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Call for bids in Kazakhstan: combating torture in the penitentiary system

The British Embassy in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan is now accepting project proposals for the 2019/2020 financial year (April 2019-March 2020).

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This year the British Embassy Nur-Sultan is seeking to support projects that aim to combat torture and ill-treatment in the penitentiary system of Kazakhstan.

We are particularly interested in project proposals aiming towards the following outcomes:

  1. strengthened legal framework for prevention of torture and ill-treatment in the penitentiary system of Kazakhstan through development of policy recommendations on amendments to criminal procedures on investigation of torture cases
  2. successful facilitation of adoption of a new separate law on the National Prevention Mechanism through advocacy campaigns
  3. measurable improvements to documenting and investigation of torture cases in detention facilities of Kazakhstan
  4. strengthened capacity of officers, responsible for documenting torture cases

Bid guidance

  • projects are funded for a single financial year running from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, with no expectation of continued funding beyond this period
  • maximum budget limit: £45,000


Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • alignment with the above mentioned thematic priorities and outcomes
  • outcomes are achievable within the funding period
  • project design includes clear monitoring and evaluation procedures
  • sustainability demonstrating that project benefits continue after the funding ends
  • risk and financial accountability procedures
  • the organisation’s safeguarding policies that ensure protection of beneficiaries
  • overall value for money


  1. project proposals must be received by midnight on Tuesday 11th June 2019. Late proposals will not be considered. * The deadline for submission of project bids has been extended to COB Thursday, 13 June
  2. proposals must be submitted using the attached forms only (Project Proposal and Activity Based Budget)
  3. proposals must be submitted to
  4. project proposals selected for further consideration will be notified on 18 June 2019
  5. the British Embassy Astana aim to sign grant agreements with successful project implementers by 1 July 2019.


Assemgul Kaliyeva, Projects Officer,

Alternative contact: Larissa Volkova, Political Officer,


Activity based budget template (ODS, 10.6KB)

Proposal Form £10k to £80k (ODT, 38.6KB)

Published 27 May 2019
Last updated 10 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Deadline has been amended to the 13 June 2019
  2. Just made amendments to the deadline
  3. First published.