Request for Proposals – Project with strong gender equality ambitions and core activities combating land degradation seeking support to secure private investment

The Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Fund and Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) aim to support projects that have a positive impact on the lives of women and girls.

Achieving gender equality is widely acknowledged as critical to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 15.3 which aims to combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world. Gender inequality is a key driver of poverty, meaning it is not only a human rights issue, it is also a development and business issue. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential to building healthy and resilient businesses and can be a catalyzer for improved productivity and growth.

The LDN Fund, managed by Mirova, brings public and private capital together to provide long-term financing to sustainable land-use projects that will reduce, avoid or reverse land degradation through sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry and other land-use related sectors. Project preparedness can be a major bottleneck for SLM and restoration investment. The LDN Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), managed by IDH, was established to help alleviate this bottleneck, and link projects to the LDN Fund and LDN impacts. The LDN TAF can provide grants and reimbursable grants to (potential) LDN investment projects, to improve technical quality, and strengthen environmental and social impacts, so that the investment project meets the LDN Fund investment criteria. More information on the LDN TAF can be found here. 

This Request for Proposals (RfP) is aimed at entrepreneurs, companies, green and social business, young or mature, with strong gender equality ambitions that are looking to scale up and strengthen their business model / business idea. For a project to be eligible for this RfP the proposed/implemented business model needs to:

  • contribute to the target of a land degradation neutral world;
  • be commercially viable / income generating and have the potential to become investible;
  • contribute significantly to gender equality and empowerment as part of the core operations;
  • have the potential to scale (with private investment) and generate significant positive environment and social impact.

IDH and Mirova invite eligible companies and organizations to read the RfP below and to submit your Concept Note latest 17th of October 2021. The Full Proposal deadline is the 21st of November 2021.

Download Request For Proposal

Download Annexes:
Annex 1. Statement of Integrity
Annex 2.Guidelines for planning and reporting
Annex 3. Concept note template
Annex 4. Technical proposal template
Annex 5. Financial proposal template