Develop a Winning Proposal for Implementing Solar Lighting in Rural PNG

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Mission and objectives

Morobe Development Foundation Inc. is a leading Internationally recognised NGO based in Lae Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. It has the vision to help young people reach their full potential by utilizing their hidden talents in community development initiatives so they can realize their potential and become role model in the community.
MDF was established to address a broader and more diverse range of objectives and work through the use of dance, music, and drama, MDF’s primary aim is to ensure that women participate equally in decision-making in any project undertaken, including projects related to Ending Violence against Women and promoting Human Rights to support the Government and the Sustainable Development Goals.
MDF, in collaboration with Online Volunteers, engaged through the UNV’s Unified Volunteer Platform (UVP), has also undertaken various scientific research studies related to the environment – forest cover loss, land use land cover change, the influence of various parameters on surface waters, and coastal shoreline turtle habitat loss. These projects included the participation of various experts and researchers from diverse fields across various countries across the globe – ranging from marine biology, biodiversity conservation, PNG community management, remote sensing, and land use policy among various others.
MDF is managed by a management committee, which is made up of the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman, Secretary, the Treasurer, the Project Coordinator, Community Development Officer, and a male and female member of the foundation, and ensures that women participate equally in decision making.
We at MDF assert that we have the required skill sets, knowledge, established international network, and the necessary foundational work to undertake projects successfully.


MDF’s aim and objective is to promote sustainable community development initiatives and at the same time to help promote the UN SDGs which is to improve the living of rural poor communities. One of the MDF projects is to provide the local communities in Papua New Guinea with power using renewable solar energy. This project has become MDF’s focus due to many isolated rural communities that do not have access to power sources, and MDF is currently looking to electrify selected rural PNG communities that do not have access to hydropower grids by using power from renewable solar energy.
MDF intends to seek donor support for this project which involves the installments of 10 street lights and 4 indoor lights for a rural community in Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. To that end, MDF is seeking the support of Online Volunteers in proposal writing. The Online Volunteers’ support is vital whereby their in-depth knowledge and expertise in proposal drafting and their knowledge of solar power can be utilized. The volunteers will be assisted by the project lead for the Foundation to develop and refine the proposal.

Task description

The selected Online Volunteer will support us in creating a project proposal for establishing a solar energy grid for rural communities in Papua New Guinea. The selected volunteers will be assigned with one of the following tasks:
Online Volunteer 1: Background research on the rural community needs for writing and editing the proposal.
Online Volunteer 2: Gather references and organize the literature into a table that identifies key findings and research results to provide a basis for subsequent writing.
Online Volunteer 3: Research and provide technical advice on solar power, adding the findings to the proposal.
Online Volunteer 4: Review the proposal created, and provide advice and support to online volunteers 1 and 2.

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