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Offer: CALLS for APPLICATIONS and PROPOSALS / March 2014 deadlines

1) Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA ) Fellowships 2014-2015
Ggrants to support Fellows who carry out self-designed independent studies for a minimum of two years in the developing world. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but candidates must show strong & credible ties to U.S. society. Areas of particular interest include the Arab Middle East & Southeast Asia (especially Indonesia), but candidates may seek fellowships in any country. Among the fellowship categories, the "Forest & Society" fellowships explore the relationship of forest resources to the complex of human factors bearing on their conservation & management. Candidates must be under 36 years of age at the time of the due date for the initial letter of interest.
Deadline for LoI: March 1st

2) CG Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, & Food Security CCAFS) - Open for Concept Notes
The CGIAR's program on CCAFS calls for concept notes in two subject areas. Flagship 1 requests innovative research-for-development ideas related to climate-smart agriculture, specifically focused on local adaptation planning and approaches to enlarge program scale. Flagship 2 requests proposals for climate information services & climate-informed food security safety nets. Projects are for four years & should be grounded in the CCAFS regions (Latin America; West Africa; East Africa; South Asia; Southeast Asia). Any institution can submit a concept note, but a CGIAR Center must be a significant partner.
Deadline for concept notes (both flagships): March 1st

3) East-West Center - Asia Pacific Leadership Program 2014-2015
The program combines interdisciplinary leadership learning at the East-West campus in Hawaii, followed by opportunities for field work or self-designed projects in Asia. The interests of the East-West Center include a strong orientation towards environment and natural resources. Upon acceptance to the program, participants receive a fellowship valued at approximately US$15 thousand to cover most program costs.
Deadline for applications: March 1st

4) Call for articles: Family farmers breaking out of poverty
In the International Year of Family Farming we are confronted with a shameful paradox. Family farmers produce more than half of the world’s food. That is a reason to celebrate family farming. Yet, 70% of the world’s most impoverished people live in rural areas and belong to family farming or pastoralist communities. How is this possible? And how can this situation be changed? We seek your groundbreaking views, your innovative proposals and experiences that show how family farmers can break out of the poverty trap and increase their resilience.
Some countries are experiencing strong economic growth, even as food and nutrition insecurity increase. Conflicts over resources (land, water, and biodiversity) and degraded resource bases often threaten the poor and the marginalised who are directly dependent on these resources.
Poverty is not just about a lack of money. It has as much to do with people’s asset base in a much broader sense, and thus with power. Poverty is also about people’s capability to deal with situations of shock or stress – whether social, economic, political or physical. Poor people lack the resilience to effectively cope with these shocks. Over the last decade climate change has added to these problems, resulting in ever growing resilience deficits in rural communities.
How can poor people in rural areas break out of this vicious cycle? In the June 2014 issue of Farming Matters we will focus on how agro-ecological approaches strengthen the resilience of family farmers and help them break out of poverty. We will look at how agro-ecological farming practices and the social dimensions of family farming contribute to strengthening resilience and sustainable resource management. In so doing we examine the roles of young people and women and how policymakers, organisations and researchers can actively encourage the effective and widespread use of agro-ecological approaches as a way to address rural poverty. We welcome your contributions, with supporting evidence.
Articles for the June 2014 issue of Farming Matters should be sent to the editors before March 1st.

5) UK Government -- Research on Groundwater for the Poor in Sub-Saharan Africa
Three agencies of the UK government (DFID, NERC, and ESRC) are partners to support intl research that combines social and natural sciences to enable sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa (UPGro). Consortium proposals are invited for funding of up to £1·9 million for projects of up to four years.
Closing date for outline proposals: March 3

6) Commonwealth Foundation - Grants to Support Participatory Governance
Elegibility: registered & national civil society organizations in Commonwealth countries & territories. The theme is “Team Commonwealth,” aligned with the Foundation’s focus on participatory governance. This could include participatory governance in subjects related to natural resources, e.g., water, forests, etc. Grants are up to £30 thousand per annum for up to three years. The grants programme contributes to sustainable development in the context of effective, responsive & accountable governance with civil society participation. The programme brokers knowledge & ideas. It supports innovation & sharing of replicable & sustainable models, while promoting good practice in participatory governance.
Deadline for preliminary applications: March 3

