Funding call: Boosting decent employment for Africa’s youth

The call is open to applicants from research-focused organizations, academia, research institutions, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations around the world. However, the applicant must have a strong presence in sub-Saharan Africa or a partnership with a sub-Saharan-based institution.


IDRC, INCLUDE, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) seek concept notes for action-oriented research aimed at informing the design of effective and innovative interventions that boost decent employment for Africa’s youth.

Nested within the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, this call is part of a series planned for the next two years to help governments, civil society, and private sector actors design effective and innovative interventions that boost economic opportunities for youth in sub-Saharan Africa.

More details

This initiative will support cutting-edge research projects that address either one of the following priority research themes:

  • Soft skills and digital jobs for youth; and
  • Effective approaches to foster work-based learning programs and mentorship.

Concept notes under each theme must address gender constraints that hold young women back from improving their economic prospects and accessing decent work.

The call seeks concept notes that are systems-oriented; innovative; grounded in practice; engage directly with key stakeholders; and have the potential to inform action in one or more countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

For more details, please refer to the call document (PDF, 322KB).

Interested in applying?

If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.

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Submission deadline: October 8, 2018