Freedom House: Community Indabas (2021 Local Government Elections)

Freedom House
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 11 June, 2021
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Freedom House is a nongovernmental human rights organisation based in Washington DC, with a regional office for Southern Africa based in Johannesburg. Under the PROGRESS Consortium, Freedom House is implementing a project to Promote Civic Education and participation in South Africa. This project seeks to ensure that South African citizens have the knowledge of their constitutional rights, tools, and platforms to engage meaningfully in the political processes.

Freedom House Southern Africa is calling for proposals from civil society organisations interested in hosting local community indabas in the run up to the 2021 Local Municipal Elections. We want to encourage these indabas in as many different municipalities as possible, organised by local organisations. For the purpose of this proposal a community indaba is defined as an event that encourages participation from both the community and political party representatives.

Scope of Work:
Host a community indaba that provides a critical platform where elected/aspiring leaders (including ward council candidates, where applicable) and community members can engage in issue based conversations that are open, honest, bold and to the point by no later than October 9, 2021 in a selected municipality, reaching a minimum attendance of 200 community members, subject to the prevailing public health regulations and  protocols governing holding of meetings under the Disaster Management Act as promulgated by the Minister of COGTA and the IEC at the time of holding such an indaba.

Guidelines

  • The leadership must be drawn from more than one contesting party including independent candidates where applicable;
  • Each Indaba must have a non-partisan chair;
  • The meeting branding and advertisement will be that of the organisation and not Freedom House.
  • Provide Freedom House with a draft agenda that is community/municipal specific.
  • Provide Freedom House with a written narrative report at the end of the community indaba.

Qualifications:

  • The successful organisations should be based in South Africa and should be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Advocacy and public education campaigns on topics linked to civic education and participation;
  • Previous support to civil society participation in governance processes;
  • Community-based civic education or consultations.

Eligibility criteria:
In order to be eligible to apply for this call for proposals, applicants must:

  • Be a legally registered NGO or NPO;
  • Have a track record of working in communities and engaging citizens on human rights programmes;
  • Have adequate financial management systems and human resources in place;
  • Be able to provide a SARS Clearance Tax certificate or Certificate of Good standing;
  • Be able to submit proof that the organisation is financially able to operate for at least the next year
  • Be able to show that none of the Board members or senior staff  have been convicted or are currently the subject of any legal proceedings related to the management of funds;
  • Not be a political party or a politically affiliated organisation.

Please submit a detailed proposal which includes a cover page with organisational details and includes a detailed covid-19 mitigation strategy for the event.

Activities and costs
Proposed activities should fall within the focus of this call for proposals as outlined above. Office rental and utilities should not constitute part of the costs associated with this proposal. This call for proposals will not provide funding solely to cover an organisation’s core running costs.

The maximum amount an organisation may request under this call for proposals is US$5 000 per Community Indaba.

Please submit an application consisting of the following to Ms. Mpangi Kwenge, [email protected]  by June 11, 2021. The application should include:

  1. Motivation letter detailing experience and suitability for this call;
  2. Proposal including; Location, Date of proposed Town Hall meeting and list of proposed participants (political party leaders/ local government officials)
  3. Detailed Budget

In addition to the above you will also be required to submit your organisation’s NPO/NPC registration certificate. Proof of past experience conducting similar activities will also be welcomed.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications will be evaluated on their responsiveness to the scope of work, relevant and demonstrated experience, and cost-effectiveness.

For more about Freedom House, refer to www.freedomhouse.org

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