European Union: Skills and Technical Education Programme in Malawi

Deadline: 26 May 2016

The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) in Malawi in order to increase the informal and formal TEVET training and to facilitate innovative research on TEVET training and financing.

The programme is divided into two lots:

  • Lot 1: Increasing access to formal and informal training EUR 4.000.000
  • Lot 2: Innovative research aimed at improving TEVET training and financing of the sector EUR 500.000

Objectives

  • Deliver relevant quality TEVET training
  • Ensure skills training and economic empowerment of women and vulnerable groups
  • Provide supportive skills such as basic literacy and entrepreneurial skills
  • Provide adequate support to business creation
  • Improve TEVET system through applied research and analysis of current system components

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • Lot 1
    • minimum amount: EUR300.000
    • maximum amount: EUR 1.500.000
  • Lot 2
    • minimum amount: EUR200.000
    • maximum amount: EUR 500.000

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be a specific type of organization such as: a Civil Society Organisation, or an accredited private training provider, or a Private sector company, or a National or International (inter-governmental) organization ,or a national and international NGO, or a Grant aided technical college.
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in a country of the European Economic Area or an ACP State or Member State of the OECD or developing countries and territories, as included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA Recipients, which are not members of the G20 group, without prejudice to the status of the Republic of South Africa or the partnership Agreement or Malawi. This obligation does not apply to international organizations.
  • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations.
  • The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s).For an applicant not established in Malawi, the involvement in the action of at least one co-applicant established in Malawi is obligatory.
  • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

UNESCO/ Poland Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2016

Deadline: 30 April 2016

Applicants are invited to apply for UNESCO/POLAND Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships Programme whose aim is to promote human resource capacities in the developing countries and to enhance international understanding and friendship among nations and the people of Poland.
The fellowship will be an opportunity to undertake an individual research programme in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering.

Eligible Countries

  • Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Asia & Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam
  • Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Latin America & The Caribbean: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela(Bolivarian Republic of)

Facilities Offered

  • By Polish Authorities:
    • Free tuition and access to the university facilities based on the local regulations.
    • Accommodation at the AGH UST Student Campus organised for fellows by the UNESCO AGH Chair
    • Monthly allowance of 1350 PLN (1 USD = approximately 3.9 PLN)
  • By UNESCO:
    • International travel expenses
    • Health insurance for fellowship beneficiaries who are declared medically fit

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Individuals from the member states (mentioned above) are eligible to apply.
  • Hold the Bachelor’s or M.Sc. degrees.
  • Be proficient in reading and writing English.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application from via given website.

For more information, please visit Fellowships Programme.

Submit Your Applications for DREAMS Innovation Challenge 2016!

Deadline: 28 March 2016

Do you have an innovative approach to help keep adolescent girls and young women AIDS-free? If yes, then apply for this Dreams Innovation Challenge!

Applications are open for the DREAMS Innovation Challenge 2016 with a motive to reduce HIV infections by infusing new thinking and high-impact approaches to meet the urgent, complex needs of adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.

Focus Areas

  • Strengthening Capacity of Communities for Service Delivery
  • Keeping Girls in Secondary School
  • Linking Men to Services
  • Supporting Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Providing a Bridge to Employment
  • Applying Data to Increase Impact

Award Information

DREAMS will award a total of up to $85 million for innovations that help girls in the DREAMS countries develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe women.

Focus Countries

Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Challenge greatly encourages applications from organizations that have not previously received U.S. government funding, either directly or indirectly, and/or are based in one or more of the 10 DREAMS countries (mentioned above).
  • DREAMS encourage applications from most types of organizations – including for-profit, non-profit, academic organizations, and multilateral organizations.
  • Applicants may submit approaches that apply to just one of the Challenge Focus Areas or that cut across numerous issues.
  • Written submissions must be completed in full to be considered eligible for review. Submissions will only be accepted in English; any other language will be considered ineligible.

How to Apply

Interested organizations can apply by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Challenge Application Portal.

For more information, please visit Innovation Challenge.

Common Fund for Commodities: 8th Call for Proposals to support Business Activities

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is seeking applications for its 8th Call for Proposals to support of commodity development activities in eligible countries. The CFC seeks to support business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in Developing Countries.

