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USAID seeks NGOs for Protection of Human Rights

Deadline: January 15, 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a new funding opportunity under the Global Human Rights Support Mechanism and it is seeking applications from NGOs for the protection of human rights around the world.

In 2013, USAID developed its Strategy for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (“DRG Strategy”), which established one of its four development objectives as “protect and promote universally recognized human rights.”

In line with these policy commitments, as well as DRG’s strategic objectives to “Serve” and “Learn,” this new global mechanism – the Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM) – will enable USAID to provide a wide range of services and support for the purpose of protecting human rights around the world, in USAID presence as well as non-presence countries.

The program objectives include:

  • Improved enabling environments for preventing and addressing human rights violations and abuses;
  • Effective response actions to mitigate the impact of human rights violations and abuses;
  • Effective remedies to human rights violations and abuses;
  • Identification of effective approaches for protecting human rights; and
  • Rapid response to urgent or unforeseen crises

USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.

For more information, please visit here.

Call for proposals: Scaling up food security and nutrition innovations

Deadline: Closed

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) jointly invite call for proposal from consortium of organizations belonging to eligible countries for Scaling Up Food Security and Nutrition Innovations under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund.

The call will support projects that aim to develop, test and apply ways to scale up food security and nutrition innovations, particularly ones that address the needs of women small-scale farmers as core users. It will support projects that take effective, pilot-tested innovations to a wider scale of use and application, to deliver meaningful development outcomes through the effective deployment of scaling up models, delivery mechanisms and approaches. working relationships between Canadian and developing country organizations.


  1. Gender Equality
  2. Environment
  3. Governance

Preference will be given to projects that are able to contribute co-funding and mobilize third party resources to support and expand the scaling up process – before, during and after the life of the project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Application must be made in partnership between two or more organizations from eligible countries. At least one of which must be Canadian and at least one must be an eligible country organization.
  • International organizations are eligible to apply as developing country collaborators, provided that they have regional chapters or offices with appropriate legal status to operate and manage funds in the eligible countries where the research will take place.
  • Applicants must ensure that they have the necessary team in place to effectively manage a research project of this size, including, but not limited to project coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and communication activities.
  • A person is eligible to be a team member on a maximum of two projects in this Call. One person cannot be a team leader on two projects. Any person who is currently a principal investigator on a CIFSRF funded project is not eligible to be a team leader on an application in the current call, but s/he may be included on the team of one application in the current call.
  • Applicants submitting proposals for work in India will need to provide a copy of the form for their organization when submitting their proposal. An FCRA form will also need to be attached for any third-party organization based in India.

 For more information, visit the link here.

Invitation for third International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at Grassroots

Dates: January 19-22, 2014

Increasing concern for sustainability has focused attention of academics, practitioners, corporate, social and public policy leaders towards extremely affordable frugal products and services.

The third ICCIG aims at pooling insights from research, policy and practices in education, technology, institutions, culture, conservation and governance. The conference welcomes the presentation in different formats including performances, exhibitions, posters and research papers.  Community representatives are specially invited to connect with each other and help the formal sector to understand and appreciate their knowledge systems.

The policy makers and corporate leaders will find conference as a unique platform for engaging with open innovation community promoting dialogue and partnership between formal and informal sector of science, technology, services and society.

Please submit your abstracts and proposals for special workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions and performances to [email protected].