SADC Challenge Fund for Capacity Building of Women Entrepreneurs: Call for Applications

About the Opportunity:

The SADC Project on Industrialization and Women Economic Empowerment (IWEE), funded by the German Government and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the SADC Secretariat and GOPA Worldwide Consultants GmbH is launching a Challenge Fund .The Challenge Fund is implemented under the SADC Project on Industrialization and Women Economic Empowerment (IWEE) and is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as part of the CESARE programme. The competition is open to Non-profit-making organizations (NPOs) registered in the SADC Member States. Up to 16 subsidies will be offered at the value of up to EUR 20,000 each. Support can be provided to NPOs capacitating women enterprises that aim to establish new business activities or expand their existing services and products.

Benefits of the Opportunity:

  • Access to Funding

  • Access to business Development Support Access to Networks

  • Access to Mentorship & Coaching

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant NPOs have to fulfil a number of criteria during stage one of the two-step process to qualify and be shortlisted for the Challenge Fund as follows:

  • The NPO has been duly registered in a SADC Member State as a non-profit organisation for at least two consecutive (2) years prior to the application. Profitmaking organisations and government bodies or their proxy are not eligible.

  • The NPO must demonstrate compliance with all national and local laws and regulations that are relevant to its registered status and activities.

  • The applicant NPO must be directly responsible for the preparation and implementation of the action, and it cannot act as an intermediary.

  • Preference will be given to organisations established by women to support women but not to the exclusion of others that can support organisations working in sectors dominated by men or where the capacity of the organisation is extensive and with strong track records of working with women entrepreneurs.

  • The NPO must provide evidence in its project proposal of current or future women empowerment activities in one or more of the following sectors/value chains:

  1. Agro processing

  2. Mineral beneficiation

  3. Pharmaceuticals

  4. Leather

  5. Textile and clothing

  6. Tourism o Services (including ITC, business support services, services supporting cross border trade, energy, and transport)

Application Deadline:

12 August 2022

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Contact Details:


Tel: +267 395 1863


SADC House

Plot No. 54385

Central Business District

Private Bag 0095

Gaborone, Botswana

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