Egypt – Responses to clarifying questions

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Applicant’s Contribution

Both a cash investment as well as an in-kind investment in the project can be considered as co-funding. In-kind contributions are eligible only if directly related to the project activity.

By stating it in the business case and confirming all information they are presenting is true. A due diligence will take place before signing a contract.

In-cash support would be a financial investment. In-kind support should be valued at market rates, and staff time budgeted as in-kind support must be reasonably justified as related to the project.

We don’t see a difference between these two terms

Your expression of interest is well received. The current donor-funded activities and budget can be considered as co-funding, as long as the grant does not come from the Dutch Government, except for venture capital or debt finance originating from the Dutch Good Governance Fund or FMO. We will review the level of additionality for each project critically.

Fund’s Contribution

The aim is 6-8 projects. Funding: No maximum. It all depends on the quality and the size of projects being presented.

Overall Fund Design

This is for the duration of the project. Please see the General FAQs on our website for more information on the Fund’s contribution, as well as the applicant’s. The Fund’s contribution will be co-investment (i.e., cash/monetary), technical assistance, or a combination of both, depending on the project and its needs. You will find more details about this in the FAQs in the above link.

Projects are expected to last 2-3 years; the exact duration will vary from project to project. There is no specification on how long training can or should last. Training can be incorporated as a one-off activity into your project or can be an integral part of it. This depends on what your project aims to do, and how the training fits into the project’s overall theory of change and wider goals. It is expected that the implementing partner designs the concept for the project themselves, so it is up to you to decide on the appropriate delivery model.

No – CFYE as a Fund will run for 6 years in total. We expect individual projects in each country to run for around 2-3 years, depending on the project.

We have not set a maximum contribution to or by the Fund. The minimum the Fund will contribute is 200,000 Euros, which should be around 10-50% of the total contribution. The Implementing Partner will have to cover the rest of the funds.

The private sector partner will really need to lead the implementation of the project, but may team up with an NGO for certain developmental aspects, e.g. gender inclusion or youth engagement.

Yes, absolutely.

There is no explicit scoring system. Applicants will need to address a combination of create and/or match with the other two pillars. So three combinations are possible: 1) create, improve and sustain 2) match, improve and sustain 3) create, match, improve and sustain. In other words, for both create and match categories applicants will need to ensure that jobs are of good quality and sustainable.

2-3 years

That is one possible approach, but we’re open to hearing other ways that a consortium can work together to deliver the project outcomes and impact

Additional technical assistance (TA) that is offered depends on the need and type of project. Any capacity building that is essential to the project should be included in the project design and thus be part of the overall project budget. Additional TA refers to aspects that are not an integral part of the project design per se, but may enhance the outcomes. The range of additional TA that can be offered is wide, including gender, financial management, decent work, monitoring & evaluation, etc.

Minimum age for Egypt is not 15 – it is set to 18. One of the questions in the eligibility criteria stipulates this – 2. Do you wish to submit a request for a grant for a project to create decent employment for youth aged 18 to 35? The minimum age of 15 is at Fund level (across the entire portfolio), but is adjusted to meet the local legal standards and requirements in each new country.

No – CFYE as a Fund will run for 6 years in total. We expect individual projects in each country to run for around 2-3 years, depending on the project.

Results and Impact

Sustain refers to jobs saved in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.The young workforce, especially in industries that are based on face-to-face interactions, is vulnerable to losing their job as a result of the crisis. Therefore for demand-side interventions designed to prevent staff reductions or job losses, we will count the number of individuals working in the target companies at the beginning and of the project. This data must be supported with a strong case for what would have happened without CFYE support (the counterfactual). This approach may vary from project to project, to be designed according to the relevance for the intervention.

Yes, the jobs that will be created, matched, improved and/or sustained.

Selection Criteria

We are assessing this right now, as we are aware that recent changes to the NGO law might have an impact on what counts as a private company. We will post a full response to this question on the public Q&A forum in the coming days.

A foreign company or consortium can submit a project, if the project will take place in Egypt, and if they or one of the partners in the consortium is already operating in Egypt.

Absolutely – this is the preferred option.

Both in kind and in cash contributions are accepted, as both are considered investments on the part of the Implementing Partner. But you should bear in mind that this is a competitive funding process, and a project with a heavy emphasis on in-kind contributions might not look as strong as a project with a heavier emphasis on in-cash contributions.

The lead organisation on any consortium must be a private firm, but it is possible to work with ministries as part of a consortium.

The lead organisation in a consortium must be a private firm, but NGOs may be part of the delivery consortium.

Any company can apply from anywhere as long as they are a private company. Presence or a previous track record in Egypt of the applicant or partner organizations will strengthen the business case.

Yes, as long as a strong can be made to suggest that the minimum number of jobs (for women) and other parameters are met.


An NGO is not considered to be private sector. The CSR division of a private sector company would need to be verified on a case-by-case basis. Likewise for ABA.

There is no threshold, but there is a ballpark figure. Ballpark figure is 500 Euros per job.

As you noted correctly, we have set a minimum threshold of 250 jobs for Egypt. What’s more, those 250 jobs should be for women, which may also be difficult to guarantee in your case. If jobs for men are created that is fine, but the minimum is still 250 jobs for women. The jobs for men will be a bonus. We decided on this criterion because we found out that women still have a long way to go to achieve equal work opportunities in Egypt. The purpose of the Challenge Fund is not to boost “business as usual”, we hope to make a difference. While it may be difficult for you to commit to a certain number of jobs for women, you should have experience with past initiatives which created a certain number of jobs that you can refer to or you may want to focus on start-ups that specifically target women, as owners, managers, staff or clients. In any case, we would need to see some evidence from previous experience that suggests that your approach is likely to create the required number of jobs.


We follow a case-by-case process. For newly established businesses, it will depend on how new they are and whether they have demonstrated that their business model is feasible and has growth potential. In general, we do require some kind of a track record or evidence that the activities being proposed will create jobs.

Selection Process


Please use the digital application form provided – we will post it on our website in the coming days. Any concept notes submitted in any other way will not be accepted.

Yes, this is possible, but not recommended.

Correct, just the concept note.

Concept note stage is not that detailed – fairly simple at this stage. Any costs related to the grant you are applying for are eligible.

We will launch the online form for concept note submission on our website in the coming few days. Please keep an eye out on