The project was sponsored by the Central Bank in line one of the major recommendations of the Central Bank (CBS) Strategy for the Development and Expansion of the Microfinance Sector in Sudan. Such a recommendation clearly stated the need to undertake an evaluation of Microfinance-Specialized Banks, the SSDB being one of them, with the intention of considering their restructuring in order to empower and enable them to provide sustainable and diverse microfinance services that meet the needs of their target groups. This coincided with the direction of the new Executive Management, appointed in 2008. In light of the above, the Microfinance Unit of CBS (MFU) and the Savings and Social Development Bank (SSDB), have chosen UNICONS Consultancy Ltd. to undertake the tasks in stages: Stage I: 1- Conduct a comprehensive Situation Analysis and Evaluation of SSDB’s work and environment 2- Based on the Evaluation, identify the most appropriate restructuring alternatives for decision makers; Stakeholders, Upper ma ...

Hashab: Best quality gum Arabic, largely produced in Sudan The Gum Arabic Company (GAC) which was established in 1969 was granted an exclusive concession over raw Gum Arabic export. The main objective of granting the company the exclusive concession was to exercise market power at the international level (i.e. to regulate exports to achieve advantages in price) in order to support the country’s export revenues in foreign currency. This was justified by Sudan’s large share of the world market. Other objectives included the protection of producers and production of Gum Arabic as well as protection of the environment. However, the efficacy of this policy in terms of achieving its stated objectives has repeatedly come into question. After many years of successful operations, the GAC is now facing its greatest challenges in many aspects, not least of them, is the increased domestic competition for raw gum that is a direct result of the recent expansion of domestic processing. Moreover, the GAC is ...

Motivated by the Central Bank Microfinance Strategy that encourages banks to offer MF services to the economically active poor, the Sudanese French Bank, one of the more established banks since 1979, made its decision in 2009, to specialize in MF service delivery. In doing so, the Sudanese French bank recently commissioned Unicons to formulate the business plan for its newly formed Microfinance Unit. The business plan is to ensure the implementation of effective demand driven microfinance operations with a clear understanding of the stakeholders’ strategic vision and goals. The ultimate objective being the maximization of outreach while meeting the diversified needs of the targeted clients in a cost-effective manner that will achieve operational and financial sustainability (read more) The objective of the Sudanese French Bank (SFB) assignment is the preparation of a business plan that sets the stage for its newly formed Microfinance Unit to provide microfinance services in the region of Khartoum Sta ...

In recognition of the important role that microfinance can play in reducing poverty and realizing a sustainable peace in the Sudan, the Central Bank of Sudan developed a national vision for developing and expanding the microfinance sector in Sudan with the aim of creating an enabling environment for the industry’s sustained economic and social growth. Through a widespread consultative process that engaged various stakeholders, the vision was captured in a document that defines the framework for the identified MF Strategy. Following endorsement of the vision by the Government of the Sudan in late 2006, the Central Bank of Sudan established the Microfinance Unit to serve as its specialized department endowed with the task of realizing the vision and implementation of its strategy. Given the importance it attaches to the success of the strategy, and recognizing the importance of undertaking periodic reviews and evaluations of the progress made on the plan, the CBS, represented by the MFU, commissioned U ...

The project was commissioned by UNDP in Sudan as part of the Participatory Economic Policy Reform Project that is jointly funded by the World Bank, CIDA and the UNDP. The overall goal is to map the structure of economic policy making in Sudan and its institutions, with a focus on the federal level. This is to provide a basis to actors, in particular non-state, for understanding and meaningfully interacting with those institutions. The major purpose of the task at hand is to examine the extent to which the present institutions of GONU include in their terms of reference or even in their day-to-day practice due consideration to efforts that can achieve the welfare of the most needy individuals. The research examines the capacity of these government institutions to undertake such pro-poor policy formulation and the extent of coordination among them in doing so. Most importantly, the research considers the extent to which these institutions consult with stakeholders in civil society when formulating their pr ...