Call for Applications: Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA)

Application Deadline: 31st July 2016.


IIDEA is an initiative of the East African Community (Directorate of Social Sectors) and GIZ, coordinated by the RDC. The initiative also integrates other Departments in the EAC Secretariat. IIDEA incubates small-scale regional integration projects which are proposed and implemented by civil society, private sector and other interest groups in East Africa. It is cross border in nature, with projects expected to benefit at least two EAC Partner States. Technical and financial support is provided for professional planning, implementation and marketing of IIDEA projects.

An innovative IIDEA project is one which puts to action and showcases the success stories of the implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol provisions such as the free movement of persons, labour, goods, capital and the rights of establishment and residence in East Africa. An example is a regional app to promote employment opportunities and mobility of labour/professionals in East Africa and a platform that showcases successful stories and experiences of professionals with negotiated Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) in East Africa such as the Accountants, Engineers and the Architects.

Under the IIDEA, innovative integration projects are promoted and marketed by EAC Secretariat and Partner States to strengthen awareness of the benefits from cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation. This will as a result make the Integration process more tangible in the lives of ordinary East Africans, who desire to see more practical benefits of the cooperation beyond the progressive policies they have adopted.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The eligible organizations should be drawn from national civil society organizations (CSOs), business organizations, associations, companies, local governments, community based organizations (CBOs), sector associations, training institutes/universities that operate across borders and/or regionally in the East African Community.
  • Youth organizations and associations are particularly encouraged to
  • It is important that applicants have enough capacities to commit to the project in terms of human capacity and time resources.

Financial Mechanism for IIDEA

  • Based on the project proposal and the IIDEA selection criteria, the RDC comprising of regional apex bodies including MEACA together with GIZ decide on the proposals to be supported under the IIDEA project. GIZ funding support in case of final acceptance for each project will amount to between 10.000 – 50.000 USD. The project implementation period should range from September 2016-June 2018.

Application Procedure:

All preparation and submission costs are at the applicant’s expense.

Any questions concerning this request for application (RFA) should be submitted in writing not later than 15 July 2016 prior to the closing date shown above to [email protected] with a copy to eac-germancooperation[at] Applicants should retain for their records one copy of all enclosures which accompany their application.

Final selection will be made in August 2016. Only successful applicants will be notified.

Applications which, for technical issues or for issues of any other kind, are not received within the deadline will not be accepted. Applications with incomplete or missing information will not be accepted. The IIDEA initiative will not support projects such as training, sensitisation on the EAC Common Market and or scholarship for education on the EAC Common Market and regional integration.

How to Apply?

Interested Eligible Applicants are invited to submit their innovative project proposals in the required standard application and budget forms attached to [email protected] with a copy to [email protected] by latest 31st July 2016.

*There is no right for funding through EAC-GIZ Programme. All projects are evaluated according to a fixed set of criteria, and the final funding decision is made by EAC-GIZ.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa


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