References by field of expertise: References in Governance and Public Finance

Project Title: Support to National Investment Planning and Implementation, Serbia
Location: SERBIA
Value: €1,400,000
Client: EC IPA
Description:

The objective of the project was to support the socio-economic development of Serbia in line with EU standards by improving national public investment and budget planning. In other words, this project was designed to support public investment/capital budget planning processes in Serbia at strategic/policy and operational levels according to EU best practices.

 

The project included the following phases:

PHASE 1 - Elaboration of National Public Investment Objectives:

PHASE 2 - Budgeting for Investment Priorities:

  1. Building the Programmatic Budgeting Process
  2. Improvement of definition of programme/project criteria, methodology and procedures that connect with strategic priorities involving a mix of capital projects, grant schemes etc.
  3. Monitoring and Evaluation
  4. Definition/clarification of authority and responsibilities in the public investments/capital budget planning and implementation process

PHASE 3 – Institutional and Human Resource Capacity Building (Training and Instruction)


Project Title: Mid-Term Evaluation of the Capacity Building for Regional Integration Project-2011, Botswana
Location: BOTSWANA
Value: €122,080
Client: EC
Description:

The Capacity Building for Regional Integration (CBRI) project, which has a budget of € 12.5 million, is designed to support the overall capacity of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Secretariat to drive and coordinate the regional integration agenda, with the ultimate objective of supporting economic growth and poverty reduction. The specific objective of CBRI is to increase SADC institution's capacities to drive and coordinate the regional integration agenda, notably through the development of direct financial and technical support.

 

This Mid-Term Evaluation assessed the aims, design, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and potential impact of the activities undertaken so far under the programme and made appropriate recommendation, including suggestions on how to strengthen the overall management of the integration process and how the programme's resources can best be used during the remainder of the programme period.


Project Title:

Evaluation of Proposals for Open Call for Proposals to Non State Actors participation to Regional Integration Process in West Africa

Location: WEST AFRICAN REGION
Value: €65,000
Client: EDF ECOWAS
Description:

The global objective of the assignment was to assist the Evaluation Committee in carrying out the technical and financial evaluation of the eligible Concept Notes and selected Full Application Notes submitted under the Call for Proposals to Non State Actors participation to Regional Integration Process in West Africa. 

 

The specific objective was to provide the Evaluation Committee with two separate evaluating grids, once for each eligible Concept Note and one for each selected Full Application Form.


Project Title: Mid-Terms Review of the Financial Management Improvement Programme II, South Africa
Location: SOUTH AFRICA
Value: €88,788
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective of the Mid-Term Review of the FMIP II Programme was to provide decision makers in the South African Government and the EC with sufficient information to make an informed judgment about the performance of the programme (its efficiency and effectiveness), and decisions about any required changes to the operational scope and performance trajectory of the programme for the remainder of the operational implementation period.


Project Title: Mid-Term Evaluation of the ADAPCCA Project, Regional Integration in Central America
Location: CENTRAL AMERICA
Value: €100,000
Client: ALA
Description:

The main objective of the mission was to provide the European Commission and the beneficiary with useful assessment, analysis and recommendations concerning the operation and impact of the programme ADAPCCA (Design and Implementation Common Policies regarding Central America).

 

The programme, whose geographical coverage includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, seeks to contribute to strengthening regional integration, by formulating, promoting and support in the implementation of common policies related to the Central American Customs Union. The direct beneficiaries are the "operators" (producers, workers, exporters, importers, consumers), linked to economic activity within Central America or have the potential to participate. Other beneficiaries are regional institutions, particularly the Council of Ministers for Economic Integration (COMIECO) and Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIECA).

 

The mission analysed the results of ADAPCCA for the implementation period to May 2009 and assessed the achievements to that date, applying the criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. The consultants suggested strategic guidelines necessary to ensure efficient and effective management of the further phases of the programme and provided recommendations for future development of new actions.


Project Title: Support for establishment and accreditation of future IB for the Regional Competitiveness OP (IPA IIIc)
Location: CROATIA
Value: €189,280
Client: EC IPA
Description:

The overall objective of this contract was to develop the administrative capacity of the Operating Structure to efficiently use the EU funds in the pre-accession process and upon accession and to strengthen Croatia's absorption capacity.

 

The Specific objectives of the project focused on institutional preparations of future Implementing bodies to be able to implement and ensure sound and efficient management of EU funded programmes. Within this contract future Implementing Bodies were prepared for the accreditation (phase II) to successfully play their role in the future partnership building, implementation and monitoring of Funds.


