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Participation of PWDs in Humanitarian Action Funding Opportunity

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Participation of PWDs in Humanitarian Action Funding Opportunity

Participation of PWDs in Humanitarian Action

The humanitarian sector has long acknowledged that the participation of people affected by crises (PWDs) in all stages of humanitarian programming can improve accountability and the quality of humanitarian assistance, as well as strengthen the resilience and capacity of those affected (ALNAP, 2003).

Despite lots of policies and guidance that echo the need for participation of people PWDs in Humanitarian Action, there has been slow progress in mainstreaming such practices in humanitarian settings. Where participation does take place it often builds on pre-existing structures and representatives which may exclude the most marginalised and vulnerable, such as older people and people with disabilities.


Although available data on disability is not comprehensive, global estimates suggest that around 15% of people in a given population will have some kind of disability. This may be substantially higher in humanitarian settings (WHO, 2011). Older age intersects significantly with disability as an estimated 46% of those over 60 have a disability (ADCAP, 2018).

Despite representing significant proportions of a given population, people with disabilities and older people are often excluded from decision-making in humanitarian programming. As a result, the rights, perspectives and agency of older people and people with disabilities are frequently overlooked, leaving them to be disproportionately affected by crises.

In recent years, there has been a renewed effort in moving beyond the rhetoric of participation and embedding it into humanitarian practice. Examples of this are the “Participation Revolution” workstream part of the Grand Bargain (2017), the participation commitment within the Core Humanitarian Standards and the Humanitarian Inclusion Standards for People with Disabilities and Older People (2018). Yet examples of mechanisms that enable the meaningful participation of older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian programming, as well as evidence around their effectiveness, remain rare in the sector (HIF Gap Analysis, 2020).

The lack of inclusive mechanisms for participation means that people with disabilities and older people often face a range of barriers to participating in decision-making for programmes and activities that directly affect them. Representative organisations such as organisations for people with disabilities (OPDs) and older people’s organisations (OPAs) are also often left out of discussions where their voice and expertise could contribute to the development and implementation of more inclusive programmes.

To enable the sustainable mainstreaming of any inclusive mechanisms for participation, they will need to be backed up by evidence of their effectiveness. However, there are currently few approaches, metrics and tools on how to assess the effectiveness of such participation mechanisms. Our Gap Analysis found that there is a lack of documented evidence on the impacts and outcomes of increased participation of people with disabilities and older people in decision making. There is also a need for increased understanding of the effectiveness of OPDs in enabling meaningful participation.

We are looking for innovative mechanisms to increase the meaningful participation of people with disabilities and older people in humanitarian action, and innovative ways of assessing the effectiveness of these mechanisms.

Projects will be at the Invention or Adaptation stage of humanitarian innovation. Projects at the Invention stage will generate ideas and develop a prototype for early-stage testing. Those at the Adaptation stage will match an existing solution to a new problem and context.

The handbook of the challenge can be downloaded here

Read more on Frequently asked questions and further application instructions via this page

Norad RFP for Combating Modern Slavery Through Civil Society

Norad RFP for Combating Modern Slavery

Norad invites civil society organisations to submit proposals for projects combating modern slavery for the period 2020/2021-2023.
  • See the full call in MFA/Norad’s Grants Portal.
  • The application deadline is 1 October 2020 at 13:00 CEST.
  • Norad aims to complete the assessment of applications in early 2021.

General Information

The call for proposals Combating Modern Slavery Through Civil Society is a component of Norway’s Development Programme to End Modern Slavery, which will be published shortly. The programme’s main objective is to reduce the prevalence and scope of modern slavery in selected partner countries and sectors and with three related outcomes (see below).

This aligns well with Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and end child labour.

The target of Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 is to “take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labourend modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms”.

Combating modern slavery contributes to ensuring that the most vulnerable are not excluded from development, in line with the leave no one behind principle.

Civil society actors play pivotal roles at both a country level and internationally in monitoring and holding authorities and businesses accountable and challenging power structures. Futhermore, they set the agenda and develop policy, and bring people together around a common agenda, in order to prevent and end modern slavery. Additionally, civil society plays a role in delivering services to marginalised and discriminated groups and individuals. The rehabilitation of survivors of modern slavery is one example.

This call for proposals provides up to NOK 190 million in funding for the period 2020/2021-2023. The call is to support civil society organisations’ work within this thematic area over a project period of up to four years. Only organisations who have an ongoing grant agreement with Norad may apply for projects starting from 2020. Other applicants may apply for projects starting from 2021.

Objectives and Target Groups

The call for proposals will contribute to achieving the overall vision of ending all forms of modern slavery. The planned impact is that the prevalence and scope of modern slavery in selected partner countries and sectors is reduced. There are three related outcomes that contribute to the impact:

  • Outcome 1: Governments have implemented efforts to prevent, identify and address modern slavery, and to protect vulnerable groups and survivors.
  • Outcome 2: The corporate sector has implemented efforts to prevent, identify and address human trafficking and forced labour, including the worst forms of child labour, in their company operations and supply chains.
  • Outcome 3: Vulnerable individuals and groups are resilient in the face of recruitment to modern slavery.

