Strategic Component – Call for Concept Notes

Call for Concept Notes On Gender Equality and Social Inclusion – Strategic Component


Strengthening citizen engagements for sustainable and inclusive access to quality public goods and services and economic resources.


Eligible organisations
Registered Ghanaian civil society organisations (CSOs) operating at regional or national levels and actively engaged in policy influencing processes. These include:

  • Academic and research institutions;
  • Professional associations;
  • Research and advocacy NGOs;
  • Think Tanks;
  • Private sector associations;
  • Civil society networks, coalitions, alliances and platforms.

Eligible organisations must demonstrate capacity to mobilize citizens and citizen groups and forge alliances of relevant stakeholders for long-term engagement and collective action around critical GESI issues.


STAR-Ghana is a five-year (2015 – 2020) voice and empowerment programme supported by UK Aid, the European Union and DANIDA.  Its goal is to have a well informed and active civil society, able to contribute to transformational change around key challenges of poverty, inequality and inclusion for all Ghanaian citizens. The programme is in its second phase of implementation, the first phase having ended in April 2015. The second phase builds upon the results and learning from Phase 1 to achieve a step-change in how citizens are supported to address the underlying constraints to democratic governance, and inclusive and sustainable community and national development.

STAR-Ghana’s gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) strategy seeks to define an approach which ensures equal opportunities for women, girls, men and boys, and a ‘level playing field’ for all social groups and to facilitate collective action and movement building in respect to gender equality and social inclusion. The strategy is aligned with the objectives of Goal 4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Achieve Gender Equality, Social Inclusion and Human Rights for all and relevant provisions of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

The overarching concern of STAR-Ghana is to ensure that all Ghanaians can make their voices heard and participate actively in policy decisions and accountability processes that affect their lives.  The term inclusion and exclusion is used by STAR-Ghana to address a wide diversity of  social groups, for example Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), youth, children, the aged, slum dwellers, migrants, people living with HIV (PLHIV) and indigents. It also captures other factors of marginalisation as well, such as location (poor and remote areas of Ghana, rural areas, etc.) and type of civil society organisation (CSOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), community associations, small CSOs, etc).

For more information on the STAR-Ghana GESI strategy, please visit the website at


The GESI Call

To achieve the objectives of its GESI strategy, STAR-Ghana is inviting applications from interested and eligible civil society organisations under the Strategic partnerships component of the GESI Call for proposals.  

Under this component, STAR-Ghana will work with a limited number of short-listed organisations to co-develop and implement initiatives/interventions aimed at helping to address systemic barriers to GE and/or SI in Ghana. Indicative areas around which these strategic partnerships could be developed include:

  1. Voice and participation in governance at all levels (traditional, decentralised and national levels);
  2. Addressing systemic barriers to opportunities and resources for economic activities, including land for specific GESI groups;
  3. Sustainable and inclusive access to quality and responsive public goods and services particularly health and education;
  4. Removal of systemic barriers to GESI groups’ ability to claim and enjoy rights conferred on them by the constitution and relevant international conventions and frameworks and national policies.


Two-stage process will be used for this call:

  1. Stage 1 invites concept notes from eligible CSOs. The programme Steering Committee will assess the concept notes and shortlist applicants for stage 2;
  2. Stage 2 will involve shortlisted organisations and the PMT working together to develop full project proposals based among other things on more detailed analyses of the context, mapping of relevant actors and initiatives etc. Additionally discussions will further:  frame the role of strategic partners as intermediary organisations addressing practical grassroots issues at national level; revisit movement building and collective action strategies for GE and SI based on best practice in Ghana and elsewhere and finally; signal areas for learning. These proposals will then be presented to the SC for review and sign off.

Projects funded under this component will be for a maximum duration of three (3) years and budget not exceeding GHS 800,000.00 per project.

Applicants are particularly encouraged to explore opportunities for formal/informal alliances/networks/ coalitions in the implementation of their proposed actions. These alliances/networks or coalitions may seek to (i) build innovative partnerships between Civil Society, the media and/or private sector; (ii) link actors  across levels of governance (community, district, regional and national); (iii) enable collaborations between actors working on complementary issues  and/or promote movement building on critical GESI issues.


How to Apply

  • Download the application pack– A zip archive containing the following files:
    • Advert – GESI Call – Strategic Component
    • Concept Note Template – GESI Call – Strategic Component
    • Guidance Note – GESI Call – Strategic Component
    • Risk Matrix Template
    • STAR-Ghana Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy
    • STAR-Ghana Grants Manual
  • Use the Concept Note template (can be found in the application pack) to prepare your application responses
  • Complete the GESI – Strategic Component – Concept Note  Online Form.
    • Copy and paste your entries into the online form
    • Attach the required files
    • You may save your progress or submit to complete your application
    • You will receive a confirmation email on submission
  • Request for Concept Notes will be closed by 17:00 hours GMT on 5th January, 2017.
  • Shortlisted organisations will be informed by 24th January, 2017 and invited to meet with the PMT to discuss stage 2 of the process.


Interested organisations are invited to Information sessions to be held as follows:

No. Location Venue Date Time
1. Accra Du Bois Centre 12th  Dec 2016 10:00am
2. Kumasi Noda Hotel – Fumesua 13th  Dec 2016 10:00am
3. Cape Coast Cape Coast Hotel 13th Dec 2016 10:00am
4. Sunyani Tyco City Hotel 14th  Dec 2016 10:00am
5. Takoradi Akroma Plaza Hotel 14th  Dec 2016 10:00am
6. Koforidua Capital View Hotel 15th Dec 2016 10:00am
7. Ho St. Steven’s Hotel 20th Dec 2016 10:00am
8. Tamale Gillbtt Training Centre 14th Dec 2016 9:00am
9. Bolgatanga Extee Crystal Hotel 16th Dec 2016 10:00am
10. Wa Nuoyong Empire Hotel 21st Dec 2016 10:00am


Please visit our website,, for more information on STAR-Ghana, its grant processes and for the full report of the Scoping Study which informed this call.


For enquiries, please contact or call (0302) 774488/7012404 between 9am and 5pm on week days.