- Department for International Development
- 6 July 2017
- Last updated:
- 8 September 2017, see all updates
- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia Ghana, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
- Agriculture, Climate change, Disabilities, Education, Empowerment and accountability Environment, Girls and women, Health, Livelihoods, Peace and access to justice, Private sector/business, Technology, and Water and sanitation
- Eligible organisations:
- Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), UK-based non-profit organisations, UK-based small and diaspora organisations, Companies, and Local government
- Value of funding:
- More than £1,000,000
UK Aid Connect will support consortia to create innovative solutions to complex development challenges that deliver real change to poor people’s lives.
DFID has invited consortia to submit proposals that will address the key development challenges in the priority thematic areas listed below.The proposed timeframe for notifying bidders of the outcome of their applications is as follows:
- Phase 1: January 2018
- Phase 2: March 2018
What the fund will achieve
The world has seen substantial success on poverty reduction. However, 1.2 billion people remain in extreme poverty. There is a growing recognition that the problems facing the poorest most excluded people and the global challenges underlying those problems, are complex and interconnected. No single development actor has all the answers. Coalitions and collaboration bring new and creative ideas, innovation, better results and opportunities through pooled ideas, skills and resources. DFID wants to bring those qualities together in coalitions that address key development challenges in the following priority thematic areas:
- promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights
- disability inclusion
- working towards global security and stability
- building civil society effectiveness
- building open societies
- tackling child labour and modern slavery
- addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion
- supporting tolerance and freedom of religion or belief
The consortia will undertake action research, trialling new approaches and testing the viability of scaling up effective approaches to produce rigorous and influential evidence and learning. The specific results delivered by each consortium will in part be determined by the nature of the issues to be addressed in those particular policy and thematic areas. However, we envisage the consortia will produce rigorous and influential practical evidence, knowledge and learning. The rigorous evidence and learning produced by the consortia will be used to implement and scale up these innovative solutions to deliver real change to poor people’s lives in low and middle income countries.
How to apply
Please refer to the terms of reference for full details. Applicants must submit a Microsoft Word version of their proposal and associated documents using the templates provided below, by email, to UKAidConnect@dfid.gov.uk
Background information on the fund
The Terms of Reference for each of the themes will set out the background on UK Aid Connect and the process for submitting the proposal. A strong proposal will provide quality ideas and articulate how those ideas will bring about lasting change. We do not expect to see a full programme design. This will be undertaken with DFID during the co-creation phase.
Between now and 31 July, DFID will convene a series of open meetings to discuss the key development challenges in the thematic areas. Information on these events are set out in the information note.
- Information note
- Eligible country list
- Preparing your budget
- Proposal form
- Budget template
- Theory of Change guidance
- Theory of Change guidance annexe
Terms of reference
- Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
- Disability Inclusion
- Addressing Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual and Transgender Inclusion
- Building Civil Society Effectiveness
- Building Open Societies
- Supporting Tolerance and Freedom of Religion or Belief
- Tackling Child Labour and Modern Slavery
- Working towards Global Security and Stability
- Stability framework
Frequently asked questions
Please e-mail enquiries to UKAidConnect@dfid.gov.uk
Published: 6 July 2017
Updated: 8 September 2017
- Revised version of Frequently Asked Questions added
- Summary of dialogue meetings and presentations added.
- New terms of reference added.
- Terms of Reference: Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) now added.
- First published.
Countries: Afghanistan Bangladesh Burma Democratic Republic of the Congo Ethiopia Ghana Kenya Kyrgyzstan Liberia Malawi Mozambique Nepal Nigeria Pakistan Rwanda Sierra Leone Somalia Sudan South Sudan Tajikistan Tanzania Uganda Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe
Sector: Agriculture Climate change Disabilities Education Empowerment and accountability Environment Girls and women Health Livelihoods Peace and access to justice Private sector/business Technology Water and sanitation
Value of funding: More than £1,000,000