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CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT MATTERS: NIGERIA SUDDEN OPPORTUNITY GRANT

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Call For Proposals

Are you concerned about the low level of citizens’ influence in governance processes in Nigeria? Do you wish to undertake a collective action to reverse the trend of a shrinking civic space affecting the freedoms of assembly, speech and association? Do you wish to challenge the direction of unfair practices in society affecting the most marginalised and discriminated groups in Nigeria? Is there a national opportunity for strategic advocacy and/or litigation, peaceful offline protests, or coordination of CSOs for collective action that can lead to change in policy/laws, or a shift in public attitudes and practices?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then consider applying for this Sudden Opportunity Grant to demonstrate that meaningful citizen engagement matters! This grant is available from Euro 5,000 to Euro 200,000 for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months.

What do we wish to fund?

Collective action that will impact at least one or more of the below rightsholder groups;

  • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence,
  • People with Disabilities,
  • Age discriminated (youth and elderly),
  • Indigenous People and Ethnic Minorities.

Voice has a strong preference for projects that intend to work with more than one of the above rightsholder groups to address overlapping vulnerabilities.

Additionally, Voice is about diversity and inclusion. This means that all applicants are expected to be able to interact with and learn from a diverse group of people coming from different backgrounds, orientations, and experiences. Interested applicants must be willing to work in and with a diverse community, which includes representatives from all of the Voice rightsholder groups.

Your project needs to focus on any or all of the following themes:

  • Improved access to (productive) resources such as land and/or employment
  • Improved access to social services, particularly health and education, and
  • Fostering space for political participation and citizen engagement.
Who do we wish to fund?

Applications are being accepted from a coalition, network or consortia with participation of human rights defenders, private institutions and companies, journalists, bloggers, NGOs and self-interested individuals or intellectuals who jointly and collectively seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights of Voice rightsholder groups. It is important to note that the lead applicant must be a locally registered Nigerian organisation.

Application deadline: December 31, 2019.

For Further information on eligibility and how to apply, visit https://voice.global

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AgriLab Ideation Workshop & Incubation for Young Nigerian Startups

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Ventures Platform, an Abuja based Nigerian technology hub has partnered with the Embassy of Ireland to bring Agrilab program to Nigeria.  

AgriLab aims to enable young Nigerians to turn their startup ideas into full-fledged business models ready for investment.

AgriLab focuses on the agritech sector, an area where Ireland is a world leader and in which Nigeria needs to develop in order to diversify its economy and meet the demands of a fast growing population.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • You are a Nigerian with a business idea in the agritech space that clearly identifies the problem it solves.
  • You have a sustainable and scalable business model.
  • You are resident in Nigeria
  • You are between the ages of 18 – 35
  • You are available to participate in the entire program if selected
  • You are able to travel to Ireland for a business visit as part of this program
  • You have a valid International Passport for the duration of the trip.
  • Team Capabilities
  • Agribusiness is Tech-enabled
  • A completed application form

Benefits:

3-Day Ideation Workshop and Bootcamp

Selected startups get to learn the requisite knowledge needed to be accepted into the Incubation Program.

Incubation

Participants will be exposed to workshops, mentorship and office spaces.

Seed Capital

Participants get to receive $2,000 in seed capital.

A Trip to Ireland

The winning team will receive an all-expense paid trip to Ireland to meet and network with potential business partners and state agencies.

Apply Here

Application deadline – 18th December 2019

For more information, visit http://agrilab.venturesplatform.com/

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The ONE Africa Award Applications

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The ONE Africa Award celebrates African efforts aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world’s blueprint for a better future. SDG targets range from halving extreme poverty, to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education.

The ONE Africa Award recognises the exceptional work of organisations that are founded by Africans, based in Africa and working to help Africa achieve the SDGs. The US$100,000 award recognises innovative African efforts to fight poverty and incentivises more of such efforts.

The award recognises exceptional organisations and other groups demonstrating commitment and success in assisting Africans in meeting one or more of the SDGs through innovative advocacy-based programs.

Qualified recipients may be engaged in direct services to achieve any of the SDGs, but must demonstrate a strong advocacy component integral to the delivery and success of their programs. Qualified recipients may be advocacy/pressure groups and think tanks engaged in governance activities, such as the monitoring of flows of resources and/or holding governments accountable to commitments to SDG attainment.

Organisations will be graded in five categories and will be awarded between 1-10 points in each of these categories:

  1. Extent to which the organisation has designed and implemented an innovative advocacy program that employs entrepreneurial and sustainable approaches to impact in a given sector(s).
  2. Ability to demonstrate and communicate specific indicators of progress and impact linking work to a given sector(s) in a clear results-oriented framework.
  3. Demonstration of the ability to replicate efforts of the organisation to scale interventions.
  4. Demonstration of strong internal and constituency accountability mechanisms (for example, community leadership consultations and involvement in programs to demonstrate that interventions are relevant to the majority of the poor in the target community and empowers them in a sustainable way) along with transparency of operations.
  5. Extent to which the organisation has employed creative partnerships to achieve its goal(s) and ensure coordination with other development actors. These partnerships may include public and/or private sector players.

Shortlisted applications will undergo a due diligence process.

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