Call for Concept Notes 2018: Agriculture Fast Track Fund

Call for Concept Notes 2018: Agriculture Fast Track Fund

Deadline: 16 November 2018

Agriculture Fast Track Fund is seeking concept notes to provide grant funding for the initial project development costs of a broad range of agriculture infrastructure projects spanning the entire value chain – from production to market. These can emanate from the private or public sector and from local or international businesses. The types of projects envisioned range from rural feeder roads to agro-processing and marketing facilities to out-grower schemes. The emphasis will be on projects that contribute to food security and support to smallholders.

The Agriculture Fast Track (AFT) Fund is facilitating investments in agricultural infrastructure in Africa by lowering project preparation costs for AFT Grant Recipients.

The AFT Fund is a multi-donor trust fund managed by the African Development Bank with funding support from the US government represented by USAID (US$ 14.024 million), the Danish Government represented by DANIDA (US$ 1.823 million) and the Swedish Government represented by SIDA (US$ 7.837 million). It was launched on 8 May 2013 with initial funding amounting to US$ 23.684 million. The AFT is housed at the Agriculture & Agro-Industry Department (AHAI) of the African Development Bank.

Funding Information

The amount of funds available at project inception was US$23.8 million.

Areas of Focus

An environmental/hydrological study for an irrigation system that would support smallholder crop production.

A marketing plan for an agro-processing facility supported by a nucleus farm and corresponding out-grower scheme, which will create stronger market linkages for smallholders. This would include crops, livestock and fishery products.

Financial Modeling for a joint venture to establish a crop/ livestock/ fishery products – processing operation focused on smallholder farmers that produce high-quality flour for the domestic market.

An engineering study for the construction of an extraction and refining centre; a centre which would provide inputs and training to allow new smallholder farmers to enter the supply chain.

Eligibility Criteria

AFT accepting grant applications from 10 countries in Africa – Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania.

AFT supports Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture sector, government agencies preparing agriculture infrastructure projects, non-governmental and civil society organizations such as farmer organizations and agriculture Fund Managers with clients seeking last mile financing or advisory services to formulate bankable agricultural development proposals.

They only receive applications from organizations in the agriculture sector and applications that have a bearing on agricultural development in Africa.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

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Submit Applications for SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) Programme 2019!

Deadline: 9 December 2018

Singapore International Foundation (SIF) is seeking applications for its Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) Programme 2019 to inspire, equip and enable the youth of different nationalities to embark on social enterprises (SEs) in Singapore and beyond.

Through the YSE programme, participants will learn from leading social entrepreneurs, business professionals and other youth who are keen on social innovation, while expanding their networks for potential collaborations for good.

Admitted participants will attend a 4-day YSE Workshop held in March 2019 in Singapore, and pitch for a chance to be shortlisted into the YSE programme, which includes a mentorship scheme; overseas study visit and an opportunity to pitch for funding.


Ecosystem – Join an international ecosystem of changemakers including like-minded individuals, corporates, practitioners and successful entrepreneurs

Mentorship – Gain access to industry experts and professionals for mentorship

Overseas study visits – Embark on overseas study visit to gain insights

Grants – Develop their social enterprise with up to SGD$ 20,000 in grants!

Eligibility Criteria

SIF welcome passionate young changemakers and entrepreneurs who have great ideas and are looking to develop their SE. Join now if applicants:

Have a viable business proposition that addresses a social issue

Are committed individual or have a team (with up to 3 members who can join the programme)

Are between 18 to 30 years old (open to all nationalities)

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by an external panel of judges comprising of business professionals and practitioners, so that both the business and social impact of their SE idea will be assessed. Application is assessed based on:

Social impact: The benefits that the community receives, and potential impact to the community/issue.

Innovativeness: Creative and enterprising ideas, as well as unique aspects of the business models.

Feasibility and sustainability of the business idea/model: Viability of business idea/model.

Commitment: Applicants team and/or drive and willingness (attitude) to be committed to be a changemaker.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.


Apply for World Bank’s #Blog4Dev Competition!

Deadline: 30 November 2018

The World Bank is currently inviting applicants for its #Blog4Dev Competition. This year, for the first time, the World Bank Africa Region is hosting a regional blog competition, inviting young people from 48 countries to share their ideas for how they, and other young people, can prepare themselves for the digital economy and a technology-driven workplace.

Technological progress is constantly changing how they work, from automation to artificial intelligence. With these advancements, firms adopt of new ways of production, helping markets to expand, and societies to evolve.

While advances in technology can eliminate the need for some jobs, the World Development Report 2019 notes that it also paves the way for the creation of new jobs which will require a mix of skills – such as complex problem solving, teamwork and adaptability – to meet the increasing demand in the labor market. Skill building is particularly important in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to the world’s youngest population; every year for the next decade, as many as 11 million young people are expected to enter the labor market.


What will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?


Winning authors are eligible for several prizes, including a chance to intern at a World Bank Africa country office, or an opportunity to have applicants blog published on the World Bank Africa blog Nasikiliza.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the #Blog4Dev contest, applicants must:

Be a citizen of any of the 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Be between the ages of 18 and 28 years of age

Currently reside in a Sub-Saharan African country

Selection Criteria

The winning submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:


Innovation and Creativity


Clarity in Writing and Presentation

Convincing and Impactful

Ideas Must be Implementable


Practicality and Relevance

Potential Impact on Development

Potential Impact on Jobs

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their entries online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo DR,  Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit World Bank.