The seventh call for proposals (CFP7) has seen 181 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from all over the country competing for IDF funding slots. This brings the total number of grantees supported to date by IDF to 144 from 2008/2009 financial year.
The 30 CSOs include 20 under innovation window with 10 consolidating the gains made in CFP6. The projects are spread across Mayuge, Luuka, Dokolo, Kapchorwa, Nebi, Ngora, Kalangala, Busia Lwengo, Iganga, Namayingo, Rakai, Mityana, Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Kotido, Kween, Lamwo, Pader, Koboko, Maracha, Kabale, Gulu, Buliisa, Kasese, Hoima, Kampala, Kagadi and Katakwi.
“This was a highly competitive and rigorous exercise that involved thorough screening and vetting of the CSOs. IDF does not only stop at verifying proposals and documents, we go ahead to conduct thorough organisation capacity assessments (OCA) where we look at the supporting systems and facilities in place in each of the organisations that meet the set criteria for grants.” Says Sarah Kintu, Program Support Manager, IDF.
The purpose of the OCA is to assess the capability of the organisations to effectively implement the activities set out in the proposals including the supporting human resource and financial procedures in place.
After the rigorous process, 20 CSOs, from the North, East, West and Central emerged winners of the CFP7 funds with 10 consolidating the gains made in Call for Proposal 6 (CFP6). The funds are meant to implement activities in Human Rights and Good Governance at community level. The total award for the seventh phase is UGX 3.03 billion shillings with 21 projects under Human rights (70%) and 9 under the good governance component (30%).
“The new projects will aim at addressing the most pressing issues on human rights violations especially on the emerging issues such as land rights violations and GBV among others”. Says IDF Executive Director Davis Ddamulira
With the supported projects in the innovation and the consolidation window IDF believes that the new grantees will contribute to increased accountability in local governance by increasing citizen’s capacities to demand for accountability, monitor service delivery and facilitate citizenry access to information. This will enable people to get access to justice through supporting human rights activists and legal aid, leading to improved quality of people’s lives through raising awareness on the key areas in land and property rights, child protection, Gender based violence and Good Governance practices.