Call for Proposals- The Data for Development Innovation Fund : The Data for Development Innovation Fund is being managed by The Asia Foundation and Development Initiatives under their Data for Development in Nepal (D4D) Program with funding from UK Aid. The D4D Program aims to improve the sharing and use of data to inform decision-making, implementation and monitoring of development efforts. The D4D Program has a specific focus on promoting open data as a tool for supporting evidence-based development. Through the D4D Program, the Asia Foundation and Development Initiatives want to contribute to the increased demand, supply and use of open data by government, civil society, and the private sector.
The Data for Development in Nepal (D4D) Program invites proposals from interested and eligible organisations for the Data for Development Innovation Fund.
Through the Data for Development Innovation Fund, locally-led innovations that improve the use of (open) data to address development challenges will be supported. In addition to funding, awardees of the Innovation Fund will receive strategic guidance to support the development of sustainable, user-centered and problem-focussed innovations that are well-placed to demonstrate impact. Through this, the D4D Program aims to strengthen local leadership and momentum on the (open) data for development agenda and support the development of new solutions, approaches, tools, skills and open datasets. The Innovation Fund ultimately aims to improve the use of data in Nepal to inform decision-making, target interventions, monitor progress, improve accountability and evaluate development outcomes.
This is the second year that the D4D Program has run an Innovation Fund. In 2017 the Innovation Fund focussed on open data and made five awards. Awardees were 1) an initiative aimed at improving disability inclusion through the development of a disability data portal; 2) a tool to support the statistical analysis of government data; 3) an initiative aimed at improving agricultural decisions through the generation and opening of hyper-local weather data; 4) an initiative at improving fiscal accountability through the development of a taxation data portal; and 5) a platform to improve the accuracy of health targets through population modelling based on demographic data.
The Data for Development Innovation Fund Awards
The Data for Development Innovation Fund will award a total amount of $30,000, divided between 3-5 projects. Awards made under the Data for Development Innovation Fund will be for a maximum of $10,000 per project.
Who can apply?
Nepali civil society organisations, academic organisations, companies, and media organisations can apply. The Data for Development Innovation Fund is for organisations who do not have alternative sources of funding (such as unrestricted grant funding or re-investable profit) available to them to take forward their ideas. An organization may propose more than one idea, but the Innovation Fund will support only one innovation per organization. Awardees of the previous 2017 Open Data Innovation Fund are not eligible to apply.
Interested to apply?
To apply please complete the proposal template outlined below (Page 5, 6 and 7). The proposal must be submitted in Word format and sent via email to D4Dnepal@gmail.com
The application must be submitted by Sunday – October 21st, 2018 at 5 pm.