Norad’s Civil Society Department: Funds for Women’s Rights 2018-2020

Deadline: 15 October 2017

Norad’s Civil Society Department has announced a call for proposals for efforts supporting two Grant Scheme Allocations:

  • Allocation 1: Funds for efforts supporting the follow-up of 1325- Women, Peace and Security
  • Allocation 2: Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (Women’s Economic Participation and Empowerment and Women’s Political Participation and Empowerment)

Allocations & Priorities

  • Funds for efforts supporting the follow-up of 1325- Women, Peace and Security: The implementation and follow-up of SCR 1325 – Women, Peace and Security and subsequent resolutions on women, peace and security is a priority for the Norwegian government, reflected in the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2015-2018). Support to civil society organizations that promote women’s participation and gender equality in peace and security is a part of this overall effort.
    • Peace processes and peace negotiations: Involve the participation of both women and men, and peace agreements address the rights, needs and priorities of both women and men.
    • Post-conflict support: Involve increase women’s political participation and influence.
  • Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (Women’s Economic Participation and Empowerment and Women’s Political Participation and Empowerment): The Sustainable Development Goals put gender equality at the heart of the international agenda. The cornerstone of Norwegian development cooperation is the promotion and respect of fundamental human rights.
    • Women’s political rights and empowerment: Ensure the equal participation of women and men in political life.
    • Women’s economic rights and empowerment: Ensure that women have full economic rights and equal opportunities to participate in the labour market.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant is required to:

  • Be an independent legal entity with its own articles of association and a responsible board. The board should be administratively separate from the day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • National and International civil society organizations and networks may apply. National or regional south based organizations or south based networks will be prioritized.
  • Have an adequate economic base for the work to be carried out, and the necessary technical and administrative competence to implement the projects.
  • For projects with field-based operations: Have an established cooperation with local partners.
  • Have documented experience and expertise within the prioritized thematic areas for this grant scheme.
  • The proposal must have women’s rights and gender equality as the main objective.
  • The proposal must be within the priority themes specified above.
  • The period of support is one to three years.
  • Adhere to the four cross- cutting issues in Norwegian development cooperation: human rights, women’s rights and gender equality, environment and climate change, and anti-corruption. The organization must demonstrate that they have analysed potential risks associated with the planned project/programme and whether it will potentially have a negative impact on the cross-cutting issues.

How to Apply

The application process consists of two parts:

  • In the first round, applicants are invited to submit a concept paper.
  • Based on the Concept Paper, selected candidates will be invited to submit a full project proposal.

Eligible Countries:

  • For Allocation 1: Colombia, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nigeria
    • Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen (with special emphasis on Syria and Palestine)
    • In addition, selected fragile states (e.g. Mali) and countries where Norway has active peace engagement (Philippines) will be given priority.
  • For Allocation 2: Afghanistan, Haiti, Mali, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Tanzania, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Central African Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Philippines, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Belarus, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Jordan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kenya, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Macedonia, Morocco, Moldova, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe, East Timor.

For more information, please visit Funds for Women’s Rights.

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