Hivos and Ford Foundation established the Regional Fund on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in 2010 in recognition of the critical need for a strategic regional response to collectively address the myriad of SRHR issues in Southern Africa as well as to provide an opportunity for donors to coordinate their support to SRHR in the region. The Fund aims to capitalize on the benefits of working at the regional level by offering opportunities to share best practices and lessons learned, to coordinate efforts and to facilitate collective engagement and advocacy on SRHR issues in the region.
The Regional SRHR Fund focuses on supporting civil society responses that are relevant at both national and regional levels with a focus on regional impact. It also seeks to foster improved partnerships among regional organisations while responding to the need for improved coordination and collaboration among donors and CSOs on SRHR issues in Southern Africa. The Fund seeks to support efforts to advocate or take actions that can lead to improvements in the availability and accessibility of SRHR services in the region with a focus on the most vulnerable and marginalized people. The Fund has been engaging in advocacy campaigns that seek to move the SRHR agenda forward in the region and has been increasingly focusing on adolescent and youth SRHR issues. It manages the SexRightsAfrica Network in partnership with AIDS Foundation of South Africa. The web site can be accessed at: www.sexrightsafrica.net.
Funding: Grants will be provided to organisations proposing innovative ways to address the inter-sectionality between child marriage and one or more of the following three topics: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, HIV/AIDS and education at the national level that have the potential for scale up to the regional level.
The following funding categories are open:
Category A grants: This category seeds and supports activities at a national level to a maximum of US$14,000. Category A grants intend to increase understanding of the specific SRHR needs of children in marriage the scope of, and responses to child marriage in the region.
Category B grants: This category supports activities at a regional level (multi-country and/or collaborative) to a maximum of US$20,000. Category B grants aim to improve coordination of activities to prevent and respond to child marriage in the region, and to expand the network of CSOs working collectively on child marriage in the region.
Geographic Focus: Southern Africa including; Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, eSwatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
High rates of child marriage combined with a rapidly growing population could have devastating human and development consequences. The number of girls married as children is expected to double by 2015 and Africa will become the region with the highest number of child brides in the world. In Southern Africa, countries with the greatest number of cases include Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. While progress has been made in advocating for legislative changes including through the African Union appointment of a Goodwill Ambassador, there has been insufficient focus on the reality of child marriage and how it relates to key vulnerabilities that they face. This includes high rates of Sexual and Gender Based Violence, high rates of HIV and a lack of access to education. More work is therefore needed to encourage organisations working on the critical issues of SGBV, HIV and education to investigate and advocate for change in relation to the specific challenges faced by girls vulnerable to child marriage and young girls who are already married.
The Regional SRHR Fund is therefore seeking proposals that put forward approaches and activities that seek to make the linkages between child marriage and three key topics: SGBV, HIV and education.
Activities can include:
- research to gather, document and share evidence (including prevalence data of child marriage at country level);
- pilot testing programs that seek to strengthen intersectional programming with one or more of the three topics
- developing and implementing initiatives to improve the situation of children in marriage and adolescent girls vulnerable to marriage connected to one or more of the three topics; and
- advocacy efforts that seek to change/implement policies or programs at the national level related to one or more of the three topics that will have an impact on child marriage.
Efforts should seek to build/strengthen partnerships by fostering linkages between one or more of the topics and the issue of child marriage. While it is anticipated that activities will be undertaken at the national level, proposals should also seek to identify key entry points for undertaking advocacy efforts at the continental or regional level such as the African Union Campaign to end child marriage, the SADC Model Law on Child Marriage and other campaigns in the region linked directly or indirectly to ending child marriage and improving the lives of child brides that the Fund can use to elevate the outcomes to the regional level.
Proposals should clearly demonstrate anticipated outcomes linked to the objectives of the proposal call. Proposals should also demonstrate an understanding of the inter-sectionality between child marriage and one of the three topics of SGBV, HIV/AIDS and/or education. Applicants should be based or able to work in one of the identified countries (Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, or Zimbabwe). The maximum length of a proposal is 10 pages (including budget, log-frame and work plan). The proposal could build on existing activities or initiatives of applicants. The proposed intervention should not be less than 6 months and should not exceed 12 months.
Funding is limited. Preference will therefore be given to:
- Proposals that are well thought out and demonstrate a clear connection to the objectives of the Regional SRHR Fund and the proposal call.
- Proposals that articulate a strategic and innovative approach to addressing one or more of the three issues by making a direct connection to the reality of child marriage and child brides.
- Proposals that have the potential to have the greatest impact in moving the child marriage agenda forward in Southern Africa
- Proposals that include elements of sustainability
- Proposals should be rooted in the existing work and core activities of the organisation
- Proposals should demonstrate that the organisation applying for the grant is working in and has relationships with relevant stakeholders in one of the target countries.
- The organisation should be able to demonstrate an understanding of SRHR in the region and the connection to child marriage.
- Proposals should be submitted with a corresponding budget, work plan and results framework.
- Proposals must adhere to international safety and ethical guidelines
- Proposals must be received on time and should conform with the information requested as articulated in the proposal guidelines.
- Applicants must be able to ensure strong governance and financial management arrangements through the provision of the necessary paperwork to demonstrate this.
- Only activity-based costs will be considered.
- Previous Fund recipients are eligible to apply as long as they fulfil the criteria stated above.
- Preference will be given to supporting organisations that are seeking to work at the regional or multi-country level.
- Submission of a proposal does not automatically guarantee funding.
- Review of proposals will be done by a Selection Committee that will review proposals against all of the selection criteria.
Proposed Template for the Proposal
- Summary of the concept
- Organisational background
- Rationale for the intervention
- Overview of the intervention: design, activities and timeframe
- Results: what outputs and outcomes are expected
- Work plan
Please also include documents confirming the legal and financial status of your organisation. A template for the budget is also available if you require it.