The Basic Services Fund was, shortly after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, established in 2005 by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID) with the goal to support the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) in expanding education, water and sanitation services to communities recovering from conflict and with the purpose to expand coverage and usage of these services in Southern Sudan.
The BSF directly finances NGOs to deliver basic services, and helps to build capacity among local communities and national NGOs for the management and maintenance of services.
Since January 2007 the fund is being managed by BMB Mott MacDonald for DFID at the Secretariat in Juba.
The BSF’s delivery record has attracted wider donor interest of The Netherlands, Norway and Canada. The BSF has therefore been extended with another 20 months, starting in January 2009 to allow for the continuation of on-going health projects and to expand basic service delivery coverage. BSF’s phase-I (consisting of round 1 and round 2 of call for proposals) lasted two years from 1 January 2006 to 31 December and DFID signed the new contract for phase 2 (1 January 2009- 31 August 2010, round 3) with the management consultant in February 2009. A further contract for Phase IA (round 4) was signed in July 2010 and will finish at the end of December 2011.