Call for Proposals: 2019 Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa Program

Deadline: 31 March 2019

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) has announced the 2019 Call for Proposals.

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The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is part of the global network of Open Society Foundations (OSF) and operates in eleven (11) southern african countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Priority Spheres

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    • Promoting inclusive economies and development processes Support organisations and groups that pressure states to develop and advocate for the implementation of inclusive economic policies;
    • Strengthening education governance, ethical leadership and innovative financing;
    • Addressing structural barriers to the attainment of health rights
    • Enhancing civic engagement and inclusive public participation in pushing for democratic processes and institutions
    • Promoting transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors
    • Pushing for Access to Information, Media Freedom and Digital Rights
    • Human Rights Education, Promotion and Protection
    • Justice Reform and Rule of Law
    • Equality and Non-Discrimination

Eligibility Criteria

If applicants concept note submission is selected and short-listed to be developed into a full proposal, the following requirements are essential for established organisations, but not mandatory, particularly, for nascent organisations to be eligible to apply for an OSISA grant:

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  • Have a mission and implement programmes that are consistent with open society values;
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate in a clear niche and be a significant actor within that arena (demonstrated by a record of producing materials, having conducted research and/or advocacy, and having implemented programmes at a sub-regional, national or region-wide level);
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate a well-managed and financially viable operation, alternatively be open to being assisted to develop financial and operational systems that are in line with good practice and standards. (This will be done either through OSISA or a fiscal agent).
  • Sound and strong track record of success and impact on target population or area of work (as evidenced by the submission of independent programmatic evaluations that are less than two years old);
  • A clear strategic vision for the organization, and an articulation of how this vision will assist the organisation to address the needs of the population and/or open society issue for which it requires support and funding.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at the address given on the website.

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  • Avatar Marilyne Laini says:

    Open society initiative Kindly when will call for proposal be open for East Africa especially Kenya? Our organization Nkoko iju Africa formerly known as Kisauni Peer educators is Best at the coast and have always been advocating and rapid response for the rights of Key population without any funding but little contribution from members. Violence extortion has always been the order of the day among the sex workers community but with minimum resources we only manage very little. How do you give your grants to Kenyan organization?

  • Avatar Marilyne Laini says:

    Open society initiative you’re known for supporting and funding organizations dealing and working around advocacy. Kindly when is your call for proposal going to be in Kenya? We are best in Kenyan Coast Nkoko iju Africa formerly Kisauni Peer Educators is a sex workers led CBOand our area of operation has always been advocating for the rights of Key population where violence and extortion is the order of the day for Key population. Under the members contribution we only manage very little. Kindly would you be so kind to also visit and assess organization working around advocacy and support them? Or how do you always go about it?

  • Avatar Rex Arrone Mandevo says:

    Dears All;
    Greetings from Mozambique;
    Alfalit Mozambique, a CSO empowering women throughout the Education; Legality; Equity; Transparency and Accountability, as well as Social Audit, using CSC (Community Score Card) is currently seeking Partnerships and Funding for the above activities. we would appreciate if you could send us the Template and the guidelines for the Community Projects. we are also in need of your email address, so that we can send you our Concept Note including track records.
    We are looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Rex Arrone Mandevo,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

      • Avatar Isaya Tronna True says:

        Just seeking funds student accomodation hostel project country wide under Zimbabwean ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education in the tune of $3,9billion

        • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

          Hi Isaya Tronna True,

          Thank you for contacting fundsforNGOs. FundsforNGOs is a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding. We are not a funding organization and we do not provide grants.

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          Good luck!

  • Avatar Amadou Oumarou says:

    Is there any grant opportunities for Niger?

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