Request for submissions - - Multi-country

Open Call: Support Program Reducing Inequalities Through Intersectional Practice

24.07.2020 / Created by (EMWF)

The Robert Bosch Stiftung wants to learn with and from partner organizations that bring hands-on experience with applying intersectional approaches to challenge inequalities.

Intersectional Practice

Intersectionality is broadly understood as “the intersection between gender, race and other categories of difference in individual lives, social practices, institutional arrangements and cultural ideologies and the outcomes of these interactions in terms of power.” (Davis, Kathy; 2008)

First coined by the scholar Kimberlé Crenshawii, intersectionality provides a powerful framework through which to both understand and transform the underlying systems and processes that define and shape inequalities of all kinds. It acknowledges that the unique interplay between different social identities and locations produces distinct experiences of inequality.

The Program is interested in efforts that have been engaging with the core values and meaning of intersectionality in its fullest and deepest sense. A key aim of the Support Program is to learn how the principles of intersectionality are being translated into practice and policy, across different contexts, at different scales and through a range of approaches, with a view to ultimately promoting and strengthening intersectional practice more broadly in strategies to address inequality.



- Applicants must be a registered organization, with the ability to demonstrate the charitable aims of the project.

- Applicants may be based anywhere in the world; there is no geographic limitation.

- Applicants must have a robust engagement with intersectional approaches to reducing inequalities demonstrated by a strong grasp of the core tenets of intersectionality and at least three years of translating intersectional approaches into practice. Priority will be given to initiatives formed and led by persons from communities who experience intersecting inequalities.



Ideally, a project will exhibit the following characteristics:

- Prioritizes the voice and active participation of individuals who experience intersecting inequalities

- Indicates how intersectional work has led or is leading to a reduction in inequalities

- Provides a replicable model or approach with potential for wider application

- Conveys an orientation towards learning and reflection, and to sharing this knowledge with others through wider stakeholder engagement

- Produces a creative and engaging output with potential to inspire others

- Identifies wider audiences to which it will convey its methods and approaches

- Draws on organizational capacity and reach in influencing key actors or processes

Application Process

There are two stages to the application process. First, applicants are invited to submit an initial expression of interest. Once all submissions have been reviewed, those that are most closely aligned to the objectives, guidelines and criteria of the Support Program will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Applications must be submitted in English.

Key dates

- The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 14 August 2020, 11:59pm CEST. Late applications will not be accepted.

- Responses will be announced by the week of 31 August 2020.

- Full proposals for shortlisted projects must be submitted by 18 September 2020.

- Responses to the proposals will be announced in November 2020.

- The project cycle is expected to run for one year, commencing in January 2021.

Feedback and questions can be directed to: Rana Zincir-Celal,

Application Guidelines can be downloaded here

The online application portal can be accessed here

For further information on the application process and crtieria, click here


  • Type : Request for submissions
  • Deadline : 14/08/2020
  • Promoter : Robert Bosch Stiftung


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