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Population and Reproductive Health Capacity Building Program

Program Objectives

The Population and Reproductive Health Capacity Building Program (PRHCBP), a program of the World Bank's Development Grant Facility (DGF), supports innovative ways to stimulate and sustain local responses to population and reproductive health needs. Since its inception in 1998 the program has successfully supported over 180 organizations for grass-roots level action for addressing the critical issues of population, reproductive, and child health.

The Population and Reproductive Health Capacity Building Program works with development partners and countries working in the health sector through organizations such as NGOs, think tanks and academic institutions to actively engage and leverage grassroots activities in the development and implementation of their strategies, programs and projects in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Supporting community and peer groups in responding to reproductive health needs,
  2. Piloting new approaches for improving access to and provision of services related to reproductive, maternal and child health,
  3. Carrying out small-scale operations research,
  4. Facilitating transfer of technology (including dissemination of relevant materials)
  5. Building local organizational capacity and networks, and
  6. Furthering the participation of community-based organizations in major global and regional conferences and initiatives.

The PRHCBP is now accepting proposals for the FY14 round from institutions that work on one or more of the following themes:

  • maternal and child mortality and morbidity,
  • family planning, access and choice
  • reproductive health care and services of adolescents
  • gender-based violence in relation to population and reproductive health
  • gender equity, participation and inclusion

Note: The PRHCBP encourages new ideas and activities. Previous grant recipients are therefore encouraged to apply for funding of new ideas and activities. FY14 is last year of PRHCBP funding.

Selection Process and Criteria

Finalists are selected through a two stage review process. Stage 1 is the current call for concept notes. Selected semi-finalists are invited to submit full proposals in Stage 2. All complete concept note submissions from qualifying organizations are reviewed. Successful applicants in Stage 1 are invited to submit full proposals for consideration in Stage 2 of the review. Finalists are selected by a multi-disciplinary review committee. Grants will be awarded only after finalists receive clearance from legal and financial management team of the DGF.

The following criteria will be employed when accessing concept notes and proposals:

  • The project contributes to at least one of the Population and Reproductive Health Capacity Building Program objectives and the Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan.
  • The objectives and planned activities will promote and reinforce partnerships with key players in the development arena while bolstering capacity at local, national and/or international levels.
  • The project is innovative, of sound design and has significant value-added. If it has been piloted then it needs to be accompanied by proof of concept.
  • The project has to focus on achieving results, and its outcome objectives have to be succinct, measurable, and realistic given the resources available and the one year grant period.
  • The proposal’s monitoring and evaluation component is linked to the results that organization wishes to achieve.
  • The budget has minimal administrative costs, not to exceed 7% of the total World Bank funding request.
  • The organization has developed an explicit disengagement strategy from PRHCBP funding, especially if it has received prior funding from this program.

Submission Requirements

Concept note applications must include the following to be considered complete:

  1. Completed concept note (in the provided template-see section: How to Apply)
  2. Proof of registration for the organization (such as articles of incorporation, registration certificate).
  3. Audited financial statements for the last two years.

If selected to Stage 2 of the review, finalists will have to provide the following:

  1. Full proposal (templates and detailed instructions will be provided).
  2. Organization’s Financial Manual
  3. Past PRHCBP grant recipients will also need to submit interim/final activities and financial reports.
  4. A valid Bank account number in the name of the organization applying for the grant.
  5. Additional supporting documents may be requested as required.

Once selected for the grant, finalists will have 60 days to provide any remaining supporting documents. All documents must be provided in the English language.

Indicative Timeline to Grant Disbursement

Milestone Expected Deadline
Submission of Concept Notes July 26, 2013
Call for full proposals (to Semi-Finalists) August 12, 2013
Submission of full proposal package September 6, 2013
Selection of Finalists September 30, 2013 (TBC)
Legal and Financial Review October 2013
Signing of Letters of Agreement November 2013
Grant Disbursement December 2013

Project Implementation Period: January 1, 2014- December 31, 2014

How to Apply

We are pleased to invite concept note applications for the PRHCBP 2014 grants. The concept note application template and instructions can be downloaded here:

The deadline for concept note submissions is:

July 26, 2013

5pm EST, Washington, D.C.

Please submit completed concept note application package via email:



Subject: [name of your organization]/2014 DGF PRHCBP concept note application


Please contact Rafael A Cortez ( and Seemeen Saadat (

Congratulations to the following organizations, recipients of the 2013 Grants under the Population and Reproductive Health Capaity Building Program

Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA), Adolescents Matter!(Uganda)

BEMFAM-Family Welfare in Brazil, Responding to Reproductive Health Needs in the State of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Centro Paraguayo de Estudios de Población (CEPEP) Advantages of Knowledge and Proper Use of Contraceptives by Adolescents (Paraguay)

Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) , Integrated Door to Door Reproductive Health Initiative (Malawi)

Fundamental Human Rights and Rural Development Association (FHRRDA)Community Based Health and First Aid through Mobile Centre for Internally Displaced Persons (Pakistan)

Juzoor for Health and Social Development, , Reducing Maternal Morbidity and Improving Quality of Maternity Services (West Bank)

Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Association (PFPPA), Empowerment of women’s right to have access to safe abortion services and information (West Bank)

Profamilia, Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health for Most-At-Risk Youth (Dominican Republic)

Rutgers WPF, Men Making a Difference in Stopping Violence against Women (Indonesia)

Swayam Shikshaa Prayog (SSP), Closing the Gap: Grassroots Women’s Groups take Action to Close the Gap between policy changes and practice on the ground in order to advance social/gender equity in health services in Maharashtra (India)

Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), Fistula Patients Rally to Improve Care-Seeking Behavior for Maternal Health (Ethiopia)

Last updated: 2013-07-02

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