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Project location
Serbia
Project value
CHF 1,596,000
Client
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

The Local Government Finance Reform Program in Serbia 2016-2018 (RELOF) is a SECO-funded Technical Assistance project. RELOF is based on the Swiss Co-operation Strategy Serbia 2014-2017 and supports six municipalities in Serbia, namely Vranje, Knjaževac, Para?in, Ose?ina, Sremska Mitrovica, and Užice, and local Public Enterprises (PEs). Additional Local Governments benefit from the Project through peer learning exchange. RELOF’s final beneficiaries are the residents of these municipalities and clients of the local PEs, who will benefit from better allocation and greater transparency of public spending and enhanced delivery of public services at the local level.

The overall objective of the Project is to improve Public Finance Management (PFM) capacities in the six RELOF municipalities in order to allow more effective and strategic allocation of available public resources and improve public service delivery. RELOF supports the attainment of 8 specific objectives which have been defined in six municipal Action Plans (APs), one for each RELOF municipality. Four cross-cutting activities complement the municipal APs with the aim of promoting reform momentum; fostering peer exchange and peer learning; strengthening co-ordination and dialogue with relevant PFM stakeholders at the central level and with other relevant PFM donors; developing professional capacities of municipal staff; and creating, through a change management approach, motivated change agents at the local level who understand the dynamics and benefits of change and are capable of effectively driving the reform agenda forward.

Please click the following link to be directed to RELOF\'s online guide for participatory budgeting: http://lokalnefinansije.rs/pbvodic/index.php

Project location
YEMEN
Project value
€171,270
Client
Yemeni Ministry of Trade and Industry
The global objective of the assignment was to assist the Ministry of Industry and trade in acceding to the World Trade Organisation and strengthening long term strategic thinking on trade policies and mainstreaming of trade policies in the Yemeni environment. Yemen's trade is overall, regionally-focused, and therefore the consequences for future regional integration should be considered even in a multilateral negotiation with most members located outside the Gulf. Where possible the project approach was to shadow developments in the GCC/customs union.

Ministry of Industry and Trade received advice on issues related to WTO accession, trade integration in regional and global set-ups, and trade policy issues of relevance to Yemen. The STC would encourage the WTO-CCO to involve stakeholders from across the government, at all stages of WTO accession negotiations, so that ownership of the commitments and the opportunities would be felt by them. Finally, the STC would advise on immediate steps which should follow WTO-accession.

The specific objective was two-fold: -
1) To strengthen capacities within the Ministry of Industry and Trade in relation to long-term strategic thinking on trade policies and mainstreaming of trade policies.
2) Support the Ministry of Industry and Trade in management of the Programme Estimate ti run various activities in relation to the Accession Process as per the identified priorities and requirements.
Project location
SOUTH AFRICA
Project value
€306,200
Client
EC
The overall objective of the project was to improve trade and investment links between South Africa and the EU, thereby fostering growth, employment and competitiveness of the region, and contributing to the well-being of the South African population.
The specific purpose was to better promote European interests in South Africa by enhancing market access and increasing competitiveness, visibility and influence for European companies in the country and the region.

The project aimed at achieving the following results:
1. Improved communication, advocacy and lobbying of European companies' needs to government and increased visibility of European Commercial presence.
2. Enhanced access to information by European enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), on business requirements in South Africa
3. Improved coordination between EU bilateral chambers of commerce, business associations and EU embassies.
Project location
ETHIOPIA
Project value
€225,966
Client
DFID Ethiopia
The overall purpose of this project was to design and implement the evaluation framework of the Ethiopia Community Security and Justice Programme with particular focus on output 1 and 2, namely:
Improving access to security and justice services for ordinary people by strengthening capability and accountability of state and non-state security and justice service providers at local level, and enabling communities to better identify and respond to security and justice problems.
Contributing to a safer environment in which men and women, girls and boys were more confident that security and justice providers served their interests.
Project location
LESOTHO
Project value
€91,162
Client
EC
The overall objective of the Poverty Reduction Budget Support Programme, Phase II (PRBSII) under which this assignment was performed was to contribute to the implementation of Lesotho's national development agenda as embodied in the Vision 2020, which states that by the year 2020 "Lesotho shall be a stable democracy, a united and prosperous nation at peace with itself and its neighbours. It shall have a healthy and well developed human resource base, a strong economy, a well managed environment and an established technological base".

In particular the objective of this assignment was to support the review of the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) and its integration with the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) to ensure the finalisation of NSDP 2012/13 – 2016/17. The NSDP and the PSIP jointly underlay the allocation of available resources in accordance with specified government priorities to bring economic development onto a stable sustainable growth path.

Tasks included:
• Assisting government in the review, updating and finalisation of the PSIP and to ensure its integration with the NSDP
• As required, and with emphasis on capacity building of government officials, undertaking scenario analysis, inclusive of updating data and finalising on the basis of the agreed capital expenditure profile
• Finalising institutional arrangements chapter for the NSDP and PSIP and reviewing other chapters in consultation with stakeholders to align input to the agreed format and finalise outstanding inputs
• Establishing necessary databases, creating links between PSIP, Medium Term Expenditure framework and other important databases
• Preparing a manual for the preparation and updating of a PSIP that could be integrated into the planning officers manual.
Project location
LESOTHO
Project value
€272,788
Client
Ministry of Finance
The overall objective of the Poverty Reduction Budget Support Programme, Phase II (PRBSII) under which this assignment was performed was to contribute to the implementation of Lesotho's national development agenda as embodied in the Vision 2020, which states that by the year 2020 "Lesotho shall be a stable democracy, a united and prosperous nation at peace with itself and its neighbours. It shall have a healthy and well developed human resource base, a strong economy, a well managed environment and an established technological base".

