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Deadline: 14 January 2019

Africa Lead has announced a Call for Grant Project Proposals for Policy Reform for Private Sector Investment Mobilization (PR4I) Small Grants Program.

Africa Lead — Feed the Future’s Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation Program — supports the advancement of agricultural transformation in Africa as proposed by the African Union Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). Africa Lead also contributes to the Feed the Future (FTF) goals of reduced hunger and poverty by building the capacity of Champions — i.e., men and women leaders in agriculture — and the institutions in which they operate to develop, lead, and manage the policies, structures, and processes needed for transformation.

Overall Program Objectives

There are two main objectives of the Africa Lead Policy Reform for Private Investment Mobilization (PR4I) Activity:

  • Expose private sector actors, such as representative associations, to CAADP and CAP-F objectives and encourage public-private collaboration and feedback loops to carry out reforms to the business enabling environment, thereby fostering increased private investment mobilization.
  • Generate learning on the building blocks of effective multi-stakeholder collaboration to help inform CAP-F. This includes government gaining experience eliciting and adapting to private sector feedback on policies and allowing the private sector and their unique understanding of value chains to drive initiatives aimed at increasing investments. Lastly, the activity will provide some lessons learned that inform effective approaches to CAP-F implementation

Award Information

  • Africa Lead may choose to fully or partially fund the selected applicants. Africa Lead expects to award grants ranging from $10,000 to $ 40,000 without exceeding $ 40,000.
  • Africa Lead anticipates an implementation period of up to 6 months. The implementation phase of all grants must conclude by 30 June 2018.

Small Grants Overview

This activity plans to provide small grants up to $40,000 to private organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, and Senegal (1-2 grants in each country).

Africa Lead and the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee invite applicants to present innovative approaches and thinking to help. To accomplish this, proposals shall focus on:

  • Increase private sector feedback on policies, programs and needs provided to the government and civil society;
  • Plausibly lead to increased private sector investments that are a win-win for both agribusinesses and smallholder farmers (e.g. by being able to plausibly articulate how the activity could lead to this result);
  • Increase the government and public’s understanding of market opportunities in prioritized value chains.
  • Increase the government’s understanding of steps to take to carry out reforms that will have the effect of increasing investments.
  • Increase private sector and civil society understanding of and skills for collecting evidence that can be presented to help convince government to reform and consistently implement policy reforms.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This application is issued as a public notice to ensure that all interested and qualified organizations have a fair opportunity to submit applications for funding. Organizations must be located within Kenya/Tanzania/Senegal. Eligible organizations include non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, farmer’s organizations, research institutions, think tanks, private universities, private companies or organizations (which choose to forgo profit on the grant), registered foundations and civil society associations, and consortia of the above. Africa Lead encourages an approach that establishes partnerships with several partner organizations and builds them into legacy institutions capable of sustaining development projects in the future.
  • Some organizations are legally restricted from receiving US Government funded assistance. In addition, applicants should:
    • Be legally recognized and registered, including current registration with the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). Registration documents, statutes, and DUNS number must be submitted
    • Not be affiliated with a political party nor engaged in any political activities
    • Not be focused solely on religious activities

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2PQDZBy

Sokha Hin
Sokha Hin is cofounder of OpenTeam. Engaged into creating a more sustainable economy. 10+ years track in innovation and digital startup environment. Discovered the so little-known reality of climate change at COP20, in Lima, Peru, Dec 2014. Engaged as a consequence into raising awarness of citizens worldwide and empowering citizens into concrete action through digital tools and spreading social entrepreneurship. The World can evolve only by providing a collective reponse, up to the stake of climate change.

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