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RFA: Innovative digital solutions to mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods, businesses and service delivery systems in Uganda

  • June 16, 2020

  • Calls for Applications


NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 16th of June 2020 23:59 pm EAT

The United Nations has rolled out a coordinated effort in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath impact. UNCDF is supporting LDCs in need, through its core mandate and by leveraging a range of technical expertise and investment instruments, to reduce and limit the economic and social hardships for poor communities. For more information about UNCDF’s action towards COVID-19 click here.

Within the COVID-19 context and the outlook on its impact on lives, livelihoods and economic systems, UNCDF is looking forward to support solutions - by private sector actors in Uganda - that the leverage power of digital technologies to solve challenges brought about or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The solutions have to be oriented towards livelihoods, businesses or service delivery systems that impact key sectors of Agriculture, Health, Education, and with a strong focus on vulnerable segments including Farmers, MSME’s, Women, Youths and Refugees.

UNCDF is therefore looking for entities legally established in Uganda that can propose innovative and scalable digital solutions that can contribute towards mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods, businesses and service delivery systems in Uganda. Proposed solutions shall be in one of the two areas of intervention

Area 1: Solutions that leverage drone technology to address community livelihoods and
service delivery challenges;

Area 2: Innovative e-learning solutions for delivering curricula to students;

UNCDF’s support will be geared towards enabling the emerging solutions to be piloted and / or scaled in the regions of Acholi, Lango, Westnile and Kiryandongo. The solutions must be innovative and sustainable to allow for continuity beyond the support provided by UNCDF and its implementing partners.

UNCDF will provide a grant and technical assistance to one applicant per area. The successful partner will sign a Performance-Based Agreement (PBA) with UNCDF.

Applicants may apply separately for the two different areas . Only one applicant per area will be selected.

UNCDF grant / technical assistance contribution may range from 50,000 USD up to 150,000 USD per applicant. In the proposal, the applicant shall quote its costs for the operations and management of the project including providing full time resources that would engage with UNCDF in supporting the project implementation. Applicants should provide a budget indicating how the proposed approach will deliver high quality results.

Timeline and Contacts
Applications about this RFA should be submitted via email at no later the 16th of June 2020 23:59 pm EAT. For further details on the tentative timeline, refer to the table below.

Queries to this RFA can be submitted via email at no later the 4th of June 2020. A document of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) will be shared on this page.

Applicants should include in the subject line of the email: “Innovative digital solutions to mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods, businesses and service delivery systems in Uganda”

Applications must follow the submission format as outlined in Annex 1 to 4 of this RFA.

The overall duration of UNCDF support for the successful applicants will be up to three (3) years, maximum 31 December 2022.

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