Call For Concept Note 2012 - UNDP Asia-Pacific: Using mobile and social technology to improve access to HIV services, access to justice, and the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons

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UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre Call for Concept Note Using mobile and social technology to improve access to HIV services, access to justice, and the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons

Background:
Mobile technology and social networks are new and increasingly dominant modes for accessing information amongst young people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and people in Southeast Asian urban centers. Mobile technology and social networks are a new opportunity for UNDP and partners to engage people on issues relating to HIV, health and the human rights of LGBT people. Indeed, UNDP released a report in 2012 on the use of mobile technology to support human development and democratic governance objectives noting that “mobile technologies are starting to have an indelible impact on human development, enhancing democratic governance and other development areas such as health, education, agriculture, employment, crisis prevention and the environment.”
 
The International Telecommunications Union noted that the mobile phone penetration rate was 73.9% across the Asia-Pacific region in 2011.[2] In 2011, over 421 million users across the Asia-Pacific had mobile phone internet subscriptions, a growth of over 45% from 2010.[3] In addition, there has been an explosion in the use of social networks in the Asia-Pacific region, for example, ASEAN estimates that there were over 66 million social networks users within the 10 ASEAN countries in 2010.
 
Utilizing mobile technology also enables the linking of social networks and location sensitive information, allowing for the tailoring of information that is both specific to the location of the user and is likely to be of interest, for example information that has been provided by peers. The easy access to relevant information facilitated by mobile technology can significantly contribute to an improved understanding of human rights of LGBT people and provide a pathway to HIV and health service providers and social justice advocates that provide assistance which are sensitive and appropriate to LGBT people and HIV key affected populations. 
 
Young people, including gay men and other men who have sex with men and transgender people, under the age of 25 account for more than 40% of all HIV transmissions.[5] Many of these young people are also more vulnerable to human rights abuses. To effectively reach these people who are in most need for HIV and sexual health services and legal information and access to justice services, development partners and community based organizations must engage with the social networks and platforms that young people are utilizing. 
 
UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre is calling for concept notes to develop a mobile phone application which is integrated with existing peer networks and is location sensitive. The mobile phone application should be cross-platform, easy to use and aesthetically attractive for young people and LGBT people. The content of the mobile application should include at a minimum:
§  HIV and health services that are friendly to young men who have sex with men and transgender people in urban settings
§  Human rights and access to justice services that is friendly to LGBT people in urban settings
§  Localized information regarding laws, policies and human rights
§  Peer-based or social network based interactions to facilitate improved health and human rights

 
This project is supported in part by the ISEAN-HIVOS Multi-country Global Fund Programme:  Strengthening community systems to reduce vulnerability to and impact of HIV infection on MSM and TG in Insular Southeast Asia grant. This grant aims to support the strengthening of community systems and improve the human rights of sexual minorities these countries, including through information and communication technologies in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor Leste. The Principle Recipient of this grant is Hivos Regional Office for South East Asia based in Jakarta, Indonesia. UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre is the regional technical assistance provider.
 
Project to be awarded Under this call for concept a note, the project to be awarded is to produce an integrated, multi-country strategy and develop a cross-platform mobile application.
 
Outputs:
1.       Develop a ‘HIV and human rights social media and mobile application development strategy’ targeting LGBT populations in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Thailand.

2.       Produce and test a cross-platform, HIV and human rights mobile application model based on the above strategy in English that integrate the minimum following functions:
a. Localized men who have sex with men and transgender friendly HIV and health services centers in urban settings
b. Identified and localized human rights and access to justice services providers that are friendly to LGBT people
c. Linked to peer-based or social network based interactions to facilitate improved health and human rights
d. Clear marketing strategy linked to existing LGBT social networking sites and service providers.

3. Submit a costed proposal to expand the above application to additional languages and countries including Chinese (Simplified), Indonesian (Bahasa), Japanese, Korean, Malay and Thai. This activity is subject to the availability of funding.


Eligibility Requirements:
1. Be a non-state, civil society, not-for-profit media, communication and/or technology organisations in a developing country
2. Exhibit previous experience on developing mobile and web-based social media technology 
3. Demonstrated relationships and engagement with private sector technology, social media and/or marketing partners
4. Demonstrate relationships with regional and/or local HIV, development and human rights civil society organizations including men who have sex with men and transgender persons
5. Demonstrated experience organizationally or of key personnel on issues relating to HIV, health and LGBT human rights
6.  Exhibit previous regional and national engagement with multi-lateral institutions, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), civil society organizations, the United Nations or other international stakeholders
7. Be formally established a not-for-profit organization and not seeking governing power
8. Demonstrate that the organization’s mandate, values and ways of working are guided by principles of Human Rights and Human Development

Dates and Milestones: July 2012
                            
Call for the development of the Concept Note on using mobile and social technology to improve access: September 2012 ,             
Final HIV and human rights social media and mobile application development strategy’ developed and submitted: January 2013,                     
Cross-platform, HIV and human rights mobile application model tested and submitted: February 2013                  
Expand the above application to additional languages and countries

Please submit Concept Note to the following:

Mr Edmund Settle
Policy Specialist
Human Rights and Governance
HIV, Health and Development Team
UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Center


Ms Kaori Nakatani
Technical officer
Human Rights and Governance
HIV, Health and Development Team
UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Center

The deadline for submission of a concept note with an accompanying budget is Monday, 6 August 2012.

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