Call for Proposals Research Grants: Promoting Specialty Textile and Fabrics in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)


International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada)

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*Call for Proposals* *Market entry studies for Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Haiti, Madagascar and Uganda*   /Promoting Specialty Textile and Fabrics in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)/   International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada)   This is a call for proposals for market entry studies. These market entry studies should analyze ways to promote exports from LDC specialty textile or fabrics to Canada. A market entry strategy is the planned methodology of delivering goods to a new target market and distributing them there. The exports in specialty textiles and fabrics incorporate local and unique knowledge and expertise that offers valuable trade opportunities from LDCs to Canadian/global markets (see www.tfocanada.ca [1]).  The studies should focus on the business case for these exports, but also pay attention to how these exports could provide employment opportunities for young, female or (where appropriate) ethnic minority entrepreneurs or workers in the country of origin (see www.idrc.ca/sig [2]).     The market entry studies will inform an audience of practitioners and policy analysts about the most updated information from the selected economic sector (specialty textiles and fabrics), the strategic relevance of the sector, provide a database of contacts of entrepreneurs in the sector, conduct structured interviews with entrepreneurs and experts, and propose practical solutions to overcome barriers to trade with Canada.      The market entry studies should include each of the following components: 1. Provide *brief overview of the specialty textile/fabrics sector* in the LDC (estimated number of producers, people engaged in the production or trade, current or estimated domestic sales or current exports, etc.). This section would illustrate the overall importance and relevance of the “niche, small-producer” export model proposed, highlighting potential gains in employment or any other social benefits as well as any major environmental risk associated with increased production. It will include: a. *existing local literature* on the subject (such as local studies, reports, or any other publication) b. *global or local initiatives* in the LDC by the government or non-government agencies that aim to promote trade of specialty textiles and fabrics to global markets. c. (optional) to the extent possible, include a simulation exercise or examples to illustrate the importance of gaining further participation of LDC producers in trade and the resulting additional value in bilateral trade with Canada and GDP for the trading partners.   2. Provide a *profile of small producers* (the initiative does not cover large enterprises engaged in mass produced textiles or fabrics). The study should identify a pool of 10 to 50 LDC small entrepreneurs as potential exporters (name and contact information such as phone and email; line of products and size of business, and any other relevant information). Data would come from available directories at the chamber of commerce or other similar associations.   3. Provide a *detailed business case strategy for entry into Canada* for an average producer in the specialty textiles/fabrics sector from the specific LDC. The paper will consider different ways in which the LDC entrepreneur/company could enter Canada. The choice of strategy should depend, but not limited to, tariff rates, exchange rates, obstacles to producing and delivering exports from the LDCs, the degree of adaptation of the product required for the Canadian market, marketing and transportation costs to Canada. a. Direct exporting may be the most appropriate strategy, and a major challenge will be that the LDC entrepreneur would need to engage local (Canada-based) agents or distributors to represent them further in that market (this is part of TFO Canada’s strategy to support small producers).   b. Besides direct exporting, other strategies can be to set up a joint venture, licensing, franchising, partnering, joint ventures, piggybacking.    4. Conduct and document one or two *focus group discussions* among 10-15 LDC entrepreneurs about their actual or potential exporting to Canada (and other countries); and several interviews with trade officials and practitioners to validate contact information and potential market entry strategies. 5. Design *a short training presentation*, customized for specialty textile and fabrics entrepreneurs to increase their awareness and potential of Canada as a destination for their goods. The presentation would include use of key information (use of infographics) to make the business case.   6. Provide a series of *recommendations *for producers, local authorities and Canadian partners in order to promote entry into Canada. *Application:* Interested individuals should submit the following to sig@idrc.ca [3]: 1. an annotated outline explaining how your study for one country will incorporate each of the 6 components outlined above; 2. a cover letter showing that you meet all eligibility requirements; 3. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)  *Closing date for applications:* Sunday March 6, 2016 (midnight EST) *Eligibility:* The individual researcher needs to have or be working towards a graduate degree in management, business or commerce. The researcher must have a deep knowledge of the market in the respective LDC (and could be residing outside LDC). *Timing:* The market entry study should be completed by June 30, 2016.  After signing of the contract, the first deliverable will be a full-blown outline for internal discussion (April 2016), followed by a full 20-page draft (June 2016), including a database of potential exporters and a power point presentation for training/information (see ToRs above). The consultant should be available for one or two Skype/remote meetings with IDRC/TFO Canada officers. *Costs:* Total costs for each research paper is CAD$15,000 for individual researchers for an estimated 30 days of full- time work over 3-month period. The research paper will include meetings in LDC (at least one validation meeting, two focus group discussions and/or one proposed training/information activity/presentation). The researcher is expected to acknowledge at least one peer reviewer from his or her professional circles. If required, an optional visit to Canada might be arranged, but it is not part of the cost. *Language:* English for Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Lesotho and Uganda. French or English for Haiti and Madagascar papers. *Outputs:* First complete draft for comments (April/May 2016). Final draft due June 30, 2016. Download PDF with information in English [4] Download PDF with information in French [5] About TFO Canada [6] About IDR Canada [7] [1] http://www.tfocanada.ca/?utm_source=INOMICS&utm_medium=Announcement&utm_campaign=2016 [2] http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Programs/EG/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=INOMICS&utm_medium=Announcement&utm_campaign=2016 [3] mailto:sig@idrc.ca?subject=Application%20Call%20for%20Proposals%20Promoting%20Specialty%20Textile%20and%20Fabrics%20in%20Least%20Developed%20Countries%20(LDCs)%20(via%20INOMICS) [4] https://inomics.com/sites/default/files/IDRC-TFO-Call-Feb-1.pdf [5] https://inomics.com/sites/default/files/IDRC-TFO-Appel-Fev%201-French.pdf [6] http://www.tfocanada.ca/home.php?utm_source=INOMICS&utm_medium=Announcement&utm_campaign=Research%20Grant [7] http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Programs/EG/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=INOMICS&utm_medium=Announcement&utm_campaign=Research%20Grant