GODAN Action Training Mini-Grants

 
 

Published on Friday, 9 March 2018. Updated on Monday, 16 April 2018

We invite dynamic trainers with demonstrable experience, who would like to collaborate with the GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) Action project to build the capacity and diversity of open data users and intermediaries, leading to increased understanding and the more effective use of open data in tackling key agriculture and nutrition challenges. The grants will be provided to fund up to eight (8) winning training workshop proposals of GBP2,000. Workshops to be conducted within three months from contract date.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) Action project is a three-year project to enable data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data and maximise its potential for impact in the agriculture and nutrition sectors.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), GODAN Action is led by Wageningen Environmental Research together with the Open Data Institute (ODI) and international partners including: AgroKnowAidData, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Land Portal, and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

GODAN Action supports data users, producers and intermediaries to effectively engage with open data and maximise its potential for impact in the agriculture and nutrition sectors. The project works along three focal areas:

  • Standards - Enhancing data standards and promoting best practice in the management and sharing of data.
  • Research - Identifying and improving tools and methods for assessing the impact of open data use in the sector.
  • Capacity - Building the capacity and diversity of open data users, leading to more effective use of data by key stakeholders in tackling agriculture and nutrition challenges.

The activities undertaken in each of the focal areas will be connected through a shared focus on a series of three thematic topics. These themes will target distinct communities of stakeholders working actively in different areas of the wider agriculture and nutrition sector.

The three selected themes are as follows:

Theme 1 - Weather Data

Weather data and services derived from weather data have a high potential to enhance support for smallholder farmers in taking operational decisions on farm management.This theme will explore the potential for open data approaches to enhance the use and reach of weather data and support the development of innovative farm management advice services by intermediaries such as extension workers, service providers and farmers unions.

Possible interventions include:

  • Encouraging release of weather data as open data to stimulate intermediaries to develop farm management services. In practice, this might mean advocacy and capacity support to national governments to release weather data as open data.
  • Supporting co-development of farm management services by improving the capabilities of intermediaries to work with available weather data and to collaborate with data providers

Theme 2 - Nutrition Data

The Global Nutrition Report (GNR) acts as an intermediary, providing data on malnutrition to multiple stakeholders from international agencies to governments and civil society. The release of data on efforts to tackle malnutrition as open data by intermediaries is intended to guide action, build accountability and support advocacy for increased commitment towards reducing malnutrition by governments.

Possible interventions include:

  • Supporting civil society organisations, advocacy groups, the media and governments themselves to access, use and present that data in engaging, relevant and timely ways will improve its effectiveness in targeting policies and programmes to address malnutrition.
  • Support the producers of data on malnutrition to publish data as open data and adopt standard approaches to how that data is collected, organised and shared. This will improve its utility and potential to benefit efforts to tackle malnutrition.

Theme 3 - Land Data

Access to good quality data on land governance, land rights and related issue is crucial to the process of developing more accountable, improved and transparent land governance systems globally. This theme will explore the potential of open data to improve sustainable land use planning, to facilitate access to justice, to address rural employment through and to build collective bargaining potential among farmers and the organizations that represent them.

Possible interventions include:

  • Improving the capacity of individuals and organisations to effectively use open land-related data.
  • Improving the capacity of organizations and institutions to publish land-related data and information as open data.

CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It facilitates access to information and knowledge; supports evidence-based, multi-stakeholder development of agricultural policies and strategies; promotes inclusive value chain development and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); and strengthens the capacities of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities.

CTA’s role in the project is to lead the Capacity Development Work Package which involves: (1) building sustainable communities of practice; (2) producing and customising open data training materials for the delivery of workshops; and (3) supporting the creation of an open data learning repository to create awareness and maximise the use of open data within a diverse group of stakeholders. The current ‘call for proposals’ falls within the category of supporting the delivery of workshops.

2. GRANT OBJECTIVE

The objective of this grant is to support the delivery of training activities to enable data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data in the agriculture and nutrition sectors. It responds to the strategic need to support more effective use of data by key stakeholders in tackling agriculture and nutrition challenges. The call for proposals builds on various activities that the GODAN Action Partners have been implementing to strengthen capacity, promote common standards and best practice in the publishing of open data and to improve how we measure impact of open data initiatives. As part of capacity building, the GODAN Action partners have since 2016, been delivering workshops for various audiences in open data for agriculture and nutrition.

