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NASSCOM Foundation plans on implementing a project through NGO/for profit partners in the rural areas of Maharashtra. The objective of the project is to make agriculture and agri-allied women entrepreneurs digitally confident by the use of smartphones and other digital devices to bring them closer to the online business ecosystem.
As the social arm of NASSCOM, NASSCOM Foundation works with the technology industry in achieving its goals of social transformation and impact through technology. Since over two decades of its existence, the foundation has touched more than one million lives through its efforts towards providing digital literacy, skills for livelihood, supporting persons with disabilities, fostering innovation, empowering non-profits with technology and engaging in volunteerism.
NASSCOM Foundation’s ‘Skills Initiative and Entrepreneurship’ department works to bridge the skilling gaps and support in building and upskilling entrepreneurship ecosystem in India towards its goals of social transformation and impact through technology.
Asia and the Pacific is considered the “engine of global growth”, as it is home to six of the world’s top ten fastest growing economies. Yet, this growth is hampered by inequalities across the Asia-Pacific region, in particular gender inequalities. Hindrances, whether structural or social, limit women’s economic participation, denying communities and countries of greater socioeconomic growth that is of benefit to all elements of society. Entrepreneurship is a key means of redressing this inequality and the associated impediments to equitable, inclusive and sustainable development.
Agriculture, one of the largest contributors to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and a driving force for country’s economic development, relies heavily on women employing the largest number of women in India. Women’s continued role in agriculture is well marked, well realised, however, it is often underestimated. Close to 75% of the full-time workers on Indian farms are women.
In rural India, the percentage of women who depend on agriculture for their livelihood is as high as 84%. India’s livestock sector, which is the world’s largest livestock production systems – over 70% livestock work is done by women. Despite their large presence and their contribution, women farmers, often, are not equipped with digital literacy and online market linkages for their produces. Studies have shown that women have less access to internet, digital platforms for market linkages /selling their produces, access to Govt. schemes to support their entrepreneurship ventures, online/digital payments and organised markets when compared to their male counterparts.
This inequality comes with a social and economic cost. Research has consistently shown that the inequity in access to online market place, credit and access to government schemes impacts both the economic well-being of women farmers as well as overall agricultural output of the country. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations estimates that if women were to have the same access to productive resources as men, they would increase the yields on their farms by 20-30% and this would end up adding at least 2.5–4% to the total agricultural output in developing countries. Similar inequalities are evident in price realisation where in view of unequal access to formal markets, women often realise less price for their produce than their men counterparts.
One of the key areas for addressing inequality is to empowering the existing women agri-entreprenuers with digital literacy and support to get access to online market linkages.
|Project Commencement Date||15th May, 2022|
|Project End Date||30th September, 2022|
Inviting proposals for executing women empowerment program for 200 rural agri- entrepreneurs on using digital devices and applications to enhance their income. We are looking at implementation partner/s with below mentioned criteria:
With help of the implementation partners, we are looking at:
Interested Organization are invited to submit their proposals for the assignment, which must include the following, as detailed subsequently in this document.
The following table is an overview of the selection activities and timeline.
|RFP Release Date||14.04.21|
|Intent to proposal Email must be sent to [email protected]||18.04.22|
|Any follow up questions must be sent to [email protected]||20.04.22|
One (1) electronic copy of the RFP Response must be submitted to NASSCOM
Foundation via email by close of business date 22nd April, 5:30 PM IST to [email protected]
|Bid comparisons / Vendor finalization||26.04.22|
|Nature/ Scope of work||Identifying 200+ women agripreneurs from the rural areas of Maharashtra.|
Conduct baseline survey & need assessment of the women
beneficiaries along with preparation of implementation plan
Mobilization and enrolment agripreneurs (existing)
Ensuring basic education of the women beneficiaries, so
that they can understand/comprehend the training sessions (particularly digital onboarding)
Pre & post assessment of women beneficiaries
Setting up required Infrastructure for the batchwise training for the 200+ women beneficiaries.
