Lijn 2   Consultancies

De tweede activiteitenlijn van Connect International bestaat uit consultancy opdrachten op het gebeid van water, sanitatie en hygiëne (WASH) in ontwikkelingslanden. Connect International heeft sinds 2010 al veel consultancies gedaan op WASH gebied (ten aanzien van verschillende WASH deelonderwerpen: programma identificatie, ontwikkeling en evaluatie; technische aspecten en kwaliteitsbewaking; visie, policy, institutionele en sector ontwikkeling; IT; finance en financial impact)  alsook op het gebied van cash transfers. Een overzicht van opdrachten die we uitgevoerd hebben staat verderop op deze webpagina. Klik hier voor een introductie van onze partner consultancy bureaus in verschillende landen in Afrika.

 

Onze ambities binnen deze consultancy lijn voor de toekomst zijn:

 

1.  Vormen van een groep Nederlandse en lokale consultants die aan onze kwaliteitseisen voldoen en die expertise hebben op vakgebieden die wij willen bestrijken. Hierdoor kunnen we op een redelijk divers pakket van consultancies inschrijven, waarbij de focus zal liggen op WASH (in ontwikkeling, rehabilitatie en noodhulp settings), irrigatie en landbouw.

2.  Werken via lokale consultants die tijdens hun werk met webcams filmopnames maken die 's avonds op afstand door senior consultants bekeken worden. Dan wordt overlegt met de lokale consultant wat er nog meer onderzocht en gedaan moet worden en hoe, zodat hij daarmee de volgende dag aan de gang kan gaan. Ook het schrijven van het rapport wordt begeleid door senior consultants. Op deze wijze kan hoge kwaliteit behaald worden tegen een lage prijs en kan senior kennis met lokale kennis (van cultuur, taal, religie en betrokken sectoren) gecombineerd worden.

 

In de afgelopen jaren hebben we de volgende consultancies uitgevoerd:

Jan. - May 2022

Review of the WASH interventions executed by the international NGO Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) from 2017 – 2021 in all countries where IRW is active. The review results were develo­ped and presented to inform IRW’s program, policy, advocacy and planning towards achieving its strategic objectives in the WASH sector.

Nov. - Dec. 2022

Digital training of 20 Palestinian water experts from different water utilities and the regulatory body for water of the Palestine authorities in regard to the Triple Helix (TH) model for developing structural collaboration between private, government and research / education sector organisations.

Aug. – Nov. 2021

Netherlands / Switzerland

Action Contre la Faim (ACF)

Structural review of the Field Support Team (FST) of the Global WASH Cluster. The FST is a team of experts who support national WASH coordination platforms in countries where emergencies have broken out and where such support is required.

Jan.- Nov. 2021

World­wide

Philip Morris International (PMI)

Development water quality and water availability guidelines, for six of the countries where PMI is active and implementing its worldwide WASH program (Malawi, Pakistan, Mozambique, Brazil, Argentina, India).

Sept 2020 – April 2021

Zambia

UNICEF Zambia / AquaQuest Consult

Baseline survey in Luapula Province, Zambia, as preparation for a UNICEF WASH program in 6 districts in this province.

Ongoing (2020 – 2024)

Malawi, Mozambique

Philip Morris International (PMI)

Development of a baseline survey among PMI’s tobacco farmers in Malawi and Zimbabwe and guidance of the rural WASH program that will be developed on the basis of the baseline findings.

Dec. 2019 – March 2021

Ghana

Edburgh Consultants

Review of the SNV and Fidelity bank team, implementing the P2P WASH Impact Fund for WASH MSMEs and households (a program funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ghana), followed by the formulation of improvements of the team and the Fund. The assignment included visits to and in-depth interviews with urban and rural loan takers and implementing stakeholders, assessment of banking procedures, analysis of Fund finances and customers, analysis of the Ghana water sector financing infrastructure, and finally the formulation of an improved future impact investment fund, including development of the ToR for the implementation of this Fund. For the review, Connect International’s Organiza­tion Assessment (OA) approach was used.

