2019 African Union Commission Grant for Skills Initiative For Africa

Deadline: August 5, 2019.

SIFA is an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC) supported by the German Government to strengthen occupational prospects of young people in Africa.
To begin with eight countries have been selected as pilot countries – Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia.



SIFA funding is available for applicants in the participating countries. Applicants must be experienced stakeholders in the field of skills development. One responsible Lead will always form a consortium with either one or two partners, according to the eligibility criteria for each Funding Window.

For Funding Window 1: The Lead must be a domestic entity and a public or private accredited training provider. The primary partner needs to be from the domestic private sector.

For Funding Window 2: The Lead must be an international company. The primary partner needs to be a domestic public or private accredited training provider.

For Funding Window 3: The Lead must be a domestic public or private entity. If the Lead is public then one of the partners needs to be private.

Individuals are not eligible to apply.



Eligible Projects for Funding Windows 1 and 2

A combination of 5 technical and didactical interventions:

  1. Procurement of training equipment
  2. Construction, rehabilitation or expansion of learning infrastructure
  3. Training of trainers*
  4. Curriculum design*
  5. Learner scholarships*

*The activities 3-5 can be funded only in combination with the core activities 1 and/or 2 and only up to 5 % of the total project cost.

Eligible Projects for Funding Window 3

Smaller, innovative (pilot) projects, such as the following technical and didactical interventions:

  • Image campaigns for promoting skills development
  • ICT-based approaches to skills development
  • Entrepreneurship/mentorships programs
  • Equipping of workshops, classrooms, alternative/innovative learning spaces
  • Student or Learner Scholarships
  • Curriculum design
  • Training of Trainers Program (excluding recurrent costs)



Selected projects can receive a grant between EUR 0.2 to 3 million for sustainable and innovative initiatives.




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