Aid agency funded business is about win-win. Scottish companies gain valuable contracts, the aid agency funds a sound project and developing countries gain sustainable assets.
- Variety of opportunity – there seems to be few items the agencies do not require at one time or another
- Orders always backed by funds – aid agencies cannot place orders unless funds are available so as long as contract terms are met, payment is rarely a problem
- English is the working language
- Order size is suitable for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) – supply contracts can start at as little as £6,000, rising to tens of millions of pounds for major infrastructure projects, the average supply contract with the UN agencies is £12,500
Organisations such as the United Nations and World Bank fund projects that cover a wide range of sectors and services.