UNCDF: Call for Proposals for the Youth and Women Economic Empowerment Programme (YWEE) in Kigoma

Deadline: 25 September 2017

UNCDF is a part of the Youth and Women Economic Empowerment (YWEE) Programme in Kigoma, which is an area-based joint planning and implementation effort under the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (2016 – 2021) for Tanzania (UNDAP II)

Focus Areas

  • Women’s economic empowerment: Investment projects owned or developed by women or projects with large derived benefits accruing to women, e.g. small and medium sized infrastructure projects in their areas of focus (agro-processing, manufacturing and trade, climate resilience and clean energy, and public service delivery).
  • Youth Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship: Investment projects managed, owned or developed by youth (young women and men at the age of 15- 34 years) which address challenges faced by youth such as employment and job creation, income generation, technical business skills, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


  • Manufacturing and Agro-processing
    • Plants, storage facilities and any other agricultural value addition project.
  • Public service delivery infrastructure
    • g. bus terminals, storage and market facilities, water infrastructure and waste management projects.
  • Trading
    • Small and medium scale business entities that facilitate trade and market linkages within Kigoma; and between the region and neighboring countries such as DR Congo and Burundi.
  • Climate resilience and clean energy
    • Projects which improve the livelihood of women and households at large.
  • Local Economic Development
    • Businesses that offer local government, the private sector, and local communities the opportunity to work together to improve the local economy by enhancing competitiveness, increasing sustainable growth and ensuring that growth is inclusive.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Geographical Coverage: Developers whose projects are targeting and benefiting majority of youth and women throughout the Kigoma Region are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to projects from the districts of Kasulu, Kibondo and Kakonko.
  • Investment projects must fall within the focus areas of: Youth and Women economic empowerment, agro-processing and value addition, public service delivery infrastructure, manufacturing, trading, and climate resilience and clean energy.
  • Commercial viability: The investment proposal must show how the project will generate revenue and make profits. Applications should therefore be supported by a detailed description of the cost and revenue streams associated with the project.
  • Development impact: Proposal must show how the project will generate benefits to the communities affected, e.g. job creation, income generation, empowerment of disadvantaged groups (including women, youth and rural communities), trade and market access for agricultural produce.
  • Project status: Project development activities must have passed a pre-feasibility stage beyond a concept note, i.e. proposals should include as a minimum a completed business plan and all initial compliance steps (e.g. licenses, permits, titles, etc). Priority will be given to existing projects that are looking for expansion.
  • Ownership: The investment project must be promoted by either a public or private entity operating in Kigoma, Tanzania.
  • Project size: Total project costs must be between USD 50,000 and USD 20 million.
  • Qualified management: The proposal must show evidence that the proposed management team has the necessary technical and managerial skills to run the project.
  • Compliance: Compliance with Tanzania laws and regulations and UNDCF/UNDP Environmental & Social Performance Standards including human rights is a must.

How to Apply

The two submission forms (Word and Excel) must be submitted in their original formats (Word and Excel) along with any supporting documentation at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit UNCDF.

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