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===African Development Foundation (ADF)===
Washington, DC 20005-2248 Fax: 202.673.3810 Email: Internet:
No deadlines. Grants: USD 50 000 – 250 000

ADF is the principal agency of the US Government that supports community-based, self-help initiatives to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development in Africa. ADF has funded more than 1300 activities in 34 African countries. It currently has active programs in 14 Sub-Saharan countries: Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

===Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)===
1202 Geneva Switzerland Email: Internet: Aga Khan Foundation Kenya Aga Khan Foundation East Africa Regional Office Nairobi, Kenya

No Deadlines
Overall funding focuses on: (1) health systems; (2) education including early childhood care and development; (3) rural development (particularly in resource-poor, degraded or remote environments); and (4) NGO Enhancement; as well as the following 4 cross-cutting issues:
Human Resource Development; Community Participation; Gender and Development; and Environment.

=== Atkinson Foundation===
1100 Grundy Lane, Suite 140 San Bruno, California 94066-3030 Tel/Fax: 415.876.0222 Contact: Elizabeth H. Curtis, Administrator and Director

Deadlines: March 31 and August 31 for international grants Grants : $1,000-$10,000
Supports international development programs that focus on Latin America and Sub-Saharan and Central Africa. Supports technical assistance, population studies and relief. The foundation publishes an annual report, application guidelines and proposal cover sheet. Make initial contact by telephone to see if proposal is within the foundation’s guidelines. Applications must be submitted in writing.

===Carnegie Corporation of New York===
437 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10022 Tel: 212.371.3200 Fax: 212.754.4073 Contact: Dorothy W. Knapp, Secretary Internet:

No deadlines.
In the International Development Program, the corporation is returning to its historical interests in higher education and library development in Commonwealth Africa. The following themes define the program: (1) strengthening African universities; (2) enhancing women's opportunities in higher education; and (3) revitalizing public libraries. Geographic focus is restricted to African countries that are or have been members of the British Commonwealth as of 1947.
There are no application forms. Staff try to respond to grantseekers within four months of the receipt of a request. Grantseekers are asked to submit a brief letter of inquiry or concept paper that clearly and concisely describes the project's aims, its significance, its duration and amount of funds required. The document should not exceed five pages.

===Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc.===
Atlanta, Georgia 30301-3009 Contact: Donald R. Greene, President Application address: The Coca-Cola Foundation Grants Administration PO Box 1734 Atlanta, Georgia 30301 Internet:

No Deadlines
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation: The Company has created a Foundation dedicated to Africa. It will address individual and collective needs across health, education and the environment. Address: Phumi Dlamini The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation P O Box 2040 Manzini Swaziland Fax: 268. 518.4538 Email:
Primary support for education including higher education, science and engineering. Publishes an annual report and application guidelines. Application form is required. Guidelines and application form are posted on the foundation’s web site. Funds organizations outside the US that promote higher education. The Coca-Cola Foundation board of directors reviews funding recommendations in quarterly meetings. All requests receive a written response when the review process is complete.

===Cottonwood Foundation===
Box 10803 White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110 Tel: 651.426.8797 Fax: 651.426.0320 Key contact: Paul Moss, Executive Director Email: Internet:
No Deadlines Grants: USD 500-1000

Established in 1992, this foundation promotes empowerment of people, protection of the environment and respect for cultural diversity. It provides small grants to grassroots organizations that rely on volunteer efforts and where foundation support will make a significant difference. Projects the foundation supports must meet all 4 of the following criteria: (1) protect environment; (2) promote cultural diversity; (3) empower people to meet their basic needs; and (4) rely on volunteer efforts. Only charitable, nonprofit organizations are funded. Political and religious organizations, governmental agencies, private individuals and universities are not eligible for funding. Requests for funding must be sent by mail. The proposal must include the application form. Application details are available at:

===John Deere Foundation===
1515 River Drive Moline, Illinois 61265 Tel: 309.765.8000 Fax: 309.765.9855 Email: Internet:
No Deadlines.
John Deere Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of Deere & Company, invests in programs in education, health and human services, community improvement and arts and culture. Types of support include: annual campaigns, building construction/renovation, continuing support, fellowships, general operating support, scholarship funds and seed money grants. Foundation interest also includes support for Third World development through US-based nonprofits. This support includes: international building funds, research grants, general operating purposes and continuing support.

===Dell Computer Corporation===
One Dell Way Round Rock, Texas 78682 Internet:

Dell shares its expertise and resources with communities around the world. It focuses grant-making and assistance in three areas: education, technology and Internet literacy and access. A recent example of Dell activity in Africa includes providing R3 million worth of computer and server equipment for use at the International AIDS 2000 Medical Conference hosted by South Africa.

