Public Affairs Section: Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit

Deadline: 14 June 2016

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is seeking proposals from eligible organisations for Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit to support at least 18 and up to 30 participants, approximately 15 from Afghanistan and 15 from Pakistan, with equal representation from the two countries, who will discuss areas of future cooperation between the two countries in specific sectors of interest.

Goals

  • Promote regional integration by facilitating a dialogue on cooperation in sectors key to the Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship;
  • Promote economic and professional linkages between Afghanistan and Pakistan in support of economic growth and civil society participation;
  • Develop an action plan or road map which outlines paths to increased cooperation in key sectors

Proposal Priorities

Proposals should also describe:

  • The applicant’s proposed schedule and agenda for the program, including how activities under the three pillars might overlap or be conducted separately;
  • The applicant’s previous experience conducting short-term study or training tours in theS. or the region for foreign professionals;
  • Any personnel or partner organizations that will play a role in conducting training exercises or seminars, along with the qualifications of those personnel or organizations.

Funding Information: The award floor for the base period and each option year is set at $150,000. The award ceiling is set at $225,000 for the base year and for each of the two option years

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility is open to all non-profit, non-governmental organizations. Organizations may subcontract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award.
  • When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
  • Applicants must submit proof of their non-profit status with their proposal submission (e.g. proof of 501(c)(3) status, Afghan NGO license).
  • Applications that do not include proof of non-profit status will not be considered.
  • Individuals are not eligible.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit.

Call for Applications: DFID’s Accountable Justice in Pakistan Programme

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has currently announced a procurement of services to manage delivery of the Accountability Justice in Pakistan Programme (AJPP) for a period of 4 years starting from October 2016.

The Accountable Justice in Pakistan Programme (AJPP) aims to strengthen accountability and oversight of rule of law institutions in Pakistan, engage citizens in reforms and legally empower citizens to access justice.

Program Objectives

AJPP objectives are to achieve:

  • Increased accountability and oversight of law enforcement and justice institutions.
  • Increased engagement by citizens in reforms and legal empowerment for informed citizen choice of justice mechanism.

Award Information

The budget for this programme is 8, 000, 000 GBP – 12, 000, 000 GBP subject to ongoing need and availability of funding.

Eligibility Criteria

The law institutions of Pakistan are eligible to participate for the program.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to register themselves to DFID Supplier Portal, in order to apply.

For more information, please visit DFID-AJPP.

European Commission: Enhancing CSOs’ Contributions to Governance & Development Processes in Pakistan

Deadline: 18 May 2016

The European Commission is currently accepting concept notes from eligible organisations for a programme entitled “Enhancing CSOs’ contributions to governance and development processes in Pakistan” with an aim to support Civil Society Organisations at country level:

  • As actors in governance and accountability
  • As partners in promoting social development
  • As stakeholders in promoting inclusive and sustainable growth
  • As partners to test pilot actions promoting local development through a territorial approach

Objectives

  • To support Pakistani CSOs to effectively contribute to local governance and accountability, and development processes at sub-national and local levels, and in support of actions for enhanced social cohesion and social development through citizen empowerment.
  • To strengthen Pakistani local governments enabling them to effectively perform their roles as actors of local governance and development through a territorial, multi-stakeholder approach.

Priority Issues

  • Promotion of more participative, accountable, responsive and inclusive governmental development planning, budgeting, and implementation processes at local, sub-national, and national levels.
  • Enhanced local governments-led engagement with CSOs and communities for effective and pro-poor development planning, budgeting, and service delivery.

Size of Grants

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

  • Minimum amount: EUR 1,000,000.
  • Maximum amount: EUR 1,500,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be non-profit-making
    • be a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) or an Association of CSOs
    • be established in Pakistan or in a Member State of the European Union or parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary
  • International Organizations are not eligible to apply under this Call for Proposals.
  • At least one co-applicant is obligatory under this Call for Proposals.
  • Non-Pakistan eligible applicants must act together with at least one Pakistani co-applicant.
  • 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.
  • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant.

How to Apply

Applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

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

Apply for APN South Asia Media Fellowship on Climate Change!

Deadline: 15 May 2016

APN and the University of Peradeniya are currently inviting applicants for its fully funded two-day South Asia Media Visit in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The media visit is designed to engage media in expanding efforts to raise awareness about, and disseminate information on and lessons learned from, APN funded projects on global change and sustainability issues.

The theme for the media visit is Home Garden Systems in the face of Climate Change.

Activities

The activities planned for the media visit are:

  • A visit to village sites implementing Home Garden Systems
  • Local governance and media seminar on Home Garden Systems in South Asia: Raising public awareness through media on Home Garden Systems and food security

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant is a journalist/media worker at a media company based in an APN Member/Approved Country in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
  • Applicant must have a good working knowledge of English
  • Applicant should have keen interest in environmental communication/journalism.
  • Experience in environmental reporting is preferable.
  • Young/early-career journalists/media workers under 40 years of age are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online application form via given website and upload a short CV and a brief profile of the media company.

For more information, please visit Media Fellowship.

U.S. Mission to Pakistan: Supporting Civil Society, Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship

Deadline: 31 May 2016

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi is currently inviting proposals for projects that focus on strengthening civil society, supporting economic empowerment and entrepreneurship and providing media training and professional development, and support. The program is under U.S. Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department’s Public Diplomacy grants Program.

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi will only consider proposals implemented Sindh Province and in the following Administrative Divisions of Balochistan Province: Gwadar, Lasbela and Quetta.

