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2014 CALL FOR PROPOSAL: Benin - Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana - Guinea - Liberia - Niger - Nigeria - Senegal - Sierra Leone

OSIWA seeks proposals aimed at achieving the following specific objectives in the priority countries listed beside each objective:

-Improve quality and conduct of elections (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal);
-Increase effectiveness of Parliaments (Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone);
-Enhance Citizens’ participation in Local Governance and Decentralization (Liberia, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone);
-Ensure Natural Resource Management frameworks are effective (Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone);
-Support alternative means for Anti-Corruption enforcement (Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal);
-Enhance social demand for accountability and effective public service delivery especially in health and education sectors (Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone);
-Enhance citizenship rights and social cohesion (Region wide);
-Reduce the impact of Drug Trafficking on Governance (Region wide);
-Effectively strengthen prevention and information systems to reduce Militancy and Violence (Mali, Niger, Nigeria);
-Promote the rights of women, youth, vulnerable groups and differently-abled persons (Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone);
-Improve criminal and administration of Justice (Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal);
-Address the challenges and potentials of International Criminal Justice for legal accountability (Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone);
-Ensure inclusive constitutional review processes (Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone); and
-Promote access to Information and Media Freedom (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone)

The detailed OSIWA strategy is available at Our Strategy.

OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organizations based in West Africa. In rare and limited circumstances, it provides support to West Africa-based international organizations with a strong commitment to transfer knowledge to local groups they partner with. It provides grants to government institutions as well as regional and sub-regional organizations working in its core priorities areas. OSIWA requires all organizations seeking funding to submit a completed application form, budget, work plan monitoring and evaluation framework and other relevant documents including leadership information (list of Board members, trustees and management), staff who will be involved in the project, proof of registration and banking details. Applications that are not submitted with all the relevant documentation will be delayed.

Submission and Deadlines
Proposals should be sent directly to: and will be accepted until May 30th 2014.
OSIWA encourages the early submission of proposals. Submitted proposals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The time required to review a proposal varies according to the complexity of the proposal, the problem being addressed, and the number of proposals being reviewed. Generally, it can take up to three months from the time a proposal is received to the actual award of a grant, although OSIWA strives to be as expeditious as possible in its review of inquiries and proposals. Please keep this in mind when planning.

Access the application documents
Download the 2014 Call for Proposals

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