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World Bank Maldives seeks applications for Civil Society Fund 2010

February 26, 2010

Male, February, 26, 2010: The World Bank Maldives Office invites registered civil society organizations in Maldives to submit applications for the Civil Society Fund (CSF) 2010.

The theme for the Civil Society Fund 2010 (CSF 2010) will be “Development and Climate Change – Building Community Resilience”. Applications are sought for projects that will propose innovative mechanisms to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change through community based initiatives related but not limited to sustainable agricultural practices at the household level, water management and managing solid waste. 

“It is encouraging to see the Leadership in Maldives taking numerous progressive steps to make the country carbon neutral by 2020. Through the Civil Society Fund, we invite Civil Society Organizations to Act now, Act together with the Government and Act Differently to adapt and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change” said Naoko Ishii, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives, echoing the key messages from the World Bank flagship publication, World Development Report 2010, Development and Climate Change.

Two grants of US$ 12,500 will be awarded to the most innovative proposals.

Applicant organizations are asked to describe how a grant from the World Bank might help them to raise matching funds from other development partners. A cash or in-kind counterpart from the applicant-organization of, at least, 20 percent of total cost required and should be reflected in the proposed budget.

 Projects will be assessed by their:

  1. Effectiveness: ability to demonstrate sustainability of proposed activities through collaborations with other public/private sector organizations.
  2. Feasibility: show a practical approach with a realistic timeline and budget.
  3. Organizational Capacity: indicate the skills and capability of the organizations staff and any previous experience of handling a similar project of equal size and scale.
  4. Credibility of the organization in the community.
  5. Significance: Ability of the project to make a difference to the community it proposes to support and a clear mechanism to report expected results.

Please note that the CSF cannot fund research programs, formal academic training programs, operational projects, ongoing institutional core support (such as equipment unrelated to the activity), scholarships, fellowships, study programs, individuals applying on their own behalf, or organizations not categorized as civil society organizations. Proposed activities should not compete with or substitute for regular World Bank instruments; they should be clearly distinguishable from the Bank’s regular programs.

All applicants must be registered civil society organizations in Maldives of good standing and have a record of achievement in the community and a record of financial probity. The Fund will only accept one application from an organization.

Applications for the Civil Society Fund and a small booklet titled “Short Course on Proposal Writing” in English will be available at the reception of the World Bank Male Office.

The deadline for submission of applications: March 30, 2010.

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