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Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund & Spotlight Initiative- Malawi

Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund & Spotlight Initiative- Malawi


Deadline: 18 August 2019

The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund is pleased to announce its first call for proposal to achieve peaceful and gender equal societies in Malawi.

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The WPHF is governed by a Funding Board at the global level, which is comprised of four UN entities (currently UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and PBSO), four donor Member States (currently Austria, Canada, the Netherlandsand Norway), as well as 4 Civil Society Organizations (currently Cordaid, GNWP, APWAPS and WANEP).

The Spotlight Initiative recently launched eight comprehensive Country Programmes in Africa with a USD 158 million investment in Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe. In 2019, the Spotlight initiative and the WPHF will partner in six countries (the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda) to channel quality funding to small, local and grassroots women-led and women’s rights organizations, as well as women’s funds, contributing to results under Outcome Area 6 of the Initiative’s Theory of Change. The grants will focus particularly on ending violence against women and promoting women’s human rights and gender equality in peace and security contexts.

The focus of the WPHF Spotlight call will be on women-led, women’s rights organizations representing and working on behalf of groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, such as those marginalized and excluded due to poverty, ethnicity, disability, age, geography, migratory status, HIVstatus, among others, which is in clear alignment with the 2030 Agenda and the principle of leaving no one behind in EVAW programming.

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The project(s) must contribute to both of the following Outcome areas:

  • Outcome Area 6 of the Spotlight Initiative’s Theory of Change and associated Outputs and Outcome and Output indicators: Women’s rights groups, autonomous social movements and relevant civil society organisations, including those representing youth and groups facing intersecting forms of discrimination/marginalization, more effectively influence and advance progress on GEWE and EVAWG, including SGBV/HP;AND
  • Outcome Area 5 of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund’s Theory of Change: Women and girls’ safety, security and human rights are enhanced

Funding Information

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Project proposals should be for no less than US$20,000 and no more than US$200,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • National and local women led, or women’s rights focused civil society organizations are eligible to apply. Women’s grassroots/local/community-based organizations are particularly encouraged to apply. Joint CSOs projects are allowed and encouraged.
  • Women’s funds are particularly encouraged to apply to expand the reach of the funding to a broader crosssection of civil society.
  • The lead applicant organization must have legal status with the competent national authority in the eligible country of project implementation. Women’s funds that are not registered in the country of implementation may apply in partnership with a locally registered implementing partner as the lead applicant.
  • A proof of legal registration (or legal status) is a required attachment for any grant application. Applications without clear proof of legal status will be considered incomplete and will be withdrawn from the application process. Note that articles of incorporation are not proof of legal status.
  • Implementing partners that are part of a joint proposal, do not have to be legally registered as long as the lead applicant fulfils the requirement of legal registration in the country of project implementation.

Please Note:

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As the Spotlight Initiative will be funding simultaneous calls for proposals launched through both the WPHF and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (EVAW Trust Fund) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda, applicants should carefully note the following:

  • Organizations may apply either to the WPHF or the UN EVAW Trust Fund, but not both. Organizations that apply to both Funds will be disqualified.
  • The WPHF will fund applications for grants of between USD 20,000 and USD 200,000 in the aforementioned countries
  • Organizations applying for grants between USD 200,001 and USD 1 million should apply only to the UN EVAW Trust Fund

How to Apply

  • Application packages can be emailed at the address given on the website.
  • Required Components of the Application Package
    • Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • Project Document
    • Results Framework
    • Project Budget
    • Proof of legal registration or status Evidence that the organization is a women-led, women’s rights organization
  • Please submit applications in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. No other formats will be accepted.
  • They can accept applications in French and English. Only applications in these languages will be accepted.

For more information, please visit http://wphfund.org/call-for-proposal-in-malawi/

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