Friday, 29 July 2011

WASH Media Awards 2011-2012

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in association with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) invites applications for fourth edition of the WASH Media Awards. These awards are basically meant to honour the works of journalists who publish or broadcast original stories on water supply, sanitation or hygiene (WASH) related issues. These awards also support the important role that media plays in awakening society about the importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene services.
To be eligible, entries must be published or broadcast between April 1, 2011 and April 1, 2012.

Journalists may submit one piece of work in the following formats:
·         Print & online (traditional print media such as newspapers, magazines and journals; articles that appeared in electronic versions of print media sources – online editions of newspapers, magazines or journals – or in recognized reputable media sources)
·         TV (including documentaries)
·         Radio
·         Cartoons & photos (that appeared in traditional print media such as newspapers, magazines or journals; articles that appeared in electronic versions of print media sources – online editions of newspapers, magazines or journals – or in recognized reputable media sources)
Six prizes will be awarded:
·         One for the best entry in print & online format
·         One for the best entry in TV format
·         One for the best entry in radio format
·         One for the best entry in cartoons & photos format
·         One for the best entry for the theme ‘economics of sanitation’ focusing on investing in sanitation, the cost of inadequate sanitation, sanitation marketing, and any other related issues.
·         One for the best entry from a journalist based in a high-income country or a field reporter working for an international media outlet

Last date for submitting the application is April 1, 2012.
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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Cordaid Nominations for HIV/AIDS AWARD 2011

The Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development (Cordaid) is seeking nominations from organisations actively involved in strengthening the linking between community- and formal health and care services for people living with HIV. Cordaid wishes to award two organisations – one civil society Organisation and one Faith Based Organisation – showing leadership, commitment and vision in this field. Awards of €10,000 each will be presented to the award winning organisations.
Selection Criteria

The criteria for organisations selected are those who:

·         Display vision and leadership around linking community- and formal health and care services for people living with HIV

·         Provide evidence of substantial impact and/or success achieved in this field

·         Demonstrate innovative ways to strengthen the link community- and formal health and care services for people living with HIV

·         Demonstrate an active involvement of people affected and infected by HIV in programme development and implementation

·         Take into consideration sustainability (and scaling up) of their linking activities at local, national and/or regional levels (through lobby/advocacy/training)

Cordaid HIV and AIDS Award Amount

Awards of €10,000 each will be presented to the award winning organisations:

• 1 Civil Society Organisation (€10.000)

• 1 Faith Based Organisation (€10.000)

Award Delivery

The awards will be handed over to Award Winners on the 1st of December 2011 in the Netherlands at the National STI*HIV*SEX Conference. Award Winners will be invited to give presentations about their work while in the Netherlands.

Responsibilities of Awarded Organisations

The funds linked to the Award have to be used for activities strengthening linkages between community- and formal health and care services for people living with HIV, with a maximum of 7% administration costs. The funds will be made available upon receipt and approval of a detailed description of planned activities and budget (to be presented before January 31, 2012). Upon completion of the project, a brief report will be requested by Cordaid.

Last date for submission of nominations is September 1, 2011

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Japan Water Forum funding opportunity for developing countries

The Japan Water Forum (JWF) beginning July 13, 2011 will be accepting applications from grass-roots organizations in developing countries involved in resolving water and sanitation problems to apply for the JWF fund 2011.
What kind of projects can be awarded the grants from JWF Fund 2011?

Only projects planned and faithfully implemented to solve the current water and sanitation problems by grass-roots organizations in developing countries will be considered.

These projects include for example:

  • Installation of rainwater-harvesting tanks, ponds or digging wells;
  • Development of small scale water supply systems;
  • Building new toilets and upgrading existing sanitation facilities;
  • Prevention of water-related disasters projects;
  • Establishment and encouragement of water-efficient irrigation;
  • Solving gender issues on water and sanitation;
  • Water environment restoration activities.

Applicant Eligibility

Any grass-roots organizations in developing countries involved in resolution of water and sanitation problems. National governments, Local governments and private companies will not be selected.

Grant Size

Up to 1,000(one thousand) US$ per project/organization. Only one project will be accepted from one organization

JWF suggests that your proposed project includes capacity-building/ awareness-raising programs. If your project is only capacity-building/ awareness-raising program, it may not be selected. The presented project must be implemented by March 31, 2012.

The deadline for submitting the applications is July 27, 2011

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SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship

The SEED Initiative is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy.
Founded by UNEP, UNDP and IUCN at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED supports innovative small-scale and locally driven entrepreneurships around the globe which integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model.

