ViiV Healthcare: Call for Proposals for Positive Actions for Girls and Women Funds

Deadline: 26 April 2016

ViiV Healthcare is seeking proposals from organisations for its Positive Actions for Girls and Women Fund with an aim to tackle the harmful practices and norms that limit the aspirations of girls and women and increase their vulnerability to HIV and to fund projects which focus on the reducing the commoditization of girls as well as supporting projects and organisations that advocate for girls and women.


  • Reduce the commoditization of girls (e.g. sexual or gender-based violence, early marriage, forced sex work, inter-generational relationships)
  • Support existing projects, organisations and innovators that advocate for girls and women

Funding Information: The 2016 Call for Proposals is limited to applications of £50,000 over two years (about £25,000 per year).

Focus Areas

  • Community leadership to improve knowledge of and access to appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and services in early adolescence
  • Reducing incidence of and ending community acceptance of early marriage, forced marriage and relationships of power imbalance
  • Community interventions to end sexual and gender based violence, particularly amongst adolescent girls
  • Community initiatives that support HIV positive adolescent girls to access appropriate SRH information and services; and reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination that may lead to vulnerability for these girls
  • Community advocacy that address punitive laws and policies that put adolescent girls at risk of harassment, violence and/or arrest by the police, including girls in key populations

Selection Criteria

  • Addresses harmful practices that leads to health/HIV risk
  • Promoting rights, education and campaigning rights of girls
  • Build aspiration and opportunities to escape poverty for adolescent girls
  • Enhance information about and access to SRH services
  • Advocacy
  • Demonstrating Impact (Monitoring and Evaluation)
  • Addresses root causes
  • Assure sustainability

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-governmental and community-based organisations that can deliver change at a community level
  • The PAGW does not have any specific restrictions, although it is expected to be focused on communities in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • The PAGW accepts applications in French.
  • The lead contact should be the person responsible for delivery of the project at a country level wherever possible.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit ViiV Healthcare.

ESRC-NRF Newton Call for Collaborative Research: Higher Education in Africa

Deadline: 3 May 2016

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and National Research Foundation (NRF) invite Collaborative Research between the UK and South Africa, offering additional value to existing programmes of education research, and contribute to the economic development and welfare of South Africa and Africa more broadly.

Thematic Areas

Proposals addressing the following themes are invited:

  • Organisation of higher education systems, higher education institutions (HEIs) and alternative providers
  • Equity in higher education access and participation
  • Curriculum, pedagogy and modes and levels of provision
  • Higher education for the public good
  • Higher education and the labour market

Funding Information

  • The ESRC has allocated up to £2.5 million and NRF has allocated RAND 10 million;
  • Proposals are invited for joint UK and South African projects; each proposal may request £415,000 – £630,000 at 100 per cent fEC from the ESRC and R1.67m to R2.5m from NRF over 30 months in duration.

Eligibility Criteria

  • UK applicants must meet the ESRC eligibility.
  • Full-time employees at an NRF-recognised research institution in South Africa, who are eligible to apply according to the general NRF regulations and conditions, are invited to apply.
  • Part-time employees on contract at an NRF-recognised research institution (as defined above) in South Africa are invited to apply, but on condition that their appointment at the South African institution is for (at least) the duration of the project applied for in the submission. The length of the contract should be stated in the proposal form. Salaries must be paid by the research institution, and the primary employment of the individual concerned must be at that institution. A contract researcher appointed at a research institution on behalf of a third party to fulfill a very specific function for the latter does not qualify for support.
  • Retired academics/researchers are invited to apply, provided that they meet all set criteria as stipulated below:
    • Are resident in South Africa
    • Are formally affiliated to a South African higher education institution (eg appointed as an emeritus professor, honorary research associate/professor, supernumerary/contract employee).

How to Apply

Applicants must submit identical proposals via respective websites.

For more information, please visit ESRC-NRF.

Apply to Participate in MDLI East Africa Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

Deadline: 16 May 2016

The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is seeking applications from lawyers based in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery on the right to freedom of expression that will held in Kampala, Uganda from 8 – 11 August 2016.

