First global Voice call for proposals: Learn from innovation

Posted by Kimberley Meijers on October 4, 2016 at 8:10 pm

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Deadline: 15 October 2016


Maximum duration: 12 months

Maximum amount: Euro 200,000

Her Excellency, Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for the Netherlands launched Voice and its first global call for grant applications on September 1, 2016.

Voice is a new innovative grant facility that supports the most marginalised and discriminated people in ten low- and lower-middle income countries in Africa and Asia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind.

Voice is an initiative by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is executed by a consortium between Oxfam Novib and Hivos.

The first call for proposals is designed to help Voice, its potential grantees and wider community of stakeholders to learn from innovation. There exist many new, interesting and effective methods and approaches for supporting the Voice target group(s) in participating in their own governance and improving access to resources and services. For example, people who belong to more than one of the five target groups are more vulnerable to discrimination and therefore an emphasis on learning from programmes to address this phenomenon is encouraged.

Voice hopes to capture and stimulate learning of these methods so as to develop an evidence-base for future programming at national and global level.

Has your organisation, or an organisation you partner with implemented such innovations?

If yes, then you may be eligible (see eligibility test) for an Innovate and Learn grant to document, review, analyse, research and test your programmes, approach and/or methodology.

Please note that official publications of the granting modalities will be published in the Staatscourant early September.

Roles Oxfam Novib and Hivos

Oxfam Novib and Hivos have formed a consortium to implement Voice, combining the strengths of both organisations:

  • Both Oxfam Novib and Hivos  are experienced in capacity strengthening grants, challenge funds, innovation grants and investment grants, together managing over 1500 grants a year.
  • Oxfam Novib and Hivos  are experienced in transformative leadership development and linking and learning.
  • Oxfam Novib’s particular strengths include its long history in lobby and advocacy work, both in its own right and in strengthening capacities of local civil society actors
  • Hivos’ particular strengths include its strong track record on innovation, technology and creativity (arts and culture) and network of progressive frontrunners, role models and change agents, and specific expertise in the field of LGBTI and children.

Oxfam Novib and Hivos have already worked together in joint campaigning and lobbying and joint programme management and implementation (e.g. the “Women on the Frontline” programme funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

The consortium is implementing Voice with financing made available by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of their overall policy framework ‘Dialogue and Dissent’.

Other programmes under this policy framework are the Strategic Partnerships on Dialogue and Dissent and the Accountability fund. The Ministry has a long tradition of supporting civil society organisations operating in low- and middle-income countries. In addition to the financial support the Ministry also has a representative on the Advisory Board to provide overall strategic guidance to the Consortium.