Vote for civil society observers to the Climate Investment Funds

The vote for civil society observers to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) is now OPEN.

Civil societies can vote fo organization that will be there representing clean and efficient fossil fueled and renewable climate change solutions.

To cast your ballot, follow this link:

After you fill out a brief registration form, a separate link to the ballot will be emailed directly to you. Follow that link and log in using the same email address you used to register.

To be eligible to vote, you must be a member of a non-profit civil society organization (CSO) or network involved in issues of climate change. CSOs are invited to vote for candidates from their geographic region (Africa, Asia, Developed Countries, and Latin America).

Voting will remain open until Tuesday, January 24, 11:59 pm GMT.

Please contact cifobservers if you have questions on the voting process.

For more information on the civil society observer selection process, please visit

Guide for energy entrepreneurs who want to link their businesses to carbon finance

GVEP International, in partnership with the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, has published a guide for energy entrepreneurs who want to link their businesses to carbon finance. The guide, which is part of a series also covering Investment Finance and End-User Finance, aims to provide recommendations on their first steps to assess their businesses’ potential and guide them through the complexities of the ever-evolving carbon market.

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USAID NGO Grant Support: Request for Applications from NGOs

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a Request for Applications for the Development Grants Program providing support in the three sectors of microenterprise, water and climate changeadaptation. Applications can be submitted by indigenous, local NGOs from different countries or private and voluntary organizations in the US.

The Development Grants Program aims to create new partnerships between USAID and NGOs which have limited or have not been able to access prior funding directly from the USAID. Through this program, the Agency seeks to expand its network of NGOs and build their capacity.

The objectives of the DGP as presented in this Request for Applications are:

1. Broadened participation in USAID programs of local NGOs and U.S. PVOs with experience and expertise relevant to priority USAID and partner country development objectives;

2. Expanded numbers of local NGOs and U.S. PVOs with planning, management and service delivery systems adequate to implement USAID-funded activities; and

3. Measurable contributions by LNGOs and U.S. PVOs to the achievement of the development objectives for participating USAID Missions’ country programs, in particular as they pertain to Agency priorities and initiatives.

A list of eligible countries along with the specific funding sectors is given in the link below. To apply to this program, concept notes have to be submitted initially outlining the proposed project in the areas of microenterprise, water and climate change adaptation. Detailed proposals will be requested after the review of concept notes.

The closing date for the submission of concept notes is 25 April 2011.

For more information, visit and search by funding opportunity number for “M-OAA-GRO-EGAS-DGP-11-0001.”

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