Two water-related alliances have been selected to submit a full grant proposals to the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) for the period 2011-2015. Proposals submitted by the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) and Aqua for All were among the 23 rejected in the first round of submissions. The WASH Alliance and the International Water, Energy and Food Alliance (WEFA) are two of the 20 alliances that together are requesting € 2.8 billion in subsidies for development aid. DGIS has a total of € 2.125 billion on offer for Dutch development NGOs.
For the WASH Alliance, lead agency Simavi sent in a proposal for € 68.6 million together with AMREF Flying Doctors, AKVO, ICCO, Rain Foundation, WASTE. The WASH Alliance plans to implement its programme in collaboration with Both ENDS, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Practica, RUAF/ETC, WaterAid en Wetlands. In addition the WASH Alliance will partner on specific issues with other sector institutes such as the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), Vitens Evides Int., WMD, Aqua for All, Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), Acacia Water and the Agroforestry Center.
In the International Water, Energy and Food Alliance (WEFA), lead agency Connect International has partneed with Rural Energy Foundation (REF) and FACT Foundation. The WEFA proposal of € 10.2 million involves setting up SMART Centres in four countries – Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Uganda – to promote and distribute technologies like rope pumps, water filters and well drilling.
DGIS will announce the final allocation of the development grants on 1 November 2010.