The Voice Project

Voice project. Photo credit: Oxfam

Oxfam Voice Global program

VOICE is  a five year program and one of the three programs under Dialogue and Dissent of the Dutch government supported through the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The grant facility to manage this program is co-managed by Oxfam and HIVOS in 10 countries of Africa and South East Asia. Oxfam is managing the grant in Uganda, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Cambodia while HIVOS in Kenya, Tanzania, Philipines and Indonesia. The target is the most marginalized and discriminated groups in these countries.  Its aim is to strengthen the capacity of Civil Society Organisations in the field of Influencing and policy Advocacy. The project objectives focus on three themes:

  • Improved access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment
  • Improved access to social services, health and education in particular
  • Space for political participation

The Long term outcome is that Voice will strengthen the capacity for lobby and advocacy of civil society organizations and representatives of the most marginalized and discriminated people in order to empower these groups and to have their Voices heard and respected, using innovative ideas in the field of capacity strengthening and in the field of lobby and advocacy.

Voice stands out from other grant-making programmes by developing a grant application and reporting process adapted to the five target groups and four grant types and that is accessible, user-friendly and innovative. Voice is designed to support (local) formal organisations and networks as well as informal groups.

More details on Voice and grants can be found on the voice global website