Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and non-U.S. based non-governmental (NGOs)/non-profit organizations or Educational Institutions for a grant to implement a program entitled “Development of Anti-Corruption and AML Tools to Identify Unexplained Wealth Held by Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs).”
By supporting the development of a comprehensive global PEPs database, or network of databases, the State Department intends to promote the ability of public and private stakeholders to combat corruption and money laundering. This database would help these stakeholders comply with existing regulations and hold malign actors accountable for their corrupt activity. This database will also promote transparency by providing public information to civil society and ensure reports on official corruption would remain available to the public. The transnational nature of the database would limit opportunities for PEPs to use ill-gotten assets outside of their own country.
This program will improve the rule of law and combat corruption by developing NGO-run noncommercial database to identify unexplained wealth held by PEPs in selected initial countries. The project should focus on countries in Eastern Europe, Central Europe, and Western Balkans, in the initial period of performance, with the ability to subsequently scale the project.
The goal of this project is the establishment or strengthening of sustainable, credible noncommercial national and transnational databases to identify the identity of and assets held by PEPs in Eastern Europe, Central Europe and Western Balkans by end of period of performance. The successful bidder will work with national NGOs or investigative-journalist organizations to that end. In selecting target countries for the project, the implementer should be mindful of the ability of investigative journalists and civil society to operate safely and lawfully, and the project should ensure coordination with the State Department (e.g. via the program officer or the embassy) so that the most up to date situation such as risk to partners and political will can be taken into account. The databases will include information on assets and businesses of PEPs, as well as of their family members and business associates. These dossiers will be used by a range of stakeholders to facilitate enhanced due diligence on the origin of wealth of PEPs, their family members and business associates. Such information will also be available for use by financial institutions, law-enforcement, and service providers who have due diligence obligations (lawyers, brokers, compliance officers, etc.) and investigative journalists and oversight NGOs.
Potential activities towards establishing such databases may include some or all of the following: partnering with national NGOs to develop PEPs database initiatives in countries that have not initiated such efforts; providing support for software development and training on how to use database software; providing training and capacity development for the national level NGOs who are developing databases; providing initial financial support for staffing and other costs involved in populating the databases, with an eye towards sustainable arrangements over time; establishing regional networks, facilitating sharing of good practices, and promoting harmonization of approaches, among countries; and supporting advocacy for governmental dissemination of relevant data, including through open public registers.
Objective 1: Access to open public information in countries where currently lacking
Objective 2: The Regional and National level PEPs projects have a software platform with capacity to be adjusted to legal, technical and other peculiarities of different countries
Objective 3: National and Regional PEP databases developed using shared methodology and software
Objective 4: National level NGOs use regional database to identify unexplained wealth held by political exposed persons (PEPs)
Applicants should identify target audiences, specific demographics, and the countries in which the project will be implemented. It is particularly important to specify the approximate number of beneficiaries to be directly and indirectly impacted by project activities. Given the sensitive nature of this project, it is necessary that in selecting target countries, the implementer be mindful of the ability of investigative journalists and civil society to operate safely and lawfully.
Eligibility for this NOFO is limited to: