Support for International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs)

2019 INGO Call for Proposals

 

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) announces a Call for Proposals for International Non-governmental Organisations (INGOs) for support in Development Cooperation or in Human rights work. The 2019 Call for Proposals is open from 18 February to 21 March 2019.

 

Support for International Non-governmental Organisations (INGOs)

The MFA can allocate development cooperation funds, subject to annual parliamentary approval in Finland, to INGOs whose activities support implementation of Finland's development policy priorities and goals including in the area of human rights, as well as implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. This form of support complements Finland's development cooperation on the sectors and activities with strategic importance. The proposals of INGOs are supported financially only when they are considered to be the optimal channel for promoting Finland's development policy objectives. Finland targets its support on a limited number of proposals by INGOs and conducts an active dialogue with them. The Discretionary Government Transfers Act (Valtionavustuslaki 688/2001, unofficial translation in English) is applied in INGO support procedures and the use of the grant.

 

INGO support is guided by Government Report on Development Policy of Finland (2016)  and by other relevant Ministry policy documents, such as Guidelines for Civil Society in Development Policy and Human Rights Based Approach in Finland's Development Cooperation and the Finnish Government’s Human Rights Report and the related Strategy. In addition to national rules and regulations, the INGO support is guided by the norms jointly agreed upon by donors engaged in international cooperation, particularly the OECD's rules on ODA eligibility concerning international NGO's.

 

The INGO support is a discretionary government transfer granted by the MFA. The eligibility is defined under the heading "Principles for Support and Minimum Requirements".

Thematic Focus Areas in 2019

The themes of work that will be supported in the current Call for Proposals are listed below. It is strongly recommended that the applicant chooses only one thematic area under which to apply for funding. Applicants are requested to clearly indicate under which thematic area they are applying for funds. Maximum one application per organisation can be successful in this Call.

  1. Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights globally, regionally and locally, especially among women and girls in vulnerable positions (persons with disabilities, minorities) and situations (humanitarian and fragile contexts). Particular focus will be given to sexual rights issues, such as promotion and provision of services including access to contraceptives, disability inclusive and youth friendly services and safe abortion. Successful applicants are expected to have at least 5 years of relevant experience in both service provision in developing countries and in advocacy. It’s expected that work is carried out on local, regional and international level.
    • Grant allocated by Unit for Civil Society. Financing will be available for 0-3 proposals with contract duration of 2 years (2019-2020). The total amount to be allocated for the theme will be maximum 5 million euros.
  1. Promotion of tax justice and transparency in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Priority will be given to initiatives that support civil societies’ capacity to hold governments accountable for increasing tax revenues and using them for public services. Particular attention will be paid to projects that promote transparency and accountability in the use of revenues from extractive industries. It’s expected that work is carried out on local, regional and international level.
    • Grant allocated by Unit for Civil Society. Financing will be available for 0-2 proposals with contract duration of 2 years (2019-2020). The total amount to be allocated for the theme will be maximum 1,5 million euros.
  2. Fostering an enabling environment for civil society, especially by enhancing freedom of speech and civil society's opportunities for influencing policymaking. Priority will be given to applicants whose work includes innovative ideas and strong advocacy work when it comes to freedom of speech, the space for Civil Society and the ways of working with the Civil Society. It’s expected that work is carried out on local, regional and international level.
    • Grant allocated by Unit for Civil Society. Financing will be available for 0-2 proposals with contract duration of 2 years (2019-2020). The total amount to be allocated for the theme will be maximum 0,5 million euros.
  3. Ending Impunity for human rights violations, increasing accountability and strengthening victims’ access to justice. Priority will be given to applicants whose work is focused on capacity building, advocacy, legal work and robust research with view to ending impunity and identifying and addressing obstacles related to accountability and access to justice for victims of human rights violations. It’s expected that work is carried out on local, regional and international level, with the objective relating to the grant covering more than two countries. Proven track record of advocacy work, including at key international human rights fora is essential.
    • Grant allocated by the Unit for Human Rights Policy. Financing will be available to 0-1 proposals with contract duration of 2-3 years (between 2019-2021). The total amount of funding available for this thematic area is maximum 1 million euros.
  4. Supporting Human Rights Defenders and fostering an enabling environment for promotion of the work of human rights defenders. Priority will be given to applicants whose work is focused on monitoring the situation of human rights defenders, capacity building, development of analytical tools for the work of human rights defenders, support for human rights defenders under risk of attack through legal work and advocacy, as well as material support. It is viewed in favour of the applicant if also the issue of human rights defenders in relation to business-related human rights abuses is addressed. It’s expected that work is carried out on local, regional and international level, with the objective relating to the grant covering more than two countries. Proven track record of advocacy work, including at key international human rights fora is essential.
    • Grant allocated by the Unit for Human Rights Policy. Financing will be available to 0-3 proposals with contract duration of 2-3 years (between 2019-2021). The total amount of funding available for this thematic area is maximum 3 million euros.
  5. Strengthening legal implementation to address discriminatory practices impeding economic social and cultural rights. Priority will be given to organisations promoting the economic, social and cultural rights of groups in vulnerable situations and working for the elimination of discrimination and marginalization in development. Particular attention will be paid to interventions covering legal implementation, capacity building of duty-bearers and right holders, advocacy as well as research aimed at identifying and addressing underlying causes and structural reasons for discrimination, including multiple and intersecting forms of  discrimination and inequality. It’s expected that work is carried out on local, regional and international level, with the objective relating to the grant covering more than two countries. Proven track record of advocacy work, including at key international human rights fora is essential.

