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.
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.
Congratulations to the short-listed GenARDIS round 3 candidates
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.
Short-listed candidates will have the opportunity to sharpen their project proposals after attending a week-long capacity-building workshop in Senegal this September. They will receive training on project development, gender planning and evaluation and feedback from jurors regarding their projects. Participants will then refine their proposals and re-submit them for final selection of fifteen GenARDIS round 3 grantees. Each will receive 7,000 Euro.
Geared to understanding and addressing gender issues in ICT for agricultural and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, the third round of GenARDIS received 231 applications from 39 countries, with over one-third of the submissions coming from Francophone countries.
The ten-member GenARDIS jury had the tough job of narrowing down so many applicants to the twenty best candidates. Chosen first and foremost for their commitment to GenARDIS, jurors reflect the regional and language diversity that GenARDIS seeks to support, and are experienced in gender, ICTs and agricultural development. In fact, several are past GenARDIS grantees.
GenARDIS’ third round has four phases of selection. In June, an initial screening of the 231 entries narrowed eligible projects down to 115 for the jury's consideration. Judges worked in teams to identify the top fifty-five candidates based on criteria clearly outlined in the call. These proposals were then freshly re-scored by different teams to avoid bias, and obtain the twenty short-listed candidates. Some jury members will mentor candidates during the September GenARDIS kick-off workshop.. The fourth and final selection phase will take place in October, when candidates re-submit their proposals based on lessons learned during the workshop.