European Commission: Inviting applications for ‘Local Authorities: Partnerships for sustainable cities’ to promote integrated urban development through partnerships built among Local Authorities of the EU Member States and of partner countries in accordance with the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development.

Funding brief: The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to promote integrated urban development through partnerships built among Local Authorities of the EU Member States and of partner countries in accordance with the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development.

Partnerships will support Local Authorities from partner countries to address sustainable urban development through capacity building and service-delivery. Peer to peer exchanges of Local Authorities are at the heart of this approach. Actions could support the building of new partnerships or contribute to upscale long-lasting partnerships and cooperation relations.

The specific objectives of this Call for Proposals are to:
● Strengthen urban governance: Continued promotion of good urban governance and the necessary policy and legal frameworks at national-government level (e.g. national urban policy) is essential to allow local authorities in the developing world to effectively implement national urban policies. In order to foster a system of multi-level governance (governance at national, regional and urban/local levels), local authorities’ role as autonomous policy makers, in line with the principle of subsidiarity should be promoted. Building such a system requires political will from all levels of government. At city-level, this includes a territorial approach to local development allowing municipalities to take the lead in deciding what policy measures to take and how to implement them.
● Ensure social inclusiveness of cities: Cities represent the closest tier of government to citizens and can help ensure humanitarian and development actions adapted to them and to local specificities. Urban poverty and exclusion should be addressed through appropriate policies. These policies should contribute to prevent both the causes and effects of inequality, marginalisation and segregation, including tackling the needs of marginalised and vulnerable groups such as disabled people, displaced people and migrants. Their needs should also be included in urban planning processes, and translated into concrete actions on the ground.  Examples of such actions include improved access to water and sanitation, innovations to foster increased safety and security, protection of human rights and personal welfare, access to independent and fair legal systems, and promotion of inclusive employment growth. The fight against inequality and marginalisation requests also integrated urban development actions, which include the use of culture as factor promoting aggregation and inclusiveness (cultural urban development in marginal areas and restauration of cultural heritage in historical urban centres).
● Improve resilience and greening of cities: Promotion of a shift towards sustainable and green urban development. The trend towards an urban circular economy in developing-world cities should continue. This could increase the quality of life, foster urban green growth and make cities more resource-efficient through sustainable modes of production and consumption. It also contributes to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from the use of fossil energy sources or low-efficiency technologies including for transport, decreasing pollution levels, reducing waste and making cities more resilient to climate change.
● Improve prosperity and innovation in cities: The EU supports cities as actors of open innovation. This means enabling interactions between people and organisations involved in the creation, design and implementation of integrated and innovative policy actions for urban and peri-urban areas. EU development cooperation aims to make cities more innovative to foster sustainable local economies and create employment. In this context, different urban realities offer opportunities for innovative and competitive solutions to societal and environmental problems: while the metropolitan areas and the big or mega-cities are the engines of the global economy primary and secondary cities are hubs that drive regional or local growth. Both public and private finance may be considered for investments in and maintaining of municipal infrastructure. Priority sectors of municipal infrastructure include: urban mobility and transport, water supply and sanitation, solid waste management, energy efficiency and renewable energy services.

The proposed partnerships must address the first specific objective (urban governance) and at least one out of the three remaining objectives (social inclusiveness, greening of cities, prosperity and innovation). It should clearly adopt an integrated urban development with a view to contributing to the localisation of the SDGs.

The Call contains four lots divided into geographical areas:
● Lot 1: Partnerships for sustainable cities in Sub-Saharan Africa
● Lot 2: Partnerships for sustainable cities in Asia and the Pacific
● Lot 3: Partnerships for sustainable cities in Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean
● Lot 4: Partnerships for sustainable cities in the Neighbourhood South and East

Applicants must clearly specify under which lot they are submitting the application in their project title.

Priorities: For all lots, proposals must clearly indicate and explain how they address the following three priorities (all of them). This will be assessed under point 1.1 of the Concept Note evaluation grid. A Proposal which does not clearly address the priorities of the Action may be rejected on this sole basis.
● Clearly demonstrate their contribution to the achievement of SDG 11.
● Integrate in the activities the promotion of peer-to-peer learning and/or exchanges and/or short-term deployment of public officials’ expertise at sub-national level towards sustainable urban development – twinning/decentralised cooperation.
● Promote multi-stakeholders and multi-sectors approaches.

Additional priorities: The integration of at least one of the below listed additional priority will be considered as an added-value. Clear explanations should be provided.
● Triangular cooperation involves Southern-driven partnerships between two or more developing countries supported by a developed country to implement cooperation programmes and projects through exchanges of knowledge, skills, resources and technical know-how.
● Smart cities, refers to the uses of information and communication technologies to increase cities’ operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.
● Job creation refers to the critical role of Local Authorities in fostering growth and employment as well as connecting their communities to global economic networks. Local authorities often have a role related to business regulations and their enforcement across at sub-national level (their role become essential in processes such as e.g. starting a business, dealing with construction permits and land registration, getting electricity, registering of property, paying of taxes, enforcing contracts). Local authorities have also often a crucial role in providing transparent information to the public on business / property / land registries. Furthermore, the territorial approach to local development in which local authorities play a central coordinating role to unleashing the full economic and social potential of territories, including private sector, local civil society, communities, other resources, is essential.

Below is an indicative list of results; further results could also be targeted through the partnerships.
● Improved institutional, financial and administrative capacities of cities and LAs.
● Strengthened policy dialogue on urban policies and urban challenges.
● Strengthened mechanisms for consultation, coordination and cooperation among public, private, civil society sectors and other relevant stakeholders in the decision making and production of urban development outcomes.
● Strengthened cities and LAs’ capacities in the design and implementation of inclusive public policies.
● Improved the quality, delivery and equitable access to basic services and infrastructures.
● Enhanced capacities of cities and LA’s in managing urban waste and air pollution.
● Promoted green low carbon and climate resilient urban development and urban circular economy.
● Enhanced capacities of cities and LAs in managing (multi hazard) disaster risks, and promoting shock responsive and resilience infrastructures and services.
● Promoted reforms towards an enabling environment for job creation and local economic growth.
● Promoted public-private partnerships at local level.
● Strengthened capacities of cities and LA’s in using smart technologies.

Applicants are invited to present all activities they consider necessary in order to achieve the objectives of this Call for Proposals and to obtain tangible results in the context where the selected projects will be implemented.

Activities can also target additional cities and territories, of the same partner country should the action aim at replicating, improving or expanding  projects in areas of urban policy already carried out in cities or territories of the same country Activities will include the organisation of workshops, seminars and dedicated events gathering multi-level of government stakeholders as well as the private sector, civil society and academia, for participatory technical and political dialogue. Upon specific requirements of targeted cities, business events to raise interest of potential investors as well fora focussing on new technologies and innovative solutions at local level could also be envisaged.

For indicative purpose, the following non-exhaustive list of activities that may be financed under this call:

● Promote urban governance
 Capacity building of public officials responsible for urban matters at sub national level.
 Supporting LAs to translate National Urban Policies into integrated urban planning, spatial planning and land use management, and to ensure the linkages between sustainable urban development, planning and resilience.
 Supporting LAs to improve institutional arrangements for city management.
 Elaborating / arrangements for consultation and cooperation among different stakeholders (government levels, private sector, academia, civil society organisations) in different areas of sustainable urban development.
 Improving or designing accountability mechanisms towards city dwellers and civil society.
 Support LA’s to design action plans and projects improving municipal PFM and revenue generation systems.
 Trainings towards city/local administration representatives in urban governance methods and principles.
● Ensure social inclusiveness of cities
 Improving and mainstreaming the integration of marginalised and vulnerable groups, including forcibly displaced persons and vulnerable migrants, while also addressing acute needs and leaving no one behind.
 Projects promoting urban systems which address the ‘urban-planning gender gap’ by responding to women’s needs, including safety and security in urban public spaces.
 Pilot projects on basic services and network infrastructures, i.e. water, sanitation, waste (including recycling), energy (including efficiency) and public transport.
 Technical support to LAs for access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food in a wider context supporting functional rural-urban links.
 Projects in the field of integrated urban development targeting cultural heritage/cultural spaces in cities as factors to ensure inclusiveness.
● Resilience and greening of cities is improved
 Improving environmental quality in cities and circular economy including climate change mitigation and adaptation and measures.
 Pilot projects to support the design and implementation of new environmental and climate resilient local public policies.
 Awareness raising on alternative modes of transport improving sustainable and low carbon urban mobility.
 Developing disaster preparedness and risks reduction interventions. Nature based solutions to disaster risk reduction (eco-DRR) will be promoted, especially when these also contribute to climate change adaptation.
● Prosperity and innovation in cities is improved
 Trainings and grants to stimulate an enabling environment for the private sector, in particular local firms promoting inclusive and social enterprises
 Providing technical support to devise innovative and financial arrangements to finance large-scale sustainable infrastructure investment and maintenance.
 Pilot projects focussing on innovation to create employment and promote socially responsible entrepreneurship.

Donor Name: European Commission
Funding name: No specific fund name

Reference: EuropeAid/161146/DH/ACT/Multi

Deadline: 6th, December, 2018 at 12:00 (Brussels date and time)

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 53,151,603.00 and is specified in the corresponding DCI Annual Action Programme 2018. The Contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds. Likewise, this amount could be increased should more funds become available.

Indicative allocation of funds by lot

There will be four different lots; the indicative allocations per lot are as follows:
● Lot 1: Partnerships for sustainable cities in Sub-Saharan Africa
 Total available: EUR 23,651,603.00

● Lot 2: Partnerships for sustainable cities in Asia and the Pacific
 Total available: EUR 10,000,000.00

● Lot 3: Partnerships for sustainable cities in Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean
 Total available: EUR 10,000,000.00

● Lot 4: Partnerships for sustainable cities in the Neighbourhood East and South
 Total available: EUR 9,500,000.00

If the allocation indicated for a specific lot cannot be used due to insufficient quality or number of proposals received, the Contracting authority reserves the right to reallocate the remaining funds to (an) other lot(s).

