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CfP: UN Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against Women

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    Dear colleagues, UNIFEM is pleased to announce the 2006 cycle of the United Nations Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence against Women in Central and Eastern
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 25, 2006
      Dear colleagues,

      UNIFEM is pleased to announce the 2006 cycle of the United Nations Trust
      Fund to Eliminate Violence
      against Women in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of
      Independent States (CIS).
      The Fund's primary goal is to identify and support innovative projects aimed
      specifically at preventing and
      reducing violence against women in CEE/CIS countries. In 2006, the Trust
      Fund will provide funding for
      implementation of existing laws, policies and plans of action to address
      violence against women at regional,
      national or local levels.

      Please see the attached Call for Proposals for more detailed information on
      issue-focus, preferred strategies,
      format for submissions, eligibility criteria, where to send submissions, and
      criteria used by the Trust Fund
      in determining final selections. Please note that incomplete submissions
      will not be considered.

      Proposals for the Central and Eastern Europe office (in English) should be
      sent to Raluca Popa,
      at bratislava.unifem@...; proposals for the CIS office (in English or
      Russian) should be
      sent to gulya.muratalieva@... by 1 September 2006.

      Feel free to disseminate this e-mail to others involved in the elimination
      of violence against women who might
      be interested. We would appreciate if gender networks would circulate this e-mail and attached papers [attachements deleted, FB] to their members.

      Best wishes,

      Central and Eastern Europe
      Bratislava, Slovak Republic


      Call for Proposals 2006

      The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women was established by General Assembly resolution 50/166 in 1996 and is managed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). In establishing the Trust Fund, the General Assembly highlighted eliminating violence against women as critical to accelerating the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action. Since it began operations in 1997, the Trust Fund has provided more than $10 million to 198 innovative programmes to address violence against women in 100 countries.

      In 2005, UNIFEM CEE and CIS have supported two projects in the region that focused on translating law into effective and consistent practices nationwide (Macedonia) and implementation of existing legislation to end violence against women (Tajikistan). Both projects had a strong dimension of creating partnerships between civil society, government agencies, networks of service providers and other actors that can strengthen action to end violence against women. More information on previous Trust Fund grants can be found on the UNIFEM website.

      For 2006, in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Region, the Trust Fund will accept applications related to:

      Implementation of existing laws, policies and plans of action to address violence against women at regional, national or local levels.

      In spite of the fact that many NGOs as well as units in government and public bodies are working to address violence against women, existing in-country expertise is often not maximized because of fragmentation and lack of coordination and exchange between the various actors involved. In 2006 the Trust Fund cycle in the CEE and CIS will give priority to initiatives that target this concern which represents a key obstacle to achieving effective implementation of laws, plans or policies to address violence against women.

      The 2006 call will favour proposals with strong focus on:
      • Cooperation between NGOs, including exchange between urban-based, more experienced NGOs and NGOs or community-based groups in remote, rural areas who are committed to action to combat violence against women
      • Transfer of knowledge and/or joint cooperation between NGOS, experts and government or public authorities responsible for implementing existing laws/plans of action (including provincial, local authorities)
      • Strengthening coordination mechanisms to assess, measure, monitor progress of implementation of national laws, plans/strategies to address violence against women through an inclusive, participatory process
      • Strengthening of data collection on violence against women through improved coordination among different initiatives, including academic research, NGO project, as well as data-collected by ministries of social affairs or health, statistics offices, etc.
      Projects can be for a maximum of two years in duration with the requested budget not exceeding US $200,000.

      1. Submission deadline: 1 September 2006
      Final decisions for Trust Fund grants are made through a highly competitive selection process by an inter-agency project appraisal committee. We regret that given limitations in its resource base, the Trust Fund is generally able to fund less than 10% of the proposals it receives. Trust Fund grantmaking decisions will be announced by November 2006.

      2. Where to submit proposals:
      Proposals should be sent, preferably, by e-mail, but may also be sent by mail or fax to the UNIFEM regional programme office in your region.

      For the CEE region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia Kosovo, Montenegro, Turkey), please submit proposals to the attention of Raluca Popa at bratislava.unifem@...
      Grosslingova 35
      81109 Bratislava, Slovakia
      Fax: +421 2 59 337 171

      For CIS region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan), please submit proposals to Gulya Muratalieva at gulya.muratalieva@...
      67 Tole Bi Str.
      Almaty, Kazakhstan
      Fax: +732 72-582645

      3. Who can apply:
      Proposals can be submitted by a non-profit organization or jointly by two or more organizations with legal status that fall under any one of the following categories:

      • Non-governmental organizations
      • National or Local governmental agencies
      • Local Associations, Unions, Community-based groups
      • Education and research institutions

      Priority will be given to proposals that highlight joint initiatives involving multi-stakeholder groups, including collaboration between non-governmental and government organizations.

