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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

To start with, there are seven pilot countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia.

You can presently only apply if you are from one of those countries. Calls for Proposal are opened for each country individually and are announced on the website.

SIFA funding is available for applicants in the seven participating countries. Applicants need to be experienced stakeholders in the field of skills development or in a strong partnership with such a structure.

Eligible Applicants will be experienced stakeholders in the field of skills development. One responsible lead will always form a consortium with either one or two partners.

A funding window is an application opportunity created to invite eligible applicants to apply for SIFA funding to implement a TVET project.

SIFA has three funding windows each one based on a specific partnership and a level amount project.

Funding Window 1 will be launched in all participating SIFA countries, but Calls for Proposal are opened for each country individually. Currently, only the call for Cameroon has opened. Call openings for the other countries are expected at a later stage and will be announced on the website.

Eligible applicants whose applications are successful are considered as beneficiaries. The beneficiaries have to satisfy the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria of applications that can be found in detail in the Instruction Guide for Applicants for each window.

  • No private sector involvement
  • Project budget above maximum budget
  • Contradictory and unclear proposal
    Please check the details in the instruction guides for Window I, Window II, Window III

Eligible Projects for Window I and Window II

A combination of 5 technical and didactical interventions

  • Procurement of training equipment
  • Construction, rehabilitation or expansion of learning infrastructure

However, the activities below can be funded only in combination with both or either of the above core activities and only up to 5 % of the total project cost:

  • Training of trainers
  • Curriculum design
  • Learner scholarships

Eligible Projects for Window III

smaller, innovative (pilot) projects

Specifically, the following technical and didactical interventions are eligible for funding:

  • Image campaigns for promoting skills development
  • ICT-based approaches to skills development
  • Entrepreneurship/mentorships programs
  • Equipping of workshops, classrooms, alternative/innovative learning spaces
  • Student or Learner Scholarships
  • Curriculum design
  • Training of Trainers Program (excluding recurrent costs)

Eligible Applicants will be experienced stakeholders in the field of skills development. One responsible Lead will always form a consortium with either one or two partners.

For Window 1:

The Lead must be a domestic entity and a public or private accredited training provider. The primary partner needs to be from the domestic private sector.

For Window 2:

The Lead must be an international company. The primary partner needs to be a domestic public or private accredited training provider.

For Window 3:

The Lead must be a domestic public or private entity. If the Lead is public then one of the partners needs to be private.

Each Applicant must provide the following evidence as proof of eligibility of the consortium:

  • Copies of documentation of legal status / registration showing that the Lead and its Partners belong to the list of eligible entities.
  • Copies of accreditation documents of training providers
  • Audited or certified financial statements of the Lead for the last three years
  • Number and qualifications of relevant staff
  • At least one reference of a project with a financial scope that is similar to the proposed project idea
  • Commitment letter for counterpart funding, showing breakdown of estimated value of proposed complementary (in-kind) measures

Received Questions

Uganda is not one of SIFA’s participating countries, thus applicants based in Uganda presently cannot apply for SIFA funding.

Funding Window 1 will be launched in all participating SIFA countries, but Calls for Proposal are opened for each country individually. Currently, only the call for Cameroon has opened. Call openings for the other countries are expected at a later stage and will be announced on the website.

  1. Oui, les Instituts Privés d'Enseignement Supérieur (IPES) sont éligibles aux projets SIFA, selon la définition des candidats éligibles dans le Guide de Candidature, disponible pour téléchargement sur www.skillsafrica.org.
  2. Pour évaluer vos chances de réussite, veuillez vous référer aux critères d’évaluation des propositions, qui sont notamment : Viabilité et prêt à être mis en œuvre ; Innovation ; Pérennité ; Impact régional et réplicabilité ; Implication du secteur privé ; Accès pour/impact sur les femmes, les jeunes et les groupes vulnérables ; Qualité globale de la proposition ; Pertinence. Les critères sont décrites en détail dans le Guide de Candidature et dans la section « Critères d'évaluation » sur https://skillsafrica.org/fr/soumissionner.
  3. Les options de financement de la contrepartie du candidat sont décrites en détail dans le chapitre « Contrepartie du candidat » dans le Guide de Candidature. Ainsi, l’option I (« Mise en œuvre de mesures liées au projet en nature pouvant être quantifiées en espèces ») et l’option IV (« Prise en charge de coûts récurrents ») pourraient inclure par exemple des frais de logement ou des bourses d’études. Par contre, la contrepartie du candidat ne peut pas provenir d’investissement d’un autre fond.

For detailed information, please check the Instruction Guide available to download on the website www.skillsafrica.org, and the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) section on the website.

If you have specific questions, please send them to us through the contact form on the website. The questions and answers will be published on the FAQ section of the website.

Funding Window 1 will be launched in all participating SIFA countries, but Calls for Proposal are opened for each country individually. Currently, only the call for Cameroon has opened. Call openings for the other countries are expected at a later stage and will be announced on the website.

Pour des informations détaillées, veuillez consulter le Guide d’instruction et la « Foire aux questions » (FAQ) disponibles sur le site Web www.skillsafrica.org.

La politique de SIFA est d’offrir des opportunités équitables et transparentes à tous les candidats. Par conséquent, nous ne pouvons pas offrir de consultations personnelles. Si vous avez des questions spécifiques, veuillez les envoyer via le formulaire de contact disponible sur le site Web. Les questions et réponses seront publiées dans la section FAQ du site Web.

1. Anyone with a potential concept note fulfilling the overall requirements for a call can submit an application. For detailed definitions of eligible applicants and eligible projects for each Funding Window, please refer to the Instruction Guide freely available to download on the website www.skillsafrica.org.

2. At the Concept Note stage, eligible candidates have to provide audited or certified financial statements of the Lead for the last three available years. Certified financial statements are normally signed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors or the Chairman of the Governing Board of the training institution. This may be compared with the externally audited financial statements which are signed by the External Auditor. At the Full Proposal stage, shortlisted applicants will be required to submit their 3-year audited accounts.

For detailed information, please check the Instruction Guide and the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) on the website www.skillsafrica.org.

SIFA’s policy is to offer fair and transparent opportunities to all applicants. Therefore, cannot not provide personal consultations. If you have specific questions, please send them to us through the contact form on the website. The questions and answers will be published on the FAQ section of the website.