Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Dutch Foreign Ministry’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW)

The Dutch Foreign Ministry has launched a new fund called FLOW (Funding Leadership and Opportunities for women) succeeding its MDG3 Fund. The fund aims to strengthen the rights and opportunities for women and Girls worldwide. It has focus on three priorities of security, economic empowerment and political participation with female leadership seen as an important instrument.
Dutch or international NGOs applying for this grant opportunity must be based in or operate in developing countries. The programme must focus on at least one of the following three categories of activities:

1. Activities designed to promote security by combating violence against women and actively involving women in processes of peace, security and reconstruction;

2. Activities designed to promote economic self-reliance, through giving women a say in food security, employment and property rights and access to safe drinking water;

3. Activities focused on the participation and representation of women in politics and public administration

Apart from Dutch organizations working in developing countries, international NGOs which are independent, not-for-profit civil society organizations with legal personality and working in developing countries can apply for this funding. The NGOs should “contribute in a result-oriented way to structural poverty reduction in developing countries by promoting equal rights and opportunities for women and girls. The aim of providing grants to such organizations and their programmes is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as a building block for structural poverty reduction.”

Organizations can independently submit a grant application or form part of a consortium in a joint application. A consortium-based application should have a lead organization which will be responsible for implementing the proposed project.

Applications have to be submitted by post with copies on paper and on CD-ROM to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. No email or online applications will be accepted. The last date for accepting the applications is 29 July 2011. Even applications which are postmarked on a date before the application deadline will be considered to be submitted on time, provided they are delivered no later than one week after the deadline has passed. For more information and to download the application form, visit this link.

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