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Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) - 2020 Call for Applications

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 11, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on April 16, 2020
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OSISA promotes open society values by working towards building vibrant and tolerant democracies across the region, through their various thematic and country programmes.

For the 2020 Strategy Year, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) programmes are looking for concept notes or state actors that address issues in the priority spheres.

Three strategic goals resonating with values underpin the integrated approach to work. These goals will be imbedded in all of OSISA’s programme areas and will correspond to their three clusters. The goals are:
1. To support pro-democracy voices, processes, organisations and movements that work to promote inclusion and protect people from the abuses and excesses of the state and corporate sector in southern Africa;
2. To support people facing discrimination, injustice and human rights abuse on account of their identity, beliefs and opinions to know, understand, and fight for their rights;
3. To support people to hold governments to account in delivering more equitable economic opportunities, reducing poverty, and providing more equitable health, education and other basic services.

Priorities Spheres:
a) Economic and Social Justice Cluster;
b) Democracy and Governance Cluster;
c) Human Right, Rule of law and Access to Justice Cluster;
d) Women’s Rights Programme.

If your concept note submission is selected and short-listed to be developed into a full proposal, the following requirements are essential for established organisations, but not mandatory, particularly, for nascent organisations to be eligible to apply for an OSISA grant:
> Have a mission and implement programmes that are consistent with open society values;
> Demonstrate the ability to operate in a clear niche and be a significant actor within that arena (demonstrated by a record of producing materials, having conducted research and/or advocacy, and having implemented programmes at a sub-regional, national or region-wide level);
> Demonstrate the ability to operate a well-managed and financially viable operation, alternatively be open to being assisted to develop financial and operational systems that are in line with good practice and standards. (This will be done either through OSISA or a fiscal agent);
> Sound and strong track record of success and impact on target population or area of work (as evidenced by the submission of independent programmatic evaluations that are less than two years old);
> A clear strategic vision for the organization, and an articulation of how this vision will assist the organisation to address the needs of the population and/or open society issue for which it requires support and funding.

Utilize This Offer

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is part of the global network of Open Society Foundations (OSF) and operates in eleven southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

If you work for a civil society organization in Southern Africa, especially if you work for one that is locally constituted, then we are keen to hear from you.

Take a look at the application guidelines to make the process of applying for funds and technical assistance from OSISA easier.

Applications must be submitted either via postal mail, fax, online, or email at the address given on the website.

Submit a Concept Note by April 17, 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 11
Mar 11

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Sinyuy Geraldine
Mar 11
Mar 11

Thank you dear Ana

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 12
Mar 12