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Home » Libya » Joint Communique on Libya

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

20th August 2015

The Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) is the UK Government’s programme fund that aims to integrate conflict resolution and development assistance as part of its broader approach in conflict affected countries. The CSSF builds upon the successful activity of the UK Government’s previous Conflict Pool, expanding to include a wider range of activities and approaches across the whole of government.

With this call for concept notes, we are seeking to expand our Civil Society Programme for this financial year to include one to two additional projects to work alongside our existing two projects, with the aim of further reinforcing our support to Libyan civil society.

Concept notes should contribute towards enhancing civil society’s participation in, and influence on, the political process in Libya and to increasing understanding of, and engagement with, its work by the wider Libyan public. The total budget available for any additional project(s) is around £750,000.

Successful projects will run from around October 2015 – March 2016 when CSSF 2015/16 will end. However, it is possible that, under CSSF 2016/17, there might be scope to continue any projects that deliver well in 2015/16. Brief reflections in concept notes on how a project might in theory continue beyond 31 March 2016 are therefore also welcome.

Working closely with implementers, the UK Embassy to Libya, currently based in Tunis, aims to provide Political, Economic, and Security, Justice and Defence (SJD) support to Libya under the CSSF.

1. UK CSSF Libyan Civil Society Programme

As part of the CSSF, the UK Embassy to Libya is supporting civil society in Libya through capacity-building to enhance its voice and to better enable it to make a positive contribution to Libya’s transition to peace and stability in the short-term, and a sustainable political settlement based on democracy and the rule of law over the longer-term. This Programme aims to contribute towards a more pluralist Libyan political landscape, with an increase in the space enjoyed by civil society organisations (CSOs) to more successfully advocate for the interests of the Libyan people.

The CSSF in 2015/16 is currently supporting Libyan civil society to engage with the political dialogue currently underway in Libya, including as part of the UN-led peace process, through our Civil Society Programme, with two existing projects already operational, namely:

  1. One project providing support to a network of 8 grassroots’ Libyan CSOs from across Libya to equip them with better advocacy, programme management and networking skills to enhance their individual and collective influence on the reconciliation and political process in Libya; and
  2. One project enabling more media coverage of CSO activity to raise greater awareness amongst Libyans of the important role played by civil society, as well as providing support to civil society representatives on media handling.

2. Submissions

Concept notes will be accepted from 20 August 2015 until 06 September 2015. Anyone, including Non-Governmental Organizations, private sector companies, and UN agencies is eligible to apply. Concept notes may be submitted in any format, but must not exceed 3 pages. Concept notes should include a high-level draft Activity Based Budget (ABB). Please send the two documents (concept note and budget) to Helena.Owen@fco.gov.uk and Asma.Siyala@fco.gov.uk by the above stated deadline.

Following the closing date for concept notes, we will sift to compile a shortlist, in respect of which we will then request full project proposals and a full Activity-Based Budget from the preferred project implementer, with a view to selecting one or two successful projects. We plan to complete this entire process by October so that the successful project(s) can then commence.

3. Assessment Criteria

3.1 Relevance

We will consider how relevant the proposed activity is, how it fits in with the objectives of the UK and the CSSF, complements the work of other donors and the timing and appropriateness of the proposed activities/outputs.

3.2 Effectiveness

We will consider how effective the proposed outputs and activities will be in helping us achieving our stated objective.

3.3 Efficiency

We will consider how efficiently resources will be used in delivering outputs. This goes beyond value for money. Sustainability

We will look at how the proposal will influence or affect future programme developments, creativity of approach and potential for creating unique interventions.

3.4 Impact

We will consider the proposals’ potential for positive impact, including its potential for wider, indirect impact or potential to leverage further funding opportunities. We will also consider the risk of negative/unintended impacts here. Proposals that are able to demonstrate clearly why the UK should fund the concept, and how the UK would benefit from funding this will be viewed favourably.

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