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Land Degradation Neutrality Fund

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The LDN Fund invests in projects which reduce or reverse land degradation and thereby contribute to ‘Land Degradation Neutrality’. The LDN Fund is co-promoted by the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Mirova. It is a public-private partnership using public money to increase private sector investment in sustainable development. The fund invests in sustainable agriculture, forestry and other land uses globally. The Fund was launched at the UNCCD’s COP 13 in China in 2017.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-PO009-LDN

Start Date:

2019-12-12

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£10,000,000


Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund Round 6

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is the fifth most lucrative transnational crime, worth up to £17bn a year globally. As well as threatening species with extinction, IWT destroys vital ecosystems. IWT also fosters corruption, feeds insecurity, and undermines good governance and the rule of law. The UK government is committed to tackling illegal trade of wildlife products. Defra manages the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, which is a competitive grants scheme with the objective of tackling illegal wildlife trade and, in doing so, contributing to sustainable development in developing countries. Projects funded under the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund address one, or more, of the following themes: • Developing sustainable livelihoods to benefit people directly affected by IWT • Strengthening law enforcement • Ensuring effective legal frameworks • Reducing demand for IWT products Over £26 million has been committed to 85 projects since the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund was established in 2013; five projects were awarded in 2014 (via applications to the Darwin Initiative), fourteen in 2015, fifteen in 2016, thirteen in 2017, fourteen in 2018 and thirteen in 2019 and ten in the latest round in 2020. (more info here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/919053/iwt-challenge-fund-list.pdf): IWT076, IWT077, IWT078, IWT082, IWT083, IWT079, IWT080, IWT081, IWT084, IWT085

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-IWTCF-R6

Start Date:

2020-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£3,417,064


Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund Round 5

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is the fifth most lucrative transnational crime, worth up to £17bn a year globally. As well as threatening species with extinction, IWT destroys vital ecosystems. IWT also fosters corruption, feeds insecurity, and undermines good governance and the rule of law. The UK government is committed to tackling illegal trade of wildlife products. Defra manages the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, which is a competitive grants scheme with the objective of tackling illegal wildlife trade and, in doing so, contributing to sustainable development in developing countries. Projects funded under the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund address one, or more, of the following themes: • Developing sustainable livelihoods to benefit people directly affected by IWT • Strengthening law enforcement • Ensuring effective legal frameworks • Reducing demand for IWT products Over £23 million has been committed to 75 projects since the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund was established in 2013; five projects were awarded in 2014 (via applications to the Darwin Initiative), fourteen in 2015, fifteen in 2016, thirteen in 2017, fourteen in 2018 and in the latest round in 2019. This round of funding includes the following projects (details of which can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/811381/iwt-project-list-2019.pdf)): IWT062, IWT063, IWT064, IWT065, IWT066, IWT067, IWT068, IWT069, IWT070, IWT071, IWT072, IWT073, IWT074, IWT075.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-IWTCF-R5

Start Date:

2019-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,588,554


CEC Africa

CDC Group plc

Investment by CDC in CEC Africa to tackle the severe shortage of power in Sierra Leone and West Africa

Project identifier:

GB-COH-03877777-F314701

Start Date:

2016-11-10

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£0


CECASL Power

CDC Group plc

Debt investment by CDC into CECASL Power for the construction and operation of a 50MW power plant in Sierra Leone to help tackle the country's severe lack of energy.

Project identifier:

GB-COH-03877777-F315301

Start Date:

2016-10-31

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£0


SCB Sierra Leone Risk Participation Facility

CDC Group plc

Agreement between CDC and Standard Chartered Bank, allowing businesses to get the finance they need from local banks to reach international markets.

Project identifier:

GB-COH-03877777-F313201

Start Date:

2016-08-31

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£0


Fleming Fund – Country and Regional Grants and Fellowships Programme

UK - Department of Health (DH)

The Fleming Fund helps low- and middle-income countries to fight antimicrobial resistance. A management agent has been appointed to deliver: country grants 24 low- and middle-income countries, regional grants in West Africa, East and Southern Africa, South Asia and South East Asia, and a global fellowships programme. These initiatives aim to improve laboratory capacity and diagnosis as well as data and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-10-FF_MA

Start Date:

2016-10-10

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£258,497,532.75


British Academy Coherence & Impact - Early Careers Research Network

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

This programme of activities is tailored for early career researchers in the UK and the Global South to develop research partnerships, strengthen capacity and build research skills related to joint UK-Global South research agendas.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-GCRF-BACImECRN

Start Date:

2019-10-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,521,968


British Academy Coherence & Impact - Youth Futures

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The projects funded under this programme support research which brings a much-needed youth-led perspective on the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. They involve genuine interdisciplinarity, collaborative work that extends beyond the standard research model, and policy thinking based on close understanding of, and working with, young people at various stages of ‘getting by’.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-GCRF-CImYF

Start Date:

2020-01-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£5,760,000


Royal Academy of Engineering Core - Higher Education Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The Higher Education Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa Programme (HEP SSA) – supported by the Anglo American Group Foundation and the UK Government through the Global Challenges Research Fund – was established by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016, following the successful pilot scheme, Enriching Engineering Education Programme. COVID-19

