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NORAD Call for Proposals to contribute to job creation in developing countries

Deadline: 6 April 2018

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) has issued a call for proposals “Enterprise Development for Jobs” to contribute to job creation in developing countries by stimulating the establishment of new business enterprises or expansion of existing ones.

NORAD Call for Proposals to contribute to job creation in developing countries

Funding will be prioritized for projects in the 7 countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda.

Projects in other developing countries eligible for Norwegian development assistance may also be considered. Among these, projects in low-income countries will be given priority.

Enterprise Development for Jobs aims to contribute to job creation in developing countries by stimulating the establishment of new business enterprises or expansion of existing ones.

The ultimate beneficiaries of the activities funded through the grant scheme are people in developing countries for whom new jobs are created.

The main objective for this call is to stimulate renewable energy projects that increase access to renewable energy and thereby contribute to job creation and poverty reduction.

The purpose of this call for proposals is to fund feasibility studies of renewable energy projects, pilot projects and training, that can start implementation during 2018 or 2019.

Eligible activities include but are not limited to feasibility studies, partner search, pilot projects, training of local staff, and local infrastructure investments related to the company’s investment in energy production capacity.

Only projects in the following sector will be given priority under this call for proposals:

  • Energy, defined as renewable energy

Grants will not be given to private sector activities that produce weaponry or other military material, intoxicants such as alcoholic drinks and narcotics, or tobacco.

Applicants may submit a project outline for a long-term project, in which an initial estimate is made of the grant support needed for the various project stages. Funding for different stages may be triggered based on pre-defined milestones achieved.

The minimum grant size is NOK 500.000. Proposals will be assessed on a competitive basis. Norad will assess and select the best applications for grants based on a pre-defined set of criteria.

The budget should only include early phase activities/costs that are prior to an investment decision and should not include any parts of the actual main project. Grants are not given for marketing, sales, research and development, purchase of equipment and machinery, for the company’s normal operation.

Maximum funding rates for salaries to employees and consulting are respectively NOK 550 and NOK 1,000 per hour.

Travel between home country and project country is approved for economy class only. Travel within the country of origin or a third country must be justified.

Norad covers project expenses related to consulting and legal fees, as well as external experts’ work and travel costs. Fees for auditor review of the project reporting are also covered, as well as minor project-related costs such as mail, telephone, car rental, accommodation, etc.

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