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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Procurement of a Firm to Develop a Formalization and Business Development Acceleration Strategy for the Development Minerals sector in Uganda
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Government of Uganda/Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development is implementing the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme. The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is a capacity building program that aims to build the profile, and improve the management, of Development Minerals (industrial minerals; construction materials; dimension stones; and semi-precious stones). The program is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, financed by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and implemented by UNDP.
Development Minerals (traditionally known as low-value minerals and materials) are mined, processed, manufactured and used domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture. They include industrial minerals, such as limestone, gypsum and salt; construction materials, such as clay, sand and gravel; dimension stones, such as marble and granite; and semi-precious stones, such as garnet and tourmaline.
The scale of the sector is enormous. Eight of the top ten produced mineral commodities in the world are Development Minerals, which total 84% of global mineral production. The demand for Development Minerals—construction materials, dimension stones, industrial minerals and semi-precious stones—is increasing, driven by rapid urbanization, infrastructure development and industrialization in ACP countries. However, these minerals have largely been outside of the reach of policymaking, even though the sector is more labour absorptive, with higher impact on employment and poverty reduction compared to the more visible metals and high-value minerals.
Phase One of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, implemented between 2015 and 2019, successfully brought these minerals to the forefront of policymaking. Based on the lessons learned from the Programme, the second Phase of the project will continue to provide capacity development support to ASMEs, sector associations, public institutions and the social stakeholders that operate along the Development Minerals value chain in ACP countries.
The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme aims to enable Artisanal SMEs in the Development Minerals sector to achieve better livelihoods through higher employment and incomes from their mining operations. The project will ensure these objectives are met by: i) Formalizing artisanal and small-scale mining; ii) Increasing incomes of ASMEs and enhancing business development (entrepreneurial skills, access to finance, technology, markets, and market information); iii) Strengthening environmental and social safeguards in and around mining operations; iv) Supporting women-owned and -run ASMEs along the value-chain and v) Facilitating Inter-ACP knowledge exchanges.
UNDP Uganda is therefore seeking the services of a qualified firm to develop a Strategy for Formalization and Business Development Acceleration for ASMEs in the Development Minerals sector in Uganda. The consultant is expected to comprehensively address the dynamics of COVID-19 impact on the Development Minerals sector in Uganda while delivering on this assignment.
The assignments will include the following components:
Component 1: Formalization Strategy of the ASM Development Minerals sector in Uganda
Component 2: Business Development Acceleration Strategy for the Development Minerals sector in Uganda
A five-year road map and action matrix should accompany the Strategy document to facilitate collective stakeholder action towards achieving positive formalization and business development acceleration outcomes for the Development Minerals sector in Uganda.(Details in appended TORs)
Objectives of the assignment
- Identify and select the most context-appropriate approach to ASM-Development Minerals formalization in Uganda
- Identify strategies that are most appropriate to facilitate Business Development Acceleration for ASMEs in the Development Minerals sector in Uganda through Enhancing business development (entrepreneurial skills, access to finance, technology, markets, and market information)
- Provide a detailed roadmap of action by stakeholders (Private Sector, Government Actors, Development Partners, CSOs, Academia, etc.) to implement suggested actions in the strategy. The roadmap should reflect a period of five years starting from October 2020.
Priority will be given to proposals that respond to the following aspects:
- Ably reflect good understanding the Uganda context of Development Minerals
- Fully respond to the detailed criteria and all aspects of this request for proposals
- Fully meet the technical and submission guidance provided by UNDP
- All applications should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 17:00 hours on Sunday 13th September , 2020. East African Time; Attention: ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme