APS Issuance Date: August 30, 2018
APS Closing Date: August 29, 2019
Questions from Applicants due: September 21, 2018 11:59 p.m. (midnight) First round of Concept Papers due: October 31, 2018 11:59 p.m. (midnight) Second round of Concept Papers due: January 31, 2018 11:59 p.m. (midnight)
All times above are Colombia Time
Subject: Annual Program Statement (APS) Number: 72051418APS00001 for Colombia’s Ethnic Communities – “Strengthening Ethnic Communities for Inclusive Peace.”
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking concept papers from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), partnerships and consortia comprised of majority Afro-Colombian and indigenous persons (see page 7 for more information about eligibility) to implement activities that support Colombia’s ethnic communities. Please note, at this time we are not accepting full applications. Only concept papers will be reviewed. Based on those concept papers, USAID will determine whether to request a full application from potential partners. Instructions on how to prepare a concept paper are provided within this APS.
The authority of this APS is found in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended. Awards shall be made and administered in accordance with Standard Provisions for Non- US and US Non-Governmental Organizations in USAID policy ADS 303 “Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Non-Governmental Organizations”. Please note that no profit/fee is allowed under assistance including Grants and Cooperative Agreements. Forgone profit does not qualify as cost-sharing or leveraging.
Subject to availability of funds, USAID intends to grant up to $10 million in total for all awards under this APS. Individual awards will range in value from $1.5 million to $5 million, with a period of performance ranging between three to five years. Any award(s) will be made in accordance with evaluation procedures provided in Section IV.
Concept papers under this APS must be received by either of the two closing dates/times indicated at the top of this cover letter. Concept papers can be written in English or Spanish. All concept papers must be submitted electronically as a Word document or a PDF attachment via email to:
The United States Agency for International Development in Colombia (USAID/ Colombia) is issuing an Annual Program Statement (APS), “Strengthening Ethnic Communities for Inclusive Peace.” The APS is aligned with USAID/Colombia’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) goal of “Colombia more capable of successfully implementing a sustainable and inclusive peace.”
The overarching goal of this APS is for Colombian ethnic communities to advance inclusive peace, self-governance, and socio-economic development. To achieve that goal, USAID will work directly with prospective organizations in the following areas:
With approximately one-fifth of its population self-identifying as Afro-Colombian or indigenous, Colombia is a diverse and culturally-rich nation. However, despite significant constitutional, legal, and policy advances, the country faces challenges in embracing its multi-cultural heritage and responding to the concrete needs of its ethnic communities who continue to face exclusion, discrimination and violence.
Basic living conditions for Afro-Colombians and indigenous peoples are generally lower than those of the rest of the population. Afro-Colombians experience lower access to public services, lower enrollment levels in social security, and lower incomes. More than half of the Afro-Colombian population considers itself poor and 44 percent believe their income is insufficient to cover their expenses. Indigenous peoples face similar conditions, though even more extreme in some cases: 63 percent of the population live below the poverty line and 48 percent do not have enough income to cover daily dietary needs. Access to basic services is scarce: 60 percent of the indigenous population do not have access to water services, 80 percent lack access to sanitation, and 40 percent do not have access to electricity.
In addition, Colombia’s 50 years of armed conflict disproportionately impacted its ethnic communities. Indigenous peoples are three times more likely to be displaced than the rest of the population and 46 percent of Afro-Colombians have suffered at least one form
of victimization, most notably displacement or the loss of a relative. In spite of the peace agreement, killings of social leaders, human rights and environmental defenders from ethnic communities continue to trend upwards.
Afro-Colombian and indigenous civil society organizations and traditional authorities have made great strides in engaging with public entities, advocating for their needs, demanding respect for their rights, strengthening their capacity to manage their own territories and increasing participation of women and youth in decision-making processes. A prime example is the Ethnic Chapter of the peace agreement between the Government of Colombia (GOC) and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) in 2016 when Afro-Colombian and indigenous leaders successfully advocated for the inclusion of ethnic community considerations in the peace accords.
Over the past 15 years, USAID has increasingly worked with ethnic communities in Colombia across its portfolio, from human rights and civil society strengthening to economic development and environmental initiatives. Through this APS, USAID/Colombia will support more exemplary initiatives designed by and for ethnic communities to continue to strengthen Colombia’s future development goals.