The specific objective of this assignment is to provide support and capacity building to the Planning Unit in the Ministry of Finance during the final project preparation and early implementation phase of the PFM Reform Action Plan.
Project location
SOUTH AFRICA
Project value
€84,000
Client
EC
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 location
EGYPT
Project value
€70,000
Client
EC
The overall objective of this project was to assist the Government of Egypt in meeting its international obligations under the GATS WTO Agreement and to improve its effective participation in the relevant WTO committee. The purposes of this contract were as follows:

Enhancing the capacity of the WTO Central Department, of the Trade Agreements Sector, MTI to understand and monitor the implementation of the trade – related aspects of the General Agreement on Trade in Services agreement (GATS) under WTO

Improving the capacity of the staff on using the transferred knowledge and analytical skills
Project location
EGYPT
Project value
€65,000
Client
ENPI South
The overall objective of the mission was to promote deeper economic integration between Egypt and the EU in the area of international trade in goods and services. The mission specific objectives were to:

Provide a factual assessment of ongoing trade related cooperation (EC-Egypt) and identify Egypt's trade and trade related assistance needs including in the area of industrial policy.

Define a set of concrete proposals for technical assistance intervention (to be financed out of the NIP 2010 or thereafter) which takes into account the requests for Twinning already put forward by the MTI.
Project location
SOUTH AFRICA
Project value
€75,801
Client
EC
The overall objective of the programme was to undertake a critical review of capacity building and competency frameworks in the area of Internal Audit, in support of the implementation of the Capacity Development Strategy, thereby contributing to the development and enhancement of Internal Audit capacity in the whole of government.
The specific purpose of the project was to support the implementation of the Capacity Development Strategy for Public Financial Management in this field. The Capacity Development Strategy seeks to promote public sector internal audit capacity within government.

The assignment focused on three main areas of intervention:
• Review and update the Internal Audit Competence Framework in line with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (2013) from the Institute of Internal Auditors;
• Review the Public Sector Internal Audit Framework and provide recommendations for improvement;
• Review and strengthen the Public Sector Content of the Internal Audit Technician (IAT) and General Internal Auditor (GIA) learning program and curriculum for the National, Provincial and Local Government spheres.
Project location
SOUTH AFRICA
Project value
€49,880
Client
South Africa National Treasury
The overall purpose of this project was to develop a Stakeholder Relationship Management Strategy and implementation plan with a view to facilitate and support the optimal implementation of the Public Financial Management Capacity Development Strategy. The CDS for Public Financial Management provides a national perspective to address financial management constraints in the public sector.
The specific purpose of this programme was to support the implementation of the Capacity Development Strategy for Public Financial Management with regards to stakeholder relationship management.
Project location
MALAWI
Project value
€238,242
Client
Government of Malawi
The global objective of this project is to contribute to the implementation of the Public Financial and Economic Reform Programme in Malawi and, therefore, improve the effectiveness in service delivery to Malawian citizens and enhance the integrity and effectiveness of the internal controls In the Accountant General's Department (AGD).
The specific objectives of this assignment are:
• Conducting an interim staffing and management review in the accounting service
- Provision of specific recommendations for immediate changes to help management take appropriate actions to augment staffing, redefine responsibilities and reporting relationships in areas where they are needed and strengthen segregation of duties and controls
• Developing and implementing a revised guidance and procedures to address financial control weaknesses
- Review and follow up on the recommendations made from the Business Process Review (BPR) recently completed by the AGD and determine whether the Government has implemented them or not
- Development of an action plan on the recommendations which have not been implemented
- Revalidation of the weaknesses and development of new procedures
• Providing technical assistance and advice to strengthen and operationalize the commitment control module in IFMIS to ensure that Treasury funding system is properly linked with commitments from line ministries and departments
- Review and identification of any remaining weaknesses specifically in terms of commitment control module and enhancement of its daily operations
- Development of system changes and provide guidance on how to strengthen related procedures and practices
- Implementation an effective commitment control process, along with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), in order to ensure that all expenditure is within approved limits and is used for the intended purposes
• Designing and implementing verification monitoring reports alongside designated senior Government officers
- To support the AG team in carrying out period closing monitoring reports (daily, monthly and yearly). Monitoring reports include cheques, commitments, GL, payments, receipts and cash management.
- To ensure that all the monitoring reports are generated and used for monitoring purposes
- To highlight any exceptions and risk areas to the relevant authorities, document them in their reports and work closely with the oversight team to mitigate the risks.
Project location
SOUTH AFRICA
Project value
€80 000
Client
EC
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:

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

Improve the quality of procurement support services offered by the TAU

Expand, through additional capacity, the support services offered.

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 location
EGYPT
Project value
€90,000
Client
EC
The overall objective of the assignment is to support the Programme Administration Office (PAO) for the Support Association Agreement Programme (SAAP) and CAPMAS in the preparation of an institutional twinning financed under the EU-Egypt SAAP. Tasks included:

Conducting a rapid review and prepare an assessment note on the CAPMAS;

Review of the active and major Local and European legislation on statistics;

Analysis the variousfunctions of CAPMAS;

Assessing the financial means allocated to CAPMAS, its annual budget and its financial perspectives in the view of the future reinforcement of the capacity of the Agency.
Project location
SOUTH AFRICA
Project value
€88,788
Client
EC
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 location
BOTSWANA
Project value
€122,080
Client
EC
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 location
LIBERIA
Project value
€45,000
Client
EC
The overall objective of the assignment was to undertake a detailed management study of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs with the intention of making recommendations towards future mandate, activities, organisational structure, operations, staffing, training and funding requirements as part of its future proposed re-absorption into the Ministry of Finance.
Project location
ASEAN
Project value
€104,536
Client
EC
The overall objective of the project was to conduct an independent, final evaluation of the EASCAB project with a view to provide an overall assessment for the achievements as compared with the Financing Agreement as well as draw wider lessons for future operations.

The specific objectives were to:
1. Assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impacts and sustainability of the EASCAB. The main emphasis of the assignment being effectiveness and sustainability.

Phase I – Inception Phase
• A desk review of the project literature. Submission of an inception report. Elaboration on the evaluation questions above. Identify indicators used for the assessment of each of the evaluation questions as well as indicate the methodology for how to measure these indicators.

