Tuesday, November 01, 2005

“Promoting Tactical Innovation and Strategic Thinking in the Global Human Rights Movement”

Greetings from the New Tactics in Human Rights Project!


We are writing to encourage your organization to apply for one of two partnership grants that the New Tactics project has available. The grant amounts can reach a maximum of USD9,500.


These funds are from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) as a result of the successful New Tactics proposal: Promoting Tactical Innovation and Strategic Thinking in the Global Human Rights Movement. These funds are intended to make it possible for human rights practitioners to share with a broad range of people the New Tactics materials and resources on tactical and strategic thinking as well as specific innovative tactics. (NOTE: Eligible costs for such dissemination include staff, printing/photocopying, translation, and other relevant project expenses.)


We are providing below this message a detailed Request for Proposals (RFP) that is due at the New Tactics office by November 15, 2005. Please note, we are only able to accept applications for proposals that directly share the New Tactics project materials and concepts with a broader audience by:

* Translation of New Tactics materials in order to share strategic and tactical thinking with those within a country or region.
* Creation of websites featuring New Tactics materials in cross-border shared languages (e.g., Russian, Spanish, Arabic, etc.).
* Forums or workshops featuring regular discussions in local languages on New Tactics materials and local/regional successful tactics.
* Designing local outreach campaigns to encourage media broadcasting or relevant stories to broaden the public audience of New Tactics ideas, materials and tactics.


Please complete the application form below and submit by Tuesday, November 15, 2005. Please note that all activities must be completed before August 31, 2006. You will be notified if you are chosen to receive a grant by December 6, 2005.


In making selections, New Tactics Project will favor activities that demonstrate clear goals and reach a significant audience to share the New Tactics project materials and resources. Please be as specific as possible regarding the activities you are proposing and adhere to the format indicated in the attached application form. The budget should reflect realistic costs related to the goals of the activity.


Thank you again for your continued involvement and interest in the New Tactics project.


Best regards,

Nancy Pearson
New Tactics Training Manager




REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

“Promoting Tactical Innovation and Strategic Thinking in the Global Human Rights Movement”


The New Tactics in Human Rights Project of the Center for Victims of Torture has received a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED): “Promoting Tactical Innovation and Strategic Thinking in the Global Human Rights Movement”.


The grant provides for New Tactics Project to select and work with two partner organizations in the period from December 2005 and ending September 2006. Each partner would receive a grant of up to USD9,500. The funds would be used to carry out activities that would enable the distribution of New Tactics concepts, ideas, materials, tools and tactical approaches to human rights advocates across their country and/or region.


The two partner organizations will be selected from the pool of organizations that have demonstrated a strong interest in working with the New Tactics project on initiatives in their country or region, and have a demonstrated capacity to strengthen and expand the New Tactics work. These funds are intended to make it possible for human rights practitioners to share the New Tactics materials and resources for tactical and strategic thinking as well as examples of innovative tactics with a broad range of people.


New Tactics Project will select and support the TWO PARTNERS by providing them with materials, training and ongoing guidance. Grants will cover the costs of holding New Tactics-focused activities and/or translation of New Tactics materials into local languages. Eligible costs for such activities include staff, printing/photocopying, translation, and other relevant project activity expenses.


The two partner organizations will be expected to:

1) Provide exposure to New Tactics materials, resources and training in strategic analysis and tactical planning in order to strengthen human rights advocates’ ability to identify and incorporate new approaches into their work;


2) Provide exposure to New Tactics tactical case study information; and


3) Facilitate methods for groups to share New Tactics ideas, materials and resources as well as their own experiences on successful strategic and tactical activities.


New Tactics will conduct at least one formal training session for the two partner organizations. The training will enable each partner organization to become thoroughly familiar with materials and training modules already created by the Project. An initial general orientation will take place via web and/or teleconferencing with targeted dates between December 7 and 15. A second training, specific to each partner and their implementation plan, will take place via web and/or teleconferencing in January 2006.


Proposals received from potential partners will be thoroughly reviewed and the two partners will be selected based on the following primary criteria:

· Strength and reach of the dissemination plan.

· Organization history of disseminating materials and building networks of exchange.

· Number of people and organizations that will be reached with New Tactics ideas, materials and tools.

· Ability to follow up with a select number of individuals who receive materials to determine impact of involvement with New Tactics ideas, materials and tools.

· Integration of a dialogue or exchange component on strategy and tactics for participants to share what they found to be inspiring or useful.

· Ability to dedicate additional resources to the work.

· A clear evaluation component of the project.


Additional secondary criteria that may also be considered:

· Assessment plan to determine community needs of new tactics.

· Plan for continued contact with recipients of the information.


At this time, the New Tactics project is able to invite only TWO organizations. However, through this Request for Proposal process, the New Tactics Project plans to develop and systematize the selection and establishment of regional distribution partners so that, as additional funds become available, new partner organizations can also be invited and engaged in the project.


Please complete the application form below and submit by Tuesday, November 15 for activities that will take place by the end of August 2006. You will be notified by December 6 if you are chosen to receive a grant.


Please note, in making its selections, the New Tactics Project will favor activities that demonstrate clear goals and reach a significant audience to share the materials and resources of the New Tactics project. The budget should reflect realistic costs related to the goals of the activities you intend to carry out.




APPLICATION FORM

Submit a maximum of FIVE (5) pages addressing each of the SIX (6) areas outlined below.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.



1) Contact Information


Organization:

Full address:

Country:

Email:

Organization Telephone:

Fax:


Contact Name:

Email:

Telephone or Mobile number:


2) Previous experience of your organization with the New Tactics Project:


3) Overall goal(s) of your proposal:


4) Details of your outreach and distribution plan (you must include at least one or a combination of the following elements to be considered).


* Material Dissemination: Translation, printing and distribution of New Tactics tactical notebooks, workbook, and/or other tools to human rights organizations/networks in your country and/or region or sub-region to facilitate training in identifying and adapting new tactics. (Note: For a listing of New Tactics Materials link to: http://www.newtactics.org/main.php/NTResources)


* New Tactics Website Creation: Development of New Tactics websites in cross-border languages (e.g., Russian, Spanish, Arabic, etc.) as well as an outreach component to ensure that human rights advocates and organizations are informed of the website and the available tools in the language(s) offered. (Note: Link to New Tactics website: http://www.newtactics.org)


* New Tactics Forums: Conducting forums, workshops, meetings, etc. for regular discussions in local languages on New Tactics concepts, ideas, materials, tools and successful tactics being used to advance human rights.


* Media Dissemination: Local and regional outreach campaigns to encourage media broadcasting of relevant stories, thereby bringing New Tactics concepts, ideas and materials to a much broader public audience.


Please note: For each area chosen from the above list indicate the following components:


a) Indicate the intended language(s) to be used


b) Description of intended audiences


c) Estimated number of people/organizations who will be reached


d) If translating materials, indicate the approximate number of pages of New Tactics materials to be translated.


5) Budget details (to include the following line items):

* Staff costs
* Translation costs
* Printing and distribution costs
* Communications
* Other (specify according to your project plan)


6) Evaluation of project (Include specific benchmarks/measurements of success. For example, indicate your plan for collecting information and/or examples of the impact and how the New Tactics concepts, ideas, materials and tools have been used so these can be widely shared with colleagues to increase innovation).


Return this Information Form by November 15 to:

Nancy Pearson

New Tactics in Human Rights Project

c/o The Center for Victims of Torture

717 River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Fax: +1 612 436 2606 (Attention: Nancy Pearson)

E-mail: newtactics@cvt.org (NOTE: Please be sure to complete all 6 areas in the body of the email.)

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