The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), implementing the Skills Initiative for Africa Financial Cooperation (SIFA FC) with funding from the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union, is looking to support innovative solutions in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) that will contribute to higher productivity, employability, and job promotion for African youth.
- Theme 1: Digital Tools and Skills: Supporting enhanced delivery of TVET via digital technologies and applications to enhance employability in the post-COVID-19 era.
- Objective: Enhanced delivery of TVET via digital technologies and applications to enhance employability in post-disruptive crises such as COVID-19.
- Target Applicants: The grant recipients (applicants) will be publicly accredited and/or legally registered formal entities. Academia and research organisations with a track record of improving the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative TVET activities are encouraged to apply.
- Project Examples: Proposed projects may include but are not limited to the following topics: mobile and online training, digital training applications, multimedia learning platforms, audio and video learning toolkits, digital learning applications, virtual labs and simulation devices, home-schooling lesson applications, as well as the orientation of existing or development of new content for teachers on how to adapt to the digital learning environment.
- Theme 2: Female Entrepreneurship and Employability: Supporting enhanced employability and enterprise creation amongst women, youth, and vulnerable groups in TVET.
- Objective: Enhanced employability and enterprise creation amongst women, youth, and vulnerable groups in TVET.
- Target Applicants: TVET champions but also innovation support organisations (incubators, accelerators, hubs, labs, and tech transfer offices) that host early-stage enterprises such as start-ups and growth companies (in existence for approximately three years) on their premises and provide them with technical, financial or other support. Cross-border cooperation at the intermediary level is encouraged to learn and exchange good practices. Likewise, proposals from networks are welcomed.
- Project Examples: Proposed projects may include (but are not limited to) empowering these disadvantaged groups, training along production supply chains using applications and digital tools, and developing new or improved products, services, and processes to support such training.
- Theme 3: Training Innovation in Informal Sectors: Supporting innovative TVET to deliver training and skills in informal sectors and vulnerable groups.
- Objective: Innovate TVET to deliver training and skills in informal sectors and vulnerable groups.
- Target Applicants: TVET organisations are in a good position to promote the adoption of open approaches for the delivery of services to and with communities where learners are still excluded due to gender and/or economic or social reasons. Partnerships could include TVET organisations joining resources with innovation support organisations (incubators, research/ academia, and NonGovernmental Organisations (NGOs)) that host and/or train social entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs with social goals to design innovations that have a positive impact on excluded communities in the markets.
- Project Examples: Proposed projects may include (but not be limited to) retraining traditional craftsmen along the production supply chains through applications and other online tools, innovative ways of doing apprenticeships and internships, e.g., flipped classrooms and training for a transition from informal to formal sector qualifications and certification.
- Theme 1: Digital Tools and Skills and Theme 2: Female Entrepreneurship and Employability
- The amount requested should not be more than EUR 400,000 and not less than EUR 200,000, inclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT). The total project cost is made up of the SIFA FC requested amount and the 10% matching funding. The minimum required matching funding is 10% of the requested amount from SIFA FC. The matching funding can be provided as an in-kind contribution.
- The duration of the grant and the supported Project is expected to be 18 months from the date the agreement is signed.
- Theme 3: Training Innovation in Informal Sectors
- The amount requested should not be more than EUR 300,000 and not less than EUR 150,000, inclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT). The total project cost is made up of the SIFA FC requested amount and the 10% matching funding. The minimum required matching funding is 10% of the requested amount from SIFA FC. The full matching funding can be provided as an in-kind contribution.
- The duration of the grant and the supported Project is expected to be between 14-18 months from the date the agreement is signed.
- To begin with eight countries have been selected as pilot countries – Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia.
- Potential applicants for the FW3 project are partnerships such as TVET organisations joining resources with role-players such as innovation hubs and labs, research/academia, private sector, public entities, and NGOs hosting and supporting youth entrepreneurship and start-ups. Partnerships with the private sector are encouraged to apply.
- Professional TVET entities from the public and private sectors, academia, civil society, and organisations supporting entrepreneurship in the labour market.
- It must consist of at least two impartial, registered legal entities from one SIFA FC partner country (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia). One must be the Lead Partner.
- The Project Lead Partner (Grantee) must be a registered legal entity from a SIFA FC partner country.
- Project activities are to be implemented in a minimum of one SIFA FC partner country.
- Participation from outside a SIFA FC partner country: SIFA FC FW3 allows the participation of entities from countries outside of the eight SIFA FC partner countries in projects where such participation is of mutual interest and ensures the interoperability of products, services and applications.
For more information, visit Afican Union Development Agency.