Funds for Women's Rights 2018-2020

Call for proposals for efforts concerning Women’s Rights for Civil Society Organizations.

Norad's Civil Society Department hereby announces a call for proposals for efforts supporting two Grant Scheme Allocations. It will be possible to address the application to one or both of these allocations.

The application process will consist of two parts:

  • In the first round, applicants are invited to submit a concept paper. The deadline for the first round will be October 15.
  • Based on the Concept Paper, selected candidates will be invited to submit a full project proposal. The deadline will be December 15.

This webpage will be updated accordingly. See FAQs further down this page.

The two Grant Scheme Allocations are the following:

Grant Scheme Allocation number 1: Funds for efforts supporting the follow-up of 1325- Women, Peace and Security

The implementation and follow-up of SCR 1325 - Women, Peace and Security and subsequent resolutions on women, peace and security is a priority for the Norwegian government, reflected in the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2015-2018). Support to civil society organizations that promote women’s participation and gender equality in peace and security is a part of this overall effort.

During the period 2018-2020, Norad intends to support national and international civil society organizations in their efforts to strengthen women’s effective influence in peace processes and post-conflict contexts.

Priority areas

The thematic areas and goals noted below are included in the Norwegian Action Plan. Applications must be relevant for one or both of these goals, and applicants must thus note which goal (s) the application is directed towards and how they plan to contribute to them.

1. Peace processes and peace negotiations

Objective: Peace processes and peace negotiations in which Norway is engaged involve the participation of both women and men, and peace agreements address the rights, needs and priorities of both women and men.

This includes:

  • Efforts supporting the increased participation, competence and influence of women in peace processes and peace negotiations.

  • Efforts supporting the inclusion of a gender perspective in peace negotiations and peace agreements.

2. Post-conflict support

Objective: Post-conflict processes in which Norway is involved increase women’s political participation and influence.

This includes:

  • Efforts supporting the effective participation of women in decision-making processes at local and national levels in post conflict contexts and political transitions.

  • Efforts to strengthen women’s empowerment and independence in post-conflict and protracted/ recurrent crisis situations.

  • Efforts to mainstream a gender perspective and strengthen women and girls’ rights in all Norway’s efforts to promote security sector reform and transitional justice in post-conflict countries. 

  • Efforts addressing conflict related gender-based violence, including measures against impunity.

Geographic scope

Priority will be provided to projects implemented in or with effect for the countries included in the list over countries Norway cooperates with or supports in development cooperation for 2017 (in line with the Norwegian budget white paper 2016-2017, the list is in Norwegian only). 

Projects directed towards one or more of the following geographical areas will be prioritized:

  • Colombia
  • South Sudan
  • Afghanistan
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Middle East and North Africa (with special emphasis on Syria and Palestine) will be prioritized as a regional focus area.

In addition, selected fragile states (e.g. Mali) and countries where Norway has active peace engagement (Philippines) will be given priority.

Grant Scheme Allocation number 2: Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (Women’s Economic Participation and Empowerment and Women’s Political Participation and Empowerment)

The Sustainable Development Goals put gender equality at the heart of the international agenda. The cornerstone of Norwegian development cooperation is the promotion and respect of fundamental human rights.

Last year the Norwegian Government launched a new Action Plan for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign Development Policy 2016-2020. The plan has five priority themes, but this call for applications is limited to “women’s economic participation and empowerment” and “women’s political participation and empowerment”.

The application must clearly demonstrate how the intervention will contribute to these priority themes.

Priority areas

The thematic areas and goals noted below are included in the Action Plan for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign Development Policy 2016-2020. Applications must be relevant for one or both of these goals, and applicants must thus note which goal (s) the application is directed towards and how they plan to contribute to them.

Successful applicants will also be required to report specifically on results towards these goals as well as specified indicators for goal achievement.

1. Women’s political rights and empowerment

Objective: Ensure the equal participation of women and men in political life.

This includes:

  • Efforts supporting that women are represented, and have real influence, in political processes and bodies on the same footing as men.

  • Efforts supporting that women’s and girls’ rights are properly addressed in non-discriminatory legislation.

  • Efforts supporting that women are given the protection they need and have the capacity to defend human rights.

2. Women’s economic rights and empowerment

Objective: Ensure that women have full economic rights and equal opportunities to participate in the labour market.

This includes:

  • Efforts supporting that women, including women from marginalised groups, are able to take part in business activities and the labour market.

  • Efforts supporting that women and men have equal rights to economic resources, such as ownership and control of land, inheritance and access to financial services.

The target group of the grant scheme is girls and women in countries in development.

Geographic scope

The project / programme must take place in one of the countries featuring on the list over countries Norway cooperates/ supports in development cooperation for 2017 (in line with the Norwegian budget white paper 2016-2017).

Please advise the enclosed list over countries (in Norwegian only).

Depending on the Parliament’s approval of the budget for 2018, other countries might be prioritized.

How to apply for these Grant Scheme Allocations

Who may apply?