Phase II – Field Work
• Carried out a field survey using the methodology to assess the selected components:
• Discuss with representatives if ASEAN secretariat and ASEAN member states. Assess the results achieved with the project, commitment level, impact on their capabilities and obtain indication if project sustainability.
• Undertake visits in ASEAN Member States to meet with participants in training activities.
• Gather information with regard to compliance of national systems to implement the regional statistical system
• Assess statistical outputs produced by the project.
Project location
ASEM
Project value
€44,000
Client
EC
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 location
YEMEN
Project value
€171,270
Client
EC
The global objective of the assignment was to assist the Ministry of Industry and trade in acceding to the World Trade Organisation and strengthening long term strategic thinking on trade policies and mainstreaming of trade policies in the Yemeni environment. The specific objective was two-fold: 

To strengthen capacities within the Ministry of Industry and Trade in relation to long-term strategic thinking on trade policies and mainstreaming of trade policies.

Support the Ministry of Industry and Trade in management of the Programme Estimate ti run various activities in relation to the Accession Process as per the identified priorities and requirements.
Project location
SYRIA
Project value
€44,000
Client
EC
The global objective of this assignment is upgrading business performance and raising Syrian companies' international competitiveness.

The specific objective of this assignment is to raise awareness of the importance of procurement to deliver sustainable total cost savings in companies through actively managing suppliers. Through skills and know-how transfer the participants will be enabled to apply professional procurement systems in their own operation
Project location
BANGLADESH
Project value
€90,000
Client
EC
The global objective of this assignment was to retain or enhance as far as possible the market share of Bangladesh textile and clothing exports to the EU.

The specific objectives of this assignment was to remove concerns of European and Textile buyer regarding the social and environmental conditions under which the Bangladesh textile industry manufactures and export products.
Project location
CHINA and BRUSSELS
Project value
€2,464,750
Client
EC
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:

Analysis and discussion of China and EU-China relations
Virtualisation of China and EU-China research and dissemination of results
Ensuring the visibility of ECRAN
Providing input to developing a sustainable strategy for ECRAN
Project location
CAMBODIA
Project value
€60,000
Client
EC
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:

Review the proposed Strategy and Action Plan 

Review the proposed prioritization and sequencing of activities for Platform 2

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

Proposals for Capacity Building and Financial Management and Accounting skills development

Implementation of the first phase of the FMIS.
Project location
VIETNAM
Project value
€75,584
Client
EC
The overall objective of this project was to contribute to the improvement of public financial management and oversight in Vietnam through support to the Government of Vietnam and the EU in the formulation and design of EU and/or joint-donor support projects under the 3 pillars outlined below:
1. Capacity Building for Effective Parliamentary Budgetary Oversight through assistance to the National Assembly and/or Provincial People's Committees
2. Capacity Building for improving the quality of External Audit through Assistance to the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV)
3. Capacity building for Sound Public Financial Management through support to the Ministry of Finance.
Project location
INDIA
Project value
€199,999
Client
EC
The global objective of the project was to support the Government of Chhattisgarh in further developing the capacity of government of Chhattisgarh in terms of Public Finance Management, Planning and developing Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks (MTEFs) based on the global SPP Action Plan. The tasks of this contract were as follows:

Assist the GoCG specifically in developing further initial outline MTEFs in the concerned sectors;

Assist in implementation of the annual SPP action plan and estimated budgets, presenting a comprehensive overview of the budget allocations from all sources for next tranche release;

Assist the Directorate of Institutional Finance (DIF) to monitor satisfactory progress on agreed set of process and system indicators;

Assist the Directorate of Institutional Finance (DIF) to coordinate among all concerned departments and support the preparation for the second tranche release.
Project location
AFGHANISTAN
Project value
€28,815
Client
EC
Afghanistan still has the poorest health related indicators in the region. Due to several limitations, including geographical access, financial access and insecurity, a significant part of the population is not able to benefit from the BPHS. Moreover, Afghanistan is still experiencing high prevalence rates of communicable diseases, malnutrition, poor sanitation, mental disorders, drug addicts, disability and lack of proper prevention measures. Security, especially in remote areas, is one of the main concerns, as well as sustainability of the health services, with health service provision depending on external aid and the absence of financial allocation mechanisms. Shortage of qualified health workers, particularly females, and irrational distribution of health facilities are
additional challenges.

The overall objective of the Mission was the formulation of an EU programme aiming at supporting the health and nutrition services to the Afghan population. Particularly vulnerable groups include women and children, disabled and people with mental disorders as well as populations living in remote areas and under fragile security conditions. The role of the Ministry of Public Health is and will continue to be pivotal in the stewardship of sector and in donor coordination.
Project location
ASEAN
Project value
€80 000
Client
EC ASEAN
This project aimed to support regional economic integration in ASEAN by facilitating access to relevant experience and EC-ASEAN dialogue. The objectives of the project included:

Capacity building for ASEAN officials involved in establishing systems of social protection or social risk management that build upon local strengths and existing (formal and informal) mechanisms;

Development of an integrated policy framework and institutional mechanisms to deal with the overall issue of social protection, with a view to facilitating movement of skilled workers in the region;

Identify special needs of ASEAN's newer members and facilitate "mentoring" arrangement among ASEAN Member Countries.
Project location
MONTENEGRO
Project value
€31,986
Client
EC
The overall objective of this project was to contribute to the sound programming and implementation of ED funds under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.
The specific objective of this assignment was to further strengthen the capacities of the Montenegrin administration to programme and implement ED funds available under IPA Component III on a decentralized basis and to provide assistance in the development of the ToR for one service contract (Support to Preparation of Projects for IPA Component III) according to the Practical guide to Contract procedures for EC external actions (PRAG).

During preparation of this ToR, the following already identified components were taken into account:
• Technical Assistance to the IPA III Operating Structure
• Establishment and development of an Environmental Information System
• Feasibility Study and Main Design Preparation for the Rehabilitation of the Vrbnica-Bar Railway Line Sub-Structure
• Project Preparation to Implement the SME Cluster Strategy in the North of Montenegro
Project location
CROATIA
Project value
€1,600,000
Client
EC IPA
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:

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

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.