The prioritised target groups include the most vulnerable in society that are easy targets for recruitment into modern slavery, and the survivors of slavery-related situations.

Women and girls are in many places particularly vulnerable to recruitment into slavery. The gender dimension must be addressed in all efforts under this grant scheme.

Children make up approximately 25 per cent of all survivors/victims of modern slavery. The particular vulnerability of children must be addressed explicitly in the supported efforts.

Country and Sector Priorities

The targeted countries under this call for proposals should be in Sub-Saharan Africa and among the Partner Countries in Norway’s Development Policy.

Given the complexity and the risk involved in the efforts to end modern slavery, countries that are also pathfinder countries of Alliance 8.7, or that that have documented interest to become pathfinder countries, and therefore have expressed a political will to combat slavery, will also be prioritised.

Based on the above, the following countries in Sub-Saharan Africa will be prioritised under this call for proposals: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda. Applications covering other Sub-Saharan African countries may be considered if they demonstrate a particular contribution towards the stated impact and outcomes.

For sector-specific projects, this call for proposals will give priority to the agricultural sector. The agricultural sector is a high-risk sector for forced and child labour. 70 per cent of all child labour occurs within this sector, with the highest prevalence seen in Africa.

Forced labour and child labour are driven by poverty in agricultural areas, migration and a lack of alternative job opportunities. Climate change and conflict also influence working conditions in the agricultural sector.


All Year Round Funding for Fishing Communities at YDCCF

Funding for Fishing

The YDCCF seeks partnerships with local organizations that are directly engaged with preserving and enhancing the local communities and fisheries.

The Foundation provides grants to directly support priority conservation needs, community projects and educational efforts in important angling communities around the world.

Please visit Grant Programs for more information.

Our Guidelines and Priorities: The Foundation provides grants from $250 to $5,000 for an individual project.  The Foundation has limited resources and places higher priority on projects that:

  1. Benefit fisheries and habitats.
  2. Enhance our target communities through schools, education or other civic needs.
  3. Include partnerships with the lodges or angling operations that Yellow Dog works with.
  4. Provides ability to leverage additional funding.

We also value projects in which our grants can serve as a catalyst for other sources of funding, including volunteer labor, donations of materials and equipment, and other funding sources.

We accept inquires for grants in the destinations that Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures conducts its business and sends their clients, nationally and internationally.  Please visit for a complete list of destinations.  We also encourage applicants to partner with the local lodges that we work with.

The Foundation accepts proposals on an ongoing basis. The Board of YDCCF reviews grants twice annually in the spring and fall. In general these meetings are in March and October and we will accept proposals up to one week prior to the Board Meeting.  If awarded, grant funds are disbursed within a few weeks of the meeting. You may contact us for specific dates. YDCCF will accept one proposal annually from an organization, with the exception of specific projects with dedicated funds.

We encourage applicants to call or email to discuss their projects to make sure it is a good fit for the foundation.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have questions. The Foundation views its grantees and partners and will work with you through all phases of the project.


RISE Sundara Grants for Female Entrepreneurs and NGOs in WASH

Grants for Female Entrepreneurs

Through RISE – Sundara Grants  newest and most ambitious initiative to date we will be Rewarding Innovative and Sustainable Entrepreneurs.

Our goal with RISE is to make a global impact through providing seed-funding and mentorship to female entrepreneurs across the globe living in low to middle income countries.

This new, ambitious phase of our work focuses on elevating women to become thought leaders and change-makers in their very own community.

With RISE, entrepreneurs already have unique and powerful ideas on how to resolve water, sanitation, or hygiene problems in their very own community – yet lack the resources to make this possible.

 Sundara Fund helps to provide both mentorship and financial support to these entrepreneurs to make a lasting impact in the community.


We believe in offering a hand-up, rather than a hand out. RISE offers up to $5,000 per entrepreneur to contribute sustainably to their community in the water, sanitation or hygiene sector. These funds give early-stage entrepreneurs the initial financial support to develop their business plan into a well-researched, income-generating project.


Over and above seed funding, RISE offers regular guidance and communication on everything from how to best develop a business plan to perfecting a ‘pitch.’ No two projects or businesses are alike – and that’s why we provide tailored, specific advice based on the individual needs of each fellow


We tap into our extensive network of professionals to connect you with experts relative to your field. From business consultants, to PR professionals, to similar organizations working in your sector, we work to connect you to world class talent.


Female entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 50 living in low to middle income countries with a unique idea on how to improve local water, sanitation or hygiene problems in their own community

Grassroots nonprofits led by females or benefitting females with annual budgets under $50,000 USD

The idea will be fully developed or the project will be in its infancy

Applicant will be able to clearly explain the problem, with a concise explanation of the solution to be implemented

Applicant will be able to develop a business plan as well as a budget timeline

Applicant will be able to submit an itemized budget detailing how they plan to allocate funds received


As an entrepreneur, your hands are full – really full. That’s why we created a funding application that’s simple and allows you to devote time where it’s truly needed – on the ground, in your community, and behind the drawing board working to perfect your ideas.


