ESTHER Ireland

ESTHER Ireland

Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 ESTHER Ireland Grant Program, it has evolved from previous years, based on more than five years of learning from Irish-South health partnerships, including internal and external evaluations in 2017. This round of grants reflects the current global and Irish context with COVID-19 and lessons learned from the pandemic.

ESTHER Ireland welcome applications from partnerships involving different types of health institutions, including hospitals, primary care services, public health units, education and training organisations, universities, and Government health departments.

As with previous calls, this round of grants has two categories:

  • Band 1: New Partnership Grants: Irish health organisations and institutions are eligible to apply for a Band 1 grant to facilitate the development of a new link or partnership with a counterpart organisation or institution in a low-or middle- income country. In the context of this programme, they consider a new partnership to be one that has recently started to work together or has not yet started working together but has taken preliminarysteps. It should demonstrate a commitment to adhere to the ESTHER principles of Quality of Partnerships. Intended outcomes from activities implemented under this scheme could include formalising an agreement such as an MOU between partners or developing a shared vision and action plan. Grants must be spent within 12 months of disbursement.
  • Band 2: Established Partnership Grants: Applications are invited from Irish health institutions and organisations engaged in established health partnerships. They consider an established partnership to be one that has been working together for more than a year and has been formalised, such as through a Memorandum of Understanding. Partnerships must demonstrate clear evidence of quality of partnership, such as receiving ESTHER Accreditation for Quality of Partnership. Partnerships may apply for grants to:
    • Implement small scale innovations or pilot projects 
    • Undertake activities that strengthen the working relationship between the partners (e.g. exchange visits, stakeholder meetings, communication system)
    • Build capacity within the existing partnership to enable it to initiate and implement projects and programmes (e.g. skills building workshops)

 

Funding Information

 

  • The ceiling for Band 1 grants is €8,000. 
  • The ceiling for Band 2 grants is €10,000.

 

Criteria

 

  • Band 1
    • Higher priority is given to partnerships in countries with official Government links through Irish Aid and/or the HSE:
      • Irish Aid key partner countries providing bilateral support to the health sector (Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Liberia)
      • Other Irish Aid key partner countries (e.g. Zambia, Malawi, Uganda)
      • Countries in which HSE is engaged with through formal agreements (e.g. Mozambique, Sudan, Zambia, Sierra Leone)
    • Coherent with objectives of Irish Aid development policy, A Better World
    • Grant funding should achieve value for money. Having co-funding is considered an advantage.
    • Successful partnerships should be willing to produce a case study.
  • Band 2
    • Partnerships should demonstrate a clear theory of change for how they will improve health services and health outcomes. Change pathways may include one or more of a range of interventions areas such as education, training, mentoring, exchange visits, technical support, service quality improvement and research.
    • Higher priority is given to partnerships in countries with official Government links through Irish Aid and/or the HSE:
      • Irish Aid key partner countries providing bilateral support to the health sector (Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania) 
      • Other Irish Aid key partner countries (e.g. Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Sierra Leone) 
      • Countries in which HSE is engaged with through formal agreements (e.g. Mozambique, Sudan, Zambia) 
    • Preference is given to partnerships with greater potential to achieve impact:
      • Aim to strengthen the capacity of health institutions to address local health priorities and unmet health service needs
      • Contribute to health systems strengthening and universal health coverage 
      • Contribute to and support the COVID-19 response in partners’ countries.
    • Coherent with Irish Aid development policy, A Better World
    • Grant funding should achieve value for money. Having co-funding is considered an advantage.
    • Successful partnerships should be willing to monitor their partnership using the ESTHER Pilot Effect Tool and produce a case study.

Post Date - 30-Nov-2020


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