Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is inviting applicants for a program entitled “Boosting Collective Action for Improved Water Quality”.
SDC is looking at supporting projects that tackle water quality-related challenges of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) by working towards reducing water pollution from industrial sources.
The overall goal of the project should be to improve the overall health and environment of the target populations through sustainable management and monitoring of water-related pollution by industrial activities. This objective is based on the following outcomes:
- At regional level, sustainable water quality management of local industries is strengthened by developing and applying tools and processes for effective water stewardship within river basins at the regional or transboundary level.
- At local level, the hazardous ecosystem of SMEs (industry-people-environment ecosystem) is improved by reducing business impacts on water and the environment.
- SDC’s contribution will indicatively range between CHF 1’500’000 – CHF 2’000’000 for the first phase of the project.
- The annual contribution will decrease in the potential subsequent phase(s).
- The applying organizations should have the necessary expertise, capacity, network and experience and a strong track record in the field of water stewardship.
- Applications by consortiums, including different stakeholder groups with experience in the above mentioned fields and able to demonstrate the capacity to develop and implement projects of similar volume and complexity are encouraged to apply.
- In case of a multi beneficiary contribution (consortium), the lead organization is the coordinator of a consortium established between several applicants, submitting a joint proposal. The lead applicant will be the intermediary for all communication between the co-beneficiaries and the SDC and responsible for supplying all documents and information to the SDC.
Illustration Photo: Washing stations create a lot of waste water and coffee pulp. That pile of pulp in the background is thousands of pounds! The good thing about Buziraguhindwa, is they are handling their waste fairly well. The waste water is separated from the pulp which is super important so that the pulp does not start ferment and stink. In front of the pile of pulp, they are starting to build large compost bins that we are going to get worms for. The water pool in the foreground of this photo is the first of three pools designed to filter the waste water. (credits: counterculturecoffee / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))