Ascend Learning & Innovation Fund FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the Ascend Learning & Innovation Fund! Below you can find a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). More information is also available in our Fund Guidelines. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Fund Team at [email protected]

1. I have an idea, but I am not sure if it is a good fit for the Fund. What should I do?

2. What do I need to do to apply for the Fund?

3. What counts as an ‘innovative’ idea?

4. My project idea takes place in a country outside of the thirteen Ascend West & Central Africa countries – can I still apply?

5. Can projects take place in more than one country?

1. I have an idea, but I am not sure if it is a good fit for the Fund. What should I do?

We want to hear from you if you have an idea! Please reach out to the Fund Team at [email protected] if you would like to discuss your idea.

2. What do I need to do to apply for the Fund?

The application process for the Fund consists of two phases: 1) the Concept Application, which is open to all interested applicants, and 2) the Detailed Application, which is by invitation only. All interested applicants should submit the Concept Application. Please email the completed document to [email protected], along with the annual accounts of your organisation. We recommend reading through the Fund Guidelines before submitting your application

3. What counts as an ‘innovative’ idea?

Innovation in this context can range from the ‘brand new’ to creative ways of applying / adapting / scaling existing approaches for the first time in a particular location or thematic field. It is not necessarily high-tech, but addresses a known challenge, is driven by learning and supports a vision for scalability and accelerating impact. Examples of innovative work may include bringing in learning from outside of the NTD sector or bridging the gap between research and implementation.

4. My project idea takes place in a country outside of the thirteen Ascend West & Central Africa countries – can I still apply?

Your project must be implemented in at least one of the thirteen Ascend West & Central Africa countries listed above or their cross-border regions. You must also have the support of the relevant government ministries.

5. Can projects take place in more than one country?

Projects can operate in more than one country. Your proposal must provide relevant information for the proposed activities in each country, outlining the operational context and providing specific details of the problems to be addressed in this context. The project does not have to follow the same approach in each country, but all project activities must contribute to achieving the project outcome. You should provide a clear rationale for working in multiple locations/countries and demonstrate how there will be cross-learning between the countries.