The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the Tadamon Accelerator Program for civil society organizations (CSOs) driving social impact through innovation, funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and implemented by UNDP Europe and Central Asia.
The Tadamon Accelerator uses the BOOST Accelerator methodology, launched by UNDP in 2020, and brings this innovative accelerator to CSOs that are part of the Tadamon Community. Their goal is to leverage this successful experience and offer an innovation acceleration programme to Tadamon Members.
- The Tadamon Accelerator is an acceleration program for civil society organizations (CSOs) driving social impact through innovation, funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and implemented by UNDP Europe and Central Asia. Their open call defines three (3) specific development challenges that the innovations should address.
- The Tadamon Accelerator seeks to strengthen innovation ecosystems in selected OIC Countries and forter an innovative mindset among CSOs that are part of the tadamon community.
- The Tadamon Accelerator aims to transform the way CSOs work and approach existing development challenges, promoting a new innovative mindset, establishing partner networks, and introducing problem-solving methodologies. To achieve this Tadamon Accelerator will partner with StartUpGrind to deliver the training and mentoring of CSOs using the BOOST Methodology developed by UNDP’s Innovation team. The BOOST “model” applies systems thinking by listening, making sense of what is emerging, and generating actionable intelligence about complex development challenges.
Tadamon Accelerator challenges CSOs to come up and develop new innovations around three main thematic areas. Participants are allowed to select one or more of these innovation areas, along which to develop their innovation, and it is strongly encouraged to have a cross-sectoral approach. Thematic Areas:
- Emergency medical response through CSOs (Respond)
- Education in Emergency (Respond)
- Build community resilience (Response)
The maximum number and amount of grants is communicated when launching the Tadamon Accelerator open call. Total grant value of US$ 460,000 to be distributed by UNDP in the following format, based on performance and final pitches of participating CSO, starting from US$ 10.000 up to US$ 40.000:
- First 3 get US$ 40,000 = US$ 120,000
- 3 get US$ 30,000 = US$ 90,000
- 6 get US$ 20,000 = US$ 120,000
- 13 get US$ 10,000 = US$ 130,000
- UNDP, IsDB and ISFD agree on eligibility criteria during the conceptualization phase of co-designing new calls for innovations. Applicants may include Civil Society Organizations that are members on The Tadamon Platform including social enterprises, non-profit organizations, philanthropies, and academic institutions. Applying organizations must sign up and meet the criteria for membership on Tadamon Platform.
- At the stage of applying, and regardless of organization type, the applicants must present an innovation addressing the call’s defined development challenge. The innovation should have a potential for financial sustainability and scaling. Furthermore, the applicants should engage users, partners, and stakeholder in the development of their innovation, ensuring viability in its specific context.
- Tadamon Accelerator is a regional acceleration program, implemented by UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub,in partnership with ISDB and ISFD as part of the ISDB-ISFD NGO Empowerment for Poverty Reduction Program, that aims at increasing the role of the Civil Society Organizations in contributing to the socio-economic development of the member countries the Organisation of ISlamic Cooperation (OIC). Within this framework CSOs that are part of OIC Member Countries that have officially endorsed the program will be eligible to apply to the Tadamon Accelerator. Applicants must be operating and registered within these countries. Innovations should focus on addressing development challenges in one or more of the countries listed.
- Countries and territories currently covered the IsDB-ISFD NGO Empowerment for Poverty Reduction Program: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Benin, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Palestine (PAPP), Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.
For more information, visit https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=90938