Rationale

Strategic and inclusive partnership is a fundamental component to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SEI Asia, with support from the Swedish government (SIDA), launched the Strategic Collaborative Fund Phase 2 (SCF2) programme in 2018 to enhance the current 2030 Agenda efforts in Asia and the Pacific. SCF2 aims to foster regional cooperation and policy dialogue for sustainable development and environmental sustainability, through capacity building, knowledge sharing and increased collaboration.

Human rights and gender equality are central to SCF2, as it champions regional and inter-regional collaboration for transboundary environmental policy development.

Objectives

From 2018 to 2022, SCF2 will create long-term partnerships to enhance policy development and institutional capacity building in Asia, under the framework of regional integration and the SDGs. It will hold strategic events that seek to build more effective regional policies that contribute to SDG achievement.

Components

Component 1: Inter-regional cooperation with China and Europe

Improving cooperation between ASEAN, China, and Europe is key in trade expansion and greater multilateral understanding.

SCF2 is using the China-ASEAN Environment Cooperation Forum (CAECF) and the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ASEF) as platforms to facilitate policy dialogues and knowledge exchange between ASEAN, China and Europe to address regional sustainability.

Component 2: Regional cooperation within Asia-Pacific

SCF2 supports the ASEAN in increasing regional collaboration on key transboundary environmental issues, such as pollution, water governance, energy flows, natural resource use efficiency and climate change.

The project will provide support for initiating, organizing, and hosting events that highlight key issues that are linked to the 2030 sustainable development agenda. The goal is to build regional capacity to lead efforts toward collaborative policy development.

Component 3: Learning and capacity development

SCF2 will develop open online courses on gender equality and rights-based approaches to enhance institutional capacity and knowledge of regional partners. The courses aim to encourage gender, human rights and poverty reduction-centric policies on environmental and climate change issues and the SDGs.

Component 4: Programme management

SCF2 aims to improve project management through enhanced programme monitoring and evaluation and strategic communication. Partners will be assisted in identifying target policies and tracking new knowledgeapplication in policy formulation.

This component will also support the institutionalization of gender and rights-based approaches into partners and participants’ current and future programmes and operations, as well as encourage improved efforts toward SDG and Agenda 2030 achievement.

Who we are

SEI Asia, with support from the Swedish government (Sida), launched the Strategic Collaborative Fund Phase 2 (SCF2) programme in 2018 to enhance the current 2030 Agenda efforts in Asia and the Pacific.

SCF2 aims to foster regional cooperation and policy dialogue for sustainable development and environmental sustainability, through capacity building, knowledge sharing and increased collaboration.

Human rights and gender equality are central to SCF2, as it champions regional and inter-regional collaboration for transboundary environmental policy development.

SCF2 invites potential partners to submit concept notes for regional environmental policy forums, with focus on four key themes: disaster management and emergency response, agrobiodiversity, air pollution and climate change and freshwater ecosystems

What we seek

SCF2 welcomes concept notes for regional strategic events in Asia, specifically in South and Southeast Asia, that highlight the advancement of environmental sustainability, gender equality, human rights and poverty reduction.

The proposed events should include representatives from government, private sector, civil society, research or academic institutions and development partners to ensure an inclusive and substantive dialogue.

Based on specific contexts, SCF2-supported events should benefit the Asian region, particularly marginalized groups including those living in poverty, women, youth, children, ethnic minorities and other environmentally vulnerable groups.

Themes for 2021

  1. Air pollution – Addressing air pollution and climate change
  2. Agrobiodiversity – Harnessing the Benefits of Agrobiodiversity to Build Sustainable and Inclusive Food Systems
  3. Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management – Social media for inclusive resilience in Southeast Asia
  4. Freshwater Ecosystems – Practical actions in protecting and restoring freshwater ecosystems for sustainable use and climate change adaptation
  5. Gender – Gender and migration in a changing climate

Grant value 

 For 2021, SEI will support four themes (air pollution, agrobiodiversity, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation, and ecosystems), covering one grant per theme.  

A maximum of SEK 450,000 (approximately USD 45,000) will be awarded per grant. The grants can fund one or more events in their entirety or provide supplemental funding to already confirmed co-funded event(s). The delivery period of event organization and impact monitoring must be within April 2021 – December 2021. 

Who can apply 

Interested applicants must send proposal for events on any of the four themes. Proposals should also include a human rights and gender angle, to be considered. 

SEI and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law will provide support during the preparation and/or implementation of events, as agreed with grantees, to help elaborate these perspectives. 

The following can apply for the grant: 

  1. Nonprofit organizations or networks that based in Asia can apply. Organizations outside the region can be considered if the proposed event addresses issues relevant to Asia and can engage regional stakeholders. They should:
    – Have experience in hosting relevant policy dialogues that engage different groups and stakeholders. 
    – Feature key speakers and participants who are able to share knowledge and experience in environmental sustainability, while addressing cross-cutting issues of gender equality, human rights and poverty.
  2. Private sector players can apply, if their proposal seeks to engage with the public sector and/or civil society organizations. Funding cannot be used for covering private sector actors’ participation in the supported event (related travel and accommodation expenses). It should, however, be used to increase participation of other stakeholders such as civil society and the public sector. A cost-sharing option for micro and small enterprises with resource constraints can be considered.
  3. Government agencies that have mandates, expertise and capacities in thematic areas are encouraged to apply in partnership with other organisations.
  4. Organizations that are currently Sida’s grantees are not eligible to apply as the lead organization, but can be part of the consortium. 

