The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark: Inviting applications for ‘Danida Market Development Partnerships’ to contribute to sustainable economic growth in developing countries within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Funding brief: The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently accepting proposals for its 2018 Danida Market Development Partnerships (DMDP) with an aim to contribute to sustainable economic growth in developing countries within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Partnerships programme features an innovative approach to involvement of the business sector and contributes to motivating and mobilizing investments from the private sector.

DMDP promotes commercially oriented partnerships that contribute to market development and promote local economic growth and employment in developing countries.

The overall objective of DMDP is:
● To contribute to sustainable economic growth in developing countries within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. Several SDGs may be relevant to consider depending on the nature of the individual partnership project. However, SDG 8 is seen as a key goal for the DMDP and all partnership projects must contribute to this goal.
● The capability of projects to promote human rights, gender equality and generate positive environmental impacts will receive particular attention in the assessment of proposals.
● When using donor funds for supporting partnerships involving private business, there is a need to demonstrate that the intervention would not have happened, or would not have been as successful, without the DMDP contribution. In other words, that there is an additional effect of the support provided. The projects supported under DMDP will link more specifically to the overall DMDP results framework.

Projects should feed into the overall dmdp results framework, which consists of five key indicators:
● Number of decent jobs for women, men and youth
● Number of beneficiaries with increased income opportunities from improved market linkages
● Commercial viability of the project’s business case (long-term sustainability)
● Awareness of responsible business conduct and capacity to work with RBC in the partnerships
● Investment leverage (additional capital raised) On top of this, each project will have more project specific outcomes related to e.g. environment, farming practices etc., all with direct links to the SDGs.

The indicators may be subject to adjustments based on the experience from ongoing phases.

Donor Name: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Funding name: Danida Market Development Partnerships

Deadline: The 2018 call for proposals to Danida Market Development Partnerships (DMDP) has been launched with deadline for submission of concept note applications 16th, August.

Funding details link:

Funding limit: Applicants will submit a concept note and may apply for a total grant of minimum DKK 5 million and maximum DKK 8 million for the partnership project. In the concept note the applicants can apply for up to DKK 500,000 (of the total grant) to cover project development costs including studies, partner visits etc. during the project development period.

The concept note must include an estimate of the total budget, subject to revision, and a more detailed budget in the full project proposal. See the application forms for preparation of budgets.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Projects may run from 3-5 years.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Working together through partnerships is a requirement for qualifying for support and an opportunity for businesses and various types of non-commercial partners to combine knowhow and resources. While the potential for deeper impact is obvious, it is recognized that working in partnerships can be a complex process in terms of building a joint understanding and vision. DMFA will therefore attach particular attention to assessing the partner consortia in terms of their robustness and joint commitment.

The partner consortium: A consortium must as a minimum include a business partner (commercial partner) and a non-commercial partner (administrative partner). Consortia are encouraged to include other relevant partners, who can contribute to ensuring the success of the project.

Such partners could be civil society organizations, business member organizations, employer associations, public authorities and other public institutions, trade unions etc. The model is open to the consortia mobilizing partners with different profiles and business sizes. A consortium must include at least one local partner from the partner country and at least one international business partner. The Partnership Project must build on the core business of the business partner(s) and also be part of the core activities of other participating partners.

The administrative partner: The application for support must be submitted by the administrative partner. The administrative partner will be overall responsible on behalf of the partner consortium for administrating the project and must play a key role in the implementation of the project. Therefore, the administrative partner must document proven project management experience and a solid presence in the partner country (i.e. own established office or long-standing partnership /with local partner organization(s)). Multilateral organizations and public institutions (e.g. ministries, agencies, universities/university colleges) are not eligible as administrative partner.

Eligible Country:
● Danida priority countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali , Myanmar, Niger, Palestine, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda
● Other countries w. GNI below USD 3,956 per capita w. a Danish representation: Egypt, India, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Vietnam, The Philippines, Ukraine, and Indonesia
● Other countries: Georgia, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Guideline:

How to apply: Please contact with the donor directly to know the details for applying.

DMDP works as a challenge fund. To ensure development of quality projects with a strong local anchorage and to allow partners to present their project idea without investing substantial resources and time in developing a full project proposal at the initial stage, the application process will include two phases.

Phase 1: Concept note
The applicants will submit of a brief concept note for the project in a pre-defined format outlining expected scope, purpose, partners etc. as well as possible needs for further investigations needed to prepare a full project proposal.

Based on an assessment of the concept notes, the DMFA will make a shortlist of the concept notes that achieve the highest scores based on the assessment criteria presented in Annex 1 (to qualify, consortia must reach a minimum score of 70 point, see Annex 1 for further details).DMFA will invite the shortlisted consortia to individual clarification meetings. Based on the concept note, as well as the individual meetings, DMFA will select the successful applicants up to the maximum available grant for the year. DMFA will enter into preliminary grant agreements with the successful applicants at this stage. Final funding agreement will be subject to approval of a full project proposal. If needed, DMFA may request budget adjustments of individual projects. Partner Consortia that are not successful at concept note stage will be informed and provided a short assessment of the concept note.

Phase 2: Full project proposal (project development)
Applicants successful at the concept note stage will be invited to submit a full project proposal. Applicants are owners and drivers of the projects including their conceptualization and development. During the project development phase (approximately 5-6 months), the partner consortium will be invited to consult the DMFA for feed-back and recommendations on how to further develop the project proposal. This may include country specific remarks from relevant Danish embassies.

Full project proposals will be assessed within approximately one month from receipt. Applicants may be contacted during this process if supplementary information is needed. It is, for instance, likely that suggested results frameworks, indicators and budget will be subject to discussion before final approval of proposals. Please note that an application submitted by a partner consortium to the DMFA and related correspondence is subject to Danish law concerning requests for access to documents6. The Ministry will publish a list of applications that have been approved with the name of key partners in each consortium, project title and grant amount.

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