Istitutional development/capacity building in the Croatian public administration to plan, manage, monitor and evaluate structural funds programmes.
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€1,800,000
Client
EC
The overall objective of the project was to establish balanced territorial socio-economic development in Serbia. The purposes of the project were:

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

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 location
TURKEY
Project value
€6,092,960
Client
EC
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:

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

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

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

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 location
CROATIA
Project value
€1,513,750
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of this project was to contribute to economically and socially balanced development throughout Croatia's territory, by:

improving development planning and implementation capacity on county level

enhancing county and municipality capacity to work effectively with development funds

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:

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

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

support to the PHARE Business Related Infrastructure grant scheme

development of a project pipeline 

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

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

preparation of national guidelines on the development of ROPs

support in setting up and running of a reporting and monitoring system for SF management
Project location
CROATIA
Project value
€1,328,496
Client
EC
The overall objective of the project was to facilitate and enhance policy making on the national level by providing the basis for an analytical assessment of SME policies based on reliable data and validated methodologies.

The purpose was to provide the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship (MELE) with the capacity and capability necessary for the continuous assessment of the overall business environment in Croatia, evaluation of needs to create a nurturing environment for SMEs, supporting their growth and stabilising their role as an important part of the national economy. In addition this contract also provided assistance in developing appropriate methodological tools and a functioning data collection system, which allows for impact assessment and the ability to tune the measures and incentives provided to benefit SMEs, by MELE and HAMAG.
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€199,000
Client
EC
The global objective of this assignment was to facilitate the necessary investment for the development of Sibovc SW lignite mine.

The specific objective of this project was to inform the decision makers in Kosovo on the possible options for a public and private partnership for the investment required for opening the SW Sibovc mine, and the market reaction to these options.
Project location
ALBANIA
Project value
€40,000
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of the assignment was the strengthening and enforcement of the capacities of the ACO (Albanian Copyright Office) and RCOs (Regional Copyright Offices) and their partners, in the chain of the institutions which responsibilities and commitments in the process of respecting and protecting copyright.

The specific aim of this project was to assist the ACO in the preparation of the relevant documents for the IPA 2008 Technical Assistance project and in the revision of the Intellectual Property legal framework
Project location
TURKEY
Project value
€9,529,250
Client
EC MEDA
Lot 2: Establishment of 6 Business Centres in Afyon, Corum, Erzurum, Malataya, Uşak and Trakya, Turkey

The overall objective of the programme was to create a favourable environment for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Turkey, thus creating productivity growth and the job and wealth necessary to achieve the objectives set by the European Council in Lisbon ("The Lisbon Strategy"). 

The specific purpose of the programme was to increase the competitiveness of Turkish SMEs at selected provinces by supporting and assisting their general business operations and processes through provision of information, training and consultancy services with consideration of environmentally sustainable methods and participation of women entrepreneurs; thereby, contributing the social and economic development of the provinces.
Project location
TURKEY
Project value
€1,600,500
Client
EC MEDA
Lot 3: Establishment of Business Centres Network – Co-ordination centre (BC-NCC)

The The overall objective of the programme was to create a favourable environment for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Turkey, thus creating productivity growth and the job and wealth necessary to achieve the objectives set by the European Council in Lisbon ('The Lisbon Strategy"). Specific activities of this lot included:

Institutional capacity of TOBB on "how to manage the Business Centre Network" in Turkey developed
Technical assistance to TOBB on establishment of BC-NCC in Ankara provided.
Monitoring and evaluation model/toolbox for the BC Network developed
Strategy for the publicity/visibility and internationalisation "BC Network in Turkey" developed
Tools and methodology to support the inter-BC cooperation and networking developed
Toolbox for the assessment of potential on establishment of new Business Centres (small and large scale) developed
Institutional capacity of BCs and local chambers on "BC-NCC services" developed
"SME Trends and Review" document (national level) prepared
Project location
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Project value
€1,896,950
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of the project is to lay foundations for the development of a sustainable Tourism Industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina in preparation for EU accession. The specific purpose of the project is to strengthen the capabilities of the BiH tourism support structures at the state, entity and Brčko District levels to address the challenges faced by a growing tourism industry and ensure its sustainability.
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€899,200
Client
ECLO
The overall objective of this project was to ensure the development and sustainability of expertise in the field of cultural heritage management and conservation practice in the Western Balkan region. Specifically this project aimed at setting up a mechanism ensuring the upgrade of current and future professionals and practitioners in the Western Balkan region through vocational education training and scholarships (for Kosovo students at first) in the field of cultural heritage.
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€3,488,150
Client
EC IPA
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:

Strengthening the SCTM secretariat and committee structures,

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

Development of the feasibility study on a Municipal Development Fund

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

Design and implementation of Municipal Service Packages

Preparation of the Framework for the implementation of the next phase of support to the municipalities under IPA 2007
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€950,000
Client
ECLO
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 location
TURKEY
Project value
€2,445,900
Client
EC
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;

To contribute to a better knowledge and understanding between Turkey and the European Union.
To raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of Turkey's accession to the EU by increasing publicity and visibility.
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€37,000
Client
EC
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:

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.

Strengthen the operational and functional capacity of the Supreme Audit Institution
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€1,400,000
Client
EC IPA
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:

Building the Programmatic Budgeting Process
Improvement of definition of programme/project criteria, methodology and procedures that connect with strategic priorities involving a mix of capital projects, grant schemes etc.
Monitoring and Evaluation
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 location
SERBIA
Project value
€170,334
Client
EAR
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 location
CROATIA
Project value
€199,999
Client
EAR
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:

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

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.

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

Assisted the Tax Administration to prepare and overall IT strategy document, outlining the current situation and guidelines for further IT organization.
Project location
CROATIA
Project value
€189,280
Client
EC IPA
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 location
MONTENEGRO
Project value
€94,798
Client
Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
The global objective of this project was to ensure durable and sustainable solutions for RAE and other displaced and internally displaced persons residing in the Konik area.
The specific objective of this project was to provide technical assistance to the Government of Montenegro in preparation for the start of the IPA project on Durable Solutions for the Population of Konik Camps, due to begin in the first quarter of 2012, principally through ensuring that pre-conditions for the successful implementation of the project were met.
Project location
TURKEY
Project value
€116,640
Client
EC
The overall objective of this assignment was to enable persons with disabilities to have equal access to goods, services and all aspects of life as anybody else through the provision of a targeted grant scheme. The specific objectives of the projects were:

To support the Beneficiary in holding promotion and awareness raising activities for the target group of the grant scheme.

