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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are there any requirements for co-financing, blending in other sources of funding, or working with existing projects?
    No.  The GAFSP Steering Committee will review all project types that are aligned with the country guidelines, including new standalone projects, funding for larger projects, and funding for projects that expand on existing work.
  2. Are gender, youth, and private sector engagement key thematic cross-cutting priorities?
    As mentioned in the Country Guidelines, technically sound proposals that reduce risk and vulnerability and increase the impact of agricultural interventions through emphasis on cross-cutting themes such as nutrition, gender equality, strengthening climate resilience, and rural youth employment are indeed encouraged, as are public-private partnerships. In addition to these thematic cross-cutting priorities, in this Call, GAFSP is also looking for proposals that clearly justify the proposed public sector investment, and that also consider opportunities for complementary private sector engagement. 
  3. How many proposals does the GAFSP expect to receive and how many are expected to be endorsed? What is the expected value of each proposal?
    Based on interest expressed by countries through applications for proposal preparation assistance, GAFSP expects to receive proposals from a very high proportion of eligible countries for this Call. GAFSP grants to date range in size from $8 million to $50 million. For this Call, smaller grant amounts are expected to be awarded taking into account the implementation capacity in fragile and conflict affected countries. 
  4. Are there any best practices that the GASFP can share in terms of ensuring a smooth and successful proposal submission process?
    Where possible, applicants are encouraged to make submissions in advance of the deadline to avoid having to deal with any last minute unforeseen issues.  Submissions should be received (electronically) from the relevant government authorities.  We also suggest submitting all requested parts of the full application package together. For a list of all required documents to be included in a submission package and the relevant submission email address, please refer to the Country Guidelines. 
  5. What languages can applicants use to submit their files?  
    English is the operational language of GAFSP, thus submissions are expected in English. While the GAFSP proposals are always required to be in English, supporting documents may be submitted in French. In exceptional cases, the Steering Committee may allow countries to submit supporting documents such as the full strategy and investment plan in other major languages. For planned submissions in other major languages, please contact the GAFSP Coordination Unit (CU) at prior to submission.
  6. Specific Questions regarding the proposal:
    • For African Countries that have completed a National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP), are they expected to summarize the closed NAIP or is the application only concerned with an ongoing NAIP?
      Countries should summarize implementation performance under the current NAIP if one exists, or to summarise performance under their most recent one if they are ‘in between’ or have not finalised a new NAIP.  
    • Is there an indicative or expected length for the proposal in terms of number of pages or words?  
      There is no indicative or expected length for the proposal.  In previous Calls for Proposals, the proposals were generally 15-25 pages long with the specific proposal for GAFSP Funding (Part 2) being the bulk of the proposal with approximately 10-15 pages.  
    • What documents/materials are required to submit an application?
      For a list of documents required to be included in a submission package, please refer to the Country Guidelines
  7. Can a proposal be submitted by an individual, organization or academic institution? 
    No. The Call for Proposals is open to national Governments of targeted countries only  working in partnership with one of GAFSP's approved Supervising Entities. 
  8. Are countries that did not receive proposal preparation assistance still eligible to apply for funding? 
    The proposal preparation assistance was optional, and countries that did not apply, or applicants that were not successful in receiving assistance, are still eligible to submit proposals to this Special Call by the deadline.
  9. Are countries that are receiving proposal preparation assistance able to select other SE partners? 
    Countries do not yet need to have settled on the selection of their final investment SE partner(s) – this was not a condition of applying for the proposal preparation assistance. In addition to this, the selection of FAO or WFP as the SE of choice for proposal preparation assistance does not preclude countries from selecting a different TA SE partner in the final proposal or to opt for just an investment SE partner.
  10. How many applications can each country submit?
    Countries may submit only one final proposal by the Special Call deadline.
  11. Can an extension of the deadline be requested? 
    No. GAFSP is no longer accepting requests for technical assistance for proposal preparation as the deadline has passed. Final proposals must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm, September 10, 2019 (Eastern Standard Time). 
  12. What countries are eligible for funding?
    This Special Call is targeting countries in fragile and conflict-affected situations that are also IDA-only and not in non-accrual status. The following 24 countries are eligible for funding:

    Africa (14 countries)

    Cote d'Ivoire
    The Gambia
    South Sudan

    East Asia and the Pacific (6 countries)

    Marshall Islands
    Micronesia, FS
    Solomon Islands

    Eastern Europe (1 country)

    Latin America & the Caribbean (1 country) Haiti
    Middle East and North Africa (1 country) Yemen
    South Asia (1 country) Afghanistan