Tapping Canadian Creativity : Canadian Landmine Fund

Report
from Canadian International Development Agency
Published on 07 Apr 2000
The Goal of the Fund is to contribute to the process to rid the world of the threat of anti-personnel landmines. CIDA's role within the Fund, is to lead in areas of victim assistance and rehabilitation (physical, psychological, social, economic), mine awareness education, mine clearance and in the planning of national programs for mine action.
Organizations should send their project proposal before June 9, 2000.

Please use the following format to submit your project proposals:

1. Summary of project

Context: The description of the situation to which the project responds; for example the need for victim assistance and rehabilitation, or the need for mine awareness education, surveys or humanitarian demining, where appropriate.

Rationale: How will the project fill a gap? What will the project accomplish and how will it contribute toward a humanitarian and developmental response to the threats imposed by the presence of anti-personnel landmines?

Other potential partner(s), including local, national or international partners: In relation to project implementation, describe their roles in the project. In the case of local partners, how involved were they in preparing and designing the project? How long has your organization known/worked with the partner(s)?

2. Objectives of the project:

Description of the goals and objectives of the project.

3. Work plan and schedule

Preparation and start-up of the project.

Main project components or activities. What type of mine action initiatives are envisaged? Describe the expected outcomes (value added) for each of the main project components. Who are the target groups?

Duration of the project (maximum 3 years). A bar-chart summary.

4. Target population and participants

Population concerned with the project (description of participants, recipients, impact on diverse groups that will participate into or benefit from the project activities).

5. Methodology and approach

Methodology (approaches used to carryout project activities, action plan and contingency plan to circumvent expected obstacles).

Detail your knowledge and use of internationally recognized standards in mine action (mine awareness education, humanitarian mine clearance and victim assistance).

6. Expected results

What are the indicators of success (how to assess the project objectives?). What are the expected achievements in a twelve-month period? How sustainable is the project after completion? Will the local partners have the capacity to assume the benefits of the project?

7. Risk

Risks linked to the project and the means employed to diminish them.

8. Coordination

Coherence with other mine action efforts, in the designated mine affected country (government, civil society, other donors). Indicate the centre of responsibility for mine action in that country. Names of local representation of other mine action stakeholders.

9. Canadian implementing agency

Describe briefly the strengths of your organization, the current qualifications and experience of your staff delivering the project and previous experience in the field of mine action and the reasons why it is well-placed to successfully carry out this project. Describe your organizations' knowledge of and experience in the target region/country. Originality of the project, what makes this project innovative.

10. Monitoring, follow-up and reports

Monitoring plan for mine action initiatives.

Progress narrative and financial reports are required every six months.

11. Canadian public engagement

Communications plan to promote Canadian public awareness of the issues addressed in the project.

12. Financial

Provide a financial budget. Administrative costs should not exceed 15%. A maximum total project value cannot exceed $500,000 Cdn. Identify, if any, other sources of funding for the project. What would be the cash flow requirement during a twelve-month period?

Addressing your proposal:

Mine Action Unit
Multilateral Programs Branch- CIDA
200 Promenade du Portage
Hull, Quebec
K1A OG4

E-mail: mines@acdi-cida.gc.ca
Fax: (819) 997-6632
Tel. (819) 953-0408, 953-0420

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Government of Canada Criteria for the Assessment of Tapping Canadian Creativity Project Proposals

Introduction

Canada supports mine action projects proposed by Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), non-governmental institutions (NGIs) and the private sector (on a "not for profit" basis) which, in partnership with local organizations, seek to address the humanitarian and developmental consequences of the use of landmines and to help landmine victims and affected communities resume productive lives.

More specifically, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) supports mine action projects which focus on humanitarian demining (including mine/UXO clearance, surveying, marking and mapping) victim assistance and rehabilitation (including the socio-economic reintegration of mine victims) and mine awareness education.

Project Location

CIDA, currently, will give priority to projects proposals for the following countries/regions: Afghanistan, Angola (victim assistance and mine awareness only), Azerbaijan, Chad, Colombia, Croatia, Ethiopia (victim assistance and mine awareness only), Georgia, Guinea Bissau, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco (Western Sahara), Palestinian Administered Areas, Syria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Thailand, Zambia.

The following criteria are used to assess mine action project proposals received by the government of Canada. Although these criteria primarily are used to assess mine clearance, victim assistance and mine awareness projects, in all relevant instances they also serve as a guide in assessing advocacy and research-related projects.

1. Project Rationale

The project will address an identified mine-related humanitarian or development need.

The project is consistent with Canada's foreign policy objectives and priorities.

The project is consistent with Canada's country mine action priorities.

The project is consistent with Canada's support for the universalization and implementation of the Ottawa Convention.

2. Partnership and Coordination

The proposal involves the participation of the local partners in the preparation and implementation of the project and is designed to build local capacity.

Other organizations are involved as partners in financing the project. The organization shares a portion of the project costs (cash and in-kind).

There is a positive relationship between the project and mine action initiatives undertaken by other organizations in this country/region. The project will be integrated into larger mine action efforts in this country/region.

The project supports long-term partnerships between Canadian organizations and local partners.

3. Capacity Development and Sustainability

The project will strengthen the project management and implementation capacities of local partners.

The project will contribute to the mine action capacity development of the Canadian implementing organization(s).

Project activities and outcomes will be sustainable for the beneficiary communities and local partners.

The implementing organization has a clear withdrawal strategy.

Local partners have developed a plan to cover ongoing reasonable levels of recurrent costs associated with this project.

The project activities and methodology are potentially replicable elsewhere in the recipient country/region.

4. Technical content

The implementing organization has the capacity (e.g., financial, management, technical, human, etc.) to successfully implement the project and has a positive track record of implementing similar projects.

Project activities and objectives are clearly related to local context and needs (implementing organization has a good knowledge of the local context).

The proposed methodology demonstrates a clear understanding and use of internationally recognized standards, standing operating procedures and best practices in mine action. The organizations/contractors receiving funds agree to adhere to those specific international standards.

The responsibilities of all implementing agencies are clearly defined in all stages of the project.

Results based management will be used. A monitoring framework and progress indicators are well defined.

The project work-plan is clear, with identifiable milestones and a realistic time-frame.

Project costs and budget are clear, realistic, and represent an efficient use of financial resources.

The project demonstrates an acceptable level of gender and environmental analysis.

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