Call for Proposals – Regional SRHR Fund

October 20, 2022

About Hivos

Hivos is an international development organization guided by humanist values. Together with citizens and their organizations, we aim to contribute towards just, inclusive and life sustaining societies where people have equal access to opportunities, rights and resources.

Hivos firmly believes in every person’s right to live in freedom and dignity, to enjoy equal opportunities, and to influence decisions made regarding the changes they want to see in their lives, communities and country. Our mission is to amplify and connect voices that promote social and environmental justice and challenge power imbalances.

Hivos believes that diversity and inclusion enrich organizations and societies, and that a gender transformative and feminist approach is key for sustainable change. Promoting the rights of Young Women and Adolescent Girls (YWAG) and preventing Gender Based Violence (GBV) has been at the core of Hivos work particularly through the Regional SRHR Fund in the East and Southern Africa. The Regional SRHR Fund is undertaking interventions aimed at strengthening, resourcing and coordinating YWAG and feminist movements, networks and organizations to continually shift narratives, increase public support and influence duty bearers to develop, adapt and/or implement laws, policies and practices that prevent GBV.

  • Re-issuance Date: 10 November 2022
  • Closing Date: 18 November 2022
  • Award Amount: USD 10,000
  • Project duration: 12 months
  • Eligible Countries: Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique


The Regional SRHR Fund seeks to support young feminist organizations, groups, movements and allies to shift dominant narratives, and to contribute to, and advocate for, the implementation of policies and practices that demonstrably reduce GBV against YWAG.

The key approaches of the program are:

Approach 1: Shifting narratives and public opinions/attitudes towards YWAG: addressing cultural and religious norms, practices which influence public attitudes towards YWAG. We will support interventions that include social campaigns that utilize creative arts, digital spaces and mass/social media platforms to increase the support for GBV prevention.

Approach 2: Capacity strengthening and movement building of YWAG and feminist movements includes interventions that improve youth-led knowledge sharing, networking and data collection on GBV in the region as well as increased capacity for youth-driven research. This includes feminist analyses and action-research.

Approach 3: Building political power and influence of YWAG through advocacy with duty bearers to increasingly design, adopt and implement laws and policies that prevent GBV including undertaking of evidence based advocacy.

About the funding

Hivos seeks to support interventions that address one or more of the aforementioned approaches. Project funds will be provided to selected feminist organizations to demand for their rights, and play a leading role in strengthened and inclusive feminist movements that enjoy increased public support and influence policymakers to adapt and/or implement laws, policies and practices that prevent GBV.

Selection Criteria

  • The organization should be able to demonstrate an understanding of GBV in the region and the connection to young women and adolescent girls.
  • Proposals should demonstrate that the organization or group applying for the grant is feminist. Feminist organizations and movements are defined as groups and/or organizations led by and for women and girls, who identify as feminist and utilize feminist approaches and principles.
  • Demonstrable experience and track record working on GBV
  • Proposals should be submitted with a corresponding summary budget.
  • Proposal should outline the meaningful participation and engagement of YWAG in all their diversity
  • Proposals must be received on time and should conform to the information requested as articulated
  • If successful, applicants must be able to ensure demonstrable strong governance and financial management.

Review of proposals will be done by a Selection Committee using the set selection criteria.

Submission information

The proposal and budget template can be accessed here:

Please submit your application via email with the subject line Regional SRHR Fund- GBV Proposal to by 5pm (CAT) on Friday 18 November, 2022.

Hivos reserves the right to withdraw this call of application at any time.