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).
The last date for submission is 9 June 2021 (Indian Standard Time 6:00 PM).
● Deadline for submissions: 9 June 2021
● Announcement of Eligibility screening results: 14 June 2021
● Announcement of Desk review results (1st shortlisted applications): 30 June 2021
● Announcement of Business review results (2nd shortlisted applications): 16 July 2021
● Site visits to 2nd shortlisted applications: 19 July until 13 August 2021
● Announcement of finalists: 15 September 2021
● Announcement of winners: 24 October 2021
Finalists are expected to be available during the following periods
- 20-21 October 2021 – Communications training
- 22-24 October 2021 – Session at the physical event for the presentation of their projects to the jur
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