References by field of expertise: References in Economic Planning and Management

Project Title: Technical Assistance on Institutional Building for the Implementation of RCOP, Turkey
Location: TURKEY
Value: €6,092,960
Client: EC
Description:

The overall project object objective was to contribute to the achievements and overall success of the Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme and IPA financial assistance to Turkey. The project purposes were:

  1. To improve the capacity of the Operating Structure in the management, implementation, monitoring and control of the RCOP;

  2. To support the operation development and management capacity for central and local stakeholders, in particular the final recipients of operations;

  3. To support the programming activities with a view to increase the absorption capacity of the funds available under RCOP;

  4. To support the activation of the finance and contracts department within the Operating Structure after the transition period.

Project end beneficiary was the Regional Competitiveness Programme Coordination and Implementation Center (RCP-CIC) in the Ministry of Industry and Trade.


Project Title: Support to Regional Economic Development in Azerbaijan
Location: AZERBAIJAN
Value: €3,402,750
Client: EC TACIS
Description:

 

The Overall objective of the project was to foster poverty reduction and promote a more balanced economic growth and regional and local development of the regions in Azerbaijan through the expansion of the non-oil sector and support to the implementation of the "State Programme on the Socio-Economic Development on the Regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan" (SPSEDR). Specific objectives included the following:

  1. Improve the institutional structure of the Regional development Secretariat and Regional offices of the Ministry of Economic Development Offices' and their capacity to implement Regional development programmes and promote regional economic development. This involved the assistance in training the regional authorities in formulation of development plans and their implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

  2. Prepare recommendations for enhancement of the legal framework, e.g. drafting legislation on better distribution of responsibilities between municipal and regional and national authorities, legal advice on WTO accession, policy advice on trade promotion and removal of barriers to trade and export.

  3. Assist the Secretariat and Regional MED offices in promoting Business Entrepreneurship and Agricultural initiatives development, through Business centres development, setting up funds for job creation and enterprise development and improvement of qualifications of local labour force.

  4. Assist AgrarCredit to improve banking standards increase its lending base and facilitate agriculture and rural development.


Project Title: Regional Development Capacity-Building Facility in Croatia
Location: CROATIA
Value: €1,513,750
Client: EC IPA
Description:

The overall objective of this project was to contribute to economically and socially balanced development throughout Croatia's territory, by:

  1. improving development planning and implementation capacity on county level

  2. enhancing county and municipality capacity to work effectively with development funds

  3. strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development in the ordination and management of development programmes and projects on county and municipality level.

The project activities included:

  1. support in the preparation of the Integrated Regional Operation Programme (IROP)

  2. training to Ministry officials on NUTS 2 designations, and on the programming and monitoring for these regions

  3. support to the PHARE Business Related Infrastructure grant scheme

  4. development of a project pipeline 

  5. building the implementing capacity of the Managing Authority, Intermediary Body and final beneficiaries 

  6. providing advice and assistance on the establishment of the internal management structures, delegation of tasks and responsibilities, and HRD and recruitment

  7. preparation of national guidelines on the development of ROPs

  8. support in setting up and running of a reporting and monitoring system for SF management


Project Title: Preparation of ROPs in the Czech Republic for NW Bohemia, South Bohemia and Ostrava
Location: CZECH REPUBLIC
Value: €80o,000
Client: EC PHARE
Description:

The project aimed to support the Ministry of Regional Development in preparation of Regional Operational Programmes (ROPs) for NW Bohemia, South Bohemia and Ostrava within the context of a National Regional Development Planning framework. The scope of the project included:

  1. regional and sectoral SWOT analyses for each region;

  2. preparation of measures, actions and proposals for financial arrangements (quantification on objectives, development of cost benchmarks, etc);

  3. development of administrative structures for effective implementation – institutional development;

  4. training and capacity building of relevant administrative staff (legislative and executive) in development of Regional Development Strategies.


