EMPOWER: Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls and Vulnerable Women in Zambia

Funding Agency:
Department of Labor


The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the Department, or we), announces the availability of approximately $5,000,000 total costs for one or more cooperative agreements to fund a technical assistance project(s) to reduce the prevalence of child labor in targeted rural areas in Zambia.

The key project outcomes include:

  • Adolescent girls engaged in or at high risk of entering child labor have increased access to acceptable work and quality training opportunities, including but not limited to, apprenticeships, vocational and technical training, educational services, and/or establishing their own businesses;
  • Vulnerable women whose households have children engaged in or at high risk of entering child labor have increased livelihood opportunities, including establishing or expanding their own businesses;
  • Public awareness on child labor and gender equality is increased; and
  • Collaboration by Government and the private sector on the promotion of acceptable work for adolescent girls and vulnerable women is increased.

One or more components of this project will have an impact evaluation with an experimental design. The impact evaluation will be conducted and funded through a separate contract or grant. The applicant will be required to collaborate and consult with the impact evaluator on the design, data collection, and implementation of the study, with details to be finalized post-award. 

Multiple applications from an organization are not allowed.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: July 20, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: August 23, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nonprofits, including any faith-based organizations, community-based organizations
  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education
  • For-Profit Organizations
  • Non-US Entities, including public international organization(s) (PIO) (s), as described in 2 CFR 200.46.



Amount Description

Funding will be provided in the form of a cooperative agreement. Approximately $5,000,000 in total costs is expected to be available to fund approximately one or more award(s). Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $5,000,000 total costs. Awards made under this announcement are subject to the availability of Federal funds. In the event that additional funds become available, we reserve the right to use such funds to select additional recipients from applications submitted in response to this announcement

Funding Type





International Opportunities
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

July 20, 2016

External Deadline

August 23, 2016