16 March 2018

News/Funding Opportunities: U.S. State Department


The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was fired on 13 March 2018. The following references highlight some of the refugee- and migration-related actions taken by, as well as the damage done to, the State Department during his brief tenure.

Articles & blog posts:
  • "At Trump’s State Department, Eight of Ten Top Jobs Are Empty," Bloomberg, updated 13 March 2018 [text]
  • "How Rex Tillerson Wrecked the State Department," New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2017 [text]
  • The Personnel Crisis Awaiting the Next Secretary of State (Just Security Blog, March 2018) [text]
  • "Refugee Skeptic Lands Top State Department Refugee Job," Politico, 8 March 2018 [info]
  • "Rex Tillerson Has Been Fired. Experts Say He Did Damage That Could Last 'a Generation'," Vox, 13 March 2018 [text]
  • "State Dept. Seeks Tougher Visa Scrutiny, including Social Media Checks," Reuters, 4 May 2017 [text]
  • "State Department Tells Refugee Agencies to Downsize U.S. Operations," Reuters, 21 Dec. 2017 [text]
State Dept. statements:
  • Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities, 24 Oct. 2017 [text]
  • Status of the Central American Minors Program, 8 Nov. 2017 [text]
  • U.S. Ends Participation in the Global Compact on Migration, 3 Dec. 2017 [text]
  • Presidential Proclamation Fully Implemented Today, 8 Dec. 2017 [text]
  • Spokesperson Nauert on Mr. Isaacs' Nomination for IOM Director General, Announced in State Department Press Briefing, 1 Feb. 2018 [Twitter]
Funding opportunities:

Despite everything, the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration has continued to issue notices of funding opportunities for NGOs; here are the latest:

NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 12 April 2018.

Request for Concept Notes for NGO Projects Benefiting Urban Refugees in South Africa [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 12 April 2018.

NGO Programs Benefiting Asylum Seekers and Vulnerable Migrants from Venezuela [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 16 April 2018.

Tibetan Refugees in India and Nepal [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 17 April 2018.

Global Programming to Further Innovation in Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Conflict-Affected Humanitarian Emergencies [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 4 May 2018.

Reception and Placement Program [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 14 May 2018.

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