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  The African Union Commission, in partnership with the European Union (EU) and the German government, has opened the Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA) funding window. Organizations working on projects that improve the employment prospects of Africans are invited to apply for grants of up to €2 million to support their efforts in this area.
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SIFA aims to finance skills development projects in selected countries on the continent. Its organizers hope that through it, they will be able to increase the capacity of organizations that equip people with the skills they need to become gainfully employed. The financial backing these bodies receive should enable them to work with a significantly larger number of people than they currently train.


Candidates selected from the pool of applicants by SIFA will receive between €200,000 and €3 million for the projects they are embarking upon.
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SIFA expects its applicants to meet these conditions:
  • Must be running Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
  • May be from the public or private sector, including academia, Civil Society Organizations, and other bodies that support entrepreneurship
  • Applicants should be able to provide evidence that their efforts have led to the creation of jobs
  • A project proposal must cover the conceptualization, development and commercialization of products, services and processes that solve a specific problem in the labour market
  • The proposed project should be viable and sustainable
Note: Priority will be given to organizations that promote female entrepreneurship and train young people in the use of digital tools and skills.
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The Application Process Persons who intend to apply should read the Call for Proposals (linked HERE) and Guide for Applicants (linked HERE) before they do so. As of January 13, they will also be expected to submit their applications HERE. Applications will remain open until February 6, 2023. If you would like to apply for the African Union Commission-EU 2023 Skills Initiative for Africa, you can do so HERE. Featured Image Source: Opportunities For Africans
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This article was first published on 12th January 2023


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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