The Global Development Awards Competition is administered by GDN, funded under the Policy and Human Resources Development Fund (PHRD) trust fund managed by the World Bank, and generously supported by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan.
The 2021 edition of the Global Development Awards Competition will feature two categories:
The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (2021)
The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) is a competitive research grant program that identifies and funds outstanding research proposals that have a high potential for excellence in research and clear policy implications for addressing development issues in low and middle-income countries (World Bank definition).
The Global Development Network (GDN) invites researchers from low-income or middle-income countries to submit research proposals within the theme, ‘International trade and the promotion of biodiversity.’
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The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (2021)
The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) is a competitive grant program that supports non-profit Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in low or lower-middle-income countries (World Bank definition) to recognize the innovative approach of their projects. The first prize winner is also eligible to compete under the Japan Social Development Fund for an additional grant of up to US$ 200,000 to pilot their innovative work at a larger scale.
The Global Development Network (GDN) invites non-profit NGOs and CSOs from low and lower-middle-income countries to submit project applications within the following three themes: ‘Universal health coverage and COVID,’ ‘Community-driven, climate-related, disaster risk reduction in rural areas’ and ‘Quality urban infrastructure and community driven governance.’
The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project is a competitive grant program under the umbrella of the Global Development Awards Competition, administered by GDN and funded by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan. The Award targets projects currently at the stage of implementation, and which have a high potential for impact targeting exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups located in developing countries.
GDN invites non-profit Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from low and lower-middle-income countries to submit project applications within the following three themes for the 2021 edition of the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) category of the Awards:
Theme 1: Universal health coverage and COVID
Theme 2: Community-driven, climate-related, disaster risk reduction in rural areas
Theme 3: Quality urban infrastructure and community driven governance
For each theme, the winning projects will receive grants worth US$ 45,000 and, in total, the MIDP category will award 9 grants worth US$ 135,000. The awards will be given to organizations whose projects embody an innovative approach to an important development need and hold the greatest promise for:
I. responding directly to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, underserved groups to improve their lives aiming at rapid results for improved livelihood;
II. supporting initiatives that lead to developing sustainable outcomes through the scaling-up of the project.
Finalists will be invited to join a communications training in preparation of a pitch of their project in front of a high-level Jury, which will decide which projects to award. A physical Award ceremony is planned in 2021, if conditions allow it.
The two first prize winners under each theme will receive a grant of US$ 20,000 each. The second prize will receive a grant of US$ 5,000. In addition, the World Bank-administered Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) team will review the suitability of the proposals winning the First Prize for a much larger grant of up to US$ 200,000 under the auspices of the JSDF, one per theme. The last date for submission of the online registration form in the MIDP application template and other supporting documents is 9 June 2021 (Indian Standard Time 6:00 PM).