Pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, the United States Government, as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID/Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is announcing the Enseignement Technique pour Opportunités Inclusives, Lucrative et Equitables (ETOILE) Addendum to the YouthPower 2 (YP2) Annual Program Statement (APS), hereafter known as the YP2 APS.
Purpose: ETOILE seeks to enhance inclusive workforce development for Congolese youth, particularly those from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds, to improve social mobility and economic livelihoods.
Applicants may target one or more underrepresented or marginalized youth population, such as youth with disabilities, single mothers, or gender and sexual minorities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+). Applicants may also identify other marginalized youth populations to include in the activity. Within these marginalized youth populations, applicants are encouraged to pay particular attention to the needs of young women. For each group, it will be necessary for applicants to be intentional about their program design and to create budget markers or set-asides that take these key groups into consideration rather than labeling activities as cross-cutting.
- Objective 1: Provide Congolese youth with the skills and knowledge they need to build livelihoods.
- Objective 2: Give Congolese youth, particularly those from marginalized communities, improved access to livelihood-building opportunities.
Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/DRC anticipates supporting one (1) or multiple new award(s) totaling up to $25.5 million with a cost share of 10-20% for a 5- year program.
This activity will address the workforce development challenges of underrepresented and marginalized youth in the outskirts, exurbs, peri-urban, and urban areas of significant population centers in DRC. Such centers may include Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Beni, Mbuji-Mayi, Kisangani, Kananga, Likasi, Tshikapa, Bukavu, Mbandaka, Matadi, Boma, Kolwezi and/or other provincial capitals or significant population centers. It will be necessary to localize approaches that are appropriate to the realities of each area.
All U.S. and non-U.S. public, private, for-profit, and non-profit organizations, and nongovernmental organizations are eligible to submit a concept note that meets the 937 geographic code requirements.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343005