Request for Applications (RFA)

Country:  Bangladesh
Request for Application Number:
PRF # 18-12-06
Title of RFA:  Market Systems Strengthening for Income Generation in SAPLING

Applicants are encouraged to read this RFA in its entirety (including any and all attachments), paying specific attention to the instructions and requirements included herein. Issuance of this solicitation does not, in any way, obligate Helen Keller International to issue an award, nor does it commit Helen Keller International to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal. All recipients of this RFA shall treat all information and details included herein as private and confidential.


Helen Keller International (HKI), an international non-governmental organization (headquartered in New York, NY, USA), with a local office in Bangladesh intends to enter into multiple sub-awards for comprehensive implementation of the program entitled, “Market Systems Strengthening for Income generation in SAPLING”. This is a Request for Application (RFA), and we welcome interested organization to review the description of work and criteria that follows, and to submit an application by the Closing Time above.

 HKI was awarded a five-year cooperative agreement by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP)  to lead the Development Food Security Activity, “Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience, and Gender Equity” (SAPLING) on September 30, 2015, with the overall goal of improving gender equitable food security, nutrition and resilience of vulnerable people within five upazilas of the Bandarban District of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). To achieve this objective, HKI is working in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), CARITAS Bangladesh, three local implementing partners, individuals, communities, institutions, traditional ethnic leaders and the Government of Bangladesh.

SAPLING is implementing activities in five upazilas of Bandarban district (Thanchi, Ruma, Lama, Rowangchari, and Bandarban Sadar), all of which have a high proportion of people living in extreme poverty, with high rates of stunting and/or undernutrition. The total coverage area includes 1579 paras (villages) within 24 union and two pourashovas, many of which have limited access to markets and/or lack of sufficient market infrastructure.

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Proposal Submission Deadline:  January 20, 2018 by 4:30pm Bangladesh Time