AusAID is running it’s Asia Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP) again and is seeking Activity Concepts by 24th October.
The Asia Public Sector Linkages Program aims to improve public sector capacity for governance and management for nationally determined development outcomes in selected partner Asian countries.
PSLP offers departments and agencies of Australian federal, state and territory governments, as well as Australian public universities, the opportunity to compete for grant funding that will:
- transfer capacity building skills and expertise to their public sector counterpart institutions in partner countries;
- support strengthening of sustainable development-focused public sector bilateral and regional linkages.
Grants are generally, but not necessarily, between $50,000 and $250,000.
Proposed Activities generally will be self-contained and be from 3 to 24 months in duration. Activities should be long enough to transfer capacity building skills and build sustainable development-focused linkages.
PSLP is administered by a dedicated PSLP Secretariat.
It is flexible and responsive and can meet the different needs of:
- its diverse range of users and target countries
- the varying significance of particular sectors, issues and approaches
- the requirements of evolving Australian whole-of-government priorities.
Activities proposed for PSLP funding consideration must:
- have a primary developmental focus
- comply with AusAID development policy guidelines on gender and development, poverty reduction, environment and sustainability
- clearly identify sustainable benefits to the partner country
- be planned and implemented jointly by the counterpart organisations concerned.
Activities will be delivered mainly in the form of technical assistance and training and can include:
- institutional strengthening and/or capacity-building in partner countries
- short-term training in either the partner country or Australia
- in-Australia secondments and work attachments
- secondments of Australian staff in the partner country
- applied policy research, feasibility studies and small projects (excluding basic research)
Invitation to Submit Activity Concepts for PSLP 2008-09 Round One. In 2008/09 there will be two rounds which are scheduled for October 2008 and March 2009.
PSLP 2008-09 Round One opens on 1 October 2008 for applications in respect of APEC, APEC AI, East Timor, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. The Round will close at 5pm AEST on 28 October 2008.
Note: Unfortunately, due to strong competing demands on available program funds, South Asia cannot be included in PSLP 2008-09 Round One, however, concept submissions are welcome for India.