ALIGN has hosted two funding rounds to support research (Research Fund) and convenings (Convening Fund), which both aim to encourage collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation on gender norms and norm change. Please keep checking back on this page, and sign up to our newsletter for information about future funding opportunities.

About the funds

The Research Fund

ALIGN’s Research Fund supports small action research or research translation projects which further knowledge and evidence on gender norms in a range of highly varied contexts. Successful applicants typically have approximately nine months to carry out projects and agreed outputs will be made available to ALIGN’s community of practice. ALIGN launched its first Research Fund in 2018 and hopes to run a second round in 2019.

The Convening Fund

ALIGN’s Convening Fund has been set up to support individuals and organisations to host regional and international meetings to gender norms. The Fund supports events that stimulate thinking and support knowledge exchange and debate, share best practice, and advance learning and transformative action on gender norms and processes of norm change. Like the research fund, successful applicants will be expected to deliver a number of outputs for knowledge sharing, which will be profiled on the ALIGN platform, alongside the meeting itself.

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Fund award winners

Convening Fund awardees

During May-June 2018, ALIGN held a call for applications for its Convening Fund to support global meetings on gender norms.

Awardees so far include:

Gender Development Association (Laos): Gender Development Association (GDA) will bring together experts from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia to share lessons learned and best practices for the promotion of positive gender norm change and the reduction of gender-based violence in the Greater Mekong sub-region. The convening, to take place in Vientiane, Laos, will incorporate and amplify the voices of youth leaders, while increasing the capacity of attendees to develop media campaigns and to work specifically with ethnic minority communities to shift gender norms and combat violence against women and girls.

KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) (Kenya): There has been little attention paid to the gendered nature of health systems and how health systems can reinforce harmful norms in society, strengthening patriarchy and acting contrary to gender equity. Harnessing the power of health systems – which most citizens interact with throughout the life-course – could pay powerful dividends in terms of social change. KWTRP will bring together academics who use a gender and intersectional approach to their study of the health system together with policymakers, practitioners, and researchers in Kenya to explore the promise of these approaches.

Promundo-US (United States): The “Getting Men to Care” convening will assemble key researchers and activists from around the world in Kigali, Rwanda to review existing research, programme and policy experiences on gender norms, workplace, policy environments and community norms that discourage or encourage men’s and boys’ participation in unpaid work (i.e. domestic tasks and caring for children, elderly and disabled relatives). Given that women’s unpaid work burden continues to be a huge driver of inequality in leadership and drives the gender pay gap, understanding how to encourage men’s unpaid work is key to women’s empowerment.  

Point of View (India): Organised by Point of View and the Internet Democracy Project, Imagine A Feminist Internet: South Asia will be a two-day regional conference, convening researchers, practitioners and policymakers working on gender, sexuality and technology in South Asia. This conference, to take place in Sri Lanka, will challenge gendered norms online, including those related to online violence, sexuality, and privacy and surveillance, and will discuss the concept of a ‘feminist internet’ as a pathway to challenge and change this daily cycle of gendered norm creation and contestation. In doing so, it will build on the Feminist Principles for the Internet, developed by the Association for Progressive Communications and its network. 


Research Fund awardees

ALIGN held a call for proposals for applications for small research and research translation projects for furthering learning which closed in January 2018. The six funds awarded explore a range of themes in highly varied contexts.

With a total amount of £90,000, the first round of ALIGN’s Research Fund made six awards, exploring a range of themes from education to media and gender norm change in highly varied contexts. The projects include desk-based research synthesising insights on norm change from the Girls’ Education Challenge; an evaluation examining the impact of comprehensive sexuality education on intimate partner violence in Mexico City; studies of the impacts of gender-responsive curricula on gender norms in Peru and Indonesia; and action research projects exploring gender norm change through digital media in Somalia. 

The organisations leading the research include:

SIDRA Institute (Somalia): This study will examine norms that govern the access of young women to education and higher education in Somalia and what can be done to support them. It will explore women’s experiences with confronting various forms of gender bias and stereotyping in their academic careers. The women will communicate online in a Community of Practice forum. Through these women’s stories, SIDRA will identify patterns and commonalities across them that inform us as to the particular types of challenges women face in academia and in research.

ARI (Indonesia): This youth-led research is examining whether Indonesia’s Youth Friendly Health Services, which are meant to be implemented in health sector community clinics, are truly youth friendly and whether providers do not express negative gender bias toward young people with specific gender related questions or searching information on sexual and reproductive health.

Visionaria Network (Peru): Visionaria (Peru) trains and supports teachers in exploring and facilitating concepts of gender equity and norms, and includes an agency-based empowerment curriculum with opportunities for students to practice leadership in their communities. Their research will use a community based and participatory approach, employing photovoice, as well as pre- and post- surveys and focus group discussions as tools to collect data and conduct an analysis of gender norms held by teachers and students who are part of the programme.

EQuIC (Education Quality Improvement Consortium) (Indonesia): This action research will intervene through training, mentoring, and implementing gender equitable schools and teaching practices. Beneficiaries of this project are 15 Islamic schools at secondary level (middle and high schools) in rural area in South Malang, Indonesia, an area where government intervention to improve education quality is minimum.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and MEXFAM (Mexico): Exploring shifts in harmful gender norms in adolescents: A process evaluation examining the link between comprehensive sexuality education and intimate partner violence prevention in Mexico City.

Coffey International (Global): Through a meta-evaluation of Global Education Challenge evaluations and project data on girls’ education projects, they are exploring what can be learned about norm change in girls’ education in developing contexts.

Please check the ALIGN Platform for future updates about these projects, including their learning outputs.