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Applications Invited for Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung India (HSS) Grant for projects of development cooperation in India and South Asia

Applications Invited for Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung India (HSS) Grant for projects of development cooperation in India and South Asia

Organization: Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung India (HSS)

Apply By: 15 Dec 2022

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About the Organization

The Hanns Seidel Foundation, founded in 1967, is a German political foundation, close to the Christian Social Union (CSU), providing political education “in the Service of Democracy, Peace and Development” in Germany and abroad. It has been working for more than 40 years in the field of development cooperation and is currently taking an active part in 80 projects in 60 countries worldwide.

In India, the Foundation started its work in the year 1996. In our work, we follow the principles of Hanns Seidel Foundation, by supporting India’s federal-democratic structures, its safety architecture, promoting regional dialogue and improving communal water management system. We strengthen human capacities, taking into account the social, political, cultural and economic conditions of the country.

About the Grant

This is a call for proposals by Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung India for projects of development cooperation in India and South Asia for a maximum period of three years from 2024 to 2026.

Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung India (HSS) is a German foundation engaged in political development cooperation, supporting projects aimed at achieving policy level impact. HSS works at the local, national and international level in India.

Areas of work

Promoting effective federal governance

  • Resource / Water federalism
  • Cooperative federalism between sub-national entities
  • Effective local governance and decentralised service delivery, improved decentralised structures
  • Good Governance, Strengthening participation in governance structures
  • Scientific discourse on federalism in South Asia / India / globally
  • Effective inter-state and centre-state relations

Fostering Regional and International Cooperation

  • Political exchange
  • Cooperative Disaster Risk Reduction, regional water cooperation
  • Strengthening dialogue exchange between India and South Asia/ Southeast Asia
  • EU-India relations and Germany-India relations
  • Cooperation between South Asia and Europe
  • Training and cooperation of administration
  • Youth engagement in politics

Access to Justice

  • Police Cooperation, citizen-friendly policing
  • Witness protection
  • Legal empowerment
  • Equitable access to justice & rights
  • Mental health and wellbeing for police officers
  • Effective implementation of environmental laws

Enhancing Climate Action

  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Sustainable agriculture / waste / water management
  • Urban sustainability
  • Expansion of renewable energies
  • Reducing pollution, improved government response to Climate Change

This call for proposals is not limited to the abovementioned topics. The Foundation welcomes applications from other areas as well, such as digital literacy, peace-building, economic cooperation and political development.

Supported types of activity

No type of activity or format is excluded; combinations are welcome. The following list gives examples of formats HSS has funded in the past. The inclusion of modern formats is encouraged.

  • Workshops, trainings or other capacity-building activities
  • Round table discussions, conferences, online seminars et al.
  • Printed or digital information material (newsletters/blogs/vlogs, podcasts, movies, comics, flyers, plays)
  • Competitions, gamification, interactive plays, mock assemblies
  • Studies, scientific publications
  • Social enterprise concepts
  • Software, apps, websites, exchange / learning platforms

How to Apply

Please follow the proposed format and do not exceed 4 pages. Any graphics or presentations to illustrate your project's theory of change/ impact may be attached separately. Proposals not following the format cannot be considered. The format can be found here:

HSS proposal format

HSS result model       

Please focus on the idea, keeping a cost-efficient realization and FCRA requirements in mind. After your proposal has been shortlisted, we will ask you to draft a detailed budget.

Smaller budgets can increase the chance of acceptance. Flat institutional fees cannot be borne by HSS.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2022

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