===Dow Chemical Company===
Building 47 Midland, Michigan 48667 Contact: Jerry Ring, Director–Global Contributions Fax: 517.638.7238 Internet:
No formal application form.

Dow Chemical Company donates more than $18 million each year, globally. Funding criteria include the following: (1) address a need in a community where the company has a presence; (2) provide hands-on science experiences for students below the college level; (3) involve science, engineering or business at university level; or (4) enhance the environment. The company operates 114 manufacturing sites in 33 countries.

===J.C. Downing Foundation===
10755 Scripps Poway Parkway Suite F, PMB 422 San Diego, California 92131-392 Contact: Stuart A. Winkleman, Director Email: Internet: Grants: $5,000-$50,000.

Areas of support include: education and human development; environmental research and preservation; fine arts; sports and athletics; and technology and communications. The foundation issues project grants, not general support grants. It will also fund the early stages of a project’s development. Applications from Southern California may be given preferential consideration, but applications are accepted from all geographical areas. A brief proposal letter may be sent at any time. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with all inquiries or applications. A full proposal will be invited.

===Ford Foundation===
320 East 43rd Street New York, New York 10017 Tel: 212.573.5000 Fax: 212.599.4584 Internet: Kenya Regional Office Ford Foundation Kenya P.O. Box 41081 Nairobi, Republic of Kenya Tel. 254.2.710444 Fax 254.2.2712203 Internet: No Deadlines Grants have ranged from $10,000 to $2 million, with an average of $150,000.

The Ford Foundation’s mission is to “provide grants and loans to projects that strengthen democratic values; reduce poverty and injustice; promote international cooperation; and advance human achievement.” The foundation is currently funding programs that fit within three themes: (1) asset building and community development; (2) education, media and arts and culture; and (3) peace and social justice. Detailed descriptions of these areas are posted on the home page. Publications include: annual report, Current Interests of the Ford Foundation, the Ford Foundation Report, and numerous reports on specific topics. These are posted on the foundation’s web site along with application guidelines Before submitting a full proposal, contact the foundation by a brief letter of inquiry that describes the project or program for which you are seeking funding. For international grants, direct letters and proposals to the resident representative listed in the foundation’s annual report.

===G.A.G Charitable Corporation===
132 North El Camino Real, Suite F-325 Encinitas, California 92024 Contact: Dorothy Salant, President Grants: $500 to $3,000. No Deadlines but board of directors meets in May of each year.

Fields of interest include: natural resource conservation and protection; the environment; and food services. Africa is the geographical focus. Supports annual campaigns only. Publishes a financial statement and grants list. Submit initial letter of inquiry to Dorothy Salant.

===Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation===
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation P. O. Box 23350 Seattle, Washington 98122 Contact: Grants Administrator Tel: 206.709.3100 Email: Internet:

The foundation awards grants in its areas of interest which are: increasing access to innovations in technology, education, libraries and global health. Education grants are intended to provide teachers with opportunities to learn together the best ways to use technology to enhance student learning. Global health grants are awarded to improve the health of women and children, particularly in developing countries, by expanding services to enable women to safely carry and deliver babies and to prevent cervical cancer. Grants to libraries bridge the digital divide between those who have access to computers and the Internet and those who lack such access.

===GE Fund of the General Electric Company===
3135 Easton Turnpike Fairfield, Connecticut 06431 Tel: 203.373.3216 Fax: 203.373.3029 Email: Internet: Application guidelines and a suggested format for brief proposals are posted on the web site. No deadlines. Grants:$10,000 - $50,000.

Contact for International Giving: Roger H. Nozaki, Chairperson–International and Matt DeCamara, Public Policy, Environmental Stewardship and GE Fund Communications Supports US-based nonprofit organizations with an international focus and international organizations. Topics of interest include: foreign educational institutions, international development, environmental concerns and trade. GE Fund international grants build the capacity of communities, schools and universities to educate the citizens and workforce of the future. Initial contact should be by brief letter requesting full grant application guidelines. In order to target foundation resources for maximum impact, GE Fund staff identify organizations that fit fund’s initiatives and have demonstrated success on projects that match program guidelines. They then work with those organizations to develop programs and proposals. Grantees who have been extended an official invitation by a GE Fund staff member should use the Eligibility Tool on the website and complete the Standard Application made available at the end. Unsolicited applications (those that have not been invited to submit a application) are highly unlikely to receive a grant.

