Open Call: ICT for Socioeconomic Empowerment

SPIDER issues an open call for organisations working with Socio Economic empowerment of marginalised groups that are interested in applying ICT to their work. SPIDER will team you up with a technical organisation to adapt, develop or make use of an existing ICT solution relevant to your work.

Send your application no later than August 7, 2020, Midnight CEST.

Application form

This is a call for projects that directly target socioeconomic empowerment of marginalised groups. The proposed project could be related to SPIDER programme areas, with the primary focus on economic empowerment using ICT.

Eligibility of Applicants

SPIDER will grant funds to local civil society organisations that have identified a problem and are willing to apply ICT to solve it.

Selected organisations will be matched with an organisation with technical expertise to adapt, develop or make use of an existing ICT solution to address the identified problem.

SPIDER will accept applications from organisations in the following countries:


East Africa

Rwanda, Uganda

South East Asia

Cambodia, Myanmar

Latin America

Bolivia, Colombia

Please note that all concept notes must be in English.

Key groups

Persons living with specific disabilities

Geographic areas

East Africa: Rwanda or Uganda

South East Asia: Cambodia or Myanmar

South America: Bolivia or Colombia

ICT acheiving results

The technology used may be traditional and/or new, and may consist of a variety of hardware/software and will be developed in accordance with the principles for digital development, see

Applicants must show previous results/envisioned results working with vulnerable groups in similar settings.

Financial allocation and project duration

A maximum of 100 000 SEK can be applied for per project. The duration of these projects will be short, they must end by 31 December 2020. All project funding will be audited and organisations should be prepared to provide transparent and detailed financial records to SPIDER.

Project Criteria

All proposals need to adhere to SPIDER’s Criteria for project partners

Rules for the open call – Please note the following

  • Applications that exceed the page limit will be rejected.
  • Concept notes not entirely filled out will be considered incomplete and rejected
  • The application must be written in English
  • Font should be Times New Roman (or equivalent), size 10 minimum
  • SPIDER will not accept hand-written applications
  • The deadline for submission of the application is Friday 7 August , midnight Central European Summer time
  • Applications received after the deadline will be rejected

Application documents

Send the concept note together with the organisation’s proof of registration to

Assessment and selection of applications

Following review by SPIDER, selected candidates will be notified and their names will be posted on

Successful candidates will be asked to submit a full project proposal. SPIDER reserves the right to choose project proposals which are best aligned with our goals. SPIDER is unable to provide comments or give feedback on individual applications.

More information or questions?

Due to summer holidays for most of SPIDER’s staff in July, responses to queries may be delayed. Send queries to, we will answer as soon as possible.


Send Application

Applications and supporting documents, should be sent to by midnight Friday 7 August 2020.

SPIDER will not consider applications received after the deadline.

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