Promoting the Advancement of Women and Girls' Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

This call is closed. The deadline for proposal submissions was October 22, 2015.


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Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals on Promoting the Advancement of Women and Girls’ Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan. This call for proposals is valued at up to thirty million Canadian dollars (C$30,000,000) over a period of five years, from 2016–2017 to 2020–2021. DFATD intends to contribute funding ranging from a minimum of three million Canadian dollars (C$3,000,000) to a maximum of six million Canadian dollars (C$6,000,000) to each selected project. Selected projects must be fully completed, including all project reporting requirements, by March 31, 2021.

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

The submission deadline was October 22, 2015, 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.


The call for proposals is designed to fund projects that contribute to women and girls’ rights and empowerment that are in line with one or more of the following streams:

  1. Addressing violence against women and girls, and supporting the implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women;
  2. Building the capacity of civil society organizations working to advance women and girls’ rights and empowerment.

Projects funded under this call for proposals must align with the ultimate outcome and at least one of the two intermediate outcomes:

  • Ultimate Outcome: Women and girls are better empowered to participate in decision-making in Afghan society.
  • Intermediate Outcome 1: Afghan society and government are more effectively supporting the protection of rights of women and girls from gender-based violence through enhanced commitment, policies and programming that defend the rights and empowerment of women and girls; and/or
  • Intermediate Outcome 2: Strengthened Afghan civil society organizations are actively coordinating, advocating, protecting, and promoting the rights and empowerment of women and girls.

All proposals must also align with Afghan government national priorities.


This call for proposals is open to 1) Canadian organizations which are legally incorporated or otherwise constituted under the provincial, territorial or federal laws of Canada, and have their main place of business in Canada, 2) international organizations, and 3) Afghan organizations that meet the minimum eligibility criteria as listed on the Application Form.

If you do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria but are interested in this call for proposals, 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 Promoting the Advancement of Women and Girls’ Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan call for proposals.

In particular, we encourage organizations with less than two years of experience in managing and delivering international development initiatives to work in consortiums with more experienced organizations.

For more information, please download the Promoting the Advancement of Women and Girls’ Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan Application Form with Guidelines.

Proposal assessment

DFATD will review and assess only completed 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 completed 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 additional criteria. Applications for stream 1 will be assessed against:

  1. Incorporation of a Rights and Empowerment Approach

Applications for stream 2 will be assessed against:

  1. Civil Society Strengthening

Applications that address both streams 1 and 2 will be assessed against all of the criteria above.

Application process

Note: DFATD will only accept completed proposals by email at, not by mail or fax.

  1. Submit your proposal by the date and time of the deadline.
  2. Please read thoroughly the Promoting the Advancement of Women and Girls’ Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan Application Form with Guidelines. If you experience difficulties 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 should 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.

Supporting DFATD documentation available to applicants

Application process questions

Applicants may submit questions about the application process by email to  Organizations must submit questions by October 1, 2015, 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). DFATD will not answer enquiries received after this 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 on the page devoted to Promoting the Advancement of Women and Girls’ Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan call for proposals. Information posted on DFATD’s Calls for Proposals Website, the Frequently Asked Questions about Applying for Funding, and the Frequently Asked Questions concerning this Call for Proposals, represents the only official interpretation of the application process.

Review process

For proposals that meet all of the assessment criteria, DFATD will determine which proposals best align with its priorities.

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 of the proposal assessment process once funding decisions have been made. A DFATD officer will then contact successful applicants to discuss funding arrangement details. DFATD will also send a letter to all unsuccessful candidates to inform them of the decision.