This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) seeks proposals identifying innovative ways to mitigate radical and extremist narratives in Pakistan by engaging religious communities and schools. Building on the recent Government of Pakistan religious school reform initiative, the projects should also support partnerships with relevant stakeholders to reduce violent extremist and radical ideologies through a process of integration, capacity building, critical thinking, and structured dialogue to build resilient and empowered communities collaboratively. The funds awarded through this NOFO should strengthen local institutions/bodies, organizations, and communities to build self-sustaining capacity to implement long-term interventions to reduce violent extremism and ultimately contribute to a peaceful, stable and prosperous Pakistan.

Project Goal

To engage leadership and students of religious institutions/schools from different religious denominations through innovative and sustainable approaches to counter religious and political fallacies that contribute to violent extremism and hate speech. Through this engagement, religious institutions/schools will take on a more active role in contributing or conducting activities that lead to a more diverse, tolerant, and peaceful society and a stable and prosperous Pakistan.

Project Objectives

This project must achieve the above goal through any or all three objectives:

  • Objective 1: Increase the collaboration between the parallel education systems (mainstream and religious) to reduce isolation and address stereotypes, through capacity building and structured dialogue that supports peaceful coexistence and acceptance of diversity through rigorous sensitization and awareness efforts
  • Objective 2: Increase coordination and collaboration among religious seminaries and government institutions in responding to violent extremism and conflict.
  • Objective 3: Increase involvement and recognition of religious institutions/schools’ leadership, their peers, and their followers who contribute to the prevention of radicalization and extremist mindsets through positive learning experiences and building narratives that prevent and counter extremist ideologies.
  • Eligibility is open to international and Pakistan-based non-profit organizations. Organizations may sub-award or sub-contract with other entities, but only one non-profit organization can be the prime recipient of the award. Pakistan government entities are not eligible to apply.
  • For-profit entities are not eligible to be the prime recipient of an award under this NOFO. When subawarding or sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal. The applicants must submit proof of their non-profit status with their proposal submission (e.g. proof of 501(c) (3) status, Pakistan NGO license). Applications that do not include proof of non-profit status will not be considered for an award. Individuals are not eligible for an award under this NOFO. U.S.-based or registered organizations should provide proof of registration to operate in Pakistan or have a documented agreement with a partner organization registered to operate in Pakistan.
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