All applicants are required to submit for discussion and workshopping a current or potential case involving a violation of the right to freedom of expression.


  • To identify and provide substantive support to cases on the right to freedom of expression that could be pursued before domestic and/or international fora;
  • To assist and build working relationships with lawyers undertaking such cases;
  • To equip the participants with the necessary skills and knowledge regarding the international human rights mechanisms available for pursuing freedom of expression cases in East Africa.

Focus Areas

  • Defamation (criminal)
  • Privacy
  • Restriction of the media by means of regulatory measures
  • Physical safety of journalists
  • Protection of sources
  • National security

Eligibility Criteria

  • The surgery is open to lawyers from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi;
  • The lawyers can either be working in private practice, or be working for or be affiliated with NGOs promoting the right to freedom of expression in East Africa through litigation;
  • Exceptionally strong applications from lawyers who have not yet undertaken freedom of expression work, but have experience litigating other human rights cases and have a strong interest in undertaking freedom of expression work will be considered as well. A maximum of 12 participants will be selected;
  • The lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in, and/or knowledge of the right to freedom of expression and/or related issues;
  • The lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in, and/or knowledge of international and regional human rights law;
  • The lawyers must be involved in, or considering, litigating a case or cases that address violations of the right to freedom of expression. With their application, they must submit a case study of a case that they are litigating or intend to litigate that could be discussed and workshopped during the litigation surgery;
  • The cases submitted must involve a violation of the fundamental right to freedom of expression as protected in a national constitution, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the East African Community Treaty or any other relevant domestic/international human rights instrument;
  • The working language for the surgery will be English.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit East Africa Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery.

Webinar Video: How to Raise Funds from DFID

The webinar video on ‘How to Raise Funds from DFID’ is now available online.

The Department for International Development (DFID) in the United Kingdom is a major source of funds and partnership opportunities for NGOs around the world. DFID offers a significant amount of funding resources for NGOs through grant opportunities and requests for applications. Its funding resources support a wide range of issues areas: education, health, poverty reduction, the environment, water and sanitation.

Despite this, many NGOs often do not apply for funding with DFID because of the complexity and highly competitive nature of the DFID grant system including difficulty in understanding grant guidelines, compilcated instructions and more.

This entry-level webinar will help NGOs identify and apply to DFID request for applications and grant opportunities.


This video covers:

  • DFID Geographic Landscape: Geographic priorities, Issue Sectors and Financial Instruments & Eligibility
  • How to Participate: Information sources for upcoming calls for proposals
  • The Application Process: The Request for Application Process & the Basic overview on developing the Letter of Interest (LOI), Budget and Full Grant Application


Megan Kenna is an entrepreneurial resource mobilization professional, with international experience raising funds for NGOs, start-ups, and development organizations in the US, Europe, and Africa. Megan has worked with dozens of governmental and international organizations. She is an experienced proposal developer, having raised over US$60 million for a range of program around the world. Megan has developed a broad range of successful applications to government agencies, including USAID and DFID, for development organizations large and small. She has worked in both the US and Europe. ​

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Applications Open for African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards!

 Deadline: 26 April 2016

Applications are open for the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards in order to raise the profile of Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa by recognizing the important role with professional media practitioners and citizen journalists play in the environmental discourse.


  • To propagate the African narrative on Climate Change in environmental discourse.
  • To motivate journalists and media houses in Africa to effectively report on Climate Change and environmental issues.
  • To illuminate innovative best practice approaches both in policy and in practice towards Climate Change response and strategies.
  • To enhance proactive media participation in African climate change discourse.
  • To promote and create awareness about the opportunities existing in green investment in both public and the private sectors.

