Questions and Answers – Call for Preliminary Proposals: Innovation for Women's Economic Empowerment in Ghana
This web page includes questions from potential applicants and answers from Global Affairs Canada regarding the Call for Preliminary Proposals: Innovation for Women's Economic Empowerment in Ghana. This web page is not a substitute for the guidance on the application process contained on the web page of this call, the Partners@International portal, the application form, and the How to apply for funding through a call for preliminary proposals web page.
Please note that Global Affairs Canada may re-draft questions from applicants in order to protect their identities, as well as to ensure that the questions and answers are broadly applicable to all applicants.
Please note that the deadline for submitting questions regarding this preliminary call for proposals is 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Answers to questions received before this deadline will be posted below.
Are scholarships considered an eligible activity under this preliminary call for proposals? (May 11, 2018)
The intent of this call for preliminary proposals is not to create a scholarship program. However, targeted education and training activities are eligible as part of a broader project.
Can additional intermediate outcomes (i.e.: outside of the three provided on the Call page) be added to the Logic Model? (May 29, 2018)
The focus of this call for preliminary proposals is to seek results related to the three intermediate outcomes listed on the Call page. Additional intermediate outcomes that contribute to the ultimate outcome could also be added to the Logic Mode, but focus should remain on at least one of the required intermediate outcomes.
What is the difference between a “lead applicant”, “lead implementing organization”, “signatory partner”, “non-signatory partner” and “local partner”? (May 11, 2018)
The “lead applicant/lead implementing organization” is the eligible Canadian or Ghanaian organization that submits the preliminary proposal and would become the “signatory partner”, entering into a funding agreement with Global Affairs Canada, if the preliminary proposal leads to a full proposal that is selected for funding.
“Non-signatory partners” are the other organizations with which a lead applicant works to develop the preliminary proposal and, if selected for funding, to deliver the project.
A “local partner” is a non-signatory partner that is registered in Ghana and identified on the Local Partner Information Form in the application.
Is there a restriction on the number of proposals in which an organization can be named as a non-signatory partner on another lead applicant’s proposal? (May 11, 2018)
An organization may be named as a non-signatory partner or local partner on more than one proposal submitted by another lead applicant. However, the organization must be capable of carrying out the work in all of the proposals in which it agrees to take part, and of doing so simultaneously in the event that all or some of those proposals are selected for funding.
Are Ghanaian public authorities eligible to apply to this call for preliminary proposals? (May 11, 2018)
Ghanaian public authorities are not eligible to apply to this call for preliminary proposals as a lead applicant/lead implementing partner. However, a Ghanaian public authority could be named as a local partner or a non-signatory partner on an application submitted by another lead applicant. It is the responsibility of each organization to determine, if they have the authority to enter into agreements/contracts, based on the Act through which the organization was created.
Can project examples to demonstrate project management experience be from any country? (May 28, 2018)
Project examples to demonstrate project management experience must have been implemented in a country that is eligible for Official Development Assistance.
Are past projects implemented by non-signatory partners or an affiliate of the lead applicant acceptable as examples of project management experience? (May 28, 2018)
The lead applicant is required to meet all eligibility requirements. Only projects managed or implemented directly by the lead applicant are acceptable to fulfill the project management experience eligibility criteria.
Are projects implemented prior to a certain date acceptable as examples of project management experience? (May 28, 2018)
While there is no specific time-frame from which project examples used to demonstrate experience must be drawn, the use of recent examples is encouraged.
Could an organization that is not based in Canada, but has a registered branch office in Ghana, be considered eligible to apply for the call for preliminary proposals? (May 29, 2018)
The lead applicant must meet all the eligibility criteria outlined in the call page, including being legally registered in either Canada or Ghana.
Is it possible to apply to this Call for Preliminary Proposals as a consortium of lead applicants, whereby the eligibility criteria are met collectively by two or more organizations? (May 29, 2018)
In the case of a consortium, if the consortium is not a legal entity, a single lead applicant must be designated to submit the preliminary proposal. This lead applicant must satisfy all of the eligibility requirements.
Can examples of past project experience include current operational projects? (May 29, 2018)
Examples of past project experience can include operational projects that are in an advanced state of implementation and have already generated measurable results.
One of the eligibility criteria is that an organization must demonstrate a minimum of two years’ experience managing a gender equality project. How is “gender equality project” defined in this context? (May 30, 2018)
The gender equality project example provided must demonstrate either that the exclusive focus of the project was to address gender inequalities or that one of the project’s main outcomes specifically addressed gender inequality.
How to submit your application
The English application form for this Call for Preliminary Proposals is missing a question on “Alignment” that appears in section 1 of the French form. How will this be taken into consideration? (May 29, 2018)
It was recently noted that the French application form for this Call for Preliminary Proposals includes a question on “Alignment” that does not appear in the English application form. Applicants using the French application form should not answer this question (1.3 Alignment). Simply write “Not applicable” in the space provided for the answer so that your form can be validated. Applicants using the English application form should complete all sections of the form.
Are there any cost-sharing requirements for this Call for preliminary proposals, either in cash and/or in-kind? (May 8, 2018)
There are no cost-sharing requirements for this call for preliminary proposals. However, cost- sharing is encouraged; both cash and in-kind.
Are land purchases, construction and other capital investments eligible costs? (May 30, 2018)
The intent of this call for preliminary proposals is not to focus on provision of infrastructure; however,costs for targeted construction activities and purchase of goods, services and equipment are eligible expenses within a broader project. Please refer to the Guidance on Eligible Costs for Development Initiatives for further information.
Please also consult the Overhead Compensation Policy for Contribution Agreements with Canadian Organizations under the International Development Assistance Program for the definition of construction costs (Appendix I: Definitions), the eligible construction costs for the application of the overhead compensation rate (section 5.3.1), and construction costs for the application of the overhead compensation rate to be determined on a case-by-case basis (section 5.3.3). Please note that the guidelines in this document will be applied to all organizations (Ghanaian and Canadian) applying under this call for preliminary proposals.
Cost for land purchase is not an eligible expense. Capital investments associated with equity capital, such as acquiring a financial interest in another organization (shares or otherwise), are not eligible expenses either.
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