Netherlands diplomatic missions, Vietnam

Funding opportunities for strengthening women's organizations: ‘Leading From the South’

The deadline for submission of applications is 17th February 2017

The Netherlands has launched its ‘Leading From the South’ funding facility for women’s organizations in the Global South. This new facility supports Southern women’s organizations and networks striving for the political, social and economic empowerment of women. It will also be active for Vietnam. The ‘Leading From the South’ facility – which is being managed by well-established women’s funds in these regions – is now open for proposals, deadline is 17 February 2017.

‘Leading From the South’ (LFS) contributes to two Dutch development policy priorities: Advancing women’s rights and gender equality and strengthening civil society organizations. Southern women’s organizations and networks play a key role in influencing governments, leaders, communities, businesses and other actors to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (Sustainable Development Goal 5). The LFS promotes cooperation across borders and links grassroot organizations to networks and movements at the national, regional and global level.  

LFS works through grant-making, capacity building and lobby & advocacy, thus providing organizations with tools to influence policies, tackle unequal power relations and reduce exclusion, discrimination, violence and unequal treatment. The LFS facility funds amount to 40 million Euro’s in total and runs from 2017 to 2020. LFS is managed by the South Asia Women’s Fund (SAWF) for the Asia-Pacific. Calls for proposals for the Asia-Pacific region, including Vietnam, is currently open and online. Information about the ‘Leading From the South’ facility and related criteria for application for proposals can be found on the website of the Asia-Pacific fund.