UNITLIFE Pilot Grant
“CHRONIC MALNUTRITION PREVENTION IN NIGER”
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
UPDATE: the UNITLIFE Secretariat is offering interested organizations the possibility to confirm that activities included in their proposal are in line with UNITLIFE’s investment strategy before the submission deadline. The Secretariat team will be available to provide feedback on the week of 13-17 July. Partners who would like to take advantage of this option are kindly asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 July at the latest, with a short project or activity description. Please note this step is fully optional and simply serves to support organizations who may have a doubt on the eligibility of the proposed activities before submitting.
Deadline for proposal submission: Wednesday 22 July, 5:00 PM Niamey time
Proposals can be submitted in English or French.
Children who receive inadequate nutrient during the first 1,000 days of their lives suffer from chronic malnutrition. These children face severe and largely irreversible consequences: a stunted growth, impaired brain development and a weaker immune system. They are unable to reach their full potential to do well in school, earn more as adults and support the economic development of their countries. With 144 million chronically malnourished children in the world - 1 in 5 children under the age of 5 – the burden of chronic malnutrition is staggering, and the current health and economic crisis linked to Covid-19 is likely to further deteriorate nutritional status of the most vulnerable.
UNITLIFE is an innovative fund hosted by the United Nations Capital Development Fund dedicated to the prevention of chronic malnutrition. UNITLIFE specifically supports projects at the intersection of nutrition, nutrition-sensitive and resilient food systems, and the empowerment of women, with the primary goal of improving the nutritional status of children and mothers through improved diets. The fund is governed by a multi-stakeholder board, including the permanent seat members – the Government of France and UN Women. UNITLIFE is presided by Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Health Minister of France, who has also served as Under Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Innovative Financing at the United Nations. The UNITLIFE Secretariat is located at the world's largest start-up campus: Station F in Paris.
With its Secretariat established in February 2020 and its investment strategy approved in May 2020, UNITLIFE is opening a call for proposals in June 2020 for a pilot grant in Niger.
- Number of grants available: 1
- Grant amount: US$ 500,000
- Grant duration: 18 months
- Estimated start date: September 2020
Organizations that meet ALL of the following criteria can apply for this grant:
- Be an International NGO or a United Nations entity
- Have an annual budget of at least US$ 1 million
- Have a physical presence and legal right to operate in Niger
- Have experience implementing chronic malnutrition prevention activities in Niger
- Are a member of at least one of the following coordination mechanisms in Niger: Nutrition Cluster / Groupe Technique Nutrition, relevant SUN Network, or Comité Technique – Initiative 3N.
UNITLIFE will consider interventions that respond to its theory of change: If (1) nutrition-sensitive and resilient agricultural/food systems are promoted among women in combination with infant and young child nutrition and care behavioral change programs, then (2) the prevalence of chronic malnutrition and macro/micronutrient deficiencies will decrease because (3) diet diversity, quantity, and quality will be improved.
Interventions at different points of the food value chain will be eligible, provided that:
- Improving nutrition is a primary outcome of the intervention;
- Women have a central role in the intervention;
- UNITLIFE’s three cross-cutting priorities - innovation, sustainability, integration/colocation – are integrated:
For more information and examples of interventions, kindly refer to UNITLIFE’s investment strategy available here: https://www.unitlife.org/documents-reports. Answers to common questions are also available in the FAQ, click here to download.
29 June 9 am Niamey
Call for proposal opens
Early feedback on concept (optional)
22 July 5 pm Niamey
Call for proposal closes
Partners informed on initial screening outcome
Technical Review Committee (TRC) Meeting
Partners informed on TRC outcome
Winning proposal – contracting formalities
We appreciate your interest in UNITLIFE.
The UNITLIFE team