> CALL FOR PROPOSALS Feminist Participatory Action Research for Change– Support to Rural, Indigenous, Migrant, Urban Poor Women’s Organisations

CALL FOR PROPOSALS Feminist Participatory Action Research for Change– Support to Rural, Indigenous, Migrant, Urban Poor Women’s Organisations

Feminist Participatory Action Research for Change!

Support to Rural, Indigenous, Migrant, Urban Poor Women’s Organisations.


“Amplifying Voices, Strengthening Feminist Movements for Development Justice”




download-buttonDeadline: Sunday, 19 April 2015

APWLD invites grassroots women’s rights organisations and movements to take part in this exciting Feminist Participatory Action Research programme that aims to develop tools and resources that support rural, indigenous, migrant and urban poor women (RIMUP) to monitor, engage and influence development policies that impact on them.



The global model of development is not working for rural, indigenous, migrant, and urban poor women. The architecture of globalisation that primarily focuses on economic growth has led to unsustainable and unjust development practices. It has created rules that benefit multi-national corporations, push down wages, eliminates subsidies and social protection, promotes extractive industries, large scale land-grabbing, environmental degradation, enforcing militarisation, privatise public resources, and liberalise the market. Gender inequality reinforces and is itself reinforced by the extraordinary levels of inequality in wealth, power and resources experienced by women in Asia and the Pacific. Structural and systemic discrimination continues to define the lives of majority of RIMUP women in the region


APWLD believes a new development framework must be derived from poor, marginalised women of the global south. They are best able to identify both the problems and solutions. In 2013, APWLD together with rural, indigenous, migrant, urban poor women organisations and other civil society in the region develop a model of Development Justice, a model that challenges the current development model, and promotes peoples’ rights, dignity, wellbeing and solidarity while addressing the inequalities of wealth, power, and resources between countries, between rich and poor and between men and women.


In order to challenge the current development model, strong movements of rural, indigenous, migrant, urban poor women are needed, and they must be supported to build capacity, evidence and engage in advocacy to bring about just and sustainable solutions. To address the need to increase the evidence-base advocacy with women as vocal and effective advocates in human rights, APWLD will support six to eight local organisations to conduct Feminist Participatory Action Research for Change: Amplifying Voices, Strengthening Feminist Movements for Development Justice”.



Six to eight partner organisations will be selected to work with APWLD for 1 year (July 2015 – June 2016) to document:

  1. The impact of human rights violations on rural, indigenous, migrant and urban poor (RIMUP) women at the local or country level. Four focus areas of the research that’s illustrative of women’s development rights are:
    1. Access to and control over land and other resources (including income and their livelihood)
    2. Decent work and living wage
    3. Peace and Justice
    4. Voice (women’s democratic participation and bodily autonomy)
  2. Community-owned solutions and demand for development justice.


Researchers will be introduced to a human rights based approach to development; feminist participatory action research methods; advocacy and campaigning for change. They will access training in international human rights standards and rights-based approaches to their area of research.  Through a combination of face-to-face and online modules, they will:

  • Share the frameworks within their communities,
  • Learn practical feminist participatory action research skills, and
  • Develop and implement a community-based research plan.  The advocacy planning for the documented cases will be done during the workshops so that each research will have a clear purpose and target for the research report.


Support for selected national partners

APWLD will provide six to eight organisations with a small grant to employ a young woman researcher and carry out the research including salary and on-costs with the approximate amount of USD 6.000 – 8,000. Research partners will need to appoint a mentor to assist this young women researcher throughout this research programme. APWLD will also support the young women researcher and their mentors to participate in at least 3 (three) capacity building workshops and provide advocacy or network opportunities throughout the year.


Selection Criteria of the Research Partners:

APWLD will select RIMUP organisations who will lead the FPAR on human rights for women in six to eight countries in Asia Pacific. As one of the objectives of this programme is to support and strengthen a small grassroots based organisations, this programme is not suitable for international NGOs and organisations with established funding support.


We are seeking non-governmental, non-profit, grassroots based organisations that:

  • Committed towards the enjoyment and realisation of the human rights of women at community level in Asia Pacific, particularly of the most marginalised (young, rural, indigenous, migrant, Dalit women and/or women in other minority groups)[1];
  • Work directly with the local grassroots women in the community level;
  • Committed to conducing the one-year  Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) process;
  • Committed to feminist participatory methodologies that increase democratic participation and leadership of marginalised women in the research;
  • Can provide the appointed researcher with  internet and computer access for regular online communication with APWLD secretariat and online training


APWLD will consider the following when selecting the seven organisations for this project:

  • Sub-regional representation;
  • Recommendations/ references by APWLD members in their country;
  • Diverse human rights and development concerns of rural, indigenous, migrant and other marginalised women in Asia Pacific.



Interested organisations shall submit:

  • Completed application form
  • Expression of interest
  • Budget proposal



Please send completed forms by Sunday, 19 April 2015­ to Trimita@apwld.org

or fax to +66(0)53 280 847.


For further question, please send your email to

Wardarina (rina@apwld.org) and Trimita (trimita@apwld.org)



[1]  Target countries exclude major developed countries in the region such as Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.