The Promoting and Advocacy Rights (PAR) is a five-year initiative that aims to strengthen the enabling environment for sustained civil society institutions advancing democratic governance and citizen participation in Bangladesh. The project will contribute to a more inclusive, resilient, and evidence-driven Bangladeshi civil society. There are five key objectives of the PAR project: 1). Increase Civil Society (CS) engagement in good governance issues; 2). Improve CS ability to monitor and raise awareness of policy issues; 3). Enhance CS capacity to operate effectively; 4). Enhance CS networks advocating for policy reforms and 5). Improve CS government platforms for dialogue. 

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is the most pervasive form of human rights violation that women and girls regularly face in Bangladesh. The frequency and severity of GBV varies across the country, but it has large-scale negative impacts on the individual and family level, and ultimately impedes the overall development of Bangladesh through reduced economic development. At the individual level as many as 14% of maternal deaths is associated with GBV, and at the national level the country loses 2.10% of GDP due to domestic violence (CARE Bangladesh, 2013). In Bangladesh, GBV persists largely due to deep rooted patriarchal social norms. Furthermore, GBV manifests widely in child marriage, having large-scale effects on the development and well-being of youth. 

Counterpart International (CPI) Bangladesh invites interested CSOs to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the opportunity to apply to receive grants for the Promoting Advocacy and Rights (PAR) Support for Civil Society (CS) Initiatives through Advocacy and Networking. The purpose of the grant is to complement Government of Bangladesh efforts to combat Gender-Based Violence including Child Marriage. Counterpart seeks to engage local partners who have the management and technical capacity, including innovative social mobilization strategies to provide high-quality service delivery with regards to this program. 

This call for Expressions of Interest is intended to lead to a pre-qualification of suitable prospective grant recipients who may be invited to submit full applications with respect to civil society advocacy and networking initiatives to combat gender-based violence including child marriage. CPI anticipates awarding one (1) grant with an anticipated implementation of up to two (2) years and estimated value of the grant not to exceed BDT. 16,800,000 (sixteen million eight hundred thousand). 

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