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02
01 `19
Evaluation of the EU co-operation on Vocational Education and Training (VET) for inclusive and sustainable Growth 2014 - 2018

GDSI Limited was awarded the contract for  conducting Evaluation of the EU co-operation on Vocational Education and Training (VET) for inclusive and sustainable Growth 2014 - 2018. The evaluation is scheduled to start on January 7, 2019. The general purpose of this thematic evaluation is twofold:

  • to provide the relevant external co-operation services of the European Union and the wider public an overall independent assessment and evidence of the EU support provided to VET  in partner countries over the period 2014-2018;
  • to identify key lessons and to produce recommendations to improve current and inform future choices on VET support in partner countries.

The main users of this evaluation include the European Commission, the European External Action Service (including the European Union Delegations), the European Parliament, the external partners and donors, the Member States, as well as the development partners involved in VET, and other stakeholders such as organisations dealing with VET, research entities, farmer organisations and the private sector. The evaluation will also be of interest to the wider international development community and to the general public.

 


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02 `19
Recognition of GDSI team's achievements in implementation of the Project “Review of Good Practices to Develop a Systemic Approach to Aligning the National Qualifications Framework with Vocational and Higher Education Programmes”
On November 29, 2018, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana, hosted the Forum “The Future of the Labour Market: New Opportunities”. The Forum was organized by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with the Kazakhstan Foreign Investors’ Council Association (KFICA).

The Forum was attended by the members of the Parliament and Government, representatives of international organizations and consulting companies, international and Kazakhstani experts, major Kazakhstan employers and foreign investors.

During the Forum the results of the first stage of the “Skills and Jobs” project, implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the financial and technical support from the World Bank, were announced.  The best consulting companies, that provided services  for the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the World Bank within this programme, were awarded. We are very proud that GDSI Limited was one of such consulting companies. Our company received a Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the World Bank for the successful implementation of the Project “Review of Good Practices to Develop a Systemic Approach to Aligning the National Qualifications Framework with Vocational and Higher Education Programmes”.

As a result of this project, based on the best international practices in the development of educational programmes matching the requirements of the labour market, GDSI Limited experts developed the “Guidelines for Developing Educational Programmes in the Context of the National Qualifications Framework and Labour Market Requirements” for the education system of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Guidelines were also highly appreciated by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The implementation of this project aimed at fulfilling the instructions of the President of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev, voiced in his Address to the people of Kazakhstan on January 10, 2018: “It is necessary to develop modern standards for all major professions. In these standards, employers and businessmen clearly state what knowledge, skills and competencies employees should have. It is necessary, on the basis of the requirements of professional standards, to develop new or update existing educational programmes. ”

At present, on the basis of the Guidelines, new pilot education programmes are being developed for the Higher Education and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

The Letter of Appreciation was presented to the Resident Director of GDSI Limited by the Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ms. Madina Abylkasymova.

The Minister also awarded the staff of GDSI Limited, Dr. Zhamilya Bopieva and Mr. Askar Omarov for their outstanding achievements in the implementation of this “Skills and Jobs” project.

We express our special gratitude to the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the World Bank for their high appreciation of our contribution to the development of the country. We are proud to continue our co-operation.

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02 `19
Mid-term evaluation of the European Union emergency trust fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa 2015-2019
GDSI Limited was awarded the contract for conducting Mid-term evaluation of the European Union emergency trust fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa 2015-2019. The evaluation has started on February 18, 2019. It covers the period since its creation in November 2015 until present. 

The thematic scope of the EUTF is quiet broad. Its' main drivers are to support stability, save and protect people, create economic opportunities and legal pathways. Four main thematic areas are covered by the evaluation:
  • the promotion of economic and equal opportunities;
  • the strengthening of the resilience of communities, especially vulnerable people, refugees and displaced people;
  • the improvement of migration management in countries of origin, transit and destination; and
  • the enhancement of governance and conflict prevention.
In line with EU policies, the EUTF for Africa aims to improve the link and coherence between short-term assistance and long-term efforts to tackle root causes of crisis and reduce chronic poverty and vulnerability. As such, the thematic scope of this evaluation includes also the nexus between sustainable development, humanitarian action, peace and security and resilience building.

The evaluation will assess:
  • the relevance and coherence9 of the EUTF for Africa strategic approaches
  • the intermediary results of the EUTF for Africa, focusing on effectiveness, efficiency.
  • the value added10 of the EUTF for Africa,
  • the 3Cs: coordination and complementarity of the European Union's interventions with other donors' interventions (focusing on EU Member States); and coherence between the European Union 's interventions in the field of development cooperation and other European Union policies that are likely to affect the partner country/region
As this is a midterm evaluation, it is expected that a strong focus will be on effectiveness and efficiency (analysing intermediary results). However attention will also be given to future prospects for impact and sustainability.
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12 `18
Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations (TACSO 3) in the Western Balkans and Turkey

GDSI Limited as a leader of the consortium has been awarded the contract for the implementation of Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations (TACSO 3) in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The main goal of TACSO 3 is to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) to actively take part in the democratic processes and to stimulate an enabling environment for civil society and pluralistic media development.
We are looking forward to implementing this project over the next 3 years!!