Welcome to the homepage of the Civil Society Environment Fund - Zambia (CSEF).
31st October 2013
ALL CSEF Projects now closed
All CSEF projects are now closed and reports are to be submitted to the CSEF Secretariat. We would like to thank all applicants and grantees who have applied to the CSEF since 2011 and congratulate who have successfully secured CSEF grants.
Congratulations to all grantees for their hard work and commitment to Zambia's environmental sector and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours.
1st October 2013
17th September 2013
9th September 2013
Applications for CSEF Research, Events and Dissemination Grants (RED) now closed
Please note that the CSEF is no longer accepting applications for its RED Grant modality. However, the applications for Capacity Building short courses remain open.
The CSEF Secretariat would like to thank you for all applications received to the Secretariat over the last three years.
4 September 2013 - Request for Consultancy Services
TERMS OF REFERENCE
THE DESIGN AND DELIVERY OF A BENEFICARY IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR COMPONENT TWO
(CIVIL SOCIETY ENVIRONMENTAL FUND) OF THE “SUPPORT TO CIVIL SOCIETY
ORGANISATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN ZAMBIA” PROJECT
Click this link for the Terms of Reference, or see the bottom of this page to download.
Applications should be submitted (in soft copy) to email@example.com with the term “CSEF Beneficiary Impact Assessment” in the subject field.
Applications must be submitted by 17:00 hours on Friday September 13th 2013
It is expected that shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Wednesday 18h September 2013
MANGO Financial Management Training
There are a limited number of spaces available for courses on Financial Management Training for NGOs taking place in Lusaka in October 2013. If you would like to apply for funding to attend this training, please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday 27th August. Preference will be given to organisations who have not received CSEF funding for capacity building before. For more information on courses, see http://www.mango.org.uk/Training/
Download the Application Forms Below:
Mango Application Document 2013
12th August 2013 - Update Regarding the CSEF
IMPORTANT DEADLINES REGARDING THE CIVIL SOCIETY ENVIRONMENTAL FUND
Deadline for the submission of final Capacity Building Grant and Research, Events and Dissemination Grant Modality Applications
The CSEF Secretariat invites the submission of all final Capacity Building and Research, Events and Dissemination Grant applications up to the deadline of 17:00hrs on Friday 6th September 2013.
Applications received after this deadline will not be eligible for appraisal.
The Secretariat also hereby confirms that it will not issue any further calls for proposals in relation to the Organisational Support (OSG) and Innovative Project (IPG) Grant Modalities.
Deadline for the completion of all CSEF grant-funded activities
Furthermore, the final deadline for completion of all CSEF grant funded activities will be Thursday 31st October 2013. All reports and necessary documentation should be submitted to the CSEF on, or before, this final deadline date.
It is therefore imperative that any proposal submitted to the Secretariat prior to the deadline for final applications, refer only to activities that can be fully implemented and completed before 31st October 2013.
The Secretariat urges all potential grantees to review the guidelines and eligibility requirements for the CBG and RED grant modalities prior to submission so as to ensure that all applications are fully compliant and thus eligible for appraisal.
Further details of the Capacity Building and Research, Events and Dissemination Grant Modalities, including guidelines for applications and application forms can be accessed through the CSEF Secretariat website – www.csefzambia.org.
The Secretariat would be happy to provide additional guidance directly or to answer any queries that might arise, and appeals that any requests for clarifications be directed to email@example.com as soon as possible.
The CSEF Secretariat would like to take this opportunity to congratulate its many grant partners on their significant contribution to the environmental sector in Zambia over the past three years.
The Civil Society Environmental Fund Secretariat
21 August 2013
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FROM SERVICE PROVIDERS
FOR THE DESIGN AND FACILITATION OF FOUR SHORT COURSES IN SPECIFIC TECHNICAL AND THEMATIC AREAS RELEVANT TO THE CAPACITY NEEDS OF SELECTED CIVIL SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT FUND GRANT PARTNERS.
The CSEF Secretariat are inviting service providers to submit proposals to provide four short courses to selected Civil Society Organisations in the coming months. Please see the Terms of Reference and Proposal documentation below.
The deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday 28th August, 17:00 (Zambia time). Bids should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, marked as CSEF Capacity Building Short Courses Proposal.
Update 20th August 2012 - CBNRM Forum - Communicating through Music
From the Zambia
CBNRM Forum, please see the link below to their first CBNRM Environmental Awareness program. This song has been playing on Radio Phoenix for two weeks now and will continue for another two weeks. The goal of this first episode was to create general awareness of the Zambian Environmental Management Act of 2011 and people's right
s to a safe, clean and healthy environment. It features Dalisoul, the popular Zambian musician.
