Calls for Projects

Find out about AFD Group’s calls for projects and the managers of AFD-funded programmes
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The terms “call for proposals” or “call for projects” refer to the process by which AFD Group, either directly or via a programme manager, invites prospective project initiators to apply for AFD funding for projects with verifiable impacts through a competitive tender procedure.

OUR CALLS FOR PROJECTS

AFD Calls for projects

FINANCING CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS VIA CALLS FOR PROJECTS

 

THE “NGO INITIATIVES” MECHANISM

The main aim of this mechanism is to co-finance projects or programmes put forward by French civil society organisations (CSOs) that are deployed at local level with the aim of improving how local CSOs are organised and expanding their capabilities. 

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THE SECTORAL INNOVATION FACILITY FOR NGOS (FISONG)

The FISONG, which is managed by AFD’s Operations Department, is a “call for ideas” based on themes defined in consultation with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), with the aim of encouraging CSOs from France and beyond to develop innovative practices. 

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CRISIS AND POST-CRISIS CALLS FOR PROJECTS (APCC)

Since 2013, AFD has been developing a wide range of instruments to provide a more effective response to unstable situations, including crisis and post-crisis calls for projects (APCC). APCCs are based on specifications set out by AFD and allow projects to be codeveloped with CSOs and other French and international not-for-profit organisations.

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FINANCING PRIVATE-SECTOR INNOVATION VIA CALLS FOR PROJECTS

 

PRIVATE-SECTOR INNOVATION FACILITY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE (FISP-CLIMAT)

The FISP-CLIMAT, which is managed by the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), aims to promote innovation in the climate-change sector, through projects put forward by private-sector organisations and developed in an eligible country, in partnership with local stakeholders.

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FINANCING INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS VIA CALLS FOR PROJECTS

 

THE FRENCH LOCAL AUTHORITIES FINANCING FACILITY (FICOL)

Development decisions are most effective when they are taken at local level. It is this notion that underpins the FICOL, which was set up to help French local authorities support projects in developing countries.

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FINANCING THEMED SECTORAL PROJECTS VIA CALLS FOR PROJECTS

 
AFD regularly issues themed calls for projects that are open to a range of applicants, from CSOs to private-sector organisations. Their aim is to finance projects that have a local impact in the countries in which AFD operates, in line with the key priorities set out in its Strategic Orientation Plan.

THE CALL FOR SOCIAL AND INCLUSIVE BUSINESS INITIATIVES (SIB)

The aim of the SIB call for initiatives is to finance projects that promote and develop social and inclusive entrepreneurship in the countries in which AFD operates. Projects can be put forward by private-sector organisations, including NGOs, businesses and consortia.

HOW IT WORKS

AFD Calls for projects, Peru

A FOUR-STEP PROCESS:

  1. Read the page describing the call for projects in which you are interested
  2. Download the documents relating to the call for projects
  3. Prepare your application (by gathering the information and documents you must provide in order to apply)
  4. Apply by completing the application form and submitting your documents.

 
APPLY NOW! 

NB. Applicants must register on the platform to be able to apply for calls for projects.

Before completing the form, applicants should read carefully the eligibility criteria for the call for projects in question and gather all the requisite documents.

The application form can be accessed by clicking the “Apply” button on the page for each call for projects. Applicants may only submit one application for each open call for projects. They can amend their application at any time until the call for projects is closed.

The final version of an application is submitted automatically at the time a call for projects is closed. Applicants may amend their applications at any time while a call for projects is open. They should therefore ensure that any changes are made before the call for projects is closed. Applicants can view their application once a call for projects has closed, but will no longer be able to make any changes.
 

REVIEW OF PROJECTS

Panel members process and review applications once a call for projects has ended and in line with the schedule set out in the description. Applications are short-listed by the project partners, with the aim of removing those that are missing information or documents or do not fulfil the eligibility criteria clearly set out in the description of the call for projects. The short-listed applications are then submitted for review by the panel members.

Announcement of successful applicants:
Successful applicants will be notified directly by email. Applicants who do not hear back should assume that their application has not been successful. They may of course submit further applications when new calls for projects are issued.

CURRENT AND FORTHCOMING CALLS FOR PROJECTS

AFD Calls for projects, woman, Medellin, Colombia

Current calls for proposals

Impact 2024 International

The Organising Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the French Development Agency (AFD) are launching the fourth and last session of the Impact 2024 International call for projects to promote sport as a tool for development in Africa.

Call for projects: 16th January - 13th February 2023

Who can apply? The call for projects is open to African structures (associations, foundations, local authorities, associative sports clubs, federations, CIG/ EIG, cooperatives, state structures, public structures, other declared groups) as well as French associations and foundations.

