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Call for Concept Notes ‑ Strengthening Civil Society and Democratic Spaces in the Indo‑Pacific

Posted by Jaq-Lin Larder on October 3, 2023 in Research Funding

Global Affairs Canada has launched this call for Concept Notes in support of Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy initiative. Eligible organizations are invited to submit Concept Notes as the first stage of the application process. In the second stage, a limited number of organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal.

The Call for Concept Notes support efforts of organizations registered in Canada and Indigenous organizations in Canada to enhance inclusive governance, promote and protect human rights, and advance gender equality in support of sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the Indo-Pacific region.

Preference will be given to applications that address the following:

  • Localization and participatory approach: The project concept note demonstrates that the project is supporting locally led development (localization) by providing evidence that the project responds to local needs; being jointly developed with at least 1 local partner; reinforcing the capacity of local partner(s), and; ensuring that local partner(s) will be involved in co-managing the project over its life cycle;
  • Demonstrate clear strategies for sustainability and local ownership, such as by applying a feminist Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning approach within projects and ensuring that knowledge generated through Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning activities are gender-sensitive, owned and used by beneficiaries and implementing partners in support of their social change agendas

Your proposed project must take place in two or more Official Development Assistance-eligible countries in the Indo-Pacific region. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have at least five years of cumulative experience in delivering international assistance projects in one or more aspects expressed in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. Action Area 5: Inclusive Governance, with a minimum of three years of such programming in the Indo-Pacific region. These past projects must be comparable in budget to that proposed in the Call.

The total value of your proposed project must be between $2 - $7 million dollars and last four years (2024-25 to 2027-28).

Dalhousie is limited to leading one application to this call. An internal selection process may be needed. Please reach out to as soon as possible to discuss a planned submission. 

Full details are available here.

Funder Deadline: November 14, 2023 at 1pm AST. Contact email is