To support the beneficiary in drafting the Terms of Reference for a Large Technical Assistance
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€1,186,200
Client
EC
The overall objective of this project was to support the implementation of human rights standards and minority protection in Serbia and to align them to EU standards. The project provided capacity building in a number of different areas to enable the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights (MHMR) to perform its overall co-ordination and co-operation function in the field of human and minority right protection and to respond to all obligations of international conventions and demands made by EU institutions.

This project revised developed the national mechanisms for the implementation of the decisions of UN treaty bodies, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgements and prevention, detection and monitoring cases of torture in compliance with the optional protocol to the Convention against torture. It also supported the development of a comprehensive monitoring system, as per the requirements of the UN and Council of Europe (CoE) bodies. In addition, support was provided for the institutional development of the existing 16 National Minority Councils by providing capacity building to existing staff and developing reporting procedures and tools.
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€190,000
Client
EC
The global objective of this assignment was to assist the Government of Kosovo, and more particularly the Office for Legal Support Services in the Office of the Prime Minister in coping with the legislative agenda that derives from the Kosovo Standards Implementation Plan. The specific objective of this project was to enhance the capacity in legal drafting through the provision of technical assistance to the government and line ministries to draft 4 pieces of legislation:

Draft Law on Chemical Products

Draft Law on Insurances in Kosovo

Draft Law on Health Care in the state of Extraordinary Circumstances

Draft Law on Agricultural Inspectorate
Project location
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Project value
€5,999,933
Client
EC
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:

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

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

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.
Project location
UKRAINE
Project value
€2,100,000
Client
Ministry of Resorts and Tourism of the ARC
The overall objective of the project was to promote the diversification of the tourism industry in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol and create a more balanced and attractive tourism product with a view to facilitate the further development of the region.

The specific objectives were to:
1. Develop the capacity of public and private sector tourism bodies and cross-sectoral target groups to promote the development and management of a diversified, attractive, balanced and responsible tourism industry in Crimea
• Build the capacity of the Ministry of Resorts and Tourism with respect to planning and implementation of strategic plans, and territorial re-organisation
• Review and upgrade the section Reforming health resort sector of the economy of the ARC of the Strategy of social and economic development of ARC in 2010-2020 and develop mechanism for its effective implementation
• Review of legislation and taxation governing the tourism industry and recommendations for improvements
• Assist the MoRT in the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive 5-year tourism marketing strategy and plan
• Preparation of tender dossiers in accordance with PRAG rules for procurement of supplies in support of the tourism sector in Crimea (including IT equipment, training equipment and signage). The total value of the supplies budget was €1.5 million.
• Assist the development of an efficient system for the collection, analysis, application and dissemination of tourism sector data and statistics to be used for market research and promotion activities
• Establishment of a comprehensive web-based resource database providing information on tourism in Crimea
• Strengthen the ability of local authorities to implement tourism development programmes, formulate integrated tourism development plans and review existing programmes
• Provision of assistance to the private sector by supporting the development of representative associations
• Promoting cross-sectoral linkages and collaboration between relevant sectors and tourism players by facilitating dialogue, joint trainings, development of joint initiatives including investment projects.
2. Improve the quality and standards of management and services at tourism destinations to an international level
• Establishment of a Tourism Training Development and Coordination Centre (TTDCC) to act as one stop-shop for all local and international training institutions, including assistance in the development of its operations and certification of training courses for tourism industry, including training for SMEs
• Assistance in organisation of new specialised tourism training courses and in upgrading and improving existing courses, including development of online training courses and strategy for the use of eLearning in tourism education.
• Support in the development of standards for new professions within the tourism industry and their incorporation in the national job classification structure
3. Diversify the tourism product in Crimea and raise standards to internationally accepted levels in order to widen the choice for visitors and enhance their experience, especially in rural areas
• Assistance in the development and enforcement of a new grading and classification system based on international standards for small hotel operators
• Carry out feasibility study for a "small grants facility" to promote and support the development of new SME resort and tourism products
• Develop a code of best practice in responsible tourism
4. Development of pilot integrated tourism product packages, including assistance in development of cooperative partnerships between public and private sector, assistance in branding, marketing and promotional campaigns
Project location
AZERBAIJAN
Project value
€3,402,750
Client
EC TACIS
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:

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.

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.

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.

Assist AgrarCredit to improve banking standards increase its lending base and facilitate agriculture and rural development.
Project location
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Project value
€2,843,570
Client
EC TACIS
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:

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

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

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:

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 location
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Project value
€199,672
Client
ENPI East
The main objectives of the project were to:

Organise a one-week study visit for 10 selected executives from RF Chambers to the EU, focused on best practice in internationalisation services. Prime target countries: Spain (PIPE programme), Austria (Go International), Netherlands (PSB);

Organise individual short traineeships for 10 selected executives from RF Chambers to individual Chambers in the EU, to expose them to the internal functioning of an international affairs division within an EU Chamber;

Select (along with EUROCHAMBRES) 5 senior executives from RF Chambers to attend EUROCHAMBRES' Summer Academy (June 2008), offering a unique networking and training experience in Chamber management;

Moderate 5 hearings with SMEs across Russia (organised by local CCIs), to discuss their needs in the area of internationalisation and their expectations towards local and regional Chambers;

Carry out 5 local Chamber audits, focusing on the internationalisation potential;

Organise a final conference, presenting the conclusions and internationalisation plan.
Project location
AZERBAIJAN
Project value
$380,000
Client
The World Bank
The purpose of the assignment was to provide technical support to the Bank supervision team in the following activities: Grant scheme management, Community Mobilisation for sustainable development and participatory decision-making, supervision of proper project implementation according to Operational Manual, development of sophisticated MIS system, development of communication strategy, review of first results of the programme implementation.
Project location
MONGOLIA
Project value
€50,000
Client
The World Bank
The Sustainable Livelihoods Project (SLP) was the first phase of the Sustainable Livelihoods Program which was intended to support the shift in Mongolia's national anti-poverty strategy to promote secure and sustainable livelihoods for all. The project was made up of three components:

