UNHCR: Inviting applications for ‘The UNHCR NGO Innovation Award 2019’ to explore how you can create or foster new kinds of inclusive partnerships and/or connectivity solutions that include people in novel ways and thus improve the delivery of services to refugees, those who welcome them and beyond.

Funding brief: The UNHCR NGO Innovation Award celebrates efforts and achievements that advance the innovative delivery of services to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR.

The UNHCR NGO Innovation Award 2019 looks for innovative and inclusive solutions in partnerships and connectivity.

The Award was widely announced for the first time in 2018, amongst NGOs working with refugees and displaced persons, and received 165 submissions from 57 countries. The Award went to SINA Loketa, an organization that empowers youth to self-actualize in a Ugandan refugee camp, and Artemisszio, a foundation that is creating an inclusive community space in Hungary. The Award shows UNHCR’s determination to innovate together with NGO partners.

With the successful practice last year, the Partnership and Coordination Service (PCS), together with Innovation Service, is organizing the second NGO Innovation Award to further encourage innovation efforts of NGO partners.

The importance of partnership is underlined in both New York Declaration to the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). In line with the Principles of Partnership (Equality, Transparency, Results-Oriented Approach, Responsibility and Complementarity), partnering with a broader range of actors improves our collective ability to ensure better outcomes by combining and leveraging resources and methods. Partnership is not an end in itself but a means to maximise the impact our work has on protection, assistance and solutions, which contribute to improving the lives of refugees, host communities and more.

Connectivity for Refugees is an initiative by UNHCR’s Innovation Service to ensure that displaced populations and communities that host them have the right, and the choice, to be part of a connected society, and have access to technology that enables them to build better futures for themselves, their families, and the world.

Connectivity for Refugees formally started as an initiative by UNHCR Innovation Service in 2016 to develop a practical roadmap towards bridging the digital divide and connecting those who are currently not connected, ensuring that all refugees, regardless of age, gender and diversity, have the ability to fully participate in the digital revolution that is taking place globally.

UNHCR believes that to harness the innovation efforts by all members of society, we need to include a wide range of colleagues, partners and Persons of Concern as well as host communities into our work – not forgetting the importance of cognitive diversity, race, ability and language.

The objective for the Award 2019 is to explore how you can create or foster new kinds of inclusive partnerships and/or connectivity solutions that include people in novel ways and thus improve the delivery of services to refugees, those who welcome them and beyond.

They wish to explore with you how we can collectively improve our efforts in two specific areas:
Category “Partnerships”
What they are looking for:
Nontraditional and creative partnerships that value inclusion and diversity, which are people-centered and community-based;

Solution-driven efforts* that introduce positive change in improving access to information and knowledge sharing.

*These interventions can include resource mobilization, public-private partnership, data and evidence, storytelling and advocacy, Protection against sexual exploitation and abuse, humanitarian-development-peace nexus, etc.

Category “Connectivity”
What they are looking for:
● Demonstrated or proposed efforts that address connectivity challenges for displaced persons in a creative and novel way;
● Solutions that encourage inclusion and ensure that displaced people have the right and choice to be part of a connected society.

*These interventions can include facility connectivity (e.g. infrastructure, electricity, etc); digital connectivity (enhancing digital skills and literacy of Persons of Concern (PoCs), devices, applications, software); service connectivity (access to finance, mobile services, etc.); policy connectivity (overcoming legislations and policy barriers); institutional connectivity (mechanisms to provide channels for PoCs to stay connected).

Shortlisting will take place based on a comprehensive technical review. After shortlisting, a jury composed of UNHCR and external partners will select the winners.

Donor Name: UNHCR
Funding name: The UNHCR NGO Innovation Award 2019

Deadline: Please note that the deadline for applications is Wednesday, 31st, July, 2019.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Winners will be announced in the following categories:
● Winner in Category “Partnership”
● Winner in Category “Connectivity”

A prize of USD 10,000 will be granted to each winner. One representative of each winning NGO will be invited to an award ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland (or another location).

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Eligible organization: As below

● NGOs with a valid registration certificate in the country of operation.
● Proposed or ongoing project on:
● Novel, inclusive partnerships;
● And/or novel, inclusive connectivity solutions;
● You can apply to the award with a proposal you aim to work on or describe an ongoing project within 2019 (completed projects are not eligible for the Award);
● NGOs that have the drive and interest to find new ways to solve challenges facing the humanitarian sector serving refugees. They strongly encourage refugee-led NGOs to apply.

Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

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How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

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