Applicants submit their initial funding proposal through our online portal found below under ‘Apply for funding.’ Only applicants who are in consideration for funding will be contacted.

All applicants who successfully make it through to the second round of the application process will be required to submit a business plan and budget timeline. Our team provides guidance and templates for you to follow.

During the third and final stage of the application process, selected applicants have the chance to pitch their project to our Board of Directors over a video conference.

Applicants who successfully make it through steps 1 to 3 are officially invited to become a part of RISE’s mentoring and seed funding social innovation


Please note that there are several countries which can not accept money from the US – if your country is on either of these lists, we unfortunately can not work with you at this time. If you have any questions regarding the application, please email and our team will be in touch with you. While we greatly appreciate the effort of all applicants, due to the high volume of applications we are receiving, we will only contact applicants on the short list.


DAAD Masters in International and Development Economics Scholarship at Germany’s HTW Berlin

Masters in International and Development Economics Scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) can grant a limited number of scholarships (6-8) to cover living expenses (service fee is waived for recipients of such grants) for applicants from developing and newly industrialised countries. Applicants are selected by the DAAD in cooperation with HTW Berlin. For more information on the DAAD scholarship, please see the DAAD webpage

Who can apply for the DAAD scholarship?

Applicants for the DAAD scholarship must

How to apply for the DAAD scholarship?

Should you wish to apply for a DAAD scholarship, please indicate this in your MIDE application form. You must also

Confirmation of Employment vs. Letter of Recommendation

confirmation of employment is usually issued by HR and confirms the dates of employment with the organisation and the tasks. Possibly, but not in all cases, there will be an evaluation of the skills/accomplishments.

letter of recommendation is a personal assessment from your supervisor that usually includes these three components:

  • A paragraph or sentence that explains how the referee knows this person for how long.
  • An evaluation of the person and their skills/accomplishments. If possible , specific examples should be offered that illustrate the person’s strengths and qualifications. These examples should be brief but detailed.
  • A summary that explains why and to what degree the person is recommended.​
  • complete the DAAD application form and attach it to the MIDE application form. Don’t forget to date and personally sign the DAAD application form.
  • submit a statement of motivation (dated and personally signed) explaining why you are interested in attending a particular postgraduate course with reference to your current employment. Please further describe your development-related motivation and how you intend to make full use of your scholarship and education by taking on social responsibility later in your career.
    When applying for more than one postgraduate course (maximum 3 courses), you have to submit one motivation letter only, i.e. the same for each course, explaining why you are applying for these specific courses and why you chose that priority.
    You do not have to submit a separate statement of motivation for the MIDE programme. Your statement of motivation for the DAAD scholarship will also serve as the required letter of motivation for the MIDE programme.
  • submit proof of at least two years of professional work experience and state your current work situation at the time of application. It is required to submit the following proof: Certificate(s) of employment that include the exact position and period of employment. This/these letter(s) must come on official letterhead, be dated and signed as well as carry a stamp. Letters of appointment, work contracts, pay slips etc. are not accepted as proof of employment.
  • letter of reference from the employer(s), ideally guaranteeing re-employment after completion of the postgraduate course in Germany. This/these letter(s) must come on official letterhead, have a current date and be signed as well as carry a stamp.

If applying to more than one course, please list courses in order of priority in the DAAD application forms and do not change these priorities in the respective application!

Academic reference letters are not required for the scholarship application anymore. Please ignore this section in the MIDE application form.

What are the selection criteria for the DAAD scholarship?

The ideal scholarship holder

  • Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and,as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas. Scholarship applications from lecturers and researchers  at universities are subordinated to applications from practioners in the development field.
  • Holds a Bachelor’s degree (normally four years) in a related subject
  • Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least
  • Two years of related professional experience after the first degree (bachelor)
  • His/her academic degrees are not older than six years.

Selection criteria and procedures for DAAD scholarship recipients ensure that:

  • priority target candidates have proven development-related motivation and can be expected to make full use of their scholarship and education by taking on social responsibility later in their careers, acting as agents of change who stimulate and support development in their personal and professional surroundings (motivation, commitment to development) in their home countries.
  • the candidates have the professional and academic qualifications necessary to ensure suc-cessful completion of the degree programme in Germany (final scores on previous academic examinations, language skills),
  • women and candidates from disadvantaged groups who meet the required academic and professional standards and show proven commitment to development-related issues are especially targeted for programme admission.

What does the DAAD scholarship cover?

  • Living expenses (17 months): 850,00 €/month
  • Study and research subsidy
  • A subsidy for travel expenses (incl. insurance for accident & personal liability) to Germany and back home after the completion of the programme
  • Health insurance
  • Preparatory German Language Course (February/ March).

Are there other sources of funding?

Competition for the DAAD scholarship is very intense, we receive about 250 applications for only 6-8 scholarships that can be granted.

Applicants are thus adviced to also look into other sources of funding, i.e. the employer, the goverment of the home country and other funding organistions. You do have to apply for these on your own, MIDE cannot assist you. A good starting point to search for scholarships is the scholarship databaseprovided by the DAAD.

Please note that HTW Berlin does not offer scholarships for students.


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