===i2 Foundation Grants===
i2 Foundation 11511 Luna Road, Suite 1400 Dallas, Texas 75234 Contact: Bindu Nambiar Tel: 469.357.3117 Fax: 469.357.7777 Email: Internet: Grants: $5000-$50,000

The foundation promotes advancements in education, technology, environmental practices, medicine and economic opportunity through programs improving the quality of life and creating a better society. Although the foundation's main priority is development and education of youth, proposals related to a wide array of issues are accepted, including: illiteracy, youth violence, early childhood development, poverty, improved healthcare and scientific research. Requirements: Nonprofit organizations closely aligned with the foundation's goals are eligible. Restrictions: Individuals, religious institutions, political organizations, and government entities are ineligible.
16. Karma Foundation 18 Upper Brook Drive North Brunswick, New Jersey 08902 Contact: Dina Karmazin Elkins, Executive Director Tel: 818.760.6545 Fax: 818.760.6777 Email: Internet: No Deadlines. Grants: $500-$25,000; $1000-$10,000 average.

The foundation awards grants internationally to support the following broad interest areas: arts and culture, education and literacy, health and human services and development and enrichment of Jewish life. Types of support include: operating expenses, special projects, capital grants, seed grants, equipment and materials and disaster relief. The foundation also provides technical assistance and assists in proposal development. Organizations that have not received funding from The Karma Foundation in the past should call for technical assistance before submitting a proposal. Full application guidelines and sample grants are on the foundation’s website. Requirements: US and international nonprofit organizations are eligible. Restrictions: Grants do not support travel expenses for bands or sports teams, political or lobbying activities, advertising for fundraising events, litigation, charter schools or loans.

===National Science Foundation (NSF)=== The Africa, Near East, and South Asia (ANESA) Program supports research and education collaborations with scientists and engineers in all of Africa. Activities focus on human resource development and capacity building in research and education.
Proposal Guidelines for all NSF programs can be found at:

===NewDeal Foundation===
20 Holland Street, Fourth Floor Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 Tel: 1-800-310-9122 Email: Internet: No Deadlines

Donations of computer hardware and software. The NewDeal Foundation donates computer hardware and software to promote computer literacy and provide Internet access to nonprofit organizations. Applications for software are accepted from any country.

===Nippon Foundation===
The Nippon Zaidan Building 1-2-2 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo 107-8404, Japan Internet: For application form and further application details go to

Nippon Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, grant-making organization that funds projects in four major categories, one of which is overseas cooperative assistance. Grants are given to programs planned and conducted by overseas nonprofit organizations in such areas as basic human needs, human resources development and promotion of international cooperation. Under the category of overseas cooperative assistance, proposals should focus on cross-border, transnational activities; local and regional undertakings that may fall outside the reach of the public sector or other donor agencies; and initiatives to tackle pressing issues and long-range or persistent problems that require prompt and systemized care. Applications may be submitted at any time, and must be submitted by mail.

===Public Welfare Foundation===
Review Committee 1200 U Street, NW Washington, DC 20009-4443 Tel: 202.965.1800 Fax: 202.265.8851 Email: Internet: Grants:$25,000 to $40,000.

Public Welfare Foundation is a non-governmental grant-making organization dedicated to supporting organizations that provide services to disadvantaged populations and work for lasting improvements in the delivery of services that meet basic human needs. Grants have been awarded in the areas of criminal justice, disadvantaged elderly and youth, environment, population, health, community and economic development, human rights and technology assistance. No geographical restrictions on funding. Grants outside the US are generally made to organizations with offices both in the US and in the region where the program is operating. The foundation provides both general support and project-specific grants. Although most grants cover a period of one year, the foundation accepts requests for funding renewals and also makes multi-year grants. Grants for one-time purposes and adaptation of successful programs are also considered. The foundation has increased its efforts to directly fund organizations in other countries. The involvement of local communities is always important. “The Foundation is willing to take risks to help organizations with little else but dedication to a sound idea, a reasonable plan for carrying it out, and a strong base and commitment to their communities.” Application process: The first step is to prepare a letter of inquiry that includes a cover sheet and a brief narrative of 2-3 pages. The COVER SHEET (maximum of 2 pages) should include the following: (1) name and address of organization; (2) name of director and contact person(s), telephone, and fax numbers, email and web addresses; (3) 1 paragraph summarizing the organization's mission; (4) 1 paragraph summarizing purpose of request; (5) relationship of request to organization's mission; (6) total dollar total of annual organizational budget and fiscal year; (7) dollar total of project budget (if other than general support); (8) dollar amount being requested; (9) dollar total committed from other funding sources; (10) time frame for conducting this work and dates for which grant funds would be needed and; (11) tax exempt status. The NARRATIVE (maximum of 3 pages) should discuss the following: (1) purpose of request; (2) problem or need being addressed; (3) population or community served by your program or organization and how it is involved in the design and implementation of your work;(4) how you will address the problem or need you have identified; and (5) how your work promotes systemic change. The FINANCIAL proposal is a 1-page budget showing all funding sources (received, requested, and expected), and all expenses for the organization or the project to be funded. No deadlines.

