Applications open for the 2016-17 Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy
The Human Rights and Democracy Department (HRDD) of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) supports human rights and democracy work overseas.
The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy helps different stakeholders tackle the root causes of human rights violations, strengthen institutions and governance, promote and protect human rights, and support democracy and the rule of law by funding projects around the world.
One-year project proposals can be submitted by civil society, commercial organizations, governments, think tanks and international organizations. All proposals must comply with the general requirements set out below and will enter a competitive global process following an initial sift carried out by the Embassy. The final evaluation and decision on which proposals will be funded will be taken by HRDD in London.
In previous years, Guatemala has benefited from two projects related to the moratorium of the death penalty and addressing sexual violence in conflict. For this bidding round we encourage you to participate with creative ideas in line with the FCO’s Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy Strategy and Embassy priorities:
- Developing transparent and accountable democratic institutions based on the rule of law and reducing corruption. This will include the strengthening of democratic processes and protection of civil society spaces.
- Implementing International Standards and Principles. In particular related to business and human rights, as well as the implementation of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI).
- Amend discriminatory laws, policies and practices against women and girls, to tackle and prevent violence.
- Building capacity of local civil society organizations, human rights defenders and survivors of sexual violence during conflict, to promote their participation in post-conflict reconstruction efforts. We also welcome proposals on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 regarding Women, Peace and Security.
We particularly welcome those proposals that can ensure sustainability by working both with civil society and government institutions, aim to achieve systemic change, strengthen institutions and improve governance. The fundamental aim of the strategy is to treat both causes and symptoms.
About the process:
Project implementation: Projects should start after 15 May 2016 and be complete by 31 March 2017. Two year projects will be considered exceptionally.
Project Value: We are seeking for projects that do not exceed a value of £80,000.00 (Approximately GTQ 900,000). Co-funded projects will be accepted. Management fees, overheads and administration costs must not exceed 10% of the overall project cost. Staff costs will only be considered if necessary for the project implementation.
Project concept notes should be submitted to the Embassy. The best proposals will be asked to submit a full bid. A maximum of two full bids benefiting Guatemala will be sent to HRDD for final evaluation around mid-March. Please assume that your concept bid has been unsuccessful if you do not hear back from us by the end February 2015. Unfortunately due to the volume of bids we will be unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful bids. HRDD’s decision should be announced early May 2016, the Embassy will then contact the potential implementers to inform them of the final decision.
Please take into consideration: All project documents must be presented in word format written in English. Project concept forms should be concise, clear and convincing with a maximum length of three pages, accompanied by the Activity Based Budget (excel format). Try to be creative and understanding of the context in which the project would take place. Please be aware that this is a highly competitive process.
Proposals will be assessed on
Value for money. Proposals should be realistic, with a detailed budget.
Alignment with HRDP Strategy and the priorities set by the Embassy.
Evidence of local demand or need for the project.
Project viability, including the capacity of implementing organizations.
Project design, including clear, achievable impact.
Sustainability. This is the long-term sustainability of projects.
Risk and stakeholder management.
The deadline for submitting concept bids is 5pm on Friday 5 February 2016. Please complete the relevant form in English and send to Embassy@intelnett.com including “HRD Fund Project Proposal_Guatemala” in the subject line.
Essential documents for you to read
* Human Rights and Democracy Department
If the information above has not answered all your questions, please contact our Human Rights and Projects Officer at (502) 2380-7300 or send an e-mail to Embassy@intelnett.com.