Award Categories

  • Environmental Journalist of the Year
  • Emerging Young Environmental Journalist
  • News Print Feature of Year
  • Environmental Photograph of the Year
  • Audio Report of the Year Award
  • Documentary of the Year Award
  • Citizen Journalist of the Year Award
  • The ACCER Blogger of the Year Award

Eligibility Criteria

  • Professional journalists, broadcasts and documentary filmmakers who are citizens or permanent residents of one of the countries of Africa.
  • Citizen journalists, with work published on a blog (one year or older). They must be citizens or permanent residents of an African Country.
  • While some categories are open to English and French Speaking – Writing journalists (as these are two of the chosen languages of the UN), journalists should have working knowledge of English because of the TAAFA Academy.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit ACCER Awards.

Call for EOIs: Financial Inclusion Program at Innovations for Poverty Action

Deadline: 29 April 2016

The Financial Inclusion Program at Innovations for Poverty Action is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from teams of researchers and financial service providers to conduct rigorous research on financial product innovations for low-income households in developing countries.

Supporting Areas

  • Designing financial and non-financial services linked to digital finance channels, including payments for health and education services.
  • Increasing women’s use of (and empowerment through) digital financial services.
  • Testing cash transfers and graduations programs which connect people to digital channels.
  • Addressing the specific needs and cash-flow challenges of farmers and micro-entrepreneurs.
  • Improving take-up and usage of formal financial services by the poor through product design, regulation, or other policy levers.
  • Incorporating behavioral insights into financial product design.

Funding Information

This call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) marks the second competitive funding round of a four-year, $4.1 million

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants: Each application must be presented by a team consisting of:
    • one or more researchers involved in the design of the intervention and responsible for carrying out a rigorous evaluation of the program.
    • one or more practitioner institutions from the financial sector who will partner with the research team on the proposed intervention.
    • Researchers must be affiliated with a research institution or a university and either hold a PhD or be currently pursuing a PhD in a relevant social science or engineering discipline. They must demonstrate experience in field research and randomized evaluations.
  • Geographic Focus: The fund encourages research projects in developing countries.
    • Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, as well as applications from research teams with one or more researchers working full time in these regions, are particularly encouraged.
  • Research: All submissions must present a rigorous study design for a randomized evaluation and a clear set of hypotheses.
  • Submissions proposing to conduct field-based data collection should specify the research implementing partner organization that will assist the research team with the management and implementation of the randomized evaluation.
  • The organization must demonstrate experience implementing randomized evaluations and have a presence in the country.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) application form via given website and submit the completed application and other required attachment via email.

For more information, please visit Call for EOIs.


Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: International Fund to Support LGBTQI Communities

Deadline: 31 July 2016

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is seeking applications for its International Fund to support groups led by LGBTQI communities working for progressive social change, addressing oppression based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression and advancing work for racial, economic and gender justice.

Astraea supports lesbian, trans, intersex and LGBTQI groups that promote racial, economic and gender justice and mobilize communities to challenge oppression and claim rights. It funds groups in the United States, primarily led by LGBTQI people of color, and groups across the globe.

Budget – $500,000 USD or less. It strengthens LGBTQI groups by providing flexible general support grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Based in Africa, Asia/the Pacific, Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America/the Caribbean, or the Middle East.
  • Led by and/or for LGBTQI communities. Non-LGBTI-led groups must demonstrate how they address LGBTI human rights issues and how they involve LGBTI’s in organizational and programmatic decision-making.
  • Doing work towards long-term social change, on issues affecting LGBTQI people and/or people who are penalized, persecuted or harassed for their gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation.
  • Non-governmental organizations, not-for-profit groups, or the equivalent are eligible for the funding
  • Groups that have been active for at least one year at the time you send in your proposal. A group which has been active for less than one year may apply if you demonstrate your group’s ability to sustain activities over the long-term and illustrate how a grant would help you to build your organization’s capabilities.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit:

Apply for BFCN YES Competition 2016: Supporting Research on Issues Relating to Food & Nutrition!

Deadline: 27 July 2016

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation is seeking applications from across the globe for its BCFN young Earth Solutions (YES) competition 2016 to support higher education and interdisciplinary research, to advance the knowledge base in food and sustainability.