===Spencer Foundation===
900 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2800 Chicago, Illinois 60611 Tel: 312.337.7000 Fax: 312.337.0282 Administrative Assistant to the Foundation: Mary Ellen Natonski Email: Internet: Grants: $1,000 to $400,000

Major funding priority is educational research. Funds US and foreign educational institutes and universities. Focuses on science and math education, social sciences education, educational reform. Publishes an annual report, general brochure and small grants brochure. The Small Research Grants office can be reached at 312-274-6509 and the email address The Major Research Grants office can be reached at 312-274-6511 and email address

===Toyota Foundation===
Shinjuku Mitsui Building 37F, 2-1-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0437, Japan Tel: 03.3344.1701 Fax: 03.3342.6911 Email: Internet:

Toyota Foundation provides financial assistance to carry out projects in Japan and other countries, mainly in the developing world, that address timely issues in a variety of fields. These include, for example, environmental sustainability, improvement of social welfare, advancement of education and scholarship, strengthening of civil society and preservation of cultural heritage. The foundation is a private, nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to the goals of realizing greater human fulfilment and contributing to development of a human-oriented society. Endowed by Toyota Motor Corporation, its total funding is about 11.4 billion yen (or $ 114 million annually). The foundation focuses on four sub-themes under its key theme “Creating a Society with Pluralistic Values”.

ODA policy located at

The African Development Bank Group is a multinational development bank supported by 77 member countries from Africa, North and South America, Europe and Asia. The Bank Group consists of three institutions: AfDB, African Development Fund and Nigeria Trust Fund. AfDB’s development assistance strategy promotes accelerated, sustainable economic growth with, equity and poverty reduction as central goals achieved through promotion of good governance as well as programs that provide opportunities to the poor by improving access to productive assets, technology, information and social services. Agricultural research funding targets regional research networks. The Bank’s operational focus is on the following key areas of intervention: • at country level, three broad sectoral themes: agriculture and rural development, human resource development and private sector development • governance • at regional/continental level: economic integration and co-operation Environment and gender issues are mainstreamed in a fully participatory manner.


===Association of African Universities (AAU)===
and USHEPiA (University Science, Humanities & Engineering Partnerships in Africa)
AAU-Africa Office
Room 3.06
International Academic Programmes Office, Kramer Bldg
University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch 7700, South Africa
Tel: 27.21.650.2822. Fax: 27.21.650.5667

Sixteen fellowships supporting research reporting and writing of peer-reviewed articles. USHEPiA provides fellowship opportunities to build African research in science, engineering and humanities. Applications are invited from the following countries only: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Host Universities are: University of Botswana; University of Cape Town, South
Africa; University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; University of Zambia; University of Zimbabwe; Makerere University, Uganda; and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya.

===Commonwealth Foundation (CF)===
The Commonwealth Foundation
Marlborough House
Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HY
No deadlines.
Grants: £10,000 - £25,000

Professional exchange response grant: The CF runs a small travel grants programme to assist mid-career NGO leaders from developing Commonwealth countries to participate in practical training courses, workshops and conferences. Current priority areas are: agriculture, appropriate technology, arts and culture, basic healthcare, built environment and human settlement, community and rural development, disability, enterprise development and micro-finance, environment and natural resources, gender, governance, HIV/AIDS, NGO capacity-building, non-formal education, and social welfare. For additional information, contact: Colin Ball, Director.

===Foundation for the Future===
123 105th Avenue, SE
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Contact: Carol Johnson, Programs Administration Manager
Tel: 425.451.1333
Fax: 425.451.1238
Internet :

This foundation supports a small research grant program to support scholars and scientists undertaking research directly related to a better understanding of factors affecting quality of life for long-term future of humanity. It invites applications in one or more of the following categories: (1) Future of Humanity Research Programs and (2) International Collaboration on the Future of Humanity. The first category includes all fields that may have a significant impact on the quality of human life during the new millennium. Areas of interest within the physical and social sciences include, but are not limited to, research into the social, genetic, biological, medical, psychological, physiological, cultural, and environmental factors that may affect the quality of the human condition. Projects in the second category include those that develop international collaboration through cooperative research.

===W. K. Kellogg Foundation===
One Michigan Avenue, E
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017-4058
Tel: 616.968.1611 Fax: 616.968.0413
Contact: Manager of Grant Proposals

Most Kellogg grants are awarded in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and 5 southern Africa countries, including Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Program funding areas in LAC include: health; food systems and rural development; basic education and youth; philanthropy and volunteerism; leadership; study grant fellowships; and program development. In Southern Africa, the foundation funds programs that focus on: (1) organizational and institutional development; (2) strengthening of leadership capacity; and (3) strengthening of community capacity. Grants to Southern Africa have ranged from $100,000 to over $2.5 million. Application guidelines, extensive discussion of the foundation’s mission and programming along with contacts for each program area are found on its website at

===RGK Foundation===
1301 West 25th Street, Suite 300
Austin, Texas 78705-4236
Tel: 512.474.9298 Fax: .512.474.7281
Grants: under $25,000.

