Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition. The IKI is a key element of Germany’s climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.
The German Government, through GIZ, provide services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party, but we also work with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade. All these commissioning parties place their trust in GIZ by working together with us to generate ideas for political, social and economic change, develop these into concrete plans and implement the envisaged change processes. Since we are a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to our work. This makes us a reliable service provider that people can trust. Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible and effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. GIZ has 17,319 staff in over 130 countries, around 70 per cent are national personnel working in the field. In our capacity as a recognised sending organisation, we currently have 730 development workers in action in partner countries. In addition, CIM, a joint operation of GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency, placed almost 1,000 integrated and returning experts with local employers abroad in 2016 while providing them with financial support and advisory services.
NZ has 12 investment priorities. These priorities emphasize private-sector led growth that supports sustainable development. They focus on improving well-being and reducing poverty, hardship and vulnerability through access to economic opportunities and high-quality public services. Our priorities also support resilience to climate change, natural disasters and external economic events. Priorities:
• Renewable energy - expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy
• Agriculture - increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture
• Information Communications Technology (ICT) - expand ICT connectivity, access and use in the Pacific
• Fisheries - increase economic and food security benefits from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Pacific
• Tourism - increase economic benefits from tourism in the Pacific
• Trade and labour mobility - increase economic benefits from trade and labour mobility in the Pacific
• Economic governance - strengthen economic governance in the Pacific
• Law and justice - strengthen law and justice systems in the Pacific
• Health - improve the health of people in the Pacific
• Education - improve knowledge, skills and basic education
• Resilience - strengthen resilience
• Humanitarian - respond to humanitarian emergencies Policy priorities New Zealand’s development effort involves leadership on policy issues alongside aid funding.
Our aid efforts are more likely to succeed if partner countries have effective policies in place. Therefore, engaging with partner governments on policy issues is an important part of our development work. We're a champion internationally for development issues affecting small island developing states. Domestically, we advocate for development-friendly New Zealand policy. We have six priorities for our policy work: We advocate, at the global level, for policies that support sustainable development in small island developing states. We engage with Pacific partners on economic and social policies that promote sustainable development and effective implementation. We work with partners to improve donor coordination in the Pacific. We strengthen the development impact of New Zealand’s domestic and international policy positions. We work with the Pacific to develop effective regional approaches to regional issues. We negotiate and implement policy agreements that improve the ability of Pacific Island countries to trade in goods, services and labour.
The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby has a number of opportunities for organizations in Vanuatu. Grant opportunities change each year.
The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), established under the UNFCCC, addresses the special needs of the 51 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) that are especially vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.
The LDCF reduces the vulnerability of sectors and resources that are central to development and livelihoods, such as water, agriculture and food security, health, disaster risk management and prevention, infrastructure, and fragile ecosystems.
It is tasked with financing the preparation and implementation of National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs). NAPAs use existing information to identify a country’s priorities for adaptation actions. The LDCF is the only existing fund whose mandate is to finance the preparation and implementation of the NAPAs.
The program for financing development micro-projects aims to:
•Directly finance small projects initiated by local communities, general interest minded individuals or civil society organizations.
•Strengthen local capacities through involvement in projects aiming at a fair and collective benefit and meeting the needs of the beneficiaries in order to improve the living conditions of the local communities concerned.
To be eligible, the micro-projects have to be related at least to one of the following priority themes: sustainable economic development, water access, education, health, social development and women empowerment.
3. Project leaders
The persons in charge for the micro-projects might be:
•One (or more) community(ies)
•Organizations active in diverse sectors
•Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) based in Vanuatu
•Individuals leading a general interest project.
Only one project can be received by project leader.
4. Screening process
1.Micro-project leaders will be met at the French Embassy. (Cooperation and Cultural Action Service - SCAC) in order to check the project compliance to funding criteria and to get advice on the elaboration of the proposal.
2.The project manager writes the micro-project proposal. Some documents are requested (quotations, detailed budget, letter signed by the beneficiaries, letter of the regional planner etc.) and have to be attached to the project proposal file. The micro-project financing can not exceed 1 000 000 vatu.
3.Registering the micro-project with SCAC. SCAC may further contact or meet the project manager in order to request complementary or more detailed information.
4.The micro-projects are selected by the Selection Committee staffed by representatives of the Prime Minister Coordination Service, of Vanuatu civil society organizations and project officers from SCAC.
5.When a micro-project is selected, the community commits itself to provide local materials, to finance the transport of the equipments and materials and to provide the necessary workforce for the implementation of the project.
6.Implementation of the selected micro-projects: the project manager must sign a commitment letter addressed to the French Embassy regarding the smooth progress of the project and its implementation within six months.
7.Micro-projects monitoring: a follow up process is undertaken during the implementation of the project. After completion, the project leader must submit a report.
All the documents can be written in one of the Vanuatu official language: French, English or Bislama
5. Micro-project financed
Since 2006 over 200 micro-projects have been financed for a total sum exceeding 100 billion vatu. Some examples can be found below:
Purchase of poly pipes to install a water system between a the water source and the village;
Purchase of water tanks for a community;
Renovation of two classrooms in a school;
Building a school library;
Purchase of 30 sewing machines for a women’s association;
Fitting out a rural training centre;
Purchase of materials for a nursery construction.
6. Example of financing not accepted by the French Embassy
Purchase of land or premises
Salary or financial compensations
Staff transportation costs
Sponsoring, electoral propaganda, religious minded project
7. How to compile an application file
The application form for micro-project financing is available from SCAC at the French Embassy.
For any question relative to the micro-project program, please contact:
Project Manager Cooperation and Cultural section
Lini Highway - BP 88, Port Vila.
Tel : 28700
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pacific Islands region is incredibly diverse—both ecologically and culturally—yet the indigenous populations and the fragile ecosystems they depend on are enormously threatened. Climate change, industrial logging and palm oil expansion, and lack of corporate accountability are just a few of the perpetrators.
Tackling these forces is no easy feat. With hundreds of small islands and over 500 language dialects, environmental groups must confront significant barriers to networking and information-sharing. However, with the support of traditional leadership structures and small grants, communities are coming together and taking action against social and environmental injustice.
Afeafe o Vaetoefaga Pacific Academy
Grant #: 53-512
Afeafe o Vaetoefaga Pacific Academy sought to protect the community’s drinking water source—a large freshwater pool—from being contaminated by daily activities.The organization used the small grant to build a small freshwater pool that local women can use to bathe and do laundry that is separate from the water source.t to protectethe communol that locthe water source
- Australia (1 grant)
- Cook Islands (9 grants)
- Federated States of Micronesia (24 grants)
- Fiji (9 grants)
- Kiribati (1 grant)
- Marshall Islands (4 grants)
- Micronesia (35 grants)
- New Caledonia (1 grant)
- New Zealand (1 grant)
- Niue (1 grant)
- Palau (11 grants)
- Papua New Guinea (136 grants)
- Samoa (57 grants)
- Solomon Islands (19 grants)
- Tonga (3 grants)
- Tuvalu (4 grants)
- United States of America (1 grant)
- Vanuatu (4 grants).
IslandFood Communit of PohnpeiIsland
Grant #: 52-321
A small grant to Island Food Community increased awareness about the importance of local foods for nutrition and cultural preservation. The group put on trainings at elementary schools about nutritional content and the preparation of locals food. They built a small oven (adjacent) for school use. They also hosted radio programs and put out news releases to raise awareness about the collection of native food specimens, which were used to create a pilot farm and gene bank.Grant #: 52-321