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List of grants/ funding opportunities for NGOs, social enterprise, and project implementing agencies


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Funding Opportunities for Gender Based Violence/ Violence Against Women

Funding opportunities in areas of Gender Based Violence

This is the August update of grant list in area of GBV/ VAW. This is updated once or twice in a month.
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Funding opportunity in GBV/ VAW

Submission date Title of call Organization & link Amount Range Purpose Eligibility
13-Aug-17 2017 Grant Program (2nd term) Niwano Peace Foundation $9,000 Community development, advancement of health, human rights & prevention of poverty CSOs in developing countries
18-Aug-17 Call for Proposals to Support Civic Activism in Mozambique Counterpart International/ USAID Upto $400,000 Improve accountable and effective democratic governance by strengthening the impact of civic activism in Mozambique. CPI invites interested organizations to present concept papers in the program target sectors of: Basic Education, Health, Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change, Extractive Industry, Transparency and Accountable Governance local and national Mozambican Organizations/Associations
21-Aug-17 Proposals from organizations working with Sex Workers, People who Use Drugs and Prison Populations only Elton John AIDS Foundation  - Focus on service delivery, catalytic in nature, scalable in design, innovative, Able to track changes such as HIV testing and treatment of programme beneficiaries. organizations working with Sex Workers, People who Use Drugs and Prison Populations only - Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Zambia and Zimbabwe
25-Aug-17 Joint Gender Fund Call for Proposals: Strengthening Community Level Gender-Based Violence Interventions Joint Gender Fund R 50,000.00 Enhance leadership and provide funding for innovative programmes that address the drivers of violence against women and girls in South Africa South African Non-Profit Organization ( Limpopo, North West or Mpumalanga provinces only)
28-Aug-17 People's Postcode Lottery Postcode Community Trust £20,000 Improve the health statistics of a community
through, for example: First aid courses, exercise, Mental health awareness or counselling, First Responders
Community groups
and charities in Scotland, England and Wales (UK)
29-Aug-17 Grants of up to £30,000 over one to three years and provide access to business expertise to help our grantees achieve their goals The Fore Trust £30,000 Unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. Any organisation that is small (annual income less than £1m) and charitable. You need to be UK registered, but can be a charity, social enterprise or community interest company
30-Aug-17 Counter Gender-Based Violence Activity (C-GBV) USAID $15,300,000 USAID/DRC implements an integrated approach to GBV in the DRC, with this activity serving as the hub to a larger set of activities designed to:
promote positive gender norms, power-relations and attitudes to address a core driver of GBV;
respond to survivors’ medical, emotional, and legal needs; and
reduce stigma to enhance reintegration of survivors.
Organizations worldwide
19-Sep-17 AWDF Call for Proposals African Women's Development Fund USD 10,000 to 20,000 Priority will be given to projects that enhance
Women and girls access to justice especially,  around land and property rights, Policy engagements on women’s rights, Addressing violence against women
Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia & Zimbabwe
6-Oct-17 Call for Proposals for Innovations in Preventing Gender-Based Violence World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Upto $100,000 Innovative research and interventions or related activities that will contribute to the prevention and response of gender-based violence CSO, low and middle income countries.
14-Nov-17 Prevent and combat gender-based violence and violence against children European Commission EUR 2500000 - Prevention of gender-based violence (GBV), Protection and support for victims of gender-based violence and violence against children Organizations in EU
Ongoing Travel Grants, Event Organizing Grants Global Fund for Women $5,000 - 30,000 Travel and event organization in GBV issues CSO
Ongoing Positive Action for Girls & Women ViiV Healthcare £50,000 Reducing incidence of and ending community acceptance of early marriage, forced marriage and relationships of power imbalance, Community interventions to end sexual and gender based violence, particularly amongst adolescent girls CSO
Multiple Multiple opportunities in US US Government and others Various GBV, domestic violence Varied, USA
Ongoing Rapid response fund for direct action and community mobilizing Third Wave Fund $5000 - 15,000 youth-led Gender Justice activism to advance the political power, well-being, and self determination of communities of color and low-income communities in the United States CSO, USA

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Vacancy Announcement: Knowledge Management Intern – ICT and GBV

Project Background

Gender based violence affects more than 20 percent of our populations every year. Out of those, only 30 to 40 percent chose to lodge a formal complaint and out of those make formal complaints only a few could access to counseling, medical, rehabilitation, legal, livelihood, and other essential services.