The foundation commits funding worldwide to support education, medicine/health, and community. In these areas, the foundation supports programs and conferences that promote academic excellence in universities and colleges that raise literacy levels and that support the health and well being of children. Effective May 1, 2002, RGK Foundation has implemented new grant application procedures and no longer considers unsolicited grant proposals. Applicants are required to complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry form as first step. Go to for the on-line inquiry letter.

===Shell Foundation Sustainable Communities Programme===
Shell Foundation
Shell Centre
London SE1 7NA United Kingdom

Shell Foundation supports efforts to achieve a balance between economic growth, care for the environment and equitable social development— the goal of sustainable development. Its Sustainable Communities Programme (SCP) supports practical projects to help marginalized communities improve their long-term prospects. The programme focuses on initiatives in developed and developing countries that specifically:
• Target marginalized communities or disadvantaged groups adversely affected by, or presently not sustainably benefiting from the opportunities associated with local and international development
• Enable such communities to enhance their productive skills, capabilities and other assets in ways that create sustainable income generating opportunities - thereby reducing poverty and increasing capacity to manage and cope with external risks
• Focus on increasing the access of marginalized communities and disadvantaged groups to local and international markets
• In doing the above, recognize and incorporate the close linkages among the environmental, economic and social objectives of sustainable development.
• Have strong potential to deliver a model that will be self-sustaining at the end of the funding period.

The foundation is not currently accepting proposals for its Sustainable Communities Programme in order to conduct a program review. Monitor the website for further information.

===Social Science Research Council (SSRC)===
Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Ave, 31st Fl
New York, New York 10019
Support for social science research, education and scholarly exchange on every continent
Due dates: vary by program. For additional information, consult the Council’s web site at:

SSRC is an independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit international organization that seeks to advance social science throughout the world and supports research, education and scholarly exchange on every continent. The SSRC currently sponsors more than 40 interdisciplinary committees focused on specific areas of research, on building new fields, or on the education and training of researchers. It awards approximately 20-25 fellowships annually in an international competition.
The Council also supports the development of institutional bases for social science at national and regional levels, and helps social researchers around the world develop stronger collaborative relationships and better communication. The Council's ever-changing portfolio of initiatives, projects, and programs includes: Abe Fellowships; Africa; Aid for Peace; Applied Economics; Bio-Behavioral-Social Perspectives on Health; Children and Armed Conflict; Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum; The Corporation as a Social Institution; Cuba; Culture, Creativity and Information Technology; East Asia; Education in Emergencies; Education Research; Eurasia; Europe; Global Security and Cooperation; Globalization, Local Institutions and Development; Higher Education; Human Capital; Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security; International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships; International Higher Education; International Migration; International Pre-dissertation Fellowships; Latin America and the Caribbean; South Asia; Southeast Asia; Vietnam; and Youth and Globalization.
SSRC African Youth Research Fellowships: SSRC and American Council of Learned Societies, in partnership with South Africa's National Research Foundation and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, awards research fellowships under the theme African Youth in a Global Age. The fellowship includes support for field research and participation in pre and post field work workshops. Fellows will attend a five-day orientation workshop prior to research, receive a research grant for their field research, and attend a final workshop at the conclusion of their fieldwork. Approximately eight research fellowships will be awarded this year. Although the principal purpose of the program is to support junior researchers and practitioners based in African institutions, a smaller number of fellowships will be available to PhD candidates based in other regions who seek field research funding for their dissertations. Applications will be accepted in English, French and Portuguese. However, workshops will be conducted in English.
Requirements: Applications are invited from junior researchers, whether academics, practitioners, or independent researchers. African researchers based in the region who hold at least a masters degree and who are no more than five years beyond a PhD are eligible for this program. All applicants must be conversant in English. Amount: $10,000 maximum
Internet: For additional information, contact:
Africa Program (212) 377-2700 ext 452 fax: (212) 377-2727; e-mail:
For more information on additional fellowships, go to For more information on initiatives of SSRC’s Africa Program, go to

===Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)===

South African-Swedish Research Partnership Programme of the National Research Foundation: The South African-Swedish Research Partnership Programme seeks to fulfill the following objectives: (1) produce new knowledge and enhance the understanding in fields of mutual concern and relevance in all disciplines; (2) promote research excellence and quality; (3) establish long-term research co-operation between researchers in South Africa and Sweden; (4) contribute meaningfully to research capacity development; and (5) encourage internationalization of South African and Swedish higher education institutions. Research projects within all areas and/or disciplines will be considered. The joint application must include two principal investigators, one in South Africa and one in Sweden. Ideally, both principal investigators should hold PhDs and be affiliated to a higher education institution in Sweden or South Africa. Only applications forwarded via research offices (in South Africa) or heads of departments (in Sweden) at universities, university colleges and technikons from both countries will be accepted/considered.



