Responses to clarifying questions


Applicant’s Contribution

Any other funding can be proposed if it is not earmarked or has already been spent on other projects.

Yes, as long as the grant does not come from the Dutch Government, except for venture capital or debt finance originating from the Dutch Government including the Dutch Good Governance Fund or FMO. The idea is that this would lead to an increase in impact. We will assess the level of additionality for each project.


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 do not have any budget restrictions at this stage.

Fund’s Contribution

We have not set a maximum contribution by the Fund.

The 10% to 50% contribution of the Challenge Fund is the total contribution, including technical assistance provided by the Fund. The remainder of the budget must be covered by the applicant, either through existing or external funding, and includes both cash and in-kind support.

Applicants are invited to apply for a financial contribution, technical assistance contribution, or a combination. We don’t expect to receive many proposals solely for technical assistance, but this is possible. It is also possible to request technical assistance later in the project.

The type of technical assistance (TA) depends on the need and type of project. The range of types of TA is wide, e.g. financial management, decent work, monitoring & evaluation, etc.

Overall Fund Design

Yes, there will be a second round in Uganda at a later stage.

We have not allocated a certain amount per country.

We do not have a Uganda-specific objective beyond our overall fund objective of supporting 200,000 youth including 100,000 young women to work in decent jobs across the focus regions.

Our next calls will be in Egypt and Nigeria.

Results and Impact

We are following the ILO’s definition, which states, “Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives, and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.”
Decent work will be defined and addressed as relevant for each project context. It may not always be a static assessment, but rather a process towards improvement across various specific areas such as working hours, productivity, income, better prospects, etc.”

While there are no standard indicators required at concept note stage, it would be helpful to have clear understanding of the nature of the jobs to which the proposed interventions would lead including a description of full time vs part time, self-employed vs. wage-earning, seasonal, etc. The only firm requirement is that the job must meet a certain standard of decency and income, which will be assessed on a project-by-project basis.

Self-employment can count (see above question).

The Fund has a specific goal to support young women to find and gain decent employment. This does not mean that 50% of the people reached in each individual project must be women, or that 50% of the funding should go to women, but rather that 50% of the people gaining employment across the Fund’s overall portfolio should be women.

At concept note stage, the project needs to demonstrate that it has considered the specific context of women, explain how women are able to benefit, and have a clear strategy for maximising this.

Projects must demonstrate how they will create, match, or improve employment for people aged 15-35. If projects also aim to create jobs for people older than 35, they would still be eligible, but the Fund’s employment target refers only to people aged 15-35.

Projects will need to report on progress towards results targets at least biannually. The jobs target should be achieved by the end of the project (in principle, after 2-3 years), along with a plan for sustainability.

Yes, this is possible as long as the project can demonstrate that it contributed to the indirect jobs, and that they can be measured and verified.

That depends on the context. Not any temporary or part-time job will qualify. There will have to be a clear indication that these jobs can become more permanent or that they can contribute significantly to decent employment.

This depends on whether these extension services can be provided in a sustainable way, are well-remunerated and meet other “decent work” requirements.

Selection Criteria

The present call is only open for projects in Uganda. We plan to launch a call for proposals in Kenya later in 2020. A non-Ugandan organization is eligible for this round if one of the partners in the consortium has or will have an operating presence in Uganda.


We do not have a preference so long as the applicant’s consortium includes a private company. Private companies can apply on their own, whereas NGOs would need a partnership to include the private sector.

Yes, it’s possible as long as there is capacity in the organization to run multiple projects

There is no limit, but it should be workable and there should be a lead partner.


We need a written confirmation from all consortium partners with contact details at concept note stage.

The private sector partner eligibility requirement refers to having a private company as a part of the project consortium. Some projects might include supporting individual young people to become self-employed, or supporting self-employed people to grow their enterprises to create jobs for youth, but these would not meet the private sector eligibility requirement.

There is no cost-per-job requirement, but projects should demonstrate value for money by showing cost effectiveness.

This could be something we would consider, but the main objective for this call is to create decent employment in the call specific countries.

We expect most CFYE projects to be for approximately 2-3 years, but this depends on the type of intervention.

Selection Process

We are not setting a strict number of concept notes to be accepted or approved.

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