CALL FOR PROPOSALS “No to violence. No to torture. Raising awareness in Libya »

Terms of Reference

1 | Context and justification:

The exacerbation of the armed conflict in Libya in the recent years has exposed the civilian population to the atrocities of war with direct consequences on their safety. The country’s fragile political and security environment, and the absence of the rule of law constitute a complex environment exposing civilians in general and human rights defenders in particular to violence, ill-treatment and torture.

In this context, grassroots initiatives from Libyan civil society have not yet been able to reach out to a broad public about the impact of serious human rights violations on the individual and on society. Remedies to the persistence of violence, torture and impunity are political and economic stability and the establishment of the rule of law. Positive messaging and awareness raising initiatives can set signals to the general public.

2 | Objective of the call for proposals:

The objective of this proposed call is to help grassroots CSOs and initiatives inside Libya to raise awareness about the impact of torture and other human rights violations.

3 | Who can apply?

  • The applicant can be a Libyan civil society organization or individual researchers, independent artists, journalists, writers, human rights defenders from North Africa operating inside Libya;
  • The applicant must be involved in the promotion and protection of human rights;
  • The applicant should not be known for violating the media professional code of conduct especially in promoting hate speech or fake news.
  • The applicant must be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action.

4 | Activities covered by the proposal:  

The proposal should address the impact of torture and violence inside Libya with the aim of raising awareness, building up consciousness and preparing for a change of mentality.

Activities such as:

  • A research paper,
  • An investigative report,
  • A series of newspaper articles,
  • A series of radio or television programs,
  • A novel,
  • A short film,
  • A song,
  • Any other artistic project.

The request must be based on a detailed proposal with a specific objective that reflects the relevance of the project. The request must be subject to good planning of actions in terms of duration, impact and budget. Only the most relevant and promising projects proposed by capable applicants will be covered financially.

More specifically, the eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • The relevance of the project with regard to the local context and the objective of the call;
  • The potential impact and sustainability of the action;
  • The capacity of the campaign leader to implement it (action plan and clear methodology for project management);
  • Tangible and quantified result indicators.
  • | Selection process :  

Call opening dates: from 22/04/2021 to 22/05/2021.

A selection committee composed of OMCT members and its partners will select two proposals based on the previously defined criteria.

OMCT will perform the finalization of the project proposal details, budget, and the signature of the contract.

    6   | Grant arrangements

The grant amount will be up to EUR 5,000 for an execution period of three (3) months.

OMCT support can cover up to 100% of the total cost of the action. The applicant is not required to make a financial contribution to the action submitted.

Note that the exact amount of financial support will be determined based on the relationship between the actions proposed and a realistic budget presented and discussed by the requesting CSO or individual with the OMCT.

To ensure proper implementation of the action as well as fruitful communication, follow-up meetings (in person or virtual) will be held monthly between the applicant and the OMCT, in addition to the submission of a narrative and financial report of the funding period.

  7 | How to submit an application?

In order to answer the call, please complete and return the following documents by digital mail at the address:

These documents should be filled and submitted before the deadline to consider the application.

Please also provide:

  • For CSOs: A brief presentation of the organization, its objectives, scope of work, its registration number, its activities and the latest auditor’s report.
  • For individuals: curriculum vitae and samples from previous work.

About the OMCT (World Organization Against Torture)

The OMCT is a non-governmental, non-lucrative organization that works with 200 member organisations to end torture and ill-treatment, assist victims, and protect human rights defenders at risk wherever they are.

Together, we make up the largest global group actively standing up to torture in over 90 countries. We work to protect the most vulnerable members of our societies, including women, children, indigenous peoples, migrants and other marginalized communities. To achieve this, we advocate with governments to change or implement their laws and policies, we help victims seek justice and strive to hold perpetrators to account. Because torture can never be tolerated, and human dignity is not negotiable.