Request for Concept Notes: Human Rights Fund – Zimbabwe

February 3, 2014

Issuance Date: 31 January 2014

Closing Date: 14 February 2014

Funding: Grants will be provided to organisations working on issues related to the Human Rights Fund focus areas. Joint applications of organisations can also be considered.

Program Duration: Minimum 3 months to Maximum 2 yrs (Justification need to be provided for projects whose duration is more than 12 months)

Country: Zimbabwe


I. Introduction and background

Hivos Regional Office for Southern Africa based in Harare has been selected and contracted by the Royal Netherlands Embassy Zimbabwe to implement Phase II of the Human Rights Fund for the period January 2014 to December 2016. The goal of the program is to improve the protection and promotion of human rights in Zimbabwe in a sustainable way through support to civil society organizations.

The four major objectives are:

  • Increased protection of human rights defenders, who play an essential role in exposing and combating injustices; through the provision of counselling and medical treatment, legal assistance, provision of shelter and food for human rights defenders and victims of political violence, and monitoring and documentation of human rights violations;
  • Increased access to media and greater diversity
  •  Promoting the respect for human rights with a special focus on the issue of discrimination against sexual minorities;
  • Improvement of human rights and rule of law through the implementation of provisions in the new constitution

II. Thematic Areas

  1. Protection of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs)
  2.  Media and media diversity
  3. LGBT rights
  4. Implementation of provisions in the new constitution to enhance human rights and rule of law

Additional information:

  • Submission of a Concept Notes (CN) does not automatically guarantee funding. The successful applicants will be invited to submit their full proposals to the second stage of the selection process.
  • CNs must be innovative and must be rooted in the existing work and core activities of the organisation.

Eligibility criteria

  • CNs must be received on time.
  • All applicants should be legally compliant under Zimbabwean law.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate political non-partisanship i.e. that they are not affiliated to any political party
  • Applicants must be able to ensure strong governance and financial management structures
  • Innovative proposals which focus on the use of alternative technology and media will be given preference.
  • CNs should be based on the Human Rights Fund thematic areas.
  • Only activity based costs will be considered.

Submission Instructions and Deadline

All Concept Notes must be written using the provided template and use a font not smaller than Times New Roman Font 12 or a similar typeset. Applications must be formatted in the portrait style (not landscape). Applications must be submitted electronically in word/excel files by end of day on 14 February 2014 via email, to:

The outcome of the call for CNs will be communicated to all applicants by 24 February 2014. Organisations whose CNs are selected will be asked to submit a full proposal by 1 March 2014.


DOWNLOAD: Concept Notes Guidelines [PDF]. See Link in the right column.