Strategic and inclusive partnership is a fundamental component to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SEI Asia, with support from the Swedish government (SIDA), launched the Strategic Collaborative Fund Phase 2 (SCF2) programme in 2018 to enhance the current 2030 Agenda efforts in Asia and the Pacific. SCF2 aims to foster regional cooperation and policy dialogue for sustainable development and environmental sustainability, through capacity building, knowledge sharing and increased collaboration.

Human rights and gender equality are central to SCF2, as it champions regional and inter-regional collaboration for transboundary environmental policy development.


From 2018 to 2022, SCF2 will create long-term partnerships to enhance policy development and institutional capacity building in Asia, under the framework of regional integration and the SDGs. It will hold strategic events that seek to build more effective regional policies that contribute to SDG achievement.


Component 1: Inter-regional cooperation with China and Europe

Improving cooperation between ASEAN, China, and Europe is key in trade expansion and greater multilateral understanding.

SCF2 is using the China-ASEAN Environment Cooperation Forum (CAECF) and the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ASEF) as platforms to facilitate policy dialogues and knowledge exchange between ASEAN, China and Europe to address regional sustainability.

Component 2: Regional cooperation within Asia-Pacific

SCF2 supports the ASEAN in increasing regional collaboration on key transboundary environmental issues, such as pollution, water governance, energy flows, natural resource use efficiency and climate change.

The project will provide support for initiating, organizing, and hosting events that highlight key issues that are linked to the 2030 sustainable development agenda. The goal is to build regional capacity to lead efforts toward collaborative policy development.

Component 3: Learning and capacity development

SCF2 will develop open online courses on gender equality and rights-based approaches to enhance institutional capacity and knowledge of regional partners. The courses aim to encourage gender, human rights and poverty reduction-centric policies on environmental and climate change issues and the SDGs.

Component 4: Programme management

SCF2 aims to improve project management through enhanced programme monitoring and evaluation and strategic communication. Partners will be assisted in identifying target policies and tracking new knowledge application in policy formulation.

This component will also support the institutionalization of gender and rights-based approaches into partners and participants’ current and future programmes and operations, as well as encourage improved efforts toward SDG and Agenda 2030 achievement.

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Building Climate Resiliency in Asia through Inclusive Approaches 

Building Climate Resiliency in Asia through Inclusive Approaches

SEI seeks to support four proposals under this call that aim to tackle environmental and climate challenges through innovative regional policy dialogues with diverse stakeholders.

For detailed information refer to the 2023 Call for Concept Notes.

The four supported proposals will cover various streams that will lead to climate resilience building in Asia:

  • Bridging climate finance gaps through inclusive approaches
  • Catalysing biodiversity conservation through nature-based solutions
  • Regional policy initiatives for circular economy transition
  • Partnerships for climate actions

To this end, a bottom-up approach is encouraged to ensure participation from marginalized and vulnerable groups that are disproportionately affected by climate change and environmental degradation. The proposed activities should cover at least three countries in Southeast and/or South Asia with clear regional policy impact pathways. 

Grant Details

SCF2 will support four proposals from consortiums that have at least three organizations, preferably from multiple countries in Southeast and/or South Asia. Each proposal should cover one of the four thematic areas. The budget for each proposal should not exceed SEK 500,000 and the proposed activities should be concluded by August 2023.

Selection Criteria

Criteria on grantees and consortium characteristics  

  • The application must be submitted in the form of the consortium of 3-4 organizations (including the lead institution). 
  • The consortium must comprise of at least one local/national grassroots organization representing marginalized and/or vulnerable groups. 
  • Multi-country partnerships are strongly encouraged for diversity, equal opportunities and regional collaboration. 

Criteria of event design 

  • Provide evidence of regional-level outreach and scope in the Asia region (South and Southeast Asia), as opposed to a country-level event. 
  • Address one of the four thematic focus and its relevance to climate resilience and environmentally sustainable and inclusive development. 
  • Demonstrate how the event leads to positive impacts on gender equality, rights-based approaches and poverty reduction throughout the event’s rationale, design, implementation, and follow-up. 
  • Demonstrate how the event would target and benefit the citizens of the region, with particular attention to the poor, women and other marginalized groups. 
  • Ensure diverse participation including the public sector, private sector, civil society organizations, research and academic institutions, development partners and grassroots organizations. 
  • The event or series of events can be arranged either in-person format or hybrid mode with live streaming. 
  • Demonstrate proponents’ institutional capacity for organizing regional events. 
  • The event must convene diverse participation and gender balance of relevant stakeholders in the panels and participants. 
  • The proposed event must ensure regional outreach through popular media coverage.  
  • Demonstrate the linkage between the regional event’s expected outcomes and regional policy engagement (i.e., SEI Asia’s strategy and Sida’s regional strategy ). 

