- The Conflict, Stability and Security team in British High Commission are seeking bids that pilot innovative approaches to addressing the interconnected challenges associated with conflict dynamics, climate change and livelihoods in Sri Lanka. All projects should be conflict sensitive to ensure interventions do no harm, contribute to stability, and do not inadvertently generate tensions between different communities. Interventions should be locally appropriate, gender responsive, adapted to the Sri Lankan economic situation and aim to support a green economy that helps mitigate climate risk.
- The first FY (October 2022 – March 2023) should not exceed a budgeted amount of £200,000 GBP (two hundred thousand pounds sterling) with flexibility to scale up activities and budget in FY2 and FY3 to around £500,000 per financial year.
Project Content Requirements
Any project must focus on the nexus of conflict dynamics, climate change and livelihoods stressors in Sri Lanka. Based on the contextual analysis, the programme will need to be inclusive, culturally sensitive, tailored to local conditions, conflict-sensitive, environmentally sustainable, and locally owned. Technical interventions should include climate resilient livelihoods, environmental/natural resource management, and community mobilisation.
- The implementer may pilot interventions under the following suggested sub-themes:
- Evidence gathering
- Research into the impact of climate change upon specific communities in Sri Lanka to help inform strategies for supportive interventions
- Undertake consultation with households and communities regarding the livelihoods options most likely to suit them based on their existing livelihoods practices. Access to natural resources; the particular microclimate in their area, the impact on crops and livestock, market linkages, cultural practices as well as other relevant factors, defined by the consulted households/communities, will all need to be considered
- Pilot direct economic/livelihoods support for conflict-affected communities that respond to environmental degradation and the resulting livelihoods challenges. These should identify, examine and aim to reduce intercommunal tensions and the possibility of people returning to violence and conflict. The project should integrate ecosystem-based adaptation throughout, for example: promotion of climate smart and eco-friendly agriculture or by using community Natural Resource Management mechanisms
- Facilitate community led participatory processes to develop locally-led adaptation plans and Nature Based Solutions to issues around livelihood insecurity and its interactions with climate change driven conflict
- support national or local government to understand the risks of, and respond to, climate change induced conflict and implement interventions in collaboration with local communities
- Any intervention should take an approach that aims to:
- Increase or stabilise the natural resource pool (to manage scarcity)
- Improve benefit-sharing modalities (to enhance equity)
- Improve governance/management (to reduce conflict)
- Include a conflict management component. Opportunities for dialogue and peace-building activities should also be included. A conflict sensitivity analysis is essential.
- Promote whole community approach. This will mitigate perceptions of bias, supports expectation management, and enables local ownership and empowerment in a more sustainable manner.
- If the implementer considers additional sub-themes to be relevant, they would welcome new and innovative ideas where they align with policy objectives.
- Evidence gathering
Competencies of the Implementer
- The implementer will have:
- Experience and familiarity of conflict sensitive and environmental programming
- Strong operational experience of working in Sri Lanka
- The ability to source appropriate expertise to support any capacity building and advocacy components, both in-country and if necessary, from outside
- Project and budget management skills
- Demonstrations of creating innovative and scalable solutions.
- Strong monitoring and evaluation capability
- Excellent track record of completion of tasks according to timelines
- Appropriate cyber security controls to protect participants, the organisation and U.K. funding
- robust approaches to risk management, conflict sensitivity, gender equality, and safeguarding policies and implementation plans in place that ensure the protection of beneficiaries and to safeguard against sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH)
- The project must be in line with UK equalities legislation, including International Development (Gender Equality Act) and Public Sector Equality Duty
For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cssf-sri-lanka-call-for-proposals-climate-conflict-and-livelihoods