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Government Accountability & Responsiveness during COVID-19 Challenge

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted November 19, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 5, 2020
Government Accountability & Responsiveness during COVID-19 Challenge
Government Accountability & Responsiveness during COVID-19 Challenge

COVID-19 continues to threaten lives and livelihoods throughout the Asia Pacific region.

In response, governments have taken economic measures to safeguard the health of its citizens and support the economy. Stimulus and safety net packages have been distributed, intended to reach citizens and businesses in need. Governments continue to plan and allocate significant additional resources to fund COVID-19 response and recovery.

Thus, public spending must be transparent and monitored. Institutions must be made accountable to manage the economic impacts effectively, as well as duly respond to citizens’ needs.

Potential Concepts could include:
a) Tools or applications that allow citizens to track budgets, disbursements and expenditures on COVID-19 related stimulus measures, safety net packages, public procurement, or sectoral budgets, expenditures and spending;
b) Tools or applications that provide easy-to-understand and accessible information on target beneficiary groups (individuals, specific communities, or businesses including small and medium enterprises), and on specific assistance or relief provisions (eligibility criteria and process for assistance);
c) Tools or applications that create mechanisms for targeted beneficiaries to provide feedback and complaints on government assistance and programs, and access redress or complaints mechanisms;
d) Tools or applications which expand the reach and accessibility of underserved and/or marginalized populations to government programs, including but not limited to informal settlers, minority ethnic groups, LGBT+ individuals and groups, the disabled, etc.

Utilize This Offer

Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with the Open Government Partnership (OGP), aims to explore how digital technology can be leveraged to strengthen the monitoring of COVID-19 related spending and improve feedback and grievance redressal mechanisms.

1) Challenge open to individuals from ADB member countries.
Organizations must designate individuals to join the challenge as team members. Individuals from different organizations may also team up to work together to submit entries.
2) Teams are encouraged to have representatives from different backgrounds with the expertise and ability to continue to develop the prototypes beyond the duration of the challenge.
3) Teams can have 1-10 members.
4) All entries must centre on solutions that can be implemented in ADB’s developing member countries.

ADB encourages participants to include in their proposals the aspect of accessibility. Participants may consider bridging the digital divide for those with limited access to the internet. Entries should ideally be open-source solutions that can be adapted and replicated elsewhere.

The selected solution will have potential funding of USD 10,000 or more for selected pilots in ADB’s developing member countries.

All entries must be submitted on or before December 6, 2020 with a deadline set at 1700 hrs [GMT +8].

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 19, 2020
Nov 19, 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 20, 2020
Nov 20, 2020

Thanks, Ana.