Terms of Reference
Knowledge Management Consultancy

1. Background
iDE is an international NGO with over 37 years of experience in designing and delivering market-based anti-poverty programs in 11 countries. We are a world leader in making markets work for the poor as well as the longest established market development specialist NGO in Bangladesh. iDE believes that markets can be a powerful force for improving smallholder prosperity by creating income and livelihood opportunities for poor rural households. iDE Bangladesh currently has eight projects in agricultural markets, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and access to finance with a focus on women’s economic empowerment and climate-smart technologies.

2. Project Background
The Women’s Economic Empowerment through Strengthening Market Systems (WEESMS) programme is a five-year (2016-2021) initiative funded by the Embassy of Sweden, designed to increase women’s participation in the labour market in rural and peri-urban Bangladesh, with a significant focus on reducing gender inequality in the country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. The programme is being implemented through a partnership of iDE Bangladesh and The Asia Foundation across six districts under the Khulna and Rangpur divisions of Bangladesh. The programme works with the sectors of home textiles and jute diversified products and processed and packaged foods.

The three outcomes of the WEESMS programme are:

Outcome 1. Improvement in enabling environment leading to increased economic participation of rural women
Outcome 2. Strengthened resilience of women-led/owned & women-oriented SMEs to overcome economic shocks
Outcome 3. Increased growth of women-led/owned & women-oriented SMEs

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