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DFID Wealth Creation Framework Agreement

VGM Partners is a WYG consortium member for the implementation of DFID’s Wealth Creation Framework agreement, Lot B – Rural Economic Development, Livelihoods, and Natural Resource Management.

Making DFID International Development Policy more focused on boosting economic growth and wealth creation is one of the six priorities of DFID’s Strategic Reform Plan.

DFID will support interventions with the potential to transform the business environment; reducing barriers, costs and risks of doing business, expanding markets and trade, boosting energy availability, and strengthening transport and communications. At the same time, DFID will strive to increase the level of business activity by stimulating private investment through a revitalised Commonwealth Development Community and innovative new financial instruments



  • Agricultural Productivity & Growth: Low agricultural yields hold back growth in many agricultural economies. Increased productivity can result from access to fertiliser and other inputs, irrigation, improved varieties of seeds and mechanisation (tractor usage in most parts of Africa is well behind Asia). The sustainable intensification of agriculture is invariably linked with, and dependent upon, for example: national, regional and global food policy including food safety and global standards; the provision of infrastructure; access to and sustainability of energy and water supplies; access to markets and finance, the enabling and investment climate, including that for property rights and land; building resilience to shocks through, for example, crop insurance; working with the private sector to transform small holder agriculture. Growth corridors are an example of an intervention that seeks to bring some of these issues together and bidders will be required to understand the inter-linkages between them.
  • Climate Change, Environment & Resource Scarcity: Adapting agriculture and building the resilience of poor people’s livelihoods to climate (and economic) related shocks and stresses and reduce the likelihood of people falling back into poverty; strengthening environment services and systems; the long term availability and sustainability of (water and energy) resources in the context of increasing resource scarcity – all are vital for sustainable agriculture and food security.
  • Land Reform: For the majority of the poor land is central to their chances of generating a livelihood as they work on other people’s or their own land. Land is the main vehicle for investing, accumulating wealth, and transferring it between generations. As land comprises such a large share of the asset portfolio of the poor, giving secure property rights to land they possess potentially brings significant benefits. The value increases with titled ownership, and the value can be leveraged as collateral for finance. Land reform must consider the potential impact on the poor approach and avoid negative consequences for women. 
  • Food Security and Cash Transfers: Cash Transfers targeted at poor sections of society can stabilise a family and provide resilience to future shocks. There is wide-ranging and consistent evidence that cash transfer programmes can directly lead to reduced hunger and food insecurity.  Cash transfers can help to build the resilience of poor people and invest in their livelihoods and economic activities, graduation from cash transfers to asset transfer, skills training, enterprise start up and micro finance provide a longer term route to breaking out from poverty.
  • Extractives: The extractives sector (oil, gas and mining) has the potential to deliver transformational change in resource rich developing countries. Extractives may hold the key to whether resource-rich countries achieve sustainable, broad-based growth. Strong, transparent and accountable institutions which can regulate extractive industries while promoting open markets and societies will be essential to achieve this transformation. Few countries in sub-Saharan Africa have succeeded in leveraging their endowments for widely-shared economic success. Instead, resource extraction has often been associated with negative consequences including conflict, corruption and environmental damage.  Evidence suggests that governments need to make the right decisions all along the value chain and over a sustained period of time; from prospecting to spending the revenues, in order to maximise sustainable growth and development.
DFID Fragile and Conflict Affected States Framework Agreement

DFID’s (Department for International Development) mission is to help eradicate poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Managing Britain's aid to poor countries to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals, DFID works with partner governments, multilateral and national agencies and civil society. 
DFID will seek to establish a number of Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Framework Agreements. It is anticipated that work will be commissioned to support Afghanistan (incl. Helmand), Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia, West Africa (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Cote d’Ivoire).

We are pleased to invite you to submit your CV to for the below described Thematic Groups:


A. Livelihoods, Infrastructure, basic services and private sector development


A1.  Engaging the private sector in accelerating economic and political recovery

·         Investment climate assessments

·         Attracting investment from the private sector

·         Identifying opportunities for private sector engagement in the peace and stabilization process

·         Business opportunity reviews including specific sector studies

·         Competitive assessments

·         Making markets work for the poor

·         Value chain analyses

·         Identifying innovative funding opportunities

·         Trade policy and administrative management


A2. Sustaining/building immediate livelihoods and economic recovery, including:

·         Agriculture and rural development

·         Employment and job creation including Cash for Work schemes

·         Industrial development

·         Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) development

·         Business support services

·         Banking and financial services

·         Access to finance and microfinance

·         Economic analysis


A3. Strengthening basic Infrastructure

·         Water supply and sanitation

·         Roads, bridges and public buildings

·         Rail, airports and ports

·         Telecommunications

·         Energy and power/utility management

·         Oil & gas/natural resource management

·         Social infrastructure and services including low cost housing and food security


B. Social Development and Civil Society


B1. Understanding social and political context:

·         Poverty dynamics, risk and vulnerability

·         Social exclusion

·         Inequality

·         Gender

·         The role of youth, women, the elderly and those with disabilities


B2. Building stronger and more resilient societies through formal and informal decision making, including:

·         Social policy and planning

·         Poverty Reduction Strategies and poverty data analysis

·         Poverty and Social Impact Assessments

·         Participatory and rights-based approaches

·         Community decision making

·         Social network analysis

·         Stakeholder analysis


B3. Civil society strengthening in hostile environments, including:

·         Organizational capacity building and sustainability of NGOs

·         Promoting government accountability and responsiveness

·         Service delivery models in partnership with government

·         Different aid modalities to support civil society (e.g. Challenge Funds)

·         Reducing vulnerability and addressing risk

·         Promoting gender sensitivity, inclusion and participation

·         Combating social exclusion

·         Promoting social cohesion 

·         Civilian and military relations, including humanitarian space