Applicants can refer to the below web articles which can be used for inspiration to develop their applications:

3. DESCRIPTION OF GRANT

3.1 Outline of the proposals

Successful applicants will receive financial support for the organisation of their proposed training workshops of up to GBP2,000 (eq. Euro 2262). The training workshops should incorporate and address issues of weather data, land data or nutrition data, as these are the themes for the GODAN Action project. Winning proposals will be those which fall in one of the themes described in Section 1. Background Information and in the table below and are aligned to the GODAN Action curriculum. NB, you can decide to address more than one use case in a theme.

GODAN Action themes and use cases

Weather Data: Improving capacity of national governments to release weather data as open data.

Weather Data: Improving the capabilities of intermediaries to work with available weather data and to collaborate with data providers.

Land data: Improving the capacity of organizations and institutions to publish land-related data and information as open data.

Land Data: Improving the capacity of individuals and organisations to effectively use open land-related data.

Nutrition Data: Improving the capacity of organizations and institutions to publish open data on malnutrition.

Nutrition Data: Improving the capacity of individuals and organisations to effectively use open malnutrition data.

3.2 GODAN Action Curriculum

The GODAN Action partners have developed a comprehensive open data in agriculture and nutrition curriculum, which guides the capacity-development activities of the project. Therefore, it is expected that the proposals should be aligned to the learning outcomes identified in the curriculum. Refer to the curriculum here.

4. FUNDS AVAILABLE

There are up to eight (8) grants each of GBP2,000 (eq. Euro 2,262) that can be used toward the expenses involved in organising a local training workshop (minimum 2 days) for a minimum of 20 participants.

Eligible workshop costs are:

  • venue hire;
  • catering
  • stationery
  • equipment hire; and
  • administration costs (inclusive of fees for service providers, logistics costs, etc.).

NB. The grant may not be enough to cover all the expenses, therefore the applicant may need to source additional funds from the hosting institution.

In addition to the grant, GODAN Action will support the grant beneficiaries with access to the GODAN Action Learning Repository, which is a collection of learning materials, which can assist in the training activities, as well as promoting the training workshops on the GODAN website and social media.

5. WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Applicants should / must be experienced trainers from private or public, national or regional organizations who:

  • Have relevant work experience in any of the following areas: agriculture/nutrition; open data; data science; data management; ICT4D; information science or statistics and/or work in the land sector or nutrition sector.
  • Have demonstrable experience as a trainer/educator.
  • Applicants who will deliver the workshop in any of the DFID priority countries in section 6. Countries of Implementation.

6. COUNTRIES OF IMPLEMENTATION

Activities must be conducted in DFID priority countries, notably: Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Burma | Caribbean | Democratic Republic of Congo | Ethiopia | Ghana | Iraq | Jordan | Kenya | Kyrgyzstan | Lebanon |Liberia | Malawi | Mozambique | Nepal | Nigeria | Occupied Palestinian Territories | Overseas Territories | Pakistan | Rwanda | Sierra Leone | Somalia |South Africa | South Sudan | Sudan | Syria | Tajikistan | Tanzania | Uganda |Yemen | Zambia | Zimbabwe

7. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The grant application form requires the following information:

  • Workshop rationale
  • Implementation plan
  • Project Timeline
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Project Team
  • Project budget for which grant financing is sought. NB. The total grant amount will not exceed GBP 2,000 (eq. Euro 2,262).

Proposals outside the application form will not be reviewed.

8. ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria for a total of 100 points:

  • Extent of alignment of the proposal with the GODAN Action curriculum [20 points].
  • Likely impact of the workshop [20 points].
  • Extent of alignment of the proposal to the GODAN Action themes [15 points].
  • The relevance of the identified target audience to the GODAN Action project [15 points].
  • Ability to be completed within the budget provided and within three months of the contract signature date [15 points].
  • Demonstrated experience within the project team [15 points].

9. SUBMISSION OF THE PROPOSAL

Proposals must be submitted online by no later than 7 May 2018, 23:59 Central European Time (CET) through email to grants@cta.int. Late entries will not be accepted.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information on the grants and application process please email: Chipo Msengezi, GODAN Action Project Coordinator at msengezi@cta.int.

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Indicative starting date:
9 March 2018
Closing date for application:
7 May 2018 23:59 Central European Time (CET)
Type of contract:
Call for proposals

Downloads

Grant application form

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