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Gender Support Programme - Operational Guidelines for Call for Proposals

Deadline: 27 June 2010 (12 noon)

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1. Background and Purpose of the Guidelines

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is pleased to announce the 2010 call for proposals for the Gender Support Programme (GSP), a multi-donor initiative dedicated to the advancement of gender equality, equity and women's empowerment in Zimbabwe at local and national levels. GSP is currently funded by the European Commission (EC), The British Department for International Development (DFID) and the Royal Danish Embassy.

A Secretariat manages the Fund's activities at UNIFEM. The Secretariat is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the donor community and the Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe. Proposals are assessed by a Technical Committee comprised of a rotating group of experts working in gender equality, women's empowerment and development.

These Operational Guidelines, include the thematic areas, type of grants, timeline, eligibility, project proposal format, pre-selection, selection and approval process including reasons why a proposal might be rendered inadmissible.

2. Thematic Areas

The key areas of interventions are guided by the thematic areas contained in the National Gender and Women's Empowerment Strategic Action Plan (NGWESAP). These areas were prioritized and selected by stakeholders during the national consultative process. Prioritization is based on areas that require immediate attention in order to narrow the identified gaps and areas of common interest to the majority of the stakeholders. The selected thematic areas for 2010 are;

  • Women and Economic Empowerment -The main objective of this thematic area is to "Facilitate the creation of an environment that is conducive for women to generate, own and control wealth".
  • Women in Leadership and Politics, thematic area seeks to enhance leadership, representation and participation of women at all levels of decision-making through advocacy and capacity strengthening of women and women's groups.
  • Women and Health (HIV & AIDS and Gender Based Violence-GBV), thematic area aims at promoting women's access to health services through increased access to primary health care including sexual and reproductive health services and the elimination of gender based violence.

Cross-cutting themes to be mainstreamed through all the strategic thematic areas outlined above include:

  • Legal Reform which seeks to promote constitutional reform, the promulgation of gender sensitive laws and the repeal of gender discriminatory legislation, which does not promote gender equality and equity.
  • Disability whose objective is to empower and involve all women living with disability in the different sectors.
  • Institutional Capacity Strengthening to strengthen the institutional capacity of the sector which has been observed to be lacking technical capacity in gender equality and women's empowerment programming.
  • Strategic Partnerships between the women's sector and already existing institutions with expertise in women's human rights issues is encouraged to achieve women's human rights in Zimbabwe.
  • Programmatic or Operational Cross-cutting Issues to be mainstreamed in all the thematic areas include capacity building of stakeholders, lobbying and advocacy, information dissemination, research and documentation, targeting and male involvement.

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