FAQ - Water and Development Partnership Programme

The frequently asked questions and answers listed are divided into questions about the third phase of the Water and Development Partnership Programme

Which organizations are eligible for funding?

All organizations based in low- and middle-income countries working on water are eligible for funding under the programme. This include among others universities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, grassroots organizations, private sector organizations.

International organizations and their regional/local subsidiaries are not eligible for reimbursement of their time and can only claim limited amounts of funding for out-of-pocket costs in case the added value for their participation can be made explicit.

Organizations based in high-income countries (other than IHE Delft) are not eligible for reimbursement of their time and can only claim limited amounts of funding for out-of-pocket costs in case the added value for their participation can be made explicit.

To determine which countries are considered low-, middle-, and high-income countries, the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients will be followed, linked here.

Can organizations based outside the focus regions participate in projects?

Yes, organizations in other low- and middle-income countries outside the focus regions of the programme (= the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and the Middle-East) can participate in a project and receive funding. For large-scale projects it is expected that these organizations form a consortium with several organizations in the focus regions as well as IHE Delft. 

To determine which countries are considered low- and middle-income countries, , the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients will be followed, linked here.

Can two partners from the same country participate in the same project?

Yes, we do encourage collaboration between different kinds of organizations within countries as well as between countries. Large-scale projects preferably involve organizations from more than one country.

Who can lead a project?

Large-scale project can be led by IHE Delft or by an organization eligible for funding  in a low- or middle-income country that has sufficient capacity to efficiently manage the project, including financial reporting and transferring funds to partner organizations.

Preferences will be given to projects led by organizations based in a low- or middle-income countries, preferably in the focus regions of the programme (= the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and the Middle-East).

Strong preference is given to projects led by women and representatives from marginalized and/or underrepresented groups in the water sector. For large-scale projects, the project leader needs to have demonstrated experience with managing collaborative projects.

To determine which countries are considered low- and middle-income countries, , the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients will be followed, linked here.

Can I participate in or lead more than one project?

Yes, individuals can be involved in and/or lead several projects funded by programme.

Also organizations can participate and/or lead several projects funded by programme.

 

Can PostDoc positions, PhD research and/or MSc fellowships be included in the project budgets?

Yes, the costs related to PostDocs positions, PhD research and/or MSc fellowships can be included in the budget as long as the candidates for these positions are citizens of low- and/or middle-income countries. In addition, it must be made clear how these positions are linked to the broader objectives of the project, including the research objectives and the capacity strengthening strategy. In the budgeting guidelines instructions are given which costs related to these positions are eligible for reimbursement and how to budget for these costs.

To determine which countries are considered low- and middle-income countries, the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients will be followed, linked here.

Will technical projects be considered?

The programme aims to stimulate inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations on water and as such projects that primarily focus on providing technical solutions, or project teams that largely consists of individuals with natural science and/or engineering backgrounds, will not be awarded funding.

The programme has the objective to enrich knowledge on equitable and sustainable water management practices. Therefore, particular efforts will be made to engage organizations and disciplines that have been less involved in mainstream collaborative projects on water. For instance, various kinds of social scientists working on water and non-academic organizations, including NGOs/CSOs and private sector

 

What counts as co-funding and how will this be accounted for?

The partners involved in large-scale projects need to raise together 25% co-funding of the total amount of funding requested from the programme. This co-funding can be matching funds coming from other donor-funded projects or in-kind contributions in terms of staff time and/or durables and/or consumables needed to carry out the project activities (e.g. office space, research and office equipment, costs for phone, internet, printing). 

Each organization involved in a project will need to specify the amount and nature of co-funding they commit to this project in a letter of support that is submitted together with the project proposal. During the project reporting the project team need to indicate how much co-funding is used in a particular year. At the end of the project each partner organization will need to submit a letter that confirms that the co-funding they committed to the project has actually been spend on the project activities.

 

Which costs can be funded by the programme?

Which costs are eligible for funding are specified in the budgeting guidelines (click here ).

In case you would like to include costs in the budget that are essential to carry out the project activities and that are not mentioned in the budgeting guidelines, you can contact the programme management team for guidance ( ).

Costs can only be reimbursed if included in the approved budget and upon submission of cost statements including supporting documents to proof that costs were actually made (e.g. receipts).

What will happen with the personal information shared as part of the project proposal?

In order to assess composition and capacities of the project teams and to account for progressive targets set for allocating project budget, IHE Delft will collect personal data as part of the proposal evaluation phase for the Water and Development Partnership Programme. IHE Delft will process your personal details in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation of 25 May 2018. For more information we refer you to the privacy statement of IHE Delft (https://www.un-ihe.org/privacy-statement). Without your prior consent or other legal bases, no information will be shared with persons, companies or organisations outside the context of the Water and Development Partnership Programme. For further questions please contact our Data Protection Officer at .

Teams preparing proposals for the Water and Development Partnership Programme will be asked - in the budget template - which members of their team belong to marginalized and/or underrepresented groups . Applicants need to ensure that personal information about individual team members is only shared on a voluntary basis. In case it is sensitive for socio-political reasons to identify which individual team members belong to these groups, the applicant or the concerned individual(s) can contact the Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy Officer of the programme, Mrs. Nadine Sander ( ), to further discuss this matter. The Policy Officer can then advice how to account for this in the proposal, budget allocation and the project reporting

 

Who are considered as marginalized and/or underrepresented groups?

Marginalization refers to processes that cause some groups in society to have structurally less access to wealth (in the form of rights to resources, employment, and fair incomes), basic services (e.g. health, water, education) and decision-making power (e.g. voice, authority) than others, making it more difficult for them to achieve acceptable levels of wellbeing or to fully participate as citizens in economic, political, cultural and/or social activities. How processes of marginalization unfold and with what particular effects is specific to time and place, but in general it is the outcome of intersecting axes of socio-cultural and economic differentiation based on (among others) race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and (dis)ability. Processes of marginalization tend to be anchored in long histories of oppression, exclusion and discrimination, with the effect that resulting differences have become institutionalized and normalized. For more detailed information on this, please read Textbox 4 in the programme document, link here.

Marginalization may also refer to specific geographical areas, with some regions receiving structurally less public attention and investments. This for instance shows in levels of public services, infrastructure and environmental protection. 
Which groups are considered marginalized and/or underrepresented differ per society and per situation. For that reason project teams will be asked as part of the proposal development to identify such groups within the context of their project

 

Do project teams need to budget for the inception phase?

No, project teams will not need to reserve budget for the inception phase. Project teams that after the review process will be (conditionally) awarded funding, will be offered a two-month inception phase for which additional money will be allocated to cover expenditures to organize a workshop and other relevant/associated activities.

Further queries

If your question has not been answered in the above sections you can contact the DUPC3 secretariat via the following email address: 

Is the 25% co-funding part of the total 1.5 million euro budget or on top of the 1.5 million euro?

The maximum DUPC budget that can be requested is 1.5 million. The 25% co-funding is on top of the requested DUPC funding. That means that if you are requesting 1.5 million DUPC contribution the total project budget should be 1.5 million DUPC contribution + 25% (of 1.5 million) co-funding.

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