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Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI) – Small Grants for Ghanaian civil society organisations (CSOs)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted December 12, 2016 from Brazil
Expired on January 5, 2017

STAR- Ghana is accepting proposals from eligible organizations for its Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI) Small Grants Component with an aim to support CBOs/NGOs with a district or community base to pilot or test innovative (promising and new) strategies with the aim to address GESI issues at the community or district level.

Theme: Strengthening citizen engagements with local governance institutions (including district assemblies and traditional authorities) for sustainable and inclusive access to quality public goods and services and economic resources.


◾To strengthen citizen interaction with local governance authorities such as District Assemblies and traditional authorities for sustainable and inclusive access to quality public goods and services.

◾Promote citizen empowerment through a greater ability of women, girls and other excluded social groups (and organizations) to engage with district assemblies and traditional authorities to support inclusive, sustainable development.

◾Promote increased voice and participation of GESI groups in local governance, including District Assemblies and traditional governance systems.

◾Promote increased accountability and responsiveness of district assemblies (including their decentralized agencies) and traditional authorities to GESI groups.

Funding Information

The proposed project must:

◾Have a maximum budget of approximately GHS 150,000.00 per project.

◾Have a maximum duration of 12 months.

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations eligible to apply under this component include the following categories of CSOs:

◾Registered Ghanaian civil society organisations (CSOs) located or operating at community or district levels.

◾Community-based organisations working in rural or deprived communities;

◾Faith-based organisations located and working in rural or deprived communities and working with particular excluded social groups;

◾Town, village and community associations;

◾Farmer-based organisations, fishermen and women associations representing peasant or small-scale food farmers or small-scale fishermen or fish processors;

◾Youth associations, lo

◾Associations of persons with disabilities.

◾Special consideration will be given to organisations that are led and staffed by socially excluded people.

◾The issues indicated below are not meant to be exhaustive but provide examples of key focus areas or thrusts, identified as critical to achieving the objectives of STAR-Ghana’s GESI strategies at the sub-national level:

◾increased accountability and responsiveness of district assemblies to the voice, leadership and political participation of GESI groups;

◾improved access to economic opportunities and productive resources , such as financial capital , livelihood opportunities and land rights;

◾improved access to quality public services for example. health, education, sanitation, housing;

◾increased adherence to the human rights and protection of women, girls and marginalised groups with a focus on laws, legislation as well as socio-cultural norms and practices of discrimination and stigma.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the completed form and other required attachments by email to STAR-Ghana at the address given on the website.

Deadline: 5 January 2017.

Eligible Country: Ghana.

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