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UNCDF: Digital Innovations for Acceleration of Sustainable Development Goals

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted November 13, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on November 29, 2020

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has announced the Regional Challenge “Digital Innovations for Acceleration of Sustainable Development Goals” to identify inclusive innovations with high impact, offering a real opportunity to accelerate the 2030 Agenda for the sustainable development in favor of the populations of the following 10 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.

In order to provide a better contribution to the achievement of the SDGs by impacting the most vulnerable populations, UNCDF is organizing a regional challenge “Digital innovations for the acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

This challenge revolves around three pillars of intervention of the UNCDF digital strategy which aspires to “Do not let nobody aside in the digital age”.
PILLAR 1: Empowering Customers;
PILLAR 2: Digital Infrastructure;
PILLAR 3: Inclusive digital innovations.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1) The application must be submitted by a legal entity or by a partnership of legal entities. In the case of a partnership, the leader of the partnership will be responsible for the conduct of the project from the beginning to the end. It is up to the leader to guarantee the commitment of its various partnersto guarantee the sustainability of the project until its end.
2) The tenderer / leader of the partnership must be a registered entity for at least one year.
3) The tenderer / leader of the partnership must be a registered entity with at least a year of activity, and must have statutory accounts and certified financial statements for at least one year of activity.
4) The applicant / lead applicant must be a formally registered entity in one of the countries following: Benin, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Cameroon, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal.
5) The solution proposed by the candidate / consortium must be in one of these three stages of development:
> Recent launch: the product / service or MVP (Minimum Viable Product) has been launched on the market for less than 6 months;
> Already on the market for more than 6 months: the product / service has been the subject of several iterations;
> The product has already been on the market for 1-2 years.
6) Depending on the main field of activity, the candidate / principal candidate must have the relevant operating licenses.

UNCDF contributions can range from 50,000 USD to 150,000 USD depending on the level of development of the solution.

Projects should have a duration of 6-18 months maximum. The activities should end at the latest at the end of the 18-month period.

Deadline: 23:59 GMT on 30 November 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 13, 2020
Nov 13, 2020

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 that may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that do 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
Nov 14, 2020
Nov 14, 2020

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great!