Project Raise is a project of Equal Community Foundation that aims at building capacity of 100 organisations across India over a period of 5 years to start engaging boys and men to end violence and discrimination against women and girls.
Hummingbird Raise is phase 1 where we will focus on 20 organisations in West Bengal.
Hummingbird Raise is a collaboration between Equal Community Foundation and the Hummingbird Foundation that aims at building the capacity of 20 organisations based in West Bengal over a period of 3 years to start engaging boys and men to end violence and discrimination against women and girls. Ultimately, the efforts of these organisations to involve men in their work will contribute to the prevention of trafficking of women and girls.
We will be identifying these 20 organisations over a period of 3 years through a structured selection process.
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Hummingbird Raise is based on ECF’s evidence-based programming that demonstrates that engaging men and boys is one of the most effective solutions towards ending violence and discrimination against women and girls. Through community-based interventions that involve men and boys and encourage them to reflect on the roles of men and women in their society, we accelerate progress towards gender equality and increase the resources within communities that are dedicated to empowering women.
Trafficking of women and girls — while rooted in poverty, lack of education, and a failure of state institutions to deliver services and to protect the most vulnerable — is fundamentally a form of violence and discrimination against women. When women and girls are not valued as equal members of their communities and are denied the rights and opportunities afforded men and boys, they become especially vulnerable to trafficking.
This project will expand the network of organisations in West Bengal contributing to the prevention of trafficking through the process of engaging men and boys in their existing work. Through these partnerships, Hummingbird Raise will gather information and best practices towards developing an evidence-based model for the prevention of trafficking that incorporates work with men, women, youth and communities.
Detailed information on Hummingbird Raise
Through Hummingbird Raise we will focus on:
- Geography: Through Hummingbird Raise we aim to work with organisations who work with communities that are most vulnerable to trafficking. Within West Bengal, we have categorised these districts into three clusters: Southern cluster, plateau cluster and hill cluster. Within these clusters, the following districts are considered to be most vulnerable:
- Southern cluster: North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad
- Plateau cluster: Maldah
- Hill cluster: Koch Bihar and Darjeeling
- Preference will be for organisations that work in the vulnerable districts in the southern cluster – specifically North and South 24 Parganas.
Broadly, we are looking at organisations that are:
- interested in adapting and implementing ECF’s Action for Equality Programme within the communities where they currently work, or;
- interested in adapting and implementing ECF’s Action for Equality Programme in partnership with local partner organisations, or;
- interested in adopting the approach of working with boys and men and receiving non-financial support but want to develop a programme of their own, or;
- interested in adapting Action for Equality Programme but currently do not have the capacity to deliver and are interested in starting next year.
What will the selected organisations get?
All selected organisations will be eligible for receiving non-financial support that includes:
- Complete access to information on ECF’s Action for Equality programme model, curriculum, and lessons learnt
- Programme model development support
- Access to basic monitoring and evaluation tools
- Coaching to key team members
- Access to sector expertise
- Support in building organisational capacity
- Opportunity to learn from and network with other organisations in the portfolio
In addition to the non-financial support, approximately 8 organisations will receive financial support towards the operations costs of the programme. Only those organisations who are interested in adapting and implementing Action for Equality in their communities will be eligible for the financial support.
What are the expectations from the selected organisations?
All selected organisations will be expected to:
- Commit to actively participate in the workshops and peer learning sessions organised under Hummingbird Raise
- Commit at least 2 existing or new team members to implement the programme
- Commit senior management team member’s active involvement and support for the programme
- Commit to continuing the programme even after the support ends.
- You are an organisation that does community based work or partners with organisations that do community based work.
- You have operations in source areas of trafficking within West Bengal, with priority being the southern cluster of districts specifically South and North 24 Parganas.
- You are an organisation that works on any of the following issues: anti-trafficking, prevention of trafficking, women’s empowerment, youth empowerment.
- You are an organisation that can demonstrate that you work towards systemic change.
- You are an organisation who believes in the approach of engaging boys and men towards ending violence against women. You might not be working with boys and men already but you plan to or are keen on.
- You are an organisation that is open to collaboration.
- You have legal registration.
- To be eligible for financial support, you must have FCRA and financial audited statements for the last three years.
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Step 1: Review eligibility criteria and programme details.
Step 3: Based on the Round 1 application form, organisations will be shortlisted for round 2. Organisations will be notified of their selection by January 15, 2016.
Step 4: Hummingbird Raise team will invite shortlisted organisations to submit a full proposal. In this phase, we will ask for additional information in order to gain the most comprehensive view of the organisation, project design, action plan and finances, so that we are able to make the best possible recommendation to the selection committee. This proposal will be due by February 28, 2016.
