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8211: African Cities Research Programme  


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Tender Notice  

Contract Ref
African Cities Research Programme
This is a prior information notice for the purposes of holding an Early Market Engagement Event. DFID will be seeking a supplier(s) to provide research, research management and research procurement services. The intention is that the new contract will be operational by the end of 2018 and will run for 5 years, subject to satisfactory supplier performance. It is anticipated that the contract(s) will be worth between £15-25 million over the lifespan of the programme, with funding windows added for different areas of research as DFID interests emerge and the systems model is developed. The contract will cover a new approach to undertaking urban research. Typically, research in African cities is of a particular problem, such as energy, pollution, or transport. However, often the analysis of these problems reveals similar features such as a “lack of political will”, or “restrictive bureaucracy”. The African Cities research programme aims to move away from research in specialised sector areas to looking at cities as concentrated, complicated and integrated systems. The “city as a system”, and how underlying political economy factors can link together a series of problems, will be the starting point of research conducted under the programme. A key feature of the research in a city will be how the “political settlement”- ie the balance or distribution of power between contending social or interest groups within a city or even beyond - applies to linked problems within and across sectors.
Extension Terms
Response Required By
Mon 05 March 2018 at 12:00
Nature of Contract
Contract Start Date
Mon 17 September 2018
Contract End Date
Contract Duration (months)

 For further information please contact:

Dawn Hutchison (Procurement )
843 3207
Abercrombie HouseEaglesham Road, , , , G75 8EA
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