Call for Proposals: OSI International Women's Program (IWP): "Equality and justice under the rule of law" (including focus on peace and reconciliation/Transitional justice in select regions)

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Call for Proposals:
OSI International Women's Program (IWP): "Equality and justice under the rule of law"

The mission of IWP is to use grant-making and programmatic efforts to promote and protect the rights of women and girls in priority areas around the globe where the principles of good governance and respect for the rule of law are absent or destroyed because of conflict. IWP seeks to promote the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality in law and practice, and the empowerment of women to ensure participation in the democratic processes.
Deadline for proposals: January 15, 2010.

Focus of this call for proposals:

IWP invites proposals focusing on one or more of the following objectives:

1) Reducing discrimination and violence against women

IWP seeks to support initiatives that improve the status of women by:

* Strengthening legal frameworks and enforcement mechanisms that focus on women’s rights
* Strengthening civil society’s capacity to hold governments accountable to implement laws
* Increasing women’s capacity to understand and claim rights

2) Strengthening women’s access to justice

IWP seeks to support initiatives that strengthen judicial response to women and reduce the obstacles to access by ensuring:

* Legal aid, counsel and assistance is available and resourced
* Judges, lawyers and prosecutors understand and apply gender justice
* Transitional justice mechanisms are equitable and inclusive of women

3) Increasing women’s role as decision-makers and leaders*

IWP seeks to support initiatives that encourage and increase women’s role as decision-makers in a number of arenas including the following:

* Peace and reconciliation processes
* Electoral and legislative processes
* Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Security Sector Reform (SSR) and reconstruction programs

proposals are solicited for the following countries only within the following focus areas only:

Nepal (Focus area 2 only)

Bosnia & Herzegovina (Focus areas 1 and 2)

Latin America:
Colombia (Focus areas 1, 2 and 3)
Guatemala (Focus areas 1, 2 and 3)

Middle East and North Africa:
Iraq (Focus areas 1, 2 and 3)
Occupied Palestinian Territories (Focus areas 1 and 2)

Proposals benefiting other countries will NOT be considered at this time.

Grant support

Organizations can apply for general support grant or support for a specific project. ‘General support’ grants are intended for organizations which focus on one or more of the listed objectives. A general support grant supports unspecified organizational costs. Such a grant is not awarded for any particular project or purpose. The review process for this grant type will be exceptionally selective. ‘Project support’ grants are intended to fund targeted initiatives related to one or more of the listed objectives.

Preference is given to:

* Organizations managed and led by women
* Organizations that have a five-year plus track record and demonstrate sustainability
* Organizations that forge partnerships with other civil society groups working on similar issues
* Local/indigenous independent non-governmental organizations or initiatives that link local and international organizations

Grant amount & funding timeframe

Organizations can apply for one to three year grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 per year. Please note multi-year proposals will require an annual assessment report prior to releasing the subsequent tranche of funds.


Proposals must be received using the template below in English by email (preferred), fax or mail on or by January 15, 2010. Incomplete proposals or proposals received January 16 or later will NOT be considered under any circumstances.

Please email the completed template to: women(at) (please write ‘January 2010 call, country, and organization name’ in the subject line of your email)

If your organization does not have email access, please fax or mail application to:

International Women’s Program / Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019, USA
(Fax) 1.646.557.2601

Organizations will receive notification of decision within six months. For those awarded grants, funding will be allocated within eight months.**
IWP 2010 Call for Proposals.doc 71.00 kB

* Please note that OSI cannot provide funding for electoral purposes
**Subject to change

For further information, please visit OSI

Tags: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Call for Proposals, Colombia, Equality and Justice Under the Rule of LAw, Guatemala, International Women's Program, Iraq, Leadership, Nepal, Open Society Institute, More…Palestinian Terroritories, Peace, Reconciliation, Transitional Justice

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This is great apportunity for countries like Iraq. I was wondering if there is a regional office for the soros open society or representative with whom one can communicate regarding submission.

See the posting, we are just providing information.


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