Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals
Consultancy: Study on Crime and Policing in Odisha

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative is calling for proposals for a short-term consultancy for a study on crime and policing in Odisha. The consultancy is expected to be from July – November 2016.

The proposed study aims to discern and evaluate the volume of crime, crime patterns and police preparedness in the state based on select parameters. The main purpose is a) to identify gaps in official crime statistics, including a review of the process through which crime is recorded across units; b) assess the nature of crime including identifying crime prone areas; and c) demonstrate the value of large data sets in shaping policing operational decisions such as deployment of personnel and allocation of resources. Data for the study will primarily be obtained through the Right to Information Act 2005. The geographical scope and scale of the study will be decided jointly by CHRI and the Consultant. The study also intends to put forward specific recommendations for policy improvement, based on the findings.

The study is part of a grant from the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit on Police Reforms in South Asia 2016 and relates with the overall objective of the grant to strengthen and expand civil society engagement on police reforms.

The Call for Proposals is for doing the research study including collecting data, filing RTI applications, collating RTI replies, analysis of findings, writing and publishing the report in close collaboration with CHRI.

Deliverables will include:
1. A White Paper on Crime and Policing in Odisha
2. Media coverage of the findings upon release

Applications are invited from individuals or not-for-profit organizations. The applicant must have proven record in ground level research on human rights and access to justice in Odisha.

Applicants should send us a proposal that a) clearly indicates relevant past experience in the state, b) provides links or electronic versions (or hard copy if electronic versions are not available) of previous published research, and includes c) a work plan with timelines and d) a detailed budget. Applicants must be eligible to receive foreign funding under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

Proposals should be sent to Ms Vinu S, Coordinator Planning, at no later than 20 June 2016. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

CHRI will be able to get in touch only with short-listed applicants for further discussions on the project.

About CHRI: The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), established in 1987, is an independent, non-partisan, non-government organisation working for the practical realisation of human rights across the Commonwealth. CHRI is headquartered in New Delhi, India since 1993, and has offices in London, UK and Accra, Ghana. CHRI has worked on police accountability issues in India for nearly two decades. Further information can be accessed at

2 June 2016
New Delhi, India