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Due Diligence and Technical Evaluations in Uganda

Due Diligence and Technical Evaluations in Uganda

Project title: Due Diligence and Technical Evaluation
of Matching Grant Applications

Timing: July 2017 – July 2019
Location: Uganda, Africa
Client: Skills Development Facility, Private Sector
Foundation Uganda
Sponsor: World Bank

The background

The Government of Uganda received credit from the World Bank towards implementation of the Uganda Competitive Fund for employer-led short term training to address prevailing skills imbalances and shortages in Uganda.

The opportunity

In order to ensure that the allocation of grant funding to businesses was rigorous and transparent, the PSFU sought independent contractors through a competitive tender process to conduct Due Diligence and Technical Evaluation Assessments on applications to the fund. These assessments aim to ensure that the funds are allocated to the most promising proposals and that the applicants are able to deliver on their proposals.

The solution

Sustainable Skills was selected through the competitive tender process to act as the independent assessor for the Skills Development Facility. We designed a model of due diligence and capacity assessments that draws on the frameworks and processes for quality control in Australia’s TVET system and that was underpinned by a team of exceptionally-qualified local and international consultants.

Our approach incorporates a series of desktop and field-based activities that gather evidence to underpin funding recommendations.

The benefit

This project will make it more viable for companies in Uganda of all sizes to provide industry-relevant training to their staff and to people within their value chains. It will also promote innovation in approaches to training and encourage the development of systems and processes for the recognition of prior learning and recognition of current competence. All these benefits will contribute to more sustainable economic development and to enhanced employability for Ugandan workers.