Updated Dec 18, 2018CLOSED

Dismantling Barriers and Improving the Quality of Education for Women and Girls in Fragile, Conflict and Crisis Situations

Offered by Global Affairs Canada

The Dismantling Barriers and Improving the Quality of Education for Women and Girls in Fragile, Conflict and Crisis Situations call for proposals is part of Canada’s $400-million commitment to education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations, announced in June 2018 at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec.
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CLOSEDFeb 13, 2019Deadline

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Implemented in:
CountryComoros, Afghanistan, Guinea, Guatemala, Gambia, The, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Chad, Cameroon, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Angola, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Malawi, Rwanda, Palestinian Territories, North Korea, Nigeria, Niger, Nepal, Mozambique, Mauritania, Mali, Libya, Liberia, Laos, Kenya, Iraq, Honduras, Guinea-Bissau, Egypt, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Timor-Leste, Tajikistan, Solomon Islands, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Venezuela, Tanzania, Syria, Swaziland, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan and Yemen
Focus AreasEducation
This call will support development assistance projects in fragile, conflict and crisis situations, including in refugee-hosting countries. The call is intended to promote greater coherence between humanitarian actors and host governments and to increase access and reduce barriers to quality education for women and girls. Projects must clearly demonstrate collaboration with one or more local organization(s) or include a plan outlining how this collaboration will be formed.

Your proposalmustalign with at least one of the following three programming pillars in fragile, conflict and crisis situations, including in refugee-hosting countries:

  1. Barriers: Address harmful social norms and other barriers that hinder the demand for, and access to, education for girls and women in order to increase the equitable access to safe, secure, quality and inclusive education and learning opportunities for girls, adolescent girls and women, including those with disabilities.
  2. Systems: Expand and improve the provision of inclusive, gender-responsive, safe, accessible, equitable and quality pre-primary, primary and secondary education.
  3. Skills: Increase girls’ and women’s equitable access to quality gender-responsive skills development and higher education.

Other Requirements

Target Beneficiaries

Your proposalmust:

  • advance gender equality in a targeted or fully integrated manner;
  • apply a human rights-based approach and examine how intersecting identity factors impact access for and inclusion of those most at risk of being left behind, including persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex populations and other vulnerable groups;
  • demonstrate existing organizational capacity to readily implement the project in the proposed country(ies); and
  • integrate strategies and efforts to ensure the sustainability of results that are practical, realistic and comprehensive.
Please document the way that your project will:
  • address at least one of the critical cycles in a girl’s education—pre-primary (early years), primary (childhood), secondary (adolescence) or skills development (transition to adulthood);
  • support boys’ or men’s engagement to accelerate progress toward gender equality in education;
  • support innovative education delivery;
Financial StatementsCost share:At least 5% of thetotal eligible direct project costsover the life of the project in cash and/or in-kind contributions will be provided in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’sPolicy on cost-sharing for grant and non-repayable contribution agreements. Your organization must attest to meeting this requirement in theOrganization attestationform, which must be submitted as part of your application package.
Evidence/Proof of ConceptPlease document the ways which your project will :
Build the evidence base through research and strengthened gender-sensitive education-management information systems and advocate for girls’ and women’s rights and empowerment.

Thesignatory (or signatories)must:

be legally incorporated in Canada and registered in thePartners@Internationalportal;
provide two separate financial statements for the most recent fiscal years (audited statements are preferred; if these are not available, the statements must be signed by a member of each signatory’s board of directors, by the board’s delegate or by the owner(s); note also that since financial statements usually provide comparative information from the previous year, these statements will be used to do a three-year trend analysis);
provide anOrganization attestationsigned by the applicant’s chief financial officer or a duly authorized board member; and
submit only one application under this call as the lead signatory (the lead signatory is the signatory that will complete the organization and contact information inthe proposal form; if your organization submits more than one application under this call as a lead signatory, we will consider only the application with the earliest submission time stamp).

A minimum of five years of experience implementing development cooperation and/or humanitarian projects in fragile, conflict or crisis situations, including in refugee-hosting countries, in one of the fields related to the three core objectives (dismantling barriers to improve access for women and girls to a quality education; investing in quality education systems; and supporting skills development, especially for women and girls);

Application Directions

Applications to this call will first undergo aneligibility checkto verify that they meet allorganization eligibility requirementsandrequired project parameterslisted on this page. Next, eligible applications will be assessed to ensure that therequired project experiencehas been demonstrated. Applications that meet this requirement will proceed tomerit assessment,as described inHow we assess your proposal. Applications that do not meet therequired project experiencewill not be further assessed. You will be notified if your application is found to be ineligible or does not meet the required project experience.
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