DFID’s Civil Society Challenge Fund for UK Organizations working in Developing Countries

The DFID’s Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF), one of the major funding opportunities for UK-based nonprofit organizations working in developing countries is now open to accepting grant applications. DFID offers a funding of up to £500,000 to grantees to implement projects and programs in developing countries in partnership with local NGOs.

The Fund will support the following activities:

  • improve the capacity of Southern civil society to engage in the local decision-making processes
  • improve the capacity of Southern civil society to engage in national decision making processes
  • improve national linkages through global advocacy
  • provide innovative service delivery
  • provide service delivery in difficult environments

Although CSCF will offer 100% of the total proposed project costs, it still prefers to fund those organizations which are able to secure part of the funding from other sources. Project funding is available for a period of up to five years.

Applicant organizations should submit concept notes initially. The 2-page concept note (based on the form given) will give the underlying idea of the project. A logical framework also needs to be submitted along with the concept note. Detailed proposal will be requested later from only those applicants selected on the basis of the concept note. The deadline to submit the concept note is 31 May 2011. For more information, visit this link.


  1. Mangcha Haokip says:

    The Hill People’s Development Council (HPDC) is an NGO established in 1993. Its aims and objectives to take up welafe programmes and awareness for upliftment of Tribal people living in the remote and hilly areas of Manipur State, India.Therefore, we want to be your partner in Manipur for taking up some projects for the welfare of the tribals.
    In this regard, I would like to request your good office to send guidelines and application forms to the above mentioned Email.
    Thanking yuo.
    Mangcha Haokip
    Secertary, HPDC

  2. we are working drop out children and ritos effected children. we are running seven education centre in ahmedabas gujrat(india).we also woking with the children on peace education.

  3. Mary Ofumbi says:

    Ours is a non governmental organisation based in Entebbe Uganda called BE SOBER UGANDA. Its major work is fighting HIV/AIDS and drugs & substance abuse amongst the youth and women.
    We are presently seeking for funds to help us run our activities that is: Drama, foot ball clubs, teaching of life skills, setting up Be Sober Clubs in schools, sensitisation & awareness workshops in secondary schools, higher education intitutions, universities and within the communities.


    we are the NGO working for awarness &rehabilation please see the differently able children for education exercise & nutrition support in sangli dist,Maharashtra India.

  5. Abdoulie Jeng says:

    We are non-profit organization working with rural populations in The Gambia. we would lie to apply for a health project to distribute Mosquito Treated Nets to pregnant women in the villages before the rains in June. Can we send an application and to where. Expecting to hear from you before the deadline. Please check this website:WWW.projectfoodfirstgambia.org
    Best regards
    Abdoulie Jeng
    managing Director

  6. Maung Aye Khen says:

    1. Title of the research with a brief description:

    a) Title: “Climate Change & Cyclone: SIDR/AILA affected Indigenous and General people in Southern Bangladesh and its impact on Socio-Economic and Health Status”.

    b) Statement of the Problem & the Conceptual Framework:
    There are four religious communities (Indigenous Rakhaing Buddhist & Mainstream Bengali) living in southern region of Barguna, Potuakhali and Cox’sbazar Districts in Bangladesh. They cannot be reversed due to climate change, disaster and natural calamities. Therefore, we should aim to mitigate dislocation and sufferings and build the capacity to adapt local Rakhaing Indigenous Community and Mainstream Bengali people lives and livelihoods. When cyclones strike the coastal areas near at the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh, all the living beings particularly human in the areas are affected in diverse way. The impact of SIDR/AILA on human being can not only be measured in terms of death and destruction but it brings socio-cultural changes along with change in Community–based family structure , kinship, economic activities, subsistence methods , social relations to mention a few. Changes in these environment and socio-cultural aspects have short and long term affect on various aspect of human life along with the affect on socio-economic and health consequences. At the same time the notion of health exists in all society in General and Indigenous community. To sustain health and avert disease of the member of the community-based there are some beliefs, norms and practices. There are remedial systems for ‘diseases’, ‘ill’ and ‘weakness’. Medical anthropology is very much awake about the ways diseases are identified, measured and about precautionary methods of a society to know about the society and its cultural phenomenon. How the member of a community conceptualize ‘health’ and ‘illness’, their practice and beliefs on health is also important in the medical system. For that case, medical system and conception on health should be considered as cultural phenomenon. In this research we can explore the interrelation of these issues to the socio-economic condition as well as socio-political situation. Disaster like SIDR / AILA as an external catalyst has impact on such social settings of the people (both the Adibashi Rakhaing and the vulnerable mainstream Bengali) in Southern region of Bangladesh. On the other hand, environment, socio-economic and communities’ heath is conceptualized by different actors of the society according to their position in the society, notion of health and world views. The disseminations of community-based heath knowledge are also accountable to establish the vibrant way of thinking about health and socio-economic condition. The play of power, knowledge and resistance is apparent in this notion building process. Specialists and institutions are the means through which subjugated practices of socio-economic and medical system are established in these SIDR/AILA affected coastal and post-disaster areas.

