United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) and Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is inviting proposals for the “Take on the P.E.A.R.L” Innovation Challenge Call. The call targets businesses and organizations with innovative ideas to promote Uganda as a preferred destination for sustainable and inclusive tourism.  Proposed ideas must show a clear, inclusive, and financially viable business model as well as outline potential operational challenges faced and how suggested solutions will positively impact low-income people and local communities.  The call aims to support piloting and/or scaling of inclusive business solutions as a mechanism to recover from the impact of Covid-19 through targeted funding and/or technical assistance. Winning proposed ideas will be awarded up to US$ 40,000 in cash and/or in-kind support (goods and services).


About the Innovation Challenge Call


Uganda is endowed with abundant natural resources, a rich cultural and historical heritage which are the base for its tourism industry. However the wide range of strict “lockdown” measures to control the spread of Covid-19 resulted in significant interferences to tourism activities and United Nations in Uganda estimates that the sector is projected to lose US$5 billion in revenue over the next 5-year period (2020-2025).  Therefore, in order to address some of the crisis effects, UNDP launched the Take on the P.E.A.R.L Innovation Challenge Call.  P.E.A.R.L refers to Private-Sector Lead; Effective and Feasible solution; Additionality (from a development/donor perspective); Addressing COVID Recovery and Resilience; to Improve Livelihoods.


Who can apply?


  • Applications should be from a private sector firm or a not-for-profit social enterprise with a financially sustainable business model.
  • Applicants must be operating an inclusive business in the tourism value chain that benefits a significant number of low-income people.
  • Applicants must be able to match the prize award as part of its proposed budget (in cash or in-kind).


How to apply


  • The application documents can be obtained here.
  • Applicants must submit a completed proposal and related documents for funding to;  kampala@undp.org
  • UNDP will receive, evaluate and award successful applicants on a rolling basis until the deadline of the call.

Application deadline:  Friday 26 February 2021, 14:00 hours.

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