Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Entities Eligible to Present and Execute RPG Proposals


Which entities can present proposals?

The following entities are eligible to submit proposals:

(i) Public national, sub-national and local institutions in the IDB’s borrowing member countries with legal capacity to enter into agreements with the Bank.

(ii) Private, non-profit entities that are legally established in one of the IDB’s borrowing member countries.

(iii) Latin American and/or Caribbean regional or sub-regional institutions with legal capacity to enter into agreements with the IDB.


Which entities can execute proposals?

The following entities are eligible to execute proposals:

(i) Public national, sub-national and local institutions in the IDB’s borrowing member countries with legal capacity to enter into agreements with the Bank.

(ii) Private, non -profit entities that are legally established in one of the IDB’s borrowing member countries.

(iii) Latin American and/or Caribbean regional or sub-regional institutions with legal capacity to enter into agreements with the IDB.

Each project can only have one (1) executing agency.


Can the executing agency be the same as the submitting entity?

Yes. The executing agency may but does not need to have been involved in preparing the proposal.


Can a group of private, non-profit entities submit a proposal?

Yes, if these private, non-profit entities represent more than one country. If the RPG is public-policy related, the group of private, non-profit entities needs to engagethe institutions responsible for public policy design in the area of the proposed RPG in each country. These institutions have to commit in writing (by submitting commitment letters) to participate in the project.


The CFP says that Latin American and/or Caribbean regional or sub regional institutions can present and execute RPG proposals. Which institutions are you referring to?

International organizations with a regional scope (referring to the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, such as the Latin American Integration Association - ALADI) or sub regional scope (such as SICA-affiliated entities in Central America or the Secretariats of the Caribbean Community, Mercosur or the Andean Community).


Can institutions that are not from the Latin American or Caribbean (LAC) region participate?

They cannotbe beneficiaries or executors of an RPG project. However, they can be partners (contributing technical know-how, resources or both), if the participating LAC countries agree.


Can international organizations with a global or hemispheric (LAC plus the US and Canada) scope participate?

They cannotbe beneficiaries or executors of an RPG project, but they can be partners (contributing technical know-how, resources or both) if the participating LAC countries agree.

Financing and Duration


What is the size of the grants for projects financed under the Initiative?

The size of the grant typically ranges between US$0.5 and US$ 1.0 million per project.


Does the proposal need to include counterpart resources? Which is the minimum amount?

Yes, a proposal needs to include counterpart resources from the participating countries. The contribution can be in cash and/or in-kind. The in-kind contribution typically represents the time that specialists of the participating institutions will dedicate to the project. There is no minimum amount. However, the counterpart contribution reflects the commitment of the institutions with the proposal and its objectives, and it will be evaluated as such.


What does the RPG Initiative finance?

The Bank’s contribution only finances activities geared towards producing the RPG. The main items are consulting services to diagnose the challenge or opportunity to be seized; activities to support the design of a solution (the RPG); the building of consensus around this solution by means of workshops, meetings, etc.; and activities aimed at validating the proposed solution.


What does the RPG Initiative NOT finance?

The Bank’s contribution does not finance the operating expenses of the agencies participating in the project, including the executing agency.


Can the RPG Initiative finance the preparation of a proposal?

No. The RPG Initiative or the IDB is not responsible for these costs, irrespective of the results of the selection process.


What is the duration of a project?

The period to implement an RPG project typically ranges between 2 and 3 years.

Eligible Topics


Which sectors are eligible?

The Initiative is open to the promotion of RPGs in any area, in which the Bank is active. However, alignment with the IDB’s goals, objectives and priorities is a selection criterion. Proposals that address cross-cutting issues of the Update to the Institutional Strategy 2016-2019 will be evaluated positively (gender equality and diversity; climate change and environmental sustainability; and institutional capacity and the rule of law).

Collective Action RPGs


What about proposals that consist exclusively of transferring technology and knowledge from one country to others?

These proposals are not eligible, because the solution to a regional issue must be produced collectively by the countries involved. However, often the process of collective action can involve some technology transfer from one country to others.


Are bi-national projects eligible?

Yes, if they meet the meet all of the following conditions:(i) the issue to be addressed is of strictly bi-national nature; (ii) the proposal fully justifies that the regional public good to be produced has the potential for an exceptionally high development impact; and (iii) the regional public good produced can be replicated in other contexts should similar circumstances arise. All other eligibility criteria of the Initiative will continue to apply.


Bi-national proposals have to demonstrate that the issue to be addressed is of strictly bi-national nature. What does this requirement mean?

