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Contract notice: 2020/S 034-080514: Restricted procedure: Evaluation of Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Programme

19.02.2020  10:14
Deadline for applications: 17 March 2020, at 14:00, local time

Description of the procurement:
The services consist of consultancy services related to an independent evaluation of the Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance (DSIF - previously Danida Business Finance) projects covering the period since the first evaluation in 2001, although with an emphasis on the last 10 years of operation.

The evaluation of DSIF serves learning and accountability purposes for both the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU)/DSIF and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

DSIF provides concessional loans for funding of sustainable infrastructure projects, which cannot otherwise be financed on commercial terms in developing countries. The projects have to be sustainable, support the national development plans and contribute to sustainable growth and employment in line with the sustainable development goals.

DSIF has during its 26-year lifetime financed infrastructure projects within the sectors of water and sanitation, energy, communication and transport (airports, harbours, roads and bridges), among others. DSIF provides grant-financing equivalent to 35-50 pct. of private commercial bank loans for investments in sustainable infrastructure projects in developing countries, which cannot be financed on commercial terms.

MFA is responsible for policy and for processing the funding approval of DSIF projects, including presentation to the MFA Development Policy Council for approval. IFU has the operational responsibility – from identification of projects through project development, implementation and completion, while MFA has a responsibility for financial monitoring and accountability during implementation.

Many parties interact during the management of a DSIF project. Beside the project implementing parties in the developing countries and the suppliers (often from the private sector), the Danish embassies in recipient countries are key partners. Close collaboration with the Danish embassies is critical from project identification through implementation, e.g. in relation to maximising synergies with other Danish supported activities and ensuring good and smooth cooperation with local ministries/parties.

DSIF Programme was originally evaluated by the MFA as the Danida Mixed Credits Programme in October 2001 to March 2002.

In view of the continued central role of DSIF in Danish development cooperation, the Evaluation, Learning and Quality Department of the MFA (ELK) commissions this independent evaluation.

Deadline for application: 17 March 2020, at 14:00, local time.

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