Responses to clarifying questions – Sudan Specific

SUDAN-SPECIFIC

What constitutes a decent income will depend on the kind of project you are submitting and things like: is it a full-time job, where is the job located, what are the secondary benefits, etc. We invite the applicants to propose their own decent work criteria for the project they wish to submit.

Yes, that is highly encouraged.

The co-funding that is required when requesting a grant from the CFYE only refers to new funds that are invested into the proposed project. However, it may include in-kind investments, for instance, use of a training space that belongs to or is rented by the applicant, based on verifiable costs.

The total number of jobs created, matched, or improved is calculated during the lifetime of the project (maximum 3 years).

The CFYE will not have any control over your business. We will only require you to monitor closely the employment outcomes of the project and report on them at regular intervals. You will also need to present audited financial accounts of the project. In some very specific cases, we may also require you to accept certain types of TA, as a pre-condition for approving our grant.

For example, by focusing only on training and assuming that trainees will be sure to find jobs. Thus, it is very important that you make clear what the pathway to employment is in your project.

You may include technical advisors – national or international – in your project budget, as long as their expertise is relevant for the project you are proposing.

If the sector you choose is among the promising sectors mentioned on our website, it will be easier for you to state your case. Project proposals in other sectors are also eligible but may require some more explanation from you to make clear that the job expectations are realistic.

That depends on the reasons for not achieving the goals. Normally, the shortfall in jobs will become clear before the project ends. In that case, corrective measures may be necessary, or – in the worst case – the project may be aborted. As the grant is disbursed based on milestones, this may mean that the payment of some of the later disbursements may vary.

Value for Money refers to the grant amount per decent job that your project will generate.

The return of investment in this case is the number of decent jobs that your project will generate.

Any activities that are relevant for the adequate implementation of the project.

No, only projects that have at least 50% co-funding are eligible.

No, there is no regional preference.

Yes, as long as the other grant is not from the Dutch government.

No, the minimum number of jobs is 250, of which 50% for women.

At the Concept Note stage, you only need to mention the source of the co-funding and we may ask you to provide further clarification. At the Business Case stage, you need to provide proof.

Yes, as long as there is at least one private sector company in the consortium.

The co-funding that is required when requesting a grant from the CFYE only refers to new funds that are invested into the proposed project. However, it may include in-kind investments, for instance, use of a training space that belongs to or is rented by the applicant, based on verifiable costs.

There is no maximum number of jobs, only a minimum.

It is based on the research we conducted.

We refer to the limited number of support services available to start-ups, most of which can be found in Khartoum, and to a lesser extent in Nyala and Elfashir.

The amount of finance available through microfinance does not cover the investment needs of most start-ups, let alone allow them to scale up their activities.

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