The British Embassies in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru are inviting you to submit a concept bid for the Rules-Based International Economic System (RuBIES) Fund for the Financial Year 2013 - 2014.
The RuBIES Fund is focused on regional projects for the following countries: Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru. Concept bidding round is now open, focused on Projects within Competition policy, Public procurement, Transparency (extractives) and engagement with the OECD (See attached one-pagers for further details).
This is the first and pilot year for Rubies Funding in Latin America. This Fund is aimed at work in areas such as competition law and systems, better public policy and transparency. It is a targeted programme to take forward Latin America’s economic development programme, utilising where possible UK know-how and competitive advantage (e.g universities, businesses, researchers, government).
How to apply for funding
The Programme Team, based in the British Embassy in Colombia, is seeking project proposals for our regional RuBIES pilot, focused on Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru. Project proposals must include at least two of these countries
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. The following documents are:
- Rubies Programme Strategy one-pager document PROCUREMENT 2013-201
- Rubies Programme Strategy one-pager document COMPETITION 2013-2014
- Rubies Programme Strategy one-pager document EITI 2013-2014
- Guidance – Checklist for Project Proposals
- Project proposal form – Project Concept Form
- Project proposals must contribute directly to the Programme Strategy documents, supporting at least one of the key areas within economic reform.
- Project proposals must be submitted on the concept bid form
Your concept proposals must demonstrate the following criteria:
- Practical and high-impact interventions that will lead to a real and timely difference to decision-making. We do not want one-off activities (e.g. workshops) or micro-level projects.
- Proposals must clearly be a catalyst to transformational changes in policy and practise. Proposals focusing purely on research, analysis, seminars or workshops will not be relevant unless they lead to specific and measurable action. Funds cannot be used to fund one-off visits or seminars.
- Must add value and do not duplicate other donor activity
- Evidence of strong buy-in from key beneficiaries (e.g. government and beneficiaries)
- Demonstrate a strong UK expertise link
- Communications strategy to disseminate the results of the project.
Successful projects will start in August 2013 and must finish by March 2014
We would expect RUBIES Fund projects to be in the ballpark of £50,000 - £100,000 in addition to co-funding. The budget must be presented in pounds (GBP).However, in the case that a successful bid has the project implementer in host country, we can pay in host currency.
This bid round will be conditioned on the Prosperity Fund’s allocation for 2013-2014.
The bidding process is run in two stages: concept and full bid.
Only bids approved through the concept stage will be considered for full bids.
Deadline to submit concept bids to the Programme Team: July 23rd
The project proposal in the bid form should be submitted to:
to PMO Bogota with the title RUBIES Fund 2013: firstname.lastname@example.org