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NGOs and tenders

Sun, 4 November 2012 19:45
by Musa Carter
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With other countries in Africa barring non-governmental organisation (NGO) funding due to sexual preferences, Tender Talk this week, looks at NGOs’ tender activities in the last quarter of the year.
On 30th of last month, USAid tender for supporting programmes that promote zero tolerance of Gender-based Violence (GBV) in Hardap and Kavango regions closed. This is an important tender as there is a decadence in Namibia’s moral fabric and GBV needs to be stamped out.
Having closed a tender on the 31st of last month, under MCAN 976-CDSGF, the Millennium Challenge Account, Namibia (MCA-N) has also shown itself at the forefront of the local tourism sector. This is the fourth call for applications for conservancy development support grants facility, pegged at N$57m for the eligible conservancies.
Another tender (an EOI), which touches on a lot of the sectors in Namibia, closed on the same day. The MCA-N EOI was for the procurement of goods, works, non-consulting services as per their programme procurement plan. It was basically for the services of continuing development of teachers from regional and local tourism route development, game monitoring support to conservancies. It also included GIS advisory services, training programmes surveys/studies and HIV/Aids support.
The EOI included the construction of Swakopmund Arts & Crafts Centre and the construction at Etosha National Park.
This is a milestone for the local tourism industry, as it will lead to new income generating opportunities for the Hai//Om community and the much needed infrastructure development in the Etosha National Park to the value of close to N$300m.
Included in the EOI is the supply of goods like furniture for regional study resource centres that include information technology (IT) and audio equipment, servers, software, office supplies as well as stationery/furniture.
MCA-N’s continual grants in the procurement process and development in Namibia benefits both constructors and supplies who got the tender awards and have created employment and development in the country.
On 2nd October, MCA-N also closed a tender under MCN/COM/RCQ/SA01013-E, which had requested for consultants qualified for sample selection survey supervision and data management for tracer survey of vocational trainees. With this, MCA-N covers a lot of ground in Namibia’s development in this last quarter of the year alone.
MCA-N compact provides grants for public investments in education, tourism and agriculture (livestock and indigenous natural products), was signed on 28 July 2008 between the Namibia and the US governments, acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). US$304.5m will be availed for development in the target sectors over and above current Government allocations and so will the assistance from other development partners.
Indeed, MCA-N is more active in tenders and development in Namibia as seen by their last quarter activity in the tender scene.