Call for proposals: Promoting knowledge management through learning communities program
Authors/Editors: Inter American Development Bank/BID
Publication date: 2008
Project proposals should support the objectives of the Program by seeking to:
- Foster knowledge-sharing, inter-institutional collaboration and capacity-building among Multilateral Investment Fund MIF partner executing agencies.
- Enhance the probability of taking Multilateral Investment Fund MIF projects to scale and/or replicating them in other contexts.
Proposal deadline: There is no deadline for project proposals. Submissions can be made any time of year, on a “first-come, first served” basis, ending in the 3rd year of the Program to allow time for project implementation and disbursements.
Geographic scope: Projects should be national or regional.
- Non-profit private sector institutions including non-governmental organizations, industry associations, chambers of commerce, etc.
- Projects should involve at least three institutions, at least one of which must have successfully executed a MIF project. (A successful project is defined as one that achieved its development objectives.)
- One of these institutions that has successfully executed a MIF project must be the provider of the services required by the requesting institutions (beneficiaries), and be pre-selected by them.
Activities to be financed: Proposals must include at least two activities/components, in addition to a dissemination plan, i.e. how the knowledge gained will be disseminated and utilized within the beneficiary institutions(s), as well as a plan for disseminating project results to the other members of the learning community.
- Learning materials (i.e. learning guides, manuals, best practices, research studies and other publications);
- Training (i.e. courses, seminars, conferences on specific topics);
- Inter-institutional internships, focusing on mentoring i.e. one-on-one training (in new methodologies or new product development);
- Communication tools (website, online discussion forums), using MIF guidelines and/or platform;
- Technology transfer among participating institutions;
- Development of databases (projects/consultants/available resources);
- Competitions to highlight best practices and lessons learned in successful MIF projects.
Excluded activities: The following activities will not be financed:
- Investments in physical infrastructure (construction, purchase of land/property or durable equipment such as heavy machinery);
- Direct credit to beneficiaries;
- Debt repayment;
- Purchase of raw materials (agricultural and industrial);
- Purchase of motor vehicles;
- Salaries of employees of the executing agency;
- Consultants that assist in the design of the project are generally ineligible to be financed by MIF funds for project execution;
- Overhead expenses – instead, these types of expenses can be recognized as part of the counterpart contribution;
- Generally MIF/IDB resources are not to be used to cover any sales or import taxes associated with the purchase of goods or contracting of services;
- MIF resources cannot be used to cover any expenditures incurred prior to project approval by the MIF.
Financing: MIF financing for each approved project will be US$75,000, up to a maximum amount of US$150,000, depending on the activities proposed. Proposals should be sent via e-mail to KMprogram@iadb.org
Selection by the Advisory Group: Each project will be selected for funding by a 5-person Advisory Group comprising:
- an operations specialist from the MIF;
- a representative of the Office of Knowledge and Learning of the Bank;
- the MIF Specialist in the country of the service provider for the project;
- an external expert in the project’s thematic area, such as the existing cluster coordinator or consultant; and
- the Program coordinator. Multiple proposals from the same institution will not be funded.
Execution and disbursement period: The execution period for each approved project will be to 12-18 months. The disbursement period will be up to 20 months.