The total amount of funding available under the Women’s Political Participation in Pakistan call for preliminary proposals is Can$18,900,000 over 5 years. We may fund any number of proposals, or none, up to the maximum funding available.

You must submit your preliminary proposal through the Partners@International portal before the deadline. We will not accept any late submissions. Please read the portal instructions carefully and plan to submit your application by March 27th, 2018 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time to ensure that technical difficulties do not prevent you from submitting your proposal by March 29th, 2018 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time.

The submission of a preliminary proposal is the first stage of a two-stage application process. Funding cannot be provided on the basis of a preliminary proposal. Be sure to review the instructions in How to apply through a call for preliminary proposals before beginning your application.


Under this call, your project proposal must contribute to the achievement of this ultimate outcome:

  • Increased political empowerment and enjoyment of rights by women, particularly young and marginalized women and those at risk, in Pakistan.

Your project proposal must contribute to this intermediate outcome:

  • Improved gender responsive and inclusive systems of governments, democratic institutions and civil society organizations (nationally and sub-nationally).   

Your project proposal must also contribute to at least one of these two intermediate outcomes:

  • Improved promotion and protection of women's civil and political rights by governments and civil society.
  • Increased and equitable participation of women in democratic processes and civic life, particularly young and marginalized women.

You may adjust the call’s ultimate and intermediate outcome statements to ensure they are grounded in the reality of your project design, making them more specific in terms of the who, what, and where of your project. Refer to the Results-Based Management How-To Guide to ensure that your outcome statements respect Global Affairs Canada’s definition for intermediate and ultimate outcomes.

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy states that: “No less than 95 percent of Canada’s bilateral international development assistance initiatives will target or integrate gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” Priority will be given to proposals that meet the requirement of targeting or fully integrating gender equality and womens’ and girls’ empowerment in their design.

Project requirements

Carefully review the parameters of this call and judge whether your project idea will fit. We will not respond to questions about the eligibility of your project idea. You must be able to answer “yes” to all of the following statements in order for your application to be considered for funding under this call:

  • You are requesting Global Affairs Canada funding of at least Can$2 million and no more than Can$7 million.
  • Your proposed project will last at least two years but no more than five years.
  • The geographic focus of your project is in Pakistan.
  • Your organization will provide at least 3% of the total eligible direct project costs over the life of the project in cash and/or in kind.
  • Your application package documents are complete and presented in either English or French.

If your proposed project does not conform to the above statements, it will not be assessed because it cannot be considered for funding under this call.


Carefully review the following eligibility screening requirements that we will use on submitted application packages for this particular call. We will not pre-assess or comment on the eligibility of specific potential applicants. To be eligible, you must meet each requirement and, where stipulated, provide supporting documentation:

  • Your organization is a legally incorporated non-governmental organization (NGO) or private sector organization from Canada, Pakistan or any other country.
  • Your organization must provide financial statements for the last two fiscal years, signed (audited statements are preferred).
  • You are not a sovereign entity (a government of a country) or multilateral institution (e.g. UN agency or international financial institution (IFI)).
  • Your organization must provide one or two examples of projects in Section 3.1 of the application form that demonstrate a minimum of three years of experience within the past 15 years as the lead organization in managing and implementing development projects that have achieved results in promoting women’s civic and political participation in Pakistan, with at least one project valued at Can$2 million or more.

If you are unable to meet any of the above requirements, your organization is not eligible to apply under this call.

Preference will be given to organizations that are registered to operate in Pakistan and that can provide supportive documentation of registration as part of their application package.

Available resources

There are a number of resources available online to help you develop your application package. We strongly encourage you to read all of the following tools and guidance before beginning your application process. Failure to meet the mandatory requirements, minimum standards and deadlines detailed therein will result in your application package not being considered for funding.


How to Apply

In order to be considered in this call, you must submit your complete application package to the Partners@International portal by March 29th, 2018 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time.

Your application package must include all of the following documents:

As explained in How to apply through a call for preliminary proposals, submitting your preliminary proposal is just the first step in the application process. After we review your preliminary proposal, we may invite you to submit a full application package. Funding decisions will only be made on the basis of a full proposal.

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