After 10 years of giving grants to diaspora organizations for projects in Afghanistan and Somalia, and after a number of evaluations of the funding mechanism, we have identified some changes we would like to implement. Below is a brief outline of the changes we would like to make, and what we foresee to remain unchanged.
We would very much like to have your feedback to each of the ideas and to how we run the funding mechanism.
Sign up for the consultations of the Action Track and the Voice Track below. Consultations on the capacity development and administrative requirements will be announced in the early fall.
From being very focused on the impact of the projects in Somalia and Afghanistan, DiPS will now have a stronger focus on you – the diaspora – to further strengthen the positive role you have in your countries of origin.
More specifically we plan to implement the following changes:
The “Action Track” will consist of two funding opportunities targeting two types of organizations:
Activities under each of the grants should continue to focus on improving the situation for people in Somalia and Afghanistan. However, we want to allow organizations to do parts of their activities in Denmark, or internationally, as long as there will be some level of impact in Afghanistan and Somalia. This could, for example, be working to improve diaspora collaboration across Europe.
“Voice Track” is new in DiPS. The objective is to support a stronger voice from diaspora civil society actors across Europe to influence the situation in countries of origin (Somalia and Afghanistan). It will be a granting mechanism and we hope to see applications from Afghan and Somali civil society from European countries.
Since the Voice Track is new, the types of activities that people / organizations will apply for funding for are not known to us. However, we imagine it could be for participation in conferences, collaboration between organizations around certain issues, dialogue with international stakeholders, dialogue with Somali or Afghan governments etc
We believe the content of the capacity development should be tailored to the general and individual needs of the organizations. For us it is important that the capacity development:
This has been a strong wish from participating organisations. It is our ambition to reduce the administrative requirements as much as possible while still being able to account for how the money has been spent towards Danida and the Danish taxpayers.
Currently our idea is to make the administrative requirements proportionate to the size of the grant that the organizations receive.