How to apply

Before you send in a request: check that the initiative you envisage is consistent
with the aims set out in our Getting technical assistance page.
If possible, discuss your project with the EU Delegation in your country.
The Delegation may be able to advise on ways to improve the project to increase your chances of success. This is not a requirement and may not always be practical.

The Request Process

Download the Request Form and Guidance Note.

Complete and return the Request form, with any supporting documentation, using the Contact page of this website.

Please select the subject line “Request for support” and write a brief covering note in the message box. The request and supporting documents can be attached to the contact form.

Africa RISE will acknowledge receipt of the request, check that it qualifies, and confirm with the relevant EU Delegation(s) and the European Commission DG International Partnerships (INTPA) that the request is consistent with the priorities of the Africa EU partnership.

If you are in doubt about whether your request is suitable for support from Africa RISE, send us a message using the contact form.

The Africa RISE project management unit and DG INTPA will evaluate the request. The Africa RISE team may contact you for any questions and clarifications necessary to properly evaluate the request.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance and impact – how well does the request align with the priorities of the EU and the country/ies to which it relates? How will it contribute towards the achievement of the target outcomes and impacts of the Africa RISE facility?

  • Feasibility – Are the targeted results realistic? Is the timescale achievable? Are key stakeholders engaged and supportive?

  • Value for money – are the planned results good value for the time and cost required to achieve them?

  • Inclusiveness – does the request take account of the potential impact on women, young people, people with disabilities?

If your request is approved by the European Commission, the request will move to implementation. If the request is rejected, you will be informed and given the reasons for rejection. You may be able to revise your request and resubmit it.


The Africa RISE team will prepare terms of reference for consultants to provide Technical Assistance. The Africa RISE team will identify a suitable expert or team of experts for approval by DG INTPA. On approval of the experts, they will be contracted and the Technical Assistance assignment will begin.

Ready to apply?

If you’d like to apply for technical assistance, upload your request and guidance form through our contact box.


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