New proposals in the Southeast

15 Dec 2009

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Call for proposals in the scope of the Diyarbakır-Batman-Siirt Development Project which began in May for Diyarbakır and Batman and in September for Siirt have ended this November.

New Horizons - Interest for proposals under the project’s rural economic growth component have been considerable in the new term. A total of 968 applications in the provinces of Diyarbakır, Batman and Siirt were submitted. Out of the total number of submissions made by both individuals and legal entities, 107 in Diyarbakır, 58 in Batman and 82 in Siirt qualified. Currently, market analyses, proposal and procurement procedures with project owners are continuing.

Grants have been issued for training programmes,plot installations and the dissemination of agricultural machines and technologies, among others. Individuals could be considered for a contributory grant of up to USD 17 500 – being equivalent to up to 50% of the overall cost of investment. Second, private corporate/business entities and established farmers’ organisations could be considered for a contributory grant award of up to USD 125 000, again being equivalent to up to 50% of the overall cost of investment.

The Diyarbakır-Batman-Siirt Development Project led by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs aims to increase agricultural productivity and income levels in the less-developed regions of Diyarbakır, Batman and Siirt in southeastern Anatolia, develop innovative strategies with real impact on the ground in these three provinces, expand rural employment opportunities and encourage individual and group initiatives of smallholders. The project also aims to improve social infrastructure, build and strengthen self-sustaining institutions and in general improve the living conditions of the rural men and women.

The project aims to achieve its goals through three integrated components. The Village Improvement Programme aims at mitigating poverty at the village level by raising awareness, educating and training farmers and investmenting in small-scale social and economic village infrastructure initiatives. The Rural Economic Growth component aims to create a transparent, efficient and sustainable market economy in the project area. This component does not only cover participating villages but all rural areas in Diyarbakır, Batman and Siirt by providing services on rural supply chain management, business intermediation and staff capacity building. Rural finance and contributory grants are also provided. The final component, Capacity Building for Employment, ensures access to better-paid employment in the emerging local economy.

The call for proposals made in the framework of the Rural Economic Growth component was repeated in both Diyarbakır and Batman when none of the applications submitted by legal entities qualified. While none of the applications submitted by legal entities in Siirt qualified, 19 submissions in Diyarbakır and 6 in Batman were found elligible. The project subjects prepared for the grant support to be provided during the Diyarbakır-Batman-Siirt Development Project are determined according to Strategic Investment Plans to be announced together with the announcement for grant application. No project which is not within the scope of Strategic Investment Plans are supported.

Evaluation of eligibility of applicants, if any, related institutions and Project are realized according to criteria of “Evaluation Table for Eligibility of Applicants and Project” under the criteria of DBSDP Grant. Criteria such as quality of applicant, characteristics of investment area, employment created by the investment, provincial master plans and preferred project subjects of the province are taken into consideration in pre-evaluations of project applications for economic investments.

UNDP is a key partner to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in the implementation of the Diyarbakır-Batman-Siirt Development Project. It facilitates project administration in terms of flow of funds, programming, accounting and audit, procurement of goods and services and quality assurance. UNDP also provides strategic development policy advice to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs based on best practices and lessons learned during the implementation at the field level. The project that started in December 2007 will be completed by the end of 2012.