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Below you will find open solicitations for partner organizations, businesses, and independent contractors.
REQUESTS FOR PROPOSAL
Investing In Women Program - Provision of Research Services
Abt Associates on behalf of the Investing in Women Program is seeking proposals from Organisations (consulting firms, think tanks, market research companies, university academics, profit-oriented companies, non-profit organizations and independent researchers) interested in providing services for the Research on Impact Investing in Women SME’s. If your Organisation chooses to lodge a “Proposal” it must be submitted on the terms of this document and the attached parts (together referred to as the “Request for Proposal” or “RFP”). The required services (the “Services”) are described in detail in Part 2 – Scope of Research Services.
RESEARCH PROPOSALS OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE
2.1. To improve the prospects for investing in women’s SMEs in Southeast Asia, more market data is needed to identify untapped market opportunities for investments. This call for research proposals aims to build impact investing industry knowledge by generating reliable data and research insights on the investable market landscape of women’s SMEs, including the environment in which they operate. Studies should be geared towards the needs of the impact investing community.
2.2. Investing in Women wishes to use this research as a basis to: expand understanding of market opportunities; map out promising growth sectors and unserved/ underserved areas; and highlight evolving approaches and tools that enhance investments opportunities for women’s SMEs.
2.3. This research seeks to explore the types of finance women entrepreneurs are accessing (or not accessing) in any or all of the three focus countries. Investing in Women is interested to understand motivations and challenges of women SMEs in accessing finance from formal sources and to uncover factors that affect their capacity to access investment capital. The research will also look at why women SMEs are accessing capital from informal sources of capital.
2.4. Additionally, data and insights gathered from the research will guide Investing in Women’s C2 impact investing activities and broader objectives of moving capital with a gender lens to Southeast Asia. This initial research may lead to longer-term research partnerships, possibly into a Phase 2 of Investing in Women (2019-2023), for example through broader longitudinal studies of women’s SMEs and the other themes of gender lens investing. Thus, there is potential and interest to build longerterm partnerships.
2.5. Under this Call for Research Proposal, funding is available for research concepts covering C2’s target markets: Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The Call for Research Proposals is also open to supporting research proposals with multiple funding sources, and/or to supporting existing work that could be expanded and deepened to support the goals of Investing in Women. Preference will be given to concept notes that provide immediate, actionable intelligence for impact investors; focus on a subset of the investable women’s SME market segment; and offer opportunities for a broader research agenda.
2.6. The proposed research work must be completed within six months from initial approval or until the end of April 2019. Allocated budget for a six-month research output is a maximum of AUD 120,000, covering all three C2 countries. An individual budget proposal covering less countries will be adjusted accordingly.
Key dates in the procurement timeline are presented below:
- 8 August 2018 – Call for Research Proposals commences
- 31 August - Deadline of submission of research concept notes
- 3 September - Shortlisting of research applications
- 5 September – Successful parties advised of need to submit a complete proposal
- 19 September – Deadline of submission of complete research proposals
- 20/21 September – Selection panel deliberations and interviews
- 24 September – Notification of successful researchers and/or organisations
- 25-28 September- Research plan and budget confirmation
- 17/18 October – Finalisation of research agreements
- Nov – March – progress reports and deliverables as agreed
- 31 March 2019 – Delivery of preliminary research outputs
- Q2-2019 – Completion of research deliverables
All enquiries or clarifications sought regarding this RFP must be directed to Investing in Women Contracts and Procurement at email@example.com
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