    2. Has any work on this or allied field been done here or elsewhere/ Rationale of the research:
    There are numerous excellent research and writings covering specific aspects of disaster, cyclone, community-based socio-economic, Indigenous, woman, children and geographical analysis of disaster, flood, disaster management as well as local disease, disease etiology, epidemiology, traditional, Indigenous health knowledge and modern health services, demographic change and the like. However, we felt that, there is a lack of any study, which considers the impact of disaster on community-based socio-economic and heath consequences from an anthropological and natural science perspective. There is no such research paper, which considers disaster impact and the consequences of the community-based socio-economic and health from cultural phenomenology viewpoint together, and tries to point out some of their interrelations and associations. From the circumstances, this research work is intended to make a complete intensive fieldwork based record of changing condition of a society due to the cyclone SIDR/AILA in –turn bring some alterations which can make the current situation different from normal provision. For the people of SIDR/AILA affected areas cyclone and sea surge are the external catalyst that bring changes to their community-based social organization like family structure, kinship, population, land distribution so on. Moreover, these changes need to be understood to know the community-based socio-economic and health consequences of the areas and a complete scenario of this issue from an anthropological and natural science perspective of such a community that has been untouched by any true medical anthropological and ethnographic research work so far.

    3. Objectives of the research:
    The prime objective of this study entitled “Climate Change & Cyclone: SIDR/AILA affected of the Indigenous and General people in Southern region of Bangladesh and the Impact of Disaster on Socio-Economic and Health Consequences” is to make a cultural phenomenology viewpoint which considers disaster impact and the consequences of socio-economic and health. However, the specific objectives are as follows:

    1. To know the extensive and short-term impact of disaster on community-based (General and Indigenous) socio-economic and political settings.
    2. To know the changing status of community-based public heath that can be conceived through natural science and medical anthropological lens.
    3. To preserve the medical system and conception of Indigenous health knowledge as cultural phenomena.
    4. To identify the context of production and reproduction of the biasness in the community-based local policy level.
    5. Reporting on Indigenous, women and child rights issues , socio-economic and
    environment issues.
    6. To assess the environment hazards to disaster and calamities; like cyclone.
    4. Methods of investigation (with particular reference to sample size and population):
    Sample Design: This study will follow an integrated approach, i.e. a combination of both qualitative and quantitative methods of investigation. Being a micro level study the research will be carried out in southern districts of the country. The study areas, Barguna,Potuakhali and Cox’sbazar districts for instance, will be selected purposively as the SIDR/AILA affected people are surviving here with changing phenomena including community-based socio-economic and health consequences. From this selected districts, upazilas will also be selected purposively depending on the severe SIDR/AILA affected areas. Similarly, from the selected 3 districts and 7 upazilas will be selected purposely followed by the districts to grassroots level also.

