“Integration Made Real for Citizens”

 The East African Community Secretariat (EACS), in collaboration with the Regional Dialogue Committee (RDC) and in partnership with German Development Cooperation implemented by GIZ, is in its third year of implementation of the ‘Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa’ (IIDEA). IIDEA is an initiative which incubates small-scale regional integration projects, proposed and implemented by civil society, private sector and other interest groups in East Africa. It is cross-border in nature, with projects involving at least two EAC Partner States. IIDEA provides technical and financial support for implementation and marketing of eligible projects.

IIDEA projects put into action and showcase success stories, impacts and experiences of citizens on the implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol. This includes provisions such as the free movement of citizens, labour, goods, capital and the rights of establishment and residence of citizens in East Africa.

To this end, the EAC Secretariat and the RDC invite organisations with innovative projects and the capacity to implement them to submit their applications for support. Projects in the following specified areas are eligible: Health, trade, innovation in ICT, arts and culture and women empowerment. Please refer to the Project Concept Note for a complete statement of goals and expected results.

GIZ-EAC anticipates issuing financial support for a period of three to six months to the successful innovative proposals. Applications must be received at EAC–GIZ Offices in Arusha not later than 20th March 2018. Applications and the relevant supporting documents thereof shall be submitted in PDF format (preferred) or other electronic format to with a copy to

All preparation and submission costs are at the applicant’s expense. Any questions concerning this request for application (RFA) should be submitted in writing not later than 15 March 2018 prior to the closing date shown above to with a copy to Applicants should retain for their records one copy of all enclosures which accompany their application.

Final selection will be made in April 2018. Only successful applicants will be notified. Applications which, for technical issues or for issues of any other kind, are not received within the deadline or incomplete, will not be accepted. IIDEA will not support projects such as training, sensitisation on the EAC Common Market and/or scholarships for education on the EAC Common Market and regional integration.

Interested eligible applicants are invited to submit their innovative project proposals in the required standard application and budget forms to with a copy to by latest 20th March 2018.

The application form and all required annexes can be downloaded from the IIDEA web site at:

*There is no right for funding through EAC-GIZ Programme. All projects are evaluated according to a fixed set of criteria, and the final funding decision is made by EAC-GIZ.