      In cases where two or more organisations submit a proposal, clearly state which organisation represents the applicants and takes legal responsibility for administering and implementing the project.

      The Trust Fund will not consider proposals that are:
      • Submitted by individuals, or by organizations without legal status
      • Requesting funds above the amount specified in the guidelines; but it will consider requests for lower amounts
      • Requesting budgets that are unreasonably high for the planned activities or for the capacity of the organization
      • For purchase of land or property; or for construction or repair of buildings, including shelters
      • Submitted after the deadline for submission

      Project proposals must focus on implementation of existing laws and plans relevant to addressing violence against women. Please reference all official documents that your proposal targets (these could include specific laws, national or sectoral programmes to address violence, sections in action plans or programmes that focus on addressing violence, etc.)

      4. Criteria used to select proposals for funding:
      Project selection shall be made by a United Nations Inter-agency Project Appraisal Committee, composed of UN organizations and experts on ending violence against women, taking into consideration the following:
      (a) Quality of proposal, ensuring that there is a strong link between the problem to be addressed and the strategies and measurable results anticipated
      (b) Institutional capacity to implement project
      (c) Reflection of multi-stakeholder participation in formulation and implementation
      (d) Partnerships between government organizations and civil society.
      (e) Sustainability, replicability, and potential to demonstrate and document models that can be taken to larger scale.
      Proposals that reflect availability of matching funds will be given priority.

      Guidelines for proposals submitted to the Trust Fund
      Proposals should include the following information and be limited to no more than seven (7) pages, including budget and results framework.

      Proposal section Description
      Application Form All applications must use the application form, which can also be found on the UNIFEM CEE web site www.unifem.org
      Organizational information (no more than ½ page)
      - Name of organization
      - Address
      - Telephone and fax numbers (with country code) and e-mail address if available
      - Information on legal status
      - Goal and mandate of organization
      - Information on prior work on the issue of violence against women
      - Qualification of key personnel to implement project
      - Total annual budget of organization(s) applying

      In cases of joint submissions by two or more organizations, please:
      1. Clearly state which organization represents the applicants and takes legal responsibility for administering and implementing project;
      2. Provide above information for each organization as an appendix
      Justification (no more than 1 page) Respond to the following questions:
      - What is the opportunity or challenge that the programme is addressing
      - What data or evidence supports the opportunity or challenge being addressed
      - This section should relate directly to the objectives/results and strategies being highlighted
      - What other major projects addressing the same issue are already being undertaken by other agencies/organizations
      Results to be achieved (no more than 1 page) Indicate the concrete immediate and long-term results that the programme will achieve if it is successful.
      Make these statements measurable and concrete.
      Indicate who the key target groups will be.
      The results should be drawn from the results framework below (see example of results framework below)
      Strategies (no more than 1 page) What are the key strategies that the programme will use? Please select from the strategies listed in # 5 on the previous pages. For instance, if capacity building is a key strategy, describe how this will be applied. If up-scaling is a key strategy, describe how this will be implemented.
      Workplan (no more than 1 page) List the key project activities, a timeline for undertaking them, and who will be responsible for each
      Evaluation (no more than ½ page) Describe what steps will be undertaken to track and measure the extent to which results described have been achieved.
      The plan should be built on the indicators included in the results framework.
      Project Budget (I page) - Amount of funding requested. If partial funding is being sought from the Trust Fund, please also state the total project budget, and other sources already secured or potential funding.
      - Budget breakdown. 10% percent of total funding requested must be allocated to cover the cost of an evaluation. Another 10% may be used for organizational capacity building. Please also note that the Trust Fund does not fund administrative costs and overheads such as rent, permanent staff salaries etc. Personnel costs may not exceed 40% of total project budget.
      Results framework
      (1 page) This framework will include the long-term and immediate results and success indicators for the programme. The example below is offered as an illustration. You may find more examples in the explanatory note on the UNIFEM CEE website www.unifem.sk:

      Example of Results Frameworks:

      Long-term result: The new law on domestic violence is implemented to end impunity for intimate partner violence (COUNTRY)
      Immediate results Success indicators How you will measure
      Judges understand the new law and how to ensure that women’s human rights are respected under it • Judges express less biased attitudes and greater comprehension in relation to the law • Assessments of training conducted
      • Review of case law
      • Other judicial statements related to the law (press, conferences, legal journals, etc.)
      Increased numbers of decisions conform to the provisions of the new law on domestic violence • Judges’ decisions reflect an understanding of the law
      • Numbers of decisions made that result in convictions under the law
      • Reduction in numbers of decisions that reflect discriminatory bias • Review of case law
      • Consultation with relevant EVAW legal experts

      University courses and training on jurisprudence incorporate the provisions of the domestic violence law • Content of training courses reflect provisions of the domestic violence law • Annual review of content of judicial education curricula
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