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Wael, are you interested? Funding Opportunity: ICTs Opportunities in the MENA Region

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  • ms@ms.lt
    Wael, I learned of this through Janet Feldman and the Rising Voices google group. I might write a proposal based on our Pyramid of Peace work
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2009
      Wael, I learned of this through Janet Feldman and the Rising Voices google
      I might write a proposal based on our Pyramid of Peace work
      http://www.pyramidofpeace.net, my plans for a ¨help room¨ and an economy
      of dreams, and my own nonviolent experiences in Israeli occupied

      Might you or others be interested?

      Greetings from Barcelona.

      Andrius Kulikauskas, ms@...

      > Funding Opportunity:
      > New Empowerment Communication Technologies: Opportunities in the Middle
      > East and North Africa
      > http://mepi.state.gov/opportunities/129624.htm
      > September 25, 2009
      > Announcement Type: New
      > Funding Opportunity Number: NEAPI-09-CA-015-MENA-092409
      > CFDA Number: 19.500
      > Date Opened: September 24, 2009
      > Due Date for Applications: October 23, 2009
      > I. Funding Opportunity Description
      > On June 4 in Cairo, President Obama called for a broader engagement and a
      > "new beginning" to relations between the United States and Muslim
      > communities around the world. As part of that commitment, the President
      > outlined expanded U.S. support for online learning, networking, and
      > partnership among a range of stakeholders. In support of the President's
      > vision, the Office of the Partnership Initiative (NEA/PI) announces an
      > open competition seeking pilot proposals that will leverage innovative new
      > technologies to connect people - particularly youth - in order to expand
      > civic participation, increase new media capabilities for civil society,
      > and enhance online educational opportunities in the Middle East and North
      > Africa (MENA).
      > Innovative technologies that enable, encourage and build social
      > connections, especially those operating on mobile platforms and the
      > internet, have created new opportunities for promoting democratic
      > practices, civic participation, and learning. In the MENA region, these
      > new technologies offer means to effectively engage youth and difficult to
      > reach or previously unengaged populations. NEA/PI seeks implementers to
      > educate, train, organize, and empower audiences and interlocutors through
      > technologies such as, but not limited to, social networking, digital video
      > conferencing, interactive online learning, widgets, Wiki-functions, mobile
      > applications, and blogging. These efforts should promote civic and
      > political participation; women's and youth empowerment; or economic and
      > social entrepreneurship.
      > Priority will be given to applications that maximize the capability and
      > reach of existing resources, including human, knowledge, infrastructure,
      > technology, and other resources and tools. Partnerships between or among
      > public sector, private sector and nongovernmental entities that meld
      > capabilities to address the announcement's objectives are particularly
      > welcomed. NEA/PI is seeking applications that are innovative and test
      > technological boundaries by developing or scaling cutting-edge tools to
      > engage, inspire, and motivate.
      > Proposals may address one of the following three priority areas:
      > * Social networking - platforms, training, applications, or program
      > modules.
      > * Increasing new media capabilities of civil society - development of
      > information technology capacity among civil society, including
      > individuals, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental
      > organizations (NGOs), and independent media outlets.
      > * Enhancing online learning - improved access to and dissemination of
      > online curricula, training, and information, including for NGOs and civil
      > society, especially activists and thought leaders.
      > A) Social Networking: Projects in this priority area are expected to
      > develop or leverage existing social networking platforms to emphasize
      > priorities of civic engagement, youth outreach, political participation,
      > tolerance, , economic entrepreneurship, women's empowerment, or nonviolent
      > conflict-resolution. Examples of relevant activities include, but are not
      > limited to, interactive activities that encourage cooperation, critical
      > thinking and problem-solving; provide data on participants' experiences,
      > such as lessons learned; demonstrate the importance of openness and
      > transparency; and efforts that support, train, and encourage web-based or
      > other new media social networking.
      > B) Increasing New Media Capabilities of Civil Society: Projects in this
      > priority area are expected to use new media technologies or make
      > innovative use of traditional media to encourage Civil Society
      > Organizations (CSOs) and groups or coalitions of CSOs to better network
      > with one another within countries or across borders. The objective is to
      > use new media capabilities to foster civil society's positive engagement
      > with other interlocutors including governments, the general public, the
      > media, and international counterparts. Examples of supportable activities
      > could include: facilitating discussion and commentary on draft legislation
      > in blogs; enabling amateur poll watchers around a country to provide
      > real-time information on election results; mobilizing citizens through SMS
      > messages to respond quickly and responsibly to time-sensitive events
      > occurring in their communities; and mobilizing civil society, educational
      > institutions and the private sector to exchange information, potentially
      > in real time, via microblogs or other appropriate and accessible
      > technologies that enable citizens to monitor and report on activities of
      > concern to wider audiences;
      > C) Enhancing Online Learning: Projects in this priority area are expected
      > to collect and disseminate existing online curricula and to enhance access
      > to, and use of, online learning platforms and resources, including open
      > source educational materials, in the MENA region. The objective is to
      > improve access to, and use of, valuable e-learning tools for youth, NGOs,
