Call for Applications: Sida PFAN Initiative on Clean Energy Financing

Deadline: 8 May 2016

The Sida PFAN Initiative on Clean Energy Financing (SPICEF) is currently inviting applications from project developers in the East and Southern African regions. SPICEF seeks to nurture entrepreneurs, start-up and existing companies, project teams and consortia with environmentally beneficial business proposals with the aim of linking them with investment and finance and making them happen.

The SPICEF provides crucial early stage pro bono project development and support in raising financing to clean energy entrepreneurs, start-up and growth stage companies, project teams and consortia with viable and environmentally beneficial business proposals, by linking them with investment and finance and nurturing their development and implementation.

Focus Projects

  • Grid Connected IPPs (any clean energy technology)
  • Rural Electrification and Energy Access Projects (any clean energy technology) especially Mini-Grid distributed renewable energy utilities
  • Off-grid distributed energy service companies
  • Others (eg Energy Efficiency & Energy Conservation)

Funding Information

SPICEF Seeks Business opportunities that require total (initial) private capital in excess of US$1 million (or currency equivalent) will be considered

Eligible Countries

Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe.

How to Apply

  • All submissions are to be made in electronic format via given website.
  • The Application Consists of:
    • The Project Proposal (as a PDF file, financial models provided as an Excel sheet)
    • The completed Project Data Sheet (as an Excel sheet)

For more information, please visit Clean Energy Financing.

Nominations Open for Midwives4all Prize 2016: Saving the Lives of Mothers, New born & Families!

Deadline: 6 April 2016

International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is currently inviting applicants for its Midwives4all Prize 2016 with a motive to increase the visibility of their good work in saving the lives of mothers, new born and families.

The Midwives4all Prize, a certificate of recognition, is awarded to an exceptional midwife who has demonstrated her/his achievements as a change-agent in the midwifery profession through education, provision of services, regulation, research, midwifery association development, and/or advocacy in his/her country.

Eligible countries

Nigeria, Ethiopia, Columbia, Romania, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Uganda, Angola, Zambia, Mexico, Belarus, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a midwife and a national of one or more of the eligible countries (mentioned above).
  • Be a midwife actively working in the public or non-profit health sector in clinical work, education, association, regulation, research, advocacy, or outreach
  • Be a positive role model—dynamic, motivated, passionate and an agent for change
  • Promote and participate in building a positive work environment, staff growth, mentorship, learning and development, if applicable
  • Her or his story should illustrate the challenges faced in their daily work and how these challenges have been overcome

How to Apply

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

  • Nomination form
  • A current CV or Resume
  • A current Photo of the Nominee
  • Two letters of Support or References for the nominated midwife

For more information, please visit Midwives4all Prize 2016.

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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.

Zambian Governance Foundation: Call for proposals to support Education focused CSOs!

Deadline: 2 March 2016

The Zambian Governance Foundation (ZGF) is seeking proposals to support education focused CSOs to hold government accountable to fulfilling the right to education within the context of the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) agenda on education. The support will target selected sectors with the highest potential of contributing towards ZGF’s overall objective of supporting CSOs in making government more accountable and responsive to the implementation of pro-poor policies.

Purpose of Grants

  • The Initiative Support grant is project or activity-based. The grant scheme is tailored towards organisations which may not yet have a strategic plan but whose activities are clearly connected to the core mission of the organisation.
  • The Joint Policy Action Support grant (JPAS) is intended to support CSOs to catalyze or sustain joint policy work. The core feature of this grant is that it requires more than two CSOs interested in / or taking a joint action on a particular policy area.

Thematic Areas

  • Delivery of quality early childhood (ECE) and primary education, including the provision of relevant quality education inputs for the effective implementation of the new education curriculum.
  • Eliminating gender disparities at all levels and promoting equal access to education for children with disabilities as well as vulnerable children in community schools at ECE and primary school levels.
  • Tracking the financing and utilization of budgetary expenditure towards the implementation of the new curriculum at ECE and primary school levels.

