Apply Now: USAID Funding to Aggregate Broadband Internet Demand for Better ICT4D Programs

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USAID programs are utilizing digital technology more than ever before – and the rapid expansion of mobile and internet access in the developing world holds the promise of becoming a platform for resilient economic and social growth.
However, as USAID programs become more dependent upon digital technology, the availability and cost of connectivity for USAID programs is becoming a significant barrier to fully realizing that vision.
Where internet, mobile, or telecommunications connectivity is not available, of poor quality, or priced high, USAID partners must work together with USAID missions and service providers to find enterprise driven, market based solutions to overcome these broadband Internet connectivity barriers.
The Benefits of Bandwidth Demand Aggregation
USAID missions can help address this challenge by encouraging these implementing partners to work together, share information on service quality and prices, and even create buyers’ consortia for these connectivity services.
Discovering and unlocking these opportunities for USAID programs to purchase internet, mobile, and other telecommunications services jointly in a country can provide U.S. taxpayers better value, improve service quality, and even improve the availability and price of these services for the developing country community as a whole.
Download Guide NowThe Center for Digital Development and its partner, NetHope, recently developed a how-to guide to help missions achieve these goals: Better Connectivity, Better Programs: How to Implement a Demand Aggregation Program.
Based off of experience in other countries, the How-To Guide helps USAID missions work with their implementing partners to influence service providers to take some or all of the following actions:

  • Extend internet, mobile, or other telecommunications services to un- and underserved areas
  • Improve service quality (e.g., bandwidth speed, dedicated help, faster response time)
  • Reduce the cost of service, and
  • Generate value to U.S. taxpayers

Apply Now: USAID Broadband Demand Aggregation Support IQC
Through the Digital Frontiers project, DAI seeks experienced firms to help USAID missions implement the Demand Aggregation Program Guide through the USAID Broadband Demand Aggregation Support IQC Request for Proposals.
As outlined in the How-To Guide, DAI expects the selected offerors to be able to complete all or some the following tasks as required by USAID missions:

  • Identify and group a USAID mission’s implementing partners according to needs or operations in similar geographies. This also includes the identification of non-core demand in a geographic area
  • Identify the type and quantity of connectivity services that each implementing partner is currently using and will need in the future through surveys and interviews.
  • Analyze, quantify, and consolidate implementing partner connectivity requirements. This includes identifying the total IP service spend but also identifying situations in which implementing partners have similar needs that could potentially be combined.
  • Document the telecommunications landscape at both a national and local level.
  • Translate aggregated demand information into financial terms with an eye toward presenting a potential revenue figure to service providers.
  • Present findings and opportunities to mission staff.
  • Support or lead negotiations with service providers including contacting service providers, drafting procurement requests and service agreements, coordinating implementing partner joint or consortia purchase negotiations, and directly negotiating with service providers.
  • Producing learning documents and/or success stories of demand aggregation activities.
  • Providing recommendations on how to improve the Guide and support to mission on this
    activity.

How to Respond to the Request for Proposal
Offerors wishing to respond to this RFP should review the RFP documentation and inform DAI by emailing [email protected]. Requests for clarification or additional information must be submitted in writing via email to [email protected] by June 15, 2018.
Technical proposals are limited to ten pages, excluding staff bios/CVs, past performance matrix, and cover letter. Proposals are due no later than June 29, 2018; 5pm ET, to be submitted via email to [email protected]. Please include the RFP number (2018-01) in the subject line of the email.
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