Expo 2020 Dubai: An International Call For ‘Best Practices for a Better 2030’

Deadline: 30 May 2019

Expo 2020 Dubai’s platform to showcase projects that have provided tangible solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. It will highlight simple but effective initiatives, which localise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and can be adapted, replicated, and scaled to achieve an enhanced global impact.

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The international call for projects aims to recognise and enhance the visibility of impactful and integrated development practices at Expo 2020, a global destination that expects to attract 25 million visits as well as worldwide media attention. Best practices will be spotlighted through projects, solutions, governance, know-how, services and products related to Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme of ’Connecting Minds, Creating the Future ’ and its subtheme of Opportunity.

For the purpose of this call, Expo 2020 Dubai defines ‘best practice’ as follows:

  • A simple, tangible and successful solution or initiative that has been implemented collaboratively by individuals, communities or agencies
  • An initiative that addresses integrated development challenges, highlighting the interconnected nature of interventions and how ripple effects play out
  • An initiative that can be adapted or replicated to scale globally for sustainable impact

Topical and Thematic Priorities for Bp2030

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Initiatives recognised under the Programme should relate to one of the five priority topics below, and touch on at least one of the cross-cutting themes and enablers for development.

Priority Topics

  1. Resilient habitats: Best practices related to this topic should therefore showcase effective approaches that strengthen the capacity of communities to adapt to new challenges (natural and manmade) and to better protect human, economic and natural assets across rural, peri-urban and urban areas, as well as in fluid and changing spatial contexts such as informal, nomadic, squatter, post-disaster, emergency and refugee settlements.
  2. Livelihoods and enterprise development: Best practices related to this topic should showcase effective solutions and approaches to developing value chains. They should also have the potential to support the establishment of new enterprises that offer and promote alternative employment and income opportunities, women in the workplace, enhanced competitiveness of products and services, and improved market access.
  3. Social development (health and/or education): Best practices related to this topic should respond to these challenges, showcasing approaches and innovations that enable access to reliable, affordable and appropriate healthcare (e.g. health systems, delivery of treatment, preventative medicine, nutrition, child health, maternal and new-born care, water, sanitation and hygiene, etc.) and/or education (e.g. primary, secondary and tertiary education, technical and vocational training, skills development, etc.), leading to improved health and education outcomes in disadvantaged populations.
  4. Water, food and energy security: Best practices related to this topic should showcase effective solutions and approaches to smart consumption patterns, resource management, alternative sources, optimal use of limited food and depleting water, and generating the energy required to meet increasing demand driven by 8 billionplus global inhabitants by 2030.
  5. Inclusive and sustainable service delivery: Best practices related to this topic should showcase effective solutions and approaches to inclusive service delivery that will endure in rural, peri-urban and urban areas, as well as in fluid and changing spatial contexts such as informal, nomadic, squatter, post-disaster, emergency and refugee settlements.

Cross-cutting Themes

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  1. Gender equality: Projects that demonstrate best practices for this theme should contribute to the achievement of parity and help bring gender equality into the mainstream.
  2. Climate change and disaster risk: Projects that demonstrate best practices for this theme should address and/or help communities to adapt to climate change and disaster risk, enabling them to become more resilient in the face of related challenges.
  3. Good governance and strong institutions: Projects that demonstrate best practices for this theme should contribute to the enhancement of governments and institutions and/or show how the improvement of such entities underlie their interventions.

Enablers for Development

  1. Innovation and technology for good: Projects that demonstrate best practices for this enabler should apply and promote new ways of doing things, harness technology to enable their interventions and/or show how technology can facilitate their goals.
  2. Access to finance: Projects that demonstrate best practices for this enabler should show how improved access to finance can facilitate their interventions, catalyse positive ripple effects (e.g., economic development, financial autonomy, etc.), and/or help to increase access to finance for their beneficiaries.

Recognition and Opportunities for Awardees

To provide support and visibility to awardees, Expo 2020 Dubai will offer:

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  • Opportunities to showcase projects through content or programming within the Opportunity Pavilion (20 October, 2020 to 10 April, 2021)
  • Exposure for projects on the official Global Best Practice Programme ‘Small Steps, Big Leaps’ webpage
  • Visibility at the Expo site’s Global Best Practice Area (a dedicated space will house selected projects on a rotational basis)
  • Opportunities to disseminate specific promotional materials during the World Expo (a select number of awardees will receive video coverage and others may be featured in print media)
  • Potential Communications support and media coverage before and during the World Expo
  • A paid visit to the Expo 2020 Dubai site during event time for one project representative to showcase and programme around the best practice project (includes flight and accommodation for the duration of participation)

Eligibility and Selection Procedures

Eligible Participants

  •  Participation will be based on principles of inclusion and diversity. Eligible candidates include governments of all nations, corporations and businesses, international organisations, public organisations or associations, universities and educational institutions, public-private partnerships, communities and entrepreneurs.

Submission of Proposals

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  • Proposals must be submitted using the online application form, which is available to download from bpp.expo2020dubai.com. A multimedia submission is recommended as part of the application. The deadline for proposal submissions is 30 May, 2019.

Admission Criteria

The eligibility of applications will be determined based on the following criteria:

  • Completeness of application – applications must be completed with all supporting materials
  • Coherence and convergence – applications should respond to one of the five priority topics, and must link to at least one cross-cutting theme and enabler for development
  • Integration – applications should reflect the integrated nature of development challenges and solutions, and touch on more than one SDG

Selection Criteria

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Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Sustainable impact – to what extent the application demonstrates a sustainable (project viability) and tangible impact (social, economic and/or environmental)
  • Transference – to what extent the application has the potential to be adapted, replicated and/or scaled up
  • Collaboration – to what extent the application highlights partnership and cooperation across and/or between actors (households, communities, organisations, etc.)
  • Creativity – how the application proposes to use art, film, storytelling, music, dance, culinary arts or other media to communicate the initiative creatively and effectively in programmatic design to ensure it is relatable for millions of visitors. Whether there is scope to apply original methods and tools to disseminate the initiative’s results through multiple platforms for different audiences

Final Evaluation

  • Submissions will be screened prior to evaluation to ensure balanced topical and regional representation, to gauge the candidate’s ability to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai, and to rule out conflict of interest.
  • Evaluation will be conducted by an International Selection Committee (ISC) comprising a Chairing Committee and Sub-Committees that correspond to each of the five priority topics. The ISC will consist of representatives from the international development community.
  • The final list of the selected BP2030 projects will be published online.

How to Apply

Applicants can download the application form via given website.

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