The Asia Foundation announces a call for proposals for the Civil Society Fund of the South Asia Water Governance Program. We would appreciate it if you could disseminate this call among your networks and contacts in order to make it accessible to the wider NGO community in South Asia.
The news release announcement is available here and in a PDF Format.
The call for proposals opened on February 22, 2016 and will close on March 22, 2016. For information on the eligibility criteria, application process and grant selection process, and to download application documents, please click here. For information and queries on the Civil Society Fund, write to the Asia Foundation’s Civil Society Fund team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background: The Civil Society Fund (CSF) is a DFID-supported program that supports civil society and community engagement on transboundary water issues in the South Asia region. The Fund seeks to improve the lives of communities, especially of vulnerable groups, including women, affected by decisions made regarding the governance and management of Himalayan Rivers in order to deliver sustainable, fair, inclusive, and climate resilient development of water resources.
South Asia’s major rivers – the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra – are critical to economic growth, food and energy security, and sustainable development of countries in the region. Over the last few decades, these rivers have sustained considerable stress from population growth, industrial development, urbanization, ecological degradation, natural disasters, and climate change. To bring together people, ideas and, institutions in the region to collaboratively address these challenges over a two-year period (2016-2017), the Civil Society Fund will support civil society organizations in seven focus countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan to collaborate, network, and engage with one another across the region.