  • to encourage young scientists to conduct research on issues relating to food and nutrition
  • to favour collaborative research
  • to open new fields of research and create new generations of experts
  • to promote clear analyses with high scientific value
  • to identify solutions to improve food safety and guarantee healthy and sustainable nutrition

Topic Areas

  • Sustainable and healthy diets
  • Urban food systems and policies
  • Resilient agriculture, land use change and agroecology
  • The nexus between climate change, energy and food
  • Sustainable water management
  • Food supply chains
  • Ecosystems and ecosystem services
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Food waste reduction
  • Food policy development
  • Food security: availability, access, utilisation, stability
  • Communication technologies and networks
  • Youth and women’s involvement in agriculture

Award Information

Each winner will be awarded a €20,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition is designed for individual or multidisciplinary and/or cross-national research teams that consist of a maximum of three components.
  • Students/applicants who are currently pursuing doctoral degrees are eligible, as well as researchers/applicants with a PhD or a doctoral degree received after December 2014.
  • All the Participants must be under the age of 35 at the date of December 31, 2016.

How to Apply          

Applicants must fill the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit BFCN YES Competition 2016.


European Union: Skills and Technical Education Programme in Malawi

Deadline: 26 May 2016

The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) in Malawi in order to increase the informal and formal TEVET training and to facilitate innovative research on TEVET training and financing.

The programme is divided into two lots:

  • Lot 1: Increasing access to formal and informal training EUR 4.000.000
  • Lot 2: Innovative research aimed at improving TEVET training and financing of the sector EUR 500.000


  • Deliver relevant quality TEVET training
  • Ensure skills training and economic empowerment of women and vulnerable groups
  • Provide supportive skills such as basic literacy and entrepreneurial skills
  • Provide adequate support to business creation
  • Improve TEVET system through applied research and analysis of current system components

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • Lot 1
    • minimum amount: EUR300.000
    • maximum amount: EUR 1.500.000
  • Lot 2
    • minimum amount: EUR200.000
    • maximum amount: EUR 500.000

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be a specific type of organization such as: a Civil Society Organisation, or an accredited private training provider, or a Private sector company, or a National or International (inter-governmental) organization ,or a national and international NGO, or a Grant aided technical college.
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in a country of the European Economic Area or an ACP State or Member State of the OECD or developing countries and territories, as included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA Recipients, which are not members of the G20 group, without prejudice to the status of the Republic of South Africa or the partnership Agreement or Malawi. This obligation does not apply to international organizations.
  • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations.
  • The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s).For an applicant not established in Malawi, the involvement in the action of at least one co-applicant established in Malawi is obligatory.
  • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

Apply for 2017 Mandela Rhodes Scholarship: Providing Exceptional Educational Opportunities!

Deadline: 2 May 2016

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is currently accepting applications from young Africans for its 2017 Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, whose aim is to provide exceptional educational opportunities, develop a network of leaders, and thereby help to build leadership capacity in Africa.


  • Tuition and registration fees as set by the institution.
  • A study materials allowance as set by the MRF.
  • Accommodation and meal allowances as set by the MRF.
  • A medical aid allowance as set by the MRF.
  • Economy-class travel allowance for international Scholars only from the Scholar’s home to their institution at the beginning and back home at the end of their degree programme.
  • Personal allowance.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Scholarship is open to citizens of all African countries.
  • The Scholarship is for postgraduate study at South African universities or tertiary institutions.
  • Full funding is for Honours (maximum one year) or Masters (up to a maximum of two years) or their equivalents (MBA’s excluded).
  • Any individual who will be between the ages of 19 and 30 years at the time of taking up the Scholarship may apply.
  • Applicants must posess a first degree or its equivalent or must be in the process of completing one by 31 January 2017.
  • Applicants should have a history of well above average academic results.
  • Individuals that reflect in their character a commitment to the four principles of Education, Reconciliation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
  • The MRF leadership development activities sometimes include weekends. It is a condition of the Scholarship that attendance is compulsory.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Mandela Rhodes Scholarship.