The Embassy of Japan, in partnership with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday held an information-sharing session regarding Japan’s 'Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP)'.
The embassy introduced the GGP scheme and its application process to local non-governmental organisations and non-profit organisations. The session was attended by 34 representatives from 22 organisations.
Two representatives from the projects approved last year presented their experience, while seven NGOs and a school also presented their potential projects during the session.
The embassy announced that it is currently accepting project proposals for GGP 2020.
A small scale funding scheme, the GGP is part of the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA), which aims to empower people at the grassroots level. The government of Japan implemented the GGP in Maldives in 1996, providing financial assistance across various areas including education, environment, health, transportation and energy.
To date, the GGP has funded 19 projects with a total value exceeding USD 2 million. Some of the recent projects include a grant of MVR 87,000 to refurbish the Home for People with Special Needs in Guraidhoo, Kaafu Atoll, and MVR 4 million to install a waste-burning incinerator in Holhudhoo, Noonu Atoll.