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OSIWA awarding Grants to Local Organizations supporting the Creation of Open Societies in West Africa

OSIWA awarding Grants to Local Organizations supporting the Creation of Open Societies in West Africa

Deadline: 30 April 2020

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is currently accepting proposals to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation.

10+ Funders for Agriculture, Food and Nutrition
10+ Global Donors for Improving Lives of Children in Poor Countries
10+ Donors that believe in building NGO capacities for Civil Society Development
15+ Donors for Saving the Planet: Grants for Environment, Conservation and Wildlife
OSIWA supports innovative interventions with effective strategies that respond to the broader deep-seated political, justice and socio-economic roadblocks to open society in West Africa. OSIWA seeks to seize new opportunities and deploy novel methods, including technology and the arts, to address open society challenges.


OSIWA seeks proposals covering the following specific themes:

20+ Donors standing up for Human Rights and Equality
10+ International Donors seeking to improve Access to Water, Hygiene and Sanitation
20+ Global Donors for Empowering Women and Girls
25+ Donors for the Empowerment of Youth
Economic Governance and Advancement
Justice Reform and the Rule of Law
Free, Quality and Independent Media
Equality and Anti-Discrimination
Democratic Practice
Eligibility Criteria

OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organizations based in West Africa. In rare and limited circumstances, OSIWA provides support to West Africa-based international organizations with a strong commitment to transferring knowledge to local groups they partner with.
It provides grants to government institutions as well as regional and sub-regional organizations working in its core priority areas.
OSIWA requires all organizations seeking funding to be legally incorporated in their countries of intervention and interested organizations must submit a completed application proposal, budget, and other relevant documents including governance and leadership information (list of Board members, trustees and management staff who will be involved in the project, and proof of registration).
Incomplete applications will be delayed.
Selection Criteria

Selection criteria and process applications are evaluated on the extent to which the organization possesses the vision, drive, experience and skills required to create and sustain a project that will advance OSIWA’s objectives.

Questions used as criteria for selection:

Does the organization demonstrate the vision and skills, breadth of experience and discipline needed to accomplish the project with a high degree of success in a timely and cost-effective manner?
Does the organization’s track record and recommendations distinguish the organization as one who will lend a new or important voice to the advocacy community and be an agent for change?
Does the organization possess the leadership and analytical qualities needed to raise the level of local or national discussion and influence policy debate on the issues underlying the project?
Is the project relevant to OSIWA’s strategic priorities?
Is the project sufficiently innovative in its approach and sound in its strategy to have an impact on public opinion, policies, and/or reform activities at the national, regional or local level?
Are the project goals and timeline realistic and manageable?
Does the project budget speak to the activities?
Is the Monitoring and Evaluation framework well defined?
Does the project identify and build on existing efforts by organizations or individuals already working on the issue?
Does the project have multiplier effects?
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