Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

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youth compact champions programme 2020

Posted by | 11/08/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020, Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

youth compact champions programme 2020

The youth compact champions programme will

provide 18 months support, to 35 hard-to-reach Young Leaders (aged 18-30) who have been affected by humanitarian crisis and have experience of leading humanitarian action. These Young Leaders will:

  1. Support the design and evaluation of initiatives by the Compact to deliver on it’s 5 key actions (services, participation, capacity, resources & data).

  2. Mobilise over 1,000 young people around the world to engage in Compact initiatives, supporting over 100,000 people affected by humanitarian crisis.

The Youth Compact Champions programme builds on the collective work, initiatives and passion of the Compact members to date, and is aligned to the Compact’s guidance on working with and for young people in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The programme is currently co-coordinated by the UN Major Group for Children & Youth, ActionAid and Restless Development with support from Compact members including Norwegian Refugee Council, War Child Holland and UNFPA. ActionAid have provided initial funding for the first phase of the programme until December 2020.

As we kick start the programme from June to December 2020, working on initiatives such as The Youth Fund, disseminating Compact guidance and youth capacity building, we aim to co-design the second phase of the project from January to December 2021 with partners who want to join the programme.

If you would like to join or support the Youth Compact Champions programme, please contact Craig Dean (Restless Development) at

The Youth Fund is a new fund to support youth action around the world, where the decisions on which projects are funded are made by young people themselves.
The fund is supported by the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, ActionAid Denmark, Restless Development and developed in collaboration with UNFPA.

This first call for applications will focus on supporting actions taken by registered youth-led organisations tackling the impacts of COVID-19 as part of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action’s Youth Compact Champions Programme.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 16 August at 23:59:59 GMT.

Youth organisations can submit their applications requesting funding using this application form in Arabic, English, French or Spanish.

Before submitting your application please:

Read this Information for Applicants Document (Arabic, English, French or Spanish) carefully, especially the information on eligibility criteria and the supporting documents required for your application.

Read this Application Template (Arabic, English, French or Spanish), explaining the questions that are included in the application form. This will enable you to make sure you have all the necessary information before starting to complete your application using the application form above.

If you are interested in supporting youth organisations through The Youth Fund, or for more information, please contact The Youth Fund team at



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ASAP COVID-19 Training Opportunities

Posted by | 10/08/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

ASAP COVID-19 Training Opportunities

COVID-19 Training Opportunities

ASAP has a wonderful training opportunities which are open to people based in Africa with Local and International NGOs and Governments.

We have filled up half of our 2000 scholarship opportunities and hope that you can help share the attached Informational Brochure with your staff, sub partners and your broader network in Africa.

Many of the courses have Continuing Education Credits and the Microsoft courses issue a certification upon passing the exams. To apply you simply click the link on the cover page or Click Here to Apply


  1. Short course on COVID-19 for Healthcare Professionals, including updates (e-learning)
  2. Short course on Mental Health resilience for health care professionals (e-learning)
  3. Short course on Gender Based Violence in COVID environment (e-learning)
  4. Technical Guidance on how to set up a COVID screening, testing and treatment facility
  5. 7 Day Mental health kit to survive lock down
  6. Introduction to Project Management
  7. Introduction to Financial Management
  8. USAID Financial Management and Compliance with a NON-US New Partner Focus (virtual classroom)
  9. Short Course on Fighting Fraud and Complying with Conflict of Interest/Ethics Requirements (virtual classroom)
  10. Subaward Creation and Management (virtual classroom)
  11. Public Financial Management (PFM) during COVID19
  12. Short Course in M&E for PEPFAR
  13. Short courses on Microsoft Teams for end users
  14. Short Course in Excel for Beginners
  15. Short Course in Excel for Advanced Users
  16. Short Course on Data Analysis and Presentation
  17. Short Course on Data Visualization
  18. Short course on Respiratory Support for COVID-19 patients: A non-intensivist approach to ventilation support (e-learning, on-demand)
  19. COVID in the context of HIV and TB (e-learning, on-demand)
  20. Preparing NGOs 10% De Minimis Request and, how to Calculate and Allocate Shared Costs as Direct Costs (virtual classroom)
  21. How to Prepare for your First USAID Audit (virtual classroom)
  22. Understanding & Complying with your Non-Us Mandatory Standard Provisions (virtual classroom)
  23. Internal Controls Under the Revised “Green Book” (virtual classroom)


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Call for applications: Mentoring Cohort 2020

Posted by | 10/08/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

Call for applications: Mentoring Cohort 2020

Mentoring Cohort 2020

AuthorAID is pleased to announce a new mentoring scheme for 2020. This is a short pilot scheme which will match 10 mentors and 10 mentees, to work together over an initial 6-month period.