7) Convergences World Forum: Building together tomorrow's world (Sep 8 - 10; Paris, France)
Since 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the UN defined the main guidelines of intl aid against poverty & inequalities around 8 main goals. Even if all the goals have not been reached, the intl community made great deal of efforts & permitted to reduce by half the extreme poverty in the world, to improve living standards of more than 200 millions of people living in slums & to give access to water to around 90% of the world’s population. In 2015 a new round of this global public policy will open & will have to anticipate the challenges for the 15 years to come. Going forward until 2030, this turning point will enable us to realize the social & environmental challenges we are still facing.
Respond online to the CfP before March 5th

8) The Biodiversity Foundation (Spain)
Grants for projects in biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable development. The Foundation supports conservation field projects, research, education and training, and public awareness in Spain and internationally. Each program component has a different application deadline.
Closing date for grants to support intl collaboration and activities: March 7

9) L'Agence Inter-établissements de Recherche pour le Developpement (AIRD) -- Young Research Teams, JEAI 2014
AIRD makes grants of up to €50 thousand for periods of three years to build the capacity of research teams in the developing world in collaboration with French partner organizations (CIRAD, université française, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, INSERM, IRD). Thematic areas include sustainable energy; water resources; climate change; ecosystems & biodiversity; agriculture & food safety; & several others.
Deadline for applications (French, English): March 7

10) New England Biolabs Foundation (NEBF)
The Foundation supports grassroots organizations & NGOs in selected countries of Central America, South America & West Africa, as well as locally (the North Shore of Massachusetts). Occasionally, grants are also made to organizations in Tanzania & Papua New Guinea. The maximum intl grant size is $10,000 with grants typically ranging from $3,000 to $8,000. Local grants range from $1,000-$5,000. Who Can Apply? Grassroots & community-based organizations (CBOs); Other non-profit, charitable organizations (NGOs); Emerging support groups
Next deadline for letters of inquiry: March 7

11) Latin American & Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) -- 18th Call for Grant Proposals
LACEEP is a capacity-building effort that provides research grants in environmental & resource economics to Latin American & Caribbean (LAC) researchers. It provides not only financial support but also close advice & follow-up by specifically appointed scientists, meetings, access to literature, publication outlets & opportunities for comparative research. The program is aimed at junior researchers who are citizens of any country in Latin America or the Caribbean, & who have prior training in economics. The research program focuses in general on applied, policy relevant research. There is widespread interest in minimizing pollution & resource degradation by ensuring that economic agents face the full economic, social & environmental costs of their activities. Proposed budgets should not exceed US$15 thousand for research projects of one year.
Deadline for preliminary proposals: March 11



12) Grand Challenges Canada / Stars in Global Health program: ROUND 7 – PHASE I
It is seeking ideas that use scientific, social, or business innovation to address some of the most pressing challenges in global health. Talented innovators in both low- and middle-income countries and Canada are invited to apply.
The focus of this call is not on the organization itself, but on the concept of social entrepreneurship in the proposal. The concept must be novel, bold, innovative, transformational and ‘outside-the-box’. Existing social entrepreneurial ideas are welcomed so long as there is a clear innovative (novel) component being introduced.
Proposals must include a two-minute video explaining the target global health problem, the proposed solution and why it is a creative, bold and innovative approach. The purpose of the video is to engage the public in global health and demonstrate the creativity of innovators. These videos will be posted on Grand Challenges Canada’s website for public viewing and comment.
Awards are initially valued at $100,000 CAD for up to 12–18 months to demonstrate proof of concept of the idea.
Phase I grantees who complete a minimum of nine months of their Grand Challenges Canada grant, complete their proof-of-concept projects and have solutions that are ready to transition to scale will be invited to submit Phase II – Transition to Scale proposals. The Phase II – Transition to Scale program will require 50% matching of funds through partnerships to be eligible for Grand Challenges Canada funding.
Deadline: Monday, March 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. ET
More information, including the request for proposals, application instructions, and frequently asked questions can be found at:

