Wael, are you interested? Funding Opportunity: ICTs Opportunities in the MENA Region
- 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
> 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
> * 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
> * 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
> * 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
> · 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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