The World Bank and Sexual Violence Research Initiative shared a joint statement about this new funding opportunity, specifically for promising innovations aimed at preventing gender-based violence. 


Press release:




In summary;

- We match all of the guiding principles and are eligible for this funding opportunity as our countries are listed as Low and Middle Income (listed in World Bank) as required. 

- The length of this project must be within 24 months and cannot be grated more than $100,000This could be considered as a limit depending on the project/research we may want to conduct given the number of our COs.

- Any proposals (including the overhead) requesting above $100,000, will be rejected upon receipt.

As far as budgeting, it is expected that the award will cover all, or the majority of, the costs of the activities specified. 

- Project overhead cannot be more than 15%.

- he budget should be a definitive line-item budget for all direct costs, and administrative or indirect costs.

- It must exclude capital expendituregeneral operating support; U.S.-based activities (to my knowledge we do not do this anyway); and any lobbying activities. 


Individual cost items should match the scope of the project, reflect real or estimated cost burdens, and not be padded.

   - Personnel (employee): calculate the employee daily rate using the person’s annual salary inclusive of fringe benefits (e.g. pension, medical aid etc.) divided by 260.

   - Personnel (consultant): the daily cost of the consultant to your institution.


Steps or actions


Call / request for proposals

1 August 2017  

Closing date for applications

6 October 2017

WBG review

8-24 November

External review

12 Dec - Jan 2018

Communication of outcomes to the research committee

Feb 2018

Acceptance of grants by grantees Feb 2018 Participation in SVRI World Bank Group DM Awards Ceremony, Washington

April 2018

Individual Project timeframes

June 2018 – May 2020 (up to 24 months)



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A public book reading campaign organized in Ukraine by UNFPA Country Office to encourage fathers to read to children from 0 to 5 years old in order to support their early development and ensure emotional connection. 

Within the ambit of the UNFPA EECARO "Call for an initiative to foster Gender Transformative Approaches", UNFPA Ukraine Country Office and the NGO Fathers' Club are launching today the first of a series of public book readings to foster fathers' involvement in early childhood development. 

Ukrainian fathers-celebrities - singers, dancers, sportsmen, journalists - who are partnering for this event, will act as role models and raise public attention, by encouraging fathers to get involved in their child’s life and simultaneously contributing to building respectful relationships between men and women. Particular attention will be given to the most vulnerable children with disabilities and from conflict-effected regions of Ukraine, whose participation in the event is ensured by the County Office.

International studies show that:

  • 80% of men older regret that insufficient attention was paid to their children;

  • active participation of fathers in parenting improves relationships in the family, children confidence and success later in life.

The first series of the public book readings will take place on May 18th – 21st at the Book Fair Arsenal, a huge annual cultural project hosting over 200 events and publishing agencies, as well as 93000 guests as reported last year. The following book readings will take place between June and August, so stay tuned! 

In Moldova, schools and local communities are promoting men's engagement in child protection and nonviolence. 

At the beginning of the academic year, 31 schools and local communities from three regions of the Republic of Moldova benefited from a series of activities that promoted gender development, peer-to-peer education, and the engagement of men and boys in nonviolence, anti-bullying, and more. The activities were carried out as part of the “For a violence-free life for children in Moldova” project, implemented by Terre des Hommes Moldova and supported by Oak Foundation. The project aims to prevent child abuse by emphasizing men and boys’ engagement in child protection and education. The activity leaders organized events in their communities focusing on the above-mentioned topics, including family sports competitions, gender education for parents, social theater, and workshops.

Learn more about the project and participants here

This article was first published in the fifth edition of the EECA Regional Newsletter on Gender-Transformative Programming