Call for Expression of Interest - deadline 9th May 2018, 8am EAT

Frequently asked questions on the DGF Call for Expression of Interest, have been compiled and responses provided.  To access them click: Q&A on the DGF EoI Call- Round 2

The Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) was initially established in July 2011 by eight Development Partners (DPs): Austria, Denmark, the European Union, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as a five-year governance programme (2011-2016) aimed at providing harmonized, coherent and well-coordinated support to state and non-state entities to strengthen democratization, protect human rights, enhance access to justice, promote peaceful co-existence and improve accountability in Uganda.

Currently DGF is implementing its second phase (January 2018 – 2022) which brings together contribution from seven DPs: Austria, Denmark, the European Union, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden, to consolidate and build on the achievements of the first phase and to continue to support the Government of Uganda to realize its national priorities under the National Development Plan and the National Action Plan for Human Rights.

The primary focus of DGF’s work is to support efforts that would ensure strong focus on the relationship between citizen as right holders and the state as duty bearers.  Therefore, in the second phase, DGF’s vision statement is: “A Uganda where citizens are empowered to engage in democratic governance and the state upholds citizens' rights.

DGF recognises that both, state and non-state actors, are key in ensuring effective governance in Uganda through rights based approaches so that the rights, responsibilities and roles of citizens and of the state, are effectively implemented, recognised and respected.

DGF provides financial and, in a more limited manner, technical support to Ugandan organisations and entities, state and non-state, initiating and implementing interventions aimed at improving democratic governance in Uganda in line with national priorities spelled out in the Uganda Constitution, the National Development Plan II, and other relevant policy documents.

DGF’s approach to programming in this phase falls under three broad and interconnected spheres, namely:

1) Democratic processes that build citizen-state relationships;

2) Citizen empowerment, engagement and accountability; and

3) Protection of human rights, access to justice and gender equality.

The overall objective of this call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) is to strengthen the engagement between DGF and state and non-state actors in the governance, accountability and human rights domain. Prospective partners are expected to undertake interrelated and mutually reinforcing actions contributing to the achievement of DGF programme objectives. Great emphasis is put on gender equality and the inclusion of youth as well as wider geographical coverage.

Priority areas for this Call are:

A: Election Cycle

  • A.1 Support to enhance electoral integrity and accountability.

B: Citizen Engagement, Accountability, and Civic Education:

  • B.1 Accountability and civic education in Lango sub-region, (please see the guidelines for the districts)
  • B.2 Accountability and civic education in West Nile  (please see the guidelines for the districts)
  • B.3 Accountability and civic education in Central Uganda  (please see the guidelines for the districts)
  • B.4 National level education sector accountability 

C: Support to District Local Government

  • C.1 Direct support to District Local Government to improve response on accountability, planning, budgeting, monitoring, and working with CSO(s) to address issues in those areas. (Please see the guidelines for the specific districts eligible under C.1.)
  • C.2 Support to District Youth Councils in a few District Local Governments and their structures at district and sub-county level

D: Natural Resource Governance

  • D.1 National level natural resource governance (please see the guidelines for the specific focus areas)

E: Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

  • E.1 Protection of human rights defenders (HRD) & the Media
  • E.2 Promotion of civil and political rights
  • E.3 Promotion of social and economic rights

F: Transitional Justice

  • F.1 Support for national framework, legislation and policies for transitional justice.
  • F.2 Capacity building of duty bearers to address torture, violence and impunity

G: Gender

  • G.1 Gender Legislation
  • G.2 Gender Budgeting
  • G.3 Women’s League(s)

H: Support to Media

  • H.1 Improving standards within media and for media practitioners
  • H.2 Media monitoring of elections.

More information about the specific priority areas is contained in the Call for EoI guidelines.  Please read the guidelines carefully as it is important that you understand the priority areas before submitting your EoI.  Any EoIs not addressing the above priority areas will not be considered.  For more information about the DGF or this call and to download the guidelines and EoI forms, please visit the DGF website:

If you need any further information or have any questions regarding the call, the guidelines or your EoI, please send an email to: All question submitted through email and their responses will be published on the DGF Website. DGF will not respond to any other form of communication regarding this Call.

Eligibility: This call is open to state entities and non-state organisations appropriately registered or with legal status in Uganda. Specific information on eligibility requirements can be found in the EoI Call. DGF encourages organisations that have not previously worked with the DGF, but meet the eligibility requirements to apply.

Applicants must use the appropriate EoI Application Forms provided. EoIs that are not on the provided forms will not be considered. Completed EoI applications should be submitted in soft copy by email to: not later than 9th May 2018, 8am EAT.  Hard copies will not be accepted.

Any form of lobbying or contacting DGF staff directly may lead to disqualification.

There are no fees associated with submitting EoIs to DGF.  If you are requested to pay a fee for any reason in relation to the application or selection process, or experience any other form of undue involvement in the application process, please report to the DGF whistleblower email: or the Royal Danish Embassy at In addition, DGF expects that the interested organisation(s) or institution(s) will complete the EoI themselves.  Use of outside resources (consultants, etc.) to complete the EoI may lead to disqualification.

Further information on the timeline can be found in the Call for EoI guidelines.  Due to anticipated volume of EoIs, DGF will not be able to provide individual feedback to applicants.  Information about the process will be published on the DGF website -

Please use the Expression of Interest Guidelines and Application Form Templates provided here with

PLEASE NOTE:  For Organizations which host secretariats and/or coalitions, some information was omitted in the guidelines.  Please see the revision on page 11 of the revised document (DGF Call for EOI R2 Guidelines FINAL rev V2.pdf).  No other information has been changed in these guidelines.

 DGF Call for EOI R2 Guidelines FINAL rev V2.pdf

 DGF R2 CSO EoI Application Form Template.docx

 DGF R2 State EoI Application Form Template.docx