Uraia Trust wishes to invite Civil Society Organisations (that include Non-Government Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, Community Based Organisations, Trusts, etc.) to participate in the implementation of the above 2016 – 2018 Programme: “Rooting Democracy in Kenya through an Informed Citizenry”.
DESCRIPTION OF THE TRUST:
Uraia Trust is a National Organisation that supports democratic transformation processes in Kenya. Uraia seeks to facilitate provision of quality civic education, participatory and inclusive governance and institutional transformation.It is the successor of the Kenya’s National Civic Education Programme (NCEP) phase one and two.
This call aims at building a mature democratic culture that relies on an informed and engaged citizenry. Uraia’s programmatic work is informed by its 4 key focus areas articulated below;
i. Entrenching constitutionalism.
ii. Supporting free and fair electoral processes.
iii. Expanding participation and representation of marginalized groups (Women, Youth, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and minority communities).
iv. Access to justice.
The Programme’s cross cutting themes are:
● Environmental governance;
● National cohesion;
DESCRIPTION OF THE CALL:
In order therefore to contribute to the realisation of its mission and key result areas, Uraia wishes to invite Civil Society Organisations (that include Non-Governmental Organisation Faith Based Organisations, Community Based Organisations, Trusts), to deliver its 2016 – 2018 programme “Rooting Democracy in Kenya through an Informed Citizenry – Phase Two”
OBJECTIVES OF THE CALL
The goal of the initiative is to contribute towards an informed, empowered and democratic society.
The specific objectives of this call is to support Civil Society Organisations’ activities aimed at:
1) Provide civic and voter education to at least eighteen million (18m) Kenyans.
2) Facilitate citizens and Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) with practical mechanisms to participate in governance processes, monitor performance and provide oversight of public institutions.
3) Facilitate citizens and CSOs to engage and promote accountability in electoral processes ahead of the 2017 elections.
4) Increase participation and representation of marginalized groups that is women, youth, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and minority communities in leadership and political processes.
EXPECTED RESULTS: Proposed interventions under this call should contribute to
● Increased civic and voter knowledge and awareness on rights and responsibilities enshrined in the Constitution and electoral processes.
● Increased citizen participation on political and governance processes.
● Increased citizen and CSOs participation, engagement and oversight in governance at the national and county level.
● Increased implementation of policy and legislative reforms.
● Increased participation and representation of women, youth and PWDs in political and governance processes.
TYPE OF ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE;
Civic Education and Voter Education that focuses on among others
• Education on the implications and application of the Constitution, devolution, rights and responsibilities, national values & principles of governance national cohesion and judicial process.
• Awareness on electoral processes (voter registration and requirements, voting procedures, leadership & integrity, vetting processes).
Civic Engagement – work that focuses on among others:
• Capacity building and facilitation of local communities to undertake vetting of aspirants ahead of the 2017 general elections.
• Capacity building of local communities for participation in county government processes (planning and budgeting, implementation and monitoring of county plans, budgets and service delivery. 2
• Capacity building and facilitation of local communities to demand accountability from county governments.
• Capacity building and support to county governments for transparent and participatory decision making in the planning, implementation and monitoring of county plans and budgets and county development strategies.
• Establishment and facilitation of engagement forums for communities and county governments.
• Supporting formation and facilitating operationalization of CSOs/government sector based platforms (sector working groups).
• Monitoring and reporting on public financial management.
Note: Intervention proposed must demonstrate a clear link between civic & voter education and citizen participation and engagement.
Institutional Transformation – work that focuses on among others:
• Addressing key emerging issues in 2017 election processes (e.g. promotion of national values and principles of governance).
• Capacity building of marginalized groups (women, youth and PWDs) to participate in local decision making structures and political processes.
• Policy and legislative work that enhances good governance and service delivery e.g. public participation, access to information and civic education frameworks.
This invitation is open to all Civil Society Organisations in the targeted counties (including those who have previously carried out Civic and Voter Education work funded by Uraia,), which have a legal status, are independent of public authorities, have requisite organisational capacity to complete the proposed project.
The target counties include:
iii. Elgeyo Marakwet,
viii. Taita Taveta,
ix. Trans Nzoia
Applying organisations must have a physical presence in the target county and provide evidence of the same when applying.Organisation that can demonstrate community capital but do not have developed structures and systems will be considered on merit provided they are willing to be hosted by another Non State Actor implementing the Uraia Trust programme, and mechanisms for hosting are feasible.
NOTE: An organisation can only apply to work in One County
DURATION OF THE PROJECT
• The minimum period for applicant’s proposed project is 18 months and a maximum period is 36 months
AMOUNT OF GRANTS
• Minimum grant is Kshs 6 million
• Maximum grant is Kshs 12 million
This will be in two Stages:
Stage 1: Submission of Concept Notes.
Stage 2: Submission of Full Proposal.
Stage 1: The Concept Note
Applicants are invited to submit well thought-out Concept Notes that contribute to the overall objective of the Rooting Democracy in Kenya through an Informed Citizenry. The nature of the concept should be one that focuses its activities on directly working with local communities (including marginalized and minority groups), and activities targeting work with county governments (working from both the demand and supply sides), including utilizing the media on the civic and voter education and engagement elements of the work, and institutional strengthening. Applicants must demonstrate how their interventions will deliberately target the marginalised groups and minorities, Women, Youth, Persons with Disabilities.
Innovative interventions, deliberately targeting and including initiatives that encourage partnership and synergy building are encouraged.
Stage 2 – Full Proposal
Only applicants who qualify at the concept note level will be invited to submit their full proposal. Guidelines for the full proposal will be communicated to those who qualify.
For full information of the call, including concept and budget guidelines, and funding levels, please visit the Uraia website; http://www.uraia.or.ke. Hardcopies are available at Uraia Trust offices.
Concept papers to be sent to Uraia’s Trust by Wednesday 10th February 2016, 5:00pm Concept papers can be submitted to Uraia Trust:
1) Via email address to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject matter reading “Uraia Rooting Democracy Phase Two Call for Proposals 2016 – Reference no. URAIA/CFP/1/2016”
2) Or Hand delivered to Uraia Office referenced:
Uraia Rooting Democracy Phase Two Call for Proposals 2016
Reference No. URAIA/CFP/1/2016
Jacaranda Avenue, Off Gitanga Road-
P.O. Box 28151-00100
The deadline for submitting the concept paper is on Wednesday, 12th February 2016 at 5:00 pm Kenyan time.