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Making All Voices Count | new call for proposals

Civil society is at the heart of open governance.

Civil society can push to make government more open, can be a user of newly released government information, can work with government to implement reforms, and can hold governments to account when they don’t keep their promises.

This is central to the theories of change outlined in the Open Government Partnership’s 4 year strategy and by Making All Voices Count, which was in part designed to support civil society organizations to play their full role in national OGP processes.

This month, we are excited to announce a new joint initiative to support civil society  groups using innovation and technology in their open governance work.

Countries of focus

We encourage civil society leaders in the following countries to apply for Making All Voices Count support:

  • Countries producing new OGP plans in 2016: Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania
  • Countries currently implementing OGP plans: Ghana, Liberia, Philippines
  • Countries where civil society is campaigning for the government to join OGP: Nigeria

What are we looking for?

Civil society organizations interested in applying should design proposals strongly rooted in the national context and the opportunities that the prevailing context offers. Proposals should include realistic assessments of the local political appetite for open governance reform and OGP, and projects should be designed based on that analysis.

Making All Voices Count is open to considering a wide range of different activities, including where civil society groups:

  • Campaign for OGP participation of your country;
  • Strategically organise yourselves for effective OGP participation (playing a coordination role), including involving other organisations (e.g. women or youth focused organisations) that would ordinarily not participate;
  • Advocate for, set up and/or play a leadership role in OGP permanent dialogue mechanisms;
  • Draft of shadow action plans with civil society priorities
  • Organize campaigning activities to influence new OGP action plans;
  • Support the implementation of commitments;
  • Monitor the process and/or the quality and impact of the commitments (for example through participating in the NAP review tool project).

How to Apply

Interested organisations should send their concept notes/ideas - no more than 2 pages to the respective Making All Voices Count country teams:

  • Indonesia - Ria Ernunsari rernunsari@hivos.org
  • Kenya - Varyanne Sika: vsika@hivos.org
  • South Africa - Deborah Byrne: dbyrne@hivos.org
  • Ghana - Sachibu Mohamme: smohammed@hivos.org
  • Tanzania - Sanne van den Berg: svandenberg@hivos.org
  • Liberia - Sachibu Mohammed: smohammed@hivos.org
  • Philippines - Vivien Suerte-Cortez: vsuerte@hivos.org
  • Nigeria - Sachibu Mohammed: smohammed@hivos.org

The concept notes should include a summary of issues the project is addressing, partnership/alignment with OGP country plans, how long the project is proposed for and overall budget.

Deadlines

Submitted ideas will be discussed with applicants over a 2 month period, and Country Engagement Developers will support applicants to turn their concepts into full proposals.

Applicants who put in their ideas before April 2016 will have a greater chance of being funded.

Applications that come beyond May 2016 will not be accepted.

For more details visit the Making All Voices Count website

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