    Areas for the Study: This intensive anthropological and natural science study will be conducted in the following areas of Barguna,Potuakhali and Cox’sbazar districts. The proposed sample upazilas of the respective districts are presented in the table 1 below:

    Table 1: Sample upazila of the districts

    Proposed Study District Sample Upazila
    Barguna Barguna Sodor & Amtoli
    Potuakhali Golachipa & Kolapara
    Cox’sbazar Cox’sbazar Sodor, Taknaf & Moheshkhali

    Sample Size: This is an ethnographic micro-level study of a disaster exaggerated people of southern region of Bangladesh. Therefore, the sample size would be the 3 Districts with the representation of SIDR/AILA affected people of the 7 upazilas under study.

    Methodological Approach: This is an intensive social science, anthropological and ethnographic research work to be conducted among the SIDR/ AILA affected of the southern people of Bangladesh. In order to achieve the above mentioned objectives, primary and secondary data will be collected from a variety of sources using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. A comprehensive and thorough review of the relevant scholarly literatures will be a major mode of conducting the research. Following an integrating approach of research combining qualitative and quantitative methods of enquiry and data collection, this will include different types of methods and techniques such as intensive fieldwork and participant observation, Focus Group Discussion (FGD), PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal), case study, Key Informant Interview (KII), structured and unstructured interviewing, walk-in observation and sharing sessions. Necessary statistical tools and techniques, SPSS for instance, will also be used for processing and analyzing the collected data. Detailed checklists and questionnaires will be prepared for conducting FGDs, PRA, KIIs, case studies, interviews and general discussions. Social Science and anthropologically speaking, an ethnographic study requires a minimum of 1 year for conducting research, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing and compiling the final ethnographic record. Therefore, the present study would follow the flavor of an original ethnographic research work within 6 months and above.

    5. Possible use of research findings:
    Social scientist and Anthropologists are now arguing with their evidences that direct social science and medical interventions can only achieve a limited and probably often impermanent improvement in peoples’ health (Phillips, 1990:XII).Peoples’ general well–being has to be addressed and to sustain and enhance health requires social, economic, environmental and political improvements. It is prominent that disaster has no stereotypical impact on uniform socio-economic and health problem and individual context is important to be counted. Areas of interventions and conceptualization of local health system is essential otherwise of any external policy over local lives. From this point of view the present research is an ethnographic, cultural and participatory approach based research and the findings are to be brought out to incorporate into an understanding of the scenario that is ‘how disaster and the community-based socio-economic and health issues are interrelated with the socio-economic and political change’. However, the following points will be taken into consideration for the possible use of the findings of the research:

    1. Making evidence based ethnographic record of the communities (General and Indigenous)
    2. Recording the current changes in their socio-economic and political life including with community-based heath consequences due to the impact of cyclone, SIDR/AILA.
    3. Preserving the medical system and conception of Indigenous health knowledge as cultural phenomena.
    4. Can be able to make a picture of difference between community-based rural and urban healthcare facilities.
    5. To produce some necessary issues and recommendations for the state level policies towards their possible sustainable heath development and enhance the major concerning issue in heath based interventions.
    6. Evaluate the practice of the General and Indigenous about community-based socio-economic and health consequences
    6. Detailed work plan of the research:
    The major tasks identified for the project to be completed and the study design of the work are briefly stated below.

    Team Mobilization and Major Activities: From the very beginning of the work the team members are selected with appropriate training on the current issue. During this period a detailed work plan, time framework as well as job description and responsibilities have been developed regarding distribution of tasks for each of the members affiliated with the study. 7 persons will be involved in data collection, tabulation and other related works of the study. The team will organize and follow the activities according to the need of the study. However, the following flow chart will show the major activities to be undertaken by the Adibashi Kolyan O Unnayan Sangstha-AKUS.

    Flow Chart: Major Activities to be undertaken by the Adibashi Kolyan O Unnayan Sangstha (AKUS)

    Data Collection: Strategic goals have been established to collect data where the specified objectives will be covered. With the progress of the study further data will be gathered on the basis of both the primary and secondary sources when needed with significant addition.

    Data Processing and Analysis: Collected data will be compiled with clear and appropriate references and also with a comparative processing strategy with other published data. Both the primary and secondary data will be processed for statistical inferences including quantitative and qualitative analysis with careful observation. In this regard the statistical method of SPSS will be utilized in coding and analyzing the primary data collected from the field to make a complete ethnographic record. After collecting, editing and processing data will be put together for pre-designed one-way or two-way tables and further statistical analysis using SPSS and other instruments (if needed). The data will be analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively.

