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Call for proposals: Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) - Embassy of Finland, Addis Ababa : Current Affairs


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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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News, 2/14/2017

The Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) of the Embassy of Finland in Addis Abeba is an instrument funding local civil society organizations and small-scale businesses to complement the bilateral development cooperation of Finland in Ethiopia. The FLC is expected to contribute towards the four goals of Finland’s development policy.

  1. The rights and status of women and girls have strengthened;

  2. Developing countries' own economies have generated jobs, livelihood opportunities and well-being;

  3. Societies have become more democratic and better-functioning;

  4. Food security and access to water and energy have improved, and natural resources are used sustainably.

FLC projects should be implemented through a human rights based approach. The rights of children and the most vulnerable, notably the disabled should be taken to account in all activities. Further all activities should be geared towards climate change mitigation and giving support to climate change adaptation and preparedness.

Eligibility Criteria for FLC Partnership

A maximum of 10 projects will be financed for 2017 with an overall annual budget of approximately 300,000 €. Based on the FLC strategic plan for 2017-2019 the following thematic areas may be funded:

  1. Empowerment of women, girls and persons with disabilities
  2. Open dissemination of information
  3. Promoting startup schemes engaging in green economy activities

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that have been registered with the Charities and Societies Agency are eligible for applying. Also small-scale start-up businesses are eligible to apply for thematic area 3. The selection of partnership is based on the project’s alignment with the Finnish development policy, FLC objectives and thematic areas of the FLC strategic plan. Projects are funded for the duration of one year.  Ongoing projects may be considered for further years of funding but they need to re-apply and funding is only guaranteed for the duration of each agreement.  A partner cannot be funded for more than five years.

Regarding new partnerships, careful attention is given through track record of the NGOs from other likeminded donors, as well as project appraisal that take into account the witness from government counterparts and the community members.

Chambers of Commerce, business associations, trade promotion agencies, producer cooperatives and other similar private sector/civil society organizations may apply for partnership as well. The applicants must have sound financial record, sufficient commercial business experience as well as the required level of know-how. In addition, the applicant must have sufficient financial and human resources for the implementation of the project. The applicant should therefore play an active part in the project and share the risks. Funds cannot be directed to individuals, families, political parties or charity events. The FLC does not fund education grants. The FLC does not fund activities already funded through bilateral cooperation.

The FLC only funds projects in Ethiopia and is not operational in Djibouti or South Sudan.

How to apply?

The deadline for submitting applications for FLC funds within this round of call for proposals is 13.3.2017. Late applications will not be accepted.  The application should include a project concept note including the attached cover page and a brief description of the project that doesn’t exceed 3-4 pages. Applications should be signed, stamped and dated. A renewed permit from the Charities and Societies Agency and latest annual audit and activity reports of the organization should be attached to the application.

WordFLC 2017 cover page template

 The applications may be

  • sent to the Embassy by post office address:  The Embassy of Finland, P.O. Box 1017, Addis Abeba or
  • dropped at the Embassy gate or
  • sent by email to and  Please note that email applications without signed and stamped documents will not be accepted.

The FLC committee of the Embassy in Addis Abeba will review the concept notes. Shortlisted applicants will be requested for further information including a detailed project proposal and budget breakdown.

The review process takes approximately two months and after that the decision will be communicated to all applicants.

For further clarity applicants could contact the Embassy through: Mrs. Meseret Mengistu by email: or

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Updated 2/14/2017

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