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs in countries with developing and emerging economies. An international jury of experts selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy

SEED Awards Prize

Unlike most other competitions, the SEED Award does not carry a money prize. Experience from working with social and environmental entrepreneurs has shown that in many instances such enterprises often require access to knowledge, expertise and especially to networks as much as to financial support. SEED thus offers winners a range of business services, support and networks including high level profiling, often with government officials, Ministers, development institutions and businesses.

While no support package to SEED Winners is the same – each package strongly orients itself on the needs expressed by the initiative itself – the SEED Awards consists of:

  • assistance and advice on developing and improving the initiative’s business plan
  • two-day in-country business-oriented workshop, involving all partners, and covering the key elements and factors needed to build a successful social and environmental enterprise
  • high-level profiling of the initiative nationally, regionally and internationally
  • access to relevant institutions, organisations, businesses, including SEED winners and alumni, SEED Partners, SEED Supporters, and SEED Associates
  • developing a support plan
  • a financial contribution of USD5000 towards implementation of certain item(s) in that support plan, as agreed between the winner and SEED.

Eligibility Criteria

SEED welcomes innovative ideas from any organization or enterprise in a developing country or country in transition, which is working in partnership with others to generate economic, environmental and social benefits. SEED’s independent International Jury of experts selects Award Winners, those initiatives which have the greatest promise of making substantial improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.

In 2011 one special SEED Gender Equality Award will be made available to initiatives that are women-led or owned, and prioritize gender equality or women’s empowerment as a core objective.

The deadline for the applications is August 22, 2011

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Ashden International Awards 2012

Applications are invited for the Ashden International Awards from organizations that showcase how access to local sustainable energy improves people’s lives and cuts greenhouse gas emissions.
The Ashden Awards reward organisations that deliver, or play a key part in delivering, renewable energy and energy efficiency at the local level, and through this bring social, economic and environmental benefits. In 2012 a total of up to six International Awards will be awarded. One Gold Award will have a prizefund of £40,000 and the others will win prize funds of £20,000 each.

An Ashden International Award also brings:

  • Kudos of winning a prestigious Ashden Award.
  • A short, broadcast-quality documentary film of your Award-winning work.
  • Opportunities to present your work to large and influential audiences at the Ashden Awards ceremony and conference.
  • National and international publicity, through the work of our specialist media team.
  • Tailored help from our support team to take your work further: this can include professional mentoring, training, and introductions to grant, carbon and investment financers.
  • Membership of the network of Ashden Award-winners, who are all leading practitioners in local, sustainable energy


  • Businesses, NGOs, social enterprises and government organisations are all eligible.
  • The application can be for a specific programme, or for a product or service that has been proven on the market. This may be the whole work of an organisation, or part of it.
  • The work must be delivered in areas that do not have developed world standards of living.
  • These can rural or urban, and in either Africa, Central and South America, or Asia.

Closing date for international applications is October 18, 2011

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The Wilson Center invites proposals

The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship Fellowship Program and to take advantage of the opportunity to engage actively in the Center’s national mission. The Center awards approximately 22-25 residential fellowships through its annual international fellowship competition. Fellows will be affiliated with one of the Wilson Center programs/projects and are encouraged to interact with policy makers in Washington, D.C. as well as with Wilson Center staff who are working on similar research and topics.
About the Center

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars aims to unite the world of ideas to the world of policy by supporting pre-eminent scholarship and linking that scholarship to issues of concern to officials in Washington.

Congress established the Center in 1968 as the official, national memorial to President Wilson. Unlike the physical monuments in the nation’s capital, it is a living memorial whose work and scholarship commemorates “the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson.” As both a distinguished scholar and national leader, President Wilson felt strongly that the scholar and the policymaker were “engaged in a common enterprise.” Today the Center takes seriously his views on the need to bridge the gap between the world of ideas and the world of policy, bringing them into creative contact, enriching the work of both, and enabling each to learn from the other. This continuing dialogue between public affairs and scholarship makes the Center unique.

Primary themes for the 2012-2013 Fellowship Competition

The Center accepts non-advocacy, policy-relevant, fellowship proposals that address key challenges of past, present and future challenges confronting the United States and the world.

