Market survey on the local fundraising potential in Bangladesh


Save the Children (SC) is an independent child rights organization operating in Bangladesh since 1970. Its program areas span across six thematic sectors: Child Rights Governance and Child Protection, Health- Nutrition-HIV/AIDS, Child Poverty, Humanitarian and Education.

Historically, the Bangladesh Country office (SCiBD) has been reliant on funds raised through international grants and child sponsorship by its 28 Member offices.  The sources of the donations have usually been institutional donors (multilateral and bilateral), UN bodies, private foundations, corporations and individuals. In-country local fundraising has been largely ignored due to the availability of international assistance; lack of clarity with the regulatory regime; and, internal SC procedures that bar local fundraising above $50,000 per year. However, there is a consensus across members that many companies are becoming major actors in development and working together in partnership with them delivers significant shared benefits to the target communities and environment and also provides support to companies to achieve CSR and business objectives.

As per 2019-21 Strategy Plan, SCiBD would think global (holistic thinking) and act local (context-specific solutions) to build a national identity and try to diversify funding sources including domestic resource mobilization to retain and grow the strategic portfolio to reach the strategic ambition, several other factors have also prompted SCiBD to look at local resource mobilization, specifically:

  • Bangladesh’s continued growth and Middle Income status is causing donors to begin to consider phasing down their assistance. In addition, donors are increasingly directing their funds to the GoB as it strengthens its financial management capabilities;
  • The GoB’s willingness to fund NGOs through grants/contracts within their Five Year Development Plan as evidence by SCiBD’s own fundraising success;
  • A preliminary review of the legality of domestic resource mobilization by INGOs indicates that there may be scope to raise domestic resources

It is thus proposed to conduct an elaborate and detailed mapping of the local fund raising avenues and to find common grounds for approaching them for strategic long-term partnerships a consulting firm/agency will be hired on behalf of Save the Children as per following Term of Reference (ToR). 

Terms of Reference (TOR) can be downloaded from this link

Request for Proposal (RFP) can be downloaded from this link

Technical and Financial Proposal evaluation criteria can be downloaded from this link

Pre-proposal Meeting Minutes can be downloaded from this link

Submission of Proposal

Interested consulting firm/agency are requested to submit their technical & financial proposal separately in sealed envelope with the details outlines, methodology, budget plan, time frame and CVs of experts along with required legal and supporting documents as per RFP.  

A Pre-proposal meeting will take place on 8th April, 2019, 12.00PM at Save the Children, IRABOTI, Conference Room, House No. CWN(A) 35, Road No.43, Gulshan -2, Dhaka-1212. Interested consulting firm/agency are requested to attend the pre –proposal meeting.

Hard copy of sealed proposal need to be submitted in the Bid Box -1 Kept in Ground Floor(Reception) located at Save the Children office, House- CWN (A) 35, Road- 43, Gulshan-2 ,Dhaka-1212 addressing: Sr. Manager- Procurement & Supply Chain, with proposal detail “Market survey on the local fundraising potential in Bangladesh and Reference RFP No: RFP/SCI/BDCO/FY-19/00020”  written on top of the envelope latest by 24th April, 2019 sharp 02.00 PM