Deadline: April 30, 2020
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a grant-making and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. Our headquarters is in Dakar and we have country offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry.
OSIWA supports innovative interventions with effective strategies that respond to the broader deep-seated political, justice and socio-economic roadblocks to open society in West Africa. We seek to seize new opportunities and deploy novel methods, including technology and the arts, to address open society challenges.
OSIWA seeks proposals covering the following specific themes:
- Economic Governance and Advancement
- Justice Reform and the Rule of Law
- Free, Quality and Independent Media
- Equality and Anti-Discrimination
- Democratic Practice
For a breakdown of these areas into sub-themes, kindly consult the proposal template.
The detailed OSIWA strategy is available here.
OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organizations based in West Africa. In rare and limited circumstances, OSIWA provides support to West Africa-based international organizations with a strong commitment to transferring knowledge to local groups they partner with. Our grants also go to government institutions as well as regional and sub-regional organizations working in our core priority areas. OSIWA requires all organizations seeking funding to be legally incorporated in their countries of intervention and interested organizations must submit a completed application proposal, budget, and other relevant documents including governance and leadership information (list of Board members, trustees and management staff who will be involved in the project, and proof of registration). Incomplete applications will be delayed.
Selection criteria and process applications are evaluated on the extent to which the organization possesses the vision, drive, experience and skills required to create and sustain a project that will advance OSIWA’s objectives.
Questions used as criteria for selection:
- Does the organization demonstrate the vision and skills, breadth of experience and discipline needed to accomplish the project with a high degree of success in a timely and cost-effective manner?
- Does the organization’s track record and recommendations distinguish the organization as one who will lend a new or important voice to the advocacy community and be an agent for change?
- Does the organization possess the leadership and analytical qualities needed to raise the level of local or national discussion and influence policy debate on the issues underlying the project?
- Is the project relevant to OSIWA’s strategic priorities?
- Is the project sufficiently innovative in its approach and sound in its strategy to have an impact on public opinion, policies, and/or reform activities at the national, regional or local level?
- Are the project goals and timeline realistic and manageable?
- Does the project budget speak to the activities?
- Is the Monitoring and Evaluation framework well defined?
- Does the project identify and build on existing efforts by organizations or individuals already working on the issue?
- Does the project have multiplier effects?
OSIWA requires all organizations seeking funding to submit a completed proposal template, a budget, and a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. The application should also include the following information as attachments:
- Proof of registration and (if available) a copy of organizational statutes;
- A list of board members, trustees and staff;
- A list of current activities or (if available) a most recent annual report;
- A current organizational budget and, if available, an audited financial statement;
- A recent project or organizational evaluation (if available).
Submission and Deadlines
Proposals should be sent preferably online via the online submission form (http://www.osiwa.org/grants/) or to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals will be accepted until April 30th, 2020. OSIWA encourages early submission of proposals and submitted proposals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Proposals received after the due date will not be considered. In order to assess diversity and inclusion in our grant making, kindly indicate in the application if the proposal is focused on women, youth or persons living with disability.
The time required to review a proposal varies according to the complexity of the proposal and OSIWA receives close to a thousand applications a year. It can take three to six months from the time a proposal is received to the date a final decision is made. If you do not hear from us within this timeframe, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. Unfortunately, while you will eventually receive notification on the status of our application once it has been treated and if the email address on the proposal form is valid, we are unable to provide feedback on your application.
The application documents are available here