Women Saving for Resilience (WS4R) – a two-year program, implemented by the SEEP Network and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – aims to improve the technical, adaptive, and collaborative capacity of Savings Groups, and organizations that work with them, to respond to and recover from the gendered effects of COVID-19.
As a part of Women Saving for Resilience (WS4R), SEEP is delighted to launch a challenge fund to support innovations in gender intentional COVID response and recovery efforts related to Savings Groups.
Globally, eighty per cent of Savings Group members are women. In order for the COVID response and recovery efforts of Savings Groups and their partners to effectively mitigate the disproportionate and multi-dimensional effects of the pandemic on women, they must be gender intentional.
Successful projects will increase the resilience of Savings Groups and their members in times of crisis by reducing gender gaps and barriers in access to resources and improve the capacity of sector stakeholders to engage them in emergency response efforts.
Proposed interventions must include a strong, practical learning component to document the innovation, track progress, consolidate and assess experience, and communicate results (both internally and externally).
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SEEP is delighted to launch a challenge fund to support innovations in gender intentional COVID response and recovery efforts related to Savings Groups.
Savings Groups are the primary safety net for millions of women in Africa, especially in rural areas. As such, they have a critical role to play in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts implemented by governments, funders, civil society organizations and the private sector.
One of the strengths of Savings Groups is that they are decentralized and are adapting to challenging realities more rapidly than formal institutions can. Savings Groups are well positioned to address the gendered effects of COVID-19 across health, social, economic dimensions.
The fund will be responsive to promising innovations of diverse types and scope. This may include communications and training materials, program models, policy development, technology, new partnerships, or disruptive collaboration.
Applicants need not be registered in Africa. Both locally registered and international organizations are encouraged to apply.
Awards may range between USD$75,000-USD$150,000.
The expected start date of approved awards is March 1, 2021, with an end date no later than August 31, 2022.
To apply, complete the online application by January 22, 2021. All applicants will be notified of their proposal status by February 1.
Proposals may be submitted in English or French.
For more information, please visit https://seepnetwork.org/WS4R-Innovation-Fund