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The British Embassy Baghdad and British Consulate General Erbil are inviting proposals to scope a pilot project to address the push factors / drivers of irregular migration in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).
The UK has a long and positive history of migration. Most migrants move through safe, legal routes and can access the significant economic benefits of regular migration. These benefits are also experienced by host countries and countries of origin.
However, irregular migration frequently endangers lives, often the most vulnerable. This is particularly concerning in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which we anticipate is likely to drive more migrants towards irregular routes. That is why, under the recently published Integrated Review (p.95) we have committed to taking a whole-of-route approach, working through our diplomatic and development network along key migration routes to address the issues that drive irregular migration in the first place.
In this vein, the UK Government is scoping a pilot project which seeks to address the push factors / drivers of irregular migration in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Through this pilot, we aim to test how economically empowering vulnerable individuals through in-country job creation can contribute to addressing irregular migration flows. We are therefore seeking your proposals for projects to achieve this objective.
The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) is a cross government fund that supports and delivers activity to tackle instability and prevent conflicts that threaten UK interests. It has been a catalyst for a more integrated UK government approach, bringing together the UK’s diplomatic, development, military, and security capabilities to support delivery of the UK Government’s top national security priorities.
We have a limited evidence base on the drivers of irregular migration in the KRI but our research to date indicates a lack of access to livelihoods / unemployment is a top driver for irregular migration in the KRI:
In this vein, we are seeking an implementing partner who uses a “Do No Harm” approach, has a proven track record of working with communities in Iraq which are prone to irregular migration, and is live to the associated protection risks. The implementing partner will:
Bids for the project should address the following:
Funding of £500,000 to £1,000,000 will be available for a piloting phase to 31 March 2023, with potential to scale up the programme in subsequent years.
Bidders should not craft proposals in such a way to reach the budget ceiling. Bidders should instead construct their tender to specifically meet the objectives in pursuit of demonstrable impact and value for money.
The funding available will not be categorised as Official Development Assistance (ODA).
The implementer will have:
The project will be managed under an Accountable Grant Agreement (or MoU for inter-governmental organisations only). Projects in this framework are not allowed to generate a profit for the delivery partner. Proposals from for-profit organisations can only be considered if an officially registered non-profit making arm or division of the for-profit organisation will deliver the project.
Potential implementers are invited to submit a completed project proposal form (ODT, 49 KB) and Activity Based Budget template (ODS, 10.2 KB) to charles.laidlaw@fcdo.gov.uk by 23:59 (BST) on 7 June 2022. Emails should include “Iraq Migration Livelihoods Programme” in the title/subject line.
The CSSF Team will evaluate all submissions using the selection criteria listed below. Unfortunately, feedback will only be provided to successful bids, as we expect a large amount of interest.
We estimate that the project approved for funding will start in Q2 (July-September) 2022.
All bid submissions must be in English. The Budget must be presented in pounds (GBP).
Please note, we will not consider proposals that are delivered after the submission deadline.
Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:
Please send queries to charles.laidlaw@fcdo.gov.uk, daniel.ward4@homeoffice.gov.uk or caoimhe.udom@fcdo.gov.uk.
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