U.S. Embassy hosts a Small Grants Award Ceremony to honor 16 Civil Society Organizations
The Amigos Band Plays Concert in Mandalay
Under Secretary Stengel Discusses Free Press with Journalists
U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Discusses Economic Engagement with Civil Society Leaders
Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel Discusses Education, Diversity, and Environmental Issues with Burmese Youth
On July 15, over 60 judges from union, regional and district levels along with officials from related government ministries gathered in Nay Pyi Taw to learn from U.S. legal experts about international practices used by courts to protect Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski led an interagency delegation to Burma comprising senior officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury, and the National Security Council staff June 22-28. At the end of the visit Assistant Secretary Malinowski met with international and local reporters. Attached is the transcript of his press conference with the reporters.
In his remarks delivered to over 400 distinguished guests, ministers and fellow ambassadors in celebrating the 238th anniversary of U.S. Independence Day on July 3, Ambassador Derek Mitchell underscored the way the people of the United States have kept their unity amidst their great diversity has been a common commitment to the principles represented in the Declaration of Independence. Principles of equality, natural rights, and democracy. Please see attached for his complete remarks.
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski led an interagency delegation to Burma comprising senior officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury, and the National Security Council staff June 22-28. For more information, please see the attached press release.
Deputy Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command Lieutenant General Anthony Crutchfield's Remarks at the National Defense College
In remarks delivered to over 100 military officers, instructors and staff at the National Defense College June 26 in Nay Pyi Taw, Lieutenant General Anthony Crutchfield, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, underscored the importance of human rights and respect for rule of law in a professional military, citing the United States armed forces’ own experience in addressing these issues. He emphasized that training and education, a diverse force, transparency, accountability, and civilian control are all vital for an effective, professional military in a democracy. Lieutenant General Crutchfield’s speech was the first time a senior U.S. military official has addressed the National Defense College. Please see attached for the complete remarks. [Burmese Translation] »
Exchange Programs and Grant Opportunities
Do you have an idea for a public service project that would support economic development, environmental protection, education, or civic engagement?
Do you need funding to make this idea a reality?
Are you interested in developing a project idea but need help in getting started and/or finding partners?
Now is your chance to get ready for a great funding opportunity!
As a member of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), you are eligible to participate in the YSEALI Seeds for the Future program.
The grants application process will open in July. Look for the announcement for the YSEALI Seeds for the future web page that will allow proposals to be submitted online.
Seeds for the Future will offer grants up to $10,000 for each YSEALI theme: Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Education and Civic Engagement in ASEAN. Winners will be announced in September.
Here’s what you need to know to get ready:
- Find team members in other ASEAN countries. Let’s work together to solve regional challenges. Your team should have at least four members, and the team should have citizens from two or more ASEAN countries. We will alert you about ways to find team mates.
- Do good work across ASEAN. Plan for your public service project to take place in at least two ASEAN member countries.
- Partner with U.S. government alumni. Find two alumni partners, if you have not previously participated in a U.S. government (USG) sponsored exchange program. Why? Because they are a great resource! Alumni have received training, have experience writing proposals or have implemented projects. If you have gone on a USG exchange program, you will receive a separate email with details on the proposal submission process.
Develop your proposal. Start developing your idea into a winning proposal. Once the grants application opens online in July, you will have two weeks to upload your proposal. During that time you can continue to look for other team members, but you should have a proposal ready to submit by August 1, when the application process closes. Look at the application format to get an idea of how to shape your proposal. We will offer webchats with knowledge experts to help you develop your ideas.
Questions? Read the Frequently Asked Questions or post your questions on YSEALI Facebook or YSEALI Twitter.
We look forward to hearing from you and we look forward to receiving your proposals!
The U.S. Embassy Rangoon is pleased to announce the opportunity to compete for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Scholarship Program for the academic year 2015-2016.
WHAT: The Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month, fully funded, non-degree program that provides young teachers of English an opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while being teaching assistants for their native language (Burmese) to U.S. students. Participants will take U.S. universities classes, and at the same time serve as teaching assistants for their native language (Burmese).
