The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has announced a call for proposals for 2020 One Health: “Contributing to People’s Resilience in Field of Global Health”.
Within the framework of the Sectorall Innovation Facility for NGOs (FISONG), the French Development Agency (AM) proposes to subsidize NGOs for the implementation of innovative field projects according to a defined framework.
AFD recognizes that NGOs have specific know-how, a capacity for innovation, proximity to the field and the target groups of its action, and an advocacy capacity that interests it. The “Sectoral Innovation Facility for NGOs” (FISONG) aims to enhance their value and capitalize existing and potential complementarities with AFD’s actions and expertise around concrete actions. The FISONG mechanism aims to finance innovative development projects led by French and international NGOs in partnership with organizations in the South.
This call for proposals aims to implement innovative operations on the theme “One health” to contribute to the resilience of populations in the field of global health. It has a budget of €2.5 million.
Proposals submitted by NGOs will have to propose and test ways of operationalisation which should be based on the following principles:
- Moving beyond the One Health approach to an Eco Health approach. Populations and social groups do not live, perceive and manage the determinants of health in the same way. In this context, placing them at the centre of health issues allows to go beyond the framework of conventional approaches by emphasing their involvement and by addressing socio-economic issues related to health and health governance. It is also based on a “by the commons” approach, favouring the creation of s/w resources through the involvement of beneficiaries and the emergence of new modes of governance.
- Making the link between the health of populations and territories. The improvement of animal or human health cannot be approached through the technical input of clinicians alone, but must take into account the entire territory in which individuals live and which includes a variety of inter-correlated health determinants.
- Target the actors and practices according to a strategic group approach. A better understanding of the needs or demands of populations must be based on an involved anthropological approach that recognises conflicts, convergent or divergent interests, and power relationships as elements of health regulation and production.
- Documenting and sharing the issues surrounding the production and management of health. The objectification of health facts based on research (scientific or human sciences), mapping, modelling, etc. should make it possible to draw up a picture of a social ecology of health, to objectify facts or situations, to orient research, to test new approaches and to propose monitoring tools based on the needs and demands of populations.
The direct beneficiaries will be:
- the human and animal populations of the territories targeted by the project;
- the ecosystems in which these populations live;
- civil society, local communities, and the competent authorities in charge of human or animal health or the environment at decentralised or central level.
This FISONG is endowed with an amount of EUR 2.5 million, broken down – as an indication at this stage – as follows :
- EUR 2.2 million to finanre field projects;
- 0.3 million euros to finance the cross-cutting capitalisation scheme, which will be provided by a service provider recruited through a call for tenders.
- This FISONG aims to finance 1-3 project(s) for a minimum amount of C 700 000, bearing in mind that the financial contribution of the FISONG cannot exceed 90% of the total cost of the project.
- The financing plan submitted by the NGO will have to integrate a minimum lump sum of 2% of the total amount of the project for the realization of external audits. This amount will be mobilised directly by the NGO which will contract with an external auditing firm to ensure the verification of the expenses made.
The average duration of a FISONG project is typically three years. Under the present call for projects, the duration of projects may reach 5 years and a mid-term evaluation will then be required. This evaluation will have to be integrated into the financing plan and the steering of the project.
- In line with MD’s pnonttes, projects must be located in Africa.
- Priority will be given to projects concerning a single country, with a view to simplifying implementation. Nevertheless, multi-country projects may be selected, but elements of justification for this choice will have to be provided (regional approach, capitalisation of experience in various contexts, possibility of South-South cooperation, etc.).
The process leading to the funding agreement is a two-step process:
- Selection on the basis of a project note accompanied by an administrative file relating to the NGO submitting the request for co-financing,
- Concerning the main partner(s), the “Information sheet for project partner(s)”, annexed to the model project note, must be completed in full.
- For the other structures (secondary partners, specific interlocutors, stakeholders…), it is not necessary to provide an administrative file or a specific form.
- Validation of a technical and financial file drawn up by each NGO whose project has been selected.