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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: FISFAP FINAL LEARNING EXERCISE AGRA’S PARTNERSHIP MODEL IN SUPPORTING INNOVATIONS


REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(EOI-RN00628-2020- FISFAP)

TITLE OF ASSIGNMENT: FISFAP FINAL LEARNING EXERCISE AGRA’S PARTNERSHIP MODEL IN SUPPORTING INNOVATIONS

Background

In 2014, Mastercard Foundation awarded a USD 15.5 million grant to AGRA to implement the Financial Inclusion for Smallholder Farmers in Africa Project (FISFAP) over five years with the aim of improving the productivity and incomes of 728,000 smallholder farmers in Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania through enhanced access to and understanding of financial services.

Objectives

Through this FISFAP learning exercise, AGRA and Mastercard Foundation want to learn how the above-mentioned AGRA ‘value proposition’ or ‘service offering’ has contributed or failed to contribute to the success and failure of the FISFAP supported innovations. The findings will inform AGRA’s future value proposition as program developer and accelerator of innovations in building systems that work for smallholder farmers.

This proposed program final evaluative learning exercise is composed of three parts:

  1. Objective assessment of the results of the FISFAP program. What was the catalytic nature of the innovations funded by FISFAP? What have the innovations unlocked in terms of change or adaptation at private sector or government level? What scaling has been achieved? Who has been benefitting from the results and learnings generated by the innovations? Is the model of ‘demonstration of innovations’ effective?
  2. Analysis of the AGRA services in relation to the results. What can we learn about AGRA’s role in supporting innovations? What services led to which identified results? Which service offering was lacking which made some innovations unsuccessful? Which partnerships were successful in achieving which results? What can AGRA learn from FISFAP’s work in innovations and partnership development?
  3. Recommend improvements in the AGRA service offering proposed to support innovations Based on the findings from AGRA’s implementation of FISFAP, provide ideas and recommendations on how AGRA can enhance the results, the measurement of results and the communication of the results of AGRA’s work in supporting innovations; Result include demonstration effects with private sector or government, Agri-SME development and growth, policy influence or convening stakeholders. What should AGRA do more, what should AGRA stop doing, what should AGRA start doing?

The services include assessment of 22 FISFAP-funded innovations in 3 countries (Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania) and to the services provided by AGRA and its coalition of partnerships (private and public sector) in the context of the FISFAP program.

AGRA now invites eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, general qualifications of key staff, and so forth).

Download the Expression of Interest here

Expressions of interest must be sent to: procurement@agra.org  by February 21, 2020 17:00 East African Time