01. Feb 2023

WDF application and reporting processes simplified

WDF application and reporting processes simplified

Gwendolyn Carleton
A new Concept Note and updated reporting formats are designed to save time and improve ease of use for WDF and its partners.
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The new processes are described on WDF’s website.

Effective January 2023, applicants for WDF funding shall submit a brief Concept Note describing the proposed project partnership.

Concept Notes will be reviewed by the WDF Secretariat. After the review, applicants may be invited to submit a full application for consideration by the WDF Board of Directors.

“The Concept Note is a new, preliminary step, allowing applicants to present their idea to WDF before moving to the next, more time-consuming phase – filling out a full application,” explains Sanne Frost Helt, Senior Director, Policy, Programme and Partnerships.

The Concept Note includes the following sections: Key project information; Project description; Project organisation, governance, roles, and responsibilities; Budget; and Other relevant information.

Concept Notes must be submitted using the standard WDF format, which can be found here. They may be submitted throughout the year via WDF’s online application system Submittable.

New reporting formats

Also effective in January 2023, WDF has updated its monitoring reporting formats to better reflect WDF’s 2021-25 Strategy and ease use by partners and the WDF Secretariat alike.

The formats are:
- simplified and streamlined
- focused on collecting project data that is relevant for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning
- only asking partners for data that is necessary and will be used actively in WDF
- allowing partners to share their feedback with WDF, so we continuously improve the way in which we support our partners

The formats have been distributed to WDF’s active partners and are available upon request.

For more information about WDF’s Monitoring and Evaluation processes, see WDF’s website.