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Voice Philippines | Call for Proposals Philippines Innovate & Learn Grants

| Sectors: Innovation, inclusion, economic empowerment
| Granting entities: Voice Philippines, Oxfam
| Deadline: 30 June
| Type of support: Grant
| Funding/benefits: 200,000 euros
| Applicants: Locally registered non-profit Filipino organisations; Networks, consortium, and coalitions with a locally registered non-profits; Filipino organisations  as the lead applicant; Locally registered Filipino social enterprises 
| Locations: Philippines

Synopsis: Voice in the Philippines is looking for new, inclusive, and bold ideas around boosting the economic empowerment of the following rightsholder groups: 

  • Elderly/senior citizens and young people; 
  • Indigenous people and ethnic minorities; 
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex communities;  
  • Persons with disabilities; and 
  • Women facing exploitation, abuse, and/or violence  

Innovation comes in different forms and from different contexts. As the landscape of the country’s economic situation continues to be volatile, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the multiple vulnerabilities of the rightsholder groups are exacerbated. We continuously hear about income insecurity and loss, affecting individuals’ ability to support their needs, including their families. On the other side of this coin are the rightsholders’ grit and capabilities, and their call for meaningful participation in various economic empowerment processes and initiatives. 

Economic empowerment paired with innovation can lead to a whole new range of solutions that can contribute to equitable and inclusive employment, increased access to productive opportunities, sustainable community-led enterprises, and more. Voice invites civil society groups to pitch their ideas and co-create and test solutions with the rightsholders with diversity, inclusion and intersectionality at its core. 

Specifically, Voice is looking for projects or ideas that test innovative approaches around the economic empowerment of rightsholder groups. The main impact theme the proposal should gear towards is the rightsholder’s improved access to (productive) resources (e.g. finance, land, and water) and employment.   

Voice recognises the importance of initiatives that respond to groups facing multiple layers of exclusion that cut across more than one rightsholders group.  Ideas that clearly highlight its intersectionality will definitely have an edge!  

Some examples of intersectional ideas around the main theme:  

  • Women migrants and youth working together on the development/expansion of a multi-purpose cooperative. 
  • Increasing access of women, elderly and youth farmers to inclusive market opportunities. 
  • Optimising digital spaces in increasing the access of select rightsholder groups to livelihood and productive resources. 

Link to application here.

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