To contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 10: “social, economic, and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic or other status.”
Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania (Hivos: Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia and Philippines)
Inequality is a global problem showing up in inequitable income distribution, all forms of discrimination and unequal access to food, water, education, healthcare, land and natural resources. It prevents millions from participating in politics and decision-making processes. The people most affected and marginalized by inequality must struggle hard to express their views, demand their rights and get their voices heard. They are also among those most at risk when they try to do so, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.
Managed by Oxfam Novib and Hivos, Voice offers grants for grass-root groups and organizations that have difficulty getting funding and that represent or support: people living with disability; LGBTI+ people; women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence; age discriminated groups like the young and elderly; indigenous groups, and ethnic minorities. The grants create safe spaces to meet, build self-confidence and develop transformative leadership; build civil society and media support for these groups’ demands, and support evidence-based advocacy to influence policies and behavior. In Voice’s linking and learning sessions, diverse stakeholders test and scale innovative methods and document lessons learned.
Results so far
Voice has extended grants to 90 projects implemented by CSOs, community-based groups, networks and movements: empowerment projects (23), e.g. “Let’s Speak Up” Indonesia that unites and empowers teenagers with Down syndrome; influencing projects (49), e.g. PINGO Forum Tanzania that works on recognition and self-determination of pastoralists; innovation projects (7) to test and scale influencing techniques; a sudden opportunity project, Equality of Men and Women Kenya, that fights against female genital mutilation, and ten national Linking & Learning organizations. Linking & Learning first focused on training staff and grantees in inclusive facilitation methods, and the first global learning Indaba focused on inclusion and human-centered innovation.
Period and budgets
2016-2021, with a possible extension of 3 years. €50 million (contract), €35 million (grant funds), €12 million (program mgmt/linking and learning)
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (donor), Oxfam Novib (lead contractor)