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Call for Expressions of Interest - World Bank Global Initiative on Contract Transparency in Mining

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: 

  • Be an international NGO or international CSO; 
  • Technical expertise on mining sector and its governance, including knowledge of mining project cycle, mining laws, mining contracts, local content; 
  • Experience promoting and advocating for contract transparency in the extractive resources sector, particularly supporting governments on contract disclosure and local CSOs around the world to participate in contract monitoring; 
  • Experience in capacity building of non-governmental actors, including designing and facilitating capacity building related initiatives, trainings and workshops; 
  • Experience collaborating in multi-stakeholder groups or initiatives, such as participating or supporting in-country EITI processes, or country coalitions on mining and/or contract transparency; 
  • Have a new or existing intervention(s) on contract transparency issues related to the mining sector by working with local CSO partners in West Africa and ECA regions that could help strengthen local communities’ and specially women’s participation in contract monitoring activities; 
  • Be interested in gaining insights into how and why an in-country intervention Africa and ECA regions is working and what can be improved, by collecting concrete contract monitoring data to advocate effectively for improved contract transparency and help inform future contract transparency related interventions and tools; 
  • Be interested in strengthening your intervention’s design towards more effectively serving women and empowering women in the mining sector.

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: 

  1. Strengthen the technical capacity of civil society to advocate for transparency, to hold governments and companies accountable; and to effectively participate in decision making by leveraging the outputs of transparency initiatives; 
  1. Strengthen global, regional and national civil society coalitions and networks to maximize advocacy efforts and peer-to-peer learning; 
  1. Promote partnerships between civil society organizations and other actors (government, parliament, companies, media, universities, etc.); and 
  1. Increase the diversity of CSOs at the global, regional and country levels to ensure broad-based and diverse representation, including from advocacy, environmental, women’s and indigenous people’s organizations.

 

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.

 

The Task 

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.

 

Implementation 

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: 

  1. Geographic focus: One EITI country in Francophone Africa; One EITI country in Anglophone Africa and one EITI country in ECA Region;
  2. Demand from recipient countries and civil society actors in the countries;
  3. Readiness for implementation;
  4. Recipient needs and potential impact of interventions.

 

The selected NGOs will: 

Work with in-country local sub-grantees to: 

  • build their understanding about contract transparency, contract monitoring, citizen engagement and constructive engagement and build their capacity to conduct effective contract monitoring activities;
  • identify the problems or challenges they would like to address through the contract monitoring activities;
  • develop a strong and viable contract monitoring action plan (including design, selection of contract monitoring tool or customization, data collection and monitoring, analysis, documentation and reporting);
  • conduct contract monitoring activities on agreed mining sites;
  • document and report findings through various formats, including use of multi-media formats;
  • constructively engage government, private sector and other relevant stakeholders around findings, through face-to-face and online channels of communication.

Work Globally to:  

  • dedicate space and time to reflect and learn and capture/document learnings throughout the project. This will also involve sharing of knowledge and learnings with others at the regional and global level through face-to-face events and/or online channels such as GOXI www.goxi.org.

 

Deliverables

  1. Contract Monitoring capacity-building workshop(s) with local in-country civil society actors, including woman and journalists in each targeted region;
  2. List of local sub-grantees for each region;
  3. Contract Monitoring Action Plan(s) with budget for each sub-grantee;
  4. Use of Contract Monitoring Tool(s) for monitoring activities, this will involve:
  • Application of Contract Monitoring Roadmap Tool, providing clear documentation of any adaptation, feedback, learnings or recommendations for improvement; and
  • Application or customization of other contract monitoring tool(s) (optional)

     5. Documentation and reporting of findings, including use of multi-media materials, this includes:

  • One blog per month, that also includes photos, on contract monitoring activities;
  • One blog per month by each journalist, that also includes photos, on contract monitoring activities;
  • 2 short videos (3-5mins. long) documenting contract monitoring activities, at least one showing the problem/challenge being faced and another one showing improvements-results based on contract monitoring activities.
  • Final report for each region that includes all documentation from Contract Monitoring Activities led by sub-grantees (context, challenges, approach and tools used, data collected, images, analysis of findings, results, learnings, etc.); and
  • Article by participating journalists related to the contract monitoring activities.

    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:

  • Provide a knowledge-exchange and learning space for workshop participants at the initial Capacity-Building Workshop;
  • Organize at least two video-conferences with all sub-grantees and journalists involved from all different regions throughout project implementation;
  • All knowledge products and reports should be shared with the GOXI Global CoP by posting on goxi.org;
  • Organize at least one online public webinar to share the experience of sub-grantees and journalists, results and learnings of the overall project.

Selection Criteria

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:

  • working on governance related issues in the extractive industries, at least in the mining sector;
  • of successful interventions or initiatives in the area of contract transparency, including contract monitoring, social obligations on local content, revenue distribution, gender;
  • Building the capacity of civil society on extractive governance and contract transparency. Capacity building on these issues for other actors such as: government, donors and/or private sector, and multi-stakeholder coalitions is a big plus. 

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.   

Application Process

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 proposalsA 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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