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Call for Proposals: “Strengthening Development Impact of Migration in Georgia” (STREAMinG 2) Project

Call for Proposals: “Strengthening Development Impact of Migration in Georgia” (STREAMinG 2) Project

Deadline: 04-Apr-2024

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) has announced a call for proposals is to facilitate the dignified return and reintegration of returned Georgian migrants, support building more inclusive and resilient local communities affected by migration, while empowering civil society organizations to actively contribute to migration solutions and overall policy development.

The 1st call for proposals is being launched as part of Component 3 of the STREAMinG 2 project, with direct support from the European Union. The initiative aims to facilitate the reintegration of returning migrants, extend assistance to vulnerable members of local communities affected by migration, and advance women’s empowerment through dedicated support from civil society organisations. This involves strengthening the capabilities of Georgian CSOs, enhancing their involvement in migration policy dialogue and cooperation, fostering closer collaboration with local authorities, and encouraging increased engagement from Georgian diaspora organizations.

The STREAMinG 2 project will extend grants to CSOs for the implementation of projects across various regions of Georgia.

  • The EU-funded project “Strengthening Development Impact of Migration in Georgia” (STREAMinG) Phase II (hereinafter STREAMinG 2 project) is designed to contribute to further cooperation between the EU and Georgia in order to unlock the positive impact of human mobility for the development processes in Georgia, as well as minimise the potential negative consequences of migration.
  • the programme intends to strengthen the development impact of migration in Georgia through a multi-faceted approach, targeted at capacity-building of all stakeholders, including empowering civil society organisations to actively participate in migration-related policy debates.
  • The Civil Society Facility (third component of the project) seeks to involve civil society organisations in Tbilisi and across Georgia in a debate about how migration and mobility impacts the country’s development processes. To that end, the Civil Society Facility strives to expand Civil Society Organisation (CSO) networking, communication, and monitoring capacities, allowing civil society to actively participate in maximizing the positive impact of migration on Georgian development.

Objectives

  • The specific objectives of the Call for Proposals are to engage CSOs in Georgia in initiatives addressing the following priority areas:
    • Support Vulnerable Communities: Extend assistance to individuals and groups at the local community level affected by migration, specifically addressing the challenges and needs of left behind family members, encompassing children, women, and the elderly.
    • Enhance Reintegration Awareness: Raise awareness among returned migrants about available reintegration services. Encourage their active participation in income-generating projects and other initiatives aimed at improving their skills for sustainable livelihoods.
    • Foster Collaborative Networks: Establish networks between regional/local CSOs and Georgian diaspora organizations abroad. Focus on providing support initiatives for employment and entrepreneurship, contributing to the reintegration of returning Georgian migrants.
    • Support Migrant Families: Implement initiatives to support households impacted by migration, with a specific emphasis on maximizing the economic impact of remittances. Develop targeted programs that enhance financial literacy and promote investments to contribute to local economic development and household well-being.
    • Empower Women in Migration: Promote and empower women through tailored initiatives addressing their specific concerns in the context of migration. Place special emphasis on rural areas, acknowledging that initiatives for women’s empowerment can significantly influence community development.

Scope of Actions

  • Actions will be implemented by a consortium of a maximum of three organizations jointly undertaking a project. Diaspora organizations are encouraged to participate as co-applicants in these actions.
  • Applications must explicitly articulate Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART) objectives to ensure clarity and precision in project goals.
  • Applicants should conduct a thorough analysis of the context in which their projects will be implemented. This includes establishing a baseline to understand existing conditions and dynamics and demonstrating the coherence of proposed actions with interventions carried out by other actors in the same context (if any).
  • Applicants are required to provide a thorough risk analysis and suggest measures for mitigating potential challenges associated with the proposed activities.
  • Each application must include an extensive Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plan that outlines precise strategies and methodologies to systematically monitor and assess the progress, outcomes, and impact of the proposed actions.
  • All actions must include a sustainability analysis, demonstrating the potential for continued impact beyond the action’s timeline.
  • The following projects are particularly encouraged:
    • Initiatives that promote close collaboration with local authorities, private sector organizations, and diaspora organizations, along with cooperation projects and capacity-building activities.
    • Initiatives focusing on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in rural areas.
    • Initiatives implemented in regions outside of Tbilisi.
    • Prospective applicants are required to adopt a comprehensive gender mainstreaming approach in their migration-related projects. This approach involves the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment as fundamental objectives and strategies throughout every phase of the project cycle.
  • To implement this approach effectively, prospective applicants must undertake various actions, including but not limited to:
    • Developing gender-sensitive indicators and targets to measure the progress and impact of the project on gender equality and women’s empowerment outcomes.
    • Providing gender-responsive services and support to migrants.
    • Engaging with key stakeholders to raise awareness and advocate for gender equality and women’s rights in migration policies and practices.

  • The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals is EUR 200,000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.
  • The requested grant amount for actions shall be:
    • Minimum EUR 45,000
    • Maximum EUR 50,000

Eligible Activities

  • Conducting local outreach, awareness-raising, and advocacy campaigns, along with other communication and information provision activities.
  • Organizing roundtables, seminars, expert discussions, and similar events.
  • Conducting training sessions and workshops for beneficiaries of proposed projects (e.g., returned migrants, migrant households, left-behind family members, etc.), which include providing support in vocational education and fostering skill development and knowledge enhancement.
  • Providing advisory and consultancy services that encompass legal and psycho-social support, as well as offering direct medical assistance.
  • Procuring small-scale goods and technical equipment to assist beneficiaries of proposed projects (e.g., returned migrants, migrant households, left-behind family members, etc.) in their economic activities or to support educational and medical facilities, among other purposes.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the Lead Applicant must:
    • be a legal person, and
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action, with the coapplicants not acting as an intermediary.
    • be a Non-Governmental Organisation, and
    • be established in Georgia in accordance with the legal requirements of the Government of Georgia.
  • A consortium of organizations is recommended. Consortia consisting of a maximum of three (3) applicants, i.e., the Lead applicant plus a maximum of 2 co-applicants, are eligible.
  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the Co-Applicant(s) must:
    • be a legal person, and
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action, with the Lead Applicant not acting as an intermediary;
    • be a Non-Governmental Organisation, and
    • be established in Georgia in accordance with the legal requirements of the Government of Georgia, or;
    • be diaspora organisation registered in one of the EU member states according to relevant national legislation.
  • A consortium can only have one diaspora organization.
  • Collaboration with local authorities (local government organizations) and private for-profit sector organizations in the action is recommended and highly encouraged. However, grants will not be provided to these entities.
  • The applicants shall:
    • have financial and operational capacity to undertake the proposed Action;
    • have necessary professional competences and qualifications to complete proposed Action.

For more information, visit ICMPD.

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