ActionAid International (AAI) is an anti-poverty human rights based organization, currently working in 45 countries across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. In June 2012, the AAI General Assembly approved the establishment of a regional initiative in the Arab Region in order to build AAI’s presence in the region. The Arab Regional Initiative (ARI) is ActionAid’s first, being the only multi-country regional initiative that will put in place strategies that remain responsive to the changing context in the region.

Since then, ARI developed its first Strategy Paper “Arab People’ Action to end Injustice and Poverty” for 2013-2017, with a vision of “strong and vibrant civil societies and representative states that respect, protect and fulfill human rights across the Arab region”. Building on its programmatic work in 2015, ARI’s 2016 Development Objective aims to “harness youth leadership and civil society action for young men and women to demand accountability from duty bearers to fulfill the rights of the people.”   One of the specific outcomes that ARI targets for 2016 is for youth groups and women organizations to successfully mobilize, organize and lead social and political change processes. 

To achieve this development objective and target outcomes, ActionAid ARI is guided by its human rights-based approach to programming and emphasizes primary partnership with people’s organizations, social movements, community-based organizations, women’s collectives, and non-governmental institutions to contribute to a process of structural changes in communities where we work. 

Hence, ARI is calling for partnerships with key women’s rights organizations and women’s groups or collectives to advance women’s rights in the Arab Region.

ARI’s Women Rights’ (WR) Program

ARI’s Women’s Rights program is guided by its regional strategy, organizational mandate, and rights-based approach to programming. In 2014, ARI conducted a scoping study involving 33 women’s rights organizations in Lebanon, Jordan and Morocco, to find out the key WR priority issues and key opportunities in the region and to inform the programmatic framework of ARI’s women’s rights intervention in the region.

As a result of which, ARI went into partnership with 6 Women’s Rights organizations in Lebanon and Morocco. Through 2015, ARI and its WR partners engaged in relevant campaigns to raise the public’s awareness and key stakeholders in government and religious institutions on the issues of domestic violence, access to justice, child marriage, objectification of women in media, sexual harassment, and young women’s political participation. 

The 2016 Call for Partnership

Harnessing the lessons learned from the 2015 programming experience, ARI’s Women’s Rights programme focus in 2016 will address on key issues and interventions that will advance the promotion and defense of women’s rights in the region.  Specifically this means support to:

  • Initiatives that address policy changes to realize women’s political, economic and socio-cultural rights, and
  • Initiatives that demand accountability from duty-bearers in order to fulfill the human rights of women in the region.
  • Initiatives that will link to Actionaid International’s Safe Cities Campaign

Geographical focus: ARI is interested to work with women’s rights’ groups, collectives and organizations with legal presence in Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt.

In this Women’s Rights’ Partnership, ARI offers:

  1. Funding support for initiatives that address policy change issues, accountability-focused initiatives that tackle Women Rights’ issues in their respective countries.
  2. Capacity development support in developing policy and campaign strategies and on the use of accountability tools to advance women rights issues.
  3. Opportunities for peer-to-peer support and partner-to-partner exchanges  to share campaigning skills and strategies, subsequently improving Campaign methodologies and results
  4. Opportunities for exchanges between and among WR campaign partners to ActionaAid federation and other international networks (for example on the issue of gender responsive public services).

At this stage, the kind of proposed initiatives we expect from potential partners are those that cover the period from April to December 2016. (Project objective can be for 2-3 years.)

 Indicative Timeline

Call out for Proposal

12th of January 2016

Submission of preliminary concept note and an indicative budget

11th of February, 2016

Concept and Budget negotiation (which includes submission of detailed Action Plan and detailed budget)

February 11th -March 6th 2016

Women Rights Partners’ Meeting

14th – 17th of March 2016

Signing of partnership agreement

17th of March 2016

Commencement of activities

01 April 2016

Basic Content of the Concept Note & Budget

Key points


1.       Campaign Project Rationale

What are the main issues to be addressed and why is it important to address? – approx. up to 10 lines

For 2015 partners only: if you want to have an extension or continuation of the 2015 WR Campaign, please explain how the    2015 achievements and lessons are going to contribute to your  2016 target objectives.

2.       Geographic Coverage

Exact geographic areas in country of operations (which community or village in which governorate)

3.       Target Groups

Please describe the primary target groups (e.g. which public authorities and why?) – max. 5 lines]

4.       Campaign Objective

What will the campaign aim to achieve? Please use SMART objective(Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant , Time-related).

5.       Indicators of Campaign Success

Please explain or list down how the success of the campaign will be evaluated. What are the indicators for success, both for immediate (e.g. change in attitude/awareness), and overall changes (e.g. policy change, government’s adherence and enforcement of policy)?

6.       Key Activities

Please explain or list down what key campaign activities will be used to achieve the Campaign objective and target groups. 

8.       Potential Risks and Constraints

Please explain what risks can be associated by undertaking this campaign and what possible constraints that will hinder the implementation of the campaign project. Please also describe what actions will be taken to mitigate the risks.  (not more than 10 lines)

9.       Budget

Administrative expense (salaries, operational cost) ideally should not be more than 20% of the total project cost. 

Activities’ Cost – indicative at this stage (On a separate Excel Sheet)

If you have further questions, please contact the WR team immediately.

Please submit you Proposal in the following email addresses, no later than 11th of February 2016 to Farah Maliha, Regional Coordinator, Women in Civil Society at & Weng Ladaga, WR Advisor at