Posted on 02.02.2017

Call for Proposals

Deadline for submission: 28.02.2017 at 11 am

1.    Background

Good governance and a capable state constitute the first pillar of Rwanda Vision 2020. One of the key objectives of the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy II (EDPRS II, 2013 -2018) is to enhance Accountable Governance by promoting citizen participation and mobilisation for delivery of development. The strengthening of citizen participation, awareness and demand for accountability constitutes an integral part to further advance Accountable Governance in Rwanda. The United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP; 2013 -2018), which is aligned to the EDPRS II, also highlights the need to enhancing accountability and citizen participation in sustainable development and decision making processes at all levels. Civil society organizations (CSOs) are mentioned as an important actor to demand accountability and transparency at all levels.

 Within this broader framework, the Government of Rwanda and One United Nations – Rwanda launched a Joint Programme to strengthening civil society organizations for responsive and accountable governance in Rwanda. A key component of this Joint Programme is to empower local CSOs in recognition of the important role CSOs can play in contemporary Rwandese society.

 The landscape of CSOs in Rwanda is diverse with CSOs represented in a wide range of sectors such as human rights, accountable governance, social protection, peace and reconciliation, community development and empowerment. While the structures of CSOs are fairly well developed, some challenges exist in terms of diversity, membership, capacity development and presence in more rural areas of the country. The key findings of the 2015 Civil Society Development Barometer provide a useful overview of the current state of play of the national civil society in Rwanda.

These challenges have some impact on the role CSOs play in influencing public policy, responsiveness to membership needs as well as on the sustainability of CSOs. CSOs could play a more important role to effectively hold state and corporations accountable as well as to meet the social needs of the people.

 Several developments in recent years, such as the legal framework of CSOs, the enactment of the Access to Information Law, the decentralisation policy, the existence of several dialogue platforms, hold promise for enhanced public participation in service delivery and greater accountability. It can be recalled that Rwanda has already ratified the core international human rights instruments and participated in the second round of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2015.

The grant making component of the Joint Programme is part of a wider strategy to deepening more permanent and sustainable dialogue channels between CSOs and Government to advocate for the voices of civil society to be heard and taken into account in public policy making. Trainings on good governance, leadership, organizational development, the human rights based approach, gender mainstreaming and project management, in addition, structured policy dialogues will be organized for the entire civil society.

 This call for proposals is coming in a context of a conducing political environment.  Cabinet approved in September 2016 a Government-CSO joint program undertaking to improving lives of Rwandans especially the poor, and 2016 National Umushyikirano Council (NUC) emphasized partnership between GoR and CSO, Churches, NGOs and Private Sector to development.

 The Call for Proposals outlines the steps to be taken to apply for grants for local CSOs.

 The proposals will be evaluated by an independent Grant Selection Committee ensuring the equality of all participants.




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