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					                   CALL FOR PROPOSALS
                                       DPRN Phase II

Deadline: 15 April 2008

Contact and information:
Contact person: Dr. Mirjam A.F. Ros-
Tonen, DPRN Coordinator
Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130
1018 VZ Amsterdam
Phone: 020-5254179
Background and aim
The Development Policy Review Network (DPRN), set up by the CERES Research School in
2003, is committed to stimulating informed debate and discussion of issues related to the
formulation and implementation of development policies, in particular those related to Dutch
policies and aid organisations. The DPRN promotes information exchange and dialogue
between scientists, policymakers and development practitioners in the Netherlands and
Belgium by creating opportunities for different kinds of development experts to meet and
exchange ideas and information.

In its first phase, from 2005-2007, DPRN organised regional expert meetings for 13 world
regions each year. In addition, one annual thematic meeting was organised by the DPRN
Task Force on a topical issue concerning international cooperation and development. These
meetings created opportunities for development experts from different sectors to meet and
exchange ideas. In order to further support inter-sectoral contacts, a searchable database of
development experts was set up ( and regular inventories of
regional and Millennium Development Goal expertise drawn up and made available on the
DPRN website (

In its second phase (2008-2010), DPRN aims to go a step further and to progress beyond
the organisation of single events. It intends to support ongoing processes aimed at inter-
sectoral cooperation and policy review. Bringing together parties in the Netherlands and
Flanders that work on international cooperation and development from different (i.e.
academic, policy, practice and business) perspectives, these processes are meant to (i)
strengthen and deepen the debate on international cooperation and development and (ii) to
improve the effectiveness of international cooperation. This requires continued
communication and intensified attempts to actively involve the DPRN target groups, i.e. staff
of various departments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, development organisations,
research organisations and the business community. By stimulating the exchange of
information about, and experiences with, research, development interventions and policy,
the processes to be financed enable the four sectors to take account of the results of each
other’s work and to identify opportunities for synergetic cooperation. Rather than financing
meetings as such, this call primarily refers to the cooperative processes in which they are
embedded and the perspectives they offer for follow-up cooperation and networking.

Call for proposals
DPRN currently has a three-year budget of € 918,000 to be spent on processes which are
aimed at ongoing communication, debate and cooperation between experts from different
sectors in the Netherlands and Flanders. The processes are to effectively result in policy
reviews, increased cooperation and synergy, preferably in the form of policy-relevant
research proposals and other follow-up actions. DPRN intends to host six processes a year,
one of which will be instigated by the DPRN Task Force. The call is for proposals to organise
one of the other five processes, for which a maximum budget of € 50,000 is available per
one-year process. This call is open to all organisations that belong to the DPRN target
groups, i.e. research organisations, policy departments, development (branch) organisations,

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NGOs and businesses operating under a Corporate Social Responsibility banner. The
proposals may relate to multi-annual processes involving two or three annual meetings, or
to a process to be realised in 2008 with one unique event. In order to ensure flexibility and
topicality, DPRN will reserve a maximum of 60 percent of the available resources for single
event / one-year processes. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2008. The submission
deadline for the second round is 1 December 2008.

Who can apply?
Applications should be joint undertakings by organisations representing at least two of the
following groups: (1) academia, (2) development organisations and NGOs, (3) policy and (4)
the corporate sector. In any combination, it should be made clear how the other sectors are
to be involved in the process from theme identification to the output and outcome. The main
applicant can be a development or research organisation based in the Netherlands or

What can be applied for?
Proposals can refer to one-year and multiple year processes, be it that multi-annual
processes are subject to annual reassessment. Although a regional focus will not be
excluded, thematic approaches are particularly encouraged. The proposed processes are to
include the following activities:
1. The preparation and prior dissemination of position papers about the theme to be
     addressed at the meeting, using relevant policy documents, research findings and case
     studies of development interventions;
2. The facilitation of online information exchanges before and after a meeting to support the
     preparatory process and follow-up of meetings, for instance by setting up a Dgroup1
     and/or the joint writing of position papers or research proposals;
3. Drawing up of a list of ‘must-read’ literature (including policy documents) relating to the
     region and/or theme to be addressed in order to facilitate an informed debate;
4. Providing overviews of relevant policy documents, processes, development interventions
     and ongoing research related to the theme or region that is the subject of the meeting2
     on the basis of which lacunas and complementarities in expertise, hence opportunities for
     collaboration, are identified.

