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Call for Proposals for Research into Farm Africa and Self Help Africa’s approaches to ensuring Economic Sustainability of Interventions

Background

Farm Africa and Self Help Africa together form a consortium for funding under the UK Department for International Development’s Programme Partnerships Arrangement Scheme. Both organisations share a focus on smallholder agriculture in Africa, an emphasis on economic resilience as well as sustainable natural resource management and our community focus.

As part of our commitment to ensuring the sustainability of the interventions we employ in our programmes, Farm Africa and Self Help Africa are inviting expressions of interest from individuals or organisations with the relevant expertise to undertake a study of the economic sustainability of our approaches.

Purpose of the Research

Through a variety of deliverables and employing a variety of methods, the study will answer the following:

  1. What financing models are being used in different contexts to support smallholder farmers and what is the expected sustainability plan?
  2. What emerging evidence is there that the financing models are leading to sustainable results? What are the barriers to sustainability?
  3. What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches?
  4. In what circumstances is each approach most likely to work/ what are the preconditions for their success?
  5. What are appropriate timeframes for each of the approaches?
  6. Which approaches show greater or less scalability and what are the risks associated with the financing models?

We anticipate that this research will take approximately 20 weeks, including some field work. Bids will be assessed on a) understanding of the brief, b) appropriateness and credibility of approach, c) skills, knowledge and experience of contractor(s) and d) value for money.

Terms of reference

To submit your Expression of Interest, please review the attached Call for Tender and ensure submission of the requested documentation to Josh Meek, joshm@farmafrica.org, by close of play on the 30th June 2015.


 

Call for Proposals for Ex-post Evaluation of Farm Africa’s Rural Women’s Empowerment Project

Background

Farm Africa believes that Africa has the power to feed itself and that its smallholders hold the key to lasting rural prosperity. We work directly with smallholder farmers, pastoralists and forest-based communities to develop innovative approaches and use proven new technologies to make sustainable improvements to their livelihood activities. In addition, we support communities in adding value to their activities and linking them to markets in order to establish viable income-generating enterprises.

As part of our commitment to measure the impacts of our projects, Farm Africa is inviting Expressions of Interest for an ex-post evaluation of our Rural Women’s Empowerment Project (RWEP). Farm Africa has worked on rural women’s empowerment since 1999 in Ethiopia. RWEP was built on the experience of the preceding projects and was implement from January 2009 to December 2013 in eight districts in two regional states of Ethiopia, namely the Southern Nation Nationalities Peoples Region (SNNPR) and Oromia State.

The project goal was to reduce the structural imbalance in women’s status and welfare through the empowerment of poor rural women to play a strategic role in their economic, social and cultural life. To this effect, the project aimed to contribute to: i) improved income of rural women; ii) improved household and social status of women; and iii) reduced violation of women’s rights.

Purpose of the Research

Through a variety of deliverables and employing a variety of methods, the study will answer the following:

  1. Is there evidence that the planned objectives have been achieved/ sustained and to what extent can this be attributed to the project?
  2. What changes have taken place in the community as a result of the project, including both intended and unintended effects?
  3. To what extent have women’s roles in household decision making (e.g. over household expenditure, livelihood activities undertaken) changed since the project began? What factors support or hinder changes in these roles?
  4. Has anything else changed in the external environment which has been a crucial influencer (positive or negative) to project results?
  5. To what extent has VSLA participation been sustained? To what extent has this led to investment in income generating activities versus direct consumption? To what extent have household cash incomes increased as a result?
  6. If investment mainly for consumption is there any evidence that this supported development of social capital or prevented asset ‘disinvestment’?
  7. To what extent has the initial transfer of livestock assets led to sustainable changes in the livelihoods of the most marginalised?
  8. How have community perspectives on women’s rights/ harmful traditional practices changed? How does this vary among different groups (by sex, age, wealth group?)

 

We anticipate that this research will take approximately 30 days, including field work and submission of report. Bids will be assessed on a) understanding of the brief, b) appropriateness and credibility of approach, c) skills, knowledge and experience of contractor(s) and d) value for money.

Terms of reference

To submit your Expression of Interest, please review the attached Terms of Reference and ensure submission of the requested documentation to Claire Allan, Head of Quality and Impact (clairea@farmafrica.org), by close of play on the 30th June 2015.

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