Monday, 20 October 2014

Participate in the 14th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues with UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous People

Deadline: 1 November 2014
Do you represent an indigenous peoples’ organization? Do you want to participate in the 14th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to be held in United Nations (UN) Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015? Apply for the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples and participate in the Permanent Forum!
Selected applicants will be provided with a travel grant to participate in the forum. Indigenous women, youth and indigenous persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for the fund.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities who are so considered by the Board of Trustees.
  • The representative will not be able to attend meetings without the assistance provided by the Fund, in the opinion of the Board.
  • Applicants must be able to contribute to a deeper knowledge on these mechanisms and bodies of the problems affecting indigenous peoples and who would secure a broad geographical representation.
  • The representatives and the organizations applying for a grant should be indigenous.
  • Application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation signed by an executive of their indigenous organization.
  • Only two individuals from an organization can apply.
  • Applications and recommendations can be submitted in English, French or Spanish language.
  • Applicants can be an individual who has never participated in the session of the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues or the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and representatives who already participated and could develop specialized capacity and strengthen the core group of participants in the Permanent Forum or the Expert Mechanism.
  • Priority will be given to applicants living in their own community and country.
  • Applications from indigenous representatives and their nominating organizations that have been beneficiaries of the Fund and failed to submit their evaluation forms will not be considered.
For more information, please visit 14th Session of the Permanent Forum.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The GDN International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) for Research Evaluation Organizations

Deadline: 22 October 2014
The Global Development Network (GDN) International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) invites research or evaluation organizations or consortia to submit qualifications for a proposal preparation grant under its Transparency and Accountability Thematic Window grant program. The proposal will be prepared for a rigorous impact evaluations of completed, ongoing or planned initiatives aiming at improving the transparency and accountability of governance of natural resources (especially in the extractive sector of commodities such as oil, gas and minerals.
The selected research teams will use the proposal preparation process to identify questions and develop proposals for rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluation of the transparency and accountability in governance of natural resources projects, programs, initiatives and policies.
The chosen study team will have to hold at least two capacity-building workshops to build capacities of the implementing agencies to generate wider discussion about and understanding of impact evaluation amongst the staff of the implementing agency during the preparation grant period.
Six to eight proposals will be funded with different grant amounts depending on the number of proposals  the teams submit.
Workshop presentations and discussions with the implementing agency staff should have the following components:
  1. Identify programs to be evaluated;
  2. Determine evaluation questions and time-frames for evaluation;
  3. Discuss a feasible evaluation design including identification methods;
  4. Discuss data collection methods; and
  5. Carry out scoping and other background information needed to develop a policy engagement and research communication plan, using 3ie guidance and templates.
The purpose of this workshop is to ensure coordination between program implementers and the evaluation study team. The aim of these inception workshops will be to discuss the evaluation questions, to articulate and have a common understanding of the program’s theory of change and to discuss the most appropriate methods for impact evaluations to be used depending on specific program components and geographic locations.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants can be legally registered organizations, and consortia of registered organizations. Individuals can not apply.
  • The lead organization and principal investigators (PIs) may be located anywhere. However, it is necessary to include PIs that are residents of the country in which the program or initiative is being implemented.
  • A research or academic organization based in the country of the program or initiative being evaluated and one that will have clear, on-going and substantive implementing roles in the study, including for design, analysis, policy engagement and research communication for uptake into policy and practice need to be part of the team.
  • The research team is required to have at least one PI that is directly involved with the implementing agency of the study country.

