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About Misean Cara

Misean Cara is an international and Irish faith-based missionary movement working with some of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in developing countries. We are working to realise their human rights through delivery of basic services in the areas of education, health, livelihoods and income generation, as well as advocacy, networking and community mobilisation. Our movement is made up of 89 member organisations working in over 50 countries.

Our current Strategy 2017-2021 sets out key goals in the four thematic areas of education, health (including clean water & sanitation), sustainable livelihoods, and human rights. A fifth goal focuses on enhancing and promoting the missionary approach to development. The overall funding to projects supported across these areas in 2019 is outlined in the table below:


An estimated 1 in every 7 people in the world have some form of disability.  Persons living with disabilities often face significant levels of discrimination, stigma and prejudice, and as a result are not visible in society and are prevented from participating in the lives of their communities. In many countries, people living with disabilities are seen in negative ways. This can affect everything from their self-confidence right through to their capacity to engage in development programmes.

The SDGs are the first global agenda to include goals and indicators that explicitly mention persons with disabilities. There are seven explicit references to persons with disabilities in the SDG targets: Goal 4: Education (two references); Goal 8: Employment (one); Goal 10: Reducing Inequalities (one); Goal 11: Sustainable and Inclusive Cities (two), and Goal 17: Means of Implementation, data (one). Further, there are 11 global indicators explicitly referencing persons with disabilities. These include: the area of poverty eradication and education (two references), employment (two), reducing inequalities, sustainable and inclusive cities (three), and peaceful and inclusive societies (two).

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the main legal instrument guiding global disability inclusion in the 21st Century. Governments that have ratified the CRPD commit to promoting and protecting the rights and dignity of people with disabilities in every sphere of life, including in the field of international development. The CRPD pays particular attention to the link between poverty and disability; it is the first international human rights treaty to have a stand-alone article (Article 32) which addresses international cooperation, providing a comprehensive normative framework for mainstreaming disability in the development agenda. Article 11 relates to the safety and protection of people with disabilities in humanitarian and emergency contexts. In light of Ireland’s ratification of the CRPD in March 2017, the state is required to place a greater emphasis on ensuring that the rights of people with disabilities are promoted through its development cooperation and humanitarian assistance policies and programmes.

Ireland’s new Policy for International Development, “A Better World”, recognises that people living with disabilities are affected by inequality and sustained levels of extreme poverty and do not have opportunities to realise their rights through participation and representation. The policy promised that Ireland will “follow through on our commitment to the furthest behind first with the necessary policies, resources and tools to effectively tackle extreme poverty and inequality.”

A common feature of the projects funded by Misean Cara is our members’ commitment to the Missionary Approach to Development Intervention (MADI), which is characterised by a long-term, commitment to working with the most marginalised, excluded and vulnerable communities, and groups within communities. Inherently a faith-based approach, it adopts a holistic view of develop­ment, and seeks sustainable long-term solutions. The proposed Evaluation will contribute to our understanding of how the distinctive features of the missionary approach contribute to the inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream development.

Misean Cara and Disability

People with disabilities are recognised as a particular target group of Misean Cara in the organisational Strategy, 2017-2021. Misean Cara provides support to the work of its member organisations across Africa, Asia and the Americas in direct service provision for people with disabilities, and their families, who are the primary carers. Misean Cara members also provide capacity development through specialised professionals and therapists, who provide critical service, while working alongside and supporting skills development for project staff, assuring ongoing professional development and systems strengthening. Misean Cara member project teams work with and on behalf of people with disabilities to engage with local and national stakeholders to advocate for appropriate services, and for the implementation of inclusive development, so that people with disabilities are part of development efforts at the local, district and national levels.

The Mid-Term Review of the Strategy 2017-2021 recommended that Misean Cara should reflect on how to adopt a rights-based focus and promote its use in Misean Cara funded- projects dealing with disability.  The purpose of this effectiveness review is to respond in part to that recommendation by gathering evidence of the achievements of projects with a particular focus on disability.

Tendering Procedure and Timeframe

Requests for additional information can be made via email to tender@miseancara.ie in advance of submitting a tender proposal.  A log will be kept of such queries and any additional information provided will be shared with other prospective tenderers.  Preliminary indication by email of an intention to submit a tender proposal will ensure you are on this communication list.

Tender proposals will not exceed 12 pages in length, excluding appendices, if relevant, and will form part of the Terms of Reference in addition to this invitation to tender document. It is envisaged that the preferred tenderer will be selected within 2-3 weeks of submission deadline and contracts signed immediately thereafter.

Tender proposals must be submitted by email to Seamus Collins, Learning & Development Manager, at tender@miseancara.ie with “Tender Proposal: Effectiveness Review of Projects supporting People living with Disabilities” stated in the email subject line.

Submission deadline for tender proposals is 18:00, May 11th 2020.