ECW is seeking proposals for bold ideas to help address the billion-dollar finance gap for education in emergencies and protracted crises. Ideas should be substantive and have the potential to raise at least US$50 million per year continually (or US$100 million total once, if a onetime effort). Sources should allow the provision of grant funding as ECW is committed to providing equal and free education.
GOAL AND DELIVERABLE
The goal of the Challenge is to surface new and actionable ideas for large scale resource mobilization efforts with a real potential for implementation. Deliverable of the Challenge will be a unique idea and a business plan for implementation.
ECW will award up to three prizes of up to US$25,000 to those who can offer the best, most innovative and credible idea and a business plan for resource mobilization. In addition to the cash prize, ECW may consider supporting the implementation of winning proposals with seed funding.
- Learn more during a webinar 10 am to 12 pm on Friday, July 13, 2018. Register here.
- Submit your idea by July 31, midnight in New York.
- Present your idea to our Grand Jury, potentially in person, at the margins of the UN General Assembly in the
third week of September 2018.
- Turn your top three award-winning idea into a business plan for implementation by January 31, 2019.
- Continue to work with us and bring education to children and youth in emergencies.
IDEAS WE ARE LOOKING FOR
- Bold and large-scale: Ideas should be substantive and have the potential to raise at least US$50 million per year if they are for a continual resource mobilization effort or US$100 million total once, if they for a onetime resource mobilization effort)
- Grant funding: Education in emergencies and protracted crisis requires grant funding as ECW supports children and youth with free education. The proposed idea should mobilize resources that lend themselves to finance free education.
- Funding for education in emergencies and protracted crisis: Resources mobilized should be without restrictions to finance education in emergencies and protracted crisis in countries affected by conflict and war, natural disasters, pandemics, or refugee crisis and internal displacement.
- New sources of finance: ECW is seeking to identify and tap non-traditional sources of financing beyond bilateral donor contributions and mainstream philanthropy. Proposed ideas should not compete with or crowd out existing funding for education in emergencies.
- ECW mission and humanitarian principles: Resources mobilized should not conflict with the ECW vision to create a world where all children and youth affected by crisis can learn free of cost, in safety and without fear in order to grow and reach the full potential. They also should not conflict with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence