WISE Development Ltd

Examples of Assignments undertaken by WISE Associates since 2001:

 

CENTRAL, SOUTH AND SOUTH EAST ASIA

 

Country /

type of work

 

Agency & date

Description

* Under-taken by

 

Economic Development:  includes private sector development (PSD), SME and entrepreneurship development, trade and market issues, sustainable livelihoods, micro finance, fair trade, agribusiness, business development & support services (BDS)

 

Nepal

 

Micro-finance for women’s empowerment

Society for Partners in Development, Kathmandu

 

Jan 2007

 

Co-facilitating a workshop on Micro-Finance for Women’s Empowerment, and contributing to design of an IFAD project.

LM

India

 

Development of best practice and information resource

 

Levi Strauss Foundation

 

May – Dec 2006

Gender and micro-finance in India:  forthcoming  website and workshop facilitation; documentation to facilitate exchange of best practice in India on gender and micro-finance to develop a strong South Asia network and internet resource for information exchange and as an input to the Micro Credit Summit + 10.

 

LM

Bangladesh

 

Strategic review & learning exercise

 

CARE Bangladesh

 

Feb 2006

To conduct a strategic review and reflective learning exercise with a livelihoods project that will contribute to design of a new livelihoods programme targeted at ultra poor (urban & rural).

 

CP

Pakistan

 

Design of training courses in micro finance for women’s empowerment

Aga Khan Foundation Canada, and Pakistan Microfinance Network

To design two Powerpoint-based training courses for t Pakistan Micro-finance Network and other organizations in gender issues in micro-finance and innovations to make micro-finance more empowering for women; to write the training Manuals for CD-Rom including multimedia content; to conduct pilot trainings and one training of trainers; to design web material based on the training.

 

LM

Central Asia

 

Analysis of socio-economic changes in region

DFID / ERM

 

Dec 2003

Rural and Urban Change Processes in Central Asia:

provided an analysis of significant changes occurring in the region in labour markets and investment patterns, livelihood diversification, urbanisation patterns, rural-urban linkages and related social and political changes.

 

HM

Bangladesh

 

Social development support to agricultural reform project

DFID / HTS

 

Feb – March 2002

Supported the national Social Development Consultant in an understanding of the key social development issues relevant to the project and  identifying areas for prioritisation. Offered recommendations for appropriate entry points through which to mainstream social development themes throughout project components.

 

HM

India

 

Development of training manual

CARE India

 

Jan – May 2002

Microfinance for Women's Empowerment Training:

Training and Manual funded by CARE-India.  Facilitated three training workshops in India on methodologies for women's empowerment through micro-finance groups and developed a Manual based on the workshop outcomes.

 

LM

India

 

Sustainable Learning for Women’s Empowerment

 

PRADAN / ICCO

 

Sept 2001 – March 2002

 

Facilitated a conference on participatory learning systems for women's empowerment and enterprise development.  Produced overview documentation and edited a book of papers based on the proceedings.

 

LM

Philippines

 

Appraisal of Fair Trade Agency

 

Traidcraft / DFID

 

2001, 2003 & 2006

Appraisal of a Fair trade based business support agency based in Manila and covering all Philippines.   The work involved helping the agency’s team to review their strategy and develop a 5 year action plan

PR

Nepal

 

Ongoing review of 7-year rural access programme

 

DFID / WSP Ltd

 

2000 - current

A senior enterprise consultant with a multidisciplinary team (led by WSP Ltd) working on a seven year rural access programme where I advise on the integration of enterprise development activities into the programme.

 

PR

India

 

Design of business services for SMEs

SIDBI

 

2000

Small Industries Development Bank of India - working with bankers from SIDBI to develop complementary business development services for MSES alongside their financial products

 

PR

 

Environmental Development:  includes environmental policies & strategies, environmental impact assessment, rural and urban infrastructure, water and natural resource development, sustainable tourism

 

Kazakhstan

 

Social survey for land use planning

DFID / SERA

 

Oct 2003 - present

Social Survey for a Participatory Land Use Planning Project, Kazakhstan:  provided capacity building and field support for a local NGO in the implementation of a social survey around a former Soviet nuclear test site. Provided recommendations for alternative land use planning practices for local livestock owners to avoid further risks from contamination. Worked with a national NGO on the design of information and education material on risks from contamination.