With a national NGO in Rwanda as partner, SocialWell has won the 2016 FIRE Africa innovation grant for its innovative concept of using GBV data and analytics to improve access to services among the victims and institutional accountability and governance. In addition, we are working on a case management tool that would allow providers and institutions collaborate, refer, and document services delivery.

In the course of the project design, our project team couldn’t find any global knowledge base on using ICTs in GBVs. There is a need for guidelines on data collection, storage, and sharing for the provider, NGOs, and government agencies as well. We also felt need for collating research and evaluations on the effectiveness of ICTs in various aspects of GBVs.

In view of this, SocialWell is working to develop a portal that will provide a bibliography with links to full texts, projects directory, calendar of events, experts database, blog, and a mailing list. In addition, we are working to form an ‘International Working Group on ICTs and GBV’ to help develop guidelines and organize a conference, subject to availability of funding.

This portal will act as an advocacy tool for civil organizations, governments, international organizations, private sector, and donors working in GBV to explore role ICTs could play. It will also encourage more organizations to bring innovative approaches and attract funding.

Role and responsibilities

  • Manage the overall portal activities – keeping the portal continuously updated with new content in various categories mentioned above.
  • Search database for research publications and examine their relevance for inclusion in the ICT for GBV bibliography.
  • Invite experts, researchers, and practitioners to register in the portal
  • Identify relevant projects across the globe, discuss with implementing organizations, and create pages and content for the project
  • Write case studies and blogs on topics and schedule in discussion with team. Conduct research and develop analyses to incorporate in those writings
  • Post content through social media
  • Maintain a global calendar of events on ICTs and GBVs
  • Participate in select events when opportunity permits and post the meeting highlights in the portal
  • Support formation of ‘International Working Group on ICTs and GBV’ and help working group members with relevant information and documents in their work

Your profile

  • Completing or have completed master degree in any one branch of social sciences
  • Active interest on the topic ICT and GBV and strong understanding and knowledge in ICT and/or GBV (Note: this means understanding of application of ICTs in social sector, not technological details), as evident in the form of curricula, thesis, research work, letter of recommendation, blog posts, etc.
  • Strong understanding of research methods in social sciences, shown in thesis, research paper, publications
  • Ability to write in simple and concise manner, suitable for web and social media
  • Able to give 2 – 3 hours in week days for at least 3 months
  • Expert level English language mandatory, French desirable

What we offer

This is an unpaid internship for duration of 3 months. The duration and nature of contract may be reviewed based on mutual discussion and availability of funding for this project. We provide offer and recommendation letters.

How to apply

Send a cover letter mentioning how you fit for the criteria mentioned for the profile of the candidate, along with your CV, and a writing sample, to with a copy to Last date: March 3, 2017.


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Students: Participate in Our Survey on CrowdTraining Youth Using Mobile App

Are you a student enrolled in any course in India? Are you interested in getting practical training on a variety of topics and instantly train your peers using the mobile app? Do you want to get an online certificate that you can instantly share over social media, as well? If so, go on and participate in this survey.

We invite students pursuing any course in any subject to take part in our CrowdTraining survey. As a trainer, you will train your peers in speaking English, writing job applications, book keeping, and many others. Usually, trainers train for one to two hours every day, for one to three months. First 100 respondents in the survey will get a chance to participate in our beta program.

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What are the key takeaways from evaluations of India’s Mother and Child Tracking System?

By @GaraiAtanu

When India introduced the Mother and Child Tracking System as national MIS for its maternal and child health program in December 2009, most states were running their own MIS applications. Several states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Rajasthan, and others were running for more than 5 years.

In its initial years, states heavily inflated data they reported in MCTS to showcase their performance in MCH programs. District units started reporting exaggerated figures especially towards the end of the financial year, in the month of March. Even within the government health administration, few relied upon MCTS data for program monitoring. Roll out of MCTS across India took almost 4 years, from 2010 to 2013.