Monthly progress report
Training of 200+ rural women agripreneurs on the usage of digital technology (ICT) for business communication, access to government schemes, market linkages, making online payments, and leveraging the use of smartphones to bring women closer to the online business ecosystem
End line assessment to measure and assess the progress
of the project against the desired output & outcomes.
Human impact Stories (case-studies)enterprises by women – 50 stories Weekly & Monthly reporting on all parameters of program execution along with Narrative and comprehensive reports.
Configuration and usage of UPI accounts for women
|2||Proposals Requested by||NASSCOM Foundation, Plot 7 to 10, Sector 126, Noida –2013|
|3||Period of Validity of Proposal||The proposals shall be valid for a period of 120 days from the date of submission.|
|4||Currency to be utilized (for submitting financial proposal)|
Budget Breakup to be
enclosed as annexure
|INR 21.40 Lacs (Rupees twenty-one lacs forty thousand only*)|
*Project Proposal Cost to be under to INR 21.40 Lacs (Rupees twenty-one lacs forty thousand only)
– all inclusive
|5||Tenure of Contract||Tenure of Contract would be effective till 30th Sept’22 from the date of agreement.|
|State||No. of Women Beneficiaries|
|1.||Identifying 200+ rural women agripreneurs||15thMay’22-31st May 22|
|2.||Conduction of baseline survey, need assessment, of the beneficiaries with preparation of implementation plan, development of 30 hours training module||15thMay’22-31st May 22|
|3.||Mobilization & enrolment of 200+ beneficiaries||15thMay’22-31st May 22|
|4.||ToT of IP trainers on prescribed content||15thMay’22-31st May 22|
|5.||Training of 200+ rural women agripreneurs & mentoring the beneficiaries on markets, scheme awareness and the use of digital transformation in business and operation towards economic growth and empowerment||June-July 15th’22|
|6.||For the trained beneficiaries – Identify opportunities – create roadmap, enablement and market linkage||15th July-August’22|
|7.||End line assessment to measure and assess the progress of the project against the desired outcomes.||Sep’22|
|8.||Human impact stories (case studies) of successful enterprises by women – 50 stories||Sep’22|
|9.||Weekly & Monthly Reporting on suggested formats along with Narrative and comprehensive reports||Based on agreed frequency|
Following details to be included in the proposal:
To be filled in by the Requesting Organization:
|iii.||Tel.No./Fax No./E-mail ID|
Constitution (Society/Trust/Company – Please indicate.)
Is the organization a “For Profit Organization” or “Not for Profit Organization”
|vi.||Tax Exemption Details (If any)|
Registration details: Act under which registered, State, date of registration
Registration Number/ CIN Number with date of and address of registartion
|ix.||Does organisation has 80G Certificate|
|x.||Does Organisation has 12A Certtificate|
|xi.||Does Organisation has FCRA Certificate|
Has a Government Department/ Ministry ever blacklisted or imposed funding restrictions on the organization? (Please provide details, if yes)
Does NASSCOM FOUNDATION & your organization have had/would have any previous parnership?
Does the organization have audited Accounts & Balance Sheets for the last three years, indicating receipts, payments, closing balance, income – expenditure statements
Certificate of agency that members are not involved in political activities, nor being blacklisted
Section 2 – Approach and Methodology
– Organizational Understanding of the objectives of the Project
– Detailed approach & methodology to execute the project including work steps, Gantt chart.
Section 3 – Implementation Partner’s Training Centre Details & Technology
Section 4 – Implementation partner – Operation Structure
Resume of management team and ground team to be enclosed as annexure.
Detailed activity schedule
Detailed budget breakup to be attached, including personnel cost, mobilization cost, infrastructure readiness cost, training delivery cost etc.
Points to be noted for submission of proposals:
For the interested organization, one electronic copy of the RFP response must be submitted to NASSCOM Foundation via official email address of the authorized person of the organization by close of business Date – 22nd April’2022, 5:30 PM IST to rfpf[email protected] Please note that no personal calls or emails will be entertained in relation to the submission of the proposals.