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About Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR)
AFR is a Rwandan not for Profit organization, established in March 2010 by the governments of the United Kingdom (UK) and Rwanda and with support from DFID, the UK Department for International Development and the World Bank. Existing funders of AFR include DFID, The MasterCard Foundation, Sweden, USAID, and KFW. AFR’s strategic focus is stimulating financial sector development by partnering with financial institutions and other stakeholders to increase access to and use of financial services. We identify and address constraints that prevent the financial market from reaching Rwanda’s low-income population, and promote innovations and learning that result in sustainable change in the financial sector. Improving access to financial services for the rural poor and women is a particular focus.
About Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA)
The Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA) is a public institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC). LODA focuses on Local Economic & Community Development, Social Protection, and capacity building of local administrative entities. It does Monitoring and Evaluation on the implementation process of development programs in Local Governments with the view of contributing to the capacity building of the population and decentralized entities as well as reducing extreme poverty in the country.
Context of the Vision Umurenge
Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP) provides income support in the form of cash transfers to over 300,000 households living in extreme poverty and those vulnerable to falling into poverty; thus enabling poor households to overcome potential financial barriers and economic shocks.
As identified in a study carried out by LODA, VUP Social Protection Payments beneficiaries do not usually receive funds within the timelines set out in the VUP guideline. The guideline requires payments to occur within 10 days of the designated payment date which in reality does not happen. The delays are caused by lengthy manual workflows that require several approvals at every stage of the payment process. This means that beneficiaries are likely unable to meet their financial obligations for the delayed period given their level of vulnerability. This project aims to remove the bottlenecks to payment and hence ensure funds are paid to beneficiaries within the prescribed 10 days.
Scope of Work
AFR and LODA would like to contract a Technical Service Provider (TSP) to support on the following:
Call for expression of interest
Interested firms (not individual consultants) are invited to submit a Capability Statement l of not more than ten pages that highlights the following:
Note: Only shortlisted firms will proceed to the next step and be provided with detailed Terms of Reference, the feasibility study report and a detailed system requirements specification document for the proposed payment platform.
Submission of Expression of Interest
Proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15th December 2017 at 17:00 Central African Time (CAT), clearly indicating the subject line: “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL PROTECTION PAYMENTS IT PLATFORM FOR THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE ENTITES DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (LODA) VISION UMURENGE PROJECT (VUP).