Women’s Economic Empowerment in Morocco Call for Proposals

This call is closed. The deadline for submissions was October 21, 2015.


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Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Morocco. This call is valued at up to fifteen million Canadian dollars ($15,000,000). DFATD intends to contribute funding ranging from a minimum of three million Canadian dollars (C$3,000,000) to a maximum of ten million Canadian dollars (C$10,000,000) toward projects to be implemented over a period of up to five years. Organizations must have the ability to work in French.

DFATD may decide to fund any number or none of the proposals submitted for consideration.

The deadline for submissions was October 21, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.


The call for proposals is designed to support private sector economic growth by increasing women’s entrepreneurship and participation in the work force in Morocco.

Projects funded under this call for proposals must align with the following ultimate outcome:

  • Increased women’s empowerment for sustainable economic growth

The projects must also contribute to the achievement of at least one of the three intermediate outcomes:

  • Increased productivity and job opportunities generated by women entrepreneurs
  • Increased employment of women by businesses
  • Reduced gender-specific barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and to women entering into and remaining in the work force

The projects should focus on factors that help women advance in the marketplace and generate increased economic activity. This includes increasing skills and access to financial and non-financial services, improving the institutional environment, and assisting women in their ability to make and act upon decisions in order to benefit from economic growth. Proposed projects should recognize that economic empowerment is intertwined with social and political empowerment, and take into account the underlying social and cultural factors that limit women’s ability to interact with and benefit from markets, such as unpaid and inequitably distributed domestic and family-related responsibilities, limited mobility, limited control over assets, the disproportionate effect of corruption on women and the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence in the public sphere. Proposed projects should suggest ways to challenge the existing gender-based division of labour.


The call for proposals is open to Canadian, international, multilateral and local organizations working in Morocco that:

  • for Canadian organizations, are legally incorporated, or otherwise constituted under the provincial, territorial or federal laws of Canada;
  • for non-Canadian organizations, are legally incorporated (multilateral organizations) in Morocco or registered entities—companies, non-government organizations (NGOs) or international NGOs—with a license to work in Morocco ; and
  • have at least five years of organizational experience in managing and delivering initiatives related to international development.

Non-registered/inexperienced entities will not be considered. If you do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria but are interested in this call, please consider the option of forming a consortium with an organization that meets all eligibility criteria. It is not necessary for a consortium to form a separate legal entity for the purpose of applying to the Women’s Economic Empowerment in Morocco call for proposals.

For more information, please download the application form.

Proposal assessment

DFATD will review and assess only complete proposals. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria or to provide all requested information (as identified on the application form) will result in rejection of the proposal.

DFATD will assess all complete proposals on a comparative basis against nine Assessment Criteria:

  1. Rationale for the initiative
  2. Managing for results and responding to risks
  3. Initiative plan
  4. Environmental sustainability
  5. Gender equality
  6. Governance
  7. Sustainability of results
  8. Financial information
  9. Organizational ability relevant to the initiative

DFATD will also assess applications against two additional criteria, which are explained further in the application form:

  1. Engaging Canadian organizations
  2. Engaging the private sector

Application process

Note: DFATD will only accept complete proposals by email at correspondence.moroccocall@international.gc.ca, not by mail or fax.

  1. Submit your proposal by the date and time of the deadline.
  2. Please read the Application Form with guidelines thoroughly. If you experience issues downloading the application form, please visit the Help section.
  3. Submit the mandatory organization and proposal documents, as listed in the supporting documentation section of the application form, including the completed application form. Incomplete proposals will be automatically rejected. Supporting documentation that is not available in an electronic format must be scanned and submitted electronically.

After submission, you will receive an email confirming that your proposal has been submitted. If you have not received a confirmation email, your proposal is not considered as received.

Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Application process questions

Applicants may submit questions about the application process by email to correspondence. moroccocall@international.gc.ca. Organizations must submit questions by the enquiry closing date: October 07, 2015, 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). DFATD will not answer enquiries received after that date.

DFATD will acknowledge the receipt of questions within one business day and will post all pertinent questions and answers about the call for proposals on its public website. Information posted in DFATD's calls for proposals section, the frequently asked questions about applying for funding page, and the frequently asked questions concerning this call for proposals, represents the only official interpretation of the application process.

Supporting DFATD documentation available to applicants

Review process

DFATD will apply an initial merit screening against the following assessment criteria only: (1) Rationale for the initiative, (2) Managing for results and responding to risks, (5) Gender Equality, and (9) Organizational capacity relevant to the initiative. Proposals deemed unacceptable or weak will not proceed for further review.

To ensure transparency and fairness to all applicants, DFATD will not discuss proposals with applicants until all organizations have been notified of decisions regarding their proposals.

Applicants will be advised of the results once a decision has been made. A DFATD officer will then contact successful applicants to discuss contract details. DFATD will also send a letter to all unsuccessful candidates to inform them of the decision.

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