Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019. 9:34 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The 2019 Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), Economic Support Funds (ESF) grant awards are valued at US $750,000.
Three organizations received funding under CARSI on October 9.
The CARSI ESF grants further the U.S. government’s objective to support good governance across the region, which is crucial to economic and social development.
The programs focus on strengthening the partnership between government and civil society organizations and; improving government services to respond to gender-based violence and trafficking in persons especially vulnerable and marginalized populations.
The 2019 CARSI ESF grantees are RET USA, Inc., Youth Enhancement Services and Trust for the Americas Project.
RET USA, Inc. Project: Responsible Engagement for Transition to Improved Response to Gender-based Violence and Trafficking in Persons
▪ RET’s project will focus on creating a Resource and Reference Guide for enhanced access to services as well as harmonized protocols for a more trauma-informed, victim-sensitive response to Gender-Based Violence and Trafficking in Persons; capacity development for key front-line responders; public education and awareness raising initiatives; and strengthened civil society capacity to monitor service delivery for accountability and transparency by scaling up monitoring and evaluation frameworks and mechanisms for data collection.
Youth Enhancement Services (YES) Project: Protective and Enabling Environments for Marginalized Women, Girls, and Children Affected by Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Trafficking, and Domestic Violence
▪ YES’s project will be comprised of inter-agency advocacy, collaboration, and coordination for the protection of victims of domestic violence, capacity building for front line personnel, enhanced awareness, and recommendations for stronger legislation to improve service delivery to victims.
▪ Trust for the America’s project aims to foster multi-stakeholder collaboration to ensure an inclusive and participatory decision-making process, to build capacity and public ownership for open government principles, facilitate advocacy for improved government services, and develop a draft Open Government Action Plan as a step towards joining the Open Government global movement.
Through CARSI, the U.S. Embassy has provided more than $42 million in funding for programs related to improving justice, supporting at-risk youth, and enhancing good governance and citizen security since 2008.
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