Funding to conduct locally initiated multi-stakeholder dialogues

We are living in an age characterized by climate change, financial collapse, resource depletion and a growing gap between rich and poor, amongst other factors. In order to properly address those complex challenges and demands, societies need to adopt new approaches fostering innovative, cross-sector, decision-making and action strategies. To explore these new pathways for participation, CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, has launched the action-based research project, New Social Contract.

Within this framework, CIVICUS seeks Expressions of Interest by potential convening partners to organise and oversee locally-initiated multi-stakeholder dialogues, following the methodological approach proposed by the project. More specifically, we are looking for:
  • A relevant challenge (social, economic, environmental) existing in a given community, that – if properly tackled by a group of diverse stakeholders joining hands and bringing their added value to the table - could lead to a systemic change;
  • A convening partner (or a small group of co-convenors) that is directly affected by this challenge, is able to articulate the potential impact of an inclusive dialogue and identify and engage relevant stakeholders.
The dialogues will take place between November 2013 and May 2014 and will have to target a minimum of 10 key participants. Within the timeframe of this project, selected CSOs will have to organise at least one multi-stakeholder face-to-face gathering, paving the way for a more permanent collaborative platform. CIVICUS will expect selected partners to follow all the steps required by the project methodology.
Selected partners will also be asked to document the process and prepare a report with lessons learned that will inform a practical guide on multi-stakeholder engagement to be shared with a wider audience.
Selected partners will receive a financial contribution of 4000 USD.
The selection criteria will revolve around the following:
  • Motivations, reasons and interest in establishing a local multi-stakeholder platform;
  • The organisations profile, with similar previous experience highlighted (if any) and details of capacity and available resources to implement the dialogue;
  • The alignment of the dialogue to your organisations work;
  • Relevance of the proposed dialogue to the overall New Social Contract project;
  • The novelty, originality and envisaged stakeholder diversity of the proposed dialogue.
Since this project is targeting several countries around the world, projects that receive a "passing" score (60/100) will be chosen to ensure an even geographical balance. Priority will be given to current CIVICUS members.

Want to work with us? We're looking for civil society actors (NGOs, CBOs, CSOs, umbrella organisations and other relevant entities) across the world to get involved in this project.

We encourage you to express your interest as soon as possible to partner with us on this exciting initiative and making it a huge success!

For more details read the full call

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