Overview of ODA policy located at

Austria focuses on promoting sustainable economic development in its partner countries: Central America - Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala; West African Sahel: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Senegal; East Africa: Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda; Southern Africa: Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa Himalaya-Hindu Kush: Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan. Special emphasis is placed on education and training and cross-cutting issues of governance, gender equality and environmental protection.
Fifty percent of ODA is disbursed through bilateral programs. Responsibility for Austria’s development assistance program is shared among several federal agencies. The Department for Development Cooperation (DDC), Ministry for Foreign Affairs, is responsible for bilateral program to countries outside of Eastern Europe, contributions to UNDP and some small UN agencies. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry administers food aid, including relations with FAO and World Food Program. Ministry of Science and Research manages part of the scholarship program for developing country nationals. The Federal Chancellery manages bilateral programs in Central and Eastern European countries and the New Independent States.


Information on ODA at

There are 3 main areas of emphasis for international cooperation: human rights, democratization and good governance; building partnerships and combating poverty and social development. Belgium’s target countries include Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Benin, Burundi, Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda (sub-Saharan Africa); South Africa, Angola, and Tanzania (SADAC Region); Morocco and Tunisia (Maghreb); Palestinian Territories (Middle East); Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam (Asia); and Peru, Bolivia and
Ecuador (Latin America). Economic goals stressed in Belgium’s agricultural sector strategy involve improving range of agricultural goods produced and increasing value added. Social goals include improving division of means of production, distribution of income, and strengthening agricultural organizations. Ecological goals relate to sustainable use of natural resources. DGIC
(Directorate General for International Cooperation) is responsible for the bilateral program with the Belgian government’s contribution to international agriculture research driven by DGIC’s intention to enhance and facilitate collaboration between Belgian institutions and international research centers.


ODA policy is located at

Sustainable development is the cornerstone of the Canadian development program. Poverty reduction and promotion of prosperity and employment are also key objectives. ODA resources target six priorities areas: basic human needs; women in development; infrastructure services; human rights, democracy and good governance; private sector development; environment. Agriculture, though not mentioned within the listing of priorities, is recognized as a sector important to both Canada and developing countries.
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), under Minister for International Cooperation, holds main responsibility for managing Canada’s ODA—nearly 80%. Other agencies involved in development cooperation include: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; International Development Research Center (IDRC), under Minister of Foreign Affairs. Through CIDA more than 120 countries (listed on the website) receive bilateral aid from Canada. Africa continues to be the region receiving the largest share of resources. CIDA works in close partnership with all elements of Canadian society from the business community, NGOs professional associations, co-operatives, educational institutions and international agencies.

Useful links:
Government of Canada:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade:


ODA policy located at

Poverty reduction is fundamental to Danish ODA, with growth and distribution seen as indispensable ingredients. Specifically, the poverty focus should be met by supporting social sectors and public participation. Priority must also be given to environmental issues, women in development and respect for rights.
Bilateral aid is concentrated on 20 program countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Eritrea, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. For each program country, apart from Kenya and Nigeria, a country strategy has been formulated. Danish development assistance has shifted from project assistance to Sector Program Support (SPS) concentrating on 3 or 4 sectors within each program country. Sectors generally correspond to areas of traditional Danish expertise and include: agriculture, health, water and sanitation, transport, energy, education and environment.
Within the Danish International Development Assistance (Danida) the Technical Advisory Services (TSA) provides technical expertise in appraising and evaluating bilateral and multilateral programs.
The Nordic donors (Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland) support to international research depends on ability to relate to the Nordic development agenda, demonstrable impact of the research on poverty and on improving NARS capacity, and restructuring of the international research system.
The Danish Fund for Environment and Development (DANCED) represents another potential funding source. The fund is managed by the Ministry for the Environment and Danida to finance special environmental initiatives undertaken in developing countries. Areas of support by the Ministry for the Environment are: (1) aspects of environment and nature relating to cities, forests, biological diversity and coastal zones; (2) actions to remedy environmental problems in regions and countries not normally eligible for Danish aid; (3) cooperation with environmental and nature organizations in recipient countries; (4) regional concentration, focusing on a limited number of countries and on actions based on regional perspectives. Projects are ranked by: environmental significance, visibility and long-term goals; comprehensive solutions in well-defined geographical areas; feasibility and visibility; and interaction with local populations, enterprises, labor organizations and NGOs.

