Grants to support Business Opportunities for Young People and Women in Gambia

Grants to support Business Opportunities for Young People and Women in Gambia


This project is carried out in the framework of the “Migration Fund” programme allocated by the Italian Government. The proposed project’s overall objective is to contribute to supporting the governments in countries of origin along the main routes from Northern and Western Africa across the desert and the Mediterranean to promote more informed migration and more effective support to promote socioeconomic opportunities as part of Government of Italy’s strategy to address irregular migration and trafficking in human beings. Specifically, the project raises awareness on socio-economic opportunities and promotes empowerment as alternatives to irregular migration.

The project is articulated around two main components, an informative component and an empowerment component. The empowerment component of the project will address some of the drivers of irregular migration, including the lack of employment, the low-income and poverty. Within this framework, IOM is launching a call for grant application to support sustainable business
opportunities for young people and women through the expansion of existing small enterprises in The
Gambia. IOM intends to provide small business grants and training opportunities to micro and small enterprises.


The global objective of the call is to help the selected micro enterprises in The Gambia to reinforce their performance and ensure sustainability through capacity to innovate, to support regional development and to create jobs for young people and women in their communities. This Call is addressed to very small enterprises who would operating in different.

By doing so, the support provided is expected to result in:

  • Increased economic opportunities and jobs for young
    people and women

  • Increased project opportunities operating in the regional priorities set

  • Enhanced innovative interventions and social impact on the communities

    Eligibility Criteria

    This call for proposals is open to micro and small enterprises that meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a Gambian or migrant or refugee in a regular situation between 18 and 35
    years living in The Gambia.

  • Must have an existing business or willing to formalize his/her business.

  • The business must be a small and/or medium enterprise with at least 1 employee.

  • The business must be operating in The Gambia.

  • Applicant’s business ideas/enterprise must align with national development priorities.

  • The business should have potential to employ one-two individuals.

    Evaluation of the Application

    The applications will be further evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Feasibility of the project and sustainability (25%)

  • Potential for the number of jobs created with focus on youth and women (15%)

  • Alignment with national development priorities and relevance to the local context (20%)

  • Innovative and creative projects (10%)

  • Relevant experience and skills (10%)

  • Personal motivation (20%)

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Grants to support Business Opportunities for Young People and Women in Gambia

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