Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs - Request for Concept Notes - ARISE Research Grants

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs - Request for Concept Notes - ARISE Research Grants

Are you a women’s rights or civil society organization with experience conducting applied research and are interested in the intersection of gender equality and finance? The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) - in consortium with the Criterion Institute and 2X Global - seeks proposals from non-profit organizations for grants of 20,000 - 50,000 USD to support 8 - 10 research projects for a period of 6 - 9 months that contribute to research that is transparent, participatory, responsive to power dynamics, and driven by expertise on gender equality and local context.

What Are Looking For?

  • Innovative research that is driven by organizational expertise on gender equality and local context that aims to change the way local communities think about and engage with financial actors. This research should focus on collecting and analyzing data that speak to the investment community with a gender lens and supports the building of connections with the local financial ecosystem.

  • This research invites participation with a Feminist Financial Imagination, recognizing the transformative opportunity when “power and tools of financial systems are channeled toward advancing gender equality and justice”

    The ARISE Consortium has identified several example topics, built on Criterion’s Toolkit strategies, including, but not limited to:

  • Shifting power in gender lens investment

  • Investment analysis that uses an intersectional gender lens

  • Recognizing the value of community assets in local contexts

  • Valuing contextual knowledge to reduce risk

  • Reducing the transaction cost of localized investments

  • Governance models for market systems investment

    Note that you are encouraged to propose research that is locally relevant and applicable to your organization’s work within your community.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Non-profit organizations that work on matters affecting cis or trans women, non-binary, gender-fluid, or gender non-conforming persons and are interested in shifting the way these communities engage with financial actors. These women’s rights organizations (WROs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) should hold an existing understanding of the gendered realities within their communities. There is no geographic requirement for this project; however, locally-led organizations operating in the Global South will be prioritized.

    The Consortium has identified several qualities that may make certain organizations better suited to influence – and therefore better qualified as grant recipients. Based on this, they intend to identify applicants who are:

  • Innovators and early adopters;

  • Engage in systemic change in their local contexts;

  • Open to thinking about using the power of the financial system;

  • Oriented for multilevel conversations with financial actors (i.e. investors and development institutions).

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs - Request for Concept Notes - ARISE Research Grants

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