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.
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.
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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.
For more information, visit https://osisa.org/