DRL IDREAM (Incubator for Defenders Remaining in Exile to Advance Movements)

Proposals Due 29.4 2019. Open competition for a collaborative program that provides medium-term support to displaced human rights defenders. The aim is a program that would enable individual human rights defenders and civil society organizations to continue their work advocating for fundamental freedoms, despite forced relocation due to threats or attacks on them for their work.

DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

Proposals must demonstrate the applicant’s ability to manage up to ten medium sized sub-grants ($50,000-$100,000) for yearlong projects with the goal of raising awareness of the legitimate role civil society plays domestically and internationally. In close consultation and coordination with DRL, sub-grants will be provided to a TBD cohort of recently displaced human rights defenders (HRDs) or civil society organizations (CSOs). This will require consultative discussions with relevant parties to ensure a participatory and needs-based approach.

In addition to managing these sub-grants, proposals must demonstrate the applicant’s ability to provide additional capacity building and networking activities for the cohort as a whole, to increase solidarity amongst displaced members of civil society.

Proposals must also demonstrate the applicant’s ability to program globally as sub-grants will be effectively implemented from a defender’s current country of residence while demonstrating best practices for safe civil society engagement in the defender’s country of origin.

Where appropriate, competitive proposals may include:

  • Opportunities for beneficiaries to apply their new knowledge and skills in practical efforts.
  • Solicitation of feedback and suggestions from beneficiaries when developing activities in order to strengthen the sustainability of programs and participant ownership of project outcomes.
  • Input from participants on sustainability plans and systematic review of the plans throughout the life of the project with adjustments made as necessary.
  • Inclusion of vulnerable populations in needs and/or rapid assessments in order to identify challenges, gaps, and opportunities among these groups.
  • Joint identification and definition of key concepts with relevant stakeholders and stakeholder input into project activities.
  • Systematic follow up with beneficiaries at specific intervals (3 months, 6 months, etc.) after the completion of activities to track how beneficiaries are retaining new knowledge as well as applying their new skills.

DRL may require successful applicant(s) to incorporate coordination of an implementer and stakeholder meeting into the Scope of Work of the final project.

DRL provides targeted support through programs that take an intersectional approach to addressing barriers created by rising levels of violence, discrimination and criminalization aimed at individuals based on their religion, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and gender identity. These programs are demand-driven, locally led, and best practices to prevent, mitigate, and recover from human rights violations.

Ineligible Actions include, but are not limited to:

  • Provision of humanitarian assistance
  • English language instruction
  • Purely academic exchanges or fellowships
  • External exchanges or fellowships lasting longer than six months
  • Theoretical explorations of human rights or democracy issues, including projects aimed primarily at research and evaluation that do not incorporate training or capacity-building for local civil society
  • Initiatives directed towards a diaspora community rather than current displaced residents of targeted countries
  • DRL requires all of its programming to be inclusive and expects implementers to include strategies for deliberate analysis, integration, and investment in particularly targeted at-risk individuals.