Elrha has launched the Innovation Challenge to Increasing the Meaningful Participation of People with Disabilities and Older People in Humanitarian Action.
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- Address both elements of the Challenge, ie. propose an innovative mechanism for meaningful participation and an innovative method of assessing its effectiveness. Address both elements of the Challenge, ie. propose an innovative mechanism an innovative method of assessing its effectiveness. They are open to any types of mechanisms, but expect to see innovative mechanisms that involve community-led participation toolkits for staff, novel approaches to accessible communication and facilitation, and methods that also address the enablers of participation, such as awareness of rights and self-empowerment.
- Have strong, meaningful partnerships between representative organisations (OPDs and OPAs) and humanitarian actors. Have strong, meaningful partnerships between representative organisations (OPDs and OPAs) and humanitarian actors. The involvement of OPDs and OPAs is key to enabling inclusion and they often have valuable expertise for the humanitarian community.
- Are implemented as part of any type of programme or cluster area in a specific humanitarian setting. Are implemented as part of any type of programme or cluster area in a This includes, but is not limited to: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Shelter, Food security, Health or Education programming, as well as in cross-cutting programmes such as feedback mechanisms.
- Are committed and open to sharing ongoing progress and lessons learned with a cohort of grantees and peers.
- Elrha have a total budget of 900,000 GBP available for this Challenge.
- From this, they envisage funding a selection of projects with varying budgets, generally between 150,000 and 300,000 GBP. Please consider the range provided as suggestive and align proposed budgets and timelines with your project’s ambition.
- Each project is expected to last between 15 and 20 months. All project-related activities must be completed by 30 September 2022. The total duration of projects should cover all activities including the implementation/piloting of the proposed participation mechanism, assessing its effectiveness, and the sharing of lessons learned with other innovators selected for this Challenge, as well as with the broader humanitarian sector.
- The lead applicant organisation must be a legally registered entity (ie, civil society organisation – including representative organisations, international non-governmental organisation, national non-governmental organisation, academic/research institution, government, private company, Red Cross/ Red Crescent movement, United Nations agency or programme). Applicants are expected to provide relevant evidence (eg, registration document) at the EoI stage.
- Your application must propose for enabling people with disabilities and older people to meaningfully participate in humanitarian decision-making, and an innovative method for assessing the effectiveness of their proposed mechanism for participation. Both innovations can be at the Invention (entirely new) or Adaptation (adapted from a different context or sector) stage of humanitarian innovation.
- Your application must consist of a partnership with at least one operational operational humanitarian organisation and at least one OPA or OPD working in the place of implementation (either can be the lead applicant) humanitarian organisation and OPA or OPD working in the place . You are not expected to have confirmed partnerships in place for the EoI stage, but you will be expected to provide evidence to demonstrate partnerships by the Full Proposal stage – such as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or similar. While an MoU isn’t legally binding, it can help agree common ground and they encourage you to use one as a foundation to build an equitable partnership from.
- Your project must recognise that disability and older age intersect and focus on increasing the meaningful participation of both older people and people with disabilities. older people and people with disabilities. They recognise that older people and people with disabilities are diverse and may experience distinct barriers to inclusion, but are also confident that exploring and innovating to overcome barriers faced by both people with disabilities and by older people can be beneficial in driving more inclusive practice for a diverse range of people across humanitarian action.
- You are expected to implement your participation mechanism across (eg, design/development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation The stage names provided here are indicative; they recognise that different organisations may have different names for the stages framing their work. ) and clearly explain what the stages are and why these were chosen.
- Your proposed mechanism for participation should be implemented in a humanitarian setting as part of an existing humanitarian programme. The mechanism may be part of a ‘Twin-track’ approach CBM (2020) “Twin track approach” and may be implemented in more than one programme
- If your application is successful, you will be expected to take part in four or five HIF-facilitated engagements throughout the grant period to openly share lessons learned with the Challenge cohort. At least one representative from your project must join these sessions.
For more information, visit https://www.elrha.org/funding-opportunity/innovation-challenge-meaningful-participation/