Pinnovation Academy is pleased to announce the opening of its Call for Expressions of Interest for a new set of Pinnovators! This opportunity is open to people's organizations (POs) from all over the Philippines. POs are invited to showcase their ingenuity and present innovative local solutions that address the ever-present challenge of disaster and climate risks in their communities.
In recent years, the Philippines has been hit by a number of devastating disasters, including typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. These disasters have caused widespread damage and loss of life. The Philippines is also one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, which is expected to lead to more frequent and severe weather events. In this context, it is more important than ever to invest in disaster risk reduction and management.
Pinnovation Academy, in collaboration with the Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation, Inc. (CDP), believes that community members are the most valuable contributors to this important endeavor. We have been committed to supporting community-led initiatives that have the potential to generate highly effective and context-specific strategies to mitigate the impacts of disasters.
We are excited to see the groundbreaking ideas and inspiring projects that will emerge from this nationwide call. We believe that these projects have the potential to make a real difference in the lives of people in the Philippines and help build a more resilient and secure future for our communities.
Pinnovation Academy is a project of the Community-led Innovation Partnership (CLIP) based in the Philippines. Funded by the UK Aid, the partnership is composed of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF-ELRHA), Asia Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN)-Tokyo Innovation Hub (ATIH), and START Network. The Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation, Inc. (CDP) leads and implements the partnership in the country.
Pinnovation Academy envisions a mainstreamed and institutionalized Filipino (Pinoy) Innovation Academy that aims to promote community-led innovation as a way to address disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) challenges in the Philippines.
The project commenced its initial phase in 2021, and during that time, an initial call for proposal was conducted, resulting in the selection of fifteen (15) innovators who presented various themes including food security, environment, livelihood, inclusivity, governance and partnership.
Despite the incapacities brought by the global pandemic, the project accomplished significant milestones that had a profound impact on both the innovators and their innovations during the time. Numerous mentoring sessions were conducted, providing invaluable opportunities for the innovators to enhance their ideas and expand their capabilities. Moreover, the project played a crucial role in facilitating connections between the innovators and various national government agencies, as well as their corresponding local government units, ensuring access to necessary resources and support.
Furthermore, the Pinnovation Academy played a vital role in garnering support from diverse stakeholders, including the private sector. This support manifested through generous donations of equipment and materials, which proved instrumental in the innovators' journey. Armed with these resources, the innovators were able to bring their concepts to life by creating prototypes and subjecting them to rigorous testing, ensuring their viability and effectiveness.
Pinnovation Academy is now embarking on a quest to discover a fresh wave of innovators who will leave an indelible legacy through groundbreaking innovations that have the power to save lives!
Focus of Innovation: Increase capacity or reduce vulnerability of the sector in disaster risks, and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.
Community-led Innovation: The proposed innovation shall be the result of the existing problem/s identified in the Participatory community risk assessment of vulnerability, and Hazard as the basis for the proposed solutions, and expected changes.
Stakeholders: The proposal should clearly identify the key stakeholders who shall be involved in the implementation of the innovation. It should articulate the stakeholders participation, and benefits derived therefrom.
Addressing Risks and Challenges in project implementation: identify measures to address potential risks and challenges that may arise during and after project implementation. It should also identify the opportunities therefrom as well as its potential for sustainability.
Interested participants should meet the following minimum requirements:
Community-led Organization: The people’s organization must demonstrate its status as a community-led entity in the area where the innovation will be implemented. The succeeding formation of an Innovator’s Team will be composed of a minimum of five (5) members, out of which at least three (3) must be from the vulnerable sector (women, children, PWD, IPs, etc.)
Proven Track Record: A solid track record in project implementation for at least two (2) years prior to application supported by official project reports and financial records.
Organizational Resolution: The organization should have a valid resolution supporting the Expression of Interest.
Capabilities in Reporting: The applicant must have the capability in writing progress reports, basic financial management systems, and project management. Reports may be written either in local dialect, Filipino or English Language.
An incumbent Public Official or Aspiring Candidate in the upcoming election should not be allowed in the innovator’s team.
Relatives of Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) staff and officers up to the 4th-degree of consanguinity or by affinity should not participate nor be a member of the innovators team. However, the aforesaid relatives may be bonafide members of the organization.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
The Call for Expression of Interest shall be opened from June 15, 2023 until June 30, 2023 at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Applications received beyond 5:00 pm shall not be considered.
Shortlisted applications shall receive an invitation to undergo coaching session/s for a full blown project proposal development.
Opening of Call for Expression of Interest
Closing of submission of EOI at exact 5:00 pm