 

    • Grant  allocated by the Unit for Human Rights Policy. Financing will be available to 0-1 proposals with contract duration of 2-3 years (between 2019-2021).  The total amount of funding available for this thematic area is maximum 1 million euros.

 

Principles for Support and Minimum Requirements

Grants to INGOs may be either core funding or project support channeled to activities in developing countries.

  • Core funding can be granted only to INGOs that meet the eligibility criteria for ODA, set by OECD/DAC (chapter 1).  http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/annex2.htm
  • In case an organisation does not satisfy the ODA eligibility criteria, project support may be earmarked to activities at a project level that are ODA eligible.

From the point of view of the development cooperation funding, the MFA considers INGOs to be non-profit organisations that operate politically and administratively independent of governments. The successful INGO candidates will sign an agreement with the MFA and agree to follow the General Terms and Conditions, Reporting instructions and Ethical Code of Conduct for the Government Grant. In its funding decision the MFA can set additional terms regarding the use of the government grant.

In order to be eligible for support the INGO and its proposal have to meet the following Minimum Requirements.

The INGO has to have:

  • at least three different nationalities represented in its governing structures
  • operations in more than two countries
  • been registered and/or legally competent for at least two years
  • funding from at least one other source

The project/programme proposal must:

  • contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals
  • be aligned with the objectives set in the Government Report on Development Policy
  • be human rights-sensitive, at the very least, as defined in the human rights-based approach guidance note.
  • adhere to results based management.
  • Include indication on the thematic area under which funding is applied for.
  • Take into account gender equality, non-discrimination (incl. persons with disabilities) and climate change.

 

Criteria for review of applications

Applications that meet the above mentioned minimum requirements will be evaluated and assessed according to the following criteria:

Core funding

  • Alignment of the organisations strategy and activities with at least one of the specific thematic focus areas and related objectives of the current Call for Proposals
  • Alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals as well as Finland’s policy objectives in the field of development policy and human rights (see list of links below)
  • Quality of the Proposal inter alia,
    • Clearly defined results chain outlining impact, outcome, outputs or based on another corresponding methodology, including clearly set targets and indicators and risk matrix;
    • Relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability   
  • Relevant previous experience and successful operations in the specific focus area applied for
  • Previous experience of work in developing countries (including in Least Developed Countries and fragile states) and of advocacy at international and regional level at relevant fora
  • Outline of reliable and high-quality monitoring and evaluation and reporting systems
  • Financial stability (e.g. ability to cover its operational expenditure by its fund-raising or other activities)
  • Adequate financial risk management procedures

