The FACE- programme is established as a pilot engagement under the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) to support academic cooperation between Denmark and the MENA region. The aim of the FACE-programme is to support institutions and individuals in continuing their work in a time, where political space for independent academia in many places is shrinking.
The overall indicative amount available for all grants of the FACE-programme 2015-2017 is DKK 11 million. There is no set limit for the amount for each Call for Proposals.
Objectives and outcomes
The FACE programme has the following objectives:
Danish institutions that have entered into collaboration with partners from the MENA region can apply for funding of academic partnership projects.
At the project level, proposals must contribute to the achievement of one or more of the following outcomes:
Capacity building/maintenance: Academic institutions in the MENA region (or groups of scholars/students) that are engaged in critical and independent quality research within DAPP thematic areas have maintained and/or strengthened their internal capacity to undertake such research/analyses by carrying out activities such as research conferences/research cooperation and/or carrying out and publishing research /analyses within their field of competence.
Promotion of knowledgebase policy initiative / policy dialogue: Academic institutions in the MENA region (or groups of scholars/students) that are engaged in critical and independent quality research have contributed to development of knowledge-based policy initiatives / policy dialogues within DAPP thematic areas.
Contacts, cooperation and network: Connections, cooperation and networks have been established between academic institutions (or groups of scholars/students) in the MENA-region and Denmark that are engaged in critical and independent quality research.
Partnerships established based on common interests and goals: Partnership projects established between academic institutions (or groups of scholars/students) in the MENA-region and Denmark have been developed based on mutual interests, joint responsibility and shared resources and joint decision-making.
The FACE-programme will support research and analyses within DAPP's four thematic areas:
1) Human Rights, Human Freedoms and Good Governance
2) Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality
3) Knowledge Based Societies
4) Economic Growth and Job Creation
Moreover, the FACE-programme promotes the inclusion of marginalised groups and interests, such as women, ethnic and/or religious minorities, people from rural areas and other groups, who are excluded from the public sphere.
The geographical focus is the Middle East and North Africa region with focus on the DAPP focus countries - Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and Syria.
The FACE-programme builds on experience gained and results achieved through academic projects and partnerships, which have been granted funds from the DAPP since 2006.