The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy (MCFHRD) is the FCO’s dedicated strategic programme fund supporting our global human rights and democracy work. Through targeted projects, it aims to further British interests overseas by tackling the root causes of human rights violations, strengthening institutions and governance, promoting and protecting human rights, and supporting democracy and the rule of law.
2016-17 Bidding Round
The British High Commission in Nigeria is seeking bids to its Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy for 2016/2017. Further details are contained within the attached documentation but in summary, we are interested in bids that are able to demonstrate they will have the greatest possible impact on the core priority areas highlighted below:
- Uphold universal rights, democracy, and the rule of law as key building blocks for more secure and prosperous societies: Strengthen Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law : Increased awareness and capability of parliaments, courts, the criminal justice system, and the executive to uphold universal rights;
Increase Equality and Non-Discrimination: Increased respect for equality and non-discrimination for all members of society.
Support an effective rules-based international order that stands up for universal rights:
Implement International Standards and Principles: Better understanding and implementation of international human rights standards.
Promote a more stable world by upholding universal rights in tackling conflict and extremism:
Promote Tolerance and Counter Violent Extremism: The roots of violent extremism are addressed by tackling hate speech and promoting equality and non-discrimination, including freedom of religion or belief
Uphold Universal Rights in Conflict: Increased prevention and reduction of sexual violence in conflict, and increased participation of women in peace processes and wider peace building
Human rights in Security and Justice Assistance: Increased human rights compliance in the security and justice sector
For more detail on each thematic area, see the 16-17 HRDP Strategy document below.
Additional Guidance - Before bidding you should also familiarise yourself with:
- the standard grant contract; and
- the project concept note form.
Please read all guidance and ensure that project proposals are designed and submitted in accordance with the guidance. Proposals that do not meet the criteria and follow the guidance will be rejected.
The bidding round will consist of a project concept note stage. Interested organisations should kindly forward concept notes with likely costs of the project not exceeding £400,000 for consideration. Concepts should be clear, concise and convincing.
Project proposals must clearly demonstrate how they will support the FCO’s strategy in at least one of the three thematic priorities of the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy.
Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:
- value for money
- alignment with HRDP Strategy and FCO’s Foreign Policy Priorities
- evidence of local demand or need
- project viability, including capacity of implementing organisation(s)
- project design, including clear, achievable impact
- risk and stakeholder management
All bidding guidance has been revised for 2016-17 and is available above. Please read these documents carefully; they cover the type of projects we would like to see, the application process and how to ensure a quality bid.
Key documents (attached above)
- Guidance for Potential Implementers
- Project concept from
- Standard Grant Contract
The timeline is as follows:
- 18 Jan: 2016-17 HRDP bidding round opens
- 05 Feb: Concept note deadline for implementers
If we are interested in considering your proposal further, we will ask you to submit a full bid.
- 04 March: Full Proposal deadline for implementers
- 18 March: Posts submit top proposals to HRDP Team (hard deadline)
- 29 April: HRDP Programme Boards complete review of bids
- 06 May: Posts informed of outcome
Concept notes and any other enquiries should be forwarded to - Lagos.Projects@fco.gov.uk