UNITLIFE Call for Interest 2021
“CHRONIC MALNUTRITION PREVENTION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA”
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Deadline for proposal submission: Sunday 30 May, 11:59 PM GMT
Proposals must be submitted in English. (En anglais uniquement. Postulez dès aujourd’hui sur la page anglaise !)
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 multi-partner initiative created by the United Nations Capital Development Fund and UN Women, dedicated to the prevention of chronic malnutrition. The fund is hosted by the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund office, and 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.
UNITLIFE is seeking to identify existing 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.
Countries of interest for these projects include Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Senegal.
Organizations are invited to submit an existing project along UNITLIFE’s strategy and thematic priorities. It is important to note that while UNITLIFE will make its best effort to mobilize resources for the projects selected, there is no up-front guarantee of funding for each project.
- Number of projects to be selected: one per country of interest
- Grant amount to be mobilized: US$ 500,000 - US$ 1,000,000
- Project duration: flexible, to be determined by the applicant
Organizations that meet ALL of the following criteria can apply for this grant:
- Be an International NGO or a United Nations organization
- Have been operating in the project country for at least 3 years
- Have a global annual budget of at least US$ 1 million
- Have an in-country annual budget of at least US$ 200,000
- Be a member of a nutrition/food security coordination mechanisms in the country of project implementation
- Have a physical presence and legal right to operate in the country of project implementation
- Have experience implementing chronic malnutrition prevention activities in the country of project implementation
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 and thematic themes here: https://www.unitlife.org/resources.
17 May (10:00 am GMT)
Call for existing project opens
30 May (11:59 pm GMT)
Call for existing project closes
Technical Review Committee meeting
Secretariat liaises with the organizations: informs the organizations with projects selected, requests additional communication material
20 June – onward
The Secretariat initiates fundraising
We appreciate your interest in UNITLIFE.
The UNITLIFE team