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Launching the Young South Asian Leaders Initiative (YSALI)

ID: PDS-COL-2024-YSALI • Type: Posted

Description

Executive Summary

U.S. Embassy Colombo, in collaboration with the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, invites proposal submissions from U.S. public and private academic, cultural, and exchange-of-persons institutions, and other not-for-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501 (c) (3) (see section C. Eligibility Information) for the design and implementation of U.S. and regional workshops for the inaugural cohort of the Young South Asia Leaders Initiative (YSALI). This is an exciting opportunity to inform a new youth leadership initiative at the U.S. Department of State in a dynamic region with a significant youth population. YSALI is a new network, modeled on existing programs like the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), and others, designed to deliver on the Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS) by building the capacity of young leaders in South Asia. South Asia's more than 420 million young people will be pivotal to meeting regional and global challenges. YSALI's investment in youth from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka will help empower young leaders in the region to tackle shared challenges.

Background

YSALI is a new network conceived by the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in consultation with constituent posts, drawing on best practices from existing State Department networks for young leaders in other regions. SCA intends to build the YSALI network from existing country-specific and regional youth initiatives, offering membership to already identified young people, and moving them up the ladder of engagement with the United States by offering new opportunities and a shared platform for connection. This configuration will help build the network in a controlled growth format. The YSALI themes are: 1) driving prosperity through entrepreneurship, 2) democratic resilience and a vibrant civil society, and 3) regional climate resilience.

Project Audience

Participants will be undergraduate students, recent graduates, or young professionals aged 18-30 from the seven countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). Mission India will manage the YSALI membership for Bhutan. All programs will be conducted in English and all participants must be able to understand and communicate in English. As needed, the implementer will be required to provide accommodations for Deaf, hard of hearing, and/or visually impaired participants to ensure they are ability to fully participate in workshops.

For each individual workshop, the recipient will coordinate with the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Embassy Colombo, and the other U.S. embassies in South Asia to recruit and select 80-100 participants from among the pool of YSALI members. For the regional climate resilience workshop, participants should have demonstrated strong community leadership skills, and the drive to make impactful change in their communities. For the civic engagement workshop, participants should have a demonstrated commitment to develop and sustain community projects, and the initiative to promote civic participation and good governance. Participants may not participate in both workshops; each will have a unique cohort of 80-100 participants.

YSALI Network Goal

YSALI will become a powerful network to advance the vision of a connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient Indo-Pacific by connecting and empowering promising young leaders through the region to tackle shared challenges.

YSALI Network Objectives:

  1. To connect like-minded young leaders across the region, through participatory workshops and subsequent collaboration across the region via a small grants program.
  2. To sustain connections through the creation of a virtual network of emerging leaders.
  3. To deepen participants' understanding of current issues and opportunities and equip young leaders with the confidence and skills to address regional challenges.
  4. To instill a shared sense of place and identity within the larger Indo-Pacific community.
  5. The concepts of leadership, giving back to the community, and strengthening a sense of identify and place within the broader Indo-Pacific based on shared values and shared challenges should be integrated into the program.
  6. To build leadership capacity among cohort members, and foster the spirit of community service, while increasing understanding of the United States and the South Asia region, to address common goals.

FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING EXPECTED ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAM SPECIFIC GUIDANCES, PLEASE REVIEW THE FULL NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY IN THE ATTACHMENTS.

Background
The U.S. Embassy Colombo, in collaboration with the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, is inviting proposal submissions from U.S. public and private academic, cultural, and exchange-of-persons institutions, and other not-for-profit organizations for the design and implementation of U.S. and regional workshops for the inaugural cohort of the Young South Asia Leaders Initiative (YSALI). YSALI is a new network designed to deliver on the Indo-Pacific Strategy by building the capacity of young leaders in South Asia.

Grant Details
The grant opportunity aims to design and implement U.S. and regional workshops for the inaugural cohort of YSALI. The program will focus on driving prosperity through entrepreneurship, democratic resilience, vibrant civil society, and regional climate resilience. The project audience will consist of undergraduate students, recent graduates, or young professionals aged 18-30 from seven South Asian countries. The recipient will coordinate with the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Embassy Colombo, and other U.S. embassies in South Asia to recruit and select 80-100 participants for each workshop. The YSALI network goal is to advance the vision of a connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient Indo-Pacific by connecting and empowering promising young leaders through the region to tackle shared challenges.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include U.S. public and private academic and cultural institutions, exchange-of-persons, and other not-for-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov.

Period of Performance
The anticipated project completion date is February 28, 2027, with a performance period of 30 months or less. The Department of State may entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds.

Grant Value
$1,800,000 is available for one award under this cooperative agreement. The minimum 'floor' of award is $1,500,000 while the maximum 'ceiling' is $2,000,000.

Place of Performance
The workshops will be conducted in the United States as well as in South Asian countries including Sri Lanka.

Overview

Category of Funding
Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 6/17/24 the Department of State posted grant opportunity PDS-COL-2024-YSALI for Launching the Young South Asian Leaders Initiative (YSALI). The grant will be issued under grant program 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs. It is expected that one grant will be made worth between $1.5 million and $2.0 million.

Timing

Posted Date
June 17, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
Aug. 16, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 23 Days
Last Updated
June 17, 2024, 2:23 p.m. EDT
Version
1
Archive Date
Sept. 15, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
U.S. public and private academic and cultural institutions, exchange-of-persons, and other not-for-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit applications for this competition. Applicants must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application and maintain active status through the life of the award. Please see the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) for additional information.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$2,000,000
Floor
$1,500,000
Estimated Program Funding
Not Provided
Estimated Number of Grants
1

Contacts

Contact
Razaliya Gabidullina Grantor
Contact Email
Email Description
For Inquiries
Contact Phone
(347) 326-4519

Documents

Posted documents for PDS-COL-2024-YSALI

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