1) Pastoral Risk Management (PRM)

2) Micro-finance Outreach (MFO)

3) Local Initiatives Fund

GDSI consultants provided advice to the PRM and MFO components of the projects through participation in supervision missions and the carrying out of targeted research.
Project location
MONGOLIA
Project value
$580,000
Client
The World Bank
The overall aim of this project was to mobilise communities with a view to increasing the efficacy of the Local Initiatives Fund. The specific aims of the project included:

To build local capacity on community mobilization skills to increase their participation and leadership in implementing the Local Initiatives Fund sub-projects that aimed to improve local infrastructure and social services;

To design an effective public awareness programme that supports best the community mobilisation strategy;

To support development of a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation system for the Sustainable Livelihood Program components and to facilitate its effective implementation at the local and community levels in order to improve transparency, inclusion and participation in the projects' implementation.
Project location
UKRAINE
Project value
€83,744
Client
EC
The overall objective of the study was to promote and protect the Cultural Heritage of Crimea, in particular, and of Ukraine, in general. The specific objective was to analyse the potentials for accessibility and recognition by UNESCO of main cultural and natural sites of Crimea as World Heritage or, alternatively, to examine other possibilities for recognition and enhancement of this fundamental Cultural Heritage of the country.
Project location
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Project value
€2,000,000
Client
EC
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:

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'.

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

Improvement of the policy, legal and regulatory framework applicable to implementation of G2C services in accordance with the best European practices.
Project location
UZBEKISTAN
Project value
€199,999
Client
EC
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 location
UKRAINE
Project value
€115,000
Client
EC
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:

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

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

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 location
TURKMENISTAN
Project value
€140,000
Client
EC
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 location
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Project value
€80,000
Client
Danish Government/ Immanuel Kant State University
The overall goal of the project:

Establish a set of recommendations on key issues of a strategy on quality in education and research for the University; and

Put together a plan of action to be followed by IK-SUR in establishing that strategy.
Project location
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Project value
€1,700,000
Client
EC TACIS
The overall objectives of the project was to strengthen the design and management of human resource development programmes taking into account the needs of the labour market in Kaliningrad oblast so as to achieve sustainable economic development of the region. The purpose of the project was:

To improve the capacity of regional decision makers and practitioners to design and manage labour resource development programmes in the region through technical assistance and policy advice

To improve the performance, effectiveness and labour market relevance of the regional education and training system by developing adequate career guidance and counselling practices

To develop a continuous training system which took into account labour market requirements through promotion of human resources development in enterprises and increasing interaction between companies, training providers and regional authorities.
Project location
KAZAKHSTAN
Project value
€2,000,000
Client
EC
The project focused on the development of regional strategies for addressing impacts of privatisation and enterprise restructuring at the local (city-region) level and development of policy recommendations for implementation of these strategies nationwide (through the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Kazakhstan). In particular, the project involved the study of socio-economic situation of Aktyubinsk region and based on the findings selection and implementation of three pilot projects. Examples of such pilot projects relate to such issues as:

Employment generation through entrepreneurship development, micro-credit fund establishment, business networking in a single-enterprise town of Alga, Aktyubinsk region.

Health care – development of GP training and services (including curricular development for GPs and nurses, conduct of courses)

Promotion of higher education in economics

These activities contributed significantly to national policy development in these areas.
Project location
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Project value
€3,000,000
Client
EC TACIS
Tacis project of technical assistance to the Ministry of Labour and Social Development of the Russian Federation. The project aimed at strengthening the functioning of the Ministry and Employment Services at the regional and local levels, and supporting the authorities' capacities in the formulation and implementation of active labour market policies, The pilot projects, implemented in the regions of Russia, were related to such issues as:

Capacity Building of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development and its regional offices;

Social Partnership and local labour markets;

Vocational training in local labour markets;

Development of integrated Information Systems for monitoring and analysis of labour market demand and supply;

The development of entrepreneurship in rural locations, etc.
Project location
MOLDOVA
Project value
€2,100,000
Client
EC TACIS
The Capacity Building in Social Policy Reform project aimed to reduce the level of institutionalised children by introducing new models of social childcare, increasing awareness through a wider understanding and acceptance of the principles of new social work practice with the focus on children within the institutions and those who are at risk to be institutionalised.

Specific objectives of the project were:

To support the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection in developing working models of alternative children care and decrease reliance on institutional care

To support the government in setting up a sustainable structure for education and training of social workers and managers of social services.

To involve local NGOs into more active social services delivery, including training and sub-contracting arrangements

To increase public awareness and enhance initiatives communities to implement alternative forms of children care.
Project location
UKRAINE
Project value
€1,600,000
Client
EC TACIS
The key aim of this project was to reduce the number of children being placed in boarding institutions and orphanages in the Kiev Oblast. This involved supporting the State Social Services for Youth in developing and implementing efficient integrated social services in order to provide effective support to exposed families and children. Activities included:

Developing and implementing a basic package of social services for exposed families and children;

Provision of assistance to the Ministry of Family and Youth Affairs and its State Services Centre to facilitate the implementation of the new forms of social services and social care;

Increasing the capacity of the staff of the State Social Services Centre in implementing the new model of integrated social services by launching training programs and public awareness campaigns.
Project location
KYRGYZSTAN
Project value
€48,796
Client
EC DCI
The overall objective of this project was to provide support to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic in the effective implementation of envisaged social protection policies.

