Welcome to the SLP’s Opportunities page: a selection of tenders for services and opportunities for sustainable businesses curated by the SLP Support team.

For businesses

The Support team seek out opportunities that can help companies in the SLP’s key sectors achieve more responsible business practices. To apply for any of the projects below, please log in to your account or register to set up your free account today.

WE4F East Africa Innovation Call

Eligible businesses: Established small and medium-sized enterprises in East Africa offering solutions that increase sustainable food production, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and / or reduce water and energy intensity of the food chain, while increasing income for smallholder farmers, women and youth. Full eligibility criteria.

Location: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Somalia

Questions deadline: N/A

Closing deadline for applications: 15 June 2021

Opportunity description:

The WE4F East Africa Innovation Call is looking for climate-friendly and resource-efficient solutions, such as the provision of products, processes, services, technologies, or business models addressing the water-energy-food nexus challenges in East Africa. These solutions may be digital or non-digital, organizational, financial, or advisory in nature. The WE4F programme is particularly interested in easily accessible, adaptive, low-cost solutions with immediate impacts and benefits for small-holder farmers and other value chain actors as well as net positive impacts on natural resources, especially water and energy.

Enterprises selected for the programme will benefit from technical support and mentorship and may qualify for results-based financing opportunities to help achieve scaling goals.

Growth Funding for Innovative Start-ups with Development Impact

Services required: BMZ is supporting young companies that are already active in a developing or emerging economy (specifically Kenya) whose business model contributes to sustainable local economic, ecological and social development.

Location: Kenya

Questions deadline: N/A

Closing deadline for applications: 15 Jul 2021

Project description:

DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, with funds from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports young companies to scale innovative business models that create positive impact and contribute to achieving the SDGs in Kenya.

Funding Conditions

• DEG provides grant co-financing of up to EUR 100,000 (and a top-up of EUR 100,000 for successful Ventures in a potential second phase).

• Matching funds equaling the amount of the grant financing must be provided by the company in the form of cash injection (from sponsors, investors). At least half of these required matching funds need to be injected as fresh equity.

• The use of funds takes place in Kenya (conclusion of contract with the Kenyan registered entity)

• The investment proposal is financially sound and the purpose of funding is clearly defined

• Entirely commercial financing of the investment project is not possible at this point (subsidiarity)

Assessment Criteria:

• Innovation: The business model is innovative with regard to the target country

• Scalability: The company has a high growth potential due to the size of the market and the target group

• Financial Sustainability: The break-even point will be reached timely (maximum within 3 years)

• Adequate Management: The company has the necessary expertise as well as management capacity and human resources to substantially scale its business

Developmental Impact:

• The business model has a significant developmental relevance
• The impact is measurable, i.e. positive effects on the target groups
• The company is contributing to reaching the SDGs by increasing local income, saving natural resources, improving access to resources and services, and creating decent jobs.

For service providers

The Support team seek out projects in sub-Saharan Africa that require the skills of the SLP’s Service Providers. To apply for any of the projects below, please log in to your account or register to set up your free account today.

Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst Fund

Services required: Experience on working on REFORESTATION, FOREST CONSERVATION or SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT in Africa.

Location: Eastern Africa

Questions deadline: N/A

Closing deadline for applications: Rolling Deadline

Project description:

The Catalyst will tackle the problem of there not being enough really strong forest conservation and restoration projects that can absorb significant private investment to have impact at scale. It will do this at a time when there is growing global investor and corporate interest in these projects, especially those in Africa.

Previous approaches have struggled to take projects to scale and sustainability, owing to limited technical capacity, inadequate markets, limiting policy frameworks, and a lack of political will. Recently there have been significant advances and reforms, and the Catalyst is designed to exploit these opportunities while supporting ongoing work to tackle remaining challenges.

Improve the Oversight Functions of Key Stakeholders in the Mining Sector

Services required: Due diligence in the mining sector (preferably Malawi’s); CSO/NGO engagement in order to ensure just resource governance

Location: Malawi

Questions deadline: N/A

Closing deadline for applications: 18 Jun 2021

Project description:

The program will provide support to organizations seeking to enhance social accountability (civic engagement) for the realization of fiscal transparency (duty bearer’s responsiveness) in the mining sector in Malawi. With an improved oversight role among key stakeholders, the elected oversight structures on Public Finance Management will be empowered to act with a common voice and enforce fiscal transparency in the sector. It is expected that the proposed initiative will meet the following objectives:

Objective 1: Mobilize CSOs, (Local and International non-governmental organizations (NGOs)) to engage duty bearers for just resource governance in mining sector; and

Objective 2: Improve processes (contracting and licensing agreements and publishing what is earned) among duty bearers in the mining sector.

Promoting the Protection of Natural Resources, Food Security and Public Health

Source: CFH Foundation

Services required: personnel training; focus on prevention rather than remediation; strengthening leadership and scientific capacity building; focus on cross boundary or regional issues or issues.

Location: Eastern Africa

Questions deadline: N/A

Closing deadline for applications: 1 Jul 2021

Project description:

The foundation supports special projects and programs of non-governmental organizations in three areas: conservation, food, and health.

