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UNHCR announces CFPs for Community-Led Networks to Enhance Last-Mile Connectivity Challenge

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 27, 2020 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2021

Through UNHCR’s Connectivity for Refugees initiative, assessments have demonstrated that one of the key barriers to refugees’ digital inclusion is a lack of connectivity services available in refugee hosting locations.

For the Expression of Interests, awarding of funds will be based on the following criteria equally weighted:
1. Challenge: Framing of the Challenge and evidence / data to support it with a key focus on inclusive community engagement, leadership and feedback response;
2. Solution: Articulation of the potential of Community Networks as a solution in context addressing key aspects covered in this background note and the report, specific attention will be give to proposed levels of community engagement / meaningful participation considering diversity and inclusion;
3. Impact: Potential Impact of the solution in not only in terms of the number of community members supported, but also how the intervention would affect them in their daily lives and build broader community resilience;
4. Feasibility: Based on approach, administration, tentative  budget, a determination on how viable the project will be. Specific consideration will be given to sustainability strategies including community self-management

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Innovation Service has announced a call for proposals  that provides targeted financial support to country operations interested in tackling specific challenges on Community-led Networks to enhance last-mile connectivity.

Only UNHCR country operations are able to apply to the challenge and one submission is accepted per operation.

This Expression of Interest should command the support of senior management within the operation.

Deadline: rolling basis (ongoing).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 02
Nov 02

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers thay may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Oct 28
Oct 28

Thanks, Ana.