Project Title: Assistance to Regional Policy Development at National Level, Serbia
Location: SERBIA
Value: €1,800,000
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective of the project was to establish balanced territorial socio-economic development in Serbia. The purposes of the project were:

  1. Increased capacity at national level to plan and implement integrated regional development policy.

  2. More effective and transparent planning and spending of Serbian funds for development

The project had three inter-related components:

(1) Policy formulation

(2) Development Management

(3) Coordination and integration


Project Title: MERIT II - Local Development in South Russia
Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Value: €2,843,570
Client: EC TACIS
Description:

The project's wider objective was to develop and implement a municipal and regional economic development strategy suited to the economic and social needs of Southern Russia. It was implemented in six pilot municipalities capable of contributing to the regional and local economic recovery of the area. Specific objectives included:

  1. To support the diversification and revitalisation of the local and regional economy

  2. To sustain and upgrade the capacity of the municipal administrations in the six pilot municipalities 

  3. To develop and introduce mechanisms of co-operation between municipalities, non-governmental organizations and local communities with regard to the development and implementation of municipal strategic development plans.

Pilot initiatives included:

  1. Development of Resource Centre to Support of Regional Socio-Economic Development, Krasnodar

  2. Youth Against Drugs and AIDS in the Streets, Kalmykia

  3. Tourism Development and Training of Staff of Tourism Enterprises, Starocherkassk

  4. Implementation of a number of pilot projects in the field of SME support in pilot regions: business incubators to assist hi-tech SMEs and promote clustering policy, SME micro-credit funds, attraction of FDI for export oriented SMEs, setting up of the SME Development Agencies


Development of Resource Centre to Support of Regional Socio-Economic Development, Krasnodar

Youth Against Drugs and AIDS in the Streets, Kalmykia

Tourism Development and Training of Staff of Tourism Enterprises, Starocherkassk

Implementation of a number of pilot projects in the field of SME support in pilot regions: business incubators to assist hi-tech SMEs and promote clustering policy, SME micro-credit funds, attraction of FDI for export oriented SMEs, setting up of the SME Development Agencies

Project Title: Support to National Development Planning, Croatia
Location: CROATIA
Value: €1,600,000
Client: EC IPA
Description:

The overall objective of this project was to increase levels of socio-economic development in Croatia through effective national development planning and implementation. The project purpose is to enhance Croatia's development planning and implementation capacity through:

  1. the preparation of the National Strategic Reference Framework (National Development Plan)

  2. the preparation of Operational Programmes (sectoral and regional). Specifically SOPs were prepared in the following areas:Regional Development, Transport development, Human Resource development, Environmental sustainability, Agriculture, Tourism, Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme.

  3. Istitutional development/capacity building in the Croatian public administration to plan, manage, monitor and evaluate structural funds programmes.


Project Title: Technical Assistance for Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation, Romania
Location: ROMANIA
Value: €1,500,000
Client: EC PHARE
Description:

The overall objective of the project was to support Romania's efforts to finalise the EU accession process in 2007 through a further strengthening of the internal administrative capacity to manage EU financed pre-accession programmes adequately.

 

The Specific objectives was to provide assistance to the relevant Romanian structures with a view to strengthening their work related to programming, monitoring and evaluation of the pre-accession assistance in compliance with EDIS requirements.


The overall objective of the project was to support Romania's efforts to finalise the EU accession process in 2007 through a further strengthening of the internal administrative capacity to manage EU financed pre-accession programmes adequately.

                                                           

The Specific objectives was to provide assistance to the relevant Romanian structures with a view to strengthening their work related to programming, monitoring and evaluation of the pre-accession assistance in compliance with EDIS requirements.

