sharing in governance of extractive industries
World Bank is seeking International Non-Governmental Organization(s) (NGO’s) with interventions designed to support the governance of the mining sector, by building the capacity of CSOs and citizens to participate in monitoring of mining contracts in Africa and ECA regions.
Submission deadline: Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time-Washington, DC)
Whom is this opportunity for?
Each successful applicant will meet all criteria below:
Introduction and Objectives
The World Bank Group (WBG) Strategy sets out a framework to align all the WBG’s public and private sector interventions to the goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. The goals emphasize the importance of empowering citizens to participate in development processes, ensuring that the voice of all citizens can be heard.
The WB’s Strategic Framework for Mainstreaming Citizen Engagement in World Bank Group Operations was developed to more systematically mainstream citizen engagement and beneficiary feedback in WBG-supported operations and help in two-way interaction between citizens and governments or the private sector - to give citizens a stake in decision-making. Given the broad impact of extractives sector activities, this participation is particularly important, in both EITI and non-EITI countries.
The World Bank established the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) in 2012 to create a structured channel to engage with civil society organizations, with partner support. GPSA aims to expand opportunities for CSOs to work together with their governments to solve governance problems, especially in the delivery of services and improve outcomes using social accountability mechanisms including citizen feedback.
In 2015, the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice (GEEX) developed its sector-specific Strategy for Support to Civil Society under the Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi-Donor Trust Fund on engaging CSOs in the oil, gas and mining sector, remaining aligned with the World Banks’s strategy on civil society engagement. The strategy was broadly consulted and endorsed by donor partners and civil society organizations.
Building CSO capacity continues to be an essential element for the success of the new World Bank agenda on Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD). Drawing on the Addis Agenda, and expanding on the Hamburg Principles and Ambitions, the WBG is intensifying and systematizing its commitment to Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD). The March 2017 Forward Look—A Vision for the World Bank Group in 2030: Progress and Challenges—introduced the “Cascade Approach” as a concept to guide the WBG’s efforts to leverage the private sector for growth and sustainable development. This approach asks the WBG to help countries to maximize their development resources by drawing on private financing and sustainable private sector solutions to provide value for money and meet the highest environmental, social, and fiscal responsibility standards, and reserve scarce public financing for those areas where private sector engagement is not optimal or available.
For the WBG to deliver on this important agenda, it is important to ensure that CSOs have the needed capacity to engage with private sector entities and to facilitate an enabling environment for private sector investments and solutions. Suspicion, mistrust and conflicts which often occur around extractives sector investments limit the potential for these investments to lead to better development outcomes.
To complement these efforts, the CSO Strategy for Extractives Industries two-phase project, financed by the EGPS MDTF, aims to support enhanced benefits to citizens from extractive industries. It will contribute to the capacity building needed for CSOs to engage and dialogue with companies and governments around areas of mutual interest. The CSO Strategy's main objectives include:
About the World Bank Global Initiative on Contract Transparency in Mining
The CSO Strategy for Extractives Industries has two phases. Phase 1 project activities included three Regional Capacity Building Workshops that focused on capacity building and knowledge sharing for civil society actors in the extractive industries. The Workshops took place in two regions: Africa and Europe and Central Asia (ECA), with the objective of building capacity for informed civil society engagement and collaboration in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
Based on the consultations and outcomes of the Regional Capacity Building Workshops, monitoring of contractual obligations in the mining sector was identified as one the three key thematic areas where CSOs engaged in EITI and other governance processes, need deep technical and financial support. The present World Bank Global Initiative on Contract Transparency in Mining is the second phase of the Strategy for Support to Civil Society in the Extractive Industries project funded by the EGPS MDTF. In this second phase, Recipient-Executed grants will be awarded to organizations selected on a competitive basis, to support in-country contract transparency related activities in Africa and ECA regions. These two regions were selected based on identified interest around these issues from participants from the workshops during Phase 1.
As part of the implementation of Phase 2, approximately US$900,000 will be devoted to global and country-specific activities to support civil society actors, including community groups and in particular women’s organizations, and journalists. A key principle of all support under these country-specific activities will be to leverage expertise, reach, and experience from a broad range of development partners and civil society organizations and existing coalitions or networks.
