Developement Cooperation - the Social Fund for Development [fr]

Important notice: The 2016 call for proposals is now closed. Proposals received outside of the permitted time won’t be considered. The estimated starting date for selected projects will be 1st July 2016.

The Social Fund for Development

The French government created the Social Fund for Development (SFD) in 1993 in order to provide financial support to local communities in their development initiatives. SFD meets two goals: to contribute to poverty alleviation efforts, as well as to give the beneficiaries a chance to be directly involved in the development process.

In 2001, the French Embassy in Kenya awarded for the first time a Kshs.3M grant to a Kenyan NGO to build up livelihoods in Mathare slum, Nairobi. Since then, more than a hundred communities have been supported in taking up the challenges they were facing across the whole country.

From building classrooms in Bondo to supporting farmers in Garissa, from promoting cultural heritage in Mombasa to empowering victims of sexual violence en Kitale or Naivasha, 114 projects have been implemented under the Social Fund for Development since 2001, for a total amount of 2.6M€.

Since 2014, the Social Fund for Development in Kenya focuses on 3 areas :
- Gender;
- Education, with a French component if possible;
- Slums and poor habitat.
However, projects from other sectors and responding to specific needs from the local communities are not excluded.

The SFD is one of the main cooperation tools in Kenya. It can be adapted to the populations needs all over the country. However, the following counties are now given priority and highly encouraged to send a proposal: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu.

Click here to download the brochure (PDF - 815.1 kb).

Which projects are eligible?

• Small infrastructure projects for local development in key areas (classrooms building, community centres, technical training facilities, etc.);

• Capacity building projects (trainings, income generating activities, etc.).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to bring both of these components together in their proposals.

Projects that are not eligible

• Prestigious operations without well-defined economic or social objectives;
• Training projects with no tangible realisations;
• Punctual operations (conferences, exhibitions, fundraising events, scholarships etc.).

Who can apply?

SFD supports the efforts initiated by the communities. They can be represented by CBOs, NGOs and other independent non-profit organisations. No governmental body can be supported by the French Embassy through the Social Fund for Development.

What are the requirements?

• The amount of the required subvention should be between Ksh 1 million and Ksh 4 million;
• The beneficiary should contribute to at least 30% of the total cost of the project (either in kind or through financial contribution). Co-funding is welcome but does not replace the community’s participation;
• The duration of the project must not exceed 18 months.
• The administrative costs (including personnel costs) cannot exceed 10% of the total budget and must be fully justified.

How to apply?

To apply for funding, please download and fill in the application form and return it with the requested documents by email or post to:

Social Fund for Development
Service for Cooperation and Cultural Action
French Embassy in Kenya
Barclays Plaza- 15th floor
P.O. Box 41 784- 00100 Nairobi

Click here to download the application form (Word - 125.5 kb)

Results of the second call for proposals for 2015

The Embassy received 227 applications within the permitted time.
The many proposals received outside of the permitted time were automatically rejected.

A panel of finalists was submitted to the Steering Committee on Friday 4th September 2015. The attendants were:
• Mr. Rémi Maréchaux – Ambassador of France to Kenya
• Mr. Jean-Pierre Tutin – Cooperation and Cultural Action Counsellor (Embassy of France)
• Mrs. Marie Ménard – SFD Programme Officer (Embassy of France)
• Mr. Alain Borgel – IRD
• Mr. Yves Boudot – AFD

The Steering Committee selected 4 projects:
• Dunga Ecotourism and Environmental Youth Group – Construction of the “Wetland Gallery”, an ecotourism and bird-watching site in Dunga swamp, Kisumu county
• Kenya Albino Child Support – Construction and equipment of a technical training institute for albino youth in Illula, Uasin Gishu county
• Kituo Cha Sheria – Legal support and provision of professional training to Dhobi Women, vulnerable domestic workers in Kilimani, Nairobi county
• Wale Wale Kenya – Support to development of audiovisual activities (film-making, music-recording) for vulnerable children in Ayany Estate, Kibera, Nairobi county

Dernière modification : 19/08/2016

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