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Global Support for Women’s Economic Empowerment – Access and Reform Implementation by Civil Society

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted February 23, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on April 17, 2021
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Office of Global Womens Issues (S/GWI) has announced a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) outlining concepts and capacity to manage a program that will partner equitably with a range of local, women’s civil society organizations in no fewer than two countries and regions to advance women’s economic empowerment (WEE) by reducing barriers to women’s participation in the economy.

To grow and sustain the leadership of women’s civil society organizations in improving the enabling environment for women’s full and free participation in the economy, including through support to women-led advocacy for legal, regulatory, and policy reform; implementation of such reform; accountability for such reforms; and reduction of social and cultural barriers.

The following countries are not currently priorities for this RSOI due to existing or planned assistance programs: Eswatini, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, and Uzbekistan.

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Applicants should propose objectives that:
a) Support an enabling environment for WEE;
b) Support to women’s civil society organizations.

Applicants must:
1. Propose work equal to the planned funding amount in no fewer than two countries in two different regions;
2. Demonstrate the ability to work in as many as possible of each of the following regions: subSaharan Africa (AF); East Asia and the Pacific (EAP); Europe (EUR); the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); South and Central Asia (SCA); and the Western Hemisphere (WHA). Final country selection will be confirmed in consultation between the successful applicant and S/GWI;
3. Be a U.S.- or foreign-based non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO); or Be a private, public, or state institution of higher education; and
4. Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active and equitable partnerships with in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders, including NGOs and private sector actors; and
5. Have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs in size, scope, and focus.

S/GWI reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering federal awards. These applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.

Closing Date for Applications: April 18, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Feb 23
Feb 23

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Jill Langhus
Feb 24
Feb 24

Thanks, Ana.