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Panama - Human Rights Programme Fund: call for bids 2018

The call for bids for the Human Rights Programme Fund in Panama is now open.


The Human Rights Programme Fund 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.

Human rights, democracy and the rule of law are at the heart of the Government’s foreign policy. The Human Rights Programme Funds 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 value.”

Project bids

Typical projects should range in value up to USD 20,000 (with a minimum bid size of USD 10,000) and should aim to work with organisations from the government, civil society and NGOs. Projects must have completed 85% of spend by the 31 December 2018, and completed all activity by the 31 March 2019.

Official Development Assistance

All expenditures must qualify as ODA. Official Development Assistance (ODA) is a term created by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to measure aid. ODA should be undertaken by the official sector (official agencies, including state and local governments, or their executive agencies) and has promotion of economic development and welfare as the main objective.


We are looking for project bids that address any of the following:

Girls Education

  • promoting women’s empowerment by eliminating educational and economic barriers that hold them back and prevent them from reaching leadership and influence

  • promoting gender equality, challenging and tackling social norms, traditions and gender stereotypes

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Rights

  • supporting the LGBT Community and helping to entrench equal rights in Panama in this area

  • aiming to bring together, explore and integrate evidence/points of views about human and civil rights, in particular for the LGBT community in Panama

How to bid: General Guidance on Project Proposals

Bidding Process

•The project proposal form (including an Activity Based Budget) should be submitted in English with the title “Human Rights Programme Fund 2018: XXX name of the implementer”, to Deadline for submission is 20 August 2018.

More information and documents

  • the FCO will sign a standard grant contract with all successful bidders. The terms of the contract and standard grant agreement are non-negotiable. The Grant Contract form can be found here: Grant Agreement Form (MS Word Document, 179KB)

  • please read all guidance and ensure that project proposals are designed and submitted in accordance with it. Proposals that do not meet the criteria and guidance will be rejected.

You may find the relevant documents below:

Project Proposal Form (MS Word Document, 225KB) Project Proposal Form Guidance (MS Word Document, 59.5KB) Activity Based Budget (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 83.5KB) Activity Based Budget Guidance (MS Word Document, 136KB) Value for Money and Budgeting (MS Word Document, 35.6KB)

Timeline 2018

Dates Activity
6 August 2018 Announce Request for submission of Project Bids
20 August 2018 Deadline for Implementers to submit Project Bids (including Activity Based Budget)
22 August 2018 Post Board Meeting
23 August 2018 Post notification to Implementers announcing results of bidding round
27 August 2018 Contracts and financial arrangements made
1 September 2018 Planned Start of Projects
31 December 2018 85% of Project spend complete
31 March 2019 All projects completed
Published 6 August 2018
Last updated 8 August 2018 + show all updates
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