Useful links
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


ODA policy located at

Priorities include: poverty; assisting developing countries in solving environmental problems; and promoting social equality, democracy, good governance and human rights. Long-term partnerships with 10 primary cooperation countries, which are in Africa: Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia. However, ODA policy has recently introduced flexibility into Finnish aid policy by expanding the number of potential partners. Operationally, this means using aid wherever appropriate opportunities are identified. Thus Finnish aid may be extended to countries where Finland has little profile at present.
Nearly half of Finland aid is channeled through bilateral programs. Support for international agriculture research has focused on Sub-Saharan Africa. The Agricultural Research Center of Finland (MTT), operating under the umbrella of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, also heavily influences policy towards international agriculture research with applied research its main focus. Development of technology and its transfer to businesses in the agricultural and food industry are also part of its mandate. Research at MTT concentrates on: food, plant production, animal production, agricultural engineering, resource management and regional research.

Useful links
Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


ODA policy is located at

Priorities for ODA include education, health, promotion of the private sector, poverty reduction, outreach and development of Francophonie and developing infrastructure, human resources and institutional capacities. Significant funding is allocated to university studies in France for students form developing countries. Debt relief also accounts for a large share of French aid.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially administers France’s multilateral and bilateral development aid. The Ministry of Finance plays a key role management of ODA and French Development Agency (AFD) is designated central operator. AFD is in charge of most project aid in the context of economic and technical co-operation. Seventy-five per cent of ODA is disbursed as bilateral aid.
The Ministry for Agriculture and Maritime Affairs supports international agriculture research through the Commission pour la Recherché Agronomique Internationale (CRAI) which comprises several ministries and agencies listed below. The Ministry of Higher Education and Research does not provide direct budgetary support but it is an important factor in determining both levels and priority directions of French support in particular for international agriculture research.


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ODA focuses on poverty reduction emphasizing partnership. Irish Aid is oriented to the social sector and increasingly supports health and education. Efforts are being made to mainstream gender concerns. Environmental sustainability is being more systematically addressed with additional resources provided to support activities in this area.
Approximately two thirds of the Irish aid budget is allocated for bilateral programs. Technical cooperation accounts for roughly half of bilateral aid, and consists of providing services and transferring experience, skills and technical expertise through advisers or fellowships. The typical Irish Aid project combines technical assistance and capital input. The Agency for Personal Service Overseas (APSO) plays a major role in technical cooperation.
Ireland has targeted six priority countries for bilateral aid: Ethiopia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. ODA is administered by the Development Cooperation Division (DCD). Development Cooperation Offices (DCO) are located in all six priority countries.
Irish aid policy is influenced by the Irish Aid Advisory Committee (IAAC), created as an independent expert body to advise the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Irish policy towards international agriculture research is primarily influenced by personal contacts between Irish nationals working in international agriculture research and also by a report commissioned by the IAAC.

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Italy’s aid program is particularly strong in relief, rehabilitation and peace-building activities, and development of social development strategies. Poverty reduction has also been a central concern in allocations to multilateral organizations. The aid program is led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Aid is concentrated on Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Mediterranean region with the top recipients in these regions Madagascar, Mozambique, Uganda, Ethiopia, Albania, Ecuador, China, Argentina and Malta.
One-quarter of Italy’s bilateral aid is directed to development of the private sector. Small and medium-sized Italian businesses participate in this effort by transferring knowledge, skills,
marketing advice, equipment and machinery to recipient countries.

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Japan’s ODA policy is set forth in Shaping the 21st century: The Contribution of Development Cooperation. Policies include: environmental conservation and development must go hand in hand; all aid programs should have a social development, poverty and governance dimension; and emphasis on progress in democratization; human rights and market orientation. Japan’s agenda highlights three cross-cutting themes: capacity building, gender mainstreaming and environmental management. It does not support countries with high investment in military.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has overall responsibility for international agriculture research. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) is also involved in activities related to international agricultural research and is the entry point for scientists for substantive discussions on research related issues. MAFF maintains an extensive research program through a network of national research institutions which include Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS); National Agricultural Research Center (NARC); National Institute of Agrobiological Resources (NIAR); National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES); National Institute of Animal Industry; National Grassland Research Institute; National Research Institute of Agricultural Engineering; Sericultural Experiment Station; National Institute of Animal Health; National Food Research Institute; and Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute. With assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JIRCAS), Japanese scientists from MAFF are seconded to work at international agriculture research centers.