Grant Information

There are two types of grants available under the call for proposal:

  • The Joint Policy Action Support Grant (maximum amount ZMW 300, 000)
  • The Initiative Support Grant (maximum amount ZMW 600,000)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Concept Notes are accepted from the following type of organisations:
    • Network organisations
    • Individual organisations
    • Branches of a larger organisation
  • The organisation must:
    • Be non-governmental
    • Be non-international
    • Have a legal status and be registered in Zambia for over one year under the Societies Act, Companies Act, NGO Act or Land (Perpetual Succession) Act
    • Have a Constitution, Articles of Association or Trust Deed
    • Be a non-profit organisation
    • Have a bank account operated by more than one signatory
    • Be up to date with Annual Returns
    • Be accessible (traceable address, etc.)
    • Locally registered implementing chapters of international or regional (network) organisations are eligible:
    • The majority of Board members are based in Zambia
    • The organisation is financially largely independent of its international mother body

How to Apply

Applicants must apply by downloading the Concept Bid Form given on the website.

For more information, please visit Call for proposal.

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.

Apply for UNICEF Innovation Fund of up to US$100,000: Open Source Technology Solutions for Children!

Deadline: 26 February 2016

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is seeking applications for its open source technology solutions that address the most pressing challenges faced by children and young people.

UNICEF works with governments, civil society organizations, and other organizations around the world to advance children’s rights to survival, protection, health, development and participation and is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Eligible Countries

  • Central & Eastern Europe & the Commonwealth of Independent States :Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
  • East Asia & Pacific: Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati,Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Republic of Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
  • Eastern & Southern Africa: Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Republic of Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Middle east & North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • Latin America & the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Plurinational State of Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivian Republic of)
  • West & Central Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

Focus Areas

  • Products for youth under 25 address a range of needs including learning and youth participation.
  • Real-time information for decision-making: allows the situation of the most vulnerable to be understood by those who have an ability to address their circumstance.
  • Infrastructure to increase access to services and information, including connectivity, power finance, sensors and transport.

Grants available

UNICEF will consider applications for funding of approximately up to US$100,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • UNICEF is looking to provide investment-style funding to early-stage tech startups. Only entities that fulfill these mandatory requirements will be eligible:
    • A private company/institution registered in a UNICEF programme country (mentioned above).
    • Working on open source technology solutions (or willing to be open source) under the following licenses:  Software: BSD, AGPL, LGPL and Content and designs: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA or CC-SA
  • Projects funded need to increase the ability of children to access information and to increase opportunity and choice. Specifically, projects should align with one of UNICEF Innovation’s three portfolio areas:
    • products for youth under 25 to address a range of needs including learning and youth participation
    • real-time information for decision making and governance
    • Infrastructure to increase access to services and information, including connectivity, power, finance, sensors and transport.
  • Generating publically exposed real-time data that can be / is measured

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to complete and submit the EOI Response form available on the given website.

For more information, Please visit Solutions for Children.

The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity: Seeking Proposals for the 2016 Innovation Competition

Deadline: 28 March 2016

The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) is seeking proposals for its 2016 Innovation Competition. The competitions are destined for financial service providers such as banks, microfinance institutions, insurance companies and agribusinesses who may wish to apply for support.

The three principles guiding The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity are:

  • Impact: Projects should have a positive effect on the lives of rural poor people through job creation, income generation, and productivity gains and reduced vulnerability.
  • Innovation: The Fund intends to harness the creativity and capacity of the financial sector and agribusinesses to innovate, increase access to and deliver financial services at scale.
  • Sustainability: Projects supported under the Fund should state explicitly how they aim to achieve financial sustainability over time.

Eligible Countries

Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.

Funding Size & Duration

Total Funds available over 3 years is US$15 million

  • Min: US$250,000
  • Max: US$1,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity will only support ideas from institutions looking to deliver a financial service, product or process to rural poor people in an eligible African country (mentioned above).
  • Projects may be proposed by a single institution or by a partnership of two or more of them. The proposal must be made by one company acting as the lead organization.
  • Firms that apply should have an established and verifiable institutional track record. The Fund will only consider start-ups in exceptional circumstances where there is strong evidence that the new company has credible and experienced investors and management team.
  • Firms that apply should have transparent ownership and governance structures.
  • Examples of institutions that are eligible include:
    • Banks;
    • Non-bank financial institutions such as insurance or leasing companies;
    • Agribusinesses that provide a financial service or that partner with a financial institution to deliver a financial service to their supply chain;
    • Firms that use mobile or IT technology to support the delivery of financial services to rural poor people; and
    • Firms that provide a non-financial service designed to facilitate increased access to financial services for financially excluded rural poor people. These firms may apply on their own as a lead applicant or may apply in partnership with a financial institution or agribusiness.
  • Projects must demonstrate the potential to increase the provision of financial services to financially excluded poor people in rural areas of eligible countries.

How to Apply

Applicants must register and apply online for the competition via given website.

For more information, please visit Innovation Competition.