The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
Hosted by UNCDF, the Financial Health (FH) and Innovation Portfolio aims to drive convening and thought leadership on the subject of financial health and making this global shift towards an outcome focus agenda. The platform is proposed to work as a convener, to bring together global, regional and local actors committed to using financial and digital solutions to improve the financial lives of low-income families—helping them climb - and stay - out of poverty. The portfolio creates space for thought leadership where best financial health practices and models are exchanged and lead to concrete action with governments and the private sector.
The portfolio is organized in three inter-linked pillars that focus on driving coalition building through advocacy and evidence generation; implementation that creates demonstration effect for markets to learn from and create lessons that can be scaled globally; financing that can catalyze the shift towards outcomes and also create incentives for players to mainstream the agenda.
One of the key objectives for the portfolio is to drive thought leadership in the space of financial health. This thought leadership is shaped through a variety of engagements, that will include partnerships with other global institutions including research universities/think tanks, evidence generated through the experiments set-up in the Living Labs or specific partnerships drawn to undertake a research activity.
This RFA is drawn to invite a global partner who could support in furthering the thought leadership efforts for the portfolio and develop tools that can be deployed publicly to drive overall agenda and assist to amplify the various projects especially i3 (interventions). The i3 (Innovate, Implement and Impact) programme funded by Metlife Foundation, supports thought leadership on the subject of financial health and making this global shift towards an outcome focus agenda. Working as a convener, to bring together global, regional and local actors committed to using financial and digital solutions to improve the financial lives of low-income families—helping them climb - and stay - out of poverty in Asia Pacific. Assist with messaging and managing of exclusive properties created for driving the agenda on FH globally. The eligible entities who could participate in this RFA need to have experience in driving convenings and managing platforms for building agenda around inclusive finance. Ability to shape narrative through messages and ideas that can hold attention with different group of actors from Government, Policy Makers, Private Sector, etc. and ability to combine design in the approach of driving advocacy efforts with stories and experiences, driven in both digital and non-digital forms.
Selected applicant will be signing a Performance-Based Agreement (PBA) with UNCDF.
UNCDF’s contributions can be upto a maximum of USD 650,000 – 750,000. UNCDF will award 1 application depending on the readiness level to host and shape the Community of Practice along with the public good platform for i3.
Applicants may apply independently or in a consortium.