The overarching goal of this APS is for Colombian ethnic communities to advance inclusive peace, self-governance, and socio-economic development. This APS has four objectives, as described below. Applicants are required to address at least one of the objectives in their concept paper. Applicants do not need to address all objectives in a single application, but concept papers may integrate one or multiple objectives.
USAID seeks to support organizational strengthening efforts, territorial control initiatives, and collaboration efforts among ethnic organizations and public entities. Furthermore, USAID seeks to support the effective participation of ethnic organizations in implementation and monitoring initiatives related to the peace accord. Under this objective, USAID seeks creative and innovative approaches to:
for the promotion of food security, income generation, and natural resource management and conservation.
In Colombia, assassinations of human rights, land, and environmental defenders and social and ethnic leaders continues to negatively affect ethnic communities. In 2016, at least 206 social leaders were killed and in 2018, 29 leaders have been killed during the first quarter alone. USAID seeks to support ethnic organizations to:
USAID seeks to assist indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities and citizens living in historically neglected areas to have increased access to licit economic opportunities that provide them with pathways out of poverty and a means of avoiding the trap of relying on the cultivation of illicit crops. More specifically, USAID seeks to:
USAID seeks to support ethnic communities to:
Organizations may present concepts that respond to one or more of the objectives included in this document. Should an organization be interested in submitting an application that responds to multiple objectives, that organization must demonstrate the capacity to undertake such work. Organizations are also free to submit multiple concepts.
In order to qualify as a local entity for the purpose of this APS, the organization or authority must:
The terms “majority owned” and “managed by” include, without limitation, beneficiary interests and the power, either directly or indirectly, whether exercised or exercisable, to control the election, appointment, or tenure of the organization’s managers or a majority of the organization’s governing body by any means.
Local entities do not include subsidiaries, affiliates, or member entities of organizations organized or headquartered outside Colombia.
Local entities also do not include public international organizations as described in USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS) Chapter 308 or their subsidiaries, affiliates, or member entities.
Consistent with the Mission’s goals, USAID/Colombia is prepared to support Activity initiatives within one or several of the following regions:
Pacific: Chocó, Cauca, Valle de Cauca, Nariño
South: Amazonas, Guaviare, Guanía, Vichada, Vaupés, Putumayo, Caqueta
North: La Guajira, Cesar, Magdalena, Córdoba, Sucre
Additionally, USAID may support activities in areas that fall under the following criteria:
If other geographical areas are considered, applicants need to justify their inclusion.
This initiative builds upon previous and ongoing USAID assistance provided for social and economic inclusion of ethnic groups, a key area of USAID/Colombia’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and is aligned with the USAID/Colombia Mission strategy including the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Office, the Rural and Economic Development Office, the Reconciliation and Inclusion Office, and the Environment Office. All of USAID technical offices are implementing activities with ethnic communities which may overlap in terms of territory and objectives. This APS will benefit and contribute to synergies of other USAID-funded activities that are operating in the same municipalities.
Additionally, it is expected that over the next several years, other donors will continue to support the GOC efforts on racial and ethnic inclusion. USAID will coordinate closely with other donors to minimize the duplication of efforts among donors and maximize the degree of coordination and program effectiveness.
Cooperation with key stakeholders such as departmental governments, local governments, national government entities, private sector companies, civil society organizations, media outlets, advocacy groups, think tanks and academia will be critical
to achieving results in so far as sustainable inclusion requires their cooperation, commitments and resources.
USAID anticipates having substantial involvement, depending on award mechanism, throughout the implementation of this APS. The specific areas of USAID involvement will include, but not be limited to, approval of the recipient’s implementation plans, Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP), and key personnel. Other areas of collaboration and joint participation will be determined based on the selected Activity and coordinated with the recipient prior to award.
USAID policy requires that gender issues be addressed as appropriate in all USAID- funded activities. Gender analysis and integration must be implemented as a cross-cutting theme within the design, implementation, and evaluation of all interventions of this activity, especially through the following approaches:
In addition to addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment within implementation of the technical approach, selected recipients will also be required to address gender issues within reporting documents. For more information see USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy.
