Uganda Rights and Rule of Law Program | Freedom House

Uganda Rights and Rule of Law Program

Advancing human rights for key populations in Uganda

Download: Statement of Interest Form
Request for Proposals No. 18-001

Issuance Date: August 7, 2018
Closing Date: September 9, 2018

I. Scope of the Rights and Rule of Law Activity 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Uganda Rights and Rule of Law (RRL) is a five year, $8 million Activity implemented by Freedom House (FH) that commenced on July 17, 2014. The Activity seeks to advance and protect socio-economic development through support to national-level structures that uphold respect for human rights and rule of law in Uganda. The RRL Activity’s overall objective is to promote rule of law and protect human rights in Uganda. The specific objectives of the Uganda Rights & Rule of Law Activity are as follows: 

  • Improve judicial independence; 
  • Improve promotion of human rights protection by civil society organizations (CSOs); and 
  • Enhance media reporting on human rights accountability 

II. Area of focus and suggested interventions/activities for this call

The past decade or so has seen the protection of human rights of key populations world-over come to the forefront of human rights based programming internationally. This development has had ripple effects that have been and continue to be felt across the continent and on a more domestic level; Uganda. The RRL Activity seeks proposals from CSOs for critical interventions that advance human rights protection and promotion for key populations in Uganda. Interventions that this fund will support include; public outreach activities and participation of civil society actors in key regional dialogues on human rights and key populations aimed at fostering networking and peer learning to combat violence.

III. Eligibility

Applicant organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Legally registered in Uganda;
  • Mandated (according to their visions and missions) to handle matters relating to the fields they intend to operate in;
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing human rights or rule of law activities;
  • Non-governmental and not-for-profit;
  • Not political parties or politically affiliated organizations;
  • Never convicted or currently the subject of any legal proceedings related to the mismanagement of funds; not bankrupt.

Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements outlined above. 

IV. Funding limits and duration of projects 

Projects to be funded under this call for proposal should have very specific programmatic focus and should be time bound. The maximum funding an organization may request under this call is USD 30,000. Budgeted costs should correspond to proposed activities, with an implementation period of up to six months. Any personnel costs in excess of 10% of the total budget must be justified.

V. Application procedures and deadline 

  • Applicant must complete the Statement of Interest (SOI) form attached to this call (annex I) for proposal and submit electronically to [email protected] Applications submitted using any other format will be ineligible.
  • In the email subject line, state “Advancing human rights for key populations in Uganda” followed by the name of the organization. 
  • A confirmation email will be sent within five days acknowledging that the SOI has been received. If any applicant does not receive a confirmation email within five days, it is the applicants’ responsibility to follow up on the matter.
  • SOI will be treated with confidentiality and will not be shared with any other entities. 
  • The RRL Activity will notify the organization selected for funding to provide additional documents within two weeks after submission of the statement of interest. 

VI. Review and selection  

The RRL Activity will review all SOIs within two weeks of submission using the criteria summarized below.  Select applicants will be notified and requested to provide additional information including a detailed budget, financial history, and additional organizational and activity information.  Funding is subject to availability of funds.

Criteria Maximum Points of Score (%)
Quality of project conception/idea 30
General approach and proposed interventions 30
Cost effectiveness 10
Sustainability and impact potential 10
Organizational strength and past performance 20
Total 100


Any questions or request for clarifications related to this call for proposals should be directed to not later than August 17, 2018.

Apply: Download Statement of Interest Form