Project Title: Support to NIP (National Investment Plan) Implementation Office
Location: SERBIA
Value: €170,334
Client: EAR
Description:

The global objective of the project was to support the successful implementation of the National Investment Programme (NIP) by improving the strategic and technical capabilities of the NIP office.

 

Specific objective was based on a review of the NIP project screening mechanisms so far and existing project selection procedures provide policy and technical recommendations, on selection and review of existing project applications and policy recommendations on future actions and support needs of the NIP office to meet EU standards in launching, selecting, evaluating and monitoring calls for project proposals. Draft Terms of Reference for future technical assistance to support the NIP office.


Project Title:

Review of MEF Draft Strategy and Stage 2 Action Plan for the Public Finance Reform Programme in Cambodia

Location: CAMBODIA
Value: €60,000
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective was to review MEF Draft Strategy and Stage 2 Action Plan for the Public Finance Management Reform Programme (PFMRP), to establish dialogue among involved parties and provide recommendations for improvement of the documents. Activities included:

  1. Review the proposed Strategy and Action Plan 

  2. Review the proposed prioritization and sequencing of activities for Platform 2

  3. Provision of recommendations on proposed organizational restructuring and staffing in National Treasury and Line Ministries' Finance Units, arising from changing roles and responsibilities

  4. Proposals for Capacity Building and Financial Management and Accounting skills development

  5. Implementation of the first phase of the FMIS. 


Project Title: Technical Assistance for the Civil Society Dialogue-Parliamentary Exchange and Dialogue, Turkey
Location: TURKEY
Value: €2,445,900
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective of this project was to maximise the role of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in the process of EU membership negotiations by promoting the dialogue between parliamentarians as well as political parties represented in the parliaments of the Member States and Turkey. The purposes of this contract were as follows;

  1. To contribute to a better knowledge and understanding between Turkey and the European Union.
  2. To raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of Turkey's accession to the EU by increasing publicity and visibility.

Project Title: Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN)
Location: CHINA and BRUSSELS
Value: €2,464,750
Client: EC
Description:

The Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) was designed to further enhance the capacity of European policymakers to monitor and assess current developments in China on the political, economic and social level and their impact on the EU and EU-China relations. It provided for the analysis and discussion of China and EU-China relations as well as the virtualisation of China and EU-China related research, including the dissemination of results. Project activities included:

  1. Analysis and discussion of China and EU-China relations
  2. Virtualisation of China and EU-China research and dissemination of results
  3. Ensuring the visibility of ECRAN
  4. Providing input to developing a sustainable strategy for ECRAN

Project Title: Support to the Ministry of Local Government and Administration, Kosovo
Location: KOSOVO
Value: €950,000
Client: ECLO
Description:

The overall objective of this project was to support the ongoing decentralisation process and capacity building of the Ministry of Local Government Administration in enhancement of managerial, co-ordination and monitoring competencies and municipal performance assessment, in line with European standards.

 

The purpose of the project was to strengthen the role of the Ministry of Local Government Administration in the public administration of Kosovo for more effective and citizen oriented services.


Project Title: Joint Support to Local Development – Exchange 2, Serbia
Location: SERBIA
Value: €3,488,150
Client: EC IPA
Description:

The overall objective of the project was to strengthen the capacity of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) and Serbian municipalities to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in supporting desired local and regional initiatives. The purpose of the project is to assist the SCTM and selected municipalities in providing better services for implementation of the strategic priorities for municipal development in Serbia through, among other, strengthening municipal capacities to acquire new competencies transferred from the central level. The project had the following components:

  1. Strengthening the SCTM secretariat and committee structures,

  2. Review of local self governance law implementation, review of existing service delivery practice and provide recommendations.

  3. Development of the feasibility study on a Municipal Development Fund

  4. Development and/or upgrading the Local Sustainable Development Strategies in the selected municipalities

  5. Design and implementation of Municipal Service Packages

  6. Preparation of the Framework for the implementation of the next phase of support to the municipalities under IPA 2007


Project Title: Budget Reform Support to the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Turkmenistan
Location: TURKMENISTAN
Value: €140,000
Client: EC
Description:

The Overall Objective was to support the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MoE&F) reform and development process in setting up an effective financial budget planning, management mechanism and system including an effective MIS and related programmes.

 

The Specific Objective is to provide support to the MoE&F in order to initiate the programme of reform as well as to develop a country fiscal budget formulation and management, with specific attention to the provision of a clear and transparent reporting mechanism designed to monitor the effective use of government resources.


