Wehubit has announced a Call for Proposals on “Climate Smart Agriculture” in order to increase the use and access to digital solutions offering better living conditions in the partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation.
The specific objective of this Call for Proposals is to increase Climate Smart Agriculture by means of digital solutions.
Sectors or Themes
The project must contribute to the specific objective of the Call for Proposals. It must also specifically show in detail that it is aligned with the guiding principles of the Wehubit programme:
- Alignment with the Digital for Development (D4D) strategy paper of the Belgian Development Cooperation;
- Promotion of digitization as a means to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals;
- Application of the 9 Principles for Digital Development;
- Ensure a Human Rights-based Approach (HRBA);
- Scaling up and replication of initiatives that have successfully passed a pilot phase. Innovation within these projects will be positively assessed.
Any grant application under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts: Minimum amount 50,000 EUR Maximum amount: 350,000 EUR
The programme will finance 90% of eligible expenditure presented in the final financial report of the project submitted. The beneficiary shall bear the remaining 10%.
The initial term of a project may not be less than 12 months, or exceed 36 month.
By way of example, Wehubit list the types of activities that are eligible:
- Development of digital solutions: geolocation technology, databases, big data, virtual reality, blockchain, gamification, social networks, etc.
- Capacity development: strengthening staff skills in the project’s technological and digital domain.
- Product development: adaptation/development of digital products in view of a development on a larger scale.
- Quality: implementation of quality improvement and control systems.
- Digital literacy: improving people’s skills in using digital tools and technologies.
- Data systems: using digital technology to improve the collection, management and use of data.
- Institutional technical assistance: supporting laws and regulations that improve access to digital technologies or their use. Participation to trade fairs: presentation at local, regional and European trade fairs of digital solutions developed by the project.
- Others: The relevance of these initiatives will be assessed by the selection committee, but like the above-mentioned activities, they must also contribute to the results to be achieved and to the project’s specific objective.
The relevance of the activities proposed will be assessed during selection committee meetings.
The projects must be implemented in one of the countries of the Belgian bilateral development cooperation: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Palestine, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda.
Applicants To be eligible for grants, the applicant must satisfy the following conditions:
- be a legal person;
- and be a public actor or be a private non-profit actor; and
- Applicant’s project needs to be implemented in at least one of the 14 partner countries of the Belgian bilateral cooperation: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Palestine, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda; and
- Applicant’s organisation (and co-applicant) needs to be established or represented in the country where the project is implemented. To Wehubit it means that applicants are locally registered with the authorities, that they have local staff and that they are directly implementing activities in the country.
- be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project with the coapplicant(s) and not be acting as an intermediary; and;
- have already managed a grant amounting to 40% of the amount applied for. A certificate of satisfactory performance signed by the donor constitutes proof thereof;
- dispose of financial statements certified by an independent body (audit or statutory commissioner). Those statements must not be older than 2 years The applicant may act on its own or with one or more co-applicants.
- The co-applicant(s) shall participate in specifying the implementation of the project, and the costs that they incur shall be eligible in the same way as those incurred by the applicant.
- The co-applicant(s) must satisfy the eligibility criteria which apply to the applicant itself. Except that they don’t need to prove that they have already managed a grant amounting to 40% of the amount applied for.
- The co-applicant(s) must sign the ‘Applicant’s declaration’ in Annexe A.2 – Grant application file of the 2nd round.
Dateline for submission: 21 February 2019
Illustration Photo: Extension Associate Professor John Lory talks about his study with a high-crop style tractor mounted with sensors to more accurately distribute nitrogen to row crops and forages. (credits: Kyle Spradley | © MU College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))