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The concept note should not be more than five pages (plus maximum five page annexes), written in English, using font 10 Arial.

Structure and content of Concept Notes for projects

Required structure The content guidance 1. General context 1.1. Key information on the context (political, economical, social, environmental) relevant for the project and linked with the intended changes of the intervention? 1.2. Relevance of the Proposed Project to the MARP How does this project proposal meet the objectives of the MARP? How will this project proposal build on previous value chain and market access activities of your organisation? Why is continued support needed for this value chain? How will this proposal help to overcome identified constraints? What linkages are there to other value chain activities in the country and region. 1.3. Target Groups and Beneficiaries Who is the main target group of the suggested project, number and how will they be identified? Who are the ultimate beneficiaries, if different to the target groups? How many beneficiaries are expected? If the project expects replication or spill over effects to other beneficiaries and target groups please detail how this will happen. What is the expected impact be on the poor and ethnic minority communities What is the expected impact be on gender, particularly on economic opportunities of women A description of the project objectives and the expected results with a clear distinction between the levels of the objectives: key outputs, outcomes, impact. Objectives of the intervention phase: expected impact and outcomes as qualitative and quantitative changes in the described situation Description of intervention logic / outcome and impact hypothesis that explain and plausibly argue with sex disaggregated qualitative and quantitative facts and figures from context analysis how direct products /services from the project (outputs) will produce effects and changes for the target group (disaggregated where useful according to age, ethnicity, religion etc.) Short statement on how transversal themes are included in the objectives Rationale and description of the selected approach with reference to best practices and capitalisation of experience to increase feasibility Policies, structures and know-how which ensure a systematic integration of transversal themes such as gender Organisational structure of the intervention, its steering mechanisms and assessment of the most important (implementing) partners. The reasons for the selection of this particular partner and the potential value added Strategy for improving sustainability and opportunities for up scaling (e.g. government, multilateral organisations, private sector) Reflection on the stakeholder analysis (including civil society, government, interest groups), their visions, mission, interests, how they benefit from the project Roles and responsibilities of the government in particular in leading the change

2. Objectives What results shall be achieved?

3. Intervention Strategy How will the intervention be implemented?

4. Stakeholder assessment What are their influence, interests

and roles? 5. Resources What is required? Who shall contribute what? 6. Risk Management What are the key conclusions of the risk assessment? 7. Monitoring and steering How is the project monitored and steered?

process, and/or setting adequate frame conditions, mechanism of decisionmaking and accountability Resources required in terms of personnel, technology, know how, finance in relation to the objectives of the intervention, contributions of other donors and partners (subsidiary to partners' initiatives, mobilization of local resources, mechanisms for self-financing and long term outlook of partners capacities) Reflections on cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, if possible, apply Gender Responsive Budgeting Total amount required for proposed activities and expected contribution of SDC, financial planning per year (annex) Synthesis of main risks, planned measures for mitigation Reasons why the risks may be assumed and the opportunities deriving from it

Description of the results-oriented monitoring system on outcome level, timing and responsibilities for results-oriented monitoring and steering Reference to planned reviews and evaluations