13) IDEALIST will launch a new network—online & on the ground, in cities, villages, schools & workplaces—that will help people everywhere connect & take action on any issue that concerns them, locally or globally, online & in person. The heart of this movement will consist of people all over the world who want to use every available tool—from social media to a bulletin board on a village tree—to inspire & catalyze action & collaboration in their own communities. If this is you—if you like new ideas & you enjoy connecting dots & people, join us! We'll start with a live online presentation, take your questions, & then start building this movement together. To accommodate people in every time zone, we'll do this twice: on March 11 at 17:00 GMT/UTC, & again at 04:00 GMT/UTC on March 12th.
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14) The Future of Mobile ICT & New Media in Africa - 3rd CMI/GTUC Intl conference (May 26 – 27; Accra, Ghana)
The conference on examines these issues regarding the development of mobile ICT & media – markets, regulations, business strategies – as well as issues relating to the use of mobile communications for economic, social, & human development. Participants will come from academia, business, public policy & regulation.
Abstracts deadline: March 14

15) 2014 Children's Media Conference (July 3 – 4; Sheffield, UK)
This annual event attracts over 900 children's media professionals every year. The conference is the only gathering in the UK for everyone involved in developing, producing & distributing content to kids – on all platforms. We welcome delegates from TV, interactive media, games, licensing, toys, radio, book & magazine publishing & the arts & culture sector – with speakers from all those areas & beyond. The Conference theme for 2014 is "Child@Heart" & we’re especially interested in research that pertains to children’s perspectives on media of all kinds; what makes up their daily lives, their attitudes, expectations, enthusiasms & ambitions? What do they want more of, are bored of, look forward to & expect from media?
Deadline for submissions: March 14

16) Intl Development Research Center (IDRC) -- Small Grants for Canadian Partnerships 2014-2015
IDRC (Canada) makes grants that support research, knowledge-building, & knowledge-sharing projects related to development. Grants also fund events & small dissemination activities & products. The program is open to local, regional, national, & intl organizations incorporated & headquartered in Canada. What do the grants fund? Research projects up to $60,000 or events & small dissemination activities & products up to $15,000
Next application deadline: March 18.

17) Economic Opportunities for Youth Request for Proposals
The MasterCard Foundation´s Economic Opportunities for Youth strategy aims to improve the capacity of young men and women to find quality employment, grow their businesses, access finance and expand the opportunities available to them. The Foundation’s projects are focused on both rural and urban areas in many countries.
The Foundation is inviting non-governmental organizations, financial service providers, as well as private sector and academic institutions to present collaborative models that will enable disadvantaged youth to build successful livelihoods. The areas of focus for this round will be in the agriculture/agribusiness sector in Ghana and Uganda, as well as the construction sector in Ghana.
The MasterCard Foundation is also committed to the principle of youth engagement and is seeking proposals that will demonstrate youth involvement in program design, implementation and evaluation.
Interested and qualified parties can review the Request for Proposals and are invited to submit an Expression of Interest by email to by March 5

18) LEAD India Fellowship program
You can apply if you:
- Are a dynamic mid-career professional under the age of 45 years, with a minimum of 7 years of experience
- Have a high level of commitment for environment and sustainable development
- Are eager to explore cross cultural and cross-sectoral environments
- Are willing to take up new challenges.
Selection process: Shortlisted candidates will need to undergo a workplace assessment and interview by an expert panel for the final selection.
Cost: INR 1.25 Lakh - This includes: Training fee & faculty; Study material; Boarding & Lodging; Local travel during sessions and site visits (after reaching the session locations)
Application deadline: March 15
For further details please visit

19) eChallenges e-2014 Conference and Exhibition (Oct 29-31st; Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Supported by the European Commission, focused on Applied ICT addressing major Societal Challenges, and showcasing strategic keynote presentations, technical and policy papers, case studies and workshops, eChallenges brings together senior representatives from leading commercial, government and research organisations around the world to share knowledge and experience, lessons learnt, good practice and innovation. Core Thematic Priorities:
Applied ICT addressing Societal Challenges
Emerging Technologies & Infrastructures
We are now inviting extended abstracts (1,200 - 1,500 words) for technical papers, visionary papers, business and government case studies. Proposals to arrange 90 minute thematically focused workshop sessions are also welcome. .
Submission deadline for Extended Abstracts: March 31

