Director's Letter 
Dear Friends,
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One year ago, terrible violence directed against the Rohingya Muslim minority erupted in Burma's North Rakhine state. Of those who survived, an estimated 700,000 Rohingya survivors turned into refugees and are now living in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh - a flood-plain district in the south. UNICEF estimated that 58 per cent of the new arrivals are children. It was in April 2011 that the UN Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 16/18 "Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based on religion or belief", and yet, these meaningful directives continue all too often to be brazenly ignored. The UN has this past week released a chilling " Report of the Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar" which systematically documents this still unfolding tragedy. This happening only amplifies the importance of moving forward on the implementation of the Potomac Plan of Action produced by the July 24-26 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. From a development perspective, we see that the countries that champion individual freedoms are most often the most secure, economically vibrant, and prosperous in the world.  


Timothy Lavelle
Acting Director, USAID Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives
Ps: CFOI warmly welcomes the newly appointed Ms. Kirsten Evans as Director of our office effective September 4, 2018
G20 Interfaith Forum 2018
The 2018 G20 Interfaith Forum will take place 26-28 September in Argentina. The Forum helps to identify and showcase the policy and societal contributions of faith traditions and philosophies on leading global issues. Read more.
Administrator Green's Remarks at a "Celebrating World Humanitarian Day" Event
Administrator Green delivered the keynote address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Celebrating World Humanitarian Day event. Read more.
Administrator Green Discusses Support to Latin America at the Council of the Americas
Administrator Green will gave the keynote address at a Council of the Americas event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. The Administrator will discuss his recent trip to Colombia, and USAID's efforts in the Latin American region to promote democratic values and a "Hemisphere of Freedom." Listen here.
U.S. Commits Additional Humanitarian Support to Venezuelans in Colombia 
Ambassador Nikki Haley announced nearly $9 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support Colombia's efforts to respond to an influx of people who have fled chaos and repression in Venezuela. 
USAID Establishes a Research Technical Assistance Center with University of Chicago 
USAID has committed up to $24 million to establish a Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) at the University of Chicago's independent research organization, NORC in order to build a global network of university researchers to provide USAID with rapid-response, on-demand research expertise. Read more.
Administrator Green Discusses Support for Religious Tolerance
Administrator Green participated in an editorial discussing why it is important for USAID to support for religious freedom.  Listen here.
Religious Freedom Institute" Rohingya Crisis" Report
In a new report, The Rohingya Crisis: The Shameful Global Response to Genocide and the Assault on Religious Freedom, the Religious Freedom Institute highlights this crisis and puts forward a call to action.  Read more.

International Youth Day
There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. For International Youth Day, USAID highlighted the ways that youth help USAID achieve development goals.  Read more.
Boldline Religious Freedom Challenge
Boldline Religious Freedom (RF) is the U.S. Department of State's partnership accelerator aimed to support and scale innovative public-private partnerships (P3s) to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. Application deadline was August 23, 2018.  Read more.
Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge Finalists
Saving Lives at Birth Development XChange brought together 50 innovators tackling one of the most challenging issues of our time: saving the lives of newborns and mothers in their most vulnerable hours.  Read more.
Funding Opportunities 
Highlighted Funding Opportunities from    
  • Countering Trafficking-in-Persons in Haiti (Apply by Sept 17, 2018 72052118RFA00006): It will address endemic issue of trafficking in Haiti while fostering a state-led inter-agency system working towards meeting the needs of victims and creating a human rights environment that prevents such acts. 
  • Syria Humanitarian Assistance Consortium (Apply by September 30, 2018; 720FDA18APS00002): Under this APS, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) seeks to fund one or more consortia of NGOs working in Syria to implement a program entitled "Syria Humanitarian Assistance Consortium." 
  • APS for Colombia's Ethnic Communities "Strengthening Ethnic Communities for Inclusive Peace" (Apply by August 30, 2019; 72051418APS00001): The goal is for ethnic communities to advance inclusive peace,self-governance, and socio-economic development.
  • Feed the Future Global Security (Apply by March 28, 2019; 7200AA18R00032): USAID is issuing this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to invite participants to co-create, and collaborate on innovative research and development (R&D) interventions to address challenges to global food security. 

*Note: The information below is not exhaustive, and USAID is not affiliated with, nor endorsing, any of these resources. They are provided as a convenience to prospective grant applicants.

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