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Shortlisted organizations: call for proposals on “Combating Food Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa through Civil Society”

Norad received 200 concept notes for the first phase of the call for proposals on “Combating Food Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa through Civil Society,” which was based on Norway’s strategy for “Combining forces against hunger – a policy to improve food self sufficiency”.  The amount of funding applied for in the 200 concept notes was for more than 175 billion NOK. There was considerable competition between applications, as available funding is only one billion NOK in total for the five-year project period.  12 organizations have been invited to submit a full proposal. 

Concept notes were assessed in accordance with the annual budget proposal (Prop. 1 S) for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the relevant grant scheme rules, and the criteria set out in the call for proposals.  The primary goal of the call was to increase productivity and access to markets for small-scale food producers, as a means of combatting food insecurity. 

In its assessment of the submitted concept notes, Norad considered several factors, such as but not limited to:  

  • The requirements outlined in the call for proposals. 
  • The concept’s alignment with Norwegian development cooperation priorities and the priorities outlined in the call for proposal.  
  • To what extent and how the concept will contribute to locally led development and strengthening the capacity and increase the influence of locally based civil society organizations, farmers’ unions, and other actors representing vulnerable and marginalized groups.   
  • To what extent and how the concept addresses structural barriers to women small holders' productivity, contribute to strengthening/building the capacity of women food producers and target specific challenges for women in the value chain.  
  • The applicant’s competence, as well as professional and administrative capacity.   
  • Cost effectiveness.  
  • The composition of the portfolio: Thematic and geographic composition, inclusion of women food producers and marginalized groups.  
  • The extent to which the concept can contribute to the objectives of the call for proposals and achieve results at scale.  

The organizations short-listed and invited to submit a full proposal for phase two are:

  • AGRA
  • Caritas Norway
  • Concern Worldwide
  • The Royal Norwegian Society for Development (Norges Vel)
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Participatory Ecology and Land Use Management Uganda
  • Save the Children Norway
  • SNV
  • Stichting IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative
  • SwissAid
  • The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada

Applicants are not automatically entitled to receive a grant even if the application satisfies all the formal and material criteria in the next stage. Norad retains the right to grant all, parts of or none of the funds applied for, based on the assessment criteria in the grant scheme rules and a total portfolio consideration. 

See the call for proposals here

Published 08.06.2023
Last updated 08.06.2023