    Output of the Study: The output of the study will follow the objectives and other intensive strategies so that this can be referred to as an additional and unique ethnographic work and record of the General and Indigenous communities.

    7. Approximate time required for completion of the research:
    The Time Framework
    The study is expected to be completed within 6 months (a total of 26 weeks) from the date of commence. An overview of the time framework regarding present work is shown in the following table 2.

    Table 2: Time Framework of the research

    Sl. No.

    Activities Weeks
    1-3 4-6 7-9 10 -13
    10-13 14-16 17-19 20-22 23-25
    1. Review of documents
    2. Developing questionnaire, guidelines & checklists
    3. Conducting fieldwork & data collection
    4. Compilation of ethnographic data & field visit (Research Associate & Field Research Assistants)
    5. Field enumeration
    6. Library work, data entry & cleaning
    7. Data analysis
    8. Preparation & compilation of the final ethnographic report

    8. Detailed estimate of cost involved (phase wise cost is to be shown):
    The estimated budget allocation for conducting the present ethnographic study is shown in the following annex-B.

  7. Association for Human Development (AHD) says:

    We love such initiatives for the helpless and the deprived people. However, there are hundreds of other communities/ngos/cbos in pakistan who need your financial support to help the needy especially the women and the girls.
    Manager Programmes.

  8. Henry Julius says:

    Our Organization- NENBUIMA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION – NeCDO is non-profit making registered voluntary organization working for the cause of downtrodden and suppressed persons without any discrimination of caste, creed, religion and gender etc. At present we are working in the areas of disability, community development, rural development, women and child rights, Traditional irrigation sources, natural resource management etc. Our target groups are women, child, farmers, landless migrants, small and marginal farmers etc. We have done so many splendid works for the disabled persons by distributing artificial limbs, tricycle, crèche, wheel chair, caliper, hearing aid, walking stick and blind stick etc. We mobilize them to become self reliance. In this connection we are running a vocational training center for handicapped persons to make them capable to get the jobs to live with dignity and self reliance.
    We have already implemented various development programs successfully. Many of them are still in progress. We involve local community in planning process , design , implementation followed by constant monitoring and evaluation to make the programme sustainable and replicable. Due to our progammes and strategic plan the local people are supporting us on every front. They contribute us with cash, kind and materials. Peoples are our asset .We realizes that these people should be developed in such a way so that they could raise their voices for entitklements of socio-economic, cultural and political rights to live with dignity and self reliance.
    Our management is sound having been dedicated personnel with grass root level workers to intervene in any development programmes effectively with module of sustainability.
    For the past years, we have been finding so difficult to have funds for the various activities and we assure you that, if your organisation will support us we develop a module project for the expansion and proper implementation of our organisation.

    Hope u will consider our application and will write us for the same, so that, we could develop a detailed project proposal for providing support.
    With warm regards
    Yours faithfully

    Henry Julius

  9. fatimah oyiza obadaki-sule says:

    I look forward to working with and for you in a shortwhile as you reach out to the poor in the society.

  10. Nsabimana Damien says:

    Greetings from Association Tuvuge Twiyubaka asbl

    We are a non-profit making organisation based in Nyamagabe District Southern Province Rwanda.We are officially registered. We work with people living with HIV and vulnerable group of the local society among other: sex workers,street children, groups of widows and orphans heading families. we need to know if our application for grant can be elligible as long as there is no Peace Corps volunteers in this region.

    Kind regards

    Nsabimana Damien
    Coordinator ATT asbl

  11. Mrs K. Rahaman says:

    Kaikhali Enclave,D-202, Mondalgnthi Road,
    PO. NSCBI Airport,
    Kolkata – 700 052.India.

    Sub : Development co-operation

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    Ours is a grass-root level registered social welfare organization has been working
    in different rural areas in five districts including the slum areas of Calcutta municipal corporation since 1992 for uplifting the poorer section and poverty stricken people of the society.