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-RAENG-GCRF-05

Start Date:

2016-07-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£78,852.39


Royal Academy of Engineering Core - Africa Catalyst

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

GCRF Africa Catalyst aims to strengthen professional engineering bodies in sub-Saharan Africa so that they can effectively promote the profession, share best practice and increase local engineering capacity, to help drive development. This is supported by high-quality research focusing on expanding the evidence base for the importance of robust engineering institutions and the role they play in delivering sustainable growth, and mapping engineering capacity and diversity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-RAENG-GCRF-01

Start Date:

2016-10-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£2,943,489.17


Prosperity Fund Global Finance Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Leverages the UK’s unique position as the world’s leading financial centre to increase access to finance for firms and individuals, promoting shared prosperity through inclusive economic growth overseas, and the development of new markets

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300452

Start Date:

2018-04-04

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£98,999,989


Pioneer Outcomes Funds (POF) - a programme to leverage private finance into high performing development projects using Impact Bonds and other pay-for-outcomes models at scale to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

A multi-donor programme to commission development projects effectively and efficiently using new instruments that facilitate better links between financial markets and providers delivering pay-for-success contracts.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300539

Start Date:

2020-03-17

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£169,609,999


Africa Division funding to the African Agriculture Development Company (AgDevCo)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

AgDevCo is a specialised investor and project developer focused exclusively on early stage Small and Medium Enterprise agribusiness in Sub Saharan Africa. AgDevCo deploys patient capital and technical assistance to build profitable businesses that contribute to food security, drive economic growth and create jobs and income in rural areas and contribute to farmers’ resilience to climate change. AgDevCo currently operates in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

Project identifier:

GB-1-204270

Start Date:

2013-09-24

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£152,313,492


Rural Electrification in Sierra Leone

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

“To increase access to clean energy through the creation of environmentally and economically sustainable electric mini-grid systems for small remote rural communities in Sierra Leone by 2020. This is expected to directly benefit around 360,000 people in rural Sierra Leone, and indirectly help up to 1.8 million people access low carbon electricity. This will add more than 10 Mega Watts (MW) to the country’s power generation capacity of an estimated average peak demand requirement of 300-500 MW. There will be a welfare increase in rural communities in terms of saved fuel costs, improved health and education outcomes, improved communications and access to information and health and safety. The project will also result in a significant reduction in Sierra Leone’s future Green House Gas emissions through supported private investment in the installation and operation of renewably-powered mini-grids’”.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300303

Start Date:

2016-10-24

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£37,739,324


Saving Lives in Sierra Leone 2016

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

To save women and children’s lives by improving the quality, availability and accessibility of (reproductive, maternal, new born and child health (RMNCH) services. Phase 1 of this programme will focus on increasing access to preventive services (including family planning, water, sanitation and long lasting insecticide treated bednets) and improving service quality in line with the maternal and child health priorities of the President’s 10-24 Month Recovery Plan. The second phase will embed and build on the gains of the first phase and will increase equitable access to the improved RMNH services, whilst strengthening priority health systems for more sustainable service delivery.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300036

Start Date:

2016-08-09

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£142,322,813


Rehabilitation of Freetown’s Water Supply System

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

The project will increase sustainable access to safe water in Freetown, the capital city. This will be achieved through rehabilitation of water infrastructure for improved public service delivery of water.

Project identifier:

GB-1-205195

Start Date:

2016-06-07

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£47,759,987


Leh Wi Learn - Sierra Leone Secondary Education Improvement Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

To improve English and mathematics learning achievement in all secondary schools , especially for girls. The programme has the following components: making schools safe for girls, improving learning conditions in schools for boys and girls, strengthening central and district capacity, and improving monitoring and evaluation. In the first two years, the project will be fully aligned with Sierra Leone’s President’s Recovery Priorities. Over the five years, the impact will be measured by improvements in the West Africa regional secondary school examinations taken after three years (the basic certificate) and after six years (the senior certificate). An additional 14,000[1] girls and boys are expected to pass English and Maths at senior level, with a narrowing of the performance gap between boys and girls. The outcome of the programme will establish an enabling environment for secondary school students, especially girls, to be safe, learn and achieve.

Project identifier:

GB-1-205234

Start Date:

2016-05-18

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£69,497,284


Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

To save lives and reduce the impact of disease outbreaks and epidemics on African populations. The programme will strengthen African Health systems and institutions by supporting: (i) World Health Organisation Africa Office (WHO AFRO) reform (ii) countries' ability to achieve the International Health Regulations (IHR), (iii) better governance and accountability of public health systems, (iv) improved data and evidence, and (v) emergency response.

Project identifier:

GB-1-205242

Start Date:

2017-11-23

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£104,714,227


Increasing access to electricity in Sierra Leone

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

To increase access to improved, affordable and sustainable electricity supply for human development and wealth creation in Sierra Leone by 2018. through a combination of interventions supporting hard infrastructure, institutional reform and operational improvement.

Project identifier:

GB-1-205188

Start Date:

2016-12-19

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£32,413,793




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