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Grants awarded to build knowledge on gender and open government

April 16, 2019
The Feminist Open Government Initiative (FOGO) has awarded $240,000 in research grants to five organizations to help close the knowledge gap around gender equality, women’s participation, and open government.

Funded by the Government of Canada and IDRC, the grants range from CA$40,000-$50,000 and will support rapid research projects across nine countries. Research will focus on core and emerging open government priorities such as natural resources governance, public procurement and fiscal transparency, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and local budgeting processes.

Each project will produce practical recommendations and tools to support open government actors as they consider gender and inclusion across open government co-creation and commitments.  

The research awardee organizations are:

CARE International

“Opening open government: Does participatory and gendered political economy analysis make open government processes more responsive to women?” 

Country focus: Philippines 

Equal Measures 2030

“Understanding intersections between the SDGs, open government, and gender advocacy: the perspective of girls and women's rights organizations in three OGP countries” 

Country focus: Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya 

Oxfam Novib

“The power of women in local budgeting: supporting marginalized women in Kairouan to become active fiscal citizens” 

Country focus: Tunisia 

Technicas Rudas

“Gender indicators for open natural resource governance” 

Country focus: Colombia, Mexico, Peru  

Africa Freedom of Information Centre

“Deepening open government through women’s participation in public contracting” 

Country focus: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa 

The call for proposals was commissioned by FOGO, a collaboration between IDRC, Results for Development, the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and the Government of Canada. FOGO was designed to enhance women’s participation and gender equality throughout the OGP. More than 90 proposals were submitted by diverse organizations and research institutions. The proposals were reviewed by a selection committee that included governments, the OGP support unit, IDRC, and civil society actors from around the world.