    Dgroups is an online home for groups and communities interested in international development. In
Dgroups, one can find the online tools and services needed to support the activities of a team, a group,
a network, a partnership or a community. Dgroups is also a place to find groups who are interested in
the same topics in international development. For more information see
2   DPRN will support this by making available an inventory of relevant development expertise on the
topic based on the records available in

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Proposals have to meet the following conditions:

1. Correlation with the DPRN mission and objectives
The objectives and the proposed activities reflect the DPRN mission to stimulate informed
debate and discussion of issues related to the formulation and implementation of
development policies by creating opportunities for different kinds of development experts to
meet and exchange ideas and information.

2. Joint product which is the result of a consultation process
The proposal is to be a joint product of at least two parties representing different sectors
(i.e. science, policy, development practice and the corporate sector). In any combination, it
has to be made clear how parties from the other sectors have been and are to be involved in
the formulation and implementation of the proposal and why the theme or region around
which the process to be organised is relevant to them. A stakeholder analysis should make it
clear that all relevant parties play a role in the process.

3. Policy review
The proposal has a significant component aimed at reviewing existing (thematic or regional)
policies, with active involvement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4. Output and outcome-oriented
The set up of the process and the methods used are appropriate to (i) initiating an in-depth
debate about various insights between the different sectors; (ii) discussing common agenda
setting; and (iii) identifying opportunities for cooperation. This is to be translated into the
following output:
- a process and meeting report, including the identification of opportunities for inter-
     sectoral cooperation3 and a policy statement, policy brief or policy review;
- a plan for follow-up activities, for instance in the form of a research plan that is relevant
     for policy and/or practice.

5. Financially sound
The proposal is to be accompanied by a sound budget which distinguishes between the
DPRN contribution and that of possible other parties, if applicable.

6. Profiling as a DPRN activity
Submitting a proposal implies that the applicants acknowledge themselves as a member of
the DPRN network and present the process explicitly as a DPRN activity, thereby using the
DPRN house style and dissemination guidelines.

A maximum budget of € 50,000 is available per one-year process resulting in a budget of €
100,000 for a two-year process and € 150,000 in case of a three-year process.

3   To be based on an analysis of the inventories mentioned under ‘What can be applied for’, point 4.

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Reimbursable costs include personnel costs for the convener (including position paper
writing), organisational assistance, a Dgroup moderator, and a meeting moderator; costs
related to the drawing up and analysis of overviews of policy documents, ongoing research
and development interventions on the topic to be addressed, plus an overview of relevant
‘must-read’ literature; accommodation costs (meeting venue); travelling and accommodation
costs speakers (economy class); speaker fees and attentions; printed matter and materials
(badges etc.); catering (coffee, tea and lunch during the meeting(s) that is/are part of the
process); publication costs and other relevant costs (to be specified).

How to apply?
Proposals are to be submitted to DPRN by means of the application form for DPRN meetings
and Processes New Style, that can be downloaded from the DPRN website. The submission
deadline for the first round is 15 April 2008 and for the second round 1 December 2008.

Assessment criteria and procedure
Applications will be evaluated by the DPRN Task Force, which consists of a broad
representation of the Dutch development and research community. The DPRN Task Force
may decide to offer the applicant the opportunity to revise and resubmit a promising
proposal, but decisions to reject a proposal are final and cannot be disputed. The DPRN Task
Force’s decision will be communicated within one month after the deadline. Awarded
proposals are supposed to start by 1 June 2008.

The assessment criteria to be used are based on compliance with the conditions outlined
above, with particular attention given to the following:
•   The quality of the proposal and its relevance for policy and development practice;
•   The relevance for the DPRN mission and objectives;
•   Involvement of relevant partners in the formulation of the proposal and implementation
    of the process;
•   Inclusion of relevant activities;
•   The perspective for follow-up.

Further information
Contact person: Dr Mirjam A.F. Ros-Tonen, DPRN Coordinator
Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130
1018 VZ Amsterdam
Phone: 020-5254179

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