      > and civil society activists through the region. Examples include but are
      > not limited to projects that build on existing curricula, including past
      > or existing MEPI-sponsored curricula, in the areas of good governance,
      > political participation, women's empowerment, strengthening civil society,
      > advancing education, and fostering economic reform.
      > Additional considerations:
      > * NEA/PI seeks proposals for pilot projects that can potentially be scaled
      > up within individual countries or replicated throughout the MENA region.
      > * Applicants may propose activities that combine multiple media - for
      > example, activities with interactive mobile phone as well as fully
      > integrated broadcast or traditional media components.
      > * Applicants should take into consideration internet access penetration,
      > connections speeds, costs to users, and other functional aspects of new
      > media in the region, including censorship, cultural barriers, nuances of
      > local dialect or language, and infrastructure shortcomings when designing
      > projects.
      > * Proposals concerning e-learning may consider activities to increase
      > demand for, as well as access to supply of, e-learning resources.
      > * Applicants should take into account both current penetration rates of
      > various technologies and practices and also emerging trends.
      > · Applicants may assume for purposes of their proposals that new
      > connection technologies offer the potential to engage more diverse civil
      > society audiences and generate compound effects (synergies); however,
      > evidence to support such assumptions would we welcomed as part of any
      > proposal.
      > * NEA/PI seeks projects that are sustainable and require a diminishing
      > amount of external resources over time.
      > · Applicants must include monitoring and evaluation in the project plan
      > and budget, drawing upon new technologies wherever possible, and clearly
      > document anticipated results in terms of promoting and promulgating goals
      > described in this program announcement.
      > Background Information about MEPI: The Middle East Partnership Initiative
      > (MEPI), located within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S.
      > Department of State, supports efforts to expand political participation,
      > strengthen civil society and the rule of law, empower women and youth,
      > create educational opportunities, and foster economic reform throughout
      > the Middle East and North Africa. In support of these goals, MEPI works
      > with non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academic
      > institutions, and government officials. More information about MEPI can be
      > found at: www.mepi.state.gov .
      > Information on MEPI's regional offices in Abu Dhabi and Tunis can be found
      > at: www.abudhabi.mepi.state.gov and www.medregion.mepi.state.gov.
      > Electronic Link to Full Announcement: Go to http://www.mepi.state.gov,
      > click on Funding and Project Opportunities, click on "New Empowerment
      > Communication Technologies" link.
      > II. Award Information
      > Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
      > Anticipated Total Program Funding: Up to $5,000,000 Economic Support Funds
      > in Federal Fiscal Year 2009
      > Anticipated number of Awards: 5
      > Floor of Individual Award Amounts: $500,000
      > Ceiling of Individual Award Amounts: $2.5 million
      > NEA/PI reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described
      > based on the quality and quantity of worthy applications or under such
      > other circumstances as NEA/PI may deem to be in the best interest of the
      > U.S. Government.
      > Project and Budget Periods: Applicants may propose performance periods of
      > up to three years. Where success can be demonstrated in a pilot phase,
      > NEA/PI will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under
      > these awards, beyond the initial budget period, on a noncompetitive basis,
      > subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the applicants,
      > and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest
      > of the U.S. Government.
      > III. Eligibility Information
      > Eligible applicants include any U.S. or foreign non-governmental
      > organization, and U.S. or foreign private institutions or commercial
      > entities. Applicants should have proven success operating with various
      > interlocutors in the region, or, in the alternative, should have a logical
      > business plan for doing so that draws on the proven success in this regard
      > of a partner organization or private sector entity. Applicants must have
      > proven expertise working with existing technologies that they propose to
      > develop or leverage, including strategy and product development, content
      > engagement and deployment.
      > NEA/PI encourages proposals that include new or existing partnerships with
      > indigenous or regional organizations or private sector entities. For the
      > purposes of this RFA, "partnership" is defined as a negotiated arrangement
      > among organizations that provides for a substantive, collaborative role
      > for each of the partners in the planning and implementation of a project.
      > Applicants intending to represent a coalition of implementers should be
      > prepared to provide, if requested, a signed partnership agreement
      > providing:
      > · An intent to commit or receive resources or services from the
      > prospective partner(s) contingent upon receipt of funds;
      > · How the partnership arrangement advances the objectives of the project;
      > · Supporting documentation identifying the resources, experience, and
      > expertise of the partner(s);
      > · Evidence that each of the partner(s) has been involved in the planning
      > of the project;
      > · Clear indication of the role of the partner(s) in the implementation of
      > the project, evaluation, and sustainability.
      > NEA/PI encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost-sharing
      > from additional sources in support of this project. Applications should
      > explain clearly how the additional resources of funding will be used. If
      > these resources are not proposed, applicants should explain why not.
      > For more information see http://mepi.state.gov/opportunities/129624.htm
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