Open Society Foundations grants opportunity to address the situation of women and girls

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Open Society Foundations under the International Women’s Program and the Disability Rights Initiative has issued a call for proposals from eligible organizations aimed at addressing the situation of women and girls with disabilities in the following post-conflict countries:  Nepal, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia. Only proposals from these countries will be considered for support.

Eighty percent of the estimated 600 million people living with disabilities reside in the developing world. The vast majority of these people is marginalized and is disproportionately poor. In many places, people with disabilities have virtually no access to services, and in some countries many spend their lives confined to institutions.

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The Open Society Disability Rights Initiative seeks to address discrimination against people with disabilities and promote their inclusion in society by supporting a rights-based approach to disability.


This call for proposals will focus on one or more of the following objectives:

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  • Reducing discrimination and violence against women and girls with disabilities.
  • Strengthening access to justice for women and girls with disabilities.
  • Increasing women’s and girls’ with disabilities self-determination and role as decision-makers and leaders.


  • Organizations managed and led by women with disabilities;
  • Organizations that have a track record of approaching disability from a rights-based perspective and demonstrate sustainability;
  • Organizations that forge partnerships with other civil society groups;
  • Local or indigenous independent non-governmental organizations or initiatives that link local and international organizations.

Grant Size

Organizations can apply for one to three year grants from $25,000 to $200,000 per year. It must be noted that multi-year proposals require an annual assessment report prior to releasing the subsequent tranche of funds.

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Last date for submission of applications is December 5, 2011.

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  1. Avatar ALBERT KALAMA says

    will have to apply for grant soon .i work with girl child rights to education in kenyan coast of kaloleni giriama communty with an community based organisation named henzanani cbo based in rural region.

  2. Avatar dominic chitrey says

    we have 20 children mostly girls we are giving lodging and boarding facilities.specially education to cerebral palsy children.deaf dum and blind children also. the home for disabled children are situated in jabal pur city,m.p. state ,

