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Call for Partnership Concept Papers for Sahel Agency for International Development Senegal (USAID-Dakar)
Through this Addendum to the FY2014 – FY 2015 Global Development Alliance (GDA) Annual Program Statement (APS) No.APS-OAA-14-000001 (the GDA APS), USAID/Senegal is making a special call for the submission of Concept Papers for activities related to the Mission’s Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) strategy: to increase resilience of chronically vulnerable populations in agropastoral and marginal agriculture livelihood zones of the Sahel.
Applicants should ensure that concept papers are aligned with USAID/Senegal’s resilience priorities in Burkina Faso and Niger, including the Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) and the Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG) activities. Preference will be given to concepts that show impact in the following targeted geographic areas: Tillabery, Maradi and Zinder regions in Niger and Seno, Yagha, Komondjari, Gnagna, Namentenga, Sanmatenga, Bam and Lorou provinces in Burkina Faso.
Unless otherwise specifically stated herein, all terms and conditions of the FY2014 – FY 2015 GDA APS apply (http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/get-grant-or-contract/opportunities-fund...). As stated in APS No. APS-OAA-14-000001, USAID expects to receive alliance concept papers that leverage private sector resources at a minimum of 1:1. Concept papers that do not leverage private sector resources at a level that equals or exceeds the amount of funding requested from USAID will not be considered under this announcement.
Concept papers will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until April 26, 2016. However, given USAID’s interest in addressing the above objectives as soon as possible, USAID encourages submissions well in advance of that deadline
Areas of Interest
Through this Addendum to the GDA APS, USAID/Senegal’s Sahel Regional Office seeks to develop new and innovative alliances with the private sector (including local and multinational corporations and grant-making foundations), NGOs, and academia to support the goal of increased resilience in the Sahel. USAID/Senegal will give priority to innovative projects that support one or more of the following results:
1. Diversified economic opportunity
2. Intensified production and marketing for livestock and high potential crops
3. Increased access to financial services
4. Strengthened natural resource management
5. Increased utilization of key health and nutrition services
6. Improved health and nutrition practices
7. Increased consumption of nutritious foods
Eligibility Requirements: This is a full and open competition, under which any type of organization, large or small, commercial (for- and nonprofit), faith-based and partnerships may apply. All international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), private voluntary organizations (PVOs) and consortium of local and international firms are also eligible to submit their application(s) against the RFA. USAID encourages application from potential new partners. Applicants must be a legal entity accredited or able to obtain accreditation to operate in Niger and Burkina Faso. Applicants must submit with their applications, the status of their application for registration with the host governments of Niger and Burkina Faso. Upon notification from the Agreement Officer, the apparent winner shall provide written proof of full registration within 30 calendar days. Prior to award, proof of registration or completed accreditation is required and must be submitted in writing to the Agreement Officer. Failure to meet the accreditation requirement within the 30 calendar days will disqualify the applicant and the source selection official may opt to begin negotiations with the second highly rated applicant.