 

HM

 

Institutional Development:  including public management reform policies and strategies,  civil society engagement and strengthening, organisational development, human resource and capacity development, training and skills development, support for decentralisation, local and community institutional strengthening

 

India

 

M&E framework

DFID

 

March 2006

Developing a framework to monitor & evaluate DFID-I’s Support to Public Management & Service Delivery Improvement Programme in Andhra Pradesh

 

CP

Vietnam

 

Facilitation & documentation of gender & diversity programming workshop

 

CARE International (US)

 

Dec 2005 – Jan 2006

Facilitation and documentation of Gender Equity Exchange and Synthesis workshop in Vietnam, bringing together all C-I’s Asian country offices to discuss programmatic and organisational dimensions of gender equity and diversity.

 

CP

Nepal

 

Training of public enterprise advisers

Durham University / Govt of Nepal

 

1998-2003

Worked with and trained a large number of public and non-government enterprise advisers (whilst employed as Director of Networks Development Team, University of Durham Foundation for SME, formerly known as DUBS)

 

PR

India

 

Capacity building of local authority staff for SME support & advice

Durham University / Govt of India

 

1996 - 2001

India – Extensive experience of working with the national government, local district authorities and civil society groups throughout India in developing IG/MSE activities as part of sustainable livelihoods programmes in both urban and rural areas.  (Whilst employed as Director of Networks Development Team, University of Durham Foundation for SME, formerly known as DUBS)

 

PR

 

Programme Management & Support:  includes programme appraisals, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation / routine reviews, programme impact assessments

 

Sri Lanka

 

Women’s Empowerment in Sustainable Livelihood programming

 

CARE Sri Lanka

 

Sept-Oct 2008

To assess programme in SE Sri Lanka for promoting sustainable livelihoods and addressing underlying causes of poverty, in particular that experienced by women:  reviewing programme progress, assessing staff capacity, drawing out lessons and contributing to next phase of programme

 

CP

Nepal

 

Impact Assessment

 

PACT, Nepal

 

Sept 2006 – Feb 2007

Designing appropriate impact assessment methodology for five year assessment of PACT’s Women Ending Poverty Programme, Nepal, in particular examining the program’s contribution to women’s ability to combat poverty in their families and communities.

 

LM

 

Vietnam

 

Piloting Integrated Impact Assessment Approach

IFC / MPDF

 

March – May 2006

International Finance Corporation (Washington) & Mekong Private Development Facility (Vietnam):  Team Leader piloting the Integrated Impact Assessment Approach in the context of MPDF’s work with Binh Dinh Province on improving the business enabling environment; findings presented to IFC Conference in Washington in May

 

CP & PR

India

 

Developing M&E framework

DFID

 

March 2006

Developing a framework to monitor & evaluate DFID-I’s Support to Public Management & Service Delivery Improvement Programme in Andhra Pradesh

 

 

CP

Vietnam (for Asia Region)

 

Documenting regional workshop on gender & diversity

CARE (Asia Regional Office)

 

Dec 2005 – Jan 2006

Facilitation and documentation of Gender Equity Exchange and Synthesis workshop in Vietnam, bringing together all C-I’s Asian country offices to discuss programmatic and organisational dimensions of gender equity and diversity.

 

CP

India

 

Participatory review.  Evaluation & web design

Concern Worldwide

 

Dec 2003

Evaluation and web design for ANANDI, funded by Concern Worldwide. Participatory Review using PALS methodologies to assess and document the achievements and challenges of Anandi's women's empowerment programme. To train staff in PALS and make practical recommendations for more systematic participatory action learning in their annual fair. Also design a website based on this and other ANANDI material.

 

LM

 

Social Development:  includes empowerment approaches, gender issues, community based interventions, social analysis and strategies, poverty assessments, social protection, health and education programmes, participatory research and methodologies

 

Sri Lanka

 

Women’s Empowerment in Sustainable Livelihood programming

 

CARE Sri Lanka

 

Sept-Oct 2008

To assess programme in SE Sri Lanka for promoting sustainable livelihoods and addressing underlying causes of poverty, in particular that experienced by women:  reviewing programme progress, assessing staff capacity, drawing out lessons and contributing to next phase of programme

 

CP

Nepal

 

Impact Assessment

 

PACT, Nepal

 

Sept 2006 – Feb 2007

Designing appropriate impact assessment methodology for five year assessment of PACT’s Women Ending Poverty Programme, Nepal, in particular examining the program’s contribution to women’s ability to combat poverty in their families and communities.

