Partnerships for Her Voice, Her Choice

The deadline to submit a preliminary proposal under the call for preliminary proposals for Partnerships for Her Voice, Her Choice was May 1, 2018. This call is now closed.

This call for preliminary proposals “Partnerships for Her Voice, Her Choice” is part of the $650-million funding over 3 years announced by Minister Bibeau in support of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The primary objective of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, to which this call is aligned, is to contribute to global efforts to eradicate poverty around the world. Canada recognizes that promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls is the most effective approach to achieving this goal. In particular, access to services and respect for rights related to sexual and reproductive health will ensure that women and girls are empowered to reach their full potential so they can earn their own livelihoods, which will benefit families as well as the economic growth of their communities and countries. The call focuses on the following themes: comprehensive sexual education; reproductive health services and investments in family planning and contraceptives; the prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence, including child, early and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation and cutting; and initiatives that support the right to choose safe and legal abortion, as well as access to post-abortion care, including in fragile and conflict-affected settings.

You must submit your preliminary proposal through the Partners@International portal before the deadline. We will not accept any late submissions. Please read the portal instructions carefully and plan to submit your application at least 3 days before the closing date to ensure that technical difficulties do not prevent you from submitting your proposal by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time on May 1, 2018.

The total amount of funding available under the Partnerships for Her Voice, Her Choice (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) call for preliminary proposals is $40 million from fiscal years 2018/19 to 2023/24. We may fund any number of proposals, or none, up to the maximum funding available.

The submission of a preliminary proposal is the first stage of a two-stage application process. Funding cannot be provided on the basis of a preliminary proposal. Be sure to review the instructions in How to apply for funding through a call for preliminary proposals before beginning your application.


Under this call, your project proposal must contribute to improved comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), with a focus on women and adolescent girls. You must include advocacy activities as either cross-cutting initiatives within a broader SRHR project, or through advocacy-specific outcomes.

Your project proposal must contribute to at least two of the following intermediate outcomes:

You may adjust the call’s ultimate and intermediate outcome statements to ensure they are grounded in the reality of your project design, making them more specific in terms of the who, what, and where of your project. Refer to the Results-Based Management How-To Guide to ensure that your outcome statements respect Global Affairs Canada’s definition for intermediate and ultimate outcomes.

 Your project’s theory of change should also support:

Your theory of change must also show how your project will:

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy states that: “No less than 95 percent of Canada’s bilateral international development assistance initiatives will target or integrate gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” Priority will be given to proposals that meet the requirement of targeting or fully integrating gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment in their design.

Organization eligibility

Carefully review the following eligibility screening requirements that we will use on submitted application packages for this call. We will not comment on the eligibility of specific potential applicants. To be eligible, you must be able to respond “yes” to each requirement below and, where stipulated, provide supporting documentation:

If you are unable to respond “yes” to any of the above requirements, your organization is not eligible to apply under this call.

Required project parameters

Carefully review the parameters of this call and judge whether your project idea will fit. We will not respond to questions about the eligibility of your project idea. You must evaluate if your project idea fits within these parameters. You must be able to answer “yes” to all of the following statements for your application to be considered for funding under this call:

If your proposed project does not conform to the above statements, it will not be assessed because it cannot be considered for funding under this call.

Additional Guidance

Preference will be given to projects that include activities that take place in sub-Saharan Africa and countries of the Ouagadougou Partnership. A minimum of 60 percent of initiatives funded will take place in sub-Saharan Africa and countries of the Ouagadougou Partnership.

As Global Affairs Canada is seeking to diversify its partnerships with Canadian organizations, preference will be given to meritorious proposals in which the lead implementer (i.e., sole signatory with Global Affairs Canada) is not among the 36 Partnership for Development Innovation Branch partners receiving funding through the Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PSMNCH) initiative. PSMNCH partners can be contributing partners (i.e., non-signatory partner) to new applicants under this call. “New applicant” is defined as any organization that is not currently receiving funding under the PSMNCH initiative.

Please note that preference may be given to projects that include public engagement activities to increase Canadians’, including Indigenous populations’, understanding of SRHR in international development. Initiatives may allocate up to 10 percent of total direct program costs for public engagement activities in Canada. The purpose of this optional component would be to encourage Canadians to develop a deeper understanding of sexual, reproductive health and rights within the development context.

Preference may also be given to proposals that demonstrate innovative approaches such as new business models, approaches, policy practices, partnerships, technologies, and behavioural insights and methods of delivery, or any solutions that address development problems more effectively than current approaches.

Available resources

There are a number of resources available online to help you develop your application package. We strongly encourage you to read all of the following tools and guidance before beginning your application process. Failure to meet the mandatory requirements, minimum standards and deadlines detailed therein will result in your application package not being considered for funding.

How to submit your application package

To be considered in this call, you must submit your complete application package to Partners@International by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time on May 1, 2018.

Your application package must include all of the following documents:

As explained in How to apply for funding through a call for preliminary proposals, submitting your preliminary proposal is just the first step in the application process. After we review your preliminary proposal, we may invite you to submit a full application package. Funding decisions will only be made on the basis of a full proposal.

As noted above, plan to submit your application at least 3 days before the closing date to ensure that technical difficulties do not prevent you from submitting your proposal by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time on May 1, 2018. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide you with technical support to use the portal if we receive a high volume of requests for assistance in the last 24 hours before the deadline above.

Questions on using the Partners@International portal

Please read and follow all the instructions for using the Partners@International portal. Do not open multiple windows within the portal as this may cause technical problems.


It may take up to 10 business days to register your organization in the portal. If you encounter technical difficulties while registering or trying to submit a proposal, send an email to: Please note that: during the last two weeks before a call closes, the service standard for replying to your enquiry is three (3) business days. Technical support for the portal is only available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, Monday to Friday.

Accessing and using PDF forms

Use only Adobe Reader/Adobe Acrobat to work on the standardized PDFs to be submitted with your application package. If you use other software, the data you enter may not appear once submitted to the department, and the application will be considered ineligible.

If you are having difficulty downloading the preliminary proposal form, it is generally due to software issues on your computer. Please read and follow the help instructions. If you have all the correct software installed, download the form to your desktop and open it directly in Adobe Reader; otherwise, other software installed on your computer may try (and fail) to open the form using your default settings.

Questions about this particular call

For general information about how to apply for funding, please consult Questions and answers about applying for funding.

If you have questions specific to this call, please send them to by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. We will not respond to questions received after this deadline or to questions on specific organizational circumstances or on specific project proposals. Please note that all answers to questions will be posted on the Partnerships for Her Voice, Her Choice questions and answers page to ensure that all potential applicants have access to the same information at the same time. We will not send answers directly to applicants.

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