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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS TO CONDUCT ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS TRAINING FOR YOUTH

ABOUT THE AGA KHAN FOUNDATION

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is an Agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, non-denominational development agencies that share a mission to improve the living conditions and opportunities for marginalized communities across some target countries in Africa and Asia. AKF was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in Switzerland in 1967 and began working in East Africa in 1974. Globally, AKF seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill-health, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal, and other resource-poor areas. AKF was established in Uganda in 1994 and has been implementing programs focused on Education, Early Childhood Development and Civil Society, aimed at improving the quality of life of all boys and girls, women, and men in the Central and West Nile regions of Uganda. All the Uganda Country programs are embedded in government and community interests and structures, and work to promote social inclusion, equity, and pluralism.

ABOUT THE AKDN EAST AFRICA COVID-19 RESPONSE PROJECT

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is implementing a regional programme to strengthen responses to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the 3 countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The 30-month, multi-sectoral programme will help strengthen existing health responses and increase awareness of prevention strategies and support mechanisms, while also working to minimize the mental health and socio-economic impacts of the crisis. It is anticipated that 140,000 individuals across the region will be directly supported. AKF Uganda will work with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to strengthen communities’ ability to prevent and respond to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated closures of learning institutions have revealed both the opportunities and limitations of distance learning, AKF will collaborate with local youth focused civil society or other educational institution partners to conduct entrepreneurship and employability skilling sessions for youth to equip them with the skills to start their own enterprises or find decent employment. The program shall reach a total of 3,000 out of school youth (18 to 35 years) with this intervention.

SUBGRANT OPPORTUNITY

AKF invites interested and qualified applications from district based local CSOs, youth networks and learning institutions in Arua and Kampala, to submit their applications for sub-grants to conduct a training comprised of entrepreneurship, employability and life skills/soft skills packages for unemployed youth, who cannot access training opportunities through the conventional educational pathways. The training packages should aim to strengthen attitudes, behaviors and personal qualities that enable young people prepare for the labour market and navigate their environment to achieve their personal goals.

Applicants are required to have the following resources and experience:

  • Training facilities/classes/halls where groups of up to 25 youth at a time can participate in physical training while maintaining social distance and other SOPs,
  • Tried and tested youth focused practical vocational, entrepreneurship, employability and life skills curricula that have been used in previous projects targeting young people,
  • At least 3 trainers who have experience delivering the above curriculum to youth with adult learning facilitation skills,
  • Experience mobilizing youth for similar training activities.

The Foundation will provide sub-grants of up to EURO 20,000 per organization to train and graduate at least 450 youth each by December 2022. Organizations that can demonstrate capacity to reach larger numbers may apply for larger sub-grants. The sub-grants will include all the costs for the activities i.e., mobilization and management costs, training fees, materials and graduation costs e.g. certificates.

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