RESEARCH ON A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF THE EFFECTS OF EDUCATION ON ECOLOGICAL TRANSITIONS

AFD is launching a call for research proposals for a systematic review about the intersection of thematic issues around the education sector and ecological transitions, with a particular focus on developing and emerging countries. The review will address one of the three priority questions identified in this call, namely: the effects of education on climate change mitigation, on adaptation to climate change, or on biodiversity protection and conservation. It will gather, synthesise and evaluate the available evidence on these issues, and identify the main knowledge gaps and levers for action for development projects.
 

Opening: September 15th, 2022  Closing: November 15th, 2022
Eligibility criteria for applicant research teams: The research team must have only one main institution submitting the application and this must be an academic institution (university, research centre, lab, think tank, etc.). The application must specify the main institution of the research team and the team members’ affiliations. The applicant institution can be from any country in the world. AFD encourages applicant teams to involve partners from other organisations to complete their team and meet the requirements of this call.
 
Digital Energy Challenge Call for Projects

The Digital Energy Facility launched the Digital Energy Challenge in 2021, for a duration of four years, with an annual Call for Projects. The objective of the Challenge is to support the development of innovative solutions for energy access, the integration of renewable energy and public utility performance improvement.

Call for projects: 1st March - 30th April 2022 Notification of awards winners and bottcamp: Autumn 2022

Who can apply? The 2022 Call for Projects targets projects based in Africa and owned by:

  • Start-ups in the pre-seed phase or with early-stage activities. NGOs can apply under the Start-up category
  • Public utilities (public electricity power utilities and public Independent System Operators, power pools, regional organisations, energy regulators and rural electrification authorities) in partnership with technology/service providers.

 

Past calls for proposals

“Neighborhood Approach” Program for Vulnerable Neighborhoods in Lebanon

Agence Française de Développement is willing to finance international and national Lebanese non profit organizations to implement a program aiming at improving local development, access to urban services, and strengthening social cohesion and addressing gender inequalities in several vulnerable urban neighborhoods in Lebanon impacted by the Syrian crisis. This project will be funded through AFD Minka Middle East Initiative and Denmark’s development cooperation (DANIDA) grant.

Strengthening feminist CSOs working for gender equality in and through education

Open to French and international civil society organizations (CSOs, this call for projects aims to fund feminist civil society organizations in partner countries of French development and solidarity policy and their actions in favor of equality between women and men in and through education.

Find below all the necessary documents:

Research on strong environmental sustainability assessments in developing countries
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Building on the ESGAP methodology, AFD is seeking propositions to conduct research on sustainability assessments in a multi-country perspective in developing countries.  This call for expressions of interest is the first phase of the selection process. The aim is to fund one to two research projects, tentatively starting by the end of June 2022.

Opening: April 12th, 2022 Closing: May 27th, 2022 (20:00 GMT)
Eligible project proponents: Universities and research centers, NGOs, private foundations, international research centers and companies (including consultancy firms and individual consultants). 
Geographical areas: Developing countries, with a multi-country perspective. Special attention will be given to proposals applied in Colombia or South Africa.

 

STRENGTHENING FEMINIST CSOS WORKING IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY AGENDA IN CRISIS AND CONFLICT ZONES

AFD proposes to subsidize organizations CSOs or other non-profit organizations for the establishment of a mechanism for financing, strengthening and structuring feminist organizations whose main objective is equality between women and men. The call for projects is aimed at three areas of crisis and conflict: the Sahel, Central Africa and the Middle East, with a concentration of funding on CSOs on the African continent up to 65%, according to a defined framework.

This call is funded by the Support Fund for Feminist Organizations (FSOF) and the Minka Peace and Resilience Fund

URBAN FABRIC INITIATIVE (UFI) NAIROBI
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Within the frame of Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Program (KISIP 2), AFD is launching a call for proposals for the Urban Fabric Initiative (UFI) in Nairobi. The aim is to fund small-scale public space upgrading and community infrastructure projects co-designed and co-produced by residents and urban stakeholders, and implemented in close collaboration with local and national authorities (counties, NMS, KISIP).

Opening: January 15, 2022 Closing: February 11, 2022
Project lead:  international and national organizations, alone or in partnership with other organizations, particularly local ones
Area: Nairobi (Kenya) and settlements that were upgraded under KISIP 1 and/or will undergo intervention under KISIP 2. At least 3 and maximum 6 settlements should be targeted by the UFI Nairobi.

 

Research on scaling up Nature-based Solutions and large-scale ecological restoration

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The call for expressions of interest targets research on two related themes (one with the other in a "mainstreaming" perspective): transformative changes in development models (development of knowledge to integrate biodiversity into agricultural, land use and urban sectors and related policies) and mobilization of financial resources to support these changes.

Opening: November 26th, 2021 Closing: February 4th, 2022 (20:00 GMT)
Eligible project proponents: Universities and research centres, NGOs, private foundations, international research centres and companies (including consultancy firms and individual consultants)
Geographical areas: AFD's intervention countries, with a non-exclusive priority  given to partner countries of the Biodev 2030 initiative: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Guinea, Guyana, Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam