Call for Ideas Green Challenge UG 2020

Call for Green Challenge UG 2020

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 DanChurchAid Uganda with the support from DANIDA is launching a call for proposals in renewable energy in West Nile, Uganda with an objective to increase adoption of clean sustainable energy products by households for cooking and lighting.
This call for ideas  is open to startups, small or medium enterprises , young innovators, non-governmental organizations ( international and local) and community based organizations. The winner will be awarded a grant of up to USD 40,000 and the second and third runner up will receive a price of USD 1,000 each.
Upon receipt of the Call for ideas herein attached please inform us if you intend to submit a proposal. Please response even if negative.
You shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of the proposal and DanChurchAid Uganda will in no case be responsible or liable to these costs, regardless of the conduct or outcome of the process. DanChurchAid Uganda may for its own convenience and without charge  or liability cancel  this call for ideas at any stage


The winner will be awarded a grant of up to USD 40,000

DanChurchAid Uganda with the support from DANIDA is launching a call for proposals in renewable energy in West Nile, Uganda with an objective to increase adoption of clean sustainable energy products by households for cooking and lighting




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Over one million refugees have fled to Uganda in the last two and a half years, making Uganda the third largest refugee-hosting country in the world, with 1.36 million refugees by June 2018.  92% live in settlements alongside the local communities, mainly in northern Uganda or West Nile (Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Moyo, Lamwo and Yumbe)


Refugees and hosts are mostly dependent on natural resources to meet their basic needs for cooking energy, materials for shelter and agricultural land. Current energy practices in displacement communities are often inefficient and unsafe for people and harmful to the environment


The objective of the Green Challenge is for promotion of access and adoption of sustainable energy and green livelihoods in refugee and host communities for cooking and lighting. The application should respond to one (or more) of the following challenges in refugee and host communities in West Nile, Uganda

  1. Low adoption of sustainable energy interventions and products, addressing issues of low awareness, affordability and suitability of design of the products and solutions.
  2. Unsustainable production and poor quality of energy products



  • We offer a grant of up to USD 40,000 for the winner. Second and third runner up will receive a prize of USD 1,000 each
  • Pilot collaboration; onground support; collaboration with communities & refugee settlements in West Nile, community involvement



The call is open to startups, small or medium enterprises (SMES), youth innovators, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) both international and local) and community-based organizations (CBOS).

If you have any questions concerning your eligibility, please contact the procurement and logistics unit on



During evaluation exercise, consideration will be given to concepts and ideas with a clear potential in following areas:

  • Proposals should focus on improving adoption of existing renewable energy interventions
  • Solution should demonstrate potential for scale and impact
  • Solution should have the potential to reduce deforestation and air pollution
  • Create income and employment for refugees and host communities
  • Solution should be backed by a sustainable business and replicable business model
  • Reduce risks for women and children


The DanChurchAid Uganda will perform the technical evaluation by setting up an internal evaluation panel. If needed, the evaluation panel may consult external experts for recommendations. The final decision will be made by DCA management.


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Contents of the Proposal

 The proposal should include:

Part A - Technical proposal

  1. Description of the proposed approach, methodology, solution
  2. Describe the Technical Architecture design
  3. Describe the approach for scalability of your solution
  4. Please describe your business model and potential costs to customers
  5. Work plan with breakdown of activities
  6. Project team details
  7. Relevant experience


Part B – Financial proposal

Should include: Revenue model. Costs - setup costs, recurring costs, training costs, travel costs not exceeding USD 40,000.

Proposal submission should be a maximum of 10 pages.

TIMELINE (Duration of project implementation and meetings)



11 February 2020

Launch of the “Call for Ideas”

18 February 2020 – 10 AM EAT

Information webinar (Please write to - if interested in attending)

4 March 2020 23.59 EAT

Proposals submission deadline

5 March 2020 – 13 March 2020

Review of proposals & judge panel review

16 March 2020 – 18 March 2020

Finalist selected and notified. All participants are informed of the outcome of their submission

23 March 2020

Start of project

March 2020 – December 2020

Project implementation period/Final report submitted


Only proposals submitted to email address by 4 Mar 2020 (23.59– EAT time) will be accepted for evaluation. In case of any problems sending the proposals, please contact    Proposals, written in English, shall be submitted in electronic format (PDF) to the following address: Procurement Committee, DanChurchAid Uganda, Box 11027 Kampala Uganda: +256 392 265 594.

All form of clarifications related to this call for ideas shall be submitted by this  email , at the latest 5 calendar days prior to the submission deadline.



DanChurchAid is a not for profit organization dedicated to helping the world's poorest. We work to save lives, to build resilient communities, and to fight extreme inequality

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