On March 15 -16, Musharikat held a two-two day Grant Orientation and Award Session for the second tranche of approved small grants under the Strengthening Advocacy for Women’s Rights and Empowerment Request for Application (RFA).

Ten awardees from eight provinces Kunduz, Takhar, Faryab, Laghman, Kunar, Zabul, Helmand and Kandahar – were invited to Kabul to sign their grants agreements. Participants also received instruction in contractual obligations, monitoring and evaluation requirements, reporting mechanisms, branding and marking policies, and ethics. On March 15th, awardees met with representatives of the USAID Gender Office, including the Gender Office Director, Susan DeCamp, and Muska Karimi, the project’s Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).

The participants presented an overview of their organizations, the grant activities to be undertaken during the coming months and the anticipated outcomes of the Musharikat grants.  These new grants are expected to engage more than 6,000 actors, including communities, families, Musharikat Coalition members, civil society organizations, activists, religious scholars, and government representatives in activities designed to reduce violence against women and increase access to education. A total of two million people are also anticipated to indirectly benefit through media campaigns to be delivered through these grants.

Musharikat will award the final set of 14 grants under the current RFA in April.