Status: Approved

Project Code: L-STATE-USA-DRL-56

Establishing Human Rights Priorities Through Programs

Project Title Establishing Human Rights Priorities Through Programs
Project Summary Research and analyze how foreign assistance funding aligns with Administration, Bureau, and Congressional human rights, democracy, and labor programs.
Country United States
Agency Department of State
DoS Office DRL/GP
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 1
Project Description

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Office of Global Programs (DRL/GP) manages over $300,000,000 annually in foreign assistance programs that support the State Department’s policy priorities of promoting democracy, human rights, and labor initiatives globally. DRL/GP is responsible for managing and implementing the Department's Human Rights and Democracy Fund, which was established by Congress in 1998. In coordination with Regional Bureaus and internal DRL regional offices, DRL/GP also manages programs funded by Economic Support Funds and by public-private partnerships.

DRL receives the majority of its funds from the annual Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriation Act, which includes a variety of earmarks that automatically obligate funds for certain Congressional foreign policy priorities in the field of human rights, democracy, and labor. This project will analyze how these Congressional earmarks for programs compare and contrast with Bureau-specific and Administration-specific priorities and goals. This project will work closely with the Applied Learning and Evaluation team in DRL/GP, along with individuals in the office who focus on foreign assistance and congressional notifications.

Required Skills or Interests
Analytical writing
Data analysis
Political Analysis
Additional Information

Interns should indicate any previous experience/interest in legislative process, analytical writing, research, and/or human rights, democracy, and labor.