Responses to the Questions for ICT Project Scale Up Fund

Question 1: The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) has been recently supporting a few ICT initiatives to scale up. Those initiatives do not have yet a legal registration in Cambodia (driven by local team funded by a mix of their own funds and grants from institutional donors) and wish to submit a grant proposal to your organization, using CKS as a legal entity (they will obtained within CKS a project status with separate budget and dedicated management line). Would this make them eligible?

Answer: The registered entity may submit a proposal for a project activity that supports a local un-registered organization. In the event of a successful proposal, DAI will enter into an agreement with the registered entity only. The applicant must explain the relationship structure between the registered entity and un-registered organization in the application, and how the activity will be implemented with personnel between the two organizations.


Question 2: An app at pilot stage to reduce waste dumping in waters and in streets. It has been beta tested. It is finalist of the TechCamp Regional competition, and a potential winner of the competition (results announced in 2-3 weeks). The goal is to improve the platform, increase number of users, and set up an outreach and partnership strategy with NGO’s and CSO’s. Would the model scope qualify for the grant?

Answer: Please refer to the APS to understand the type of activities that DI is looking to fund and use the outlined eligibility criteria to determine if your proposed project is eligible under this grant fund.


Question 3: A web platform at pilot stage aiming to connect mentors and students to improve quality of learning and curriculum choices. The goal is to scale up and deploy the platform, and increase number of users. Would the model scope qualify for the grant?

Answer: Please refer to the APS to understand the type of activities that DI is looking to fund use the outlined eligibility criteria to determine if your proposed project is eligible under this grant fund.


Question 4: Would number of users be sufficient as Evidence of impact from pilot phase? Could you please give concrete examples of Evidence of impact from pilot phase that you are looking for?

Answer: Evidence of impact from the pilot phase should include data (i.e. number of users/beneficiaries, downloads, target areas reached) and a discussion of user engagement to date (i.e. testimonials about the story of change, how the project resulted in a positive impact in individuals and communities).

For example, in the first pilot project of the Technology for Education Systems Transformation (TEST) app implemented by World Education with funding support from USAID’s Development Innovations project, it reached more than 2,395 students in grade one and two and 103 teachers, librarians, educators and other school stakeholders at 10 target schools in Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum, and Siem Reap province. In addition, the schools, teachers, educators and students reported the importance of the TEST project given that it helped standardize the test administration, save teacher’s time in correcting the papers, reduce scoring errors and improve transparency in testing.


Question 5: Can a public school like Institute of Technology of Cambodia apply for the ICT scale up fund?

Answer: DI can only provide funding to NGOs registered with Ministry of Interior or Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and private companies registered with the Ministry of Commerce.


Question 6: I would like to ask about your announcement of new grants up to 80,000$ that it can be used to create a mobile app for work on migration?

Answer: Please refer to the APS to understand the type of activities that DI is looking to fund and use the outlined eligibility criteria to determine if your proposed project is eligible under this grant fund.


Question 7: I have ever worked with a team in USA on anti-censorship many years ago. We create Android app to encrypt voice so the government cannot listen or record the conversation (for human right activity). I have told to a person from Radio Free Asia in 2009, he answered that it is great project for supporting human right and democracy. Then, I found it is slow, and it is difficult to use. But now I can make it faster with new programming function library. If you like to protect piracy or democracy by mobile app, we can talk.

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