DFID: Early Market Engagement Event for Cities and Infrastructure for Growth (CIG) in Africa


Deadline: 15 February 2017

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is currently accepting applications for its Early Market Engagement Event for Cities and Infrastructure for Growth (CIG) in Uganda.

Background Developing countries need to transform their economies if they are to eradicate poverty and meet the sustainable development goals. Reliable access to power, productive cities and infrastructure are vital.


The CIG programme’s objectives are to deliver outcomes in DFID focus countries in terms of:

  • Creating productive cities,
  • Improving access to reliable and affordable power, and
  • Increased investment into infrastructure services. It will do this principally by providing politically-engaged technical assistance (TA) to governments, municipal authorities and public agencies to:
    • address constraints to private and public infrastructure investment;
    • build capabilities for sector management; and
    • support competitive cities through economic planning, smart industrial policy, urban planning and the development of municipal finance.

Programme Components

It is proposed that CIG will comprise the following components:

  • A portfolio of country TA programmes
  • Innovation and Investment Fund (I2F)
  • Results, Management and Learning (RML)

Funds Available

The UK will provide £165m over 5 years for the CIG umbrella programme to support inclusive economic growth and job creation in DFID focus countries in Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply using DFID supplier portal.

Eligible Countries

United Kingdom

Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, the Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan or Zimbabwe.

South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

For more information, please visit DFID-CIG.

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