LM

Bangladesh

 

Programme review and learning

CARE

 

Feb 2006

Conducted a strategic review and reflective learning exercise with a livelihoods project that contributed to design of a new livelihoods programme targeted at ultra poor (urban & rural).

 

CP

Vietnam / Asia

 

Documentation of workshop on gender and diversity

CARE (Asia Regional Office, Bangkok)

 

Dec 2005-Jan 2006

 

Facilitation and documentation of Gender Equity Exchange and Synthesis workshop in Vietnam, bringing together all C-I’s Asian country offices to discuss programmatic and organisational dimensions of gender equity and diversity.

 

CP

Kazakhstan

 

Social Survey for Participatory Land Use Planning Project

DFID / SERA

 

Oct 2003 – present (ongoing)

Provided capacity building and field support for a local NGO in the implementation of a social survey around a former Soviet nuclear test site. Provided recommendations for alternative land use planning practices for local livestock owners to avoid further risks from contamination. Worked with a national NGO on the design of information and education material on risks from contamination.

 

HM

Kyrgyz Republic

 

Gender evaluation of agricultural development project

 

ADB

 

Jan – May 2005

Designed a social assessment. Identified and trained a local team of social researchers and supervised the field work. Provided a recommended framework of action to the Ministry of Agriculture for improving the participation of women in the programme.

 

HM

India

 

Evaluation and web design

Concern / ANANDI

 

Dec 2003

Evaluation and web design for ANANDI, funded by Concern Worldwide. Participatory Review using PALS methodologies to assess and document the achievements and challenges of Anandi's women's empowerment programme. To train staff in PALS and make practical recommendations for more systematic participatory action learning in their annual fair. Also design a website based on this and other ANANDI material.

 

LM

 

 

 

Rural and Urban Change Processes in Central Asia

Provided an analysis of significant changes occurring in the region in labour markets and investment patterns, livelihood diversification, urbanisation patterns, rural-urban linkages and related social and political changes. ERM / DFID, Dec 2003.

 

HM

 

 

Social Assessment for an Education Project, Tajikistan

Designed and managed a social assessment into reasons for non-attendance and rising drop-out rates in schools, and the departure of teachers from the profession, for an education reform project. Trained a team of national researchers and supervised the research implementation and analysis. Recommended inclusion of measures to address relevant social issues into the project. World Bank, July 2002 – Feb 2003.

 

HM

 

 

Social Development Support to an Agricultural Reform Project, Bangladesh

Supported the national Social Development Consultant in an understanding of the key social development issues relevant to the project, in carrying out her TOR, and in identifying areas for prioritisation. Offered recommendations for appropriate entry points through which to mainstream social development themes throughout project components. HTS / DFID, Feb – March 2002.

 

HM

 

 

Social Assessment into the Effects of the Desert Locust on Poor Farmers, Eritrea and Mauritania

Carried out social research into the effects of the desert locust on poor farmers in order to provide an assessment of the benefits of a global desert locust control programme. Using participatory methodologies, held discussions with poor farmers in areas affected by the desert locust, as well as relevant government stakeholders. OPM / DFID, Dec 2001 – Feb 2002.

 

HM

 

 

September 2001 - March 2002, Sustainable Learning for Women's Empowerment, India

Conference facilitation and publication for I. PRADAN, funded by ICCO. To facilitate a conference on participatory learning systems for women's empowerment and enterprise development. To produce overview documentation and edit a book of papers based on the proceedings.

 

LM

 

 

Social Impact Assessment for a Road Project, Kyrgyz Republic

Designed a socio-economic assessment. Trained a national team of researchers and supervised implementation of the assessment. Used the results to draw up a resettlement plan and provided recommendations for how the project could initiate pro-poor economic growth. Roughton International / TACIS, May – Nov 2000.

 

 

 

HM

 

Strategic Development:  including country and regional strategies, national and multi-country policy reviews, reform proposals and assessments, non-country specific / broad development programmatic issues & frameworks

 

Central Asia

 

Analysis of rural & urban change processes

DFID / ERM

 

Dec 2003

Provided an analysis of significant changes occurring in the region in labour markets and investment patterns, livelihood diversification, urbanisation patterns, rural-urban linkages and related social and political changes.

 

HM