This initiative aims to improve transparency and accountability in mining contracts. The project will work with civil society actors, including CSOs, community groups, women’s organizations and journalists, providing funding to enable them to do innovative development interventions and journalistic research on monitoring contractual obligations in the mining sector. The purpose of this initiative is to bring key actors together and develop their understanding of the challenges and opportunities for engagement in contract transparency and monitoring. The approach used for this initiative is focused on enhancing the understanding of civil society, communities, particularly women and journalists to better influence improved transparency and accountability in the mining sector.
As part of this initiative, a group of local CSOs working with local communities, women organizations and journalists from one Francophone African country, one Anglophone African country, and one country from Central Europe and Asia country will be identified and provided sub-grants to pilot contract monitoring related activities based on major challenges related to contract transparency in the mining sector in their respective countries. As part of the pilot implementation, the CSOs and journalists will build their capacity on contract transparency practices. A common understanding and knowledge base will be built on key issues such as but not limited to: contract disclosure of data and information; contract monitoring; use and customization of contract monitoring tools (including the Contract Monitoring Roadmap tool) for monitoring of agreed mining projects, data collection, reporting and documenting, constructive engagement with government and private sector; and knowledge exchange and learning.
The country-specific activities will be designed as a Recipient-Executed grants of a total of US$900,000 combined, and to be implemented in 3 countries between May 2019 and April of 2021. The Country-Specific Contract Monitoring Activities will aim to cover CSOs involved in EITI.
The implementing organizations will be competitively selected and will develop knowledge tools, provide technical training and capacity building as well as sub-grants to local actors as appropriate. However, an emphasis will be given on involving women and women organizations.
Country Selection Considerations:
In determining the 3 countries in which to implement the Country-Specific Activities, key considerations will include:
The selected NGOs will:
Work with in-country local sub-grantees to:
Work Globally to:
5. Documentation and reporting of findings, including use of multi-media materials, this includes:
6. Facilitate knowledge exchange amongst sub-grantees and journalists at the regional and global level. This involves, ensuring all reports and knowledge products get shared face-to-face or online:
Geographical focus: Activities should be conducted in one Francophone and one Anglophone Africa and on country from the ECA Region with in-country local partners, such as civil society organizations, local communities, women’s organizations and journalists.
Project themes: Interventions should focus on contract monitoring activities and other related activities to contract transparency such as contract disclosure, social obligations on local content including gender, revenue distribution, among other related issues.
In-country partners: Selected NGO(s) should have a proven network of local partners in proposed countries where interventions will take place. Local partners include civil society organizations, local communities, women organizations and journalists. At least 50% of local actors must be women, where feasible.
Proven expertise and track record:
Organizational commitment to knowledge exchange and learning: NGOs will support in-country partners in the documentation of findings and will also conduct its own documentation. Documentation must include the use of multimedia materials to enhance dissemination and uptake of findings and lessons learned. In addition, NGO will facilitate spaces for knowledge exchange and learning at the regional and cross-regional level.
Organizational commitment to public goods: NGOs and in-country partners are committed to ensuring that all tools, reports, and documentation produced or customized under these grants become public, with the aim they become a public good. This will be supported with dissemination via key online and face to face channels so that other organizations or interested actors can easily access and use these products, with the appropriate attributions.
1. Prospective NGOs should submit expressions of interest (EOIs) application form online through the WBG eConsult2 website (https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/) in English by the submission deadline on Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time-Washington, DC) Please note you will need to Login or Register in eConsult2 website in order to view EOI Selection # 1261758/Implementing the Civil Society Strategy for Extractive Industries-Phase 2: Contract Transparency in Mining Global Initiative. Please follow instructions on website in order to submit/attach your completed EOI application form. Each EOI submission should follow the guidelines outlined in the “Expression of Interest Application Form”. Download EOI Application Form Here.
2. The project team will review all eligible EOIs based on the selection criteria. Only NGO/CSO with the best EOIs will be invited to submit its technical and financial proposals. A WB evaluation team will evaluate the technical and financial proposals and decide on a competitive basis which proposal will receive the recipient executed grant to support global and in-country contract monitoring activities in Africa and ECA regions.
Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we will only notify EOI selected applicants and invite them to submit a technical and financial proposal. If you do not hear from us two weeks after the deadline, it is because you have not been selected. The WBG retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties.
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