Deadline: 20 March 2018
The Positive Action Challenges in collaboration with TBA is seeking applications for its #EndFGM Challenge. This challenge is looking for innovative interventions to bring about a sustained change in attitudes and social norms towards ending FGM/C.
This challenge is looking for interventions that can demonstrate they have effected a sustained change in attitudes and social norms at community level towards ending the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting. This includes the attitudes of practitioners, boys and men, families, community leaders and the broader community.
Indicators of success include reported change in attitude, reduction in cutting, practitioners taking on a new role in the community and uncut girls not experiencing social or economic disadvantages or discrimination as a result of not being subject to the practice. Additionally, young parents not allowing their daughters to be cut, young men expressing their interest in marrying uncut women and influential community figures declaring their support for total abandonment are meaningful indicators.
Up to three $25,000 prizes are available.
- Positive Action Challenges are open to any applicant who is
- an individual, under 18 are eligible to participate in any Challenge unless prohibited by applicable law;
- a group of individuals;
- one or more public or private entities, including, without limitation, universities, academic institutions, not-for-profit entities and private sector organisations.
- Unless otherwise restricted by the Challenge, the Applicant may be from any geographic area.
- The Applicant must comply with these Challenge Rules and all funding rules associated with any Challenge prizes.
- The Applicant may not be a healthcare provider who is qualified to prescribe medicinal products or directly or indirectly influence the use of such products.
- In the event the Applicant is a governmental entity or a governmental employee, ViiV Healthcare reserves the right to conduct an evaluation to ensure Applicant’s eligibility with these Challenge Rules and any applicable Challenge criteria.
- In addition, ViiV Healthcare reserves the right to evaluate the eligibility of any government official or the eligibility of Applicants that reside in a jurisdiction that restricts or prohibits contests.
- The Applicant, including each individual member of an Applicant group, may not be an employee of ViiV Healthcare or any of its affiliates, a judge of the Challenge in question, or any other party involved with the design, production, execution or distribution of the Challenge or a member of the household of such an individual.
- The Applicant must not be or have a member who is currently on the Excluded Parties List maintained by the United States government.
- There is no maximum team size.
- Each Applicant must assign at least one named team leader.
- If Applicant teams include members under 18 years of age, those members are required to submit a Parent Consent Form signed by a parent or legal guardian.
In evaluating Entries and determining winners of the challenge prizes, the Judges will apply the following core criteria. Additional criteria may be applied on a Challenge-by-Challenge basis and will be defined as such in the ‘Challenge Details’ section of the website. Winners will be determined by the date indicated in the applicable Challenge, or if not indicated, no more than six months from the Development Phase deadline.
- People Centred – Winning Entries may focus on a process, technology or other system, but the ultimate benefit must be measurable in terms of impact on people’s lives. Must ensure privacy, demonstrate an ability to not perpetuate stigma associated with HIV and enhance active community participation in solution development, where possible.
- Replicable – Entries can be replicated and adapted by others at low cost to ensure broader implementation and uptake as quickly as possible in similar settings.
- Scalable – Entries must demonstrate how they can be scaled beyond pilot programmes to large-scale responses that can be implemented at greater/national scale.
- Sustainable – Entries must demonstrate how they are implementable in the longer term (beyond the lifecycle of any prize funding awarded) using the resources that already exist or which can be incremental to existing service delivery at low cost.
- Affordable – Entries must demonstrate affordability (low-cost or no-cost to the end users) within resource limited settings or other similar settings as detailed in the individual Challenges.
- Achieving substantive change – Successful Entries are expected to change the thoughts, processes and other barriers that prevent people living in resource limited settings from receiving the best care possible within the resources (financial and other) available, demonstrating a clear benefit to the people and systems targeted.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply online via given website.
For more information, please visit #EndFGM Challenge.