While the foundation favors research, training, and technical assistance projects that:

• employ and/or train personnel from developing countries
• are led by organizations with strong records of accomplishments in a particular field and have potential for replication
• focus on regional or cross-boundary issues and opportunities
• feature collaborative partnerships embedded in strong networks
• strengthen local leadership and scientific capacity
• influence public discourse and policy
• focus on prevention rather than remediation
• attract additional support and hold promise for continuation or impact beyond the period of foundation support

Conservation and Management of Forest Resources

Services required: tree nurseries in schools and tree planting in primary and secondary schools and surrounding villages; establishment of small plantations; improving the livelihoods of communities living along forest reserves, especially beekeeping-related projects aimed at forest conservation; forest and Beekeeping research aimed at improving the conservation, management, development and sustainable use of forest and bee resources.

Location: Tanzania

Questions deadline: N/A

Closing deadline for applications: 30 Jun 2021

Project description:

Mfuko wa Misitu Tanzania utatoa ruzuku katika maeneo matatu ya kipaumbele kama

4.1 Uhifadhi, usimamizi na uendelezaji wa rasilimali misitu. Kipaumbele katika utoaji wa ruzuku kwa mwaka 2021 ni miradi inayohusu:

(i) Uanzishwaji wa vitalu vya miti shuleni na upandaji miti katika shule za msingi na sekondari na vijiji vya jirani. Waombaji wa ruzuku katika eneo hili ni shule za msingi na sekondari na ruzuku itatolewa kwa shule za msingi na sekondari kutoka wilaya 18 za mikoa 8 ya nyanda kame ambayo ni Dodoma (Wilaya za Dodoma na Chamwino); Singida (Wilaya za Ikungi na Singida); Shinyanga (Wilaya za Shinyanga na Kishapu); Simiyu (Wilaya za Bariadi na Busega); Manyara (Wilaya za Babati na Hanang); Arusha (Wilaya za Arumeru, Monduli na Longido), Kilimanjaro (maeneo ya tambarare ya Wilaya za Rombo na Same) na Kagera (Wilaya za Biharamulo, Karagwe na Ngara).

(ii) Uanzishwaji wa mashamba madogo ya miti ya kupanda (woodlots). Ruzuku itatolewa kwa mikoa yote ya Tanzania bara isipokuwa Mikoa ya Iringa, Mbeya, Njombe, Pwani na Dar es Salaam. Kigezo cha kupatiwa ruzuku kitakuwa jitihada za kupanda miti zilizooneshwa na mwombaji wa ruzuku na uwepo wa shamba linalomilikiwa kihalali na mwombaji wa ruzuku lenye ukubwa
usiopungua ekari 10.

4.2 Uboreshaji wa maisha ya jamii zinazoishi pembezoni mwa misitu ya hifadhi, hususani miradi inayohusiana na ufugaji nyuki inayolenga uhifadhi wa misitu. Maeneo ambayo yatafikiriwa kupatiwa ruzuku ni:

(i) Kuboresha uhifadhi wa misitu ya asili kupitia ufugaji nyuki katika Mikoa ya Lindi, Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa, Tabora, Shinyanga, Kigoma na Katavi. Walengwa hapa ni vikundi vya ufugaji nyuki ambavyo vitapatiwa pia mafunzo ya utengeneza mizinga bora ya nyuki. Vikundi vya wanawake na vijana vitapewa kipaumbele.

(ii) Uanzishwaji wa vituo vya ukusanyaji wa asali na mazao mengine ya nyuki katika mikoa ya Katavi, Rukwa, Geita, Tabora, Kigoma, Singida, Lindi, Mbeya, na Songwe. Walengwa hapa ni Taasisi za Serikali zikiwemo TFS na Halmashauri za Wilaya.

4.3 Utafiti wa Misitu na Nyuki unaolenga kuboresha uhifadhi, usimamizi, uendelezaji na matumizi endelevu ya rasilimali misitu na nyuki na kuongeza thamani kwa mazao ya misitu na nyuki utafikiriwa kupatiwa ruzuku. Miradi ya utafiti itakayopatiwa ruzuku inapaswa kutokana na Mpango Kabambe wa Taifa wa Utafiti wa Misitu (National
Forest Research Master Plan) na Mpango Kabambe wa Taifa wa Utafiti wa Ufugaji Nyuki (National Beekeeping Research Master Plan).

Kwa mwaka 2021, waombaji wa ruzuku katika eneo la kipaumbele cha utafiti wa misitu na nyuki ndio pekee wanaoweza kutekeleza miradi katika mikoa yote ya Tanzania Bara. Waombaji ruzuku katika maeneo mengine ya kipaumbele wanapaswa kuangalia mikoa iliyotajwa kwenye kipaumbele husika.

Technical Assistance for The Identification of Projects for The Greening and Resilience of Land


Services required: GIS analysis in Cote d’Ivoire; pilot projects; stakeholder consultations; facilitation of access to climate finance.