We will provide the mentor and mentee with introductions, an orientation session, and guidelines to ensure that objectives and goals are successfully met after 6 months, and hopefully beyond!


Dates: 2nd September 2020 to 31st March 2021


The AuthorAID team will review the applications. Mentors will be matched to mentees according to areas of expertise and interest. Types of mentoring support can include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Using appropriate research methods
  • Performing data analysis/statistics
  • Manuscript writing and publication
  • Choosing appropriate journals for submitting manuscripts
  • Presentation skills
  • Grant proposal writing
  • PhD proposal writing
  • Career guidance

Successful mentees are likely to be applicants who have clearly defined short and long-term goals and can clearly explain how a mentor can help them to succeed, identifying the skills and experience that they need. We are unlikely to select applicants who only need help short term help editing a manuscript.

Benefits for mentees:

  • The AuthorAID team will select and contact a suitable mentor for you, based on your requirements, expertise, and preferences
  • An opportunity to get valuable advice and support from an experienced mentor
  • Improved insight and skills in research outputs/grants; expansion of your networks; possible new collaborations

Benefits for mentors:

  • An opportunity to make a difference to the career of an Early Career Researcher in Africa, Asia, or Latin America
  • Recognition on the AuthorAID website (certificates can be provided if required)
  • Acknowledgements in research outputs
  • The AuthorAID team will be on hand to mediate if you experience any problems.

How to apply

Please apply by completing the following short survey:

Deadline to apply is midday (UK time) on Friday 21st August.

Successful applicants will be introduced to their mentor/mentee in the first week of September and will need to be available for orientation in the first or second week of September.

Women mentors and mentees are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note:

  • As this is a pilot project we will require mentors and mentees to participate in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activities as part of the project. It will be important for you to provide honest and accurate feedback to help us learn how to improve our mentoring support. However, we will not request access to professional communication between the mentor and mentee.
  • Mentors will be expected to follow strict ethical guidelines, including guidelines on research authorship (see the ICMJE authorship guidelines)

Please email if you require any further information or clarification.

Rural youth employment opportunities for Agribusiness Hubs at IFAD

Youth employment opportunities

This call for proposals is to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive a four-year IFAD grant financing to implement the project: Rural youth employment opportunities: Support to integrated agribusiness hubs initiative, for a total amount of up to US$3.5 million.

The recipient can be an inter-governmental and governmental organizations, TVET and business development institutions, a civil society organization (including NGOs), an academic/research institution or a private sector entity. In the case of a consortium, an organization can join more than one consortium but can be leading only in one of them. The recipient must demonstrate a strong focus, experience and expertise in working on youth employment in rural settings.

  • This grant programme will be implemented in around eight countries in Africa. However, as part of a phased approach, this current call for proposals is focused on three countries (Mozambique, Kenya and Cameroon) of the entire programme with a set limit on funding (US$3.5 million) for all three hubs.
  • The applicant(s) may: (a) apply independently or as a consortium. Although, it is highly encouraged to apply through a consortia given the nature of the grant and (b) apply to deliver on one hubs OR more of the hubs to deliver the work.

The selected organization or consortium must have:

  • Ability to provide shared facilities and equipment alongside business development, market access, technology transfer and linkage to services (such as financial services) that are backstopped through mentorship and networking
  • Readiness to facilitate a holistic and proactive process focussed upon early-stage development of agribusiness growth and train on key technical/business skills along entire value chains, leading to enterprise start-up/or entry into food chain labour markets
  • Willingness to interact and constructively engage with the larger farming community
  • Flexibility in developing mentorship modules of the main ingredients of integrated agribusiness hubs and above all, post-mentorship support services, e.g. setting up support services for mentored agri-preneurs, as well as incentives, prizes and recognition systems; be inclusive and able to create relevant strategic partnerships to create service/market deals and/or financing linkages for youth entrepreneurs with relevant stakeholders (e.g. the private sector and the government)
  • Business continuity to implement the project in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Financial management of the grant, including the capacity to receive, record, monitor and report on multiple sources of grant funding in line with IFAD requirements.

