Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018. 3:25 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The U.S. Embassy announced today that they have selected four organizations as grant recipients under the 2018 Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), Economic Support Fund (ESF) program.
According to the Embassy, this year’s recipients will receive a total of US $1,261,666 million to support their good governance initiatives, which are meant to build more accountable, transparent, and effective public institutions.
“The programs focus on building partnerships between civil society and government to improve service delivery and/or capacity building for civil society organizations and Belize’s civil servants – those public officers whose important work continues across political administrations.”
The Embassy says that communities, particularly in rural areas of Belize, face unique challenges, including the difficulties faced by local and national authorities to provide services; thus, this year’s CARSI-ESF grants will support local, sustainable, community-based solutions to service delivery, development, and/or combatting corruption and the perception of impunity.
Grant applicants were asked to propose programs that would address at least one of the following objectives:
1) to strengthen civil society organizations and civil servants’ knowledge and skills to develop policies/procedures aimed at reducing corruption and impunity or improved accountability and;
2) to increase and enhance civil society and government partnership to improve service delivery and accountability.
The 2018 CARSI ESF grantees are the following organizations:
On Thursday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m., the US Embassy will have a grant signing ceremony with the recipients in the Capital City of Belmopan.
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