  • Global Sustainability and Security
  • Regional Power Shifts
  • American Challenges as a Global Power


- Citizens or permanent residents from any country (foreign nationals must be able to hold a valid passport and obtain a J1 Visa)

Men and women with outstanding capabilities and experience from a wide variety of -backgrounds (including government, the corporate world, professions, and academia)

  • Academic candidates holding a Ph.D. (Ph.D. must be received by the application deadline of October 1)
  • Academic candidates demonstrating scholarly achievement by publications beyond their doctoral dissertations
  • Practitioners or policymakers with an equivalent level of professional achievement
  • English proficiency as the Center is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas among its fellows

Last date for submitting the proposal is October 1, 2011

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Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship Program

Shuttleworth Foundation seeks applications for the fellowship program offering fellows the freedom and financial ability to bring about the change you envisage for the world as well as an enabling support structure and an existing network of social change agents.
Who Can Apply?

·         Anyone who has a plan for social change through innovation (fresh thinking that adds value) in the areas of education and technology.

·         Anyone who has a clear vision of a changed (improved) world and their contribution to bringing about this change.

·         The fellowship is not limited to any specific geographic location. However, applicants must be fluent in English.

·         Fellowship applicants must have attained the age of majority by the date of application.


The Foundation does not have strictly defined areas of funding as the foundation found this restrictive as people do not always fit into boxes.

Previous successful application have come from individuals working in the following areas:

·         Communication and Analytical Skills in Education

·         Intellectual Property Rights

·         Open and Collaborative Educational Resources

·         Telecommunications

·         Open Philanthropy

·         Open Science

The fellowship is not an academic fellowship aimed at research, although research is not excluded. Preference will be given to action based research or practical implementations of innovative ideas.

The Foundation will support the Fellow to take their good ideas and turn them into successful initiatives. The fellow will also be part of a continually growing pool of established alumni network to share learnings and experiences.

Grant Value

The equivalent of a year’s salary, a contribution towards expenses plus access to a travel allowance. In addition, the fellow will have access to potential project funding from the Foundation, which will match the Fellow’s personal investment in projects by at least ten fold. The total grant amount will be based on the Fellow’s qualifications, experience and comparable cost of time for their skill level.


1 year, with the possibility of renewal, based on review.

Application Procedure

Applications are accepted throughout the year. The applications are reviewed in May for September intake and November for March intake.

Last date for submission of applications for March Intake is November 1.

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Human Rights Prize of the French Republic Applications

The human rights Prize of the French Republic was created in 1988 to honour and award individuals or organizations working across the world for human rights. The award is presented irrespective of nationality or borders for the work undertaken in France or abroad. The 2011 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’, will be presented by the Prime Minister of the French government.
Interested NGO will have to present a field mission or project undertaken in France or abroad, concerning one of the two themes for 2011.
Theme 1: The fight against human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

A large number of countries throughout the world still prohibit sexual relations between adults of the same sex, with some countries even going as far as applying the death penalty. The criminalisation of homosexuality goes hand in hand with discriminatory laws and attacks on individual freedom and privacy, cruel or degrading treatment, arbitrary detention and extra-judicial executions. Following the ‘Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’ of December 2008, France made a commitment by creating a fund within the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs intended to finance the information and awareness-raising initiatives of local, national and regional authorities, and also initiatives concerning defense, protection and legal access for LGBT people. The projects awarded with the Human Rights Prize can be related to actions intended to combat the criminalisation of homosexuality, human rights violations linked to sexual orientation and gender identity, and prejudices.

Theme 2: Combating violence against women

Combating violence against women has for several years been a clear priority of French policy on human rights advocacy, whether it be at national, regional or international level. Therefore, in the same year as combating violence against women was declared a national grande cause, the law of 9 July 2010 concerning violence specifically against women, violence within couples and the impact of the latter on children was passed, promoting preventive measures and the protection of women. Whether they relate to violent acts committed in times of peace or war, the projects awarded the prize could be linked to initiatives to prevent such violence, to protect and support victims, to promote gender equality and to combat discrimination and the impunity of perpetrators.

Five prize winners will share a total award of €75,000 granted by the Prime Minister of France.

A special mention will be conferred on the five runners-up.

The jury will announce the winner on 9 November 2011. The 2011 prize will be presented by the Prime Minister in a formal ceremony in Paris around 10 December 2011.

