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Uplands Small-Grants Fund for Civil Society

Field Project

Start date End date Budget Funding
01/08/2016 30/11/2018 3181754 € LIFT


North partner(s) : SWISSAID

South partner(s) : Metta Development Foundation


In the Uplands context, the active engagement of all sectors (private, public, civic) is necessary to deliver the overarching goal of improved livelihoods for people living in poverty in the uplands. All need to be fully engaged and inter-related to achieve a pro-poor “livelihoods system”.

For the intermediate civil society to actively engage with and contribute to strengthening the township “livelihoods system”, it must make the most of opportunities as they arise and be able to promote positive social change that benefits poor people where power-holders are unable or unwilling. To fulfil this role civil society must be confident, capable and connected.

GRET, Metta and SWISSAID have been selected by LIFT to facilitate a small-grants fund for civil society in the Uplands. Each agency brings over a decade of experience in civil society support and livelihoods work in the Uplands. The Fund will be facilitated by GRET in Chin State, by Metta in Northern Shan and Kayah, and by SWISSAID in Kachin State and Southern Shan. The added value of the 3 organisations working together is the opportunity for a) broader geographic coverage; b) sharing technical expertise in facilitating small-grants and civil society support; c) maximising existing networks for Fund promulgation; and d) utilising existing infrastructure and teams.

The long-term project outcome is that civil society plays a more effective role in the livelihoods system at the township level. The 3 intermediate outcomes are :

  • Civil society uses increased capacity to achieve their social change goals
  • Civil society leverages its networks for shared learning and/or for joint action
  • International Donors use Fund learning to adapt their civil society support approaches.