2020 Dutch MFA Call for Concept Notes on Challenge Fund for Youth Employment in Uganda

Deadline: February 15, 2020.

Do you have a solution for creating decent jobs for youth, especially young women, in Uganda? Challenge Fund for Youth Employment is providing co-investment and a tailored package of support for innovative and scalable approaches to creating or improving youth employment. The focus of this call is to support the scale up of successful approaches or development and testing of new approaches to:

  1. increase youth access to new or existing decent jobs and/or
  2. improve the quality of jobs for youth, especially young women.


1. There are no restrictions to who can apply to the Fund. Ideas are invited from private sector organisations, civil society and knowledge institutions or from a consortium involving two or more partners. Regardless the status of the applicant, all concept notes and business cases will be assessed against the same criteria.

2. Since proposed initiatives should have a clear pathway to decent work for youth, both youth themselves and employers will be involved in the design of the project. All projects will need to report on their results and the financial contributions made by the Fund will be clearly linked to the achievement of those results.

3. In addition, the Fund is looking for sustainable and scalable initiatives implemented by partners who will be able to contribute on average two thirds of the total project budget.

4. Private sector, civil society and knowledge institutions are invited to submit proposals for initiatives to address specific challenges framed around creating scalable solutions for more and better jobs for youth.

5. Solutions will be built around integrated approaches designed to bridge the mismatch between the demand for high quality jobs and the supply of skilled labour. They will be aligned with aspirations of young women and men in the regions.


1. The Fund aims to create a prosperous future for 200,000 young women and men in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and Horn of Africa.

2. This will be achieved by supporting youth employment initiatives in these regions. Initiatives will offer youth, particularly young women, opportunities for decent work that delivers better prospects for personal development, is productive, and offers a stable income, social protection and safe working conditions.

3. Once projects are selected for implementation, tailored technical support will also be made available to maximise delivery of results.



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