Project Title: PPF for Infrastructure Projects and Training to Local Authorities and RDAs 
Location: ROMANIA
Value: €3,005,881
Client: EC PHARE
Description:

The overall objective of this project was to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Housing and of the 8 Regional Development Agencies, as the institutions involved in the management and implementation of the Regional Operational Programme, to discharge of their respective obligations as Managing Authority/ Intermediate Bodies effectively and efficiently. The project had the following components:

  1. Development of 8 "Growth points" and elaboration of Integrated Development (Action) Plans for these areas;

  2. Development of institutional capacity to develop and implement plans for socio-economic development at regional/local level;

  3. Support to project generation, transparent appraisal, budgeting and implementation with a focus on projects for regional development;

  4. Provision of independent evaluators used by the Managing Authority for ROP for the technical and financial assessment of projects This involved the development of comprehensive monitoring and evaluation guidelines for evaluating the projects proposed and implemented with EU finances;

  5. Provision of technical experts to support the Implementing Agencies in their procurement procedures and to strengthen the Help Desks capacity within each implementing body;

  6. Support for the MDPWH Managing Authority for ROP in assessing observance of the horizontal issues in the project applications submitted for financing under the ROP.


Project Title: Institutional Capacity Building for ASEAN Monitoring and Statistics
Location: ASEAN
Value: €112,718
Client: EC
Description:

The objective of this project was to contribute to the elaboration of the "Capacity Building of ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS) for an improved ASEAN Monitoring and Evaluation System" that aimed at strengthening the ASEAN Community Statistical System, together with the ASEAN monitoring and evaluation capacity.


Project Title: Mid-term Evaluation of ASEM Dialogue Facility
Location: ASEM
Value: €44,000
Client: EC
Description:

The main objective of the mission was to provide the European Commission and the beneficiary with useful information, analysis and recommendations concerning the programme "ASEM Dialogue Facility", which encourage policy dialogue among ASEM members by enabling the organisation of conferences and seminars, and by publishing studies and analyses.

 

The mission assessed the performance of the programme up to the period of September 2009 and analysed the achievements to that date, applying the criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.


Project Title:

Final Review of the Support to the Wild Coast Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) Pilot Programme

Location: SOUTH AFRICA
Value: €84,000
Client: EC
Description:

The objective of this contract was to assess the relevance, impact, efficiency and effectiveness of the Programme against the expected results on the basis of the indicators formulated in the project logical framework of the Programme.

 

Goals of the programme under review was "...to achieve tangible economic and social development of the Previously Disadvantaged Communities (PDC's), both in terms of job creation and income generation. It aims to establish a sustainable framework of co-operation between communities, private and public sectors in the focal area of the Wild Coast. It ultimately aims at drawing the guidelines for a national programme". The primary focus of the Final Review was on the success of the Programme in generating sustainable jobs and incomes in the Programme area.


Project Title:

Ex-ante Evaluation of the Sectoral Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" within the Bulgarian National Development Plan 2007-2013

Location: BULGARIA
Value: €100,000
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective of the project was to assess the impact of the proposed interventions within the Operational Programme (OP) "Administrative capacity" of the Bulgarian National Development Plan (NDP), to optimise the allocation of budgetary resources under priorities and to improve the overall quality of the OPs and the NDP. Specific objectives included:

  1. The OPs overall consistency (between analysis, SWOT, strategy and priority development) and coordination with other OPs as well as coherence with the Community strategic guidelines and the chosen national and regional priorities

  2. Optimisation of the allocation of budgetary resources under the priorities taking into account the reform of EU Cohesion Policy for the next programming period

  3. Improvement of the overall quality of the OP

  4. Assessment of the impact of the proposed interventions within the OP

  5. Improve the overall quality of the OP "Administrative capacity" as well as contribute to establishing solid grounds for the implementation of the structural Funds in Bulgaria in the programming period 2007-2013

 


Project Title:

Administrative Capacity Building for Kaliningrad oblast, Russian Federation

Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Value: €5,999,933
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective of the project was to strengthen the administrative capacity of the Kaliningrad oblast, contributing to improving the conditions for business development, and to foster competitiveness and the socio-economic development of the region. The purposes of this project were:

  1. to assist the implementation of the municipal reform and the restructuring of the regional and local finance and budget systems;

  2. to put in place conditions for increased investment and enhanced competitiveness of the region, including development of clustering, R&D capabilities and PPP arrangements;

  3. to develop and implement Information and Communication Technologies and information systems at different levels of the Regional Government, as means to promote electronic governance (E-Government- G2G, G2C, G2B), improve information flows, increase efficiency, reduce administrative costs, etc.


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