The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), through the Uganda Communications Universal Service Access Fund (UCUSAF), has launched a call for business plan proposals to establish a collaboration in the implementation of key activities under a general thematic area of skilling youths in multimedia production to enhance innovation and creativity in local content and create jobs in the creative industries in Uganda in response to widespread youth unemployment.
Therefore, the UCUSAF III programme set aside resources to be utilized under a collaborative grant framework between UCC/UCUSAF and a suitable partner to implement the project. These funds are available within the budget of Financial Year 2022/23.
Youth is a socially constructed intermediary phase that stands between childhood and adulthood. The UN defines a youth as someone between the ages of 15 and 24. In Uganda, the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (MGLSD) defines “youth” as persons aged between 18-30 years.
The National Labour Force Survey 2016/17 undertaken by the MGLSD found that most of the youth (69%) lived in rural areas and that more than two-thirds of the employed youth (68%) had neither technical skills nor specialization in training.
The youth Employment to Population Ratio (EPR) was put at 50%. EPR refers to the proportion of youth aged 18-30 years that are employed. In the study, EPR was said to be 59% among males and 42% among females.
These statistics show that much needs to be done to empower the youth with skills and knowledge to improve their livelihoods.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) youth report of 2014 stated that for the youths to take advantage [or harness the use] of ICT opportunities, they increasingly need training not just in basic computer use, but in multimedia content creation and production, as well as skills in communication, entrepreneurship, and collaboration.
Youth are media‐oriented in that their subcultures are informed by, as well as expressed through, a wide array of content such as videos, texts, images, music, and lifestyle.
Based on the above facts, UCC/UCUSAF is seeking to collaborate with a suitably qualified stakeholder or consortium of stakeholders with the requisite qualifications, resources, competencies, and experience as per the eligibility criteria and statement of requirements presented in this call.
The partner(s) shall implement initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges faced by the youth, especially the rampant unemployment. They should be able to unlock the youths’ potential and identify ways of transforming the youthful energy into new ideas and content, to enable them to participate in the creative economy. This planned collaboration will see UCUSAF offer technical and financial support within the available funds.
3.1 General Objective
The general objective of the scheme is to develop and build the capacity of the youth to adopt ICT tools and applications in multimedia content production and related business processes, and thereby, challenge them to improve their creativity, innovation, productivity, and competitiveness in national and international markets. The strategy aims at targeting youths that are or intend to be self-employed and self-sustaining using IT tools and skills in multimedia content creation and production.
Youth enterprises established will hopefully employ other unemployed youths hence reducing youth unemployment.
3.2 Specific Objective
This initiative targets youth groups with interest in multimedia content creation, production, creative arts, and those engaged in the entertainment business.
Eligibility of Applicants
The Fund will give preference to applicants whose Business Plan proposals highlight the following:
The grant applications will be assessed based on a 3-stage process (Administrative, Technical and Financial) process:
The UCUSAF assessment team will carry out a risk assessment of the indicated and non-indicated risks. The assessment made will consider the totality of an applicant’s submission in assessing whether a potential engagement would involve low, medium, high, or extreme risk to UCC/UCUSAF.
Required Applicant’s Legal Documents
Business Plan Requirements
The grant application is open from 5th December to 28th December 2022.
A pre–grant application meeting will be held on-line on 19th December 2022 at 10.00am. Participants should register in advance for this meeting through:https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqdO6uqjIrE9FPelvjjUNTPyAkrnFROAZN
After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting shall be obtained.
For further clarification or guidance on the grant application process, please contact telephone +256-41-2339000/+256-31-2339000 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com.
Applications should be submitted in triplicate hard copies (3 copies) by 4.00 pm on 28th December 2022 to:
The Executive Director
Uganda Communications Commission
Plot 42-44, Spring Road Bugolobi
P.O. Box 7376, Kampala
A soft copy of the proposal should also be sent to the following email address by the deadline: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal information supplied in an application will be used by UCC in accordance with the Laws of Uganda.