Request for Applications: Social Impact Bond to Address HIV and Pregnancy in School-going Adolescent Girls and Young Women in South Africa

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Social Impact Bond to address HIV and Pregnancy in School-going Adolescent Girls and Young Women in South Africa

20 December 2019
28 February 2020 (18h00 SA time)

Target audience: Open call for South African registered organisations/institutions who are implementers of programmes for school going adolescent girls and young women in South Africa. This includes researchers based at South African universities, science councils (including the SAMRC) and other public research organizations.

Topic: Implementation of a Social Impact Bond (SIB) to address HIV and Pregnancy in School- going Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in South Africa

There have been important advances in government policies related to sexual and reproductive health in the recent past. The Department of Basic Education has approved a new HIV and TB policy as well as policies related to learner pregnancy. The Department of Health, together with other government departments, has approved the Integrated School Health Policy. Both departments are working towards the progressive realization of the implementation of these policies in schools throughout the country.

The AGYW SIB aims to provide a working example of how to successfully implement these programmes within the school environment (not necessarily within the school’s premises). It serves to pilot a specific package of services aimed at improving outcomes for AGYW at senior school.

The SIB is a form of ‘pay for results’ model with the added benefit that private or philanthropic investors will initially fund service delivery and link their financial returns to the achievement of successful outcomes. The SAMRC has received funding from the South African National Treasury and the Department of Science and Innovation to pay for successful outcomes achieved through the AGYW SIB.

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is inviting applications for a service provider/s to partner with the SAMRC and a social investor to implement an innovative programme that addresses learner needs for sexual and reproductive health services with an emphasis on HIV prevention, Antiretroviral treatment and care and the prevention and care of learner pregnancies. This initiative will be financed and managed through the mechanism of a Social Impact Bond (SIB).

The Service provider/s will be required to provide impactful service delivery, must possess the requisite expertise, a considerable track record and management capabilities in delivering sexual and reproductive health outcomes in local communities. 

The indicative maximum budget is R 125 000 000 to R 135 000 000 to fund the total project across three districts over 3 years, inclusive of the mobilization period and the close periods.

Proposals will only be considered for funding if they meet the funding eligibility requirements as specified in the RFA document.

All applications must be submitted on the technical and financial proposal templates provided. Please see the links below for the relevant application documents. 

For further information please email Nevilene Slingers at

Application documents:

Compulsory Briefing Session

RFA: Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Social Impact Bond (SIB)

The Office of AIDS and TB Research will have a compulsory briefing session for the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Social Impact Bond (SIB) RFA released on the 20 December 2019, Reference number: SAMRC-RFA-OATR 01-2019.

The briefing session will only be held via video conferencing at the three main SAMRC offices. All potential respondents to the RFA are invited to attend. The main venue will be in Pretoria and two additional satellite venues in Cape Town and Durban. Parking will be available at these SAMRC offices. You are requested to please pre-book parking before the 20th of January 2020 by sending an email request to

Date of briefing session: 21 January 2020

Time: 10H00 - 14H00

Venue Address GPS Co-ordinates

  • Main venue
    (VC Boardroom) SAMRC Pretoria 1 Soutpansberg Road Pretoria 0001 DMS Lat : S 250 43' 57.111" DMS Long: E 280 15' 19.472" or DD Lat South: -25.732530720299994 DD Long East: 28.255409002304077
  • Satellite Venue1
    (VC Boardroom) SAMRC Cape Town Francie van Zijl Drive Parow Cape Town 7505 DMS Lat: S 330, 54', 58.986" DMS Long: E 180, 36', 16.048" or DD Lat: -33.916385 DD Long: 18.604458
  • Satellite Venue 2
    (VC Boardroom) SAMRC Durban Westville Village Market 123 Jan Hofmeyer Road Westville Durban 3630 DMS Lat: S 290 49' 38.816" DMS Long: E 300 55' 49.528" or DD Lat: -29.827449 DD Long: 30.930424600000038

Please direct any requests for information and questions/queries by email to Sindi Shangase at



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