Objectives

  • Social: Create employment (particularly for youth and women), provide sustained increase in household incomes, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.
  • Economic: Enhance production and productivity, achieve higher local value addition; improve competitiveness of producers, producer organisations and small and medium sized industries, support the financial sector development.
  • Environmental: Enhance production taking into account the environment and its long term possibilities for the same, or increased use of productive resources while maintaining or reducing the impact on the environment.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants eligible to apply under this Call for Proposals are all legal public and private entities that:

  • Operate in commodity value chains in CFC member countries (mentioned above) or provide financial services to micro, small and medium sized businesses operating in the value chains
  • Have a proven relevant track record of sound commercial operations in the proposed activities over a period of at least 3 years, which can be documented by means of (audited) financial statements.
  • Share CFC’s values, including internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

For more information, Please visit: http://common-fund.org/call-for-proposals/

Call for Applications: ACU Early Career Academic Grants 2016

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is currently inviting applicants from ACU member universities for its Early Career Academic Grants 2016.

Applications will be strengthened by the applicant providing evidence of the submission/acceptance of a paper or poster, or other communication with the conference organisers.

Eligible Countries

  • Australasia: Australia, New Zealand
  • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
  • East Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • East Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore
  • Europe: Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom
  • North America: Canada
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • South Pacific: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  • Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland
  • West Africa: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

Grants Information

Grants can be used to cover travel and visa costs, conference fees, accommodation, and subsistence.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be employed in an academic role by an ACU member institution (mentioned above).
  • Applications are open to university staff who are less than ten years from the start of their employment in an academic role.
  • Academic staff who have recently returned to work after a career break can also be considered: applicants to whom this criteria applies should make this clear in their application.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the application form via given website.

Note: The grant must be used to participate in a conference between 1 July 2016 and 31 December 2016.

For more information, please visit Academic Grants.

YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa Programme 2016: Building a Diverse Generation of Leaders

Deadline: 26 February 2016

The Young African Leaders Center is currently inviting African Leaders for its YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa Programme 2016. The objective of the programme is to provide the platform and tools to empower dynamic young Africans and to awaken their innate leadership potential for the benefit of Africa and its global partners.

Aims

  • Create critical thinkers
  • Solve complex and multidisciplinary problems
  • Foster entrepreneurial thinking
  • Innovative use of information, knowledge and opportunities
  • Encourage communication and multicultural collaboration
  • Create awareness of contemporary African issues

Focus Areas

  • Business and Entrepreneurship Development
  • Civic Leadership
  • Public Management and Governance

Eligible Countries

Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Young leaders from the countries (mentioned above) are eligible to participate in the programme.
  • The program is open to young African leaders aged 18 – 35 years old depending on their level of experience and track record in their chosen sector.
  • Participants must meet the following criteria:
    • English language proficiency
    • Portuguese speaking participants will be accommodated in the Mozambique Hub at UEM
    • A commitment to positively impact Africa, their own countries as well as communities
    • Commitment to serve the development agenda of the African continent

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Southern Africa Programme.

Call for Applications: TDR/WPR Small Grants for Research in Infectious Diseases of Poverty

Deadline: 15 March 2016

The World Health Organization Western Pacific Region (WPR) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) have announced the 2016-2017 call for applications for the Joint TDR/WPR Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty.

Objectives

  • Strengthen the research capacity of relevant national individuals and institutions in conducting implementation research.
  • Facilitate and strengthen implementation research in countries for the control and elimination of infectious diseases of poverty, including research that addresses issues related to the culture and environment that contribute to these problems.

Research Areas

  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases of poverty.
  • Knowledge gap related to an operational/programmatic issue that has a direct policy and programmatic relevance.
  • Health systems, health service delivery, community-based approaches or qualitative research topics in the context of the diseases.

Funding Information

TDR/WPR Small Grants are available of up to US$ 15 000 per project.

Eligible Countries

Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Federated States of, Mongolia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only applicants from the WHO Western Pacific Region (mentioned above) are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals must be researchers or health professionals working in infectious disease programmes of ministries of health, national universities, or research institutions; and who are from and are working in low- and middle-income countries of the WHO WPR.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website and submit required documents:

  • Relevant questionnaires and forms (including consent/assent forms)
  • Letter of endorsement from the related disease programmes of the ministry of health
  • Updated curriculum vitae of all investigators

For more information, please visit call for applications.

