Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD): Inviting applications for ‘Call for Proposals: Feminist Participatory Action Research – Support to Grassroots Women Organizations for Land Rights and Development Justice 2018-2020’ to strengthen feminist movements for land rights and development justice.

Funding brief: APWLD invites grassroots women’s rights organizations and movements to take part in this exciting Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) programme that aims to develop capacity, tools and resources that support rural, indigenous, migrant and urban poor women (RIMUP) to demand their rights on land, water, soils, biodiversity, and other natural resources.

Eight to ten partner organizations will be selected to work with APWLD for 1.5 year (July 2018 – December 2019) to document:
● The impact of human rights violations on rural, indigenous, fisher, and urban poor women at the local or country level. Three focus areas of the research that’s illustrative of the systemic barriers to women’s land rights are:
 Land, water and resource grabbing – includes land and water acquisitions by foreign, domestic investors and state for extractive industries and development projects and its’ impact to environment and livelihood, including false solutions of climate change
 Trade and investment agreement – includes the impact of land, crop, seed and water monopoly by big agribusiness; unsustainable agriculture with the use of GMO and pesticide and privatization of public services in relation with natural resources, and
 Patriarchal discriminatory land ownership laws and practices – inheritance, succession, customary, and/or family laws and marriage related practices which deny women for property, land ownership and decision-making over natural resources management.
 Community-owned solutions and demand for land rights, sustainable livelihood and development justice.

● Researchers will be introduced to a human rights based approach to development; feminist participatory action research methods; advocacy and campaigning for change. They will access training in international human rights standards and rights-based approaches to their area of research.  Through a combination of face-to-face and online modules, they will:
 Share the frameworks within their communities,
 Learn practical feminist participatory action research skills, and
 Develop and implement a community-based research plan. The advocacy planning for the documented cases will be done during the workshops so that each research will have a clear purpose and target for the research report.

Donor Name: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
Funding name: Call for Proposals: Feminist Participatory Action Research – Support to Grassroots Women Organizations for Land Rights and Development Justice 2018-2020

Deadline: Sunday, 15th, July, 2018

Funding limit: APWLD will provide eight to ten organizations with a small grant to employ a young woman researcher and carry out the research including salary and on-costs with the approximate amount of USD 12,000. Research partners will need to appoint a mentor to assist this young women researcher throughout this research programme. APWLD will also support the young women researchers and their mentors to participate in capacity building workshops and provide advocacy or network opportunities.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: July, 2018

Project duration: 1.5 year (July, 2018 – December, 2019)

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: APWLD will select rural, indigenous, fishers, urban poor women organizations who will lead the FPAR on human rights for women in 8-10 countries in Asia-Pacific.  They are seeking non-governmental, non-profit, grassroots based organization that are:
● Committed towards the enjoyment and realization of the human rights of women at community level in Asia-Pacific, particularly of the most marginalized (young, rural, indigenous, migrant, Dalit women and/or women in other minority groups);
● Committed to conducting the 1.5 years Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) process;
● Committed to using feminist participatory methodologies that increase democratic participation and leadership of marginalized women in the research;
● Committed to appointing a young woman researcher and mentor, it is preferable to have at least one (either mentor or young women researchers) from the community where the FPAR will be conducted.
● Able to provide internet and computer access for regular online communication with APWLD secretariat and online training

APWLD will consider the following when selecting 8-10 organizations for this project:
● Sub-regional representation;
● Recommendations/ references by APWLD members;
● Diverse human rights and development concerns of rural, indigenous, fisher, urban poor women and other marginalized women in Asia-Pacific.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail:  and cc

Other important link:
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● Application Form:
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How to apply: Interested organizations shall submit:
● Completed application form and budget proposal
● Expression of interest
● Recommendation letter, preferably from an APWLD member

● Application must be submitted to  and cc

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