Criteria on event’s outcomes and impacts 

  • Focus on practical policy actions with concrete regional policy pathway and outcomes. 
  • Indicate which are the primary SDGs in focus, preferably limiting to two other SDGs, in addition to Climate Actions (SDG 13). 
  • Explicitly describe the assessment of relevant regional policy processes along with its significance and targeting approach. 
  • Showcase the linkage between the proposed event and your organizations’ mission and operations. 
  • Apply innovative approaches to enhance meaningful and active participation from policy makers and people with marginalized identities and/or in a position of vulnerability. 
  • Indicate strong potential to build partnerships across diverse stakeholders to tackle environmental and climate change issues in Asia. 


Timeline  Note 
4 January 2023  Launch of the call 
24 January 2023  SCF2 Webinar and Online Networking 
15 February 2023  Call’s deadline 
13 March 2023  Announcement of successful proposals 
March 2023  Paperwork for contract and proposal revision 
March – August 2023  Event planning and implementation periods 
30 September 2023  Final report submission due 


All concept notes must be submitted via this online form by Wednesday, 15th February 2023. Please use our concept note template to make the submission.  

To assist you in designing the proposed event, please refer to our guidance notes on Integrating Gender Equality and Human Rights in SCF2 Events and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. 

All queries regarding this call shall be addressed to [email protected].

Q&A Webinar:

[Q&A Webinar] Call for Concept Note: Regional Policy Dialogues on Climate Resilience in Asia
[Q&A Webinar] Call for Concept Note: Regional Policy Dialogues on Climate Resilience in Asia

2023 Partners

SCF is pleased to announce the selected consortium members to develop pathways to inclusive and equitable climate adaptation and mitigation policies, strategies and interventions through gender transformative approaches and amplifying local agency in Asia.

The National Land Coalition (NLC) Nepal

NLC is an International Land Coalition supported platform for people centred land governance and is a joint initiative of the multi-stakeholders working on land and resource related issues in Nepal.

International Land Coalition (ILC Asia)

ILC Asia is an integral part of global alliance works to realize land governance for and with indigenous peoples, landless farmers, pastoralists, women, and youth groups in 12 countries in Asia.

The Community Self-reliance Centre (CSRC)

CSRC is based in Nepal and has been campaigning for comprehensive agrarian reform and the land rights of working farmers and tillers for almost three decades. It hosts the NLC in Nepal.


Events and Themes



Events and Themes



16 December Democratizing and re-Indigenizing Water Resources Management and Climate Resilience in the Lower Mekong River Basin

(Theme: Circular economy)

National University of Laos
25 October Raising Equitable and Sustainable Finance: Understanding sustainable finance taxonomy AVPN
24 October ENVForum Spin-Off Conference Circular Industry: Innovation and Digitization as Enablers for SMEs Asia-Europe Foundation


21 – 22 October Pathways to Climate Resilience: Forward Family Farmers for a Healthy People and Planet

(Theme: Partnerships for Climate-Resilience Pathways in Asia)

Asian Farmers Association


6 October Loss and Damage Financing in Southeast Asia: Current issues and ways forward Webinar

(Theme: Disaster Risk Reduction)

Manila Observatory
29 September – 1 October Building a Sustainable and Inclusive Agriculture System – Together towards a Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty Southeast Asia

(Theme: Agri-food systems)

23 September Waste Hero Alliance: Waste Workers & Youth Together for inclusive Circular Cities

77th United Nations General Assembly High Level Side Event for Social Business, Youth and Technology

(Theme: Ecosystems)

Yunus Foundation
15 – 16 September ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Forum Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China
22-25 August Making Sense of and Responding to Loss and Damage in Southeast Asia

Field Visits to Bohol, community-led workshop on loss and damage

(Theme: Disaster Risk Reduction)

Manila Observatory
28 – 29 June 2022
 ENVforum Annual Conference 2022 – SMEs Going Circular: Decarbonisation of Food Supply Chains Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
22 – 24 June  2022  

ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Week 2022  


Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO), Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China
21 – 22 June 2022 AVPN Global Conference on June 2022

Event Recording

Post-Event Report

31 May 2022 Centre for Finance for Sustainability Bangkok AVPN


November–December 2021

Towards Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services In National Policies For Sustainable Management Of Freshwater Ecosystems In South And Southeast Asia

(Theme: Freshwater Ecosystems)

Asian Institute of Technology
14–15 December 2021 Mekong Institute
30 November–1 December 2021 ENVforum Annual Conference 2021 – The Future of Food


Asia-Europe Foundation
23–25 November 2021 Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center, Inc.
15–19 November 2021 Institute for Circular Economy Development (ICED), Vietnam National University
24–26 October 2021 The Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment,  China
29–30 April 2021
(Theme: Disaster Risk Reduction)
Children and Youth International (CYI)
2, 9, 20 April 2021
(Theme: Climate Change Adaptation)
The University of Auckland


4 December 2020 Sustainable Business Awards Global Initiatives
24–26 November 2020 Grounding and Empowering: Nourishing the Grassroots for Transformative Change An Asia Women Environmental Defenders Retreat

(Theme: Gender)

Non-Timber Forest Products
9–11 November 2020 Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) 2020

(Theme: Connecting the Dots: Creating an Enabling Environment for SDG 12 in ASEM)

Asia-Europe Foundation
4, 11, 18, 25 November 2020 IPEN-SEA Virtual Conference 2020: Citizen Science in Southeast and East Asia

(Theme: Prevent and Reduce Urban Pollution from Toxic Chemicals)

EcoWaste Coalition Philippines
2–3 November 2020 Women, Water, Climate: Tackling the Challenges

(Theme: Water)

Women for Water Partnership (WfWP)
6–7 October 2020 Making Family Farming Sustainable and Viable in Asia: Strengthening Farmer-Led Multi Actor Partnership Platforms for Family Farming

(Theme: Agriculture)

Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
8–12 June 2020 The Climate Finance Track at the AVPN 2020 Virtual Conference

(Theme: Climate Finance)

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Limited
21–22 January 2020 Regional Dialogue Workshop on Green and Sustainable Agriculture

(Theme: Agriculture)

Department of Policy and Legal Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Laos


2–4 December 2019 Climate Smart Women Connect: Climate and Gender Justice for Indigenous Women in Asia

(Theme: Gender)

CUSO International
18–19 November 2019 Responsible Business Forum

(Theme: Circularity 2030: Next generation leaders)

Global Initiatives
29 October 2019 Roundtable on the Environment and Social Inclusion  Global Initiatives
27–30 October 2019 9th Southeast Asian Human Rights and Business Conference

(Theme: Energy)

Forest Peoples Programme
16–18 October 2019 Regional Consultation to Promote Actions to Improve Asian Deltas Resilience

(Theme: Water)

WWF Greater Mekong
13–17 October 2019 Grassroots Community Resilience at the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum 7 (APUF-7)

(Theme: Disaster Risk Reduction)

Asia Coalition for Housing Rights
8–9 October 2019 Challenges and Opportunities on Indigenous Knowledge System and Practices and Rights-Based Sustainable Development: A Southeast Asian Forum

(Theme: Climate Change Adaptation)

Samdhana Institute
17–18 September 2019 China ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Forum

(Theme: Promote and Foster Regional Green Growth: Best Practices for Eco-city Development and Sustainable Ocean Ecosystem Management)

Center for International Cooperation and Exchange, Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China
29–30 July 2019 Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Annual Conference

(Theme: The Role of Consumer in Triggering Changes in Consumption & Production)


Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

Online courses

The integration of human rights and gender equality is central to the SCF2, as it champions regional and inter-regional collaboration for transboundary environmental policy development. 

Through a collaboration with Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) and Stockholm Environment Institute Asia gender cluster, evidence-based human rights and gender equality approaches are integrated into the programme implementation through capacity building such as direct coaching and providing open online courses.  

 This ensures that human rights and gender equality become central to regional environmental and climate change policy with the intent of achieving SDG integration. 

Course 1: Rights-based approaches to environmental sustainability

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Course 2: Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development

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Guidance notes

These guidance notes support grantees to integrate human rights and gender equality, and monitoring, evaluation and learning in all steps of their events.