Deadline: December 10 2013
The Fund is a collaboration between the Youth Employment Network (YEN), an interagency partnership of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations (UN), and the World Bank, and the ILO’s Small Enterprise Unit (SEED) which supports governments and private actors to provide more and better services to start-ups and existing small enterprises in order to support job creation.
Financial support for the Fund comes from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Market Development for Decent Work (M4P) – the Lab project, the Danish-led Africa Commission, Silatech and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation.
The Fund was originally launched by YEN in 2010 and has concentrated on building the evidence in the area of youth entrepreneurship in the regions of the Middle East and Sub-saharan Africa. Four requests for proposals have been issued resulting in the initiation of eight impact evaluation and twelve monitoring and evaluation frameworks. Two of the impact evaluations have so far been completed.
This year, with the addition of ILO’s Small Enterprises Unit as a partner, the focus of the Fund will broaden to include all types of micro and small enterprise development interventions not only those who target young people. The regional concentration has also been expanded to include all low, lower and lower-middle income countries.
The following will be eligible to apply and participate in the selection process:
Applicants have to be directly linked to the project described in the application. They can be either:
i) Members of the organization/institution responsible for the implementation of the project,
ii) M&E partners (from academic institutions, consultancies, international organizations) responsible for designing and carrying out the project’s M&E / evaluation plan.
All applications must be submitted using the online application form found here.
For questions related to the Fund and the application, write to:
Youth Employment Network
4, route des Morillons CH-1211 Genève 22 Switzerland
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