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Impact evaluation of the Somaliland Business Fund - Somaliland

Deadline for applications:  15 February 2016, at 12:00, Danish Time

Description: The Somaliland Business Fund (SBF) is an activity of the Somalia PSD Re-engagement Project (phase 2). The project is managed by the World Bank and co-funded by DfID, Danida and the State and Peace-Building Fund (SPF). SBF commenced operations in July 2012 and closed in December 2015. The purpose of SBF was to support SME development in Somaliland and help foster productivity, innovation, diversification and market development while ensuring development outcomes and wider socio-economic impact such as an economic growth and employment generation, particularly for women and youth. It provided a risk-sharing fund for entrepreneurs who had few alternatives for business financing and few options for business development services. It was a demand-led grant scheme with applications from all regions and sectors of the self-declared country. The Diaspora generated a large proportion of applicants given extensive outreach to Somali communities outside Somalia.

The overall objective of the impact evaluation is to assess the impact of the process and results of the SBF grant program and to draw on the lessons learned from the SBF based on the experiences gained in Somaliland combined also drawing on lessons learned and best practices regarding matching grants schemes for private sector development in other fragile environments. The outcomes and recommendations from this impact evaluation will guide the final design of the SCORE Matching Fund.

The Consultant(s) in carrying out the purpose of this evaluation will apply the DAC evaluation framework of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability to address all issues found to be pertinent to meet the stated purposes. Hereunder, but not necessarily limited to, the following activities:

  1. The consultants are expected to use the OECD criteria under relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability criteria in this evaluation.
  2. Review the SBF’s output in terms of the grants awarded for services (e.g. business and technical) and goods (e.g. equipment and materials), disbursements and completions.
  3. Analysis of the overall World Bank SOMPREPll program results matrix for the SBF as a benchmark for assessment of outcomes.
  4. Quantification of the direct outcomes: e.g. on output, employment (including for women and youth), new products, exports, and investment in enterprises receiving grants. 
  5. Assessment (quantitative and/or qualitative) of the attributable positive or negative indirect effects related to the above outcomes: for example building of sustainable domestic production and service capacity through new linkages within and between sectors, and productivity increases within vertical and lateral value chains.
  6. Assessment of longer term Impacts (direct and/or indirect developmental effects – positive and negative – in the above areas) likely to be realized down the road, and attributable to the extent possible.
  7. Outline methodology and process to analyse the design and internal processes of the SBF, based on best practices, including: the structure of governance: outreach and access: project selection and awards: grant disbursements; procurement and project implementation; management performance; and, monitoring and reporting.
  8. Estimation of total costs of grant delivery including:
    • direct grant costs
    • transaction costs of process to recipients
    • management overheads.

45 working days within three months, including 3-week data collection mission to Somaliland.  (March - June 2016)

Maximum budget: Dkk 750.000

Deadline for applications:  15 February 2016, at 12:00, Danish Time

The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the time limit shall be rejected.

Download application form here.

Contact point: Danish Embassy Nairobi/Danida Programme Office, Hargeisa
Name of Programme Officer:  Thyge Michael Poulsen
Telephone of Programme Officer:
Email of Programme Officer:  +252 (0) 634000437

Criteria for selection:
A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to be invited to submit a tender.