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Strong Interest in DM2009 on Climate Adaptation

Rasmus Heltberg's picture

The deadline for DM 2009 proposals has now closed and the DM Team has been hard at work screening and gearing up for the assessment.

As expected, the Call for Proposals generated a wealth of interest from most parts of the world. Despite a more stringent application process this year, we received a total of 1,755 proposals, similar to last year where the rules were more flexible.

The strong interest demonstrates that grassroots organizations are interested and available to launch community-based climate adaptation related to rural livelihoods diversification, indigenous peoples, and disaster risk reduction. If anyone doubted the demand for bottom-up adaptation, they have been proven wrong.

The DM2009 Competition on Climate Adaptation Call for Proposals Closes Monday, May 18

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The 2009 Development Marketplace Competition on Climate Adaptation call for proposals closes  this Monday, May 18 at 6:00PM EDT. There is still time to apply. Visit our website - for more information. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted your proposal. A group of approximately 200 sector experts from around the world will be reviewing them in the coming weeks. Finalists will be announced at the end of July. Best of luck to all of you!

2 weeks to Go!

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Dear readers,

Proposals for the 2009 Global Development Marketplace are due in 2 weeks! There is still plenty of time to apply. We hope you take advantage and submit your idea today. The competition, funded by the GEF and other DM partners, aims to dentify 20 to 25 innovative, early-stage projects addressing climate adaptation. Winning projects receive up to US$200,000 in grant funding for implementation over two years.

The competition focuses on three sub-themes: 
  1) Resilience of Indigenous Peoples' Communities to Climate Risks
  2) Climate Risk Management with Multiple Benefits
  3) Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management

For more information and to apply, visit our website at The application deadline is May 18, 2009.

New Look, better blog!

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You may have noticed we received a face lift.  Well, it’s not just the DM Blog, it’s the entire World Bank (WB) Blog Community.  WB blogs are going to soon all be part of the World Bank Blog “Planet” (fitting name, don’t you think?) is a planet site that aggregates content from all the WB blogs into one space.  This will make it easier to find and subscribe to more content on the topics that interest you the most.  I was just looking at the new planet and found this post on Innovative Adaptation by Rosina Bierbaum – a great topic considering the focus of the DM this year. 

I’d like your feedback on all of this.  What do you think about the new DM Blog?  Anything you like in particular?  What would make it better? What about the planet site? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.  I look forward to hearing from you. 

- Aaron

Conflict, Displacement, and pro-poor Adaptation

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Migration is the default adaptation strategy of the poor.

Rising sea levels, more frequent flooding, and droughts could displace millions of people by the middle of the century. And if the predictions of sharply declining agricultural productivity come true, farmers will to an increasing extent abandon rural areas in search of new livelihoods.  

2009 DELL Global Small Business Excellence Award - Proposals Due Tomorrow!

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The 2009 DELL Small Business Excellence Award ( offers small businesses in 13 countries the chance to win $50,000 in technology solutions.  The award, sponsored by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB)and Endeavor, gives small businesses applying technology in innovative ways to better serve customers a chance at up to $50,000 in Dell solutions and a meeting wit

Work with Nature, Not Against It

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With more than the first hints of spring here in DC in the form of my childrens spring break holiday, daffodils and green shoots including weeds in my flower beds!  I am able to step off my busy professional schedule at IFC to read ‘The End of Poverty’ by Jeffrey Sachs, reflect and blog again. With the wonder of spring literally upon me (I need to get mulching later) I am moved to reflect on agriculture everywhere which is really a very delicate balancing act between nature and human intervention.

Calling all proposals - DM 2009 Grant Competition on Climate Adaptation Launched!

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The global 2009 Development Marketplace competition is now open! This year the DM aims to find and support innovative approaches and technologies that help us to prepare for and respond to the immediate and potential impacts of climate change. We have already begun accepting applications. For more details visit our website at The submission period closes May 18, 2009.

This is a great opportunity to find support for your idea in Climate Adaptation. For the first time, we have also opened a special window for Indigenous Peoples – to promote Indigenous Peoples communities’ and organizations’ development of innovative ways to conserve agriculture, land, water and soil management practices. Apply now and spread the word!

South Asia Regional DM Grant Competition - Deadline Approaching

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The South Asia Regional Development Marketplace is accepting proposals under the theme: “Family and Community Approaches to Improve Infant and Young Child Nutrition.” Proposals are welcomed from all South Asian countries including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  See the call for proposals for further eligibility criteria.

Proposals are being accepted until March 31, 2009.  About 70 of the most promising candidates will be invited to present their ideas at the South Asia Regional Marketplace event to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in August 4-6, 2009.  Of these, up to 25 winners will be selected by a jury of distinguished nutrition and development experts, to receive awards of up to US$40,000.

For more information, visit their website at