Empowering the most marginalized and discriminated groups in the society
A linking and learning process must encourage sharing of lessons learned, and provide a forum for mutual learning and empowerment of the most marginalised and discriminated groups. Voice is initially a five-year program, for which EUR 50 million is available for both program-, management- and linking and learning costs.
Voice is a program within the Dialogue and Dissent policy framework of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The overarching goal of this policy framework is strengthening the capacity for lobby and advocacy of civil society organisations in low-and lower-middle-income countries. Voice is aimed at capacity strengthening for lobby and advocacy of civil society organisations and representatives of the most marginalised and discriminated groups. These groups are often the most hard-to-reach. Therefore innovative approaches to both capacity strengthening, to lobby and advocacy as well as empowerment are essential to Voice. A linking and learning process must encourage sharing of lessons learned, and provide a forum for mutual learning and empowerment of the most marginalised and discriminated groups. Voice is initially a five-year program, for which EUR 50 million is available for both program-, management- and linking and learning costs.
Voice is being implemented in 10 Countries including Nigeria. Currently, Nigeria is focusing on Abuja, Lagos and Enugu States.
The three thematic Focus of Voice are:
- Improved access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment,
- Improved access to social services, health and education in particular,
- Space for political participation.
Voice is a grant making program. The grant scheme is designed to support informal groups as well as formal organisations and networks, and is closely linked to the areas of change of the project:
- Empowerment grant: Targeting (informal) groups or organisations to raise awareness, develop transformative leadership, build confidence and skills and work against stigmatisation of marginalised and discriminated groups. Smaller grants with average one year timeframe, accessible for informal groups partnering with formal organisations.
- Influencing grant: Targeting organisations and networks to strengthen their lobby and advocacy capacities and amplify voice of marginalised and discriminated groups.
- Innovate and learn grants: For groups and organisations to test and scale new approaches.
- Sudden opportunity grant: Creating flexibility to deal with specific unanticipated opportunities will be selected on advice of local communities and the advisory board.
Open Call for Proposal is launched every year to select grantees under each of the above mentioned grant cycles. Further to the 2017 call, Voice Nigeria has 4 grantees under the Influencing grant. 6 proposed grantees under the empowerment grant and 2 proposed grantees under the innovate and learn grant.
2017 Influencing Grantees
- Kudirat initiative for development- Ending violence & discrimination against women & people living with disability.
- International federation of women lawyers- Promoting action for the passage of VAPP bill in Rivers State & effective implementation in Lagos & Abuja.
- Carmelite prisoners’ interest organisation- Advancing human hights for women prisoners in Nigeria.
- Festus Fajemilo foundation- Breaking barriers for children living with disability ‘the BAB Project’.
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