE (CLOSED)

ISLAMABAD – October 02, 2014: USAID Citizens’ Voice Project has started inviting applications for civil society advocacy grants under its seventh (7th) grant cycle in the thematic areas of:

1. Citizens’ Voice for Improved Legislative Governance;

2. Citizens’ Voice for Strengthening Transparency and Accountability Mechanisms;

3. Improved Enabling Environment for Civil Society Organizations; and

4. Improving Governance: Reforming Provincial Public Services in Punjab.

In this grant cycle worth $2.17 million, the project intends to award up to 22 grants. Out of the 22 grants 08 grants will be made available for thematic area # 1, 12 for thematic area # 2, and 01 each for thematic area # 3 and 4. The project will have national coverage with focus on some priority districts in various regions. USAID Citizens’ Voice Project has also simultaneously launched its 6th grants cycle in the thematic area of “importance of local government system” for up to 100 grants.

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USAID CITIZENS’ VOICE PROJECT ANNOUNCES SIXTH GRANT CYCLE (CLOSED)

ISLAMABAD – October 02, 2014: USAID Citizens’ Voice Project has started inviting applications for civil society advocacy grants under its sixth (6th) grant cycle in the thematic area of “Importance of local government system”. In this cycle worth $1.5 million, the project intends to award up to 100 grants so as to:

a) Establish informed public opinion and create awareness about the importance and need for efficient and elected local government systems;

b) Sensitize relevant stakeholders (political parties, ECP, elected representatives, citizens, media etc.) about effective implementation of the local government laws; and

c) Enable the public to engage with provincial legislature and executive on public policy formulation and legislation.

Applications are invited from organizations for work in any ONE of the districts in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh (three provinces). Up to two awards would be made for provincial capital of Baluchistan. Due to specificity of local government systems, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir are not covered by this solicitation. Besides soliciting small grants under this cycle, USAID Citizens’ Voice Project has simultaneously launched its 7th grants cycle in four different thematic areas, soliciting applications for up to 22 grants of an average duration of one year.

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DTCE DTCE EMPOWERS CITIZENS TO MAKE BEST USE OF RTI, ACCOUNTABILITY LAWS

The Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE), with the assistance of USAID Citizens’ Voice Project organized a One-Day Federal Level Orientation Session on Provincial Right to Information Acts and Transparency & Accountability in LGA 2013 on September 25, 2014 in Islamabad. The session was aimed at enhancing Citizens’ Engagement and Accountability for an Effective Local Government System, one of the core thematic areas of Citizens’ Voice Project.

A total of 64 participants attended the session, among them, 50 were males and 16 females.
The participants were sensitized on different aspects related to citizens’ understanding about the Local Government System.

The facilitator highlighted the main features of the Punjab Right to Information Act 2013 and briefed the participants about the Punjab Information Commission. IEC material, including leaflets and posters in Urdu highlighting main features of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa and Punjab Transparency & Right to Information Acts 2013, was also distributed during the session.

The participants welcomed the initiative taken by the DTCE and thought that such sessions should be conducted in future as well for better understanding of the issue. The participants were confident that they have learnt a lot in a day and can now apply their knowledge in extracting official data from government departments. They also appreciated the role of Devolution Trust Community Empowerment and USAID for organizing such an informative event.

Mock exercise was also conducted at the end to fill the application format under the RTI Acts to gauge the understanding of the participants.

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