September 13, 2020 Timor Leste, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tonga Digitalisation and Data, Skills Development, Green Recovery, Small and Medium Enterprises, Agriculture, Education and Health, ICT/Financial Inclusion, Manufacturing, Resources and Clean Energy, Tourism
BPP Regional Call for Partnerships
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Through the Business Partnerships Platform, the Australian Government called for partnerships to help support COVID-19 recovery in Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Tonga.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread economic impact across the Indo-Pacific. People are losing their livelihoods and businesses have been disrupted.
The BPP’s COVID-19 Recovery Partnerships will help businesses to create livelihood opportunities, enhance gender equality and support green and resilient economic recovery.
BPP COVID-19 Recovery Partnership will receive from AUD100,000 to AUD500,000 in funding to scale a business initiative for social impact. Applicants match or exceed BPP funding through cash and in-kind investment. The BPP also supports partnerships through independent partnership brokers, business and gender and inclusion advisers.
Businesses applied on their own or in a consortium with other businesses, social enterprises, investors, non-government organisations or other types of organisations. Applicants are a registered business or other recognised registration/accreditation body and have a financial history. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will undertake a due diligence process before entering a contract with successful applicants.
Businesses must implement the initiative between one and three years. The implementation period must fall between 01 April 2021 and 30 June 2024.
14 September 2020: Applications open
4 November 2020: Applications closed
December/January 2020: Shortlisted applicants invited to discuss the concept note in more detail
February 2021: Full proposals due (shortlisted applicants will be supported to submit a full proposal)
March 2021: Kick-off meetings
May 2021: Implementation begins
Economic opportunities for women
Skills development for workers and medium and small sized businesses
Partnerships work in the country-specific sectors listed below:
Sectors for impact:
Agriculture and agricultural technology (crops and livestock, sustainable agricultural practices, mechanisation and modernisation)