The Forum intend to pull together more tangible and practical information from the Act and create similarly entertaining awareness programs which will all compliment each other. For example, the next episode will educate on littering and waste management. They are also looking into a short comedic t.v. commercial/ skit that will highlight the laws and rights concerning waste management.
Hope you enjoy. Please contact the Forum if you have any comments, concerns, suggestions or ideas. If for some reason the link doesn't work, you can search CBNRM Environmental Awareness on YouTube.
Update 15th May 2012 - UN GEF Small Grant Fund open for Concept Notes
The UN Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (SGP) is calling for Project Concepts in Zambia. See the website here
for more information or contact the SGP team at email@example.com
Deadline is 31st May 2012.
Good luck to those that apply!
Update April 25th 2012 - World Earth Day marked in Lusaka
The 25th of April was Earth Day, an annual event to focus attention on the need to better manage our planet and its finite resources.
The Wildlife and Environment Conservation Society of Zambia approached CSEF for a Research Events and
Dissemination Grant (RED) to support Lusaka based Chongololo and Chipembele Clubs with a Clean Up Freedom Way event with support from Lusaka City Council and the US Embassy in Zambia. The event was attended by446 people including 364 school children, the guest of honour was US Ambassador Mark Storella who spoke about the importance of preserving Zambia's resources and reminded us of the the American Indian proverb that 'we don't inherit the world from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children'. The children, working with the LCC staff, collected a huge number of bags of rubbish and left the street looking considerably cleaner than before!
Update March 30th - World Water Day Celebrated in Mwinilunga
World Water Day took place on the 22nd March, this years theme was Water and Food Security. Mwinilunga based CSO Chejezhi Africa approached the CSEF for a Research, Events and Dissemination Grant (RED) to undertake some awareness raising activities in their community some 90 miles west of Mwinilunga. This was the first time such an event had taken place in the area and was well received by all attendees and local leaders. The event included a community walk from the local river used to access water carrying buckets to demonstrate what the women and girls of the area have to undertake each day just to access water.
Update March 22nd 2012 - Clean Stoves in Zambia Podcast
Click on this link here
to learn more from ZNBC journalist David Mwanza on a Clean Development Mechanism Project distributing fuel efficient stoves throughout Zambia.
Update - March 2nd 2012 - Green EnviroWatch Documents
The NGO Green EnviroWatch has published two papers, the Lusaka Declaration, the culmination of a COMESA-SADC-EAC meeting held in Lusaka in October and a report into their activities at the recent COP17 even in Durban. Both documents can be found here
Update - Feb 24th 2012 Request for Consultancy Services
The CSEF is requesting eligible consultants interested in assisting the project with the exploration and design of a Environmental Resource Centre for CSOs to submit CVs to us by 1700 on Friday 9th March 2012. The full Terms of Reference and CV template can be downloaded from the foot of this page or you can contact the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy via email.
Update - Feb 16th 2012
Zambia's first Green Expo will be taking place on the 30th and 31st of March 2012 at Lusaka's National Museum. The aim is to create awareness of the e
co-friendly products & services available in Zambia and to promote sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyles.This is a great opportunity to learn more about green services available in Zambia, network with like-minded individuals and identify opportunities and linkages for your organisation.
The CSEF will be sponsoring a limited number of places for CSOs, contact the Secretariat for more information.
Come along and check it out, entrance is free!
Update Feb 2nd 2012 Calender and Information on 2012 Environment Related Awareness Days Environment Africa
in Zimbabwe, have produced and excellent calender and guidebook on the various international awareness raising days linked to the environment. You can download them here
Update Jan 22nd 2012
Zambian environmental CSO's win international recognition!
You will all be pleased to know that in the last two to three months, three Zambian CSOs active in the environmental sector have achieved international recognition for their work.
1) JWH Initiative for Young Environmental Leaders: The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative creates opportunities for young
people in the environmental sector in developing countries to unfold their full
potential. By giving small grants to individuals to expand their knowledge,
experience and training, the Initiative aims to strengthen environmental Civil
Society Organisations capacity and efficiency. The mission of the JWH
Initiative is thus to provide an accessible and tailored small grant for
education and training of individuals who are nominated by their organisation
as potential future leaders.
For 2012, two Zambian were selected to receive awards, Clive
Chibule of Green Living Movement and
Michelo Katambo of the Global Dry Toilet Association. It is very
unusual to see two awards for one country which reflects the number
of strong applications from Zambia.
Well done to Clive and Michelo!
2) Energy Globe Award for 2011 - Youth Category: Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust has won the Energy Globe Award 2011 in the category of Youth.
