The Advocacy Challenge Fund is a means to support private sector organizations (PSOs) and other organizations interested in private sector development, of the four value chains (Orthodox tea, ginger, dairy and cardamom), to conduct evidence based advocacy and lobbyism activities and to support initiatives addressing responsible business issues including the Global Compact principles, corporate governance and inclusive economic development related to human rights issues.
The Fund makes its funding available through competition in a transparent manner. Private sector organizations are invited to apply for funds by submitting their innovative concept notes at a particular time. These notes have to comply with the rules (eligibility and selection criteria) and demonstrate contribution towards improving the enabling environment for the value chain development, pursue responsible business initiatives or meet the UNNATI objectives.
These concept notes that will be selected based on assessment criteria will be asked to submit a detailed proposal thereafter.
The Advocacy Fund will provide advocacy support to the following organizations in relation to the prioritized four value chains:
Building capabilities for advocacy and dialogue: Selected private sector organizations (business associations, commodity associations, labor unions, value chain actors/ working group and civil organizations) in target districts and beyond that are actively engaged in advocating the interests of their members.
Promoting sustainability: Selected private sector organizations become financially, managerial and technically sustainable and are able to provide services to their members.
Promoting broad public awareness of the importance of responsible business including rights and corporate governance issues.