BRAC UK and Solar Sister are seeking an independent Evaluator (research institution or consultancy) working in the global clean energy sector to conduct an independent evaluation of a new project called ‘WE SolVE’ - Women Entrepreneurship through the Solar Value chain for Economic development in Tanzania. This 4-year programme is funded under DANIDA’s ‘Market Development Partnerships’ (DMDP) funding arrangement, with co-financing (cash & in-kind) provided by Signify & the Signify Foundation.
‘WE SolVE’ is seeking to pilot and test an innovative business and technology model, delivered in partnership, which is specifically designed to overcome the current market failures that considerably limit sales and jobs growth in last mile solar lighting value chains, and catalyse the sustained growth of the Tanzanian solar lighting sector. The partnership combines Signify’s product range, BRAC (largest NGO in the world & biggest micro-finance operator in Tanzania), financial technology innovation and Solar Sister’s women-led distribution network of trained entrepreneurs capable of significantly increasing sales. The project aims to overcome the critical financial, knowledge, transaction cost and capacity barriers faced within the solar lighting sector. Our goal is to generate significant learning and best practice which in turn has the potential to unlock the clean lighting market for 40 million people in Tanzania, and enable scale across sub-Saharan Africa, creating a further sustainable 20,000 jobs over the next 5 – 7 years. The project launched in Sept 2018 and runs until August 2022 (48 months).
Interested research institutes/ consultancies should provide a Technical Proposal (5 pages maximum) responding to this Terms of Reference by 30th April 2019. BRAC UK and Solar Sister will review the Technical Proposals and engage with prospective evaluators to select an evaluator between 30th April and 15th May 2019.
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About the Organization
BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, and today is a global leader in developing cost-effective, evidence-based poverty innovations in extremely poor, conflict-prone and post-disaster settings. These include programmes in education, healthcare, microfinance, girls’ empowerment, agriculture, human and legal rights, social enterprises, a bank, a university, and the world’s largest mobile money platform.
BRAC UK works to raise resources for BRAC’s programmes in Africa and Asia, raise awareness about BRAC across Europe and develop partnerships with local and global organisations, donor agencies, academic and research institutions and governments.
Solar Sister was founded in 2010 in Uganda “to provide women with the economic opportunity, training and support to distribute clean energy to underserved communities in Africa.” Since then, Solar Sister has launched and supported over 3,700 clean energy businesses reaching over 1.5 million people with clean energy products in underserved communities across Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.
Local women are enterprising, creative, hard working, and committed to improving the wellbeing of their families and communities. With support and training local women lead the sustainable energy for all movement and leave no one behind.
Solar Sister has been chosen as a finalist by the Zayed Future Energy Award three years in a row and was named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year.