The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) has been working with the rural communities of Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) for the last four decades using a participatory development approach. Currently, AKRSP is implementing a project which, aims to to improve women’s social and economic empowerment in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The activities under this project are geared to reduce barriers of participation and to enhance the social and economic agency of women in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral while supporting COVID-19 recovery and rebuilding.


AKRSP intends to provide “Micro Grants exclusively for Women led local organizations from all over Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral to support their projects and ideas for addressing and promoting community-specific strategic and practical gender needs. For this purpose, it seeks Expressions of Interest from eligible organizations meeting s the following criteria:


Eligibility Criteria for Applicant Organizations:


The following are the eligibility criteria:

1- Women-Led Community-Based local organizations of Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral

2- The organization should have a physical presence within the geography of its operational areas.

3- Preference will be given to the formally registered organizations with bank accounts.

4- Preference will be given to the organizations working in the focused areas shown below:

5- Preference will be given to organizations working for more than 3 years. 

Focus Area/themes


The initial focus areas may include:


Community-specific strategic and practical gender needs i-e reducing the burden of unpaid work, mobility, and safe transportation solutions, strengthening women’s participation and decision-making at household and community level, women’s participation in social culture and sports, leadership roles, and other social and economic spheres.


Submission Date

June 15, 2023


Where to submit

Submit at AKRSP Regional Offices of Gilgit, Baltistan, and Chitral and Area Offices Hunza/Nagar, Astore, Ghizer, Diamir, Ghanche, and Booni. Or e-mail at the mentioned e-mail ID of relevant Regional Programme Offices in their advertisement.


AKRSP has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. All staff, consultants, and service providers will be expected to adhere to AKRSP’s safeguarding policies and procedures, and the standards of conduct expected of AKDN personnel and require background checks.

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