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UNDP/Uganda: P.E.A.R.L. Innovation Challenge Call

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted January 13, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on February 11, 2021
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) logo
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) logo

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Uganda in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA); and Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) have initiated the “Take on the P.E.A.R.L Innovation Challenge Call”.

This Innovation Challenge Call will support the piloting and or scaling of inclusive business solutions as a mechanism to recover from the impact of COVID-19, by addressing key business level barriers through targeted funding and/or targeted technical assistance.

P.E.A.R.L refers to Private-Sector Lead; Effective and Feasible solution; Additionality (from a development / donor perspective); Addressing COVID Recovery & Resilience; Improve Livelihoods.

Applicants should present an innovative idea/solution that helps them to scale-up operations and impact.

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UNDP will support inclusive businesses to scale-up operations through this Innovation Challenge Call. This is expected to result into clear positive impacts on the target beneficiaries, and the promotion of Uganda as a preferred tourism destination for sustainable and inclusive tourism.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Applications must be led by a private sector firm or a not-for-profit social enterprise with a financially sustainable business model.
2. The applicant organization must already operate an inclusive business. It must be able to show that a significant number of low-income people are already included in its value chain in a strategic way and for mutual benefit.
3. The applicant organization must match the price award as part of its proposed budget (in cash or in-kind).

Winners can receive up to US$ 40,000 in cash and/or in-kind support (goods and services) through this Innovation Challenge.

Deadline: 14:00 hours, Friday 26 February 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jan 13
Jan 13

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Jill Langhus
Jan 15
Jan 15

Sounds great! Thanks, Ana.