USAIDCall for Research Project Applications in Bangladesh

12 April 2013

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite applications for a research grant pursuant to the NGO Legal Enabling Environment Program (LEEP). Through a research grant, ICNL will support a local partner in preparing a research paper that analyzes the disparate regulatory treatment of foreign financial flows to various categories of recipients. Specifically, the research study should address the existing procedures and impediments relating to the flow of foreign funds to not-for-profit organizations (NPOs), for-profit companies (FPOs), and private individuals in Bangladesh, particularly in light of state measures to prevent terrorist financing. Sources of foreign funding may include, among others, Bangladeshi citizens residing abroad; foreign individuals; foreign companies; foreign foundations or international NGOs; foreign governments; and multi-lateral institutions.

The research could consider some or all of the following thematic issues:

  • Applicable Bangladeshi banking regulations and/or money laundering rules that apply generally to any international financial transfer (i.e., to the inflow of foreign funding);
  • Procedures or restrictions under Bangladeshi law that apply exclusively to NPOs seeking to receive foreign funds;
  • Procedures or restrictions under Bangladeshi law that apply exclusively to FPOs seeking to receive foreign funds;
  • The regulatory treatment of individuals receiving cross-border financial flows, including remittance payments;
  • Practices beyond the law that affect foreign transfers to NPOs, for-profit entities, and individuals.

ICNL is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes an enabling legal environment for civil society, freedom of association, and public participation around the world. ICNL has provided technical and research assistance to support the reform of laws affecting CSOs in over 100 countries. We draw upon a worldwide network of partners and experts to produce innovative research and analysis on legal topics affecting civil society. For more information about ICNL’s global programs, please visit http://www.icnl.org/programs/global/fellowship/index.html. Through LEEP, ICNL seeks to establish legal and regulatory frameworks that protect and promote civil society and civic participation. LEEP is made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Details and Application Instructions here. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2013.