The project “Development of export capacities on the banks of the Dniester”, implemented by UNDP Moldova with the financial support of Sweden and Great Britain Moldova, launches a grant program that will financially support two pilot initiatives to support the advancement of digital literacy for women and girls, especially those from disadvantaged groups (including Roma, people with disabilities, HIV, survivors of domestic violence, etc.), as well as on advancing access to STEM among women and girls on the left bank of the Dniester.
Proposals will be accepted from a consortium of civil society organizations (CSOs) and academia, schools or the private sector on the left bank, in partnership with CSOs, academia, schools or the private sector on the right bank of the river. The cross-border transfer of knowledge and skills is encouraged.
The project ideas may focus on:
- creating suitable STEM learning environments in selected universities, colleges, educational centers or schools through procurement of goods/equipment (i.e. IT class, equipment for laboratory, etc. );
- increasing public awareness of the importance of women and girls’ involvement in STEM education and their importance in leading the innovative economy;
- enhancing digital literacy training for girls and women especially for those from disadvantaged groups: including Roma, people with disabilities, HIV, survivors of domestic violence, living in rural areas, etc.;
- mobilize private sector actors to provide education and job internship opportunities for women in STEM/ICT-related careers;
- establishing a public-private partnership on STEM to strengthen the implementation of the strategic STEM directions and activities;
- other area related to promotion of women in STEM
The selected projects will receive support of up to 30,000 USD in the form of procurement of goods and services to be implemented for a period of maximum 12 months.
Project ideas meeting the following eligibility criteria will be admitted in the contest:
- application submitted by a civil society organisation from the left bank of the Nistru in consortium with: academia, schools, or private sector from the left bank in partnership with CSOs, academia, schools or private sector from the right riverbank;
- application foresees the allocation of at least 60% of the budget to STEM learning infrastructure improvements in selected universities, colleges, educational centers, or schools through procurement of goods/equipment (i.e. IT class, equipment for laboratory, etc. );
- one civil society organisation, as the main applicant, will be able to submit at most 2 (two) applications, involving different academia and/or schools.
Selection shall be based on such principles as merit, transparency, equality and rational use of funds. The evaluation of project proposals includes two stages:
- Stage I: Administrative verification. This stage will verify the eligibility of the submitted projects and that of the applicants, the available expertise of the main applicant, as well as the relevance and financial reliability of the budget. Only the projects that passed the administrative verification stage shall be admitted for the next evaluation stage.
- Stage II: Applications’ qualitative assessment. This stage is carried out by the Evaluation Committee based on the evaluation criteria. The applications receiving the highest scoring shall be recommended for financing and approval by the Project Steering Committee.
For more information, visit https://sc.undp.md/tnddetails2_1/2326/