The specific objective of this assignment was to provide support to the Ministry of Social Protection in meeting the reforms targets (disbursement conditions) set forth in the Technical and Administrative provisions of the Financial Agreement of the EU SPSP 2010 and specifically Condition 4 - Social assistance system improved, by conducting two surveys at national level to gather baseline data on the following components:

Component I- Access to social services and Monthly Benefits for Poor Families with Children (MBFP)

Component II- Access to social services and Monthly Social Benefits for Disable people (MSB)
Project location
ROMANIA
Project value
€1,500,000
Client
EC PHARE
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 location
CZECH REPUBLIC
Project value
€800,000
Client
EC PHARE
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:

regional and sectoral SWOT analyses for each region;

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

development of administrative structures for effective implementation – institutional development;

training and capacity building of relevant administrative staff (legislative and executive) in development of Regional Development Strategies.
Project location
ROMANIA
Project value
€3,005,881
Client
EC PHARE
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:

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

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

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

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;

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

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 location
BULGARIA
Project value
€100,000
Client
EC
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:

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

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

Improvement of the overall quality of the OP

Assessment of the impact of the proposed interventions within the OP

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 location
CZECH REPUBLIC
Project value
€798,460
Client
CzechInvest
The overriding goal of this assignment was to draft an industrial and business property development strategy setting out the steps needed to establish the optimal public/private partnership so as to promote clustering in the region and ensure the flow of inward investment.

The project involved the preparation of the Industrial Zones Strategy, Clustering policy and blueprints for several infrastructural works projects to be financed under European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Project location
CZECH REPUBLIC
Project value
€64,000
Client
CzechInvest
Within this project GDSI provided training to managers of Industrial Zones on various aspects of Regional and national innovation strategies, including the following:

Policies and institutional structures for innovation

Development of Free Economic Zones

The practices of Free Zone management

Enterprise space and innovation

Operation and infrastructural demands of call centres

National and regional level support to innovative SMEs

Conceptual perspectives on industrial zones and regional development

Private investment in industrial space

The attraction of FDI from a regional perspective

The promotion of investment in rural and disadvantaged areas
Project location
IRELAND
Project value
€1,450,000
Client
Irish INTERREG Monitoring and Review Committee
GDSI acted as independent advisors to the Irish INTERREG Monitoring and Review Committee. The consultants were engaged to assist in the preparation of Committee's inputs to national programming processes. In particular, the consultants advised the Committee on strategic priority issues at the end of the first INTERREG programming period.
Project location
IRELAND
Project value
€1,300,000
Client
Local Government Authorities
Preparation of three "small area" Local Development Plans under the European Community LEADER programme for three Local Authorities: Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. This consisted of carrying out SWOT analyses and proposing policy initiatives to ameliorate the difficulties and to exploit local opportunities. All were granted funding under the first tranch of LEADER funding.
Project location
IRELAND
Project value
€1,070,000
Client
Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister)
An evaluation of Agricultural Policy in the North and South of Ireland with particular reference to the European Community Common Agricultural Policy, the limitations of two national agricultural policies on the Island of Ireland. Conflicts emerged due to the following: the primary focus on policy within the Irish Republic was on the producer whereas in the UK the primary focus was on the consumer- differing currencies in the two areas and fluctuating exchange rates had a negative impact on inter-area trade in agricultural products. The consultants provided proposals for the improvement of the Agricultural Policy.
Project location
EU
Project value
€550,000
Client
European Commission: Telecommunications Policy DGXIII
The main objective of th eproject was to conduct an examination of the obstacles to Rural Development in the European Union. The activities included:

an exploration of the "New Technology" in telecommunications in support of Rural Development through their application by enterprises, agriculture and the various support services;

a proposal for more effective adoption of "New Technology" into Rural Development in the European Community.
Project location
EU
Project value
€550,000
Client
The European Parliament
As the momentum gathered to radically alter the form and functioning of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Parliamentary Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development launched its own investigation into the impact of the various alternatives to the existing policy. An international team of experts was engaged to review the existing policy and to analyse the impact and consequences of various alternatives. These hypothetical alternatives were applied to a number of regional cases.  
Project location
EU
Project value
€600,000
Client
European Commission: Regional Policy DGXVI
An analysis was carried out on the costs and benefits of the CAP, the gainers and losers and, in particular, the sharing of benefits between regions. Case studies were carried out for each Member State (The Irish case was carried out by GDSI). It was concluded that many of the stated objectives of CAP were not only not being achieved but were in fact having quite the opposite effect. Changes in CAP were proposed and, in particular, that regional objectives could best be achieved by more integrated and multi-sectoral policies.
Project location
BULGARIA
Project value
€1,450,000
Client
EC
The specific objectives of this service contract were
To introduce and develop a new pilot marketing strategy which aims to diversify and promote new, modern and high quality types of services, to enlarge existing markets and develop new ones.
To build up the capacity within the Agency to coordinate the efforts of all actors in the tourism sector for successful national marketing, as well as to build up the capacity of the agency' staff for their day to day work
To set up a National Tourism Information System as system for the collection, processing and monitoring of tourism information, as a computer network, and as a system of information centers.
Project location
ROMANIA
Project value
€1,140,306
Client
EC PHARE
The overall objective of the contract was to improve the administration of and access to justice. The main activities implemented by the project were:

Improving legal and institutional framework on legal aid.

Preparation of the Feasibility study on the socio-economic, financial, institutional and statistic impact that can be brought by the adoption of new law provisions regarding the free legal aid.

Improving the level of awareness among diverse categories of population.
Project location
COSTA RICA
Project value
€84,000
Client
DCI-ALA
The main objective of the mission was to develop a feasibility study for a project in the area of Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) as the intervention logic and presented according to the practices and procedures of the European Commission. This feasibility study also included the formulation of an intervention project, the analysis of quality factors such as relevance, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the project.
Project location
BOLIVIA
Project value
€54,000
Client
ALA
The project provided the decision-makers in the Government of Bolivia and the European Commission with sufficient information in order to achieve several goals. They were as follows:

Assess continued relevance of the Identification Fiche for the proposed development of a new exporting pattern based on the promotion of the exportable offer of the country and to generate potential business for export oriented producers, in particular SMEs (The Project); this involves in particular though not exclusively a revision of the problem analysis, the stakeholder analysis and the proposed strategy.

