Open Call for Research: The Feminist Open Government Initiative

Deadline: 30 November 2018

Applications are open for ‘The Feminist Open Government Initiative’ to enhance women’s participation and gender throughout OGP’s work.

It is a collaboration between Results for Development, the International Development Research Centre, and the Open Government Partnership.


  • Build and deepen evidence around the impact that gender equality can have on improving governance on public services, addressing corruption, and opening up civic space and inclusion;
  • Encourage governments to design and implement improved gender-aware OGP commitments; and
  • Establish an international coalition of partners to drive effective participation for all in open government processes.

Thematic Areas

Thematic areas of interest include:

  • Anti-corruption: open contracting; natural resources; money in politics; and beneficial ownership transparency.
  • Public service reform: health and nutrition; education; water; and infrastructure
  • Civic space/enabling environment
  • Marginalized communities

Research Areas

The research under the Feminist Open Government Initiative will strive to understand how applying a gender lens to open government may enhance government responsiveness and public service delivery. It will build and deepen the evidence base around two distinct but related questions:

  • Research area 1 – How can innovative open government reforms and/or commitments advance policy agendas addressing the needs of women and girls’ through gender-focused or gender-mainstreamed approaches?
  • Research area 2 – How can considering gender more intentionally in the open government co-creation process lead to improved, and more effective, open government commitments and outcomes?

Funding Information

The Feminist Open Government Initiative expects to award up to 8 awards, with funding between $20,000 – $50,000 per grant.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant organization is the one responsible for the expertise, research and administration of the funding. Organizations may be private research organizations (non-governmental organizations, co-operatives, unions, civil society organizations, not-for-profit foundations, or for-profit organizations), rather than public research organizations (government departmental services, local officials or governments). Eligible organizations:

  • are incorporated organizations in an eligible country;
  • must have the main organizational objective of carrying out independent research;
  • must have the organizational policy of allowing their researchers to publish academic works of international scope free of charge;
  • are not part of the United Nations.
  • Proposals submitted by individuals will not be accepted.

How to Apply

  • Applications should be submitted online via given website.
  • Applications can be submitted in English.
  • A complete application includes:
    • A completed proposal, to be submitted using the online application form (Guidelines included below)
    • One (1) sample of work to demonstrate capacity to carry out rigorous research on the proposed topic, including capacity to integrate gender-based analysis
    • An estimated budget, with a cost breakdown for different budget categories
    • CVs of research team (each CV should not exceed 2 pages)

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  • joshua says:

    please i would need to have a list of Eligible countries for this open call for research

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