Last date for submitting the application is September 16, 2011

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Dutch Foreign Ministry’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW)

The Dutch Foreign Ministry has launched a new fund called FLOW (Funding Leadership and Opportunities for women) succeeding its MDG3 Fund. The fund aims to strengthen the rights and opportunities for women and Girls worldwide. It has focus on three priorities of security, economic empowerment and political participation with female leadership seen as an important instrument.
Dutch or international NGOs applying for this grant opportunity must be based in or operate in developing countries. The programme must focus on at least one of the following three categories of activities:

1. Activities designed to promote security by combating violence against women and actively involving women in processes of peace, security and reconstruction;

2. Activities designed to promote economic self-reliance, through giving women a say in food security, employment and property rights and access to safe drinking water;

3. Activities focused on the participation and representation of women in politics and public administration

Apart from Dutch organizations working in developing countries, international NGOs which are independent, not-for-profit civil society organizations with legal personality and working in developing countries can apply for this funding. The NGOs should “contribute in a result-oriented way to structural poverty reduction in developing countries by promoting equal rights and opportunities for women and girls. The aim of providing grants to such organizations and their programmes is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as a building block for structural poverty reduction.”

Organizations can independently submit a grant application or form part of a consortium in a joint application. A consortium-based application should have a lead organization which will be responsible for implementing the proposed project.

Applications have to be submitted by post with copies on paper and on CD-ROM to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. No email or online applications will be accepted. The last date for accepting the applications is 29 July 2011. Even applications which are postmarked on a date before the application deadline will be considered to be submitted on time, provided they are delivered no later than one week after the deadline has passed. For more information and to download the application form, visit this link.

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Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships for young African with AfDB, UNECA or WTO

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation offers a range of academic scholarships to support aspiring leaders for the African continent.
These scholarships represent the full extent of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s current academic support. Candidates from sub-Saharan Africa, who meet the different criteria for each programme, are encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, in partnership with three of the world’s most influential multilateral organisations has launched the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships programme. Working with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) the Fellowships Programme will help to prepare the next generation of outstanding African leaders by providing them with unique mentoring opportunities.

Having identified a lack of opportunities for aspiring leaders across Africa to gain critical experience at the highest levels of multilateral organisations, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has worked with these partners to create the Fellowships. The AfDB, UNECA, and WTO will each host an Ibrahim Fellow in their executive offices. The expectation is that Ibrahim Fellows will go on to play a major role in the governance and development of the African continent.

Ibrahim Leadership Fellows will be selected by the institutions in conjunction with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and will take part in a 12 month fellowship with one of the participating organisations.


The applicants for these fellowships must be young professionals, mid-career and new executives under the age of forty, or forty-five for women with children. The Fellows will be nationals of an African country with 7-10 years of relevant work experience and a Master’s Degree. They will support the work of the institution to further promote the economic development of the continent.

Application Procedure

Candidates interested in applying for Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships with AfDB, UNECA or WTO will have to submit their applications directly to the desired organization.

The deadline for applications is July 31, 2011.

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The Elsevier Foundation grants for Libraries in developing countries

The Elsevier Foundation seeks proposals for single-year grants aimed at supporting Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries. The size of grants ranges from US$5,000 to US$50,000. Proposals will be accepted for multi-year programs (up to three years) for grant amounts of US$5,000 to US$50,000 per year.
The Innovative Libraries program supports capacity-building projects in the fields of science, technology and medicine – through training, education, infrastructure digitization and preservation of information.

The Elsevier Foundation supports the efforts of libraries to enhance the quality of life in developing countries by advancing knowledge in science, the social sciences technology and medicine. The Foundation provides one, two and three year grants to libraries in the developing countries and supporting organizations:

- Programs to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly expand their ability to make STM (scientific/social sciences, technical and medical) information available to those who need it — researchers, clinicians, students, policymakers and the wider public.

·         Programs that expand library information resources in the developing world through digitization or preservation of information that advances science, health, the environment, and indigenous knowledge.

·         Training and education programs for library staff, students or researchers, contributing to sustainable improvements in the library’s capacity to provide STM information in the developing world.

·         Partnerships between libraries in the developing countries and institutions in the developed countries to provide technical assistance or training. Developed country partner organizations include libraries, learned societies, universities, intergovernmental organizations and other non-profit organizations.

The Elsevier Foundation will give preference to proposals clearly demonstrating the following:

·         Innovation in improving the use of STM information

·         A high degree of potential impact on society in the developing world

·         Programs that will serve as models for other institutions and countries

·         Programs that enhance international partnerships or exchange between individuals and institutions

·         Realistic budgets tied to measurable outcomes

·         Sustained financial and programmatic viability

·         Programs that have institutional supports

·         Programs leaders or institutes with record of past success

·         Create and promote collaborative networks across institutions and/or disciplines

·         A willingness to draw from the expertise and experience of previous grantees

·         Have specific plans for sustainability beyond the funding period

·         Embody plans for dissemination beyond the awardee organization of policies, procedures, and “lessons learned” that are developed during the funding period.

Last date for submitting the proposals is September 15, 2011

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