Jan 11 2016

Call for Proposals - Anti-corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund in Nigeria 2016


The Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund in Nigeria (the Fund) is a two-year, multi-donor initiative established by the Ford, Open Society and MacArthur Foundations (the Foundations) in order to support the current Nigerian administration in its resolve to fight corruption and its underlying factors as well as institute criminal justice reform. As fiscal manager, TrustAfrica oversees the management and administration of the Fund in close and robust liaison with the Foundations and the Nigerian Presidency. The Fund was established in mid-2015 to contribute towards the advancement of probity and accountability in public service in Nigeria and ensure that those who indulge in the abuse of public trust are predictably brought to justice.

 Through proactive grant-making, research and the provision of technical assistance in areas such as convenings, program management and policy advocacy all within an anti-corruption and criminal justice reform framework, the Fund will undertake specific activities in furtherance of the following objectives:

  • Increasing the cost of corruption to perpetrators by increasing the effectiveness of anti-corruption agencies and enhancing enforcement and sanctions regimes
  • Improving the overall effectiveness of the Nigerian Criminal Justice System to foster rule of law
  • Diminishing public and stakeholder apathy to the campaign against corruption by decreasing tolerance for corruption by citizens

Cognizant of these objectives, TrustAfrica is now seeking applications from eligible civil society organizations to undertake projects broadly focused on anti-corruption and criminal justice reforms. Preference will be given to organizations that are already working on similar themes in Nigeria.

Specific Areas of Focus

In pursuance of its mandate, the Fund has identified and will support four broad activities leading to the actualization of its objectives. The activities are as follows:

  1. The design of innovative tracking and awareness projects that decrease public apathy to corruption in the public and private service sectors (air /land transport, immigration, customs, construction etc.)
  2. The development of national and local community based approaches and networks (utilizing local community actors) for the systematic documentation, reportage, publication, naming and shaming as well as filing for judicial action of incidences of corruption in local and national government institutions
  3. The establishment of active collaborative partnerships between local community actors and local as well as national criminal justice institutions which address due process concerns, pretrial detention standards and citizens appreciation of the criminal justice process
  4. The establishment of a framework for civil society organization partnerships with government in the monitoring of the public procurement value chains from contract award processes to execution of public works projects;
  5. The conduct of broad-based consultations and interventions leading to the establishment/reinvigoration of anti-graft institutions (e.g. national procurement commission) cognizant of civil society participation and agenda

Proposal Application Requirements

Qualified individuals and organizations are invited to submit well-written concept papers of no more than two pages identifying in gooddetail how they plan to respond to all or specific aspects of one or more of the broad activities. Concept notes must state which broad objective it seeks to address and include the following sections:

  1. proposed project title
  2. brief context analysis
  3. overall objective and specific outcomes/outputs
  4. project justification or rationale
  5. proposed budget amount and a one paragraph description about the history and competency of the applicant.

Submission Deadline

All concept papers must be submitted to TrustAfrica via email at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. , Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. with copy to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. on or before close of business on Monday, January 31, 2016 at 5pm GMT. Applicants are advised to submit concept papers earlier than the deadline in order to allow adequate time for feedback and fine-tuning of concept papers in case there are follow up questions. Absolutely no consideration will be given to late submissions.

Selection Process

Concept papers will firstly be strictly evaluated based on the application requirements and those not conforming to the listed requirements will be automatically discarded. Concept papers that meet the minimal application requirements will go through the following stages:

Stage 1: Concept paper will be acknowledged by the relevant TrustAfrica program officer within a reasonable time. A short concept note summary will be prepared by the program officer and shared along with other documents to the Fund Advisory Committee for deliberations at its earliest scheduled meeting. If the Fund Advisory Committee determines that the activity falls within the scope of the Fund and furthers its objectives, an approval to submit a full-fledged proposal in line with TrustAfrica’s grant-making policies will be communicated to the program officer.

Stage 2: The program officer will communicate the Fund Advisory Committee’s approval decision to the applicant along with the requisite documentation (TrustAfrica due diligence package), inviting the applicant to submit a full proposal.

Stage 3: The program officer will work with the applicant to refine the proposal in line with the Fund’s objectives and priorities as well as ensure that detailed activities are still conforming to Fund’s broad activities as well as other TrustAfrica operational and programmatic policies.

Stage 4: A grant contract will be prepared and funding will be disbursed at the earliest in line with agreed stipulations of the grant contract.


At any stage of the application process, TrustAfrica reserves the right to disqualify any applicant without providing a formal explanation. The acceptance of a concept page for the next stage of the application process should in no way suggest that a grant or funding is guaranteed. 

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