Project funding

  • Alignment of the proposal with the specific thematic focus areas of the call and related objectives under each thematic area
  • Alignment of the proposal with Finland’s policy objectives in the field of development policy and human rights (see listing above) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Quality of the Proposal inter alia,
    • Clearly defined results chain outlining impact, outcome, outputs or based on another corresponding methodology, including clearly set targets and indicators and risk matrix;
    • Relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability   
  • Relevant previous experience and successful operations in the specific focus area applied for
  • Previous experience of work in developing countries (including in Least Developed Countries and fragile states) and of advocacy at international and regional level at relevant fora
  • Outline of reliable and high-quality monitoring and evaluation and reporting system of the project
  • Financial stability (e.g. ability to cover its operational expenditure by its fund-raising or other activities)
  • Adequate financial risk management procedures

 

How to Apply

The attached application form, the project document and its attachments must be sent to the Ministry by e-mail. Any other additional attachments will not be considered.

 

 

Attachments to the application form include:

  • Programme/project document (please see above Outline of a Project document). (Maximum length 15 pages. Please, note that pages exceeding 15 will not be considered)
  • Detailed multi-year budget for the applied funding
  • Indicative work plan for the project/programme
  • Theory of Change, Results Chain or equivalent results-based management system for the applied funding
  • Risk matrix or equivalent system analyzing risks and mitigation strategies
  • Documentation related to the Organisation:
    • Official rules of the INGO (including organizational governance and management structures, organizational finance and financial management, procurement, and audit procedures, organizational monitoring and evaluation procedures)
    • Copy of the registration document of the INGO
    • Latest annual report and financial statement of the INGO
    • The INGO's strategy and budget for the current year
    • The INGO's latest audit report from the financial statement
    • Account on INGO's governing structure's composition (including nationalities of members)

 

The completed, signed application form (scanned and sent by e-mail), the project document and attachments must be received by the Ministry no later than 16.15 HRS   (Finnish time, UTC/GMT +2) on Thursday 21 March 2019. Applications arriving after the given deadline will not be considered.

 

The electronic application and attachments shall be sent to the following e-mail addresses: ingo.um@formin.fi and kirjaamo.UM@formin.fi. The application has to be received to these mailboxes, no other electronic delivery options (including links, files on cloud etc.) will be considered. The subject field of the e-mail must be titled “Call for Proposal INGO, Application, Theme (number)” and include the number of the thematic area under which funding is applied for. The absolute maximum size of the e-mail message is 7 MB. In order to avoid technical problems, it is recommended not to leave the submission of the application to the very last minute, as applications arriving after the given deadline will not be considered.

 

The processing of applications takes approximately 6 months. All applicants will be informed about the decision.

 

Inquiries

 

Please, see questions received before the given deadline and their answers here.

 

 

All questions related to the Call for Proposal, themes, technical issues etc. must be received by the Ministry no later than 16.15 HRS   (UTC/GMT +2) on Friday 1 March 2019.) by e-mail to ingo.um@formin.fi. The subject field of the e-mail must include “Call for Proposal INGO, Questions”. The questions and the Ministry’s answers will be published by 16:15 HRS (UCT/GMT +2) on 11 March 2019 on the Ministry’s website. Specific units or employees at the MFA, including those in charge of the call, are regrettably not in a position to answer questions received separately.

 

Relevant links:

The Discretionary Government Transfers Act (Valtionavustuslaki 688/2001, unofficial translation in English)

Government Report on Development Policy of Finland

Guidelines for Civil Society in Development Policy

Human Rights Based Approach in Finland's Development Cooperation

The Finnish Government’s Human Rights Report and the related Strategy

Human rights-based approach guidance note

Results based management

 

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