Announcing the short-listed candidates for GenARDIS round 3

The Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) Small Grants Fund is delighted to announce that twenty projects have been short-listed as possible GenARDIS grantees.

Geographic and creative diversity

The short-listed proposals come from sixteen countries in Africa and the Caribbean, ranging from the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent on over the Atlantic Ocean to rock-skip throughout western Africa in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Congo. Eastern Africa and Southern Africa also have their share of representation with projects from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The breadth, creativity and variety of the short-listed projects demonstrate all what information and communication technologies (ICTs) have to offer to rural development, especially when addressed from a gender perspective. The projects reflect creative ideas rooted in local realities - community radio broadcasts, social networking tools, SMS, email and farmer-run portals. They benefit rural women, small-scale farmers, teachers and students in their quest to increase income, do away with intermediaries, gain access to information, improve natural resource management and influence national policies. They also reflect the vision and hope that these twenty short-listed candidates have for gender equality and rural development.

Congratulations to the short-listed GenARDIS round 3 candidates!

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GenARDIS Round 3

A Small Grants Fund to address Gender Issues in Information and Communication Technologies for Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP Countries)

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) called for applications for 15 small grnats of 7000 Euro in May. Short-listed projects were announced in August. Final selection will occur in October, 2008.

The third phase of GenARDIS grants follows two rounds of the implementation of successful projects and an in depth external evaluation. Round 3 will involve a deeper focus on capacity-building, knowledge-sharing and policy outputs. It aims to sustain and deepen the integration of gender perspectives into rural development and ICT4D initiatives, taking into account developments such as web 2.0 in agriculture and rural development and Free and Open Source Software solutions (FOSS).

GenARDIS Round 3 examines

  • Understanding gender differences in the use of ICTs
  • Promoting ICT use among rural women (sensitisation)
  • Improving rural women’s access to ICTs
  • Improving the skills and capacities of rural women in using ICTs
  • Increasing the attractiveness of ICTs for rural women by providing relevant content
  • Using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications

Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness
  • Clearly outlines and addresses gender issues, i.e., the socially constructed relations between women and men in a particular society
  • ICT-enabled
  • Agricultural or agro-linked rural development context
  • Proposal clearly states objectives, includes a methodology/ implementation strategy, identifies outputs, partners/stakeholders and includes a time line and budget
  • Realistic within budgetary and time constraints
  • Use of Free and Open Source (FOSS) applications
  • Candidates must be available for the five-day workshop in mid-July 2008. Costs to be covered by the GenARDIS partners


GenARDIS round 3 will short-list twenty (20) candidates. Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in a five-day kick-off workshop in 2008. The workshop will provide training in Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs (GEM) and capacity-building mechanisms to refine the design of projects and incorporate judges’ comments. Short-listed candidates will resubmit their proposals for judges to select fifteen (15) successful projects.

GenARDIS Small Grants Fund grantees will have one year to implement their projects. Interim reports and consistent peer-to-peer sharing during project implementation will be facilitated. Participation in an end-of project knowledge-sharing workshop (mid 2009) will enable grantees to share outcomes as well as to discuss best practices and lessons learned.

Successful applicants will be expected to write a comprehensive report on their project results, experiences and use of the funds and contribute to a workshop to be held in mid 2009.