Up to US$1 million to Support Civil Society Organisations’ Social Development Projects with IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently announced the launch of the second Call for Proposals to Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) that execute activities focused on poverty reduction and social inclusion and development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

{IMAGE VIA - crwflags.com} The winning proposals will be funded through the Japan Special Fund for Poverty Reduction Program (JPO). Since 2001, the JPO has funded over 138 projects for approximately US$45 million and has been a major IDB-Japan partnership effort which finances non-reimbursable technical cooperation in all 26 IDB borrowing countries. The Call for Proposals seeks out“technically and financially sound community-based proposals” that support development through sustainable solutions in education, social protection, gender and rural community development in vulnerable communities.

{IMAGE VIAcrwflags.com} The winning proposals will be funded through the Japan Special Fund for Poverty Reduction Program (JPO). Since 2001, the JPO has funded over 138 projects for approximately US$45 million and has been a major IDB-Japan partnership effort which finances non-reimbursable technical cooperation in all 26 IDB borrowing countries. The Call for Proposals seeks out“technically and financially sound community-based proposals” that support development through sustainable solutions in education, social protection, gender and rural community development in vulnerable communities.

Winning proposals would receive funding in the form of technical cooperation grants and each proposal is eligible to receive between US$500,000 and US$1 million. The amount requested in the proposal should be commensurate with the organization’s administrative and financial management capabilities. In principle, project duration will not exceed four years. To qualify, the organisations must be legally established in one of the IDB’s 26 borrowing member countries.

Eligibility

Christel Saab, Operations Specialist with the IDB Barbados Country Office, said that her office is hoping for a number of winning entries from Barbados. For this reason, the office will be hosting avideo-conference in mid-April to brief all interested civil society organisations and to allow for questions and answers on the Call for Proposals to ensure quality submissions.

Saab said that “eligible proposals should support well-targeted poverty reduction and social development activities that respond directly to the needs of socially and/or economically disadvantaged people; stimulate wide-spread stakeholder participation (i.e. civil society groups) at the community level; pilot alternative and innovative approaches or partnerships with CSOs, including community-based organizations, as implementing agencies to reach groups currently not being reached by other programs; and support capacity building of community-based organizations in low income communities to provide sustainable solutions for poverty reduction.”

Deadline

The call for proposal closes on May 15, 2013. Only one proposal per organization is allowed. All proposals must be presented in accordance with the Call for Proposals guidelines and must be submitted through the online application system.

Guidelines, online application system and additional information may be obtained by visiting: http://www.iadb.org/en/topics/civil-society/call-for-proposals-civil-society-jpo/home,4216.html. For any additional questions about the Call for Proposal guidelines or application forms, please email cfp-jpo2013@iadb.org. For those interested in participating in the video-conference, please contact IDBBarbados@iadb.org.

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