Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution Programme


Starting in July 2022, the SMEP programme has been launching a staggered set of open calls for innovative projects[1] to reduce or eliminate waste and manufacturing pollution in target countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Projects should result in either proof of concept or a piloted solution, or both. 
The final SMEP procurement call is now closed and in its final stage of evaluation.

SMEP current Call – Tanneries & Leather Interventions


Pollution mitigation interventions in the tanneries and leather sector, in target countries Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania:  This call is now closed for submissions. Evaluation of the shortlisted proposals are ongoing.

The Programme notes the strategic economic importance of the tanneries sector in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and the stakeholder momentum to address the complex environmental management and human health challenges within the sector. The sector remains a critical aspect of, and a focus sector for, the SMEP programme.  

Procurement will be competitive, fair and transparent, and was structured around two stages:

  • An Expression of interest (via the SMEP Submission Portal) which required interested parties to produce 1) a capability statement on their experience and expertise in this sector, capacity to deliver on the scope of the call and 2) to undergo preliminary due diligence screening.      The Expression of Interest phase is now complete.
  • Candidates will be evaluated based on this initial procurement prerequisite and shortlisted candidates have been invited to prepare full proposals (Request for Proposals) detailing their proposed solutions/ interventions. This phase is ongoing and the outcome will be communicated here once complete. Note that final selection of successful candidates and projects will be dependent on the SMEP geographic spread at the time (amongst other criteria). 

Please consult the Terms of Reference for this call and SMEP website regularly for updates.  

An information of webinar was held on 10th August 2023 to present information on key aspects of this call and to  facilitate an interactive question-and-answer session. 

The following webinar documents can be accessed here:

– A Questions & Answers log
– A copy of the presentation
– Video recording can be accessed here


The SMEP tanneries procurement covers four thematic areas, as set out below:

Additional priorities areas include Gender Equality and Social Inclusion as well as reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions:

SMEP has developed a voluntary platform to support collaboration opportunities amongst interested parties. This platform is accessible through the Submissions Portal – Voluntary Contact Form. The details provided through this process will be treated with confidentiality. SMEP will only facilitate introductions amongst interested parties who register their details.

Please contact should you wish to share your availability to collaborate with other partners or if you wish to discuss the nature of the collaboration opportunity sought to develop a concept proposal. Note that the collaboration platform is open and visible to all parties who sign up for the platform.

Contact: Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Emails can be addressed to Faith Gara and Elzette Henshilwood. Email address: 

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