    Previously, We have undertaken various programmes related to education development,
    mother & child care, income generation for women, environment awareness campaign programme,
    health care and medical assistance, family welfare counseling , scholarship & counseling services to the poor
    students and needy people , income generation programmes for women, etc during the last working years.

    The dedicated youths, teachers, potential social workers , eminent resource persons
    and doctors are associated with the organization and devoting their services to implement the programs of
    the organization. As such, we require your development co-operation to implement various development
    programmes and better services to the needy beneficiaries of our project areas in West Bengal . A copy
    of organizational profile is enclosed herewith for your kind perusal and necessary action .

    Therefore may I would request you to kindly extend your financial support and sympathetic co-operation for implementing sustainable development programs more successfully to serve the poorer
    section of the people in near future. An early positive response from you for the same will be highly appreciated.

    Thanking you in anticipation,

    Yours sincerely.

    ( Mrs. K. Rahaman )
    Hony. Gen. Secretary MILLI MISSION OF BENGAL

  12. Rebecca Nakanwagi says:

    Dear Sir,/Madam

    This is to introduce to you our Organization Rubaga Division Disabled Association, a disabled peoples organization registered with Kampala City Council as a disabled women’s organization. It was founded by disabled women themselves in 2006 to address three major challenges affecting women with disabilities in Rubaga Division. The challenges are:
    – violation of human rights
    – communicable diseases
    – and unemployment among women with disabilities.

    This organization has a membership of three types of disabilities i.e. deaf, blind and people with physical disability.

    We are seeking partnership with you to help us address those challenges in our community so as to enjoy our full rights and dignities in our society.

    we will be very grateful if our request is honoured.

    My kind regards

    Rebecca Nakanwagi

  13. Plaban Sen says:

    Respected Sir,
    With due regards and humble submission I Plaban Sen With my Wife Mrs. Pinki Sen has started an NGO registered under N.C.T. Delhi by the name “ALL INDIA YOUTH COMPUTER LITERACY MISSION (AIYCLM)” ( Reg. No. 907/4 ) on 14th Feb 2011. We are very much interested to open a school with all facilities a better school can offer, in a Village , Name- Muradih, Dist. Purulia , State West Bengal, Country – India.It is the basic requirement for the village children to study in english medium School so as to present themselves to the mordern world.We have land of 1.5 acres, we dont have funds to open the same.
    PIN -713325 (W.B.),STATE – INDIA.

    Please help me out for this noble cause so that we can make the dreames of Muradih villages children’s successfull.

  14. Nicodemus Dulu says:

    we are realy greatefull of hearing call from civl society challenge fund(CSCF).so we are organising our concept notes before the cut off date.
    thanks project manager(Sudan Humanitarian Organisation for Development(SHOD))

  15. ELVIS BARASA says:

    latest news/funds

  16. Strategic Actions Network, SAN en Sigle says:

    SAN Presentation:

    Strategic Actions Network (SAN) is an inter-denominational Christian and nonprofit Network organisation created in Burundi after the 1993 civil war. The organisation is officially registered by the government of Burundi, under No 530/1748. The organisation was started in response to the humanitarian crisis experienced in Burundi in an effort to alleviate the suffering of Burundians most in need.
    We are committed to humanitarian responses, to sustainable development and to the empowerment of all burundians regardless of ethnicity or religious belief. SAN also works to increase the capacity of churches and other grassroot organisations to develop local initiatives in response to the needs of their communities. The heart of SAN’s work is in helping communities build stronger and healthier relationships. The absence of such relationships impoverishes communities and the children are the more victims.
    We conduct our work mostly in Burundi and we recognize and are committed to the Millenium Development Goals established by the UN. SAN works in 7 provinces of Burundi and we try to focus on these provinces to make our work have a bigger impact there. Although we are focusing on these provinces, we have the capacity to conduct work in all provinces of Burundi.
    SAN focuses on children and especially on orphans. The focus on children is important because they are the best indicator of a communitys well being. When children are fed, sheltered, schooled, protected, valued and loved, the community thrives.