GPG Business Development News May 2020

GPG developing New Business Strategy

GPG submitted two proposals to USAID’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour for work in Iraq (including Kurdistan) focusing on 1)Connecting Policymakers and Citizens to Promote Online and Offline Freedom of Expression in Iraq, and 2) Promoting the Participation and Leadership of Women and Young People in the Parliament of Kurdistan which were unsuccessful, which we largely expected as we are as yet unknown to USAID.  We will still be using this as an opportunity to develop more strategic communications with USAID so we are better placed next time a relevant business development opportunity arises.

Similarly, our bid to the UNDP for an Institutional Needs Assessment of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara (SCA) in Georgia was unsuccessful.  Although we have not yet received feedback, the assumption is that the successful tender likely went to a local organisation.

The Head of Operations and Business Development is currently working on developing a business development strategy to identify both short and long-term business development priorities.

GPG has also spent significant time exploring the option of submitting a proposal to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, focusing on Kenya and Uganda. Ultimately, we conducted significant partnership discussions and are awaiting the outcome of the bid submitted by our potential partner, Trace Kenya.

We have also had conversations with Thomson Foundation about partnering on a project on Media development in Sudan, which would be funded under the British Council SSU framework).

GPG is exploring partnering with the Near East Foundation on their USAID bid focusing Inclusive Socio-Economic Development in Beni Mellal-Khenifra, Morocco.

GPG Welcomes New Associate

We have a new Associate – Dr. Mohammed Abdelsalam Babiker is Associate Professor of International Law and Dean of the School of Law at the University of Khartoum, and founding Director of its Human Rights Centre. Professor Babiker had collaborated with GPG in the past when developing a PEA in Sudan for DFID. The teams have now reconnected with Professor Babiker and he will be supporting mostly the human trafficking Project in Sudan. Welcome to the team!