Location: Cote d’Ivoire

Questions deadline: N/A

Closing deadline for applications: 18 Jun 2021

Project description:

“The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), on behalf of Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) invites qualified interested firms to submit Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in the upcoming solicitation for provision of technical assistance to contribute to the definition of an approach to strengthen the resilience of the municipality of Cocody, in Côte d’Ivoire, by identifying 2 pilot projects for a) the revegetation of urban spaces, b) the restoration of mangroves in the coastal zone of the municipality, based on plant species available nationally, and adapted (resistant) to the climate of the municipality of Cocody.

The pilot projects could be both nature-based solutions projects and technological projects including the use and application of technological tools for the vegetation of urban spaces and the restoration of mangroves in the commune of Cocody in Côte d’Ivoire.

Opportunity Structure

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on behalf of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) requires the services of an institution to deliver the technical assistance. The Technical assistance is approved now and will:

i) Carry out a territorial and geo-spatial diagnosis of the commune of Cocody in Côte d’Ivoire by the use of satellite technologies;

ii) Identify the sites for the 2 pilot projects in consultation with all the stakeholders;

iii) Elaborate a portfolio of options for a) the vegetation of the urban space, b) the restoration of mangroves in the littoral zone of Cocody;

iv) Select 2 pilot projects, one for the vegetation of the urban space and another for the restoration of mangroves;

v) Write a concept note for each of the 2 identified pilot projects in order to facilitate the access to climate finance for the commune.

The complete details of the requirement will be provided in the tender documents that will be issued to bidders after this request for EOI is closed.”

Gender-Climate-Environment Call for Projects

Services required: Financing mechanisms; civil society organisation management; Gender equality/ feminist organizations

Location: Central Africa | Eastern Africa | North Africa and Middle East | Southern Africa | West Africa

Questions deadline: N/A

Closing deadline for applications: 18 Jul 2021

Project description:

The FSOF’s ambition is to contribute, by 2023, to reducing gender-based inequalities by strengthening feminist civil society organizations in partner countries of the French development and international solidarity policy.

The French Development Agency (AFD) intends to subsidize civil society organizations (CSOs) for the establishment of a mechanism for financing, strengthening and structuring feminist organizations in partner countries of the policy of development and French international solidarity whose main objective is equality between women and men (rated 2 according to the “gender” marker of the OECD DAC). The call for projects is aimed at all developing countries in which AFD has a mandate to intervene, whether in Africa, the Near and Middle East, Asia or Latin America.

Conflict and Climate Change: A New Challenge and Opportunity for Peace Building

Source: EC – Directorate General for International Partnerships DG-INTPA (former DEVCO – EuropeAid)

Services required: Capacity building; conflict sensitivity; experience of synergizing with other EU or non-EU programmes; promotion of good governance, democracy, human rights and humanitarian law; climate change mitigation.

Location: Central Africa | Eastern Africa | North Africa and Middle East | Southern Africa | West Africa

Questions deadline: N/A

Closing deadline for applications: 25 Jun 2021

Project description:

Support communities and authorities to design policies which ensure that climate change adaptation and mitigation measures take potential for conflict into account and take active steps to avoid; Help ensure that peace-building and conflict prevention efforts take due note of climate change and its consequences for the specific conflict situations they are working on; Encourage closer collaboration between climate change and peacebuilding experts and activists at regional, national and local levels with an aim to foster innovation and support to scalable, conflict sensitive innovative solutions, which tackle climate change impact and build resilience; Encourage participative conflict sensitive design and implementation of climate change responses, focused in particular on enhancing the role of civil society and empowering local climate change and conflict affected communities.

Each application has to address all of the following methodological elements:

• Clearly demonstrated knowledge of the local context and identified priority: the applicant must show a sound understanding of local context and targeted audience. Organisations have to show that they can rely on an existing network of contacts and that they can deploy in the targeted country/region.

• Conflict sensitivity and do-no-harm: the approach followed in developing the design of the proposals is expected to be conflict-sensitive, right-based, inclusive and participatory.

• Capacity-building component, transfer of know-how and sustainability: priority will be given to actions reinforcing the capacities of local communities and developing appropriate local solutions including a potential of replicability and transferability of skills. Notably, actions enabling local and informal actors to participate in the design of adaptation and mitigation climate change measures in order to support a better understanding of the local context.

• Synergies with other EU or non-EU programmes are highly recommended. Multi-level coordination and cooperation between relevant stakeholders involved is fundamental for effective and efficient delivery of results.

• Cross-cutting issues: in accordance with Article 2(4) of the IcSP Regulation, whenever possible, the following cross-cutting issues shall be reflected in the design of the proposals: the promotion of democracy, good governance, human rights and humanitarian law; non-discrimination, gender equality and women empowerment.

• The selected initiatives should contribute to create, restore or consolidate appropriate tools and mechanisms at local, national and regional level to prevent conflicts and contribute to durable peace.

• Integrated approach and cross-sectoral collaboration between the climate and conflict communities is an overarching priority of this action. The geographical scope is global, however applicants are required to address the priorities of the call by targeting a specific conflict prone country or region.