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The Anne Fransen Fund aims to promote and support the growth of consumer organisations in developing countries. It was founded in 1988 following the death in 1981 of Anne Fransen, the first director of Consumers International member organisation, Consumentenbond.

Since the fund’s foundation, nearly a million euros have been invested in building consumer organisations around the world.

About the fund

The Anne Fransen Fund’s mission is to advance the position of consumers in developing economies through building consumer organisations and funding campaigning projects. The fund itself is made up of contributions from individual members of the Dutch consumer body.

Each year, grants of up to €10,000 are awarded to Consumers International members to carry out projects linked to one of the eight basic consumer rights.

Anne Fransen, the first director of Consumers International member organisation, Consumentenbond.

What type of projects are funded?

Examples of projects which have benefited from the Anne Fransen Fund over the last few years include:  

Children in Zimbabwe learn financial literacy by raising and selling chickens

  • ADELCO, Argentina – To educate women in subjects regarding nutrition, health and environment thereby improving the quality of lives of families who live in socially and economically vulnerable neighbourhoods.

How to apply

Applications to the Anne Fransen Fund open every year in early September, with a deadline of the 31 October. Successful applicants will be notified the following March. Further information can be found about the fund on the Consumentenbond website. Applications are reviewed using a scoring system based on the seven criteria listed below:

1. The applicant must be a member of Consumers International.
2. The project must be clearly linked to one of the eight consumer rights:

 
  • access to essential goods and services
  • safety
  • information
  • choice
  • participation and representation
  • complaint and redress
  • consumer education
  • healthy living / working environment

3. The project should focus on one of the priorities set by the Anne Fransen Fund of Consumers International (financial services, consumer rights and protection, nutrition, digital, medicine and health).
4. The project must be completed within one year.
5. The budget must not exceed €10,000.
6. Applicants must be free from unethical practices, including financial and legal issues that may affect the legal status of the organisation or the continuation of the membership of Consumers International.
7. Overhead and indirect costs (location, food, travel, staff and volunteers) must not exceed 40% of the budget. 

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