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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)
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