At a minimum, the three types of information below must be included in the concept paper (A. Basic Information, B. Technical Information, and C. Supporting Information). Concept papers must include an estimated total budget and timeframe. Concept papers cannot exceed six pages total — five pages for sections A and B, and one page for section
Please note that for applicants that are invited to submit a full application, the full application must be in English. Further instructions for preparing a full application, including the required forms and certifications, will be provided at the time the invitation is made.
Required contents for Concept Papers:
303 and 303mab which is included in section VI of this APS, for more information).
For those applicants subsequently asked to develop a full application, applicants may add other partners or otherwise modify the partnership arrangement(s) when developing the full application.
Note that there is no need to include a separate title page and/or institutional logos.
Sections A and B must not exceed 5 pages combined.
Section C. Supporting Information:
Section C must not exceed 1 page total.
Additional information concerning the APS may be obtained via email at [email protected] during the Question Period.
All concept papers must be submitted electronically as a Word document or pdf attachment via email to:
Mr. Nathan Strand [email protected]
Office of Acquisition and Assistance Office (OAA) USAID/Colombia
The subject line of the submission email should read as follows: “Organization Name – Colombia Ethnic Communities APS No: 72051418APS00001
Subject to availability of funds, USAID intends to provide up to $10 million total for all awards under this APS.
USAID Colombia will fund awards ranging from a minimum $1.5 to $5 million. The range of time will be from a minimum of three to a maximum of five years.
USAID reserves the right to fund one, multiple or none of the applications submitted and to negotiate separately with an applicant if such an action is considered to be in the interest of the USG.
Issuance of this APS does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. Government (USG), nor does it commit the USG to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of any application.
Concept papers will be considered in two phases. Organizations are free to submit concept papers for the first, second, and/or both phases. In order to be considered,
concept papers must be received by the due date and time indicated on the cover page of this APS.
This APS will use a two-step application process. In the first step, applicants will prepare and submit a concept paper, including an estimated total cost, not to exceed six pages. The objective of the concept paper is to give USAID a clear understanding of the activity that is being proposed. It is not intended to provide budget detail, staffing plans, organizational background, or similar detailed information. It should be about the concept itself, including the purpose of the activity, the location(s) where it would be conducted, the number and description of the people or organizations that will benefit, and a general statement of the approach and expected results in order to meet the goals of the APS. The concept paper will be reviewed by a panel of USAID experts, who will determine whether the concept has sufficient merit to warrant preparation of a full application.
Applicants will be advised after submission of a concept paper as to whether they are invited to submit a full application based on the concept. Full applications received pursuant to invitation will also be evaluated by a panel of USAID experts.
Full applications may only be submitted by invitation from the USAID/Colombia Office of Acquisition and Assistance.
USAID will review concept papers based on the following factors, which will be considered with equal importance:
Even though stand-alone ethnic organizations can apply, USAID will review the applicant’s potential:
Organizations that are invited to present a full application are advised that further instructions will be issued for the development of full applications and that applicants will have to submit an expanded technical approach, a full budget with budget narrative, and an AMELP among other requirements. The application must follow all applicable USAID rules and regulations. More information will be provided as a result of the invitation.
Once a full application is received, all full applications will be evaluated on the basis of both technical and cost criteria. USAID may provide technical assistance to applicants during the full application process, to the extent feasible.
USAID Operational Policy — the Automated Directives System https://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/agency-policy
ADS Chapter 303 – Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Non-Governmental Organizations
ADS Reference 303mab – Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Nongovernmental Organizations
ADS Chapter 320 – Branding and Marking https://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/300/320
Training series on how to work with USAID
Módulos de capacitación en línea sobre cómo trabajar con USAID https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/get-grant-or-contract/trainings-how-work-usaid/es
USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy. https://www.usaid.gov/documents/1865/gender-equality-and-female-empowerment- policy
ADS Chapter 205 – Integrating Gender Equality and Female Empowerment in USAID’s Program Cycle
System for Award Management https://sam.gov/portal/SAM/
Guidance for Registering in SAM https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/SAM-Quick-Start-Guide-for-New- Registrations.pdf