2019 N-Peace Small Grants Program to Protect the Rights of Women in Nepal

Deadline: 30 August 2019

The N-Peace Network is currently accepting applications for its 2019 N-Peace Small Grants program for Nepal.

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The small grants component aims to support civil society action on the ground in implementing the women, peace and security agenda, and will focuses on three of the four pillars of the WPS agenda:

  • participation – ensuring women’s equal participation in the decision making process;
  • protection – protecting and promoting the rights of women in conflict affected situations; and,
  • prevention – preventing conflict and all forms of violence against women in conflict and post conflict situations.

Nepal has a progressive legal framework for the protection of women’s rights which aims to create an enabling environment for gender equality. Efforts are now needed to ensure effective implementation at local and provincial levels in light of the introduction of the federal system in 2017. This year the N-Peace CSO Small Grants will support the strengthening of implementation of laws and policies that protect the rights of women and promote gender empowerment; this includes policies on gender-based violence, chhaupadi, the dowry system, truth and reconciliation and discrimination of marginalized groups.

Grant Categories

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  • Category 1: Institutional Strengthening
    • This category will help to strengthen local institutional mechanisms for more effective implementation of laws and policies that enable women’s empowerment.
    • The proposed initiative must further:
      • Identify local level mechanisms that implement laws protecting the rights of women;
      • Demonstrate clear link of how planned activities will lead to strengthening of the identified mechanisms;
      • Address context specific Women, Peace and Security implementation challenges and
      • Have identifiable key beneficiaries at local levels.
  • Category 2: Consultation and dialogue in light of National Action Plan II
    • This category aims to support the second phase of Nepal’s National Action plan on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325 and 1820). Organizations must be able to demonstrate that consultations and dialogue will directly contribute to the formulation of the second phase of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
    • The proposed initiative must further:
      • Demonstrate a dialogue between relevant stakeholders;
      • Demonstrate how consultations and dialogue will strengthen formulation of Phase II of the National Action Plan; and
      • Have key beneficiaries of the project at the both local and national levels.
  • Category 3: Social Innovation for Women, Peace and Security
    • This category aims to support organizations working on social innovation projects focused on Women, Peace and Security concerns. Innovation encapsulates new technologies, and/or the use of traditional ideas in a new way. An example of this is art installations in community parks to reflect on the legacy of the conflict for community healing.
    • The proposed initiative must further:
      • Provide clear and concise innovative concept;
      • Demonstrate how concept addresses Women, Peace and Security concerns; and
      • Have key beneficiaries of the project at local level.

Grant Information

Grant request should be between USD $5,000 – USD $ 30,000.


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Duration of grant agreement: 6 months.

Eligibility Criteria

CSOs who demonstrate competency in the following areas are eligible to apply:

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  • Legal Status: legal status in Nepal.
  • Mandate, policies and governance: CSOs that are under a not-for-profit mandate, have a clear organizational structure and share UNDPs principles of human development, particularly the principles of equality and non-discrimination;
  • Constituency and external support: Clear constituency and proof of partnerships with other CSOs, private sector or governments and
  • Capacity for Project Management: Technical, managerial, administrative and financial capacity to implement the project.

How to Apply

To apply, applicants must fill the nomination form and the capacity assessment form. Send the proof of legal status and the CVs via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit http://n-peace.net/cso-grants/nepal/

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