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British Embassy Baku: Call for concept bids

The Human Rights and Democracy Programme

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The Human Rights and Democracy Programme (HRDP) is the FCO’s dedicated fund supporting human rights and democracy work overseas. 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 2013/14, we supported over 80 projects worldwide.

Human rights, democracy and the rule of law are at the heart of the Government’s foreign policy. The HRDP targets areas that are both important to us and where we consider we can make the greatest impact in delivering the FCO’s overarching purpose to “pursue an active and activist foreign policy, working with other countries and strengthening the rules-based international system in support of our values”.

2014/15 Programme

We are pleased to announce the 2014/15 call for bids. The target thematic areas for 2014/15 are:

  • global torture prevention
  • promotion and protection of freedom of expression
  • upholding freedom of religion and belief
  • women’s rights
  • business and human rights
  • strengthening democratic processes
  • preventing sexual violence

Key Guidance

Potential Implementers should read the guidance for potential implementers.

Bidding Process

Applicants are invited to submit a short concept bid using the following template: HRDP Project Concept Form

Please email to bids indicating the title of the project in the subject field. The closing date for bids is 6 pm (local time) Tuesday, 4 March 2014.

Priority Countries

The majority of funding will be allocated to Priority countries; however we do accept bids from countries not on this list. Project proposals from non-priority countries should ensure they clearly set out why there is an issue in the particular country in the relevant section on the project proposal form. Please note that Azerbaijan is not in the list of Priority countries.


Projects should begin in June 2014 and must be completed by end February 2015. We will fund projects up to a value of £200,000. Projects in excess of that amount may be considered exceptionally.

Please note that payments for successful projects will be made between 1 to 3 months in arrears.

Published 17 February 2014