1. European Union (EU)
CSO Roadmap and Future Plans
To see the roadmap for engagement of civil society in Afghanistan visit the link bellow.
Tips for EU calls for proposals
Common mistakes in applications (out of 73 concept notes in two recent calls, 31 were rejected for the following reasons – 42 %):
A new online application system
This is a solution for the mistakes in application, and it is strongly recommended to go to this website and there is an e-learning training on how to use this system. Because there will be no more old application system: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect
2. Department for International Development (DFID)
UK Support to Civil Society in Afghanistan
TAWANMANDI (2011-17 £33.78m; UK contribution £19.95m)
Humanitarian Program (2014-18 £80m)
Girls Education Challenge Fund (£49.5m 2013-17)
Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund
Women’s Rights Programming
Human Rights and Democracy Fund
subject to approval
Capacity for financial management and controls
Capacity for strategic planning and advocacy
Sustainability and business planning
Monitoring and Evaluation
3. Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
In general, there are two sources of funding for Afghan and/or International NGOs working in Afghanistan within Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ministry of Foreign Trade and development Cooperation; one is provided directly by the ministry in the Hague (central funding) e.g. Reconstruction Program, FLOW and Addressing Root Causes Fund, and another is provided and managed by the Dutch Embassy in Kabul.
The Netherland Embassy’s fund
The Dutch Embassy in Afghanistan has its own focus area to support the development goals of the Netherlands just like other embassies/missions. Current Focus area had been narrowed down in 2014 to the field of security and the rule of law, with special attention for women’s rights and gender. We believe the civil society organisations in Afghanistan and Dutch co-financing partners will play an important role in implementing projects within the mentioned-above focus area.
Hence besides supporting programs executed by UN agencies like ELECT, EVAW special fund, APRP, we support Dutch, international and Afghan CSOs like APPRO, CORDAID, EPD, and TAF. For all of them capacity development of the implementer and sub-contracting CSOs are included as a substantial component.
By completion of the Dutch Reconstruction missions in Uruzgan, the Netherlands has started integrated police training mission in Kunduz. Hence we have preference for Northern provinces in particular Kunduz.
Central Funding: There are different thematic frameworks. Of them the followings are important.
Addressing Root Causes Fund (2016-2021)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will introduce a NGO-fund aimed at addressing root causes of instability, conflict and forced migration in a group of countries including Afghanistan.
A call for proposals will be published in January indicating all required documents.
The fund will be open for Dutch, international and local NGOs.
Until the date of publication, the embassy will not provide any further information.
Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women-FLOW (2016-2020)
The programs funded by FLOW aim to create opportunities for women and girls and foster a transformation towards an enabling environment in which women’s rights are better protected. At both local and national levels the programs will contribute to sustainable, inclusive development and to fight against poverty and the lack of equal rights for women and girls.
Of the nine selected programmes, Women for Women International (Wow) program “Engaging women as agents of change against gender-based violence and poverty” will implement in Afghanistan.
Reconstruction Tender (2012-2015)
The main objectives of the programs funded under Reconstruction Tender are improving human security in relation to public safety and security, legitimate government, and peace dividend.
Nuffic Tailor Made Training (TMT)
Program offered as part of the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) run by Nuffic, the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education. NFP promotes capacity building by providing training and education for professionals in development countries including Afghanistan. A tailor-made training course is designed to meet specific needs of a requesting organization. The TMT is specifically meant to enhance the overall functioning of an organization by training a selected group of its staff members.
The program is open to a broad range of organizations in 51 NFP countries, from education institutions, research institutes and ministries to NGOs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Afghan NGO’s or Afghan government or education organizations (i.e. MoJ, AIBA, SC, AGO, universities, local partner organizations), do qualify for the program. It is open for applications in the field of security and rule of law, with special attention for women’s rights and gender.
