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April 14, 2021 | Volume 11, Issue 19

In this issue:

Media of the Week
Video messages from James Akai and Salomon Matchoudo -- IDEAL's Regional Facilitators in Africa -- about the upcoming Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event! 
Watch James' video (English) here
Watch Salomon's video (French) here

Featured Announcement

Notice of Funding: USDA McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition

Photo of woman farming in the PhillipinesUSDA has released the FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition (McGovern-Dole) Programs. McGovern-Dole anticipates awarding up to $250 million in cooperative agreements, for three to five-year projects ranging from $10 to $25 million each.
The application deadline is 5:00 PM EDT, June 4, 2021. For all questions and inquiries pertaining to the NOFO, please contact

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Hyams / Save the Children

Featured Opportunity

Call for Submissions: Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event

Photo of a man with camelsIDEAL invites implementing partners to submit content for the upcoming Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event happening from June 21-24, 2021.   

During this event, IDEAL will have a mix of sessions that allow for storytelling, problem-solving, co-creating, and networking. Our call for presenters and facilitators is now open. Join us for 30-minute information sessions on April 16, 2021 as we answer any questions you may have on the submission and session planning process. Click the link below to register for the session you’d like to attend:  Note: The dates of the Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event have changed and will now take place from June 21-24, 2021. More agenda details will be made available in the weeks to come.

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Featured Event

Building Resilience Through Women's Groups
REAL and FinEquity | May 11, 2021 | Online

Photo of women smiling togetherThis event, hosted by FinEquity and the Resilience, Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) Associate Award, creates space and time for practitioners, researchers, and donors to think critically about the role women’s groups may play to build resilience.

Through a panel discussion and facilitated participatory breakout sessions, the event seeks to draw on both the evidence review and concrete experiences to deepen participants’ understanding of the ways in which women’s groups can facilitate their members’ and their households’ capacity to be more resilient in the face of shocks and stresses. 

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Photo Credit: Miguel Samper/Mercy Corps, 2009

Featured Resource

Emergency Application Guidelines (Annex B: Indicator Handbook For Emergency Activities)

resource thumbnailThe USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) Emergency Application Guidelines Annex B: Indicator Handbook for Emergency Activities provides the performance indicator reference sheets (PIRS) for BHA emergency indicators.

The handbook provides guidance on applicability criteria for each BHA emergency indicator and guidance on what partners and applicants should include in custom indicator PIRSs. Each PIRS describes: key terms in each indicator; how the indicator should be calculated; how disaggregates should be reported; how the data should be collected; and any additional, external resources that may be useful.

Upcoming Events

Modality Decision Tool Nutrition Addendum
USAID Advancing Nutrition | April 15, 2021 | Online

Operation and Maintenance of WASH Infrastructure Webinar Series
PRO-WASH | April 20, 2021 | Online

The Caregiver Mental Health Knowledge Sharing Series
Food for the Hungry | April 27, 2021 | Online

Early Warning and Resilience Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa
SCALE & PRO-WASH | April 29, 2021 | Online

Climate Finance for WASH
Sanitation and Water for All | April 29, 2021 | Online

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New Resources

Rural Sanitation Programming in Challenging Contexts: A Desk-Based Review
The Sanitation Learning Hub, UNICEF, and WaterAid

Seeing in the Dark: Real-Time Monitoring in Humanitarian Crises
Tufts University's Feinstein International Center

Agricultural “Platforms” in a Digital Era: Defining the Landscape
Feed the Future

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Funding & Other Opportunities

Sustainability and Resilience of Multiple-Use Water Systems (MUS) in USAID Title II CountriesDeadline: April 21, 2021
The USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)-funded PRO-WASH and SCALE Awards are collaborating to fund and manage a new operational research activity on Multiple-Use Water Systems (MUS) in 2021-2022. SCALE and PRO-WASH encourage stakeholders to provide their feedback using this survey to help them design a request for applications (RFA) for research into MUS and to identify potential programs with whom this research could take place. The survey is open until April 21, 2021.

USAID/Nigeria COVID-19 Food Security ChallengeDeadline: May 9, 2021
As part of the Feed the Future initiative, USAID/Nigeria is seeking to partner with youth-led companies (up to age 29) and mid-stage companies (with an existing customer base of more than 1,000 people) that are already working in food production, processing, and/or distribution. USAID is requesting that these partners help farmers and other stakeholders in the food value chain increase agricultural productivity and food security within the next year to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s food value chain. 

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