This is a prior information notice (PIN) only: publication and call for competition will be conducted once scope of work is fully defined and approved. DFID Pakistan is developing a project to help strengthen the capacity of key Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) policy and administrative bodies to identify, coordinate, and implement key governance reforms in the in line with the Government of Pakistan's ‘sustainable returns and recovery’ strategy for Temporarily Dislocated Persons (TDP) in FATA. The project aims to support relevant FATA leadership to deliver reforms in support of the sustainable returns and recovery strategy through technical assistance and policy advice. The project will be closely aligned with UNDP's current reconstruction and development assistance work in FATA, by both helping create an enabling environment for, and capitalising on opportunities created by that programme. The purpose of this notice is to conduct a ‘market test’ and engage with organisations and individuals that have experience of working in Pakistan and in particular FATA with relevant experience in this field. Specifically, the aim is to:1) Verify that a DFID supported programme would bring value added to FATA and Pakistan more broadly, and that our approach is sensible; and 2) Receive feedback and suggestions on design issues. To do this, DFID is holding an Early Market Engagement event on 16th March 2016 from 14:30 to 16:00 at DFID Pakistan's office in the British High Commission, Islamabad, with a video conference link to DFID, 22 Whitehall, London (9:30 to 11:30 UK time). The event will be structured as a round-table to allow for an interactive discussion between DFID and interested suppliers around the questions below. One representative from each interested organisation will be invited to attend. We would like to make clear that we are not soliciting formal project proposals. We will need to finalise the development of a Business Case for approval, after which we will decide whether to initiate a process to select a partner. We expect this round-table discussion would help inform that decision. To support the development of the project, we have identified a number of questions. These questions are grouped under sub-headings and responses should be kept general. General 1.Are there currently enough opportunities and political will to support key governance reforms in FATA? 2.Is the operational environment conducive to working in Peshawar (where the FATA Secretariat is based) and FATA, particularly with regard to the registration and non-objection certificate process? 3.What would be the main challenges to supporting the delivery of reforms in / for FATA? 4.What delivery models could be put in place to ensure project delivery in this fragile conflict affected environment? Design 5.Which FATA policy and administrative bodies should be prioritised for support to ensure key reforms are delivered to ensure durable returns and longer term stability and development in FATA? 6.What would be the best approach to strengthen the capacity of key FATA policy and administrative bodies to deliver key reform priorities?7.What kind of research would be necessary to ensure that any support provided is grounded in current needs and aligned with contextual shifts? Would it be possible to conduct such research in the current security and political environment in FATA? If you have any additional comments you wish to share with us, please include them within your written response. The estimated value published does not represent the intended contract value. The estimated value will be informed by the outcomes of the EME.
Africa Clean Energy (ACE) Business The Africa Clean Energy (ACE) Business programme will catalyse a market-based approach for private sector delivery of solar home system (SHS) products and services. This will lead to improved energy access for people and communities in sub-Saharan Africa currently without modern energy, with an emphasis on poor people and marginalised groups This Africa regional programme will help enterprises across Africa to supply off-grid energy products and services; and help put in place the enabling environment that facilities a market based approach to off-grid renewable energy. The ACE Business programme focuses exclusively on developing a market for individual solar home systems. It does not include community-wide and larger mini-grids, for which other DFID programmes are providing assistance. It will also exclude single solar lanterns, which have less potential than solar home systems to be transformational. Making solar home systems affordable for poorer people is an important focus for the programme. The programme will complement, not duplicate, DFID's existing programmes and related initiatives of other donors. The programme aims to overcome many of the barriers preventing the development of markets for solar home systems This regional programme would cover a range of countries where DFID is looking to support the Energy Africa campaign. The countries would be selected from: Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. The programme will cover the above 14 priority countries of the Energy Africa Campaign, where governments have signalled commitment to enabling a market-based approach to household solar programme includes two components that will be implemented by suppliers selected through a competitive process. Component 1: Technical Assistance (TA) for the Enabling Environment and Learning Facility The TA and Learning Facility will support the implementation of policy, regulatory and other actions developed by the Energy Africa Compacts. These aim to improve the enabling environment for a market-based approach to private sector delivery of solar home system (SHS) products and services. This includes: — Policy and regulatory reform: assisting governments to put in place appropriate policies and regulations, — Learning: generating and disseminating knowledge and evidence on the success factors for, and benefits of, private sector delivery of off-grid solar energy across Africa, including the application of learning — Coordination: promoting collaboration between ACE Business interventions and other relevant initiatives, and encouraging other donors to contribute towards ACE objectives and activities Component 2: Competitive Business Facility (CBF) The CBF will provide support to businesses providing SHS products and services that are in their start-up and early commercialisation phase, or more established businesses entering new markets in sub-Saharan Africa (geographically or in terms of market segment). Enterprises will be selected for support through a competitive process, where businesses compete for assistance. Support to each enterprise may include either, or both, of: — Technical assistance: supporting businesses to improve their capabilities and skills to develop, grow and take advantage of market opportunities e.g. undertaking market analysis, and developing their products, ideas, and business plans — Financing: providing access to pioneer grant financing to enterprises in their start-up and early commercialisation, and expansion phase (e.g. through partial match-funded grants) for early-stage proof of concept, enterprise start-up, business development or geographical expansion.