Applications Open for the French-German Incubation Program for West Africa!

Deadline: 16 February 2018 The Goethe Institut and the Institut Français is now inviting applications for the French-German incubation program for West Africa. It is a 12-month intensive networking and qualification programme. The programme consists of local and regional workshops, mentoring by some of the best African entrepreneurs in the fields of cultural, digital and social entrepreneurship, networking with leading German and French cultural, social and digital entrepreneurs. The … [Read more...]

World Diamond Industry faces Turmoil as NGO Quits

Impact, the Canadian-based organization has announced its withdrawal from the Kimberley Process (KP), the regulatory mechanism that polices the sometimes controversial international diamonds business. It has been one of the most vocal of the advocates of “civil society” — the non-governmental organizations (NGO) that make up the tripartite structure of the world diamonds business alongside producing countries and big corporations. The announcement was made in an event in Brisbane, Australia. … [Read more...]

Romania: NGOs Demand Halt To Judicial Overhaul and Criminal Code

Civil society leaders representing 43 groups have urged Prime Minister Mr Tudose to fire Justice Minister Tudorel Toader immediately and halt all changes to the justice system and criminal code until they had been evaluated by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission of legal experts. This Week Deputies from the ruling Social Democrats (PSD) proposed a bill to decriminalise abuse of power in cases involving state losses of less than €200,000. According to the proposed draft bill, “Abuse of … [Read more...]

Islamabad: PCSF voices Concern over Diminishing Civil Actions

The Pakistan Civil Society Forum (PCSF) and other civil society organizations expressed their concern over the attempts for curbing the voices of civil society activists; mainly international and national NGOs working on human rights, democracy and social justice. The recent decision to dismiss the functioning of several international NGOs is also an attempt to control their voices and abilities to access resources for the promotion of people’s socio-economic and political rights. The current … [Read more...]

How can NGOs apply and get grants from Bilateral Donor Agencies?

Bilateral donor funding refers to the donor country’s Government aid to recipient country in a Government-to-Government or a Government-to-NGO/Civil Society partnership. It is part of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) policies of the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which are working towards economic progress and trade. They play a major role in providing development funding to Governments and Civil Society mostly in developing … [Read more...]

CSUDP Call for Proposals: Inviting Urban Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Kenya

Deadline: 2 August 2016 The Civil Society Urban Development Platform (CSUDP) is currently accepting proposals from eligible urban Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for a programme entitled “Organizing, influencing and inspiring civic competencies towards equitable and just urban societies”. The Programme seeks to reverse urban inequalities through promoting just and fair access to urban services and building resilience of the disadvantaged urban majority. This programme is a component for … [Read more...]

PAS Youth Empowerment Grants Program 2016

Deadline: 17 August 2016 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Colombo is pleased to announce the Youth Empowerment Grants Program 2016 to fund projects for Sri Lankan youth. The objective of the grant program is to support innovative, small-scale, cutting-edge projects developed and implemented by and/or for young people between the ages of 15-25 in the areas of educational development, environmental issues, community development, civil society building, human rights, youth … [Read more...]

How does USAID support NGOs?

What is USAID? United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is a US Government Agency that is responsible for administration of all foreign civilian aid. It was established in the year 1961, and is headquartered at Washington DC. The mission statement of USAID is to ‘to partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing the security and prosperity of the United States’. The main purposes of USAID aid and assistance are disaster … [Read more...]

Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector: Call for Proposals for Civil Society Fund

Deadline: 12 August 2016 Proposals are invited for the Civil Society Fund, which shall be managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector on behalf of the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties. The Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are considered to be the backbone of any democratic society. According to the European Commission, Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) encompasses non-governmental organisations (voluntary organisations), grassroots organisations, … [Read more...]

UNDP and UNODC Call for Proposals: Support to Anti-Corruption Project in Nigeria

Deadline: 22 July 2016 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is currently inviting applications for Support to Anti-Corruption Project in Nigeria. The project is funded by the European Union (EU), which will support the Nigerian Government by contributing to Nigeria’s efforts in enhancing transparency, accountability and combating corruption. The overall objective of this initiative is to empower Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), … [Read more...]

Bureau of DRL: Seeking Applications for Global Anti-Corruption Consortium Projects

Deadline: 31 August 2016 The United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) is seeking applications from eligible organisations for the program entitled "Global Anti-Corruption Consortium" with an aim to support civil society-led investigations and efforts combating endemic, high-level corruption. The goal of the project is to promote a global, transnational approach to uncovering instances of corruption and encouraging and facilitating action by … [Read more...]

British Council: Global Cultural Leadership Programme for Young Cultural Practitioners

Deadline: 1 August 2016 The British Council is inviting young cultural practitioners looking to develop and strengthen their cultural leadership skills, for its Global Cultural Leadership Programme. The Programme specifically aims to improve skills of cultural managers, enhance collaborative peer-to-peer learning, network building and enable you to develop fresh insights into international cultural collaboration practices. It offers a set of learning modules, tools and manuals for … [Read more...]

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program: Inviting Practitioners, Scholars & Journalists Worldwide

Deadline Extended till 1 November 2016 The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking applicants for its Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program, which offers five-month fellowships to practitioners to focus on strategies and best practices for developing democracy in their country of interest; and to scholars to conduct original research for publication. Projects may address the economic, political, social, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development and include a range of … [Read more...]

Africa Open Data Network Research Coordination: Pursuing Data-Driven Sustainable Development

Deadline: 15 August 2016 The Open Data for Development Network (OD4D) is seeking applications for its Africa Open Data Network (AODN) with an aim to support the sharing of emerging evidence among diverse data actors, stakeholders, communities and enthusiasts, mobilizing them for a greater impact. It will also be evident in the capacity of the actors themselves to pursue data-driven sustainable development. Objectives Increase the awareness of effective Open Data Innovations in Africa at … [Read more...]

Bureau of INL Enforcement Affairs: Drug Prevention and Awareness Programming in Burma

Deadline: 1 August 2016 The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is seeking applications from eligible organisations for a program entitled "Drug Prevention and Awareness Programming in Burma" with an aim to build stronger and more resilient communities that are aware of and can counter the dangers of drug use. INL seeks to work with the Government of Burma, the multilateral community, and the NGO community to reduce drug use in Burma. To address this goal, INL … [Read more...]

WWF: CO-SEED Civil Society Capacity Building and Advocacy Grant Program

Deadline: 25 August 2016 WWF has launched a call for proposals for CO-SEED Grant Program - Civil Society Capacity Building and Advocacy within the project CO-SEED Civil society acts for environmentally sound socio-economic development. The program aims to contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources through improved regulatory framework and more participatory and transparent decision-making processes, which involve a vibrant group of civil society organizations and increased … [Read more...]

OSISA Women’s Rights Programme: Promoting Women’s Economic Justice, Social & Legal Rights

Deadline: 29 July 2016 The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is seeking proposals for its Women’s Rights Programme in order to support stronger women’s participation in key sectors of agriculture and mining, intending to make these sectors specifically work better for, and benefit women. It invites grant proposals for interventions that seek to challenge the causes, remove the barriers, capitalize on the opportunities and catalyse transformation and change processes – across … [Read more...]

SEI Sida Conference Strategic Fund for Gender Equality, Sustainable Development & Poverty Reduction

Deadline: 30 September 2016 With support from the Government of Sweden, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is inviting organizations across Asia to submit concept notes for SEIA Sida Conference Strategic Fund, to promote informed dialogue where different groups and stakeholders can share knowledge in regional forums and other strategic events with the goal of helping to shape public policy to advance environmentally sustainable development. The programme seeks to change mind-sets and … [Read more...]

Nominations Open for GEM-TECH Awards 2016! Recognizing Exceptional Work in Accelerating Gender Empowerment

Deadline: 31 July 2016 The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) along with UN Women is seeking nominations for its GEM-TECH Awards with an aim to celebrate personal or organizational achievements and innovative strategies to advance Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in the area of ICTs. GEM-TECH Awards provides a platform for advancing women’s meaningful engagement with ICTs and their role as decision-makers and producers in the technology sector. They play an important role in … [Read more...]

MacArthur Foundation’s Human Rights Grant Program: Enhancing Criminal Justice & Defend free Expression

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year The MacArthur Foundation is seeking applicants for its Human Rights Grant Program in order to strengthen human rights protections, advance government accountability, and improve the reach and quality of justice. The foundation’s grant making aims to defend free expression and enhance criminal justice globally, and in select countries. Thematic Areas Increasing threats to freedom of speech and association, ranging from … [Read more...]