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Application deadline for water sector PPP projects extended one month: New deadline 28 February 2014

23.01.2014  09:39
To meet the requests from many interested partners, the Embassy and WWF have decided to extend the application deadline. Applications must now be submitted before 28 February 2014.

The Private-Public Partnership program within the water sector  provides funding of up to DKK 250,000 / ZAR 400,000 for  Danish / South African partnerships to test Danish technology and or know-how within the water sector in an South African context.

Background
South Africa faces both water quality and quantity challenges now and in the future. Danish technology and know-how within the water area can contribute to finding solutions to the South African water sector (Relevant stakeholders from the water sector in Botswana and Lesotho are also eligible for the PPP programme). Denmark has experience within many areas, from pumps, water metering and irrigation, to water management systems/waste water, to mention a few.

Objectives
The aim of this project is to facilitate and finance a number of public-private partnerships (PPPs) with the purpose of testing Danish technology and know-how in the South African water sector as pilot projects. The PPP projects should demonstrate new and innovative solutions to the problems facing the water sector and should, if possible and relevant, align with WWF-SA’s programme of freshwater work focused on water stewardship and water security.
A condition for obtaining support (up to 400,000 ZAR / 250,000 DKK per project) is a commitment to provide documentation on impact, as well as guidelines in order to enable replication. These reports will be used for the preparation of a “best practice manual” which will be a joint WWF / SA and Danida publication, which will be distributed to all relevant stakeholders. The relevant lessons learned will also be included in a water awareness campaign, aimed at the biggest water polluters and consumers, which WWF will undertake.

Who can apply?
Danish companies in cooperation with South African partners such as private companies, as well as South African universities, the Water Research Commission and relevant South African interest organizations, will be able to apply for financial support.

How to apply?
To apply, it is required to present a brief project proposal (form enclosed on the last page) on how Danish technology and know-how can be applied in the South African water sector to address some of the challenges.
To be eligible, organizations also have to meet some criteria set by Danida. These are:

  • Proven track record in the water sector.
  • Private companies / organisations registered in Denmark and South Africa, respectively.
  • Submitted project proposal signed by both the South African and Danish Partner.
  • Willingness to document the applied method, equipment and results in writing to be used for the manual of best practice and to be published on WWF and Embassy’s web pages.
  • Willingness to submit a report including a financial statement (not audited) which outlines progress in the project implementation. The mid-term report should be signed by both the Danish and South African partner.
  • Willingness to complete the project within a maximum of 12 months.
  • Willingness to submit an audited final financial statement within three months upon completion of the project.
  • The maximum funding of a project is 400,000 ZAR (approximately 250,000 DK).
  • Partners can be approved for a maximum of 2 projects.

If the proposal is approved, the funds must be managed in accordance with these guidelines:

  • The application should clearly indicate if the Danish or the South African partner will be responsible for the funding received, including the submission of the mid-terms report as well as the financial statement upon completion (one of the partners must be financially responsible for the allocation).
  • The funds will be paid out in two instalments, 50% upon signing the PPP agreement and 50% after the submission and approval of the brief mid-term report.
  • The allocation to technical advice/equipment may vary from project to project, but it should be stated explicitly in each project allocation.
  • The maximum of the funding that can be spent on travel (flight, transport, per diem and accommodation) is 20% (economy class only).
  • Cost for accommodation can only be approved for a maximum of 1,000 ZAR per night.

The applications should be sent to pryamb@um.dk and ccolvin@wwf.org.za before 28 February 2014. The application form can be downloaded from the link below.

Project applications submitted before the original deadline, 31 January 2014, will be processed in accordance with the original time schedule.

For more information about the PPP program, please contact Vibeke Sandholm Pedersen (vibped@um.dk) or Christine Colvin (ccolvin@wwf.co.za).