Selection criteria 

 The concept notes should: 

  • Provide evidence of regional-level outreach and scope in the Asia region (South and Southeast Asia), as opposed to a country-level event 
  • Address the thematic focus and relevance to environmentally sustainable and inclusive development 
  • Demonstrate how the event leads to positive impact on gender equality, rights-based approaches and poverty reduction 
  • Demonstrate how the event would target and benefit the citizens of the region, with particular attention to the poor, women and other marginalized groups 
  • Ensure diverse participation including the public sector, private sector, civil society organizations, research and academic institutions and development partners 
  • Use innovative methods and technologies to enhance participation and active discussion among participants 
  • Show proponents’ institutional capacity for organizing regional events
  • Demonstrate the linkage between the regional event’s expected outcomes and SEI’s strategic policy engagement

Guidance note on human rights and gender equality

Human rights and gender equality are central to SCF, as it champions regional and inter-regional cooperation for transboundary environmental policy development. Based on specific contexts, SCF-supported events should benefit the Asia-Pacific region, particularly marginalised groups including those living in poverty, women, youth, children, migrants, ethnic minorities and other environmentally vulnerable groups.

SEI and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) are jointly supporting the integration of gender equality and human rights into the SCF2 programme, including through coaching and support of grantees.

This guidance note aims to support applicants to integrate human rights and gender equality in the design of their SCF2 project proposals.

Deadline

Submissions are now closed.

Contact

For further information please contact Wanaporn Yangyuentham, Programme Manager, at scf@sei.org.

When

Events and Themes

Partner

Sept 2021 China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Forum 2020 (CAECF)

Nanning, China

The Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment,  China

When

Events and Themes

Partner

2021

29-30 April 2021
(Theme: Disaster Risk Reduction)
Children and Youth International (CYI)
2, 9, 20 April 2021
(Theme: Climate Change Adaptation)
The University of Auckland

2020

4 Dec 2020 Sustainable Business Awards Global Initiatives
24-26 Nov 2020 Grounding and Empowering: Nourishing the Grassroots for Transformative Change An Asia Women Environmental Defenders Retreat

(Theme: Gender)

Non-Timber Forest Products
9-11 Nov 2020 Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) 2020

(Theme: Connecting the Dots: Creating an Enabling Environment for SDG 12 in ASEM)

Asia-Europe Foundation
4, 11, 18, 25 Nov 2020 IPEN-SEA Virtual Conference 2020: Citizen Science in Southeast and East Asia

(Theme: Prevent and Reduce Urban Pollution from Toxic Chemicals)

EcoWaste Coalition Philippines
2-3 Nov 2020 Women, Water, Climate: Tackling the Challenges

(Theme: Water)

Women for Water Partnership (WfWP)
6-7 Oct 2020 Making Family Farming Sustainable and Viable in Asia: Strengthening Farmer-Led Multi Actor Partnership Platforms for Family Farming

(Theme: Agriculture)

Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
8-12 June 2020 The Climate Finance Track at the AVPN 2020 Virtual Conference

(Theme: Climate Finance)

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Limited
21-22 Jan 2020 Regional Dialogue Workshop on Green and Sustainable Agriculture

(Theme: Agriculture)

Department of Policy and Legal Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Laos

2019

2-4 Dec 2019 Climate Smart Women Connect: Climate and Gender Justice for Indigenous Women in Asia

(Theme: Gender)

CUSO International
18-19 Nov 2019 Responsible Business Forum

(Theme: Circularity 2030: Next generation leaders)

Global Initiatives
29 Oct 2019 Roundtable on the Environment and Social Inclusion  Global Initiatives
27-30 Oct 2019 9th Southeast Asian Human Rights and Business Conference

(Theme: Energy)

Forest Peoples Programme
16-18 Oct 2019 Regional Consultation to Promote Actions to Improve Asian Deltas Resilience

(Theme: Water)

WWF Greater Mekong
13-17 Oct 2019 Grassroots Community Resilience at the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum 7 (APUF-7)

(Theme: Disaster Risk Reduction)

Asia Coalition for Housing Rights
8-9 Oct 2019 Challenges and Opportunities on Indigenous Knowledge System and Practices and Rights-Based Sustainable Development: A Southeast Asian Forum

(Theme: Climate Change Adaptation)

Samdhana Institute
17-18 Sept 2019 China ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Forum

(Theme: Promote and Foster Regional Green Growth: Best Practices for Eco-city Development and Sustainable Ocean Ecosystem Management)

Center for International Cooperation and Exchange, Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China
29-30 July 2019 Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Annual Conference

(Theme: The Role of Consumer in Triggering Changes in Consumption & Production)

 

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

The integration of human rights and gender equality is central to the SCF2, as it champions regional and inter-regional collaboration for transboundary environmental policy development. 

 Through a collaboration with Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) and Stockholm Environment Institute Asia gender cluster, evidence-based human rights and gender equality approaches are integrated into the programme implementation through capacity building such as direct coaching and providing open online courses.  

 This ensures that human rights and gender equality become central to regional environmental and climate change policy with the intent of achieving SDG integration.