UNDP Waste Recovery Innovation Challenge (WRIC) 2019

Application Deadline: 1 March 2019, 5pm GMT.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) wishes to announce a call for concept notes from the private sector for the 1st edition of its ‘Waste’ Recovery Innovation Challenge (WRIC).

The Challenge aims to provide technical and financial support (max. $40,000 each) to business ideas that will promote and/or test innovative solutions for the recovery of waste materials and their transformation into other essential products/services. 

The business should be innovative; have a good management structure; have the possibility of making profit in the short, medium and long term; create employment and other income generation opportunities especially for women and youth; and should lead to/contribute to bringing a lasting solution to a waste management challenge in a specific area/community or region.

As a first step in the competition process, we are requesting interested entrepreneurs to submit a Concept Note to [email protected] by 1 March 2019, 5pm GMT. All concept notes should be developed and submitted using the ‘WRIC CONCEPT NOTE APPLICATION FORM’ template. See further background information and guidelines in the ‘CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTE DOCUMENT.

This call for concept notes only applies to the private sector for business related projects. A separate call for proposal for projects related to research and advocacy/awareness creation will be launched separately.

The WRIC is under the Waste’ Recovery Platform, which aims to connect key stakeholders along the waste management value chain with data and technological solutions for waste recovery. This is expected to:

  • facilitate more cost-effective and transparent access to ready data for evidenced-based planning on waste and sanitation management;
  • enhance access to knowledge on best available technologies on waste recovery;
  • make it easier to find/link solution providers and off-takers;
  • stimulate research and innovation on waste recovery;
  • create an online market place for waste resource exchange; and
  • build capacity of key personnel (local government, private sector, NGOs and Academia) to enhance waste and sanitation management particularly at the decentralized level.

The Platform and its features are currently being co-designed by 5 multi-stakeholder technical working groups facilitated by UNDP.

For further information or if interested in joining this process, please contact [email protected]  

Call Related Documents

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNDP Waste Recovery Innovation Challenge


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