WHO: Selection will be based on the applicants’ leadership skills, ability to motivate students to learn, and interest in teaching their native language (Burmese) and culture to U.S. students.
The application and detailed instructions are available at: http://burma.usembassy.gov/fulbright-teaching.html or the Cultural Affairs Unit, Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Ph: 01-536509/ 505113 Ext: 4369, email: RangoonUSECA@state.gov.
The deadline for applications is June 20, 2014.
Participants will be recruited through a merit-based, open competition and chosen based upon their leadership potential, academic excellence, maturity, ability to adjust successfully to life in the U.S., and potential to promote mutual understanding between the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright Foreign Student scholarships provide tuition and related academic fees, a monthly stipend for room, board and incidental expenses, supplemental health and accident benefits, a book and equipment allowance, travel allowance, and the opportunity to attend Fulbright enrichment activities.
The application and detailed instructions are available at: http://burma.usembassy.gov/fulbright-foreign.html and http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/fulbrightpage.html or the Cultural Affairs Unit, Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Ph: 01-536509/ 505113 Ext: 4369, email: RangoonUSECA@state.gov.
The deadline for applications is June 20, 2014.
WHAT: a one-year funded program that sends accomplished professionals to the United States for graduate-level academic coursework and related professional experiences. Fellows are selected based on their potential for national leadership and commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. The Humphrey Program is NOT a degree program and grants are NOT renewable.
WHO: experienced professionals, scholars, faculty, and others with at least five years professional experience.
The application and detailed instructions are available at: http://burma.usembassy.gov/humphrey.html or the Cultural Affairs Unit, Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Ph: 01-536509/ 505113 Ext: 4369, email: RangoonUSECA@state.gov.
The deadline for applications is June 20, 2014.
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs seeks proposals for drug prevention programming and awareness activities to build stronger and more resilient communities that are aware of and can counter the dangers of drug use. INL seeks proposals that will:
• Support evidence-based grassroots drug prevention and awareness activities involving civil society, government officials, religious and community leaders, and women. activities should be tailored by age group and focused on the risks and problems related to substance use.
• Assist communities and community advocates to understand the economic and social forces that influence drug use in their communities. Programs should also utilize evidence-based programming to identify and strengthen prevention activities and to minimize risk-factors for youth and community members.
• Facilitate the collaboration of both government officials and local community leaders to design creative anti-drug campaigns that accurately identify and address the problems and needs of local communities.
• Include marginalized groups within Burma – especially in the country’s border states – that are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of drug abuse through targeted and creative messaging.
• Create or foster a forum through which community members can access and communicate with community leaders (government officials, law enforcement, civil society groups, medical personnel, etc.) to discuss and resolve issues related to drug use.
• Incorporate an initial research component (e.g. via focus groups or other mechanism) to design appropriate interventions with clear monitoring and evaluation components that identify expected program outputs and outcomes.
Please see the complete announcement on grants.gov.
Complete proposals must be received by 11:59 pm EST on May 9, 2014 via grants.gov.
For questions regarding the RFA, please contact Krystin B. Vermillion at email@example.com or via phone at (202) 776-8537.
- If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent after-hours assistance, the After-Hours Duty Officer Telephone number is (95)-(9)-512-4330. The 24 Hour Embassy Telephone number is (95)-(1)-500-547. If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer. These numbers are not to be used for visa inquiries.
U.S. Embassy Grants Announcement
This announcement is to inform interested civil society organizations about funding opportunities of grants up to $20,000. The U.S. Embassy seeks proposals from qualified organizations for sustainable projects that identify and respond to the needs of their communities, including enhancing opportunities for:
1) Advance democracy and civic engagement,
2) Promote rule of law and human rights,
3) Strengthen civil society capacity for advocacy and networking, and
4) Promote conflict resolution and peace building.
This initiative will channel through the US Embassy Small Grants Program.
Please follow the links to download:
Application and budget narrative formats to Small Grants Program