Launch of the first round of XOESE Fund Grants

In November 2018, XOESE, launched its Grants Program for Francophone Women and Young Women’s Organizations. The launch of this Program marks a decisive turning point in the start of our activities.

The preparatory activities for the launch of the Program focused on developing the tools we will use to manage the entire grant process. Based on the grant model of the other Women’s Funds and the many tips we have received from several resource persons, we have developed our Grant Manual including the following appendices:

  • Annex 1: Communication Guide
  • Annex 2: Introductory Notes or General Guidelines
  • Annex 3: Concept Note submission form
  • Annex 4: Concept note evaluation form (funding team)
  • Annex 5: Full Project Submission Form
  • Annex 6: Full project evaluation form (by the funding team), including details on the evaluation and classification criteria of the projects received, as well as the summary sheet;
  • Annex 7: Full Project Evaluation Form (by the Grants Committee), including its scoring grid;
  • Annex 8: Checklist for in-depth checks
  • Annex 9: Progress Report Form
  • Annex 10: Completion Report Form
  • Annex 11: Acknowledgment of receipt of a transfer form
  • Annex 12: Quality Charter for XOESE’s Partners
  • Annex 13: Model Grant Agreement.

With these tools and guidelines, we launched our first grant cycle on December 20, 2018 through a restricted call for projects. It took place in two (02) phases. During these two phases, a limited number of women’s and young women’s organizations (32 in total) were targeted. Deadlines for the receipt of applications have been set for 6 January 2019 for the first phase and 28 February 2019 for the second call launched on 19 February 2019.

We used information from the database of women’s and young women’s organizations that we started creating since August 2018 to identify organizations to target for invitations.

The selection criteria for the 32 targeted organizations among the 350 listed were:

  • be legally registered;
  • define as a women’s organization;
  • Work in at least one of XOESE’s six priority areas;
  • Be based in one of the 10 countries in which XOESE decided to start operations.

After the end of the first phase, after which we could only grant grants to seven (7) organizations, we decided to launch a second phase and to show a little flexibility as to the criteria. the one concerning the geographical area. The main reason for our decision is to try to start with organizations that are willing and available to submit and execute a project within eight (08) months. In addition, we also decided to review the ad hoc projects we received from some organizations. Two organizations, including one in Madagascar, received invitations to participate while they were not initially targeted.

For these two cycles, we received 17 files and awarded grants to 10 organizations based in 4 French-speaking African countries:

In Burundi:

  • Association Des Femmes Rapatriées du Burundi (AFRABU), for the project « Mieux vaut prévenir que guérir » ;
  • Collectif des Associations et ONGs féminines du Burundi (CAFOB), for the project « Renforcement de la participation de la femme  dans le processus politique au niveau des communautés à la base » ;

In Burkina Faso:

  • Association Song-Taaba des Femmes Unies et Développement (ASFUD), for the « Projet de promotion du leadership de la jeune fille pour une protection efficace et préventive des droits de la femme en milieu rural à Tanghin-Dassouri » ;
  • Groupement Féminin Pag-La-Naam (GFPN), Burkina Faso, for the project « Formation, de mobilisation des organisations de femmes et de sensibilisation pour la cohésion sociale et la reconstruction socioéconomique des jeunes femmes et des filles affectées par le conflit sociopolitique dans la Région du Nord du Burkina Faso » ;
  • Action communautaire pour le Bien être de l’Enfant et de la Femme au Burkina  (ABEFAB), for the « Projet de mobilisation des femmes pour leur participation et leur représentation dans les instances politiques au Burkina Faso » ;

In Madagascar :

  • Association des Femmes Handicapées de Madagascar (AFHAM), for the project « Spectacle itinérant contre la violence basée sur le handicap » ;

In Togo:

  • Coordination des Organisations Féminines du Togo (COFET), for the project « Renforcement de la faîtière des organisations féminines du Togo : Séminaire de Sensibilisation, enrôlement et affiliation dans la région Maritime » ;
  • Association Femme Plus Togo (AFPT), for the project « Accès aux droits économiques aux femmes vivant avec le VIH/SIDA en milieu rural » ;
  • Réseau des Associations et ONG de Femmes en Action pour le Développement (RAFAD), for the projetc « Leadership des femmes et gouvernance locale inclusive dans la commune de Kara » ;
  • ONG LA COLOMBE, for the project « Promotion des droits de la femme dans la Préfecture de Vo par la mobilisation des « Fiosron » (épouses des chefs) ».

The average amount of subsidies granted is 1,639,892 FCFA, or 2,500 euros or 3,278 USD.


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