The USAID-funded Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) has launched a new grants program to help local organizations strengthen their work on ensuring responsible development in the Mekong region.  From the release of its Annual Program Statement (APS) on August 29, MPE expects to increase civil society’s capacity to take part in decisions surrounding the development of large infrastructure projects. Local groups can apply for grants and pitch project ideas that help civil society engage in regional development decisions, assist their efforts to network, strengthen dialogue with multi-stakeholders, enhance public participation, develop cost and benefit analysis or improve access to information about regional development decisions. Grants are available for local organizations from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam that work on issues related to the social and environmental impacts of infrastructure investments in the Lower Mekong sub-region. Interested organizations are requested to read the full APS before submitting a concept paper. The APS and the concept paper template can be found here.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update