Myanmar: second call for proposals Accountability Fund

The Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has launched a second Call for Proposals for the Accountability Fund. This global fund applies to the OECD list of lower-income countries and is therefore open to Myanmar.

Summary

Deadline: 30 September 2018 at 5 PM (Myanmar local time)

Total budget 2018 for Myanmar: € 450,000

Programme: Accountability Fund

Applicants: Local CSOs in Myanmar

Location: Myanmar

Accountability Fund

The objectives of the Accountability Fund are to strengthen the role and position of civil society by giving a voice to those that have been the least involved in the development of a country.

The specific area of work to achieve this are determined the implementing Embassy. However there is a preference for strengthening the capacities of organizations working on the following themes:

  1. Equal rights for women, focused on political participation and empowerment, and the prevention of gender-based violence, especially in  rural areas.
  2. Disability rights, service provision for the disabled.
  3. Freedom of expression, focused on advocacy, protection and an independent and critical media.
  4. Natural resource rights, access to land and water.
  5. Cross-cutting capacity support.

Focus and criteria

The Embassy receives a large number of project applications, whereas the available budget is sufficient to support only a very limited number of projects.

To ensure the application process is transparent, some guidelines are set.

Organizations applying for funding must ensure that their proposals comply with the following baseline criteria:

  • The Accountability Fund is meant for local CSOs. Although collaboration with Dutch NGOs is possible.
  • The project is specifically aimed at strengthening local CSOs, representing groups that are hard to reach. Especially those who are engaged with strengthening of minority groups and development in the border areas are given priority.
  • Only local CSOs are eligible to apply. Ensuring local ownership and legitimacy is important.
  • Priority will be given to local CSOs representing groups that are hard to reach or that are marginalized.
  • The proposed activities must aim to strengthen the lobbying and advocacy capacity of local CSOs. The fund cannot be used to finance service delivery activities.
  • The fund has the following thematic priorities:
    • Equal rights for women, focused on political participation and empowerment, and the prevention of gender-based violence, especially in  rural areas.
    • Disability rights, service provision for the disabled.
    • Freedom of expression, focused on advocacy, protection and an independent and critical media.
    • Natural resource rights, access to land and water.
    • Cross-cutting capacity support.
  • Proposals from local women’s rights organisations are welcome, in light of the €5 million set aside by the fund globally for these organizations each year.
  • Proposals are preferably multi-annual and strategic to prevent fragmentation of funds.
  • There is no minimum amount that can be awarded for an individual activity, yet considering the total amount per annum the maximum amount is set at €100,000.

How to apply

Does your organization work to raise the voice of marginalized groups in Myanmar, and do you strive to build an inclusive future where everybody has access to the same rights and priorities? Then the Kingdom of the Netherlands is looking to support you!

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 September 2018 at 5 PM  (Myanmar local time).

Only applications that use the ‘Template Application Form’ will be considered.

Applications must be sent to the foolowing e-mail address: yan@minbuza.nl, attn. Ms. Linda van der Horst.