Open Society Initiative for West Africa Grant

Open Society Initiative for West Africa

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Predicted deadline: May 15, 2022

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Social Justice / Human Rights Natural Resources Economic Rights & Justice Governance & Democracy Criminal Justice System Reform Diversity & Inclusion Energy Voting & Elections Community/Public Safety Law Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Benin, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia Show all

Location of residency: Benin, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia Show all

Overview:

NOTE: OSIWA encourages early submission of proposals. Submitted proposals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a grant-making and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. Our headquarters is in Dakar and we have offices in Abuja and Freetown.

OSIWA supports innovative interventions with effective strategies that respond to the broader deep-seated political, justice and socio-economic roadblocks to open society in West Africa. We seek to seize new opportunities and deploy novel methods, including technology and the arts, to address open society challenges.

OSIWA seeks proposals aimed at achieving the following specific themes:

Economic Justice

  • Government delivery of inclusive services
  • Natural Resource & Energy Governance
  • Inclusive Economic & Business Systems

Democratic Governance

  • Democratic Practice
  • Elections
  • Security & Rights

Equality, Justice and Human Rights

  • Transitional Justice
  • Equity & Social Inclusion
  • Criminal Systems & Sanctions Reform

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organizations based in West Africa.
    • In rare and limited circumstances, OSIWA provides support to West Africa-based international organizations with a strong commitment to transferring knowledge to local groups they partner with.
  • Our grants also go to government institutions as well as regional and sub-regional organizations working in our core priority areas.
  • OSIWA requires all organizations seeking funding to be legally incorporated in their countries of intervention and interested organizations must submit a completed application proposal, budget, and other relevant documents including governance and leadership information (list of Board members, trustees and management staff who will be involved in the project, and proof of registration).

Ineligibility:

  • OSIWA does not give grants to individuals. OSIWA only works with institutions. Individuals operating on their own are not eligible for OSIWA funding.
  • As a general rule, OSIWA does not give funding to international organizations. The Foundation primarily awards grants to local organizations based in the ten countries in West Africa where OSIWA works.
    • In rare and limited circumstances, it provides support to West Africa-based international organizations with a strong commitment to transfer knowledge to local partner groups.
  • OSIWA does not provide scholarships to individuals to pursue studies.

This page was last reviewed June 16, 2021 and last updated June 16, 2021