The Energy Globe Awards were founded in 1999 and focuses on global awareness building for saving energy, energy efficiency, climate change, efficient use of resources and to keep the planet livable for all species. Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust is located in the South Luangwa Valley in the Lupande Game Management Area in the Eastern Province. Established in 1999, Anna and Steve Tolan founded the centre on the banks of the Luangwa River, opposite the South Luangwa National Park on land gifted to the Trust by the late Chief Kakumbi XI. In May 2001 Chipembele opened the doors of their world class Wildlife Education Centre. The centre has a classroom, a library and an extensive natural history interpretive display. Hundreds of children from local schools visit Chipembele each year for environmental education and awareness curriculum.
Chipembele’s winning nomination, selected by the Energy Globe Award committee was one
of over 1500 applications.
Chipembele were also selected to receive the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel's 'Sustainability of Natural Resources Award' from the European Parliament. Co-founder of Chipembele, Steve Tolan attended the European Parliament 19 January 2012 to receive the award
Congratulations to the team at Chipembele!
Update Dec 8th 2011
Is Zambia ready for Uranium Mining?
CSOs who monitor the role and performance of extractive industries in Zambia may well be interested in a report published by the Council of Churches of Zambia, with support from Norwegian Church Aid. Entitled 'Prosperity unto Death, Is Zambia Ready for Uranium Mining', the study documents outcomes of a review of policies and laws
that govern the extractive industries in the mining sector in Zambia and how these policies/laws address issues of transparency, equitable distribution of benefits
accruing from the extractive industries in these sectors, and management of the environment.
You can find a copy here
along with other technical and general documents of interest.
Update Dec 5th 2011
The CSEF is Calling for Proposals again!
The Civil Society Environment Fund is please to announce that we are receiving initial application documents for all of our Grant Modalities
. More information on eligibility and how to apply for support is available by using the links on the menu bar on the left of this page. You can also obtain the documents on CD Rom by contacting
Please use the templates provided.
Read the Guidelines in full
and please download the application flow charts to assist you. If you have any question, please contact
If you are interested in applying for an Organisational Support Grant
, please contact the Secretariat first to establish if you are eligible. Please note that this grant and Capacity Building Grants
are for those organisations who are only involved in environmental management related activities.
We are especially interested in receiving applications from consortia of organisations.
If you have not already done so, please register
with the Secretariat providing full details of your organisation, including a named contact person and cell number.
Applications can be delivered via email (with PDF or scanned copies of your supporting documents), post or hand delivery to the Secretariat Office in Lusaka. Please keep emailed files to 5MB or less.
As a reminder, the priority areas of the CSEF are listed below:
1 - Environmental advocacy for promoting sustainable development, combating pollution and unsustainable practices, developing and enforcing legislation, promoting people’s rights, etc. Advocacy work should be fact/evidence-based, whereby background research is often part of advocacy work;
2 - Environmental education and awareness raising for various levels of society: communities, schools and educational institutions, business stakeholders, administration, other CSOs, etc.
3 - Nature conservation, including biodiversity, wildlife, land, natural forests, etc.
4 - Combating climate change: awareness raising, introduction of sustainable technologies and practices
5 - Development of alternative and more sustainable income generation sources
6 - Strengthening the environmental CSOs as organizations
Update Dec 3rd 2011
Zambia's Youth Image Solutions Programme Director Maggie Mapalo Mwape has been attending the COP17 discussions in Durban and blogging about her experiences and thoughts from the meeting. Maggie is attending as part of an initiative of the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation of Geneva-Switzerland who are focusing their efforts on spreading the work about 'eco-justice'.
You can follow Maggie's blog by clicking here
Youth Image Solution (YIS) is a youth registered non-governmental organization registered in Zambia. Their mandate believes that safe environment is a basic fundamental human right and that individual youths and the general Zambian population have the right to access quality and accurate information on climate change to enable them adapt and mitigate and respond to disasters effectively in affected areas locally and internationally. YIS is also an Earth Charter Youth Group promoting Sustainable Development in Developing Countries like Zambia.
The CSEF is not responsible for the content of external sites.
Update Dec 1st 2011 Those organisations engaged in advocacy based activities or other forms of engagement with the public sector might be interested in the link below to the 2012 Budget Yellow Book. It details the Government's proposed spending across each Ministry and sector including those organisations involved in environmental management. Click here for the Yellow Book. Another useful document for monitoring government performance is the party manifesto which is also available online here via the Zambian Economist blog.
The CSEF is not responsible for the content of external sites.
Update Nov 17th 2011
Included in the Useful Documents Section are four new publications of general interest to the environmental community in Zambia.
