Invitation to bid: Engaging diaspora communities to support youth employment in Senegal and Morocco

This Invitation to Bid is intended to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement a project on ‘Engaging diaspora communities to support youth employment in Senegal and Morocco’. Potential recipients or consortiums of recipients are being invited to develop a project proposal based on the background and guidance detailed below and in the ‘Invitation to Bid’ document.

Background

IFAD’s goal is to empower poor young rural women and men in developing countries to improve their incomes and food security. To do this, IFAD is working with diaspora organizations in mobilising investments for the creation and development of rural enterprises providing young rural people better access to employment opportunities and strengthening their resilience. Diaspora communities fulfil a key development role in their countries of origin, mainly as major direct investors in emerging industries, particularly in fragile countries, and as philanthropists. Whether through remittances, savings or investments, migrant workers possess a powerful set of instruments to change their own lives and the lives of those back home. This is at the core of the contribution of migrant workers to rural development and poverty alleviation.

Migrations particularly affect rural youth in search of opportunities with consequences on the short term on productivity of rural households, ageing and gender effects on villages population, and, on the longer term, consequences on food security and sovereignty at local and national levels. Empirical evidences show that investments in rural areas and agriculture can mitigate the negative effects of migrations on rural localities when properly channelled to support long term agriculture productivity and resilience, eventually leading youth to consider migration as a choice rather than a necessity.

A preparatory workshop on “Engaging diaspora communities to support youth employment in Senegal and Morocco” was held at IFAD on April 08, 2016, to discuss the issue of diaspora investment in rural regions of origins, identify needs and challenges, and share best practices on previous and current initiatives in this field. Supporting documents distributed at the workshop as well as main key points originated at the workshop can be downloaded here.

Objectives

1. The goal of the proposed project is to promote inclusive and sustainable growth by supporting employment opportunities for rural youth in Senegal and Morocco. This will be done by leveraging the commitment of the diaspora in Italy towards their communities of origin, and facilitating viable investments and knowledge transfer in the target countries.

2. Specific project objectives include:

– Promote rural youth employment (wage employment and self-employment);

– Stimulate the use of migrant’s investment in local rural development;

– Facilitate the transfer of knowledge, skills and innovations from migrants and migrants’ associations to the communities of origin.

The grant will enable the applicant to structure a package of financial and non-financial services to support youth-oriented diaspora investments. The project budget includes a matching grant facility to contribute to the investment project costs .

Funding and duration

The IFAD funding for this proposal is provided through a grant which will be subject to review and clearance by IFAD management and subsequent approval by IFAD’s Executive Board. The approved grant will be awarded to a lead organisation (which could form part of a consortium) selected as grant recipient in the amount of up to USD 1,500,000. Applicants must provide a minimum counterpart contribution of 20 per cent of the amount provided by IFAD. Co-financing (in-cash and/or in-kind) of the IFAD grant-financing amount provided by applicants and any additional co-financing is part of the selection criteria. The project duration will be five years as of the date of signature of the grant agreement by IFAD, following approval by the Executive Board which is expected by December 2016. 

Modalities of participation

The recipient(s) can be a public or a private sector entity. Governments and government agencies of developed Member States and non-Member States are not eligible. Non-profit, nongovernmental organizations in non-Member States are eligible only if a specific waiver is granted by the President of IFAD.

Each institution can decide to submit alone or jointly with other partner(s); in that case, the lead institution – who will enter into a legal agreement with IFAD – should be clearly identified and roles and responsibilities of the other partners be explicitly stated.

Complete proposal must include all documentation indicated in the ‘Invitation to Bid’ document downloadable here.

Proposals can be submitted in English or French

Interested institutions are requested to confirm by e-mail their intention to submit a proposal by 11 May 2016 23:59 CEST at the latest to [email protected] .

Proposals together with all supporting documentation must be submitted by Sunday 19 June, 23:59 CEST. Those received after the deadline will not be considered, while the ones received by the indicated deadline and deemed to be compliant with the requirements set out in this call for interest/proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the process outlined herein.

During the first two weeks ( 11- 25 May 2016)  applicants may send their questions and request for clarifications at [email protected]. Questions will then be published on this same webpage.

Applicants should be aware that receipt of grant funds are subject to IFAD’s internal clearances and approvals following the selection process. IFAD reserves the right not to appoint any successful applicants if the quality of the received applications is not deemed sufficient or does not meet IFAD requirements.

For information and questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Source: IFAD

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