14/10/2005

The World Bank - Country Office for Serbia and Montenegro

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



The World Bank
Europe and Central Asia Region
Country Office for Serbia and Montenegro

Contact: Belgrade- Vesna Kostic (11) 302-3723vkostic@worldbank.org


The World Bank's Development Marketplace Program, in collaboration with the Water and Sanitation Program and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program announces its Call for Proposals for the 2006 Global Development Marketplace.
With a theme of, "Innovations in Water, Sanitation, and Energy Services for Poor People," the 2006 Marketplace expects to award a total of US$4 million for ideas that provide clean water supply, sanitation and energy services to poor communities developing countries. Maximum award size is US$200,000.

Who can apply?
Proposals are welcome from a range of development innovators-civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, private foundations, government agencies, academia, the private sector, as well as staff from the World Bank Group and other donor organizations.

How and when to submit proposals?
Proposals should be submitted by November 30, 2005 on one of the following sub-themes:
Service Delivery: Sustainable delivery of water supply, sanitation, and/or energy services to poor households
Environment: Renewable energy, clean water technologies, energy efficiency, and/or environmentally sustainable sanitation solutions to poor households and to small enterprises
Health: Protecting health from environmental risk factors (indoor air pollution, contaminated drinking water, unsafe sanitation), including innovative programs for hygiene promotion and behavioral change
Natural Resources: Sustainable management of natural resources (land, water, forest) specifically for the provision of water supply, sanitation and energy to the poor

Proposals will be accepted through the Development Marketplace website at www.developmentmarketplace.org.
Interested people can visit the website for competition guidelines, the on-line proposal form, and step-by-step instructions in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Overall schedule of the activity
Call for Proposals: October 3rd, 2005 to November 30th, 2005
Announcement of Finalists: February 15th, 2006
Marketplace Competition & Knowledge Forum: May 8th & 9th, 2006

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