Prepare a Financing Agreement on which to base the financing and implementation of the proposed project;

Prepare complete documentation to allow a sound implementation of the project based on good practices.
Project location
BOLIVIA
Project value
€40,000
Client
EC
The global objective of this assignment was to increase economic cooperation between the European Union and Bolivia by improving the flow of foreign trade and the investments between the Bolivian and European countries. The project aimed to provide sustainable mechanisms that favour economic development through maintained growth and development of the private sector in Bolivia.
Project location
HAITI
Project value
€199,999
Client
EC
The total objective of this programme was to encourage and to promote the decentralisation process of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Haiti. The specific objective of the project was to promote the establishment of national departments throughout Haiti and to strengthen their capacity to provide support to entrepreneurs throughout the country. These departments acted as focal points for investors in the private sector.
Project location
THE AMERICAS
Project value
€43,000
Client
Government of Dominica
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the Government’s national policy of diversification of the economy by focusing on sustainable eco-tourism as a source of income, jobs and other socio- economic benefits for the country. The propose of the proposed Eco-Tourism Development Programme is to strengthen the capacity of the key public and private sector institutions to sustainably utilise and manage the natural and cultural heritage resources of the tourism sector; strengthen the human resource development capacity to effect an improvement of managerial, and professionalism in the sector; strengthen the capacity of the private sector and the public sector to undertake effective destination marketing and encourage private sector development.
Project location
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Project value
€50,000
Client
The world Bank
The project's main objective was to provide support to smallholders in the oil palm sector on the following issues:

Institutional arrangements for disbursement of World Bank funds to support smallholder replanting of oil palm blocks

Long-term arrangements to ensure sustainable mechanisms of rural finance in oil palm regions

Priorities and institutional arrangements for the delivery of micro-finance supports to alternative income-generating activities.
Project location
THE AMERICAS
Project value
€60,000
Client
CALIFORUM
An independent mid-term evaluation of the Caribbean Regional Sustainable Tourism Development Programme as a requirement of the Financing Agreement (No.: 6574/REG) governing the implementation of the programme, was conduction within the framework of this project
Project location
EAST ENPI
Project value
€87,534
Client
EC
The global objective of the study was to provide the potential beneficiaries of the grants and the EC with an overview of the incompatibilities between the EU procurement rules for grant projects financed through external assistance (PRaG) and the national legislation on public procurement in the EaP countries.

The specific aim of the assignment was to analyse the identified incompatibilities allowing the EC and the potential beneficiaries to better understand the extent of the problem in each of the countries and to use this as a basis for bilateral discussions with the national governments.

The project involved the following tasks:
- Performing an in-depth assessment of incompatibilities between the EU procurement rules for external assistance to the grant contracts and the national procurement rules in the EaP countries
• Data collection (PraG Grant contracts and public procurement rules and legislation in the EaP countries)
• Review of similar study performed in 2011 for three of the EaP countries (Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus)
• Identification, description and analysis of the incompatibilities detected

- Drafting a list of recommendations on possible solutions to tackle the identified incompatibilities (for each of the six EaP countries)

 

The pre-feasibility study provided information about, and justification of, the preferred option to pursue this activity. It evaluated the support that would be received from stakeholders, in particular EU member States and Black Sea partner countries. It assessed the possible fields of activities of the College, and ways of recruiting both faculty members and students. It looked at options for the location of the College. Finally, it examined options for funding, both during the initial phase and after, paying special attention to the issue of sustainability.
Project location
ASEAN
Project value
€104,536
Client
EC
The overall objective of the project was to conduct an independent, final evaluation of the EASCAB project with a view to provide an overall assessment for the achievements as compared with the Financing Agreement as well as draw wider lessons for future operations.

The specific objectives were to:
1. Assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impacts and sustainability of the EASCAB. The main emphasis of the assignment being effectiveness and sustainability.

Phase I – Inception Phase
• A desk review of the project literature. Submission of an inception report. Elaboration on the evaluation questions above. Identify indicators used for the assessment of each of the evaluation questions as well as indicate the methodology for how to measure these indicators.

Phase II – Field Work
• Carried out a field survey using the methodology to assess the selected components:
• Discuss with representatives if ASEAN secretariat and ASEAN member states. Assess the results achieved with the project, commitment level, impact on their capabilities and obtain indication if project sustainability.
• Undertake visits in ASEAN Member States to meet with participants in training activities.
• Gather information with regard to compliance of national systems to implement the regional statistical system
• Assess statistical outputs produced by the project.
Project location
CENTRAL AMERICA
Project value
€100,000
Client
ALA
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 location
WEST AFRICAN REGION
Project value
€65,000
Client
EDF ECOWAS
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 location
BLACK SEA REGION
Project value
€100,000
Client
EC
The pre-feasibility study on the possible creation and support of a College of the Black Sea has a general objective to provide decision-makers in the European Commission with sufficient information to allow them to assess the desirability (or not) of moving ahead and propose such a project. The study focussed on all Black Sea countries (Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey).

The pre-feasibility study provided information about, and justification of, the preferred option to pursue this activity. It evaluated the support that would be received from stakeholders, in particular EU member States and Black Sea partner countries. It assessed the possible fields of activities of the College, and ways of recruiting both faculty members and students. It looked at options for the location of the College. Finally, it examined options for funding, both during the initial phase and after, paying special attention to the issue of sustainability.
Project location
Serbia
Project value
Euro 1,969,250
Client
European Commission
A two-year 2 million euro technical assistance contract entitled ‘Strengthening the Capacities of the Ministry of Justice in line with the Requirements of the EU Accession Negotiation Process’ commenced on 15 May 2018. The project\'s main objective is to improve the justice sector in line with EU accession requirements in the area of the judiciary and fundamental rights (i.e. Chapter 23). This activity intensive project will concentrate on the following 3 main points:
  • Improvement of the normative framework and standards;
  • Support for the implementation of Ministry of Justice tasks as reflected in the Action Plan for the implementation of Chapter 23;
  • Support to the Ministry of Justice for improved coordination, monitoring and reporting on the Action Plan for Chapter 23 implementation.
The project will be activity-intensive and consist of two full-time experts with over 1,500 days of short terms expertise. Their work will range from legal, institutional and procedural analysis, to support with legal drafting, assistance with day-to-day Ministry of Justice activities, as well as trainings, roundtables and conferences, amongst other support.

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