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