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News, 2/15/2017

2017 INGO Call for Proposals

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) announces a Call for Proposals for International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) for support in Development Cooperation. The 2017 Call for Proposals is open from 16 February to 16 March 2017.

Support for International Non-governmental Organizations (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. 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) is applied in INGO support procedures and the use of the grant. The MFA's Unit for Civil Society opens a Call for Proposals for INGOs on a regular basis, approximately every second year from spring 2017 onwards.

INGO support is directed by Government Report on Development Policy of Finland and guided 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 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".

Goals

The objectives of Finland's INGO cooperation are:

  • to support the achievement of the goals of Finland's development policy
  • to strengthen civil societies and democracies in developing countries

Focus Areas in 2017

The themes of work that will be supported in the current Call for Proposals are listed below. The applicants are requested to choose one of the sectors per application under which they apply for funding.

1. Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights globally, regionally and locally, especially among women and girls in vulnerable situations. Particular focus will be given to sexual rights issues and non-discrimination, such as promotion and provision of services including access to contraceptives, youth friendly services and safe abortion.

  • Grant allocated by Unit for Civil Society. Financing will be available for 0-2 proposals with contract duration of 2 years. The total amount to be allocated for the theme will be approximately 5 million euros.

2. Fostering an enabling environment for civil society, especially by enhancing civil society's opportunities for influencing policymaking.

  • Grant allocated by Unit for Civil Society. Financing will be available for 0-2 proposals with contract duration of 1-2 years. The total amount to be allocated for the theme will be approximately 0,4 million euros.

3. Strengthening the democracy of societies by improving transparency and advancing accountability in development processes as well as increasing awareness of the effect of corruption on development and human rights.

  • Grant allocated by Unit for Civil Society. Financing will be available for 0-1 proposals with contract duration of 2 years. The total amount to be allocated for the theme will be approximately 0,8 million euros.
  • For further information please contact POL-40@formin.fi.

4. Reducing maternal and child mortality in Afghanistan by promotion of sexual and reproductive health.  Particular focus is in increasing availability, quality and demand of sexual, reproductive, maternal and child health services and raising awareness on sexual and reproductive health.

  • Grant allocated by Unit for South Asia. Financing will be available for 0-1 proposals with contract duration of 3 years (2018-2020). The total amount to be allocated for the theme will be 4 million euros.
  • For further information please contact ASA-40@formin.fi.

Grants to INGOs may be either core funding or project support channelled 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 organization does not satisfy the ODA eligibility criteria, project support may be earmarked to activities at a project level that are ODA eligible.

Principles for Support and Minimum Requirements

From the point of view of the development cooperation funding, the MFA considers INGOs to be non-profit organizations that operate politically and administratively independent of governments. The INGO that is eligible for support has 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.

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 organizations strategy and activities with at least one of the specific focus areas of the current Call for Proposals
  • Relevant previous experience and successful operations in the specific focus area applied for
  • Previous experience of work in developing countries and of advocacy at international and regional level
  • Quality of the proposal including clearly defined results chain outlining impact, outcome, outputs (or based on another corresponding methodology), with clearly set targets and indicators
  • Outline of reliable and adequate monitoring and evaluation and reporting systems
  • Financial stability (e.g. ability  to cover its operational expenditure by its fund-raising activities)

Project funding

  • Alignment of the proposal with the specific thematic focus areas of the call
  • Relevant previous experience and successful operations in the specific focus area applied for
  • Previous experience of work in developing countries and of advocacy at international and regional level
  • Quality of the proposal including clearly defined results chain outlining impact, outcome, outputs (or based on another corresponding methodology), with clearly set targets and indicators
  • Outline of reliable and adequate monitoring and evaluation and reporting systems
  • Financial stability (e.g. ability  to cover its operational expenditure by its fund-raising activities)

A successful proposal must also be aligned with the objectives set in the Government Report on Development Policy, demonstrating that the proposal complies with the objectives and principles of a human rights-based approach to development and adheres to results based management. The activities of the INGO should be, at the very least, human rights-sensitive – i.e. take human rights into account – as defined in the aforementioned human rights-based approach guidance note.

The successful INGO candidates will sign an agreement with the MFA and agree to follow the pdfGeneral Terms and Conditions for the Government Grant. In its funding decision the MFA can set additional terms regarding the use of the government support.

How to Apply

The attached application form, the project/programme plan and other attachments must be sent to the Ministry both by e-mail and as hard copy. The list of required attachments can be found on page 7 of the application form:

The completed, signed application form, the project/programme proposal and attachments must be received by the Ministry no later than 16.15. HRS (UTC/GMT +2) on Thursday 16 of March 2017 Applications arriving after the given deadline will not be considered. The Ministry expects to receive the hard copies no later than Thursday the 23 of March 2017.

The electronic application and attachments shall be sent to the following e-mail addresse: ingo.um@formin.fi and kirjaamo.UM@formin.fi. The application has to be received by this mailbox, no other electronic delivery options will be considered.  The maximum size of the e-mail message is 7 MB.

The hard copies of the signed application form and attachments are to be sent to the address below. Please mark the envelope with "INGO Call for Proposals 2017".

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Department for Development Policy/Registry
P.O. Box 176
FI-00023 Government
Finland

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

Contact Information

For further information please contact: ingo.um@formin.fi

Updated 3/1/2017

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