A United Commitment Against Modern Slavery
In a resolute bid to fulfill its pledge of eradicating all forms of modern slavery by 2030, the British Embassy in Manila is actively seeking proposals. This enduring commitment echoes the unanimous resolution adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit back in 2015.
With a focus on raising awareness, supporting survivors, and enhancing legal avenues, the embassy is inviting project proposals that align with these crucial objectives.
Targeting Modern Slavery’s Dark Corners
The essence of the British Embassy Manila’s pursuit lies in the prevention, rehabilitation, and reintegration of trafficked Migrant Workers, alongside victims of Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) and their families.
Notably, the approach places a significant emphasis on survivor engagement. Furthermore, the initiative aims to bolster access to justice and legal support in the aftermath of instances of human trafficking and OSAEC.
A Call for Innovative Solutions
We encourage organizations willing to contribute to this cause to submit their proposals, with the requirement that all bids must be in pounds sterling (GBP). It is advisable that proposals remain under £27,500, even though those covering multiple objectives are welcomed.
The call emphasizes the importance of including the perspectives of survivors and those who have experienced modern slavery when designing and implementing projects.
Navigating the Process
Approval of project bids will rest with the British Embassy Manila’s Programme Board. Organizations wishing to secure funding need to furnish a comprehensive project proposal and activity-based budget (ABB), adhering to provided templates.
This submission should offer the necessary information to enable an initial assessment of the bidder’s eligibility for funding.
Financial Prerequisites and Exemptions
The eligibility criteria remain inclusive and open to organizations across the spectrum. However, the embassy clarifies that project bids submitted by individuals will not be accepted. Notably, the payment mechanism operates in arrears, precluding pre-payments.
The embassy encourages a partnership framework to foster broader project engagement, but funding exemptions extend to academic courses, charitable activities, commercial pursuits, as well as infrastructure or construction projects.
Measuring Impact and Accountability
Project bids are expected to articulate clear objectives, outcomes, and a well-defined target audience. The evaluation process will hinge on factors such as financial and operational capacity, relevance, methodology, sustainability, value for money, and the anticipated impact.
The embassy underscores the necessity for regular financial and project progress reporting, urging implementers to remain accountable throughout the process.
A Path Forward
The timeline for submission of project proposals concludes on September 14, 2023. Upon selection, successful applicants will commence their projects between September 2023 and March 15, 2024.
Completing all reporting and payment requirements by March 31, 2024, signifies a coordinated and timely strategy in the fight against modern slavery.
Making a Mark
For those ready to take a stand against modern slavery in the Philippines, the British Embassy in Manila beckons. You can submit completed project proposals and ABBs via email to Novi.Avila@fcdo.gov.uk, using the call’s reference number as the subject line.
An opportunity to align with a global commitment awaits, as the battle against modern slavery gains momentum.