Deadline: June 30, 2013
UNESCO is now accepting proposals for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). The IFCD is a multi-donor fund that aims to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing and least-developed countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. It does this through support to projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector.
The beneficiaries of the IFCD are the following:
- all developing countries that are Parties to the Convention;
- all Parties to the Convention that have determined the existence of special situations on their territory in conformity with Articles 8 and 17 of the Convention and related operational guidelines;
- non-governmental organizations coming from developing countries that are Parties to the Convention, which meet the definition of civil society and criteria regulating admission of its representatives at meetings of organs of the Convention as mentioned in the operational guidelines relating to the role and participation of civil society*;
- international non-governmental organizations, which meet the definition of civil society and criteria regulating admission of its representatives at meetings of organs of the Convention as mentioned in the operational guidelines relating to the role and participation of civil society*, and which present projects with impact at the sub-regional, regional or inter-regional level;
- representatives of vulnerable groups and other social groups identified in Article 7 of the 2005 Convention (i.e. women and other social groups, including persons belonging to minorities and indigenous peoples) from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.
Applications for funding requests to the IFCD will be evaluated on the basis of criteria established by the Intergovernmental Committee and the Conference of Parties on the use of resources of the IFCD. In particular, how the funding request:
- addresses the objectives and priorities of the 2005 Convention and the IFCD;
- meets the needs and priorities of the country where the project will be implemented and it is deemed to be feasible and relevant;
- contributes to achieving concrete, measurable and realistic results;
- has a potential structural impact leading to the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector and on the promotion of South-South and North-South-South cooperation;
- ensures that the project’s long-term objectives can be met;
- satisfies the principle of financial accountability.
Applicants are to consult their National Commissions for UNESCO for their submission deadline at the national level.
The deadline for the Secretariat of the Convention to receive funding applications from National Commissions or INGOs is 30 June 2013.
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