Managed by the Dutch Embassies and providing multiannual grants to local CSO’s, the Netherlands Accountability Fund is designed to strengthen the lobby and advocacy capacity of local Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) in the South. Ms. Liliane Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, has allocated one third of this fund to the development and strengthening of lobby and advocacy capacities of organisations working towards gender equality and women’s rights. In practical terms, this means that between 2016 and 2020, an amount of 5 Million EURO will be made available every year to women’s rights lobby and advocacy activities at the local level in low income and low middle income countries.
The Minister encourages the Dutch Embassies across the world to work with local women’s advocacy groups in the area and come up with new or additional proposals to help further the cause. From our side, we encourage local organisations within the FLOW-community in the affected areas to contact the Dutch Embassies in their countries and inquire about what aid is available and propose any ideas they may have. The Taskforce for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs then assists embassies to help enact these ideas, with the additional effort helping those on both sides. For example, embassies may get help by organising a report in the use of gender analysis in public policy. The requirements to the proposals are not very prescriptive nor extensive, thus allowing for a wide variety of actions, and the access of smaller local CSO’s. The Dutch Embassy in your country will be able to inform you about the requirements and possibilities
Please note that this is not a new round of FLOW funding.