DT Global Inc. is implementing the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI)-funded Transition to New Sudan (TNS) Program, which supports the consolidation of Sudan’s democratic transformation through the following objectives:
Enabling the government to demonstrate progress in implementing key transition processes;
Reinforcing civic engagement required to implement key transition processes; and,
Assisting in the expansion of independent media that serves as a platform to implement key transition processes.
To contribute to these objectives, DT Global is recruiting a Database and Website Architect Consultant to support the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in the development of a pilot Family Support initiative.
The government of Sudan is working to put Sudan on a path to sustainable, equitable, and broad-based peace and prosperity. A key element of this program is a shift from an economy focused on short-term consumption to one that focused on investment in people and productive capacity. Ordinary people are the foundation of Sudan’s revolution and will always be the foundation of its economic and social achievements.
No sustainable improvements in human capital and productive capacity are possible, however, in the presence of policy distortions that result from economic mismanagement of the Sudanese economy by the past regime, including multiple exchange rates, the deterioration of the Sudanese pound, chronic budget deficits, significant misallocation of public resources, and chronic inflation that exceeded 65% in early 2020. Chronic inflation undermines the wages of the poor and middle class, increases inequality and economic uncertainty that limits investment in productive capacity.
The government is focused economic reform, including fossil fuel subsidies that are a primary cause of inflation and exchange rate depreciation. Any such reforms will impact household budgets as a one-time passthrough of fuel prices on goods and public transport costs.
Building on the international experience with successful reform, and mindful of Sudan’s longer-term strategic interests, the Government is designing the Sudan Family Support Program (SFSP). This cash transfer program is designed to mitigate the impact of reform on Sudanese, demonstrate the values of the government and its capability. It will provide a strong pillar for sustainable peace in conflict affected regions by forming part of a transition to sustainable livelihood.
The cash transfer program is intended to be digital, based on the National ID number of citizens, grouped into families. Digital wallets will be established for the head of each family. On a monthly basis a cash transfer will be sent, the size of which will depend on the size of the family. It will primarily be delivered as a digital payment to mobile phones. The business processes and information flows must be secure, auditable, and efficient.
The program will be pilot tested in the May-July timeframe, and a national rollout will depend on the results of the pilot tests, cost estimates, and other factors.
The objective of the consulting services is support for the design, construction, installation, and testing of database management systems and websites for the proposed Sudan Family Support Program working with partners and resources of the program.