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Expressions of Interest shall be submitted together with all the required documents to support the short listing process

PSFU invites You to a scheduled information sharing Zoom meeting on guiding applicants on how to apply under START facility Call for Proposals.  The meeting will re-occur in 5 sessions starting this Friday Jan 08,2021 then Jan 22,Feb 05, Feb 19 and Mar 05,2021 from 10am to 12noon for all the 5 sessions respectively.

 

Topic: Scheduled Zoom Meeting - guiding members how to apply under START facility CfP3 & information sharing

 

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https://zoom.us/j/97780131742?pwd=Tmh3alhDTDZuaG5xKzlOK3FHS2FxUT09

 

Meeting ID: 977 8013 1742

Passcode: CFP3

 

ABOUT START FACILITY

The Support to Agricultural Revitalization & Transformation (START) Facility is a blended finance facility providing a customized mix of business development services, project development and finance, structuring services, and financial products in the form of concessional and zero interest loans, technical assistance grants and partial credit guarantees. 

The START Facility is implemented by the United Nations Capital Development Fund in partnership with Private Sector Foundation Uganda and Uganda Development Bank Ltd. The START Facility is designed to support the implementation of the food security and nutrition component of the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) programme by improving access to finance for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agricultural value addition in Northern Uganda.

3rd Call for proposals for START Facility

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  • Through CfP3, START Facility is inviting proposals for commercially viable investment projects focused on agro-processing / value addition including, not limited to. processing plants, post-harvest handling technologies, effective storage systems, digital technologies to handling agro-processing, storage and any other agricultural value addition projects.

    Priority will be given to enterprises engaged in apiary, cassava, coffee, groundnuts, livestock, rice, sesame, sorghum, soybean and vegetables value chain projects that contribute to economic empowerment of women and youth, contribute to development of refugee hosting areas and leverage the refugee potential for local development as well as to projects that aim at reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Other agricultural value chains may also be considered.

  • Language of proposal: Proposals must be submitted in English via the online portal www.start.go.ug
  • Deadline for submission: The deadline for submission is 15th March 2021 12:00 midnight GMT+3 (Nairobi)

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Kampala, Tuesday, 8th December 2020 To address urgent, pandemic-related needs in the health care sector, The Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program is providing   more than 45,000 test kits, 1,000 medical beds, 1,000 medical mattresses, and 1,000 bed linen to the Ministry of Health. The provision of this equipment is intended to complement the Government of Uganda’s efforts to manage and curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Uganda, currently has more than 22,000 positive COVID-19 cases and has registered 206 COVID-19 related deaths, according to the online platform COVID HQ Africa (www.covidhqafrica.com).

“We hope that this contribution will support the increasing number of cases presenting at the hospitals, so that individuals receive the care and treatment they need at the various treatment centers,” Said Mr. Gideon Badagawa, Executive Director, PSFU.

 “Supporting efforts to safeguard public health amid the pandemic remains a top priority for the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program,” said Samuel Yalew Adela, Mastercard Foundation Country Head, Uganda. “Our collective work to enable the continuation of learning and the recovery of livelihoods is dependent on ensuring individuals are safe and healthy,” he added.

Alongside meeting emergency public health needs, the Mastercard Foundation Recovery and Resilience Program is working to ensure learning and businesses continue, economic recovery is supported, and innovation across sectors builds resilience within institutions, industries, and communities.

PSFU and the Mastercard Foundation are committed to supporting the Government of Uganda in its efforts in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda.

 

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The Young Africa Works Uganda Strategy implementing partners on Friday 4th December 2020 signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will serve to extend and cement the cooperation that the partners have built over the course of 2020 in implementing the Young Africa Works Strategy in Uganda.  The Ceremony was attended by representatives of Equity Bank Uganda, GOAL Uganda, Gudie Leisure Farm, Private Sector Foundation Uganda, The Innovation Village, Uganda Rural Development and Training Program, National Social Security Fund and Mastercard Foundation. 

This MOU is the formalization of collaboration among partners, which began several months ago and has proceeded amicably and effectively. Through this MoU, Equity Bank, GOAL, Gudie Leisure Farm, The Innovation Village and PSFU will become fully-fledged “institutional” partners on the Young Africa Works strategy, in the context of a meaningful and sustainable cooperation. The agreement will continue to incorporate additional partners like Uganda Rural Development and Training Program, National Social Security Fund and Centenary Bank. 

The Deputy ED of PSFU, Mr. Francis Kisirinya welcomed the progress made so far during the past year. He thanked Mastercard Foundation for being a steadfast partner to all the implementing organizations. Mr. Kisirinya reiterated the commitment of PSFU to make the most of the partnership by advocating and influencing policy makers to improve the business environment and creating linkages for implementing partners with the requisite institutions resources; in order to enhance opportunities for youth employment in Uganda. 

The partners are contributing to the Young Africa Works Strategy Uganda to create three million dignified, fulfilling and sustainable work opportunities young men and young women in Uganda in five years. This will be done by jointly tackling key challenges of youth unemployment in Uganda including; inadequate skills, inappropriate financing options, regulatory and socio-cultural barriers, limited access to knowledge networks and technology.