An issue of strictly bi-national nature refers to a problem to be solved or an opportunity to be seized that, due to its very nature, involves only two countries. This could be a human or animal disease that only affects two countries. It could refer or be related to an infrastructure project (a bridge, road, etc.) that connects two countries. Or it could be an issue in connection with a natural resource that is shared by two countries, such as fishing in a lake that borders two countries or the preservation of a bi-national biosphere reserve.

Public Policy RPGs


Do government agencies have to be involved in public policy RPGs?

Yes. Agencies responsible for public policies in the area or the sector of the RPG must participate in its promotion and submit a letter of commitment to that effect. The agencies can represent government at the national/federal or sub-national level, depending on the issue.Occasionally, governments delegate policy formulation, implementation and/or monitoring to semi-public or private (usually non-profit) institutions. In that case, these institutions should be part of the process of promoting the RPG and submit the letters of commitment.

Non-governmental entities are stakeholders and therefore participate in many RPG projects.


Can cities and provinces participate?

Yes. City, district or any other sub-national governments can participate by associating themselves with sub national and/or national/federal government agencies of other countries.


What is the purpose of the letters of commitment?

The letters of commitment: (i) demonstrate the interest that each country has in cooperating with others in the process of producing the RPG; (ii) verify the availability of financial and human resources to implement the activities as stated in the proposal; and (iii) guarantee the sustainability of the process of generating the RPG beyond the IDB’s financial support.


Can the private, for-profit sector submit an RPG proposal or execute an RPG project?

No, it cannot. However, to the extent that the private, for-profit sector is a stakeholder in the issue to be addressed in the proposal, it should be part of the solution.

RPG proposals not related to public policy


What are the conditions that proposals not related to public policy have to meet?

These proposals have to represent innovative ideas and demonstrate that (i) the benefits to be generated by the RPG are expected to be exceptionally significant; (ii) the RPG can be produced in a sustainable manner beyond the financing of the Initiative; and (iii) the governments of the participating countries do not object to the proposal being submitted. This means that a proposal needs to be accompanied by a non-objection letter from the government agency that serves as the official IDB liaison in each participating country.

Please note that the RPG will always need to be promoted by means of collective action among the private, non-profit institutions of a minimum of three (3) borrowing member countries of the Bank. Therefore, the RPG is necessarily a response to a concern or a missed opportunity that these institutions share and wish to resolve by means of cooperation. It is not the delivery of a good, service or resource to the public by a group of non-profit organizations from various countries.

Second Stage RPG proposals


The RPG Initiative can support second stages for RPG projects that have been successful in generating the expected results during the first phase. These proposals have to demonstrate that a second stage would be critical in consolidating and/or expanding the results of the first phase. Proponents of second stage RPG projects are strongly encouraged to consult RPG Helpdesk at BPR@iadb.org prior to submitting a proposal.

Application and Proposal Selection Process


How do I apply?

1. Register here as soon as possible providing the following information:

a. Title of the proposal.

b. Countries that will participate in the promotion of the regional public good.

2. Complete online proposal form.

3. Submit annexes to the proposal: Letters of commitment to be issued by the agencies responsible for the public policy in each participating country.

Please note the IDB will only consider proposals that have been submitted online through the Regional Public Goods website. There will be no exceptions.


Who can I ask if I have a question on the CFP?

Please contact the RPG Helpdesk at BPR@iadb.org.


In what language can the proposal be submitted?

Proposals may be submitted in Spanish or English.


Can I re-submit a proposal that was presented under a previous CFP?

Yes. It is possible to re-submit a proposal. Please contact the RPG Helpdesk at BPR@iadb.org for further information.


Can the IDB request additional information about the proposals?

Yes. The Bank may request clarifications or further information regarding proposals throughout the proposal evaluation process. Both the requests and the relevant answers shall be completed in writing. It should be noted that in clarifying or supplementing proposals, no costs or critical items shall be significantly modified, unless the Bank expressly requests otherwise.


When and how will I know if a proposal was selected?

The proposal evaluation process will conclude at the beginning of June each year. The RPG team will contact applicants at that point.


What happens with proposals that have been selected for financing?

The selected proposals enter a phase whose objective is to flash out last details and prepare an IDB technical cooperation (TC) document. This document is prepared jointly by representatives of the agencies that submitted the proposal and a team of IDB specialists. After the approval of the TC document, the Bank and the executing agency for the project will sign an agreement to start implementing the project activities.

 

 

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