The applicant is required to:

  • Be an independent legal entity with its own articles of association and a responsible board. The board should be administratively separate from the day-to-day operations of the organization.

  • National and International civil society organizations and networks may apply. National or regional south based organizations or south based networks will be prioritized.

  • Have an adequate economic base for the work to be carried out, and the necessary technical and administrative competence to implement the projects.

  • For projects with field-based operations: Have an established cooperation with local partners.

  • Have documented experience and expertise within the prioritized thematic areas for this grant scheme.

  • The proposal must have women’s rights and gender equality as the main objective.

  • The proposal must be within the priority themes specified above.

  • The period of support is one to three years.

  • Adhere to the four cross- cutting issues in Norwegian development cooperation: human rights, women’s rights and gender equality, environment and climate change, and anti-corruption. The organization must demonstrate that they have analysed potential risks associated with the planned project/programme and whether it will potentially have a negative impact on the cross-cutting issues.

We encourage organizations to collect and make use of gender-disaggregated data.

The proposal may also include components to strengthen the organization’s ability to gather data, or to cooperate with institutions or organizations that have the capacity to do so. This can be considered an element in identifying who is left behind and improving implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (as part of the goal to “leave no one behind”).

Any data-gathering component must be part of the overall goal to reach the above-mentioned priority theme.

For applicants that will provide re-granting to other organisations:

Please note that Norad requires all grants to be subject to audits. Grants transferred to a cooperating partner, e.g. in the form of sub-grants, are therefore also subject to audits.

The use of the sub-grant must be accounted for and included in the grant recipients’ audit. If the sub-grants consist of smaller amounts, the grant recipient should audit a representative sample each year and ensure that the sub-grantee is subject to at least one audit in the course of the grant period.

In the application, you should include information on the selection criteria for choosing sub-grantees. Norad will prioritise applicants who are able to demonstrate that they will contribute to building sustainable, strong civil society organisations.

How to apply

Eligible applicants are invited to submit a concept paper. The deadline is October 15.

Based on Norad’s assessment of the concept papers, selected candidates will be invited to submit a full project proposal. The deadline for the full project proposals will be December 15.

This webpage will be updated accordingly with the application form and an overview of the invited candidates.

FAQ regarding this call for proposals

Answers to questions in regard to the call for proposals will be answered in the following section. 

1. Deadline

Question: What is the deadline for submission of the concept paper?

Answer: The deadline for submission of the Concept Paper is on October 15, 2017.

2. Submission

Question: Where shall the Concept papers be submitted?

Answer: The email-adress is postmottak@norad.no.

3. Norwegian non-governmental organizations - 2 questions

Question 1: Can Norwegian Organizations apply for this call?

Answer 1: National and International civil society organizations and networks may apply. National or regional south based organizations or south based networks will be prioritized. This call for application will not address Norwegian Civil Society Organizations.

Norwegian or Norwegian-based NGO’s and research institutes shall as a main rule not receive funding over these grant allocations, but they can be partners for project owners/ applicants in ODA-approved countries.

Question 2: Do you accept applications from country offices of Norwegian organizations?

Answer 2: No, we do not accept applications from Norwegian organizations, nor their country offices. The intention for this call for application is to reach organizations that do not already have access to Norad funding.

4. Private sector organizations

Question: Will a private sector organization be eligible to apply for this call?

Answer: National and international civil society organizations and networks may apply. National or regional south based organizations or south based networks will be prioritized.

Please see the section “Who may apply?” in the call for applications.

This call for applications does not address private sector organizations.

5. Funding amount  - 3 questions

Question 1: What is the funding amount for this call? Do they differ between the two call for applications? Is there a maximum or minimum amount regarding the budget?

Answer 1: Initially, this call was not specifying the budget amounts in order for the organizations to present as realistic budgets as possible. However, we have received many questions regarding this subject. The amount available for this call for applications will be dependent on parliamentary appropriations, but we expect NOK 20 million on Grant Scheme Allocation number 1 and NOK 30 million on Grant Scheme Allocation number 2.

Question 2: You specify that you expect NOK 20 million on Grant Scheme Allocation number 1 and NOK 30 million on Grant Scheme Allocation number 2. Is this per application or for the full envelope per allocation?

Answer 2: This is the total amounts for the allocations. We have not specified the funding amount per application

Question 3: Could regional projects be granted a higher amount than country level projects?

Answer 3: It depends on the application and the organization applying, and hence it is not possible to be specific in response to this question.

6. Number of projects

Question: How many projects do you expect to fund over this call?

Answer: We have an intention of supporting 15 new projects for both call for applications.

7. Number of proposals - 3 questions 

Question 1: Is there a maximum number of applications that the organization can submit?

Answer 1: Each organization should submit only 1 application. Different country offices for the same organization should send joint applications.

Question 2: Is it possible to be a co-applicant together with an independent partner organisation on more than one application?

Answer 2: Yes, this is possible.

Question 3: Can an organization be a lead on one application and a co-applicant on another application?

Answer 3: Yes, this is possible.

