CALL FOR PROPOSALS – 2016 ELECTIONS : CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS

This Call is Closed

Introduction

The Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana (STAR-Ghana) initiative is a £22 million multi-donor funded programme  (supported by DFID, DANIDA, and the EU) to support the creation, utilisation and institutionalisation of spaces for collective civil society engagement in order to increase the responsiveness of the executive and key state institutions at both local and national levels. The long-term programme goal is to develop a vibrant, well-informed and assertive civil society, able to contribute to transformational national development for all Ghanaian citizens in an inclusive manner. 

STAR-Ghana invites interested and eligible organisations to design and implement projects aimed at helping to achieve a peaceful, credible and inclusive 2016 Elections.

Applicants are particularly encouraged to explore opportunities for formal/informal alliances/networks/ coalitions in the implementation of their proposed actions. These alliances/networks or coalitions may seek to:

  1. build innovative partnerships between Civil Society, the media and/or private sector;
  2. link actors  across levels of governance (community, district, regional and national) and/or
  3. enable collaborations between actors working on complementary issues.

Based on lessons learnt, STAR-Ghana is adopting a portfolio approach in the implementation of this Call. Under this approach, the call has been split into two components: an Open Component and a Strategic Component.

The Open component will target all eligible CSOs and media organisations/houses across the country and will focus on relevant issues around the elections ‘value chain’.  Eligibility for this component will not be across board but specific to issues and geographic area. For example, eligibility to submit proposals for conflict prevention may be limited to CSOs and media organisations with relevant technical and political competencies and legitimacy in the targeted ‘hot spots’.

The Strategic component will be limited to national level CSOs and media organisations to focus on national level issues which may take more than a year to show results but are critical to strengthening democratic and accountable governance in Ghana.

The overall indicative budget for this call for proposals is US$2m split as follows:

 

Total budget

Maximum grant per applicant

Project duration

Open component

US$1.5m

US$100,000

10 – 12 months

Strategic component

US$500,000

US$200,000

18 – 24 months

 

Principles

Organisations/networks/alliances submitting applications must clearly demonstrate the following in their applications:

  • How the project represents value for money
  • Track record of previous or ongoing work in the relevant  area of the elections
  • Evidence of partnerships or other collaborations with relevant state and non-state actors to implement the proposed project
  • How learning from the projects will be feed into future election cycles
  • How gender and social inclusion issues will be mainstreamed and addressed in the project

Thematic focus

The main areas for consideration under the Open component are:

  • Peace and security
  • Voter education
  • Electoral reform
  • Adjudication of disputes
  • Observation and monitoring of elections
  • Inclusiveness and participation

The main areas for consideration under the Strategic component are:

  • Reforms of the Electoral commission, including its composition and governance, appointments of commissioners and ways of working;
  • Constituency creation and demarcation
  • Integrity and inclusiveness of the Voters’ register
  • Financing elections and the Electoral commission
  • Election peace and security
  • Political parties and election campaign financing
  • Electoral justice,including adjudication and litigation

Further details are available in the applicant guidance notes on the Application Process and Downloads Page.

Eligibility criteria

Please note that an organisation/coalition/alliance will not be awarded grants for projects under BOTH Open and Strategic components)

Open component

Eligible organisations in this component include: Registered Ghanaian civil society organisations (CSOs), including community based organisations, media organisations, research and advocacy organisations, trade unions/labour organisations, private sector associations and registered civil society coalitions/networks/platforms in the governance sector.

Citizens’ movements and organisations, if unregistered, can only apply in partnership with registered entities.

Organisations applying for the Open component must have a:

  • Strong constituency base at the grassroots level
  • Proven track record of achieving results around chosen area
  • Proven track record of mobilizing citizens around critical issues

Strategic component

Eligible organisations in this component include: Registered Ghanaian civil society organisations (CSOs), including media organisations, research and advocacy organisations, trade unions/labour organisations, private sector associations and registered civil society coalitions/networks/platforms in the governance sector.

Organisations applying for the Strategic component must:

  • Be a national level organization
  • Have the capacity to influence national policy processes
  • Have the capacity to mobilise coalitions/networks of diverse stakeholders to influence policy development and implementation
  • Have a proven track record of achieving results around chosen area
  • Have the ability to convene key national stakeholders around critical issues
  • Have the ability to mobilize CSOs at both national and subnational levels for long-term engagement around critical governance issues

 

In addition, applicants for both components must:

  • Be able to state clearly the results and outcomes that will be achieved from the project
  • Demonstrate a track record in delivering results and timely reports
  • Be legally registered in Ghana
  • Demonstrate standards of good organisational governance
  • Practically demonstrate real and actual inclusion/diversity and gender sensitivity across the organisation
  • Have appropriate procedures for (financial/administrative) management, monitoring and reporting
  • Show at least two previous annual statements of accounts audited by a suitably certified person(s) or body

 

Application Process

  • Interested organisations should complete the online application form
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 11.59pm on Sunday, 17 January 2016;  No applications will be considered after this date
  • We expect to complete assessments and award grants by  1 March 2016

 

Additional information

For enquiries please contact us by:

  • Telephone: 0302774488; 0307012404
  • Email: info@star-ghana.org  
  • Interested organisations are invited to information sessions to be held as follows:
    • Accra (W.E.B Dubois Centre): Tuesday, 29 December 2015, 10am – 12 noon
    • Takoradi (Akroma Plaza): Wednesday, 30 December 2015, 10am – 12 noon
    • Sunyani (Eusbett Hotel): Wednesday, 30 December 2015, 10am – 12 noon
    • Tamale (GILLBT): Monday, 4 January 2016, 10am – 12 noon

 

This Call is Closed