Diagnostic on the Media Freedom Context

UK Government

Relevent Country: Peru

The British Embassy in Lima is seeking bids for a project that supports and improves media freedom as a core pillar of inclusive, democratic governance and open societies in Peru.

As a strong advocate for media freedom, the UK seeks to support governments, media stakeholders and civil society around the world in efforts to promote media freedom. This project aims to support this commitment to defend and support media freedom internationally, building on initiatives developed in previous years to protect values of democracy and governance in line with the Media Freedom Coalition.

Objective and Scope

Bids should look to demonstrate their ability to deliver a diagnostic report that includes:

  • Research on the evidence-base relating to the state of media freedom and who exercises freedom of the press at the sub-national level (i.e presence of large media, who practices journalism, channels and sources of information). The research should consider Lima as a prioritised region; together with three or four more (suggested regions include Ayacucho, Madre de Dios, Puno, La Libertad, Ica).
  • Identification of the main challenges faced by journalists in the exercise of their work. Emphasis is expected to be on permanent challenges, beyond the protest situation of the last few months (i.e. journalists who investigate and report on cases of corruption in local governments and criminal organisations in their regions). This should include challenges related to media ethics. Findings should include a sub-national approach.
  • Clear and concrete recommendations for strengthening media freedom in Peru and guarantee the exercise of independent journalism both nationally and regionally. Recommendations should consider different kinds of actions and actors (international cooperation, civil society organisations, journalists associations, government institutions, etc.).
  • Bids should include a clear and structured methodology that will require British Embassy Lima approval prior to the disbursement of any funds. It should also include a communications plan to launch the report, including but not limited to events, social media, press releases.

Funding Information

  • Project proposals of up to £13,000 = S/59,540 / USD $15,600(including any relevant local taxes).
  • They are looking for projects that can begin by October 2023 and be completed by the end of March 2024. Implementers should spend 100% of their allocation by mid-March 2024.


Expected deliverables are:

  • a diagnostic report no longer than 35 pages, and
  • executive summary of between 2-4 pages.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Organisations can submit a maximum of up to 3 bids. Bids for projects that include engagement with stakeholders outside of Lima are particularly welcome.
  • Proposals must be submitted on the authorised forms and include an activity-based budget (ABB) in soles/US dollars. Value for money is an important selection criterion and if you do not submit a detailed ABB then your proposal will not be considered.


Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Strategic fit;
  • Project viability;
  • Project design – including clear achievable objectives/outputs;
  • Stakeholder management – including the capacity of the implementing organisation to engage with key stakeholders, including international cooperation, civil society organisations, journalists associations and government institutions in Peru, and involve local/international expertise to deliver expected outcomes;
  • Value for money;
  • Approach to risk management; and
  • Experience and understanding of the current media freedom context in Peru.
  • Preferably with existing networks at sub-national level.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/call-for-bids-diagnostic-on-the-media-freedom-context-in-peru