MCTS is a name-based tracking system which capture information on maternal and child health. I did a review of MCTS back in 2012 when it was capturing following key data points(1):

Pregnant Women

  • Location details (state, district, block, address)
  • Identification details (Name, date of birth, phone, Janani Suraksha Yojana, caste)
  • Health provider details (HSC, ANM, ASHA, linked facility for delivery)
  • ANC details (LMP, ANC dates, TT, IFA, anemia, complications)
  • Pregnancy outcome (place, delivery date, JSY benefits)
  • PNC details (dates)
  • Infant details


  • Location details (state, district, block, address)
  • Identification details (Name, date of birth, phone, Janani Suraksha Yojana, caste)
  • Health Provider details (HSC, ANM, ASHA)
  • Immunization details (Dates for BCG, OPV, DPT, hepatitis, measles, MR Vitamin A)

In our visits to a number of health centers and focus group discussions with providers, we found a delay in submission of data, as much as 2 to 3 months. Evidently, with such delays, health services may not be benefitted from a name-based tracking system such as MCTS.

Public Health Foundation of India evaluated MCTS around the same time in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, using data quality assessment (DQA) method to evaluate data quality, along with an assessment survey for assessing implementation challenges(2). The assessment found that data was mostly incomplete – beneficiary profile was mostly incomplete in Rajasthan and beneficiaries were excluded in Uttar Pradesh.

While Rajasthan had registered all sampled women and 85% of sampled children registered in MCTS, their profiles were 64% complete. In comparison, MCTS in Uttar Pradesh excluded 21% of sampled pregnant women and 43% of sample children. Profile data in Uttar Pradesh were 38% complete for women and 56% for children. The study underlined several causes that contribute to these limitations in data quality:

  • Suboptimal field level data collection,
  • Consolidation and transfer processes,
  • Inconsistent training levels for health staff, and
  • Lack of clear monitoring and supervision guidelines.

Besides, the study highlighted limitations in human resources, connectivity, and power supply challenged a smooth implementation.

Another study conducted during September 2013 – March 2014 in Haryana emphasized upon same infrastructural challenges that were experienced in 2009 (3). The study, in addition, reported an interesting observation on the reach and usage of SMS that MCTS generates based on the profile and transactional data entered in the system. The study found that only 18% of the beneficiaries reported to have received SMS while only 6% could understand the content in those SMS.

We can conclude this discussion from these 5 key takeaways:

  1. While MCTS has brought uniformity in MCH indicators and reporting across India, we need significant improvements in timeliness and completeness in data reporting through MCTS portal.
  2. Though MCTS has been in existence for more than 7 years now, we are still fixated in making data input work. As a result, health providers and beneficiaries have never truly experienced the benefits of having an effective name-based tracking system.
  3. There have been significant public investments in human resources (data entry and analysis), connectivity, and infrastructure built at district and block levels for smooth implementation of MCTS. This calls for a cost-effectiveness analysis with an alternate technology strategy such as using mHealth.
  4. Both reach and usage of SMS that MCTS broadcasts need rigorous evaluation. Most programs designed to provide customized reminders and motivational messages have adopted voice calls. We must take a hard look at this strategy before sending millions of messages.
  5. MCH is one area where thousands of NGOs and innovators are working in India and globally. Both operationally and technologically, MCTS offers little scope to these agencies either to leverage its data in their work or to contribute data to MCTS.


  1. Delivery quality health, nutrition, and WASH in Uttar Pradesh: An ICT strategy recommendation for 2013-2017 (unpublished report prepared by Garai, Atanu).
  2. Gera, Rajeev et al. “An in-Depth Assessment of India’s Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.” BMC Health Services Research 15 (2015): 315. PMC. Web. 17 Feb. 2017.
  3. Nagarajan P, Tripathy JP, Goel S. Is mother and child tracking system (MCTS) on the right track? An experience from a northern state of India. Indian J Public Health. 2016 Jan-Mar;60(1):34-9.

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Why Are We Calling Data, Privacy, and Security Experts to Join Our ‘Working Group on ICT and GBV’

By @SocialWellNet

In our review of available ICT interventions in tackling gender-based violence (GBV), we couldn’t help but notice a remarkably low number of projects, evaluations, tools, technologies that exists to use ICTs in GBV. GBV is as much a socio-cultural problem, as it is problem of providing access to services and coordinating among state and civil agencies.

