FUNDING for Better Democratic Participation

Posted on 26 November 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Democratic Participation, Funding, News, Opportunities, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), other civil society organizations, governments, and official institutions around the world may want to take note:

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) has opened its second funding applications round. UNDEF wants funding proposals for projects meant to build and strengthen democratic institutions, promote human rights, and ensure the participation of all groups in democratic processes. Its second round is open through December 18, 2007. [Edited 30 Dec. ’07 to add: It may be worth finding out if there might be a third round in 2008 … or a fourth in 2009. Follow the links, review their guidelines carefully, and start preparing your proposal early.] As with UNDEF’s first round, they are accepting applications in the following thematic categories:

  • strengthening democratic dialogue and support for constitutional processes;
  • civil society empowerment;
  • civic education, voter registration and strengthening of political parties;
  • citizen’s access to information;
  • human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • accountability, transparency and integrity.

UNDEF was established in July 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund in order to promote democracy. Their funding applications round could be an excellent opportunity to obtain the funds you need to help disabled people participate more actively in your country’s democratic process.

For example, perhaps disabled people in your country find it harder to gain access to your country’s constitution, the daily news, or the positions of political candidates. Or they may find it harder to register to vote; to vote privately; or to enter voting polls. Or DPOs may find it harder to monitor how well your government implements laws that affect disabled people. Does your DPO, civil society organization, government, or official institution have an idea for a project that could help overcome one of these barriers? If so, you may wish to review UNDEF’s criteria carefully to see if your project would be appropriate for this funding opportunity.

You can learn more about UNDEF at the link.

Their Project Proposal Guidelines are available in PDF format in either English or French.

You can apply in English or in French.

Note that one of their application questions, under “project information,” asks whether your proposed project takes into account the needs of “marginalized or vulnerable groups” or whether it addresses the needs of marginalized or vulnerable groups “as a key objective.” You may wish to use this opportunity to argue that a project targeted at disabled
people would be addressing the needs of a marginalized group “as a key objective.” There is space you could use to briefly explain how disabled people are “marginalized” or excluded from the democratic process in your country and how your project is meant to help.

Are you too late to apply for 2007? Don’t despair. This seems to be an annual opportunity, so there may be another chance next year. Do follow the links to UNDEF’s website to learn more about their organization. You may also wish to review information about, and criteria for, past funding rounds to help you start brainstorming and planning your next project proposal. It is never too early to start preparing proposals for funding grants.


The information for this blog post was gathered from the UNDEF web site. We Can Do first learned about this funding opportunity through Disabled People’s International (DPI) weekly newsletter.


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Paul Ssenteza:

Right now, I am still very much learning what kinds of resources are available out there although, alas, there are never enough. So I don’t have a specific idea what would be suitable for you, but there are a few ideas you can pursue:

1. I believe the International Deaf Children’s Society occasionally has had some small funding available for projects targeted at deaf children–you could try contacting them to see if they are able to advise

2. Click on “funding” under “categories” (right hand navigation bar) … I’m not sure any of the few resources listed here at this time would be suited to your specific needs, but as soon as I learn of more opportunities I will post them at We Can Do in the “funding” category, so you may wish to check back from time to time.

2. Browse around the links listed in the “blog roll” (far right hand navigation bar, or at the very bottom of this page) to look for organizations relevant to the concerns of disabled children (such as Enabling Education Network) and also for major international organizations (such as Rehabilitation International, Disabled People International, Handicap International, etc) and see if any of them have advice or ideas

3. For further ideas, see Finding development organizations and resources and Finding local disability Organizations — some of the resources listed in this entries may make it easier for you to track down organizations relevant to your needs so you can make the appropriate inquiries.

If you learn of a good funding source, please do let me know so I can announce it at We Can Do.

Sir/madam,
We need funding information and would like to enter into partnership for strengthening democracy in Pakistan

The Spastics Society of Tiruvannamalai (SPASTM)

Regd Office:
D.No:9/98, Road Street,
Kadaladi Village & Post,
Polur Taluk, Tiruvannamalai District,
Tamil Nadu. India , PIN 606908.
Phone : 08577-235194

Sub: Request for Financial support for Rehabilitation of children with differentially abled (disabled) in Pallipattu Taluk of Tiruvallur District in Tamilnadu & Nagari mandal of Chittoor District in Andhra Pradesh , India
Dear Madam /sir

Warm greetings from SPASTM, we are a Non – Governmental , Voluntary organization, SPASTM works with disabled children (differentially abled) in Kadaladi Village since 1990. We are seeking financial support for our project. The main objectives of the proposed project are to provide remedial treatment for Spastics, Residential school for Orphan disabled children, food, Health , Education, Sexual exploitation among women with Disabilities, Child Right, Vocational Training & income generation activities for disabled children (Differentially abled children) in poor rural communities through CBR programme. We have experience of implementing community based rehabilitation activities for leprosy, disabled children, especially for mentally impaired, Cerebralpalsy, leprosy,physically Handicapped, Multiple Handicapped etc.
We will be happy to provide relevant documents, annual reports and statements of accounts on your request. We request you to be kind enough to send us the guidelines and application form for submitting project proposal.
Thank you for your support, solidarity and togetherness.
Yours Sincerely
(M.ELUMALAI)
Secretary


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