Call for Teams: Global Resilience Challenge


Call for Teams: Global Resilience Challenge


October 2014

The Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and SIDA have launched the “Global Resilience Challenge”, a competition designed to surface the most innovative, high-impact and locally-driven ideas for building resilience in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.  

The Global Resilience Partnership was launched in August with an initial investment of $100 million. The Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has recently joined the Partnership with an additional $50 million commitment. The Partnership allow individuals, communities and regions to realize the “resilience dividend” through investing in building the capacity to better prepare for, bounce back from and thrive in the face of sudden shocks, such as typhoons,  or the slower, less obvious stressors, such as rising temperatures or water scarcity.  In a time of rapid change, resilience also allows us to prepare for the unpredictable.

Three main priority programmatic areas of focus in the three regions are 1. Predictive analytics and technologies2. Resilience measurement and metrics, and 3. Innovative and flexible financing. The Partnership seeks to support the work already underway and to catalyze breakthroughs in these key areas by providing the space for experimentation and innovation. Challenge participants will also become initial members of the network of regional partners.

The Challenge Process

Stage 1: Forming Teams (September 19, 2014—January 15, 2015)  Please note that November 21, 2014 is currently the application deadline.

Organizations will come together to form multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary Resilience Teams that will apply for the Challenge. The team will submit a “Pre-Proposal” that will describe ideas the team will take forward in Stage Two. It is expected that approximately up to 15 finalist Resilience Teams would be chosen, and 5 per region. The criteria for selection is the quality and composition of the team together with the Pre-Proposal.

Stage 2: Diagnose Problems, Develop Solutions (January 15, 2015—July 15, 2015)

This stage will have two steps. Teams will focus on diagnosing problems and developing resilience solutions in this stage. Final teams will be awarded up to $200,000 USD in this stage, to be will be disbursed in two payments.

Stage 3: Implementation Plans (Begins September 15, 2015)

The winning teams will be given a monetary award of up to $1 million USD to implement their solution. Additional funding may be available depending on the complexity of the proposed solution and its potential for impact.

Full details, including the guidelines and frequently asked questions, are available on Dates for an upcoming webinar will also be posted on the website.

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