Posted by Kimberley Meijers on February 28, 2017 at 10:38 am
Closing date for Applications: 16 March 2017.
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.
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”.
The objectives of Finland’s INGO cooperation are:
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.
Grants to INGOs may be either core funding or project support channelled to activities in developing countries.
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:
Applications that meet the above mentioned minimum requirements will be evaluated and assessed according to the following criteria:
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 General Terms and Conditions for the Government Grant. In its funding decision the MFA can set additional terms regarding the use of the government support.
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: email@example.com 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
The processing of applications takes approximately 6 months. All applicants will be informed about the decision.
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org