20) ISOC Community Grants Programme
It is one of the ways the Internet Society (ISOC) is ensuring the Internet is for everyone. Each year, a number of projects around the world receive funding from the ISOC to do everything from connecting Sri Lankan farmers with up-to-date sustainable agriculture information, to teaching ICT skills to at-risk youth in Africa, to working with local engineers to further their IPv6 implementation knowledge. These projects are planned and brought to life by our members. If you are an Internet Society chapter or individual member, you can submit your project idea and receive up to $10,000 USD. Funding will be provided to project proposals that are in line with the programme requirements, selection criteria, and can be completed in a period of 24 months. The Internet Society will not fund the entire cost of the project. At least 25% of the total budget for the project must be contributed from other sources. This contribution can include cash contributions or in-kind donations. In general, in-kind donations demonstrate a strong collaboration with partner organizations and are preferred over cash contributions. In-kind sources of funding are accepted, provided they are from other sources, rather than from the applicants themselves. Applicants ought to provide documentation to substantiate the contributions from other sources.
Project proposals must be submitted online via ZoomGrants by March 31st

21) Atlas Corps Fellowship for NGO Leaders in the United States
Atlas Corps is accepting fellowship applications from individuals around the world to serve in the United States as Atlas Corps fellow. The major aim of the fellowship program is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals.
The fellowship is awarded three times a year. Applicants can apply any time during the year, if one deadline is missed, the application is considered for another deadline.
Benefits to the fellows:
Visa Expenses (reimbursement)
Participation in One week orientation and Atlas Corps Nonprofit Management Series Training Program
Placed for 50-week volunteer position at a U.S. nonprofit organization
Health Insurance
Travel Expenses (economy class round trip from and to fellow’s home country and fellowship host city)
Living stipend
End of Service Award of $1,000.

January Fellowship – Deadline is 15 July of former year
May Fellowship – Deadline is 8 November of the former year
September Fellowship – Deadline is 22 March of the same year

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must have 2 or more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector.
Applicants must hold Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
Applicants must have English language proficiency and must be 35 years or younger.
U.S. citizens are not eligible for the U.S. Fellowship.
Applicants must be committed to return to her/his home country after the 6-18 month fellowship.
Applications must be submitted via online application system.
Application materials are – completed online application form, letters of recommendation (two to three).

Deadline: 22 March 2014

For more information, please visit

22) IGAD Grants on Regional Civil Society Drylands Governance Facility
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is inviting proposals for Regional Civil Society Drylands Governance Facility to implement projects during 2014-15. The major aim of the grant program is to support CSOs within the IGAD region to engage effectively with regional environment, water and natural resource governance issues in order to promote resilience in the drylands and to participate effectively in the IDDRSI.
Key Intervention and Priority Areas:
Access to natural resources particularly land, water, forests and pastures/rangelands
Sustainable Natural Resource Management in ASALs in particular Water Resource Management
Environment and sustainable livelihood development
Eligibility Criteria:
IGAD Region (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia) NGOs, CSOs and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
Lead applicant and partners shall be organizations and not an individual.
Applicant must be a legal entity of CSO/NGO organization established in accordance with National laws (registered at national and/or regional level) or has mandate to operate nationally or regionally in IGAD countries (e.g. be recognized by UN or other international organizations in countries with weak legal framework for CSOs).
Applicants must have sufficient technical and institutional capacity for the correct and smooth implementation of the project.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a track record of implementation of similar types of projects.
Applicants must have basic financial management and report writing skills.
Proposed project must fit broadly in the intervention areas of the Call.
Applicant should preferably have the capacity to implement cross border interventions and partnerships that bring together a range of well organized CSOs.
Applicant preferably is a consortium (maximum 3 partners) to leverage on capacities, economies of scale, regional integration and comparative advantage of the region.
Applicant should work within the defined intervention and priority areas of work.
Proposed project must be implemented in at least on the following IGAD Region Countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Somalia).
Deadline: March 27
For more information, please visit Call for Proposals at

23) Berghof Foundation’s Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation
Berghof Foundation is seeking proposals from all eligible organizations around the world for Innovation in Conflict Transformation Grant Program. The major purpose of this program is to generate new ideas about how National Dialogues provide a distinct approach and a means of political settlement during and after war or political crisis.
The maximum amount of funding per project is 50,000 EUR. The maximum project duration is limited to 24 months.
Eligibility & Criteria:
Organisations, as well as individuals, may apply;
There are no geographical restrictions on applicants;
Preference is given to projects that demonstrate a matching contribution of funds.
Deadline: March 31st
For more information, visit Application Process & Guidelines page at

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