La transmission de la bactérie, des moutons aux tiques, ne se produisait que lors du pic d'abondance de tiques (mai et septembre). Des études de transmission expérimentale ont confirmé que les moutons, préalablement exposés à des tiques infectées sur le terrain, ne développaient pas d'infections systémiques par B. On a d'abord cru cialis pas cher cialis que les petits rongeurs et les cervidés étaient toujours les principaux vecteurs des tiques elles-mêmes vectrices de borrélies pathogènes. Cette étude a confirmé les résultats d'un précédent travail.

African Diaspora Marketplace

ADM III FAQ's

ADM III Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is the ADM?
    The African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM) is a Business Plan Competition designed to support the entrepreneurial spirit and resources of the U.S.-based African diaspora community to promote economic development in Africa by facilitating diaspora direct investment (DDI) in viable small and medium enterprises.
  • Am I an SME?
    The ADM uses the IFC definition of an SME, which is
    • Number of employees between 10 and 300,
    • Total Assets between $100,000 and US$15 million; and
    • Total Annual Sales of between US$100,000 and US$15 million.
  • Are you currently accepting proposals?
    No. The ADM III Business Plan Competition closed on March 7, 2015

Eligibility FAQs

  • Am I a "diaspora" member?
    The ADM’s definition of African diaspora consists of people of African origin who are permanent residents or citizens of the United States. African origin includes all people of African descent not only first-generation immigrants.
  • How do I meet the minimum of 25% ownership requirement?
    The ADM-supported business entity based in Africa must be structured so that the applying U.S. citizen or permanent resident African diaspora member has a minimum of 25% ownership. Upon advancing to the Finalist round, applicants will be required to present proof of ownership in the form of a Certificate of Business Registration and other legal document(s) outlining the ownership structure.
  • What do "matching contribution" and the requirement for "a minimum of one-to-one leverage ratio" mean?
    ADM applicants must contribute resources of equal or greater value to the proposed project than they are requesting from the ADM. For example, a request for a $50,000 ADM grant must be "matched" with a contribution of at least $50,000 from the applicant and local counterparts. However, while this matching contribution must include a financial component, it can also include "in-kind" contributions. So, for instance, applicants could provide a matching contribution of $25,000 loan from a bank, $15,000 cash investment, and equipment and machinery used during the course of the grant that is valued equal to or greater than $10,000. Be sure to include the monetary value of all "in-kind" contributions in the proposal in the "Matching Contribution’ sheet in the Financial Profile of the ADM application.
  • I have a good business idea, but don't have a counterpart/business in Africa yet.  Can an applicant identify the local counterpart/business later?
    Yes. U.S. citizens or permanent residents can apply without an African counterpart or registered business in Africa.  However as discussed in the Eligibility Criteria for Legal Registration Requirement, there must be a legally registered company in the African country of implementation before advancing to the final/third round of the competition.
  • Can the applicant be in Africa and submit a proposal with a partner from the Diaspora in U.S.?
    No. The ADM is focused on the contributions of the U.S. citizen or permanent resident members of the African diaspora community to the African continent. Therefore, the applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Does the African counterpart/business have to provide a "matching contribution" as well?
    No. The "matching contribution" is calculated for the entire proposed activity. The ADM does not differentiate between the percentages of that contribution made by the U.S. based African diaspora member and that of the local counterpart/business in Africa. The total "matching contribution" from all parties must be equal to or greater than that requested from the ADM.
  • Are unregistered businesses able to apply?
    Yes. Businesses that are not yet legally registered may also participate in the competition; however, such entrants must become legally incorporated before advancing to the final/third round of the competition.
  • Are existing businesses eligible to participate to the competition?
    Yes. Existing businesses (i.e., business that have been legally incorporated and operating for more than 2 years) that are looking to expand to new markets or into new services or products are eligible.
  • What sectors are eligible?
    All commercially viable proposals will be considered except those that are ineligible per USAID restrictions (Click here to see a list of ineligible sectors).
  • How important is the use of Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) in the business?
    The business must include some use of ICT in its operations, and this can include for example ICT applications that help improve efficiency/quality, provide improved customer benefits or reduce costs such as social media, internet marketing, internal financial and operational control systems, radio, phone TV, etc..
  • Are proposals that have a timeline of less or greater than 12 months eligible?
    Applicants may submit plans that will expend ADM funds in 12 or fewer months.  Initiatives associated with the grant may take longer than 12 months to accomplish, however the use of grant funds must be concluded within the 12-month grant period.
  • What kind of Technical Assistance is available?
    Technical Assistance will vary depending on the needs of the grant recipient, but may include capacity development interventions associated with strategy development, accounting management, quality control, certifications and business development services.

Application FAQs

  • How many proposals is ADM accepting?
    There is no limit to the number of proposals accepted. All proposals submitted online by March 7, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. (EST), will be reviewed. We encourage any African diaspora member, male or female, in the U.S. with a commercially-viable business idea for Africa to apply.
  • Can I submit multiple proposals?
    No, applicants may only submit one proposal.
  • Can I email or fax my proposal to the ADM Team directly?
    No. Proposals must be submitted through the ADM website.
  • What do character limits (e.g., 2000 chars max) refer to in the online proposal form?
    A character is any letter, space, or symbol — the average English word consists of 7 characters, including spaces and punctuation. If your answers exceed the given character count, the online application cannot accept your entry.
  • TIP: We encourage you to draft your answers to Section IV of the concept proposal ("Proposed Concept") off-line on a word processor (Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, etc.). These include the ability to count characters as you develop your responses. You can then directly cut and paste the answers into the online application form.
  • Can I send any additional materials along with my proposal?
    No. Please do not submit any additional materials with your proposal except for the requested ADM Financial Templates.

Selection FAQs

  • What is the process for reviewing the proposals?
    The proposals will be reviewed in a three-round process. In Round 1 – The Concept Note Phase all submitted Concept Papers will first be screened to ensure eligibility.   Eligible Concept Papers will then be reviewed and scored by international and diaspora business and development experts.    A limited number of applicants will be selected as "Semi-Finalists" and invited to submit full business plans for Round 2 – The Business Plan Phase, using a standard ADM format. In this second round, full business plans will be reviewed by a jury of distinguished business experts and development practitioners from the international and diaspora communities.   For the third and final round, finalists will participate in the African Business Expo and Awards Ceremony where they will have the opportunity to showcase and review their businesses with judges.   This will be followed by a separate set of interviews with ADM judges after which the ADM III Awardees will be announced.
  • Who will be on the ADM Jury?
    The full business plans will be reviewed by a Jury of distinguished business experts and development practitioners from USAID, OPIC, Western Union, international business leaders, other development institutions, and leaders from the diaspora community.
  • Are there quotas or limits on the number of awardees or proposals by country?
    No. Finalists are chosen based on their business ideas and proposal, without regard to the eligible African country of implementation.
  • What happens after the ADM competition?
    A due diligence process confirming the authenticity of information presented will be completed before ADM designated awardees sign a project contract that outlines a milestone and disbursement schedule for the award grant. Grant payments will correspond to the milestones specified in the winner's proposal. Each project may receive technical assistance and will be monitored for a period of up to 12 months, with the potential - pending agreement between USAID and the awardee - for continuing monitoring for an additional 12 months. The performance and lessons learned of the projects will be disseminated to the broader diaspora business and development communities.
  • How can I contact the ADM Team?
    If your question is not answered here or elsewhere on the ADM III website, please contact the ADM Team by emailing to info@diasporamarketplace.org.

 

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