The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) in Belize, invites local eligible civil society organizations involved in Community Landscape and Seascape Conservation, and stewardship of natural resources in Belize to submit project proposals.
South-South cooperation (SSC) is a broad framework for collaboration among countries of the South in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains. Involving two or more developing countries, it can take place on a bilateral, regional, sub-regional or interregional basis. Developing countries share knowledge, skills, expertise and resources to meet their development goals through concerted efforts.
The UN defines it as “a process whereby two or more developing countries pursue their individual and/or shared national capacity development objectives through exchanges of knowledge, skills, resources and technical know-how, and through regional and interregional collective actions, including partnerships involving Governments, regional organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector, for their individual and/or mutual benefit within and across regions. South-South cooperation is not a substitute for, but rather a complement to, North-South cooperation”. Collaboration in which traditional donor countries and multilateral organizations facilitate South-South initiatives through the provision of funding, training, and management and technological systems as well as other forms of support is referred to as triangular cooperation (TrC).
The SSC objective is to support the replication and scaling up of tried, tested and successful environmental practices or technologies that produce global environmental benefits and sustainable development across SGP countries and regions, in line with the OP6 Strategic Initiatives and the associated innovation programmes. The GEF SGP South-South Community Innovation Exchange Platform aims to promote knowledge exchange between GEF SGP countries to encourage cross country/region replication of good practices. The rationale for this is to be able to produce high impact and scaling up of the innovations and practices developed by GEF SGP grantees, as well as other CSOs at the regional level, as currently all grant making, and associated knowledge exchange happens at the national level. The organization that receives the grant should have the capacity to not only replicate but become a trainer of trainers and center of excellence in the methodology or technology.
Is your organization legally registered and in good standing (in Belize)?
a) National or local non-governmental organization (NGO) with local Board of Directors,
b) Community-based organization (CBO),
c) Women`s Group or Youth Group,
d) Recognized indigenous umbrella or grassroots organization or
e) Local cooperative or association?
Then you are eligible to apply.
Project proposals must address one or more of the following:
South-South Cooperation Exchanges across regions, support second tier organizations that can help replicate the solution to several communities/organizations in the receiving country, and exchanges that consider mutual exchanges where the two countries could share and learn relevant solutions. Capacity development, innovation, policy influence, project sustainability, potential for replication, upscaling, mainstreaming, and gender considerations are highly desirable, and will be considered during the proposal review process by the National Steering Committee.
Eligible Organizations should prepare a project proposal using the standard GEF SGP proposal format with detailed logical framework. The eligible organization must ensure that their proposed ideas are aligned to the GEF SGP Operational Phase 6 Country Programme Strategy.
One (1) Strategic Project of US$150,000.00 will be awarded to an eligible organization that meets the eligibility criteria and with strong replication/scaling up impact with the GEF SGP Mauritius Country Programme. The closing date for submission of Project Proposals is 16th October 2020 at 17:00 hours. Complete signed project proposals with supporting letters from relevant partner agencies should be delivered electronically to email@example.com or to the UNDP GEF SGP Country Office (P.O. Box 53, Third Floor Lawrence Nicholas Building, South Ring Road, City of Belmopan); and addressed to:
The National Coordinator
GEF Small Grants Programme
(This opportunity is funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme)