DFID Support to Civil Society Organisations

International Funds » Support for Eradicating Poverty

The UK’s recent White Paper on International Development, Building our Common Future, states that £50m will be provided to assist civil society organisations in support of eradicating poverty.

Applications are now sought for part of this funding.

As the White Paper shows it is the poor in developing countries who are bearing the brunt of the recent economic downturn.

The purpose of this additional support is, therefore, to reach and improve the lives of the poor.

This support is available to all UK based organisations and existing DFID civil society partners, regardless of location, who can demonstrate:

  • Steps taken to restructure and reduce their own administrative costs to protect existing front line programmes.

  • While recognising that the recent economic crisis has hit civil society income, the £50m fund is not intended to cover this loss.

  • A rigorous assessment of the expected outputs and outcomes of the funding, demonstrating how they contribute to DFID’s standard indicator set of 6 outcome and 14 output level indicators (see ‘related documents’)

    How the proposal will profile the support being provided by DFID.

    What type of project can be funded?

    Proposals are encouraged that:

  • Protect the poorest in the downturn: improve service delivery, social protection and food security for the poorest, particularly in conflict affected and fragile countries;

  • Strengthen in-country advocacy and policy development on off track Millennium Development Goals in particular gender equality and women’s empowerment, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and ensuring environmental sustainability.

  • Proposals to promote basic services free at the point of delivery would also be of particular interest.

  • Improve the impact, capacity and contribution of civil society organisations to work together and with governments at global, national and local levels to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable growth.

  • Links to the MDGs should be made explicit.

    Deadline: 10th January

    For more funds information and application, see: DFID Support to Civil Society Organisations Website

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