To get more information on how to apply for the Embassy’s fund, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Embassy of Canada - Global Affairs Canada
Funding for International Development Projects:
Global Affairs Canada’s funding amount is around two hundred and thirty million Canadian dollars for the next three years starting from 2015 to 2017. This is the overall amount that is allocated for Afghanistan and there are four priority areas which Global Affairs Canada operating. This is health, Education, humanitarian response and human rights and women rights.
There is a lot of information in the bellow link about how to apply for funding and the mechanisms for accessing of funding from global affairs Canada
i) Calls for Proposals: to see Calls for Proposals, please visit the link bellow.
ii) Partnering with a Canadian organization: Local NGOs can be a partner with a Canadian organization and they can submit a joint proposal for funding.
iii) Response to humanitarian crisis: when there is a crisis in Afghanistan there is always a call for proposals.
iv) Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Max 38K
CFP in Jul or Aug, Project implementation timelines Oct – Feb, Circulation list
Audrey Loney, Audrey.Loney@interntional.gc.ca, 0701108856
v) International Development Research Center (IDRC)
Researchers and students pursuing international development research work at a university in Canada or in a developing country
Diploma in Development Leadership
July 18 - December 4, 2016, Coady International Institute, ST. Francis Xavier University
vi). Equitas – International Human Rights Training Program
In terms of the advocacy role which Canadian embassy plays is to support the CSOs. The government is trying to have transition of the health sector from the CSOs to the governmental side, we had advocacy in this case that CSOs have a lot of expertise and relationships with the communities.
For any questions and further information regarding Canadian Embassy funding’s and above mentioned programs, contact Mr. Nasir Ebrahimkhail:
Nasir Ebrahimkhail, Senior Program Officer, Global Affairs Canada, Embassy of Canada
5. Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Funding opportunities for NGOs in Afghanistan
1.) NGO Facility of the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation
- suitable for German NGOs only
- eligibility criteria:
Further information (guidelines as .pdf): http://sho.rtlink.de/guidelines-german-ngos
2.) Small Grants Fund of the German Embassy, Kabul
- max. amount: 25.000 Euros
- eligibility criteria:
6. United States Aid for International Development (USAID)
USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance (ODG) - Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP)
ACEP Presentation for Donor Workshop hosted by European Union (EU) at the EU Delegation to Afghanistan
A strong civil-society and a robust independent media are essential components of a healthy democracy. USAID’s Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP) strengthen the role and viability of civil-society in Afghanistan by providing technical assistance, capacity building, and grant support to civil-society and independent media organizations nationwide.
The ACEP is a five-year program awarded to Counterpart International and its partners, Internews Networks, International Centre for Non-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Aga Khan Foundation in December 2013. The ACEP goal is to promote civil society and media engagement that enables Afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability, and serve as an advocate for political reform
ACEP Objectives/Program Areas:
Regular CSO Engagement with Government
Support civil society engagement with government to increase CSOs’ ability to advocate for policy priorities, activities include
Increased CSO and Media Thematic Expertise
Increase CSOs’ and media thematic expertise in democracy and governance, activities include:
Expand Civic Engagement
Supporting the civic engagement activities, which include:
Improved Access to Independent News & Public Affairs Information
Improve access to quality, independent news, activities include:
Increased CSO Organizational Capacity
Increase CSOs’ organizational capacity through institutional support grants to key partner organizations with higher levels of capabilities that, in turn, mentor lesser developed CSOs at the grassroots level.
Supporting the AKF in establishing the Afghan Institute for Civil Society (AICS), this serves as an institute specifically for the certification of Afghan CSOs and to raise the credibility of civil society actors/sector.
ACEP Contact Information:
1. Stephen F Herbaly - Team Leader Civil Society and Media, USAID/Afghanistan, email: email@example.com
2. Niaz Gul Afghanyar - Program Management Specialist, Civil Society and Media Team , USAID/Afghanistan, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Youssef Abdel Khalick - ACEP Chief of Party (COP), Counterpart International, Inc., email: email@example.com
4. Ramin Nouroozi - ACEP Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), Civil Society and Media Team , Counterpart International, Inc., email: firstname.lastname@example.org