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ODA focuses on sustainable economic and social development of developing countries, especially most disadvantaged; integration of these countries into the world economy and reducing poverty. Environmental protection and gender equality are also objectives of development policy. Health, education and rural development are regarded as priority sectors in poverty reduction. Basic health and primary education represent almost 22 % of bilateral grants. Targets countries are: Cape Verde, Morocco, Mauritius, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Rwanda, Salvador, Senegal, Tunisia, Vietnam, West Africa and Burundi. Aid is provided to 86 countries. Bilateral aid is mainly implemented by Lux-Development which is constituted as a privately held company under the Luxembourg law and manages three quarters of the bilateral assistance.

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Dutch development cooperation is shaped by these principles: bottom-up support for poverty alleviation and natural resource management, institutional development, good governance, greater regard for cultural factors, development cooperation becoming more interrelated with trade, debt, environment, international relations and justice. On average, 70% of ODA is spent for bilateral cooperation with largest share of bilateral aid going to Sub-Saharan Africa. Mozambique and Tanzania are the major individual recipient countries with Central and South America and Asia receiving second largest share. International agriculture research is handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Development assistance funds are allocated according to several categories: special programs (including international research); country programs; international organizations; NGO; and other development cooperation. Criteria for funding include: gender issues; establishment of a strong national research capacity; research geared to sustainable agricultural and livestock systems; support for the ecoregional approach.

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Priority is placed on peace and democratization processes and human rights protection and environment. Norway’s ODA budget allocates 50% to bilateral projects. Norwegian bilateral aid may be provided for any country in the South, but, with a few exceptions, most funds are transferred to a small number of selected countries known as Program Countries. Africa has the highest priority in Norwegian bilateral development. Target countries include Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) distributes the aid budget and implements development cooperation policy.
Within MOFA development assistance is organized in two sections: (1) Department of Development Cooperation (DDC) responsible for multilateral funding including international agriculture research and (2) Directorate for Development Cooperation (NORAD) responsible for bilateral cooperation. Support of international agriculture research is influenced by the Agricultural University of Norway (AUN) and Norwegian Center for International Agricultural Development (NORAGRIC). NORAGRIC provides a forum for discussion on Norwegian development aid; carries out research and consultant services; plans and conducts development programs and projects; organizes and participates in evaluation missions; contributes to further development of the Norwegian resource base for agricultural development; and organizes education in tropical agriculture at the University.

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Raising the living standard of poor people is the overall goal of Swedish development cooperation. The following specific objectives have been adopted to achieve this goal: economic growth, economic and social equality, economic and political independence, democratic development,
environmental protection and gender equality. Two-thirds of Swedish development cooperation is disbursed through bilateral aid. Target countries include: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) manages ODA with departments within SIDA managing specific disciplines: INEC, Infrastructure and economic cooperation; NATUR, Natural resources and the environment; SAREC, Research Cooperation; SEKA, Cooperation with non-governmental organizations and humanitarian assistance. International agriculture research is administered through the Department for Research Cooperation, within SAREC. The Nordic donors (Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland) support to international research depends on ability to relate to the Nordic development agenda, demonstrable impact of the research on poverty and on improving NARS capacity, and restructuring of the international research system.

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Switzerland emphasizes local participation and ownership. Swiss development cooperation aims to combat poverty by “providing help towards self-help”. In particular, it promotes economic and government autonomy, contributes to improvement of production conditions, helps to solve environmental problems and strives for better access to education and basic health care for the most disadvantaged groups. In terms of sectoral distribution, agriculture (including forestry) is predominant. Infrastructure, education and health are also main areas of concern. Geographically, Swiss aid focuses on Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Two federal agencies plan and implement development aid: (1) Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), under the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and (2) Federal Office for Foreign Economic Affairs (FOFEA). Swiss Bilateral Development Cooperation is divided into 5 geographical divisions, 1 thematic division (Environment, Forest and Energy Division), Europe and Mediterranean service division and a technical department comprising 6 different sectoral divisions which include economics, environment, forest and energy, agriculture, human resources, water and infrastructure. International agriculture research is managed by SDC.


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UK ODA targets poverty alleviation, and the British Government has committed itself to reducing by one-half the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015. This goal is pursued by promoting sustainable development and by building development partnerships with poor countries—working more closely with private and voluntary sectors (NGOs) and the research community. Specific objectives of British development aid are: policies and actions which promote sustainable livelihoods (e.g., development of efficient and well-regulated markets, access of poor people to land, resources and markets, good governance and realization of human rights; removal of gender discrimination, prevention and resolution of conflicts, protection and better management of natural and physical environment.) Aid assistance targets the poorest countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Support for sustainable development is also given to middle-income countries as well as countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Department for International Development (DFID) promotes development and reduction of poverty and emphasizes collaboration among international research centres and British researchcentres.