Step 5: Hummingbird Raise team will schedule a field visit and provide feedback on the application in this period. Field visits will be conducted throughout March 2016. The lines of communication between the Hummingbird Raise team and the organisations are always open – it is a collaborative effort to build a strong proposal.
Step 6: After submission of final proposal, Hummingbird Raise team will present the case to the selection committee which will comprise of HBF Trustees, ECF Team and independent advisors.
Step 7: The selection committee will make the final selection by end of May, 2016.
Step 8: MOU will be signed between the two parties and the support will begin by end of June 2016.
Below is the visual representation of the Hummingbird Raise application process.
Frequently asked questions
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Q: What is Equal Community Foundation?
A: Equal Community Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Pune, India that works with boys and men to end violence and discrimination against women. ECF primarily develops programmes that demonstrate evidence that engaging men and boys is one of the most effective solutions towards ending violence and discrimination against women and girls.
As part of our work in Pune, ECF has developed practical and scalable solutions that change the way communities raise young men, so that men grow up to respect women, and women experience less abuse. Over 60% of the women who live with men report a significant reduction in violence or discrimination from young men who have graduated from ECF’s pioneering community-based programme, Action for Equality. ECF works in communities with over 40,000 men, women and children. For more information about ECF and its work, visit www.ecf.org.in
Q: What is Hummingbird Foundation?
A: The Hummingbird Foundation was established by the Mathias family to support community action in combating sex trafficking, primarily in West Bengal. The Foundation aims to works with community based organisations and key stakeholders in areas where there is a high vulnerability of young women and children to being trafficked for sexual exploitation, particularly along the borders of West Bengal and in Nepal and Bangladesh. The Foundation’s focus is primarily to support preventative initiatives. The Hummingbird Foundation is on a mission to develop high impact community programmes that prevent the trafficking of women and girls for sex, and they also believe that men are essential partners in this process. For more information about HBF and its work, visit their website on this link.
Q: What is the long-term objective of Hummingbird Raise?
A: The long term objective of Hummingbird Raise is to build a coalition of active organisations that focus on various aspects of prevention of trafficking focussing specifically on engaging boys and men as a part of the solution.
Q: Is it necessary for applicant organisation to already be engaged in trafficking prevention?
A: It is not necessary for applicant organisation to already be engaged in work that is explicitly geared toward preventing, combating, or responding to trafficking. However, successful applicants will demonstrate an understanding of factors that make women, girls, and communities vulnerable to trafficking and a commitment to incorporating an anti-sex trafficking agenda and programming into their existing work.
Q: Is it necessary for applicant organisation to already be working with men and boys?
A: No. It is not necessary for the application organisation to be already working with men and boys. However, to be able to be a part of Hummingbird Raise you would need to start engaging boys and men as allies.
Q: Do the selected organisations have to replicate ECF’s Action for Equality Programme as it is?
A: We understand that each of the organisations will be working in different communities, with different target groups and different issues. So, we do not expect them to replicate Action for Equality Programme as is. However, we would provide them with a basic framework and principles. To begin with, the organisations will be expected to follow these. Then, we will support the organisation to adapt the model to suit the needs of your organisation and the communities you serve. In addition to providing programme materials, we will also provide training to CBOs in the programme implementation and guidance in the recruitment and training of mentors.
Q: How will Hummingbird Raise determine which selected CBOs will receive financial support?
A: The applicants who choose to operationalise Action for Equality in their communities are the ones who will be eligible for the financial support. All applications will be reviewed against the eligibility criteria. The applications that performs well against these criteria will be selected.
Q: For selected organisation that are granted financial support, in what ways can these organisations use this funding?
A: Broadly, the funding provided by Hummingbird Raise has to be solely utilised for expenses related to implementation and development of the programme that engages boys and men. In Round 2 application, organisations will be expected to draft a budget to state how they would like to spend the funds under this broad framework.
Q: If an organisation is not eligible for financial support are they still eligible for non-financial support?
A: All 20 organisations that are selected over the period of 3 years are eligible for non-financial support.
Q: Can individuals apply to be a part of Hummingbird Raise?
A: At this stage the applications are only open for organisations. However, we are open to exploring alternative ways of working together.
Q: Is it necessary for the application organisation to be based in West Bengal to be considered for Hummingbird Raise?
A: For Hummingbird Raise the organisation needs to have operational presence in West Bengal. Also, in the first year our priority areas are: South and North 24 Paraganas, Nadia and Murshidabad.