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2023 African Union Commission (AUC)-EU Skills Initiative for Africa funding Window III

The SIFA Funding Window III (FW3) is implemented under the Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA) Financing Cooperation (FC) which is a pan-African initiative set up in 2016 by the African Union Commission (AUC) and co-funded by the German Government and the European Union (EU) with support from national governments in eight SIFA partner countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia.

The overall objective of SIFA is to strengthen the occupational prospects of young people in Africa. During its pilot phase (2016-2025), the Programme finances skills development projects expected to contribute to employment-oriented skills development for
young people in African countries

Grant details:

  • Selected projects can receive a grant between EUR 0.2 to 3 million for sustainable and innovative initiatives.

FW3 funding is targeted for the implementation of the proposed innovation, and hence it will not support the following:

  • Projects that exclusively focus on research
  • Projects that exclusively focus on market surveys
  • Projects that exclusively focus on policy development
  • Projects that exclusively focus on capacity building or training
  • Projects that exclusively focus on building infrastructure


  1. Responsiveness to COVID-19
  2. Demonstrated Jobs
  3. Demonstrating Value for Money
  4. Proposals shall refer to the conceptualisation, development and commercialisation of
    products, services, or processes solving an identified problem/skills gap in the labour
  5. Demonstrated Viability and Sustainable Future Financing

Thematic Areas

  1. Digital Tools and Skills
  2. Female Entrepreneurship and Employability
  3. Training Innovation in Informal Sectors

Eligible Applicants
Professional TVET entities from the public and private sectors, academia, civil society, and organisations supporting entrepreneurship in the labour market

Method of Application


  • Applicants carefully read the Guide for Applicants and the Call for Proposals
  • Applicants create and submit their Applications in SmartME
  • (Application form in SmartME will open on January 13, 2023 – Submission Deadline for Call 1: February 6, 2023)
  • Eligibility Check and Evaluation of Applications
  • Formal Selection Decision
  • Contract negotiations and signature of Implementation Agreement (with selected Applicants only)

For more Information

Visit the Official Website

Application Deadline: February 6, 2023