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USAID's Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments (RISE): A Challenge to Address Gender-Based Violence in the Environment

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 5, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on August 4, 2020
USAID's Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments (RISE) timeline
USAID's Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments (RISE) timeline

The Problem

Gender-based violence (GBV) is estimated to affect more than one in three women worldwide.
This widespread problem takes a variety of forms, including sexual, psychological, community, economic, institutional, and intimate partner violence, and in turn affects nearly every aspect of a person’s life, including health, education, and economic and political opportunities.

At the same time, environmental degradation, loss of ecosystem benefits, and unsustainable resource use are creating complex crises worldwide. As billions of people rely on these natural resources and ecosystems to sustain themselves, the potential human impacts are dire, with disproportionate effects on women and girls.

GBV and environmental issues are interlinked, and so their interactions are complex, diverse, and multi-layered. In some contexts, they form feedback loops where gender-based attacks, harassment, and discrimination worsens the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem resources, and this environmental deterioration triggers new, more damaging forms of violence. In other contexts, preventing and responding to GBV unlocks opportunities for enhanced environmental action, as well as for women’s and community empowerment.

About the Challenge

Responding to GBV can provide opportunities for both enhanced environmental action and women’s empowerment, but tackling one issue without addressing the other is unlikely to succeed.

This challenge aims to fund organizations to innovatively adapt and implement promising or proven practices that have been used to effectively prevent and respond to GBV in other sectors to environmental programming.
The challenge will draw insights from other development and humanitarian sectors that have proven or promising practices to address GBV.
It incentivizes partnerships between environmental organizations, local communities, indigenous peoples organizations, and gender and GBV experts who can help bridge knowledge gaps and work to build an evidence base of effective GBV interventions.

This challenge supports two approaches to address GBV in programs related to the access, use, control, and management of natural resources. These two approaches include either of these options:
1. Integration into existing programs
The existing program could be in the design or implementation phase.
2. Developing new programs
In this case, the grant will support the unique development of a new natural resources management program that incorporates promising or proven GBV prevention or response interventions.

Challenge winners will be announced by December 2020.

Utilize This Offer

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce its Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments (RISE) Challenge in order to identify and fund the innovative application of promising or proven interventions that prevent and respond to gender-based violence across programs that address the access, use, control, and management of natural resource.

USAID’s RISE Challenge aims to identify and implement interventions to reduce GBV in environmental programming.

RISE is open to all organizations regardless of type (e.g. NGO; for profit; not-for-profit; national, regional, community and indigenous people’s organizations; foundations; faith-based organizations; women-owned/women-led enterprises) and size.

For winners of this challenge, USAID will feature their interventions, facilitate access to funding and networking opportunities, and provide technical assistance to support the proposed activity in achieving measurable results and impact.

USAID will award up to three Fixed Amount Awards (FAA) between $100,000 and $300,000, subject to the availability of funding.
Each FAA will be funded based on milestones and an implementation plan that are mutually agreed upon. Grant-funded activities must be completed within one to two years.

Applicants must submit their entries in English.

Submissions are due at 11:00 a.m ET on August 5, 2020.
Late entries will not be accepted, and no additions and/or modifications to applications will be accepted after the submission deadline.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 05
Jul 05

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

Jill Langhus
Jul 06
Jul 06

Thanks, Ana.