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AWEP Database RFP

AWEP Database RFP

African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program

Program Overview:

The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) is a trade and investment initiative started by the U.S. Department of State in 2010. The program provides firm-level technical support to sub-Saharan African women entrepreneurs to help them access the networks, knowledge, and capital they need to grow their businesses, export their products, and create jobs and economic growth in their countries. AWEP companies operate in the following sectors: agri-business, food processing, textiles, fashion and home decor. Some of our programming activities include the provision of firm-level technical support to connect women to procurement officers and capacity building services as well as the creation of WE-CREATE Centers designed to provide a stable environment for women and girls to gain access to vital economically empowering resources enabling businesses to build capacity and capitalize upon trade opportunities.


The purpose of the database is to help us (1) collect data via online surveys from our members (2) manage data from the online surveys in a centralized database. Leveraging data from the database, we will be able to better understand the demographic of our members. This understanding will help us design more impactful programming, advocate more effectively on behalf of our members, and eventually connect them to each other.

To start, the database will be used by the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) and the U.S. Department of State. In the future, we’d like to expand the database’s access to Embassy staff located abroad and AWEP members.

Product and service requirements

The scope of work involves using a product that can serve as a both a data collection system and web-based database platform.

Submission Guidelines

Please use the following as a guideline to format your proposal:

Deadline: Feb 25 2015

Submission Guidelines: Please submit your applications to Renee Manorat at and copy Please use the subject line: AWEP Database Service Provider Proposal

Please include:

  • Product offerings and services that meet the ability to deliver
  • Price quote on product offerings
  • Attached documentation to highlight qualifications with former organizations

Evaluation Criteria

SEAF will evaluate all proposals based on the following criteria. Only complete applications will be evaluated.

  • Overall ability to meet the needs as outlined in the project scope
  • Strong product offering and services as it relates to project scope
  • Ability to provide full implementation support or partner contact to help us facilitate full implementation of database
  • Budget and value: applicants will be evaluated on the cost of implementing their proposal


Click here for full RFP