Amongst them is the first electronic newsletter from the Youth Conservation Volunteers from Kitwe. There are also publications from the World Fish Centre, Natural Resources Consultative Forum and the Zambia Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Forum.
If you or your organisation has any reports, updates, research papers, newsletters etc that you want to circulate to the wider environmental CSO community then please forward them to this address and we will send them out to over 250 registered organisations.
Terraviva Grants Directory which specializes in identifying funding opportunities for environmental CSOs has an update page here for November. There are numerous opportunities for funding occurring between now and March 2012. This site is well worth bookmarking and visiting regularly.
Update Nov 11th 2011
From the 8th to the 11th of November there was a conference in Zambia called the Southern Africa Extractives Conference and arranged through the offices of CAFOD and Caritas.
The CSEF has obtained copies of the key articles and presentations from the event, some of which was focused on the environmental impact of mining activities in the region. Please contact us should you wish to receive a copy, it is unfortunately too large to upload to the website!
Update Oct 31st 2011
The JWH Initiative aims to develop the skills of young environmental leaders of the future. Their latest window for application closes on the 1st December 2011, More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here
Update - 21 September 2011
A document with links to various sites that can help with fundraising has been added to the Useful Documents
page. As well as information about Grant Funds that you can access, there are 'How To Guides' on developing Strategies for fundraising and tips on proposal writing and submission.
Update - 21 July 2011
Sanitation Grants launched by Gates Foundation, USAID and Partners
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to spend $42 million on innovative sanitation strategies for the developing world, including a newly launched grant challenge with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The collaboration with USAID, dubbed WASH for Life and part of the foundation’s Development Innovation Ventures program, will fund projects that identify, test and help scale up evidence-based approaches to delivering water, sanitation, and hygiene services to the poor. Both organizations will shell out $8.5 million each.
See full article here.
Update - 14 July 2011
CSEF Supported Training - Financial Management
The CSEF has arranged to fund a small number of places for organisations registered with us who have environmental management work as the core function of their activities.
There are two courses available:
- 1) Practical Financial Management for NGOs – Getting the Basics Right (click link for more information). 19-23 September 2011
This 5 Day course is primarily aimed at staff in small to medium-sized NGOs who are involved in programme implementation and/or the management and control of financial resources.
It is designed specifically for:
- non-financial officers and managers who want to improve practice in financial planning, control and reporting;
- finance officers interested in developing their financial management skills and knowledge to improve finance systems and support for programme staff.
- 2) Strategic Financial Management for NGOs: Managing for Financial Sustainability (click link for more information). 26-28 September 2011
This 3 Day course is aimed at NGO managers of small to medium sized organisations and those responsible for the strategic management of programmes, including Board members.
It is also suitable for international NGO programme managers who advise local partners on how to plan for financial sustainability.
If you interested in applying, please study the course outline, content and requirements on the MANGO website, then contact the CSEF Secretariat.
The deadline for Applications is 1200 (midday) Weds 20th July.
Update - 23rd May 2011
The CSEF is Calling for Proposals!
The Civil Society Environment Fund is please to announce that we are receiving initial application documents for our Organisational Support
and Innovative Projects
Grants. More information on eligibility and how to apply for support is available by using the link on the menu bar on the left of this page. You can also obtain the documents on CD Rom by contacting
Please note that you must only submit Expressions of Interest
(for Org. Support) or Project Concept Notes
(for Innovative Projects) at this stage. Use the format provided and please ensure that you include all of the support documentation asked for. Read the Guidelines in full and please download the application flow charts to assist you. If you have any question, please contact
If you have not already done so, please register
with the Secretariat providing full details of your organisation, including a named contact person and cell number.
The deadline for applications is 1600 on Monday 13th June 2011. Applications can be delivered via email (with scanned copies of your supporting documents), post or hand delivery to the Secretariat Office in Lusaka. Please keep emailed files to 5MB or less.
Update 12th May 2011
Public Launch of the CSEF
The CSEF had its public launch on Thursday May 12th 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel, our keynote speaker
was the Ambassador of Denmark, H.E.
Mr. Thomas Schjerbeck (right). Copies of the presentations given by Royal Danish Embassy
and CSEF staff are available here
The Fund hopes to go live on Monday 23rd May when we will be considering applications for our Organisational Support Grants and Innovative Projects Grants only. The application process is a two stage one with an brief submission to determine credibility and eligibility and then shortlisted organisations will be asked to submit a fuller proposal. Please refer to the Guidelines for more detailed information.
Copies of these Guidelines and template Application documents can be found by navigating the menu bar on the left. You can also obtain copies on a CD Rom by visiting the Secretariat or requesting one by post.