QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

IN RESPONSE TO THE REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA)
FOR THE PROJECT OF CREATING AND EXECUTING A PR/OUTREACH CAMPAIGN

 

1. Construction Permits

1.1. Please clarify the main project goal – is it, in general, support to the legislation adaption and efficient passing of bylaws 

Please see section B. Grant Activity Description of RFA, and in particular “Purpose and Objectives“ on page 4:

The goals of the PR/Outreach campaign are to:

- Promote the findings of the study on construction permits constraints (this study will promote recommendations and define major bottlenecks in the issuance of construction permits)
- Build support for implementation of recommendations from the study
- Advocate for urgent policy changes and stimulate policy makers to act

We anticipate that the PR Campaign should be carried out in two phases:

1. Presentation of the key findings and key recommendations of the Study on Construction Permits Constraints
2. Advocate for the changes, exerting pressure on relevant decision making institutions (using relevant public relations tools/tactics)

 

1.2. Who is the main target group for this campaign on the investor’s side: foreign or domestic investors? If we understand clearly, the point is that due to great obstacles in administration, the construction process lasts too long and in some cases it is completely stopped? Thus, investors tend to pull out from projects?

All investors are considered target groups.

 

1.3. Can you list specifically and in practical words the bylaws that USAID would like to see passed – please list them? Have these bylaws already been written?

This is irrelevant for the potential applicants in developing their projects in response to RFA, as bylaws need not to be in the focus of the campaign. Please see answer 1.1.

 

1.4. Who did USAID communicate with previously – can you list the stakeholders and their level of responsiveness (who would you mark with positive responses to USAID efforts, who with negative, and who remained neutral)?

Relevant stakeholders for each of the three areas have been outlined in RFA. However, potential applicants are expected to research further and propose project activities accordingly.

 

1.5. What is the timeline for future activities in terms of study, bylaws – what are the key dates?

Please see section B: Grant Activity Description of RFA for all relevant dates and timeframe for the campaigns. Applicants are expected to develop timeline for activities as indicated under Point 4. “Guidelines for Grant Activities” on page 8 of RFA. Bylaws need not to be in the focus of the campaign. Preliminary results of the study indicate that one of main challenges is going to be making other actors in the process (apart from local governments and line ministry), such as public enterprises ("Water supply and sewerage" public utility company, “Electric power supply” public company, “Srbijavode” public water management company), Fire Protection Unit of the Ministry of Interior, development directorates established by local governments, much more customer oriented and accountable.

 

1.6. In the RFP you state the following: The PR/Outreach campaign will support the efforts of USAID BEP, other donors, business associations, the national and local Governments and other partners.

1.6.1. Can you please list these stakeholders, or at least the most important?

Please see the answer under point 1.4.

 

1.6.2. Can we have the Study after it is finished on May the 5th, and at least one week prior to bid deadline?

The study is expected to be released by the end of May.

 

1.6.2.1 Who is working on the study? Could you please send us the main recommendations as soon as possible, as for us to have a general insight?

The authorship of the Study is irrelevant for potential bidders responding to the RFA.

 

2. Reduce the employing workers burden

2.1. Can you please provide us with more concrete examples addressing the problems you generally mentioned, to be more clear what the problems are in practice?

Applicants are expected to do further research in developing applications, in order to offer quality proposals. Applicants are encouraged to consult with White Book (pages 31-45), but also seek other sources.

 

2.2. Can you please precisely say what you mean by: Informal work (“grey and black labor market”) is pervasive (up to million people, according to various surveys), and it is expected to increase? Informal work refers to what is in Serbian known as “siva ekonomija”.

Please see previous answer.  Informal work is included in siva ekonomija.

 

2.3. What are the reasons behind your statement: Furthermore, dialogue between social partners – the Government of Serbia, employers (through associations), and employees (through trade-unions) – is underdeveloped? Forums for discussion between social partners are just a few, frequency of those discussions is low and content of discussions is too formal and focused on emergencies of the day, rather than on long term objectives.

Please see answer 2.1.

