USAID’s VukaNow: Combating Wildlife Crime in Southern Africa Activity launches Call for Proposals

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19 October 2020

USAID’s VukaNow: Combating Wildlife Crime in Southern Africa Activity is seeking concept papers for implementation of activities designed to address a multi-faceted program that aims to significantly reduce the level of poaching and illegal trade in wildlife through innovative approaches in four geographic focus areas. VukaNow is a four-year activity financed by USAID and implemented by Chemonics International. The activity started in March 2018 and is currently anticipated to end in March 2022.

Through its Annual Program Statement (APS) No. 04, VukaNow is awarding grants to local, regional, or international not-for-profit and for-profit NGOs, associations, and private sector firms legally registered and recognized under the laws of a South African Development Community (SADC) member country.

The following themes are open for grant applications:

  • Innovative approaches to disrupting wildlife crime (poaching and trafficking)
  • Mitigating political, economic, and social drivers of wildlife crime
  • Robust investigative reporting on wildlife crime
  • Novel approaches for communities to derive benefits from combating wildlife crime taking in to account application of current legislation and mechanisms

All applications with supporting documents should be submitted on close of business 17.00 local time (South Africa) 31 March 2021.

More details on the APS can be found here: