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.

2023 Projects

Consumers International is delighted to announce that six of our members have been chosen to receive funding through the Anne Fransen Fund (AFF). This year’s winners are from Ecuador, Fiji, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda and Tajikistan. 

Read our news release to learn more about each project and the member organisations that are delivering them.


How to apply

Information about the fund can be found on the Consumentenbond website.

Read about previous projects funded through the AFF: 201720182019202020212022.

To be eligible for the Anne Fransen Fund, your application must meet the following criteria:

Primary application Criteria


Proposals that do not meet all of these eight criteria will be disqualified.

  1. You have to be a member (Full or Affiliate) of Consumers International from a developing country (see OECD DAC List of ODA recipients).
  2. Consumers International membership fees must be paid in full up to and including the current year 2022.
  3. The proposal must address one of the AFF priority areas (financial services, consumer justice and protection, food, digital, drugs and health).
  4. The project must be executed within one year.
  5. The budget must not be more than 10,000 Euros.
  6. The proposal should be clearly linked to one or more consumer rights.
  7. Applicants must be free from unethical practises including financial and legal issues that may affect the organisation’s legal status or their continuing eligibility for Consumers International membership.
  8. Overhead and indirect costs (i.e. venue, food, travel, staff and volunteer costs, etc) must not take up more than 40% of the budget.

Evaluation Criteria


Proposals will be reviewed according to a scoring system taking into account the following criteria:

  1. The project objectives comply with the primary criteria.
  2. The project objectives are clearly defined with Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) that are measurable and realistic.
  3. Planned activities are realistic and well designed.
  4. The project team has the skills required to effectively deliver the project.
  5. The budget is realistic and well designed.
  6. Stakeholders involved in the project are relevant with their role well defined and there is a credible expectation of cooperation.
  7. The project contributes to strengthening the organisation’s institutional capacity.
  8. The impact of the project can be sustained beyond the one-year lifetime of the project



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

  • Consumer Association of India, India – Campaign to raise awareness of the risks of unsafe drinking water.
  • 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.


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