8. Countries eligible 

Question: Could you confirm that all the countries listed here at regjeringen.no are eligible to the Grant Scheme Allocation Number 2?

Answer: Yes, all the countries are eligible to Grant Scheme Allocation Number 2. However, priorities will be made based on political priorities, and with an intention to establish a portfolio fit for purpose.

9. Submission of multi-country proposals

Question: Is it possible to submit multi-country proposals?

Answer: Yes, it is.

10.  Submission of multiple concepts 

Question (a&b): May organizations submit multiple concepts? For example:
a. Multiple concepts under the same grant scheme for different regions or countries?

Answer: Yes, but each applicant must present the applied in one concept paper.

b. Different concepts to grant scheme 1 vs. grant scheme 2

Answer: Yes, but it needs to be presented in one concept paper.

11. Requirements to own funding

Question: Are there requirements that the organization must contribute with their own funds?

Answer: No, there are no requirements of own funds for this call for applications.

12. Project duration

Question: Project duration: Is there a minimum and/or maximum duration allowed for proposed projects? Do proposed projects have to end latest 31 December 2020?

Answer: We intend to enter into 1-3 year Agreements. The start-up will be in the beginning of 2018, and they have to end latest 31. December 2020. Agreements over 3 years will be prioritized.

13. Cost restrictions - 4 questions

Question 1: Are there any restrictions on certain kinds of costs?

Answer 2: The administrative costs should constitute maximum 7 percent of the budgeted operational costs.

Question 2: Are there any prerequisites related to organizational income that we must keep in mind while developing the concept note?

Answer 2: The applicant must have an adequate economic base for the work to be carried out, and the necessary technical and administrative competence to implement the projects.

Question 3: “The administrative costs should constitute maximum 7 percent of the budgeted operational costs”. Does this mean a. Norad expects shared programme costs + indirect cost rate to be within 7% or b. Norad expects indirect cost rate to be 7% while shared programme costs can be included in the rest of the budget.

Answer 3: This means that Norad expects indirect cost rate to be 7 percent, while shared programme costs can be included in the rest of the budget.

Question 4: Regarding the question of income in the last three years- does this just refer to statutory/institutional income or do you want us to detail all income to the organization? I wanted to ask because the question goes on to ask name of donors, since we receive support from a range of sources including individual members of the public, major donors, trusts and foundations and corporations. Is it acceptable to include the category of funding (e.g. Public donations) and then break down the donors for the larger amounts from statutory and institutional donors?

Answer 4: Please include all income and the break it down so that it reflects your various donors.

14. International non-governmental organizations

Question: Is for instance Danske Folkekirkens Nødhjelp in Myanmar to be characterized as an INGO and eligible to apply?

Answer: Yes, it is a non-Norwegian organization and hence eligible to apply. However, south-originated organizations will be given priority.

15. Cross-cutting issues

Question: As for the requirement mentioned that the applicant must "adhere to the four cross- cutting issues in Norwegian development cooperation: human rights, women’s rights and gender equality, environment and climate change, and anti-corruption". Does this mean that the project, which will be concerned with the second issue mentioned, must also weigh in the other three topics thematically, or what is referred to with the word "adhere"?

Answer: The applicant must assess whether the project/program has any negative effects on the other cross-cutting issues. This subject is not included in the concept paper, but the organizations that will be invited to submit full project applications for round 2, must further elaborate on this.

16. Self-assessment form

Question: Is the self-assessment only for the lead agency or does each co-applicant have to submit a form?

Answer: It is only for the lead agency.

17. Invitations for phase 2

Question: Is there a margin for how many international organizations might be invited to the second phase?

Answer: We have an intention of entering into 15 new Agreements in total. We would invite more organizations to phase 2 than we intent to fund, but it is not yet decided how many applicants that will be invited.

18. Local organization

Question: Will priority be given to those International Organizations that are better equipped to respond to local organizations? 

Answer: This will be an advantage.

19. Page limit for Concept Paper

Question: The guidelines state that the concept note is to be a maximum of 8 pages. However, it is not clear whether this is restricted to the section on the actual Project Outline (starting on page 2 of the concept note) or whether it applies to the entire concept note (including organisational information – starting on page 1)

Answer: It applies to the entire concept note, starting on page 1.

20. Cooperation with local partners

Question: For projects with field-based operations: Have an established cooperation with local partners. Does previous collaboration in terms of capacity-building training constitute “established cooperation with local partners”?

Answer: Possibly, but it requires an individual assessment.

21. Regarding “on-going cooperation” with Norad.

Question: We are an NGO with an ongoing cooperation with a Norwegian Embassy. We are therefore wondering if this counts as an on-going agreement with Norad. The questions is related to the organisational self-assessment. Should we still submit this together with the concept note document?

Answer: Cooperation with a Norwegian Embassy does not count as “on-going agreement” with Norad, and you should submit the organisational self-assessment. However, Norad would not put highest priority to organisations that already receives funds through the Norwegian system.

Published 15.09.2017
Last updated 09.10.2017