RFP: Grant Opportunity to Support USAID: Theories of Change for Democratic Backsliding

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USAID’s Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) program, managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), has just published a new opportunity for researchers to support USAID in identifying and analyzing theories of change (TOCs) about the factors that contribute to democratic backsliding and using those TOCs to frame a quick reference tool to support USAID field officers in strategic program development. We wanted to let you know about the grants, since your research and expertise may be relevant, and hope that you will review the grant solicitation.

The TOC Research Project will support USAID’s Center of Excellence for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center). The successful applicant will receive a 12-month, $120,000 grant to develop 1) a White Paper that presents and analyzes the factors that contribute to or deter democratic backsliding and 2) a Theory Matrix of how those factors could be influenced to prevent backsliding or to sustain democratic reform. The successful applicant also will coordinate two academic “think sessions” to review, discuss, and revise the White Paper and develop the Theory Matrix.

The full request for applications (RFA) and all application instructions are available on DFG’s website at this link: http://www.iie.org/Programs/USAID-Democracy-Fellows-and-Grants-Program/Grant/TOC-RFA. Applications are due on December 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.

Any questions on the RFA should be emailed to dem.grants@iie.org; IIE will publish all questions (without attribution) and answers on the DFG website, so that all applicants may benefit.