July  -Oct. 2020

World­wide

Edburgh Consultants

Evaluation of the AKVO D2D program for the introduction of IT and data management infrastructure in WASH sectors, institutions and programs worldwide, including advice on the future development and financing of AKVO and its business model.

July 2019 – end 2020

Tanzania Zambia, Mozam­bique, Zimbab­we, Malawi

IMC worldwide

Regional coordinator for 5 countries of an evaluation of DFID funded rural WASH programs between 2011 – 2018 in 13 countries, focusing on sustainability and targeting, including water systems, CLTS and ODF status, in many thousands of communities in the concerned countries. Developer and manager of 2 online surveys in mWater for the investigations and surveys in approximately 20.000 households divided over 13 countries.

August 2019 – July 2020

Uganda

BRLi

Development of a sanitation plan for self construction of toilets in rural communities (mainly), in Isingiro district, Uganda. In addition, a gender and an environ­mental assessment were executed in the district. All was part of a large water pipeline project passing through the district. For the assessments, surveys were designed by the TL in mWater online software and data uploaded by field surveyors in this software. A lobby among the Government of Uganda for the concerned approach was part of the activities.

2018 / 2019 (6 months)

Uganda

DANIDA / WE Consult

Development of a National Operation and Maintenance Framework for Rural Water Infrastructure in Uganda for the Government of Uganda, including advocacy regarding the framework among Uganda Government key stakeholders.

Dec. 2018 – April 2019

Indone­sia

American Red Cross in Indonesia

Assessment of WASH interventions by the Indo­ne­sian Red Cross throughout Indonesia, including several small-scale PDAM managed pipelines schemes.

2018 (3 months)

Ghana

UN-HABITAT

Evaluation of a flood resilience WASH program in North Ghana. Included relevance of the program, effectiveness and sustainability of WASH facilities realized, WASH product financing by community credit and saving groups (VSLAs), and (financial) business cases and value chains for local WASH producers and WASH O&M companies.

2015 – 2018 (80 days/ year)

Burkina Faso, Kenya

Landell/Enclude/European Investment Bank (EIB)

Assessed, assisted and trained MFIs in Kenya and Burkina Faso regarding credit lines for low cost WASH products among households belonging to the Bottom of the Pyramid and rural public institutions. Also included market assessment of low cost WASH products through on and offline surveys, and development of (financial) business cases for small WASH companies and sales persons. The efforts resulted in sales of water filters and other WASH solutions to MFI customers.

2017 (2 months)

Nether­lands

UNHCR

Development of Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) in UNHCR format for cash transfer programs for sanitation, water and hygiene items (including market research for the local commercial sector).

2017 (1 month)

Nether­lands

Connect Internatio­nal

Policy and advocacy paper for the Netherlands government on the potential of cash transfers to structurally curb poverty.

2017 (1 month)

Kenya

Development of a proposal for the Dutch Government for piped water schemes by utilities and their business cases in Kenya.

2017 (3 months)

Kenya, Bangla­desh

Aqua for All

Assessment of 13 WASH projects in Kenya and Bangladesh (rural and urban) with a focus on functionality and sustainability potential, including financial models and business cases for the O&M and sales of WASH infrastructure and services.

2017 (0,2 month)

Netherlands

Dorcas

Input in a proposal for the Dutch government for rehabilitation of pumped pipeline schemes in Kenya. The proposal was funded.

2014 (1,5 month)

Kenya

Aqua for All

Evaluation of 9 WASH projects in Kenya. Evaluation methodology with over 100 indica­tors on output/results, efficiency, sustainability, relevance, risks, gender, PMER, and financial business cases for WASH O&M, WASH products and WASH services.

2014 (0,7 month)

Malawi

Training local NGO’s in Malawi in business development for and financing of water filter sales + value chain development.