Call for Proposals – Promotion of Rural Economic Development in the Dry Corridor of Honduras

This call is closed. The deadline for submissions was July 15, 2015.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals for Promotion of Rural Economic Development in the Dry Corridor of Honduras. The total amount of funding available under this call is thirty-five million dollars ($35,000,000), to be disbursed over a period of up to six years between 2016 and 2022. All figures in this document are in Canadian dollars.

Based on the availability of funds, DFATD will fund projects valued at between five million dollars ($5,000,000) and twelve million dollars ($12,000,000) that will be implemented over a period of four to six years. Selected projects must be fully completed, including all project-reporting requirements, by February 15, 2022.

DFATD may decide to fund any number or none of the proposals submitted for consideration.

Objective

The call for proposals is designed to increase the economic opportunities of small-scale entrepreneurs and producers in the Dry Corridor of Honduras, especially women, youth and marginalized groups living in poverty.

Results

Projects funded under this call for proposals must contribute to the achievement of the following ultimate outcome:

  • Ultimate outcome: Improved economic well-being of small-scale entrepreneurs and producers in the Dry Corridor, especially women, youth and marginalized people living in poverty.

Projects must also contribute to the achievement of at least one of the two following intermediate outcomes:

  • Intermediate outcome 1: Improved business, technical and/or financing practices by small-scale enterprises, especially those led by or mainly employing women, youth and/or marginalized people living in poverty.
  • Intermediate outcome 2: Increased productivity and sales by small-scale enterprises, especially those led by or mainly employing women, youth and/or marginalized people living in poverty.

In order to better communicate to Canadians the key aggregate results of this call, DFATD has established a performance indicator to measure and demonstrate results achieved.

Applicants must use the following indicator in the Performance Measurement section of their proposal:

  • Intermediate indicator: Change in net incomes of members of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that are led by or mainly employ women, youth and/or marginalized people living in poverty in the Dry Corridor.

The applicant must also include additional indicators in the Performance Measurement section of the application form.

Definitions

By small-scale enterprises, DFATD means micro, small and medium enterprises, whether on-farm or off-farm.

By youth, DFATD means any person between the ages of 18 and 30.

By marginalized people, DFATD means people who belong to a group that faces barriers in accessing economic opportunities in Honduras, such as indigenous people.

By living in poverty, DFATD means those living under the poverty line, as defined in terms of income per person per day, and in accordance with official calculations of the poverty threshold. The condition applies to women, youth and marginalized groups in the results statements above.

Eligibility

This call for proposals is open to Canadian, international and local organizations that are legally incorporated or otherwise constituted under the law. Organizations must also meet the eligibility requirements listed on the application form.

The applicant must demonstrate at least three years of experience in managing and implementing one or more international development projects in the areas of economic or rural development that produced positive results. The applicant must also have at least three years of experience implementing one or more international development projects in Spanish-speaking Latin America, since the working language in Honduras is Spanish. At least one of the projects managed by the applicant must have had a value of three million dollars ($3,000,000) or more.

Only organizations that meet all of the eligibility requirements listed on the application form may be considered a consortium lead or individual applicant under this call for proposals. Organizations that do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements may form a consortium with another organization that does meet all of the eligibility requirements. It is not necessary for a consortium to form a separate legal entity for the purpose of applying to this call.

DFATD will only review and assess duly completed proposals. Failure to meet all of the eligibility requirements may result in the rejection of the application.

Proposal assessment

DFATD will assess all complete proposals on a comparative basis against nine main assessment criteria, which are explained further on DFATD’s website:

  1. Rationale for the initiative
  2. Managing for results and responding to risks
  3. Initiative plan
  4. Environmental sustainability
  5. Gender equality
  6. Governance
  7. Sustainability of results
  8. Financial information
  9. Organizational ability relevant to the initiative

DFATD will also assess proposals against the following additional criterion, which is further explained in the application form:

  1.  Alignment with Alliance for the Dry Corridor

Application process

  1. Please read the call for proposals Application Form with Guidelines (PDF, 440 KB, 24 pages) carefully.
  2. Complete the application form and attach the mandatory documents listed in the Eligibility Requirements section of the application form. DFATD will not accept forms or supporting documentation sent by regular mail, courier or fax. Supporting documentation that is not available in an electronic format must be scanned.
  3. Submit your proposal by July 15, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4) to callforproposals.honduras@international.gc.ca. Proposals received after this deadline will not be accepted.

After submission, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your proposal will not be considered as received.

Review process

DFATD will apply an initial merit screening against assessment criteria 1 (Rationale for the initiative), 2 (Managing for results and responding to risks) and 9 (Organizational ability relevant to the initiative). Proposals deemed unacceptable or weak will not proceed for further review.

Proposals that are deemed acceptable will be reviewed based on all the assessment criteria. From the proposals that meet all the assessment criteria, DFATD will determine which proposals or group of proposals best align with its priorities and complement other initiatives in the Dry Corridor of Honduras. The organization’s proposed contribution to the project and to the Government of Canada’s visibility could be considered as assets at this stage.

To ensure that the process is transparent and fair, DFATD will not discuss applications until all organizations have been notified of decisions with regard to their applications. However, organizations can email questions concerning the application process to callforproposals.honduras@international.gc.ca. The deadline for submitting questions was June 25, 2015. DFATD will not answer enquiries received after that date.

DFATD will acknowledge receipt of questions within five business days and will post all pertinent questions and answers concerning the process on its website. Information posted on the Development section of DFATD’s website, including the Frequently Asked Questions, represents the only official interpretation of the application process.

Organizations will be informed of the results once a decision has been made. An officer will then contact the successful applicants to discuss the details of the funding agreement. DFATD will also send an email to all unsuccessful candidates to inform them of the decision.

Supporting DFATD documentation available to applicants

Software required for completing online forms

To download, view and complete the forms, you will need version 9.1 or higher of Adobe Acrobat Reader.