Blog: East Africa’s private entrepreneur can access Brussels to grants – The EU Pandora Box

East Africa’s private entrepreneur can access Brussels to grants – The EU Pandora Box

PANDOR (Potential Applicant Data On-Line Registration) is now the gateway to over    € 3 Billion in grant money distributed among almost 50 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.  This new form of registration is required for entrepreneurs and even potential partners wishing to take part in bids for funding opportunities in ACP countries.  The European Commission is currently changing its administrative methods to enable organisations in the private sector using funding support to participate in project development and trade in most developing countries of the world.   An EU-Africa dialogue has reviewed the European Development Fund for that continent.  Private contractors can now have better access to grant aid for their projects in sub Saharan Africa.  The programme has a number of themes including  peace and security, human rights, trade and development, fighting poverty, energy development, migration and employment, science, the information society with space technology and climate change including the Great Green Wall of the Sahara project.  In all these endeavours the EU wants to enrol the help of the private sector to help, with what is the largest aid programme in history.


The ACP action plan for 2011 to 2013 is developing increased cooperation between private corporations in both Europe and Africa for the support of projects and award of contracts into the private sector.  “Non State” organisations as private companies are known in Brussels, have always submitted their funding applications in two parts.  The applicant must set out how they will undertake the work needed and secondly they have previously had to state how well qualified their organisation and its staff are to complete the project.  Registration on the PADOR system clarifies how well resourced and qualified the applicant is to carry out the work that is expected of them.  The new data base system offers better information about applicants for participation in EuropeAid than ever before.    Registration is a bit complicated but that in its self can be an opportunity for registrants.



PADOR is therefore, an on-line system concerned with recording the identity, definition and profile of your company for the purpose of applying for grant aid.  On completion of the registration you will receive an ID number used to define the capability and experience that your organisation can contribute to African or Caribbean development projects.  Quoting your ID cuts out the need to detail your companies profile in future applications.  It also helps the European Commission to fit applicants into specific projects and become a tool for the EuropeAid programme to invite registered organisations into projects for which they are suitable.


Your organisation’s data needs to be submitted with details of the experience of Directors and staff along with financial information and corporate strategy.  Any partnerships that you already have, or wish to form on a sartorial or global basis could be important to you.  Indeed the Commission may even suggest a partnership to make a bid for a particular project.   Applications for funding will be judged in part on the details and profile that your organisation has entered into PADOR.  Omitting an aspect of your company’s skills, experience or qualifications may well cause you to be overlooked for an attractive project, so complete your registration with care and keep it updated.


Registering your organisations resources, capabilities and plans in the ACP programme constitutes a vital commercial advantage when trading in sub Saharan Africa or the Caribbean.   It opens the gate to funding opportunities in the ACP programme but also puts you out in front of the competition that have not persisted in completing the procedure.   The Foreign Direct Investment EEIG has been funded to provide help to freely advise applicants with their PADOR registration.


The Foreign Direct Investment EEIG

The Foreign Press Association

European Economic Interest Group number GE203 was registered on 26th February 2004 at Company’s House in Cardiff (see web site)

http://europa_eu/legislation_summaries/internal_market/business/company_law/l26015_en.htm The Foreign Direct Investment EEIG is a non profit based group registered for the purpose of assisting organisations with best practice in FDI using support from various international grant funding sources.


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  • Shine Africa Ministries is a faith based NGO and is working with Local partners here in Teso and Karamoja Sub-regions, the organization is looking and seeking for partnership with international agencies for help and support in the areas of: Training Opportunities, Lobbying and Advocacy, Fund raising, Partnership, Funding and Exchange Volunteer Program.

    We are seeking for friends, partners, individuals, agencies and donors who can partner with us and assist the organization in empowering the vulnerable groups in order to cause Holistic Development.

    So kindly, you can send me contacts and grant application forms from donors who are interested in funding NGO’s in Uganda.

    You can also link us to those international volunteers who are interesting in working in Uganda, we need so many friends who can come, stay and work with us here in Soroti- Eastern Uganda.

    Keep us also in your directory for future grants assistance and collaboration.

    We are also interested in partnering with your agency in order to form a strong alliance to make appositive change and we can together truthfully say that our efforts will be supported and acknowledged in improving the quality of life among all those, whom we serve.

    Particularly you can be involved in the front struggle for Lobbying and Advocacy, Fundraising, Proposal Writing, Resource mobilization, Monitoring and Evaluation of projects and programs, international volunteer exchange programs for both youth and adults, marketing and communication, looking for various types of grant makers, Organizing and managing international conferences, workshops and trainings, Serving as an intermediary of grants to members/stakeholders , looking for twinning partners for the organization a broad , opening and managing international affiliate offices of the organization and finally among other s, Grant making.

    Our humble appeal and request is that you join us in supporting shine Africa ministries Community Development Projects and Initiatives.

    May the lord bless you and your entire Nation.

    On behalf of the Shine Africa Ministries Management, I thank you all for your friendship and support.

    Yours in Jesus Christ,

    Anguria Michael.

    Program Coordinator,

    +256-772-854991/ +256-701-929754.

  • I am a 26 year old Ugandan from Sironko District, residing in Kampala. I have 3 projects already running in Eastern rural Uganda. My tree project (4 years old), my maize project (harvest in late January 2013) and fish project (fish ponds under construction). My projects have paid over 300 people in form of labour for specific activities in these projects.
    I would like to know whether you provide grants of USD 20,000+ to support the youth like me to improve their projects instead of looking for jobs which are scarce, because the loans from banks have very high interest rates, and I fear that my businesses could be lost if I approached them as has happened to many business people in my country. I will jump to the chance you provide me to take any of your staff members to the project sites for physical confirmation.

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