The British Embassy Ashgabat has now opened its call for project proposals for project work in Turkmenistan for the period April 2020 – March 2021.
Smaller-scale project proposals are also welcome. An emphasis will be placed on the efforts:
- Toprevent the penetration of severe acute respiratory infectious diseases, particularly COVID-19, into the country
- to prevent their spread and mitigate potential health risks
- to train and raise awareness of health personnel and ordinary population
- to maintain the pace of socio-economic development of the country during the global pandemic, with a focus on vulnerable groups such as women, children, older people and people with disabilities
This assistance is part of the UK Government’s broader COVID-19 global response to help the authorities respond effectively to the pandemic and its negative impacts.
The Embassy will provide funding up to $50,000 per project for successful project ideas that support activities related to Turkmenistan’s national plan to prevent and respond to the spread of acute respiratory infectious diseases.
In order to be eligible, the implementing partner must demonstrate:
- a proven record of successful implementation and delivery of similar projects in Turkmenistan
- sufficient operational, financial, human and expert capacities to deliver the expected results
- be legally able to carry out the activities indicated in the bid
Potential implementers may combine efforts and submit their project proposals in consortium of several organisations (implementers). Those could be both international and local organisations.
All project proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:
- alignment with the above-mentioned objectives
- buy-in of the key beneficiaries/stakeholders of the project. An analysis of the project beneficiaries/stakeholders should be carried out during the preparation of the project, including consultation with the key beneficiaries/stakeholders. The project proposal should make clear who the key beneficiaries/stakeholders are and the level of their support for the project
- project outcomes that are measurable, realistic, impactful and achievable within the funding period
- project design that includes clear monitoring and evaluation procedures
- sustainability, demonstrating that project benefits continue after the funding ends. Are the stated assumptions on sustainability too optimistic? How realistic is it that the changes will continue after the funding runs out?
- risk and financial accountability procedures. Implementing partners need to demonstrate how they would mitigate potential risks to project delivery. The aim is not to discourage projects with a high-level of risk, but to provide assurance that risk is being managed systematically and escalated appropriately when necessary
- the organisation’s safeguarding policies to ensure the protection of beneficiaries
- feasibility of project delivery under current circumstances
- overall value for money. Have costs been reduced as far as possible? Will the project deliver the best product for the best price? Will the project support and deliver against objectives?