Three Grant Programs by Disability Rights Fund: Apply for Round One!

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is seeking applications for its three grant programs to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

DRF supports Disabled Persons Organizations in the developing world to take the lead in advocating for the human rights of persons with disabilities at local and national levels, utilizing the mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

DRF’s Guiding Principles

  • Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons
  • Non-discrimination
  • Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
  • Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Accessibility
  • Equality between men and women
  • Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities

Eligible Countries: Ghana, Haiti, Malawi, Myanmar, Indonesia

Grant Programs

  • Small Grants: Single organizations or partnerships
  • Mid-Level Coalition grants: Sub-national (state, regional, provincial, district) DPO-led coalitions
  • National Coalition grants: National DPO-led coalitions

Please visit next page for detailed information on the three grant programs.

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National Coalition Funding Stream: Supporting Advancement of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities!

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The National Coalition Funding Stream supports advancement of the CRPD at national levels through lobbying for legislative changes (including but not limited to CRPD ratification), monitoring and reporting on implementation of the CRPD or other international human rights mechanisms, or following up on the recommendations made by UN human rights mechanisms to States in regard to implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs).

In addition, this funding stream supports national-level coalitions to advocate that national development programs, policies, legislation and frameworks are inclusive of persons with disabilities and to ensure that efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals   include persons with disabilities.

 This stream is intended for organizations that are prominent in the disability movement at the country level.  Because of the importance of joint advocacy at this level, only coalitions of three or more organizations will be funded.

Priority Areas

Development of a national platform to work on:

  • Ratification of the CRPD and/or the Optional Protocol (where not ratified)
  • Passage of specific legislation to accord with the CRPD
  • Production of and/or follow up to alternative reports to the CRPD Committee
  • Production of and/or follow up to reports submitted to other UN human rights monitoring mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council or to other Committees of Experts from other human rights treaties
  • Advocacy to national or international agencies responsible for development planning to ensure that national action plans and programs aiming to implement the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
  • Advocacy to ensure formal inclusion of DPO representatives in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD

Funding Information: Grant amounts will range from USD 30,000–50,000 per year (USD 60,000 to 100,000 over the course of two years).

Eligibility Criteria

  • National Coalitions of three or more organizations where the Coalition is conceived and led by a DPO may submit applications.
  • Applications from National Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO with national scope on behalf of the Coalition.
  • Applicant organizations will be responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant.
  • National umbrella organizations or federations are considered one organization for the purposes of this application and therefore, must form a Coalition with other organizations to be eligible.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can send their complete application forms for all the three grant programs at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Disability Rights Fund.

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Mid-Level Coalition Funding Stream: Supporting Civil Society and Addressing the Rights of PWDs

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The Mid-Level Coalition Funding Stream supports civil society coalitions at sub-national levels to ensure that national legislation and policy addressing the rights of PWDs is implemented at these levels, including through establishment of budgets.

In addition, this funding stream supports sub-national level coalitions to advocate that sub-national development programs, policies and plans are inclusive of persons with disabilities and to ensure that efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals include all persons with disabilities.

Mid-Level Coalition grants enable grantees to collaborate at state (in a federal system), provincial, regional, or district levels. Because of the importance of joint advocacy at these levels, only coalitions of three or more organizations will be funded.

Priority Areas

Development of a State (or regional, provincial or district) platform to work on:

  • Passage of specific legislation or policy at the sub-national level to accord with the CRPD
  • Advocacy to national or international agencies responsible for development planning to ensure that national action plans and programs aiming to implement the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
  • Advocacy for governmental budgetary measures to implement the CRPD at the sub-national level
  • Advocacy for governmental budgetary measures to implement the SDGs at the sub-national level

Funding Information: Grant amounts will range from USD 30,000–40,000 per year (USD 60,000 to 80,000 over the course of two years).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Mid-Level Coalitions of three or more organizations, where the Coalition is conceived and led by a DPO, may submit applications.
  • Applications from Mid-Level Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO on behalf of the Coalition.
  • Applicant organizations will be responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant.

Umbrella organizations or federations are considered one organization for the purposes of this application and therefore, must form a Coalition with other organizations to be eligible.

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