The Global Development Network (GDN) invites non-profit Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from low and lower-middle-income countries to submit project applications within the following three themes for the 2021 edition of the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) 2021.
The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project is a competitive grant program under the umbrella of the Global Development Awards Competition, administered by GDN and funded by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan.
The Award targets projects currently at the stage of implementation, and which have a high potential for impact targeting exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups located in developing countries.
- Theme 1: Universal health coverage and COVID
- Theme 2: Community-driven, climate-related, disaster risk reduction in rural areas
- Theme 3: Quality urban infrastructure and community driven governance
- For each theme, the winning projects will receive grants worth US$ 45,000 and, in total; the MIDP category will award 9 grants worth US$ 135,000. The awards will be given to organizations whose projects embody an innovative approach to an important development need and hold the greatest promise for:
- responding directly to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, underserved groups to improve their lives aiming at rapid results for improved livelihood;
- supporting initiatives that lead to developing sustainable outcomes through the scaling-up of the project.
- Finalists will be invited to join communications training in preparation of a pitch of their project in front of a high-level Jury, which will decide which projects to award. A physical Award ceremony is planned in 2021, if conditions allow it.
- The two first prize winners under each theme will receive a grant of US$ 20,000 each. The second prize will receive a grant of US$ 5,000. In addition, the World Bank-administered Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) team will review the suitability of the proposals winning the First Prize for a much larger grant of up to US$ 200,000 under the auspices of the JSDF, one per theme.
- The MIDP Award is open to all development projects being implemented in low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries.
- Comply with the WB Environmental and Social Framework’s (ESF)and the Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs).
- The project must be managed by a non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) or Civil Society Organization (CSO) with its headquarters in one of the eligible countries.
- Projects must have started its implementation on 1st June 2020 or earlier to be considered eligible.
- Submissions concerning a recently started project or only a project idea or a feasibility or baseline study will not be considered.
- Submissions for funding conferences (either in part or in full) will not be considered.
- Applicants from previous years (except winners) may re-apply, but they must update the application to include new aspects of the project.
- Previous MIDP winners are not eligible to apply.
For more information, visit http://www.gdn.int/awards2021/MIDP