While no upper limit is set, the applicant must ensure a minimum counterpart contribution of US$150,000.

How to submit a proposal:

  1. Prepare a project proposal that should be submitted using the IFAD Grant Design Document template with a detailed budget using the activity based budget table. The proposal must be aligned with the Grant Concept Note and Project Description provided. Please read the Letter of Invitation, Grant Concept Note and Project Description for further explanation.
  2. Submit a completed Bidders’ self-certification of eligibility for IFAD grant financing.
  3. Submit a brief institutional profile, detailing experience in the priority area and specific theme outlined in the Grant Concept Note, and in the region/country(ies) where the grant would be implemented.

Deadline to receive proposals is 17 August 2020, 23:59 CEST.

Proposals submitted after this deadline will be considered ineligible.

All proposals and communications should be submitted via email to:


Participation of PWDs in Humanitarian Action Funding Opportunity

Participation of PWDs in Humanitarian Action

The humanitarian sector has long acknowledged that the participation of people affected by crises (PWDs) in all stages of humanitarian programming can improve accountability and the quality of humanitarian assistance, as well as strengthen the resilience and capacity of those affected (ALNAP, 2003).

Despite lots of policies and guidance that echo the need for participation of people PWDs in Humanitarian Action, there has been slow progress in mainstreaming such practices in humanitarian settings. Where participation does take place it often builds on pre-existing structures and representatives which may exclude the most marginalised and vulnerable, such as older people and people with disabilities.


Although available data on disability is not comprehensive, global estimates suggest that around 15% of people in a given population will have some kind of disability. This may be substantially higher in humanitarian settings (WHO, 2011). Older age intersects significantly with disability as an estimated 46% of those over 60 have a disability (ADCAP, 2018).

Despite representing significant proportions of a given population, people with disabilities and older people are often excluded from decision-making in humanitarian programming. As a result, the rights, perspectives and agency of older people and people with disabilities are frequently overlooked, leaving them to be disproportionately affected by crises.

In recent years, there has been a renewed effort in moving beyond the rhetoric of participation and embedding it into humanitarian practice. Examples of this are the “Participation Revolution” workstream part of the Grand Bargain (2017), the participation commitment within the Core Humanitarian Standards and the Humanitarian Inclusion Standards for People with Disabilities and Older People (2018). Yet examples of mechanisms that enable the meaningful participation of older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian programming, as well as evidence around their effectiveness, remain rare in the sector (HIF Gap Analysis, 2020).

The lack of inclusive mechanisms for participation means that people with disabilities and older people often face a range of barriers to participating in decision-making for programmes and activities that directly affect them. Representative organisations such as organisations for people with disabilities (OPDs) and older people’s organisations (OPAs) are also often left out of discussions where their voice and expertise could contribute to the development and implementation of more inclusive programmes.

To enable the sustainable mainstreaming of any inclusive mechanisms for participation, they will need to be backed up by evidence of their effectiveness. However, there are currently few approaches, metrics and tools on how to assess the effectiveness of such participation mechanisms. Our Gap Analysis found that there is a lack of documented evidence on the impacts and outcomes of increased participation of people with disabilities and older people in decision making. There is also a need for increased understanding of the effectiveness of OPDs in enabling meaningful participation.

We are looking for innovative mechanisms to increase the meaningful participation of people with disabilities and older people in humanitarian action, and innovative ways of assessing the effectiveness of these mechanisms.

Projects will be at the Invention or Adaptation stage of humanitarian innovation. Projects at the Invention stage will generate ideas and develop a prototype for early-stage testing. Those at the Adaptation stage will match an existing solution to a new problem and context.

The handbook of the challenge can be downloaded here

Read more on Frequently asked questions and further application instructions via this page