Uganda: The Skills Development Fund (SDF)
Uganda: The Skills Development Fund (SDF), supported by the Belgian Development Agency, has issued a call for proposals to enhance ‘livelihood and labor market relevant’ skills for youth and women of the refugee and host communities in northern Uganda through vocational training and entrepreneurship support. The deadline to submit concept notes is April 14, 2017.
This Call for Proposals for the Skills Development Fund (SDF) is part of the Support to Skilling Uganda Strategy (SSU) project. The SSU intervention is jointly implemented by Belgium Development Agency (BTC) and the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) with the support of the Belgian Government, European Union Emergency Trust Fund and Irish Aid. The programme focuses on supporting the 10-year “Skilling Uganda” strategic plan, that aims at making Skills Development in Uganda more demand driven through linking BTVET with the real world of work.
With funding from European Union, the Support Programme to Refugees Settlement in Northern Uganda (SPRS-NU) will build on policy and practice and will contribute to improved skills development opportunities for refugees and their host communities through short and medium term Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship and start up kits support in in Northern Uganda, particular in the district of Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo. Furthermore, the intervention will identify skills gaps related to the emerging settlement economy and green skill economy that can reduce on negative environmental impact due to the refugee crisis.
The skills the refugee and host community will acquire in the framework of this intervention, will: (a) Strengthen youth, women and girls in their access to the local labour market, and (b) Support refugees and host communities in improving their livelihoods through the creation of micro and small enterprises. At the same time the intervention aims at strengthening the capacity of the TVET providers in the region to increase their absorption capacity to respond to the (increasing) needs of the refugee population in the area. This will be executed through a Skills Development Fund (SDF) as part of the strategic framework of the national BTVET strategic plan “Skilling Uganda”.