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Sectors: Economy - Finances, Justice - Security

Beneficiaries: Corporations, Development NGOs, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Media and cultural organisations, Non-profit organisations, Schools, SMEs, Universities

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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Funds for: supporting the creation of innovative cultural venues and empower cinemas to innovate and play a more important role in their local communities
Main beneficiaries: non-governmental organisation, social business, foundation, etc.

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: supporting the creation of innovative cultural venues and empower cinemas to innovate and play a more important role in their local communities
Main beneficiaries: non-governmental organisation, social business, foundation, etc.

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To deepen financial inclusion in ACP countries by promoting inclusive and responsible Digital Financial Services (DFS) ecosystems that can benefit people living in poverty and entrepreneurs (in particular women and youth);
* To promote Policy and Regulatory environment for digital financial inclusion;
* To promote innovative and scalable digital financial solutions

Priorities
* Market system development approach based on a strong understanding on the market failures and needs and with strong emphasis on impact and measurable results, taking into account trade and investment;
* Multi-stakeholder alliances, in particular private-public sector partnerships;
* Need for replicability in further ACP countries;
* Women’s economic empowerment, youth skills and entrepreneurship, access to basic utilities and servicing rural population;
* Various sources of funds;
* Sustainability and clear exit strategy for the post-grant period that may include using private investor funding, potentially from an EIP connected investment project;
* Regional approach;
* ‘do no harm principle’;
* Inclusive access to digital financial services;
* Joint Steering Committee;
* Knowledge sharing and the identification of best practice
 
Among financed actions
* Creating country or region-specific knowledge, economic and social diagnostics and roadmaps, aimed at paving the way for the development of DFS;
* Guiding and supporting to the regulatory and supervision authorities in setting an enabling environment for the development of DFS;
* Developing a solid economic and social impact measurement system;
* Expanding an existing DFS initiative to new areas such as remote, conflict-prone, rural, fragile. New clients such as youth, women, informal entrepreneurs, unserved MSMEs, will be the focus of this action;
* Scaling-up innovative and sustainable business models (G2P, B2P) for Digital Finance solutions affordable for all users, with strong data protection plans, in agriculture, electrification energy including capacity building in ACP countries;
* Upscaling existing DFS initiatives by leveraging private sector skills and funding with the aim of reaching full financial sustainability

Additional information
* This call for proposals is restricted call for proposals. In the first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 60 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal person;
– Be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, social business,  foundation, inter-professional or intermediary organisation, international (inter-governmental);
– Be established in one of the following eligible country or territories : an ACP State or a Member State of the European Union or a beneficiary country of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance or a Member State of the European Economic Area or an Overseas Country and Territory (OCTs) or a developing country or territory, included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA recipients , which is not member of the G20 group, without prejudice to the status of the Republic of South Africa, as governed by Protocol 3 of the partnership Agreement: Least Developed Countries (LDCs); Other Low Income Countries; Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories; Upper Middle Income Countries and Territories; a Member State of the OECD only when contracts are implemented in Least Developed Countries (LDC) and/or in Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) only;
– Demonstrate the following specific experience:
> At least 5 years of experience in project management;
> Experience in the management of at least 1 Public-Private Parnership project in ACP countries;
> Be able to demonstrate having carried out activities in the field of digital financial inclusion

– Lot 1: The lead applicant must act with at least 3 co-applicants;
– Lot 2: The lead applicant must act with at least 2 co-applicants
– For both lots, partnerships must include at least one (1) applicant, either the lead applicant or a co-applicant, established in each of the ACP regions

– In addition to the categories referred, the following are however also eligible, as co-applicants:
> Public bodies;
> Private sector actors;
> Financial institutions