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Call for bids is open in Colombia for the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy 2016-2017

The Magna Carta for Human Rights and Democracy Programme is the UK’s global fund supporting human rights and democracy work overseas.

Magna carta Fund open

The Programme aims to make a difference to people’s lives, helping to build the capacity of governments and civil society to promote and protect human rights.

In Colombia for 2016/17 we are inviting proposals in the topics outlined below for which details are defined in the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy Strategy attached, and also available in the website

Please apply only to these thematic areas, bids outside them will not be considered


1. Democratic values and the rule of law

  • 1.A.1) Promoting and protecting media freedoms, including the safety of journalists and freedom of expression
  • 1.A.2) Supporting the protection of human rights defenders
  • 1.B) Supporting preparation for implementation of peace accords through strengthening the rule of law in post-conflict areas including inter alia:
    • Capacity building and transforming criminal justice systems;
    • Tackling impunity;
    • Improving citizens’ access to justice in line with international human rights standards

This priority has a special evaluation process. If you are interested in bidding for this theme please contact the British Embassy to receive instructions via

Concept notes must demonstrate co-leadership of local or national Government in project design and eventual implementation

2. The rules-based international order

  • 2.A) Implementing the outcomes of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in particular the Remedy Pillar
  • 2.B) Establishing and strengthening of independent national human rights protection mechanisms, such as Ombudsmen and National Human Rights Institutions that promote human rights and protect human rights defenders

3. Human rights for a stable world

  • 3.A.1) Countering traditional assumptions about sexual violence in conflict, challenging attitudes that make women and girls particularly vulnerable, and working to end stigmatisation (including of men and boys)
  • 3.A.2) Tackling impunity and promoting greater accountability through domestic judicial / legal reform, or awareness raising of their rights/redress
  • 3.A.3) Implementing the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence to improve the capacity of local actors and first responders. Building the evidence base through documentation 3.A.4) Building the capacity of women and local women’s organisations to contribute to peace/post-conflict processes

How to apply:

The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy is a strategic programme and we assess every bid we receive very carefully to ensure it will achieve its goals and that it fits with the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy strategy and the Colombia Human Rights Strategy. Proposals should be sent to the British Embassy in Bogotá. The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy team in the UK will not accept proposals submitted directly. Instructions for this bidding round in Bogotá are outlined below.

The following documents are attached and available in our website, please read all guidance.


Project Concept Form

Programme Strategy

Bidding Guidance

Grant Contract

Our Grant Contract is not negotiable. No article can be modified or taken out of the contract. Please revise it before you submit your application, to guarantee that you will be able to work under these terms and conditions.

Instructions for the HRDP 2016-2017 bidding process – Bogotá

Implementers are invited to submit project proposals commencing from 1 June 2016 and running for a maximum length of 18 months (until February 28 2018). Please refer to the guidance for detailed instructions. The Embassy in Bogotá is available for consult via email:; however, please bear in mind that replies can take up to 5 working days.

Stage 1:

  • Potential implementers are invited to submit a project proposal in CONCEPT FORM to byThursday 4 February 2016, 5:00pm Bogotá time (concept form available in the website). Concept bids should be no more than three pages in length.

  • Three (3) hard copies should also be delivered to the British Embassy (Carrera 9 No. 76-49 Recepción Edificio ING, Bogotá, Colombia). Email’s subject and hard copies should be addressed to the Political Team, labelled clearly: “Concept Form HRDP 16/17 –name of your organisation”. We will not consider proposals that are delivered after the deadline.

  • The Political Team will contact potential implementers if questions regarding the Concept Form arise. Unfortunately, due to the volume of bids we receive we will be unable to provide feedback to every proposal at this stage.

Stage 2:

  • The Embassy in Bogotá will evaluate all Concept Forms and decide which proposals should move forward in the funding round. Only potential implementers invited to continue in the process will be contacted by the Political Team byThursday 11 February 2016, notifying them of the decision and inviting them to prepare full project proposal forms. If you have not heard from the Embassy by then please assume your bid has been unsuccessful.

Stage 3:

  • The deadline for submitting full project proposals is Tuesday 1 March 2016, 5:00 pm Bogotá time (again, only implementers that are asked to by the Embassy should send full proposals). We will not receive proposals after this deadline. Three (3) hard copies should be delivered to the British Embassy (Carrera 9 No. 76-49 Recepción Edificio ING, Bogotá, Colombia), as well as a digital copy sent to

Hard and electronic copies should be addressed to the Political Team, labelled clearly “Full Proposal Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy 16/17 –name of your organisation”.

Stage 4:

  • The British Embassy in Bogotá will review and assess proposals locally before submitting supported projects to the Programme Team in London. Potential implementers will be contacted for adjustments and/or additional information regarding the projects.

Stage 5:

  • Proposals are sent to the Programme Team in London, 18 March 2016.

Stage 6:

  • Successful bids will be announced by May 2016. Projects approved for funding will start in June 2016.

All proposals (concepts and full bids) must be submitted in English.

The Budget must be presented in pounds (GBP), and an exchange rate of COP/£ 4,100 must be used; however, the Embassy will not cover any variances in the total amount of the budget due to the exchange rate.

Full proposals at Stage 3 must be supported by a realistic activity based budget, set out with as much detail as possible. This is a key requirement in evaluating the project proposal and lack of a detailed budget was among the top reasons why projects were rejected in previous years.

Selection Criteria

Bids will also be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Value for money
  • Alignment with the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy Strategy, Colombia’s Human Rights priorities and FCO’s Foreign Policy Priorities
  • Evidence of local demand/need
  • Project viability, including capacity of implementing organisation(s)
  • Project design, including clear, achievable objectives/outputs
  • Sustainability
  • Good risk and stakeholder management

All organizations with the competence and experience to develop projects supporting the fund’s objectives are encouraged to apply.

Published 18 January 2016