 

2.4. How would you define USAID’s general goal and desired outcome in this area? As changes in the regulations leading to more flexible labor market and reduction of financial and administrative burden on employers associated with employing workers. End goal is increase in the employment level.  

Please see section B: Grant Activity Description of RFA.

 

2.5. Can we have the Study after it is finished on May the 5th, and at least one week prior to bid deadline?

The Study is expected to be finished by August 1, 2012, as specified in the RFA.

 

2.6. Who is working on the study? Could you please send us the main recommendations as soon as possible, as for us to have a general insight?

Authorship of the Study is irrelevant for potential bidders in response to this RFA.

 

3. Access to Finance

3.1. What are the constraints that the RFP mentions are rooted in the financial system, enterprises, legislative? Please be more specific.

Please see Section B: Grant Activity Description, 3. Problem Statement - Access to Finance.

 

3.2. Can we have the National Survey of businesses?

As stated on page 6 of RFA, the National Survey of businesses is available on our web site www.policycafe.rs

 

3.3. Why and how do you see the reasons for SMEs not borrowing funds?

Please investigate further for the purpose of developing your proposals. USAID BEP’s research on access to finance for SMEs is ongoing and the results will be available once it is published.  It is envisaged that the research will be finished until the middle of the year.

 

3.4. What do you mean when you say that changes on the supply and demand side need to happen – what do you consider supply, and what demand? Please explain in practical terms and examples.

Please see previous answer.  Supply and demand refers to supply of and demand for credit.

 

3.5. If you think that campaign should be evidence based, please give us your overview of evidences, practical cases for us to better understand the issues and suggest the best way to communicate.

Please see answer 3.3.

 

4. Technical and other questions

4.1. Do you plan media buying?

If an applicant plans to do media buying, then it should describe it in the proposal.

 

4.1.1. If yes, does media buying have to be included in the overall funding (7.7 million dinars)?

Yes.

 

4.2. How long should each campaign be?

Applicants should propose duration of campaigns, but they should be within the maximum grant duration of seven months envisaged by the RFA.

 

4.3. Why did you choose specific dates for the campaign (May for the Construction Permits, June for Access to Finance, September for Labor Policy)? Is there a possibility to change these dates?

Applicants should aim to develop timeline for activities in line with the timeline provisions stated in RFA. However, timeline is indicative of the expected starting day and does not suggest that construction permit campaign should end in May, for example. Using the example of the construction permitting campaign, May is indicated as a starting point since that is the month when the study should be publically released.

 

4.4. Do you already have stakeholder mapping or do you want us to include that in the budget?

Please see section B: Grant Activity Description of RFA. If applicants feel that stakeholder mapping is necessary, it should be proposed and budgeted.  USAID BEP can provide input on the stakeholder mapping.

 

4.5. Is there any lobbying aspect to the campaign? Purpose of this outreach grant is to support public advocacy activities as outlined in the RFA.

Please see sections Purpose and Objectives for each of the three areas, and in particular the subsections “The goal of the PR/Outreach campaign”:

For Construction permits:

- Promote the findings of the study on construction permits constraints (this study will promote recommendations and define major bottlenecks in the issuance of construction permits)
- Build support for implementation of recommendations from the study
- Advocate for urgent policy changes and stimulate policy makers to act.

For Reducing the employing workers burden:Promote the findings of the Study and recommendations on policies to increase employment and workforce competitiveness

- Build support for implementation of recommendations from the study
- Inform relevant target audiences about the impacts of current labor policy environment, highlighting the effects on society, but also giving the human approach of the impacts on citizen
- Discuss necessary labor policy reforms, highlighting benefits that a reformed system would bring
- Advocate for the policy changes.

For Access to Finance:

- Present key findings of the White Paper on SME’s Access to Finance
- Building public-private dialogue on SME’s Access to Finance
- Generate media interest and consequently media reports by utilizing parts of the White Paper findings throughout the campaign
- Clarify the topic Access to Finance (create awareness and understanding of the nature of the problem)
- Advocate for suitable policy changes.

 

 

 








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