United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh: Inviting applications for Challenge Fund’ to Support for Innovative Human Rights Actions under the Coalitions of CSOs/NGOs/CBOs.

Funding brief: The Challenge Fund supports to CSOs/CBOs/NGOs in an initiative of Human Rights programme (HRP) to foster innovative human rights actions under the coalition of CSOs/CBOs at grass roots/district/national level with limited management capacity. The actions will special focus on vulnerable groups/communities, particularly minorities, youth and women and the coalition should include at least two CSOs/CBOs.

The purpose of this RFA is to solicit applications and establish partnerships with CSOs/CBOs coalitions to enhance capacity and engagement of CSOs/CBOs coalitions in Human Rights awareness, rights-issue based advocacy and rights claiming actions in specific areas of Bangladesh.

Thematic Issues: This RFA will predominantly focus on the follow thematic areas:
● Rights of the Minorities (ethnic/religious/other excluded groups)
● Women Rights (including Dalit women)
● Child Rights
● Rights of the persons with disabilities

The Human Rights Programme (HRP) has five outcomes:
● Strengthened capacity of the National Human Rights Commission to deliver on its mandate;
● Enhanced capacity of civil society and community based organizations to engage in human rights advocacy and awareness raising;
● Enhanced capacity of law enforcement agencies, in particular police, on human rights issues;
● Strengthened capacity of national stakeholders to better protect and promote women’s rights;
● Strengthened capacity of national stakeholders to better protect and promote the rights of ethnic minorities.

Expected Outputs: The RFA is expected that as immediate outputs, the coalition of CSO/CBOs working at grass roots/national level will:
● Have greater opportunity to enhance capacity of the CSO/CBOs coalitions;
● Have an opportunity to work together on some common and innovative actions under specific thematic areas;
● Have opportunity to eb engaged in human rights advocacy and awareness raising initiatives/actions;
● Establish a stronger coordination of rights-based CSO/CBO coalitions in promotion and protection of human rights in Bangladesh.

RFA number: HRP-2018-001

Atlas project ID: 00097336

Donor Name: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh
Funding name: Challenge Fund

Deadline: 27th, May, 2018, Sunday

Funding details link: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=46029

Funding limit: Below $ 10,000-Above $ 10,000

The size of small grants and approval authority of the challenge fund will be as follows:
● LOT 1: Below $ 10,000
Approval authority: Grants Selection and Steering Committee (GSSC), UNDP
● LOT 2: Above $ 10,000
Approval authority: Challenge Fund Board

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: 15 months

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: The RFA is open to all coalition of Bangladeshi CSOs/CBOs, working at grass roots/national level to work together on innovative human rights actions in addressing specific human rights issues/ concerns.

Following eligibility requirements will be adopted for selection of potential CSOs and CBOs:
● Hold a valid Govt. registration (i.e. need GoB registration certificate);
● Working experience in specific thematic issues, particular experiences to work with minorities (ethnic/religious/Dalits-other excluded groups), youth, women and persons with disabilities;
● Have valid evidence indicating transparent and accountable financial management systems (i.e. need authorized audit report);
● Have evidence of CSOs/CBO coalition (i.e. signed MoU among CSOs/CBOs under the coalition);
● Proven track record in the human rights sector;
● Other value-added criteria as and when required.

Eligible Country: Bangladesh

The Challenge Fund support will focus on the following geographic areas:

SL Division District Upazilla Unions
1 Dhaka Madaripur M. Sadar



All/ Specific Union
2 Barisal Barisal B. Sadar



All/ Specific Union
3 Khulna Sarkhira S. Sadar



All/ Specific Union
Khulna K. Sadar


All/ Specific Union
4 Rangpur Gaibandha G. Sadar



All/ Specific Union
Dinajpur D. Sadar



All/ Specific Union
5 Chitttagong Cox’s Bazar Cox’s Bazar Sadar



All/ Specific Union
6 Rajshahi Sirajganj S. Sadar



All/ Specific Union
7 Sylhet Habiganj H. Sadar



All/ Specific Union
8 Mymensingh Mymensingh M. Sadar



All/ Specific Union

Note: The shaded (here in bold letter) district will get preference for the challenge fund call_2018. However, other districts will also be considered based on innovative actions CSO/CBO coalitions. Under specific thematic rights issues.

It is noted here that the applicant should specify their working areas (national context or local context with specifying targeted District, Upazilla, Name of the Unions).

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
Guideline: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=140177
● Form: As above

How to apply: The interested coalition of CSO/CBOs at grass roots/national level are requested to submit their proposal (technical and financial proposal) under the specific LOT (with signed letter and attachment of all supporting documents) in line with proposal format (Annex-1&2). The potential coalition of CSO/CBOs should have to submit their application/proposal with:
● A hard copy of proposal (including all supporting documents); and
● Soft copy of proposal (including scanned version of all supporting documents with a CD ….. no DVD).

The letter of submission should clearly indicates as the subject:” Application for Challenge Fund” and name of the LOT to
Human Rights Programme (HRP)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh
BTMC Bhaban (8th Floor)
National Human Rights Commission (8th Floor), 7-9 Karwanbazar
Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh

The applicant must be legibly typed in English in 12 point, Times New Roman Font. Please send only the completed application form and all supporting documents as attachments (as evidence of application).

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