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Pinnovation Academy reopens for innovation proposals focused on DRRM



QUEZON CITY, June 15 – Pinnovation Academy, a pioneering innovation partnership based in the Philippines, is thrilled to announce its opening of their call for expressions of interest. This call invites community-led or community based organizations to submit innovative proposals that showcase effective solutions for mitigating disaster risks within their respective communities.


The Call for Expression of Interest will be open from June 15, 2023, until June 30, 2023.


Pinnovation Academy will carefully review the collected submissions and shortlist the most promising ones. These shortlisted submissions will be invited to undergo Mentoring on Proposal Development, a comprehensive program designed to guide participants in refining their proposals.


To participate, interested organizations need to accomplish the Expression of Interest form, which can be easily downloaded from our official website at www.pinnovation.ph/apply. Once completed, the form should be submitted via email to apply@pinnovation.ph.


In addition to the submission of the Expression of Interest form, interested participants must meet the following criteria:


INNOVATIONS CRITERIA


  • 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.


ELIGIBLE ENTITIES


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.


DISQUALIFICATIONS

  • 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.


Pinnovation Academy encourages all eligible community-led organizations to seize this opportunity to make a lasting impact on disaster risk mitigation in their communities. Likha para sa pag-unlad ng komunidad: abot-isip, abot kamay!


About Pinnovation Academy


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!



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For media inquiries and further information, please contact:

Jhian Christian Aranas

Pinnovation Academy | Center for Disaster Preparedness

+63 917 670 0144


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