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Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) 2024



Submission Deadline: June 16, 2024 (6:00 PM Indian Standard Time).

Call for MIDP Proposals*  |  Application Template  |  Guidelines for use of the Application Submission Portal  |  FAQs  |  TOR for MIDP Reviewers 
*Contains competition guidelines, eligibility and review criteria, application procedure, selection process and a detailed description of the theme

Sustainable Climate Action for Human-Centered Development


Under the Global Development Awards Competition 2024, the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) is an award program that invites non-profit NGOs and CSOs to submit project proposals supporting (in particular) improved service delivery, and innovative approaches that may be scaled-up through a grant. 

The award targets projects currently at the stage of implementation being on the ground at least since July 1, 2023, which have a high potential for impact targeting exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups located in developing countries - per the World Bank’s recognition as low- and middle-income countries.

The winning projects will receive grants worth US$ 125,000 in total. The two first-prize winners under each theme will receive a grant of US$ 50,000 each. The second prize will receive a grant of US$ 25,000. Additionally, awardees will be paired with a Technical Advisor throughout the entire implementation of the grant.

 The awards will be given to organizations whose projects embody an innovative approach to an important development need and hold the greatest promise for:

  1. Responding directly to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, underserved groups to improve their lives aiming at rapid results for improved livelihood;
  2. Supporting initiatives that lead to developing sustainable outcomes through the scaling-up of the project.


The JSDF award focuses on piloting socially innovative development projects that have been identified as having the potential for development impact and replicability through the MIDP Award. The objective of JSDF Award is to support community-driven development and poverty reduction programs that serve to enhance productivity, increase access to social and community services and infrastructure, and improve the living conditions of poor and vulnerable groups in eligible countries.

The two first-prize winners will compete for the JSDF award after a minimum of 12 months of implementation of their MIDP grant. GDN will review the suitability of the proposals for a much larger grant of up to US$ 200,000 within the framework of the World Bank-administered Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF).  


The 2022 edition introduced the Connector Grant which aims to stimulate international cooperation through the development of collaborative projects to support scale-up efforts with research-based evidence. The Connector grant will be awarded to ORD grantees, based on a project developed in collaboration with the MIDP grantees who received the JSDF grant. This grant will support the award recipients’ collaborative efforts towards measuring and analyzing scale-up impact, as well as to enhance the robustness of their M&E activities.


Are you part of a researcher from a low or middle-income country?

If yes, check the call for the 2024 edition of the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD).



  • Communications Training Consultant - View the ToR  |  Deadline: August 19, 2024

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