Call for Expression of Interest - SHIFT Challenge Fund Facility Opens Second Window
The United Nations Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF) regional programme Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) Challenge Fund Facility opens the second window. SHIFT seeks to advance economic empowerment and market participation for low-income consumers, microenterprises and SMEs, with a specific focus on women, by unlocking access to financial services.
The second window of the Challenge Fund titled “Fostering innovative business models for women’s financial inclusion” will award up to US$1.8 million in matching grants to projects offering either an innovative approach or scaling-up an existing approach for financial service delivery to women in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam. The SHIFT Challenge Fund Facility invites financial institutions, non-bank financial institutions and businesses to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) between the 22 February and 15 April 2016. Following a transparent and competitive selection process, the challenge fund will award the best proposals with matching grants from $100,000 to $500,000 covering approximately 50 per cent of the project’s costs.
Information Workshops will be held to provide a presentation on the Challenge Fund's Second Window and clarify questions pertaining to the EoI preparation and submission. The schedule of the Information Workshops will take place as follows:
|21 March 2016||1:30pm-4:30pm||Sunway Hotel, No. 1, Street 92, Sangkat Wat||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|25 March 2016||2:00pm-5:00pm||United Nations Development Programme, Lane Xang Avenue||Vientiane, Lao PDR|
|29 March 2016||2:00pm-4:00pm||GOUNH, Green One UN House, Ground Floor, Conference Room C2, 304 Kim Ma||Hanoi, Viet Nam|
|Postponed||TBC||TBC||Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam|
|31 March 2016||2:30pm-4:30pm||Park Royal Hotel, 33 Alan Pya Phaya Road, Dagon Township||Yangon, Myanmar|
SHIFT's Challenge Fund Second Window is primarily funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The UNCDF's Expanding Financial Access (EFA) programme provides earmarked funding to the Second Window in Myanmar.
APPLY NOW: Second Window Expression of Interest Application Form
For more information, download the Second Window Information Note
Submission Deadline: Friday, 15 April 2016 at 23:59 (ICT)
Please submit your completed application form to the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please mention in the email subject line: "Confirm Interest in submitting EoI – SHIFT Second Window"
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. This last mile is where available resources for development are scarcest; where market failures are most pronounced; and where benefits from national growth tend to leave people excluded.
Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) advances women’s economic empowerment by unlocking financial markets, and integrating women-centric strategies in growing inclusive enterprises. SHIFT uses innovative financing mechanisms to extend investments in last-mile financial infrastructure. Fundamentally, SHIFT catalyses innovative partnerships across financial, policy, data and training markets to accelerate financial inclusion and women’s economic participation in the developing world.
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Friday, 15 April 2016 at 23:59 (ICT)