  3. Avatar Shahidul Haque says

    TYPE OF PROJECT: Human Rights and Good Governance (focus on disability and community-based approaches)
    TITLE: Better Governance towards Equal Rights and Opportunities for the Vulnerable People through Community based Approaches
    RATIONALE: During this third decade of disability, despite many commendable achievements, little have been realized to effect changes in daily life of persons with disabilities mostly living in villages. Mainstreaming is still a big challenge. The available segregated gender data merely reflect the very bleak scenario of the more aggravated conditions of the ‘doubly disabled’ population (i.e. women with disabilities). Even free education for girl children did not bring out the girls with disabilities given the announcement relaxes participation of them considering inaccessible infrastructure (say very bad sanitation facilities in all schools), unskilled teaching staff and inadequate provisions to let these girls come up. The reason may lie in bracketing education (and all other provisions) for persons with disabilities under the jurisdiction of the ministry of social welfare lacking cross-cutting sectoral approach for this vast population. Infra-structural barriers do severely affect access even to health and nutrition, education, and services needed for basic growth putting a major challenge to inclusion and mainstreaming. Moreover, in the context of social insecurity coupled with low law and order situation, struggle of government and its development partners in institutionalizing human rights for its citizens, the needs of the persons with disabilities often are not put on priority list in development context. Discrimination thus becomes inevitable.
    Despite the fact that when the needs of our population with disabilities will be considered and incorporated into development initiatives, only then can the very sought mainstreaming and inclusion be the next sequence; we are still far from this notion in our everyday practices, let alone short or long term plans. In most cases and projects, persons with disabilities are considered ‘beneficiaries’- recipients of services. They are out of the scenario, they are not visible, they are not participating and not talking about themselves; family, community and the state push them into backyards; their voices are not at all heard. Lack of participation (and so reality information and voices are missing) is considered a major barrier to a comprehensive and need based planning from the grassroots.
    This aggravates the poverty scenario of the families with member/s with disabilities. It has an enormous deteriorating effect on the community and nation in absence of good governance. ‘Disability means a collective inability of the society we live in to develop and build our environment and surroundings- physical or non-physical, services or facilities, so planned that it allows everyone to grow and contribute to his/her entire potential despite physical challenges or other incapacities’. When this very fact will be understood and translated into actions, ‘development for all’ will start taking place, decades’ urges will then be realistically realized.
    Disability centered problems in our country aggravate and culminate to complete segregation and in many cases to death on part of persons with disabilities owing to lack of knowledge and information about locally available, at least with the local government, ‘services and facilities’; sectoral approach even at the grassroots is lacking. Information about the simple to-dos that are essential to cope with a life with a disability is not easily available at least with the health service providers, let alone education and other services. This applies invariably for the families with members with disabilities as well as persons who are not experiencing disability themselves, with no exception for persons with disabilities. Lack of information affects comprehensive plan by the state, let alone one from the grassroots. Practical information dissemination and service delivery network through local government is still a far cry.
    Community based approaches under an inclusive strategy can involve a wide range of community people. Roles of aged persons, youths and women in solving daily living problems of their fellow challenged members in any community can be explored. Any comprehensive development strategy can cater for the inclusive development efforts through opening up scopes for them to participate and take lead. It should focus not only on people with disabilities, rather on other disadvantaged people as well. Social advocates with/out the help of community workers need to search for locally available services and resources, and arranges for indigenous solutions to the special needs for members with disabilities or otherwise challenged. The approach will build cohesion not only between families with challenged member/s and their neighbors, but more between these concerned families and the local government as well, towards better governance. Governance in different tiers has proportional relations with social advocacy. Towards better governance, people in need must to be heard where social advocates with disabilities can play a vital role, thus inclusiveness can be ensured. These social advocates from the grassroots within institutions and in the community can raise stronger voice. The proposed project will contribute to good governance through bridging the local administration and the local communities in need. Major essences of proposed community-based approaches will be:
    • Increased capacities of the community (e.g. stronger voices about their rights and better understanding of local government) towards growth for all through increased equal participation and local-level coordination and cooperation;
    • Informed action by the community for availability of support (e.g. training and finance), services (e.g. education, transport and health) and resources (e.g. access to public property and resources) to community’s members, challenged physically and in other capacities.
    PROBLEM STATEMENT: Persons with disabilities are barred from achieving minimum fundamental rights for survival and growth (sanitation, transport and mobility, education, training and finance) starting from respective families (inaccessible house, toilets, premises, and support) living in respective community level reality that is completely void of supportive environment (inaccessible roads and public places like schools, offices, markets, etc.) and opportunities for participation (no participation in local govt.). The immediate community, involving under-utilized human resources like youths and aged persons, can take active role in changing this status of the fellow community members with disabilities or otherwise challenged (say in the context of old age, gender) by contributing to a stronger voice and mobilizing local resources particularly the local government. Development initiatives that address basic needs for participation on part of challenged groups are envisioned here through engagement of the local government towards better governance and local ownership of the process. Proposed project addresses the above concerns starting work at community level targeting local government and simultaneously with the professionals and civil society for wider understanding of grassroots level realities and with the media and other networks for spread effect and stronger demands. Moreover, gender and social diversity issues will be addressed through representative and especial provisional arrangements.
    PROJECT PURPOSES: The project aims at making local government and local development partners positively consider the basic needs for participation (participation in local govt., accessibility, education) of persons challenged particularly by disability, aging and gender as a core issue in policy, plans and administration. The objectives are as follows:
    (i) to initiate community based development approaches using local resources and mobilizing local government that inclusively address the needs of challenged groups particularly persons with disabilities;
    (ii) to develop a framework of community based development strategy for local government that promotes participation of different challenged groups particularly persons with disabilities while engaging youths and aged persons to advocate and facilitate existing services.
    EXPECTED OUTCOME: Outcomes are interlinked. Strategies towards achieving targets leading to outcomes are planned through mutually complementing Activities. Outcomes are as follows:
    (i) A wider understanding of disability in terms of accessibility, rights, development and gender, and subsequent roles amongst the major stakeholders, and their informed actions;
    (ii) Effective advocacy campaigns that prompt actions on part of individuals in decision-making positions at key project locations like Cox’s Bazaar and Gazipur;
    (iii) A gender sensitive model approach for ‘development for all’ (disability inclusive) where the community comprising youths, aged and disabled themselves address disability problems.
    DURATION: Three Years (October 2012 to September 2015)
    STAKEHOLDERS: Primary stakeholders- persons with disabilities and their parents, and particularly rachitic children in Chittagong regions, and primary school teachers, social and religious leaders, and the local government in Chittagong region. Major secondary stakeholders: Media and different professionals, development organizations (incl. collaborating and networking) with/out disability programs working with women, children.
    GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Districts of Cox’s Bazaar and Gazipur mainly; and preliminary piloting work at, Dhaka.
    IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY: Capacity Building, Networking, Facilitation, Partnership, Flexibility, Sustainability and Advocacy through participatory planning involving primary and other major stakeholders.
    INPUTS: Human Resources (30 persons); Training, Documentation and Office equipment (Copier, Printer, Overhead projector, Slide projector, Digital camera, Video camera, Television, VCR; Computer); Vehicle (One Microbus and Motorbike-18); Stationery; Utility services (telephone, internet, email, mobile); Assistive devices; Furniture-fixtures; Books and information resources; Office/Training accommodation, and other Program costs.
    1. Extensive training of local govt. officials and members, and targeted community members;
    2. Integrated community groups of older persons, people with disabilities and youths to be trained in advocacy and lobbying on rights based approaches;
    3. Promotion of physical accessibility to educational institutes, community places, and public and administrative infrastructure;
    4. Awareness Campaigns (Exchange meetings and disability orientation-training) targeting primary school teachers, religious and social leaders in the community and local govt. officials with strong Follow-up;
    5. Exchange meetings with professionals, decisions makers and employers of public and private sectors;
    6. Regular write-ups in news media.
    APPROXIMATE BUDGET: (Budget is proposed in Bangladeshi Taka)
    1. Approximate Total Budget for SARPV: 24,000,000
    2. Requested Percentage Budget: (95%) 22,750,000
    3. Sources for the Rest of the Budget: Local sources (for awareness raising/media activities)
    4. If other donors are applied for similar activities: to be explored
    CURRENT FINANCIAL SYSTEM: Each project maintains separate books of account and bank account (joint operation by project and board representatives after receipt of funds through mother-account of SARPV) and follows general rule of non-trading account. All vouchers and accounts are signed by concerned person/s.

    Name & Designation: Shahidul Haque, Chief Executive Date 28th October 2011

  4. Avatar K.Karthik. says

    Is this grant oppurtunity will covers rural women and adoloscent girls in Tamilnadu, India.

  5. Avatar fern Eshuchi says

    will you have similar grants in the area of disability for Kenya soon.
    I work with girls and mothers in the special needs area and would like to apply for help