Invitation to 2019 concept notes submission for the Human Rights Fund and Shiraka Program

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is delighted to invite organizations to submit applications for the 2019 call for concept notes. Local organizations can submit applications in English before 15 February 2019. The most outstanding concept notes will be invited to submit a full project proposal.

For information on priorities, criteria, eligibility and to download the application, please follow this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a4pC34DqZIOpcd43YQZVcn004LH2jg87/view

Human Rights and Good Governance

The Netherlands prioritizes the improvement of the global Human Rights situation. Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has renewed its commitment in 2019 to further assist Jordan in its endeavors to improve human rights and good governance. Local organizations can apply for the Human Rights Fund until 15 February 2019. The Embassy prioritizes projects that introduce new ideas and innovative approaches.

Applications for the Human Rights Fund

To be eligible for a contribution under the Human Rights Fund, activities must relate to one or more of the following priorities:

  • Freedom of expression and internet freedom:
    • Promote press freedom and encourage public dialogue through quality journalism.
    • Enhance digital security, information and privacy for media users, practitioners and civil society organizations.
    • Advance respect for human rights through online outlets and promote safety of human rights defenders, bloggers and activists.  
       
  • Equal rights for women:
    • Strengthen gender based violence (GBV) protection legislation and systems to ensure violence-free homes and individual rights for women and girls.
    • Improve the position of women in legislations to reach equal positions and encourage women’s public and economic participation.
        
  • Socio-economic rights:
    • Support the implementation of recent (2018 and 2019) labour law amendments.  

Eligibility to apply

  • Only national (local) non-governmental and non-profit organizations can apply (consortiums are allowed; in that case one organization has to be in the lead).
  • Duration of the project must be 2-4 years.
  • A minimum indicative budget of JOD 150.000. For budgets above JOD 225.000, the applying organization should be competent and capable of reporting using the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) system (https://iatistandard.org/en/). Maximum overhead allowed is 7% of the total budget.
  • Activities are to be implemented in Jordan only.
  • Charitable and commercial activities, research studies, academic courses, workshops/training abroad and equipment are not eligible for funding.

Applications for Shiraka Program

The Netherlands Fund for Regional Partnerships (NFRP) "Shiraka" supports sustainable transition in the MENA Region. Shiraka was launched in 2016 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a successor to the Matra South Programme.

Projects funded from Shiraka are intended to support initiatives of local organizations that contribute to societal transformation. To be eligible for a contribution under the Shiraka Program, activities must relate to:

  • Economic growth; income generating activities that promote local development and encourage tourism in rural areas.
  • Support the “Made in Jordan” identity and products (with focus on marketing) from local communities.

Criteria:

  • Only national (local) non-governmental and non-profit organizations can apply.
  • Duration of the project must be 2-3 years.
  • A minimum indicative budget of JOD 150.000 and maximum budget of JOD 300.000. maximum overhead allowed is 7% of the total budget.
  • Activities are to be implemented in Jordan only.
  • Charitable activities, research studies, academic courses, workshops/training abroad and equipment are ineligible for funding.

Concept notes for the Human Rights Fund and Shiraka Program have to be submitted by 15 February 2019 at the latest.

Applications should be submitted on a standard Embassy project proposal application template in English and sent to the following email addresses: amm-projects@minbuza.nl or rawan.daas@minbuza.nl. Subject line of the submission email should include the name of the organization and the type of fund you are applying to (Human Rights Fund or Shiraka).

The standard application form is available:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a4pC34DqZIOpcd43YQZVcn004LH2jg87/view

Only successful bidders will be notified within 90 days following the announced deadline.

Selection procedure

The assessment procedure shall consider the following components:

  • The proposed activity relates to one or more of the highlighted priorities; 
  • The concept note contains a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-related realization of its objective(s);
  • The proposed budget is realistic and cost-effective;
  • The activity is sustainable;
  • Gender is a cross-cutting theme in the proposed intervention;
  • Youth are involved in the project;
  • Novel and innovative intervention is part of the project;
  • Communication with relevant stakeholders such as officials and community representatives is present;
  • The past performance of the applicant, including the effectiveness of past projects, activities or initiatives; to review our current projects, please follow this link.
  • The activities do not consist of cultural activities, such as art or theatre. These areas are ineligible for the funding framework.  

If the number of eligible projects exceeds the funding amount available, the choice will be made on the basis of a comparative selection.