Win up to USD 40,000 in the Harnessing Youth Potential for Transformational Impact for SDG and COVID 19 Economic Recovery Program

Are you a Youth Organization/Association interested in participating in a youth business acceleration program to foster youth social inclusion and economic opportunities in three provinces (Lusaka, Central, and Copperbelt) in Zambia? 

Then you should apply for the Harnessing Youth Potential for Transformational Impact for SDG and COVID 19 Economic Recovery Programme.

The UNDP Proposals for the youth business acceleration programme seeks to foster youth social inclusion and economic opportunities in the three selected provinces in Zambia namely, Lusaka, Central, and Copperber.lt is to identify eligible youth organizations/associations to support youth-led businesses to increase their entrepreneurship skills and income generating activities.

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Benefits

Successful Youth Organizations/Associations get:

  • A total budget for 8 individual projects (led by at least 5 young women and 1 youth with disabilities and at least USD 4,500 per individual youth project) 
  • Associated management costs to the equivalent in Zambian Kwacha of USD 40,000 total at the United Nations Official Rate of Exchange UNORE (UN Operational Rates of Exchange – Rates) applicable at the time of the submission. 
  • The awarded youth organization/association will administer the funds to the chosen individual projects. Co-funding and in-kind contributions are strongly encouraged.

Eligibility

The opportunity is open to :

  • Youths within the associations must be aged between 18 – 35 years of age at the time of selection

Specifications

Applicants (youth association/organization) must meet the following criteria:

  • Youth organization or association officially registered in Zambia for at least two (02) years (applications to be accompanied by proof of registration with relevant authorities (e.g NYDC, PACRA, Registrar of NGOs and Registrar of Societies);
  • Independent, non-political affiliated organizations;
  • Experience in the management of either donor funded micro-grants or GRZ loans with budget amounts equal to or more than amounts being requested;
  • Membership comprises representation from young women and youth with disabilities (submit list of members with their NRCs);
  • Youth organisations or associations must be able to submit a list of 40 individual business projects (at least led by 24 young women and 4 by young with disabilities) with clear descriptions as required in Annex I) for participating in the youth entrepreneurship skill training;
  • Youth organisations or associations must be able to submit a budget for 8 individual business projects, including other associated costs, in one of the following sectors: agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, transport that will receive the micro-grants through the organization/association. 
  • It is important to note that these 8 individual business projects will be selected from the list of 40 individual business projects that were initially submitted with the proposals. 
  • Final selected 8 individual business projects will be done to ensure gender promotion and inclusiveness by providing quotas for business projects led by young women and youth with disabilities.
  • Specific criteria for youth individual business promoters:
  • Youths within the associations with or without general education qualifications are eligible to be included;
  • Youths within the organization must be available and accessible to attend entrepreneurship training for the entire training period, and;
  • The association/organization must have valid bank accounts indicting Bank Name, Account Number, Branch Name, Swift Code, Sort Code and TPIN number (a letter from the Bank should be attached confirming the Bank Details).

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Application Instructions

All applications must be made online and should be made up of filled application materials sent electronically to the following e-mail address: zambia.cso@undp.org in PDF (signed and stamped) and word formats. 

The subject line should read: “Youth Business Acceleration Programme | Youth Project 2021 | [Insert Name of your organization]”.

About the Transformational Impact for SDG and COVID 19 Economic Recovery Program

The overall goal of this project is to support the empowerment and employment of young

people between the age 18 to 35 years old, particularly young women, to create

transformative change for sustainable development in Zambia.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

Application Deadline is June 25, 2021

Priority  will be given to the Proposals that aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • Promote business or income generating activities in the agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism sectors in Lusaka, Central, and Copperbelt provinces of Zambia
  • Promote business or income generating activities for young women and young people with disabilities.
  • Applicants are advised to consider contribution to the achievement of SDGs as well as goals and objectives of the Provincial Development Plans (where applicable).
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