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Call for Proposals: South-South Cooperation Program in Disaster Risk Reduction

Deadline: June 30, 2009

Eligibility Requirements
Selection Criteria 
Application Process

Past experience has shown that sharing knowledge and expertise within the South is crucial to finding relevant, effective, and efficient solutions to common development challenges. To facilitate knowledge sharing networks and capitalize on the South’s existing innovations and initiatives, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) has established a special South–South Cooperation Program. 
The South–South Cooperation Program aims to facilitate collaboration and partnership among low- and middle-income countries.  The goal is to expand knowledge sharing and build capacity to mainstream disaster risk reduction and recovery, including climate change adaptation, into development planning and programming.  In order to foster regional and cross-regional collaborative arrangements and partnerships among Southern governments, academia, public, private, and civil society organizations, the South–South Cooperation Trust Fund (SSCTF) offers grant funding to partnerships covering one or more aspects of risk management, climate adaptation, disaster mitigation, or recovery. Activities may include the following types of technical cooperation:

• Developing and sharing sound, evidence-based public policies and advocating  their adoption;
• Developing and sharing sound action plans and their monitoring and evaluation;
• Generating and sharing knowledge and experience;
• Strengthening and sharing organizational and institutional capacities, including training activities and establishment of  “Centers of Excellence;” 
• Developing and sharing specific technologies;
• Testing and piloting specific strategies and interventions;
• Developing and sharing innovative approaches to risk financing and risk transfer.

During the 2008-2010 phase, partnerships are encouraged in the following areas:

• Building safer, resilient communities;
• Financial risk sharing mechanisms;
• Legislation and public policy development;
• Risk assessment methods and systems;
• Early warning and emergency preparedness;
• Post-disaster needs assessment and recovery;
• Information, education, and communication approaches; 
• Risk mitigation related to specific hazards, or particular settings such as urban locations and small islands.

Particular attention should be given to the most vulnerable groups, including the elderly, children and women.

 Eligibility Requirements

 To apply for a SSCTF grant, partnerships must meet the following criteria:

• At least two or more “principal members” from disaster-prone low- and middle-income countries with more than 30 percent of their population and GDP in areas at risk from one or more hazards or requiring special attention due to adverse geo-economic factors, i.e. small-islands or fragile states.
• Partnership members should be legal entities and must be associated with and endorsed by their national platform for disaster reduction or the equivalent national coordination authority.
• One member of the partnership must act as a focal point for the partnership and assume responsibility for supporting the partnership, including signing the grant agreement as the grant recipient, and regularly reporting to the GFDRR Secretariat on the partnership’s performance. 
• All members of the partnerships must specify their financial or in-kind commitments to the partnership.
• All members from low- and middle-income countries must convey their willingness, in principle, to contribute financially or technically toward sustaining or expanding the partnership beyond the SSCTF support period or to contribute to the GFDRR in the future.

Partnership members must identify their specific core commitments to the partnership. These may include financial contributions or/and quantified in-kind technical assistance, products, and services.

Approved proposals are initially funded up to a maximum of US$500,000 over three years through a grant agreement with the focal point as the grant recipient. The grant agreement becomes effective when all the partnership members sign a mutually agreed MOU outlining the objectives, terms and conditions of their partnership. The disbursement of funds is linked to an agreed work plan and the grant is administered in accordance with World Bank guidelines.  
Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of eligibility, commitment to deliver results, and merit. The following criteria will be used in making the assessment:

• Ability of the proposed partnership to deliver results;
• Extent to which additional technical and financial resources for country-level actions that are  part of national programs on disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation, and recovery are catalyzed or leveraged;
• Type and extent of sustainable country-level and regional capacity building for disaster risk reduction; 
• Assessed benefits affecting the magnitude, quality, and impact of national disaster risk reduction programming.

Application Process

SSCTF eligibility criteria, guidelines, templates and instructions are available at  Proposals are selected through a two-stage process. Stage 1 proposals should be submitted electronically to by June 30 2008. Eligible proposals will be screened and evaluated by the GFDRR Secretariat. Those accepted to proceed to Stage 2 will be notified by July 30, 2008. 


During the preparation of Stage 2 proposals, the GFDRR Secretariat will facilitate  the agreement on the concept and scope of the proposed collaboration. The full proposal should detail specific objectives, the members’ commitments to contribute resources, an in-depth description of activities and expected results, a work plan, and indicators.

Additional documentation such as financial statements, annual reports, proof of legal entity status, etc. may be requested to comply with World Bank fiduciary policies. 


Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)
1818  H Street NW
Washington, DC  20433  USA
T   202-458-0268
F   202-522-3227

For questions regarding the South-South Cooperation Program, please contact: 
Katalin Demeter, Team Leader, South–South Cooperation:
Mukesh Kapila, GFDRR

For more information, vist GFDRR's web page on South-South Collaboration 


Call for Proposals (PDF file, 77kb)
Stage 1 Applications (Word file, 210kb)
Stage 2 Applications (Word file, 181kb)


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