Project Title: Public Finance Management – Human Resource Development Component, Uzbekistan
Location: UZBEKISTAN
Value: €199,999
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective was to improve public finance management and accountability in budget execution process by means of introduction of the Treasury and budget preparation reform.

 

The specific objective was to introduce the elements of Human Resource Management (HRM) that constituted "best practice", including preparation of job descriptions, training needs analysis, staff performance appraisal system, etc., as well as to provide experience and policy guidance to the Treasury of the NIOF in what constitutes the factual introduction of the Civil Service law.


Project Title:

Preparing Twinning Fiche for the Ministry of Ukraine in the Field of Debt Management and Budget Forecasting

Location: UKRAINE
Value: €115,000
Client: EC
Description:

The global objective of this assignment was to support the Ministry of Finance and the Delegation of the European Commission in Kyiv in the preparation of a Twinning project. The specific objective of this project was to support the Ministry of Finance in the drafting of a Twinning Fiche necessary for launching an institutional Twinning of 1 Million. The project achieved the following objectives:

  1. Supporting the Ukrainian administration in its development and implementation of a public internal financial control in line with internationally recognized standards and European best practice

  2. Assisting the Main Control and Revision Office in establishing an independent Central Harmonisation Unit for Public Internal Financial Control (PIFC)

  3. Developing the KRU's capability to conduct centralised internal audits with the aim of setting up decentralised and functionally independent internal audit systems in the public sector and to re-focus inspection activities on forensic auditing.


Project Title: Support to E-Government in the Russian Federation
Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Value: €2,000,000
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the efforts of the RF government to improve transparency, administrative efficiency, and accountability of the Russian public administration by means of enhanced inter- and intra-agency cooperation, and improved state-citizen relations. The main purpose of the project was:

  1. Creation and management of a network of excellence in the area of e-government to increase the efficiency of the Russian public sector at the federal, regional and municipal level by disseminating 'best practices'.

  2. Assistance to the development and implementation of selected multi-regional level e-services (including e-procurement), based on a unified strategy and IT-architecture for the introduction of e-government in multi-functional services

  3. Improvement of the policy, legal and regulatory framework applicable to implementation of G2C services in accordance with the best European practices.


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: Assessment and Strategic Development Based on Fiscal Blueprint
Location: CROATIA
Value: €199,999
Client: EAR
Description:

The global objective of this assignment was to improve the administration capacity of the Tax Administration of the Republic of Croatia by introducing an overall strategic business and IT development framework. The project achieved the following objectives:

  1. Assisted in the preparation of a gap analysis, which includes a comparison between the actual situation and the Fiscal Blueprints benchmark

  2. Based on the gap analysis, a needs analysis, which determines what needs to be done to bring the performance in each tax administration functional area up to the standard described in the relevant Blueprint.

  3. Undertook a comprehensive situation analysis on the existing IT solution in the Customs Administration, including the assessment of all available studies and planning documents prepared under other consultancy assignments/twinning projects

  4. Assisted the Tax Administration to prepare and overall IT strategy document, outlining the current situation and guidelines for further IT organization.


Project Title:

Development of Procurement Support Services through Improved Structuring and Expansion Capacity in South Africa

Location: SOUTH AFRICA
Value: €80,000
Client: EC
Description:

The general objective of this assignment was to enhance the level of National procurement assistance being given by the TAU to its clients specifically in terms of assistance to improve on the efficiency an effectiveness of the procurement actions being undertaken by these clients using EC rules. The specific objectives of the assignment were to:

  1. Improve on the structuring of procurement support services offered by the TAU

  2. Improve the quality of procurement support services offered by the TAU

  3. Expand, through additional capacity, the support services offered.

  4. Lay the foundation for further expansion of the procurement support capacity of the TAU, by building on the existing track record of the TAU and the conceptual framework of the "Procurement Support Facility" study.


Project Title:

Draft the ToR for Public Internal Financial Control and Office of the Auditor General

Location: KOSOVO
Value: €37,000
Client: EC
Description:

The global objective of this assignment was to increase the administrative capacity for financial control, including public internal financial control (PIFC) and external audit. Specific objectives were to provide a fully fledged Terms of Reference (ToR) for two projects to:

  1. Increase the capacity of the MEF to coordinate, develop and implement the principles of decentralised managerial accountability and functionally independent internal audit in accordance with international standards and EU standards through coherent legislation and adequate administrative capacity.

  2. Strengthen the operational and functional capacity of the Supreme Audit Institution


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