Innovation Call for Proposal 2020
Stronger Partnerships: Local Innovations for New Climate Realities in Cities

The Innovation Call for Proposals 2020 is now closed for submissions.

Selected proposals will be announced in June 2020.

The Cities Alliance has launched an Innovation Call for Proposals to award small grants to advance affordable, accessible and innovative climate adaptation concepts, products and processes at the community level, and foster dialogue and engagement between local communities and local governments.

 

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Climate change is increasingly affecting cities in a variety of ways: among the impacts are an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as heatwaves or heavy rains, causing landslides and flooding. These impacts are a reality acknowledged by major global agreements. Still, a breakthrough in efforts to effectively mitigate the predicted increase in temperature is lacking.


Meanwhile, people in rapidly urbanising countries are beginning to bear the burden of global warming, especially the poorest, who are the least responsible for these effects. This comes in addition to existing social inequalities that are increasing the exposure to and vulnerability of the poorest communities to the effects of climate change, while also being aggravated by them.

 

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Enhancing Climate Adaptation: The Case for the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) and the Bay of Bengal (BoB)

The Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) and the Bay of Bengal (BoB) are considered two of the world’s most vulnerable regions to these impacts. In the GHA, droughts and torrential rainfall with heavy runoff and flooding have already become more frequent and scientific predictions suggest that the region will be hotter and drier with increased extreme events. Similarly, the littoral countries of Bangladesh and Myanmar will be highly affected by anticipated climate-induced events, such as more frequent and severe tropical storms and cyclones, heavy rains, coastal erosion, and sea-level rise.


Such disruptive events have deep impacts on societies and economies, exacerbating the vulnerability of low-income households and, in particular, of those living in informal settlements and/or working in the informal economy. Being characterized by inadequate housing conditions and access to basic public services, and most often located in hazardous urban environments, informal settlements are highly susceptible to climate change risks. At the same time the informal economy, which plays a substantial role within socio-economic systems by providing employment, goods and services for communities, is most often unable to absorb climate-related shocks.


Facing high levels of socio-economic vulnerability due to fast-growing populations and high levels of informality, both GHA and BoB have limited capacity to prevent or reduce climate change effects. There is an urgent need to respond to these threats by reducing the vulnerability and risk exposure of residents – which makes the case for improved resilience and climate adaptation  at the local level.

 

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Local Level Adaptive Solutions: A Call for Action

Climate adaptation actions take many forms, such as the creation of climate-resilient livelihoods, climate disaster risk reduction, enhancement of adaptive capacity, and addressing poverty, vulnerability, and their structural causes. For example, the establishment of early warning systems could enhance the adaptive capacity of urban populations, while flood-proofing and protection could save life and property.

Adapting to climate change will require innovation, creativity, experimentation and, above all, partnerships.

Responding to climate change at the local level will require both local authorities and communities to work together. Harnessing knowledge and diversity from within local communities and matching with the legal mandates of local governments enables the creation of interventions more aligned with experienced realities and the identification of new approaches.

The urban poor, being in the frontline of impacts and disproportionally affected by climate change, need to be enabled to implement actions to cope with these impacts, while taking advantage of the benefits and opportunities brought by such interventions. With a focus on communities in informal settlements, this initiative aims to bridge this gap by supporting the urban poor to prepare for climate change impacts, while creating opportunities to improve their living conditions and fully enjoy the right to the city.

(Climate) adaptation is defined as the “adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities”
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

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The Innovation Call for Proposals 2020 is now closed for submissions.

 

To support the urban poor prepare for climate change impacts while creating opportunities to improve their current living conditions, and in line with the Year of Action launched by the Global Commission on Adaptation to accelerate climate adaptation, the “Stronger Partnerships: Local innovations for new climate realities in cities” Innovation Call for Proposals aims to advance affordable, accessible and innovative climate adaptation concepts, products and processes at the community level, and foster dialogue and means of engagement between local communities and local governments.

 

We see innovation as the development of concepts, products and processes that are either new in absolute terms or a novelty in their application and adaptation to a different context.


Due to their high level of vulnerability to climate exacerbations, this call targets urban communities in two sub-regions, the Greater Horn of Africa - comprised of Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda - and the Bay of Bengal, with a focus on Bangladesh and Myanmar.


Applications are sought from community-based organisations, national and local NGOs and not-for-profit organizations working in the above-mentioned countries. This call is funded by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and supported by BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), both Cities Alliance members.

 

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Eligibility

Scope. Proposed projects must meet the objectives of the chosen theme of promoting Public Community Partnerships for climate adaptation in informal settlements. Projects must work with community input and involvement and clearly demonstrate how they will directly benefit the community involved.


Target organisations. Community-based organisations, national and local NGOs and other not-for-profit organizations working at the city and community level. This call does not fund for-profit organizations, individuals nor the local offices or affiliates of international organisations.


Fiduciary requirements. Organisations must have been legally registered for at least 6 months  and must have or should be able to open a bank account in the name of the organisation (the registration date should be on or before 01 October 2019). 


Geographic scope. Projects can take place in any of the following countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Bangladesh and Myanmar.


Funding. Funding can be requested for grants between USD 25,000 and USD 30,000.


Project duration. Funding is available for projects with a duration of up to 08 months.


Language. Applications must be submitted in English.


Applications: Applications must provide all the information and support documentation requested. 


Entities on the UN Sanction Lists are ineligible to apply.

 


 

How to Apply



Format. All proposals must be submitted in English via the online application form

Deadline. All proposals must be submitted before 30 March 2020, 14:00 Central European Time. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Completeness. Applications must provide all the requested information and support documentation. Applications must be submitted with two attachments:

(1) project budget sheet; and

(2) legal registration certificate of the organisation applying for the grant.

 


 

Questions / Clarifications


Please read the Call Guidelines and our FAQ.


If you cannot find the answer to your question, please submit a request for clarification about this grant opportunity to Innovation@citiesalliance.org. We will accept question/clarification requests until 20 March 2020.

We will post our answers to the requests for clarification about this grant opportunity on our website on 13 March and 23 March 2020.

 

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[1] Please note, in this call, we prioritise organisations that are rooted in their community and operate with community input, involvement, and investment, embracing the community as an integral part of their success. We also prioritise small organisations that do not have access to large government, corporate or private funding sources, and for whom a small grant from Cities Alliance could make a significant impact.

(Climate) adaptation is defined as the “adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities”
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The Innovation Call for Proposals 2020 is now closed for submissions.

 

Compulsory document that needs to be filled out and attached to your application:

 

Detailed requirements and clarifications:

 

Visibility products and report templates:

 

Documents to further strengthen your project proposal:

 

Other supporting documents:

(Climate) adaptation is defined as the “adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities”
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)