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Ashden International Award in Sustainable Energy for Agriculture Open for Applications

Deadline: 4 November 2014
The Ashden International Award Sustainable Energy for Agriculture  and more categories is accepting award applications from organizations around the world to compete for Prize money of £20,000. The International Gold Award to one organization is £40,000.
  1. Sustainable energy for agriculture
  2. Innovative financial mechanisms or business models for delivering sustainable energy
  3. Increasing energy access
  4. Sustainable energy for women and girls
  5. Sustainable buildings
Total Six (6) Winners will
  1. Participate in final interview (in London, all expense covered by Ashden) to choose the Gold Award winner.
  2. Take part in International Conference, Awards ceremony and other activities
  3. Make agreement with the International Program Manager on what the winner will sepnd the prize money on and any business support s/he may require.
  4. Provide and update monitoring data about the progress of the work after six months, one year, two years and three years.
Note the Key Dates
  • 4 November 2014 – Application deadline
  • 30 November 2014 – Selection of up to 30 applicants to provide additional information
  • 12 December 2014 – Deadline for receipt of additional information
  • February 2015 – Selection of 12 shortlisted participants
  • February & March 2015 – Visit to the shortlisted applicants
  • Late March 2015 – Selection of up to 6 winners
  • April to June 2015 – Preparation of publicity materials about all shortlisted applicants
  • 7-12 June 2015 – Awards Week (winners to London for interviews, international conference, publicity activities and awards ceremony)
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants can be NGOs, social enterprises, government organizations or business.
  • Application can be for a specific renewable energy or energy efficiency program or enterprise or building or for a specific product or service. This may be the whole work of an organization or part of it.
  • The work must be proven on the market and have been delivered for at least one year.
  • The work must be delivered in at least one of the UN’s developing regions of Africa, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia (excluding Japan) and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand) and can be in rural or urban areas.
  • High-income countries in the regions mentioned above, as defined by the World Bank, are not eligible to apply.
  • Awards are not made to start-up, pilot or demonstration projects.
  • Organizations in UK, Belgium or France should check if they are eligible for UK, School or Sustainable Travel Awards in the Ashden website.
For more information, please visit Apply for an Ashden International Award.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The USAID Fighting Ebola Broad Agency Announcement : Partnership call for Ebola Challenge Addenda

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the Global Health Bureau and the US Global Development Lab have jointly announced grant funding entitled USAID Fighting Ebola BAA (Broad Agency Announcement). This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the development, testing, and scaling of practical and cost-effective innovations that can help healthcare workers on the front lines provide better care and stop the spread of Ebola.
The USAID will issue Addenda to this BAA that will present specific Ebola Challenges. The Ebola Challenge Addenda will focus on identified problem s, solutions, scalability opportunities, feasibility studies, and other research and development initiatives addressing the problem and challenge statements.  Potential partners will have to respond to individual Ebola Challenge Addenda, not to this BAA.
Public, private, for-profit, and non-profit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, US and non-US government organizations, and international donor organizations are encouraged to partner to address Ebola. Depending on the stage of development, USAID will consider different levels of risk, evidence, and data on the potential for impact and scale.
Eligibility Criteria
Each individual BAA Addendum will specify the criteria for selection and proposals will be evaluated against the BAA evaluation criteria and applicable BAA Addendum.
  • Proposals must allow USAID to reach out to potential partners with recognized expertise in relevant areas; and to co-create, co-design, co-invest and collaborate with partners.
  • All organizations must be determined to be responsive to this BAA and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award type.
  • At the initial stage of sourcing, prototype or proof of concept, the design of the innovation should be a new or dramatically improved approach with the potential for significant impact at a lower cost and without any reduction in efficacy as compared to the current standard.
  • At the piloting stage, the product or service must be viable and demonstrate significant impact, behavioral change, and customer demand.
  • At the transitioning to scale stage, data and evidence must indicate that significant impact can be achieved at a lower price point, a business or other implementation model is being tested and sustain ability demonstrated, any legal or regulatory challenges are understood as part of a market strategy, and the quality of the impact, product, or service will not be significantly affected by expansion or widespread adoption.
  • Innovations that demonstrate such evidence will be reviewed for endorsement to scale across multiple countries.
  • The reputations of organizations, their past performance, and the managerial and technical ability of the person or team of people engaged in the endeavor are always significant considerations in assessing the potential and the risks associated with each award.
For more information, please visit and search for funding opportunity number BAA-EBOLA-2014.
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