6 January 2008
The second round of applications for UNDEF project grants closed on 31 December 2007 with a resounding vote of enthusiasm from global civil society. Whereas there were 1300 applications for funding in the first round (2006), there were 1873 applications in the recently completed second round, representing an increase of 44%. The UNDEF team wishes to thank applicants for their interest and enthusiasm.Statistical Breakdown
Civil society organisations were by far the largest category of applicants accounting for 85.9% of projects:
All the themes covered by UNDEF were well subscribed but civil society empowerment was the most popular followed by human rights:
Applications were received from all parts of the globe with sub-Saharan Africa submitting over one third of all applications:
Applications were received from 137 countries. The countries from which the highest number of applications was received were:
Among the applications were over 358 focused on global or regional projects broken down as follows:
What Happens Next?The UNDEF team is already busy at work assessing the applications. A team of seven assessors (five women and two men) has begun the task of assessing the projects by applying the eight selection criteria. In view of the high number of project proposals, this task will not be completed until early February.
The UNDEF team will whittle the list down to a rather lengthy short list of the highest scoring projects. In doing so, the global and regional projects will be considered separately from the various national project proposals.
This short list will then be vetted by other agencies of the United Nations, including the relevant Resident Coordinators, as well as the UN Department of Political Affairs, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the UN Development Programme, the UN Development Group Office, the UN Development Fund for Women, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (members of the UNDEF Programme Consultative Group).
This process will result in a short list which will be submitted to the Advisory Board for discussion from which a list of proposed projects will be recommended to the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. The Secretary-General, assisted by the Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, will take the final decision.
Successful project applicants will be contacted by the UNDEF team early in the second quarter of 2008 to begin the process of preparing project documents. Guidelines for the preparation of these project documents will be placed on the UNDEF website soon.
In view of the large numbers of project proposals, we wish to request applicants to be patient and not email the UNDEF team asking for progress reports on the fate of their particular application. Please consult the website for updates on the project selection process.
Once again, many thanks for the enthusiasm displayed by global civil
society. It augurs well for the building of robust and high-quality