Size of grants:
● Any EU requested contribution under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
 Minimum amount: EUR 2,000,000.00
Maximum amount: EUR 5,000,000.00
● Any EU requested contribution under this Call for Proposals may not exceed the following maximum percentages of total eligible costs of the Action:
 Minimum percentage: 50 % of the total eligible costs of the action.
 Maximum percentage: 95% of the total eligible costs of the action.

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 60 months.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
Lead applicant
● Under all lots, in order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
 Be a legal person and
 Be non-profit-making and
 Be a Local Authority (LA) or be an Association of Local Authorities (ALA) including city networks constituted in accordance with the legislation in force in the country;
 Be established in one of the following eligible countries or territories (Annex N):
● EU Member States;
For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. Unless sector-specific eligibility rules provide otherwise  , if the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible to participate) or will be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 12.2 of the grant agreement’.
 Developing countries and territories, as included in the list of ODA recipients published by the OECD-DAC (‘list of ODA recipients’), which are not members of the G-20 group;
 Developing countries, as included in the list of ODA recipients, which are members of the G-20 group, where the country itself is a beneficiary of the action;
 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) covered by Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union;
  And other countries and territories, when they are beneficiaries of the action financed by the Union under the DCI Instrument;
and
● Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
● To be eligible for co-financing, Actions under this call must comply with the objectives and the priority issues of the Call for Proposals described in point 1.2 of these Guidelines. These actions shall also aim at reaching one or more of the expected results mentioned under the same point.
● The objectives will be reached through
 Peer-to-peer activities,
 Focussing on city-to-city and territory-to-territory cooperation among EU Member and partner country.
● The following types of action are ineligible:
 Actions concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences and congresses;
 actions concerned only or mainly with individual scholarships for studies or training courses;
 One-off conferences. Conferences may only be funded if they form part of a wider range of activities to be implemented over the time life of the action. For this purpose, preparatory activities for a conference and the publication of the proceedings of the conference do not in themselves, constitute such wider activities;
 Actions intended to raise funds or promote the visibility of the applicant and its partner(s);
 Actions consisting mainly of research or of study;
 actions, which consist exclusively, or primarily in capital expenditure, e.g. lands, buildings, equipment and vehicles.
 Actions which discriminate against individuals or groups of people on grounds of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status;
 Actions supporting directly political parties;
 Actions which include proselytising activities.

Eligible Country:
● Applicants: EU Member States, Developing countries and territories, as included in the list of ODA recipients published by the OECD-DAC (‘list of ODA recipients’), which are not members of the G-20 group, Developing countries, as included in the list of ODA recipients, which are members of the G-20 group, where the country itself is a beneficiary of the action, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) covered by Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union, And other countries and territories, when they are beneficiaries of the action financed by the Union under the DCI Instrument;
● Partnership: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean, South and East

Submission mail: Not found

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How to apply: To apply for this call for proposals the lead applicants need to:
● Provide information about the organizations involved in the action. Please note that the registration of this data in PADOR is obligatory for this call for proposals:
 Concept note step: Registration is obligatory for lead applicants applying for EU contributions of more than EUR 60 000.
 Full application step: Registration is obligatory for co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies). Lead applicants must make sure that their PADOR profile is up to date.
 Applicants must apply in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. Applicants must apply in the language most commonly used by the target population in the country in which the action takes place.
 Applicants that submit applications in French, Spanish or Portuguese must use the English grant application form annexed to guidelines (Annex A).

● The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1 section 2) must be submitted online via PROSPECT https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect following the instructions given in the PROSPECT user manual.

If it is impossible for lead applicants to submit their concept note online via PROSPECT for technical reasons, they must send their proposal in a sealed envelope and attach the concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1 section 2). In particular, the lead applicant must send, in a sealed envelope as described below the following items:
 One original of the concept note. The signed declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1 section 2) must be printed and stapled separately and enclosed in the envelope;
 An electronic version (CD-Rom or USB stick) of the items under point (a). The electronic file must contain exactly the same application as the paper version enclosed.

● Concept notes must be submitted in a sealed envelope by registered mail, private courier service or by hand-delivery (a signed and dated certificate of receipt will be given to the deliverer) to the address below. Where lead applicants send several concept notes (if allowed to do so by the guidelines of the call), each one must be sent separately.

● Documents to be completed:
 Annex A: Grant Application Form (Word format)
 Annex B: Budget (Excel format)
 Annex C:  Logical Framework (Word format)
 Annex D: Legal Entity Sheet
 Annex E: Financial identification form
 Annex F: EuropeAid offline registration form (Only if impossible to register in PADOR)

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