In our review, we also found a steady growth of mobile applications that would send triggers to 10 friends whenever someone is in danger. In fact, this has become a pet project for students in computer science department in India at least. We also found a good number of mobile applications that were used for recording GBV cases by the health workers. Some organizations implemented these applications. There are several case management systems implemented at project and country levels.

A consortia of international organizations comprising of UNFPA, IRC, UNHCR, UNICEF, and International Medical Corps created an MIS – Gender-based Violence Information Management System – to manage GBV cases in humanitarian contexts. GBVIMS was created to ‘harmonize data collection on GBV in humanitarian settings, to provide a simple system for GBV project managers to collect, store, and analyze their data, and to enable the safe and ethical sharing of reported GBV incident data’.

Data sharing is key to successful coordination within various arms of the government and with civil agencies responsible for providing services in GBV interventions. GBV helpline that collects report of GBV cases usually managed by the ministries of women and family promotion, whereas the investigation and judicial services are provided by the ministries of home and ministries of justice. Without an effective and proven mechanism, it is likely that many cases reported through GBV helpline will remain unattended to.

When we started looking for tools, guidelines, and data standards for sharing cases and aggregated data, we couldn’t find any. Understandably, there is considerable fear among many within the government departments in parting with sensitive data on GBV that can put victims into harm’s way.

The aggregated data, on the other hand, can provide insights on access and timeliness of psychosocial, legal, judicial services in sub-national, national, and regional levels. There is an opportunity to improve institutional accountability and response to GBV using aggregated data.

To develop and discuss this issue which we will eventually confront in Rwanda GBV Monitor project that APESEK and SocialWell will implement in Rwanda, we thought to review and publish practices and case studies through a knowledge hub.

At the same time, we have also started consulting with experts in areas of GBV, ICT, open data, privacy, and data security in governments, industry, academia, and civil society with the view to explore following key questions:

  • First, how do we store and manage case data in a networked environment.
  • Second, how do we share case and aggregated data within the agencies working in GBV interventions and also with general public and media through open data mechanism.
  • Third, what will be the key data points that may provide greater insights in GBV cases as such.
  • Fourth, what will be the mechanism to publish aggregate GBV data through open data framework.
  • Fifth, what will be the privacy and security mechanism that each agency handling GBV data must be adhering to.

As we are consulting with several experts and organizations to be part of this development, we always welcome your interests and inputs. Get in touch with: Jeanne Sheila Uwibona, Project Coordinator – Rwanda GBV Monitor, SocialWell.

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APESEK and SocialWell Awarded Grant by FIRE Africa to Enhance Access to GBV Data

FIRE Africa, an innovation program to promote access to ICTs in Africa, has today named APESEK to lead a project along with SocialWell to develop a data portal on gender based violence (GBV) in Rwanda.

APESEK and SocialWell will engage a team of experts in GBV, gender data, and data analytics to build capacity among the state and civil society institutions in Rwanda in creating a GBV data portal “Rwanda GBV Monitor.” Rwanda GBV Monitor emphasizes upon improving accountability and governance among those institutions.

“Our team will seek to partner and work with various institutions of the Government of Rwanda at local and national levels, besides taking inputs from the NGOs working in the field of police, justice, and women empowerment”, said Emmanuel Nyandwi, Director of APESEK.
Noting that stopping violence against girls and women is central to the SDGs, Atanu Garai, CEO of SocialWell said, “the FIRE African grant provides us an opportunity to use data in improving institutional accountability towards the victims of GBV.”

When implemented, “Rwanda GBV Monitor” will be first of its kind not only in Rwanda, but also in the East Africa region.
“In a sense, the project will strengthen our common resolve to strengthen Rwanda’s effort to fight GBV”, said Nyandwi.

About APESEK: Founded in 2002, APESEK is an NGO based in Rwanda promoting well-being of orphan and vulnerable. APESEK has designed and implemented large scale GBV projects in Rwanda.

About SocialWell: Established in early 2016, SocialWell ( is a social enterprise that brings ICT driven innovations and sustainable business models in social and public sectors. SocialWell implements web, data-driven, and mobile solutions in areas of maternal and child health (MCH) and gender based violence (GBV) in Asia and Africa.

Emmanuel Nyandwi

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