Priority Areas

  • Strengthening Civil Society: through the promotion of local cultural heritage, traditional and modern art forms, and other forms of creative expression including music, literature, drama, movement, storytelling, and new media art; support for civil society organizations, educational institutions, media platforms, and the press; fostering tolerance and civil rights; or professional development of emerging leaders in these fields through linkages with U.S. counterparts.
  • Supporting Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship: through projects that promote human/workers’ rights, women’s empowerment, corporate social responsibility, inclusion of minorities or persons with disabilities, media training for journalists, support for entrepreneurs, and fostering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities.
  • Providing Media Training and Professional Development, and Support: through training for media professionals, with a special preference for online training to journalists located in remote areas, and for mainstream photographers and videographers rather than highly skilled professionals in TV studios.

Award information

The proposal budget should be between $10,000 and $50,000 with project duration of up to one year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Submissions are encouraged from U.S. and Pakistani registered not-for-profit, civil society/nongovernmental organizations, and educational institutions with at least two years of programming experience.
  • This experience should be documented in the organization’s proposal. A copy of the organization’s registration should be provided with the proposal application. U.S.-based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter.
  • Pakistan-based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization.
  • Applicants are allowed to submit only one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all application materials electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Annual Program Statement.

Call for Applications: UNESCO’s Iran Higher Education Scholarships 2016 for Afghan and Pakistani Nationals

Deadline: 15 April 2016

UNESCO Office in Tehran is currently seeking applications for its Iran Higher Education Scholarships to promote the transformative power of education as a catalyst for human development. The Islamic Republic of Iran intends to leverage its strong reputation for higher education and research in the region.

Scholarship Categories

  • The Iran Higher Education Scholarships for Afghan Nationals: Funded by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, the Iran Higher Education Scholarships for Afghan Nationals are competitive scholarships that support high-achieving Afghan individuals to undertake studies at the Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD levels in Iran’s outstanding universities.
  • The Iran Higher Education Scholarships for Pakistani Nationals: Funded by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, the Iran Higher Education Scholarships for Pakistani Nationals are competitive scholarships that support high-achieving Pakistani individuals to undertake studies at the Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD levels in Iran’s outstanding universities.

Benefits

  • Full tuition fees
  • Dormitory accommodation for single scholars (Scholars accompanied by family members may be provided dormitory accommodation depending on the availability of rooms)
  • Medical insurance coverage for the scholarship holder
  • Student visa
  • Monthly living allowance upon request of the applicant

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • A citizen of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • Residing in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Pakistan at the time of application
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Exceptional and motivated individuals with a very high level of academic achievement

Key Dates

  • Successful applicants will be notified by 1 July 2016.
  • Scholars must arrive in Iran by 1 August 2016 and commence their studies by September 2016.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Higher Education Scholarships.

Apply for Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships: Get Scholarships worth £4,000!

Deadline: 1 May 2016

Applications are open for the Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) programme. The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as a learning nation and a science nation and targeted at the priority sectors of creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services and renewable and clean energy.

Priority Subject Areas

  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Clean and Renewable Energy
  • Communications, Media and Culture
  • Design
  • Earth Sciences
  • Financial Services
  • Music and the Performing Arts
  • Physical and Life Sciences
  • Technology

Funding Information

The scheme offers up to 100 awards, each worth £4,000 towards the tuition fees of successful applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of Canada, India, Pakistan, USA or the People’s Republic of China (Hong Kong also being eligible as it is a Special Administrative Region of China).
  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at a Scottish university on an eligible course before an application can be considered.
  • Be able to demonstrate that they can meet the costs of living in Scotland and the remaining tuition fees.
  • Not have previously studied for a full undergraduate degree in Scotland.
  • Not have previously received a Saltire Scholarship.
  • The course must be an undergraduate, Masters or PhD level course in one of the following broad subject areas (mentioned above).
  • Courses must be full time and delivered in Scotland. Online, distance learning or courses delivered at a Scottish university campus overseas are not eligible for the scholarship.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Saltire Scholarships.

U.S. Mission to Pakistan: Advancing Cultural Ties between United States and Pakistan

Deadline: 23 May 2016

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America in Islamabad, Pakistan is currently inviting all eligible organizations to submit a proposal for a Grant or Cooperative Agreement to support activities focused on advancing cultural ties between the United States and Pakistan through one of the priority areas.

Program Goals

  • Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and Pakistan through shared information, experiences, exchanges, and/or expertise.
  • Strengthen local institutions to build long-term, self-sustaining relationships and institutional linkages between U.S. and Pakistani organizations, including capacity building support for Pakistani organizations as needed.
  • Counter violent extremism (CVE) through positive messages and tolerant perspectives that enhance and amplify community-based CVE in a wide range of areas.
  • Expand media outreach by amplifying U.S. diplomacy activities and programs on social and traditional media platforms.

Priority Areas

  • Education
  • Women/girls’ empowerment
  • Inclusion diplomacy (disabilities outreach)
  • Sports
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Music, visual, and performing arts
  • Cultural heritage
  • Environment/climate change

Funding Information

Subject to available funding, current plans for this solicitation are as follows:

  • Individual award amount: The award floor is set at $200,000; the award ceiling is set at $500,000.
  • Total available funding: $1,500,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Submissions are encouraged from U.S. and Pakistani registered not-for-profit, civil society/nongovernmental organizations, and educational institutions with experience implementing programming of the type they are proposing.
  • This experience should be documented in the organization’s proposal.
  • A copy of the organization’s registration should be provided with the proposal application. U.S.-based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter.
  • Pakistan-based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all application materials electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Annual Program Statement for Cultural Affairs.

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.

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/