CFYE has initiated scoping and pipeline development in South Sudan!

The Youth of South Sudan has long faced many obstacles in their self-development. With war raging for decades, the economy shattered, educational opportunities few, and jobs fewer still, many youth have not been able to fulfill their life dreams. With South Sudan now entering a new phase, optimism and opportunities are returning. CFYE would like to be in contact with companies and civil society partners that can reach out to youth, developing scalable, private sector-driven solutions empowering youth on the jobs market or as self-employed entrepreneurs or out-growers. We are particularly interested in initiatives offering opportunities and hope to young women.

Windows & Criteria

Detailed funding windows and criteria for South Sudan have not yet been established. However, based on our preliminary research it is likely that CFYE South Sudan will offer opportunities to a wide range of interventions as long as the (direct) youth employment potential is significant. Although the private sector must be strongly embedded in the solutions proposed, a civil society partner may submit the application. Please note that CFYE only co-finances projects, so the applicant must be able to contribute as well.

Possible sectors of intervention could be agriculture and agri-business, new economy (e.g. internet, mobile technology, ECT-based), logistics, or traditional sectors with youth employment generation potential. CFYE, however, is open to any idea that gives youth hope through employment or small business. Note, however, that CFYE will not support training-only projects. Employment creation must be the direct outcome.

Opened Consultation Form

In order to test the waters and ultimately set our eligibility criteria for South Sudan, we opened a consultation form. Please leave all information regarding potential projects you think would contribute to the overall goals of the Challenge Fund of Youth Employment in there.

Any project specific questions can be raised to our in country experts: led by Denis Poggo in South Sudan.

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