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  • PAEPARDinnovativefundingmechanisms&lessonslearned

    fromAfrica-EUAR4Dpartnershipsby

    JonasMugabe&[email protected]&Businessmeeting

    Prague29-30November2016

  • ObjectivesofPAEPARD

    Overall: BuildjointAfrican-Europeanmulti-stakeholderpartnershipsinARDcontributingtoachievingtheMDGs(todaySDGs)

    Specific: Generate,communicateandfacilitateopportunitiesforinnovationinagriculturebasedonequitable,demand-drivenandmutuallybeneficialcollaborationofallconcernedactorsinAfricaandEurope

  • 19consortiain17Africaincountries

    +5ULP

    Demand-led research (needsofusers)Oneexample :theULP-COLEACP

    Addingvaluetomangonon-food useinWest-Africa(cosmetics,animalfeeding,bio-energy)

  • Users-LedProcess(ULP):aparticipatorycollectivelearningandownedbrokeringmechanism

    Users Led

    Process

    Federating Theme

    1

    Desk review

    2

    Induction Workshop

    3

    MSHRQ Workshop

    4

    ConceptNote

    Development

    5

    Full ProposalDevelopment

    6

  • TheoriginalPAEPARDtargetedfundingmechanisms

    EC-basedfundingmechanismssuchasFP7,EDF,FSTP,EDULINK

    BilateralEuropeanfundinginstrumentssupportingARD

  • Inadequatefundingmechanisms?From 2010 to 2012 calls for funding were rare but also inadequateto MSP promoted by PAEPARD:

    FP7 launched calls (until 2012) but by then it was research-research oriented in its requirements (excellence of proposalsinstead of relevance/potential impact of projects)

    The AURC launched a call in February 2012 for which PAEPARDconsortia applied with more than 10 proposals. TOR were similarto those of FP7 (with a research partner leading the proposal).Finally no project funded

    Some consortia applied for the CORAF call launched in 2012: onlyone on the Family Farming in Western Africa was successful

  • Whichinnovativefundingmechanisms?From 2013 to 2016 PAEPARD advertised a diversity of calls forfunding research and development:

    European donors: The Netherlands (ARF), Germany (BLE), France(Agropolis Foundation, Carasso Foundation)

    African donors: C2D (Cameroon, Cte dIvoire), WAPP, AU Others: Canada (IDRC), Brazil (Market Place), BMG Foundation

  • Africa-BrazilAgriculturalInnovationMarketplacelaunchedacallendof2010

    Focus was South-South Cooperation than South-Northpromoted by PAEPARD

    However 2 of PAEPARD consortia (Uganda & Togo)were selected and funded

    With the facilitation of PAEPARD, FANRPAN +NRI won abig project (ATONU) from the BMG Foundation

  • AjointcallIDRC-AICRlaunchedinJuly2013

    13proposalsweresubmitted.Onlytwoshortlistedbutnotfundedattheendoftheselectionprocess Non-researchpartners(privatesector)mandatory. Europeanpartnerwasnotarequirement(becauseitwasnotaEuropeanfund)

  • AppliedResearchFund(ARF)oftheDutchMinistryofForeignAffairsstartedinSeptember2013untilnow.MostfittingcalltoPAEPARDphilosophybecausetheMSPismandatory

    Leadinstitution=non-researchorganization Bilateral.RequiresonlyaDutchpartner Verygoodoutcome:5PAEPARDconsortiumproposalsfunded

  • Other innovative funding instruments: CRF & IF

    Competitive Research Fund

    - Support of 4 projects selected among the [19+5] - Maximum of 3 years of activities implemented with a maximum of 300 K- Experiences/processes to be systematically documented to advocate for multi-stakeholder partnership funding- The fund is considered a seed money to search for more funding (sustainability)

    IncentiveFund

    - Studies - Workshop for refining the research question- Write-shops - Exchange visits

    - Maximum of 40,000 for each application

    - Meant to seek a funding opportunity

  • Somelessonslearnt1.Thecurrentpush-orientedfundingmechanismleadstoimbalancebetweenpartnersandevenregions.Pull-oriented mechanismarebetterpromotingMSP(includingnon-researchstakeholders)

    2.Europeanpartnersaremotivatedwhenthereisacallforproposalslaunchedbydonors.OtherwiseitisdifficulttogetaEuropeanpartnerjoiningaconsortium

    3.MSPtakestime tofly,becausethearticulationofnon-researchstakeholdersneedsisatimeconsumingexercise

    4.Flexibility inconsortium/partnershipcreationisneededtomeetdonorsrequirements

    5.CommunicationisakeycomponentinMSP

  • RecommendationsfromPAEPARDexperience

    Smallisimpactful:asmallgrantisjustenoughtoencouragethepartnership,toconfirmsomeconceptsandtolearnwithoutstressSustainabilitythroughdiversification:better2-3smallgrantsthanabigoneMoresustainableformsoffunding:membershipfees,royalties,crowdfunding,feesagainstservicesDontforgetglobalbrokerage!:akeyroletoinformorinfluencethedonorsabouturgent,actual,ororiginalchallenges(e.g.aflatoxininfoodandfeed)

  • ConclusionfromPAEPARDexperience

    Fundingisagoodindicatorofsuccess: thenumberofproposalsfundedhasincreasedoverthelast3years

    Fundingshallnotbetheonlyindicatorofsuccess:partnershipsaredevelopingstrategiesbeyondfundingsupport

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