Assignment NameClientPeriodAssignment Brief
HCD Research SupportSPRING AcceleratorFebruary-August, 2018A group of service providers have formed a Consortium led by ProPortion Enterprise from Netherlands and consisting of CPL from Bangladesh, WhiteRiceCom from Pakistan, MicroEmpire from Myanmar, and One to Watch from Nepal to support SPRING with a view to lead and manage the delivery of HCD Research across South Asia. The consortium is responsible for overseeing and implementing the safe, timely delivery of all recruitment and logistics of the research; recruiting, managing, and working in close collaboration with the local research moderators who will deliver the research; and providing general project management oversight and updates to the SPRING team (based across South Asia, London, and San Francisco).
Identifying Barriers for Creating Enabling Environment for Students and Graduate Midwifes and Developing Strategies to Address those Barriers Leading to Establishment of Midwifery as a Profession BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University March – April, 2018Developing Midwives Project (DMP) of BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University envisions healthcare system that reaches poor communities in the remote locations and lessens maternal and neonatal mortality. To help the country reach its targeted number of midwives and hence lessen maternal mortality ratio, BRAC University launched 3-year 'Diploma in Midwifery’ in 2012 as the first private midwifery education. CPL is providing support to BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University in conducting the study to identify barriers for creating enabling environment for students and graduate midwifes and develop strategies to address those barriers leading to establishment of midwifery as a profession.
Providing Monitoring and Evaluation services for Lal Teer Seed LimitedLal Teer Seed Limited for USAID and Government of NetherlandsAugust 2017 onwardsLal Teer is the leading seed company in Bangladesh. Different donors are now engaging Lal Teer in ensuring delivery of better and improved products and services to the poor farmers in Bangladesh from different dimensions to improve their livelihoods. CPL is providing outsourced results measurement and reporting services including analysis of multilayer data and developing holistic progress reports to Lal Teer for their Geodata Based Information Services for Small Farmers (GEOBIS) project and USAID Project Securing Water for Food.
Market Research for Developing Business Model for Solar operated Pond Sand FilterOxfam BangladeshDecember 2017 - January 2018Oxfam Bangladesh have been working with Shushilan under Resilience through Economic Empowerment Climate Adaptation Leadership and Learning (REECALL 2021); to develop women led sustainable community based enterprise through promoting solar operated pond sand filter (PSF). The study comprised of formulating the overall demand supply analysis, market mapping and provide directions and ideas to develop a feasible and sustainable business model for the targeted communities and help the women of that area to be self-reliant and empowered. CPL was involved in designing the study, collecting field data and developing the final report to Oxfam, for their further action.
Benefit for Business and Worker (BBW Lite)Impactt Limited (UK)October 2017 – March 2018Impactt is an award-winning ethical trade consultancy with a vision to improve workers' livelihoods in a way that benefits businesses and workers. The program BBW Lite is a Productivity, Quality and HR system Improvement project for Readymade Garment Industry of Bangladesh facilitated by renowned apparel brand BigW. CPL was involved to provide Productivity and Quality Improvement consultancy support.
Evaluation of Comprehensive Poverty Reduction Program (CPRP)Phase IIIChristian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB)December 2017 - February 2018Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) launched its largest development intervention, namely Comprehensive Poverty Reduction Program (CPRP) in 2007 with a view to addressing poverty in a comprehensive way. The third phase of the project started in 2015 for three years. CPRP was designed by CCDB based on sustainable livelihood approach, and combined service delivery and right based development approaches to address poverty from different directions. Major thematic areas of this program were strengthening people’s organization (PO), livelihood and food security, health & WATSAN, education & culture, societal peace, local level advocacy and gender justice. CPL conducted the end of project evaluation of CPRP phase III to gauge the impacted change at the household level in terms of livelihood, food security, nutrition, health and other project objectives. Mixed method study design was adhered to for the evaluation.
End-line/ Final Evaluation of PEEWF (Promoting an Enabling Environment for Women in Factories) ProjectCARE BangladeshDecember 2017 - January 2018 The overall objective of the PEEWF Project is to contribute workers’ empowerment process by enhancing skills and fostering relation among related parties in the RMG and Ceramic sector. Furthermore, the specific objective of the project is to make the management of RMG and Ceramics factories and other targeted stakeholders responsive and accountable for creating a worker friendly environment and to build the capacity of the workers to make them able to analyse their problems within workplace and household and take measures to address the problems. CPL conducted Endline evaluation of the project through mixed method study involving quantitative survey with workers and qualitative interviews with factory management and other stakeholders.
Providing Monitoring and Evaluation services for Shomoshti projectCARE Bangladesh for SDCOctober 2017 – June 2018Care Bangladesh is implementing the SDC funded Shomoshti Project which is mandated to ensure business and technical services to agriculture, agribusiness and home/ cottage based activities and create access to social services for 200,000 rural households of Bangladesh. Consiglieri Private Limited is providing M&E consultancy services to the project. CPL will support Shomoshti in analytical design and developing special tools like value for money (VfM) framework for the project.
Progress and Opportunity analysis of extension services (Private and Public)USAID Agricultural Extension Support Activity (AESA) Project & CAREOctober, 2017The USAID Agricultural Extension Support Activity strives to increase farmers’ access to improved extension services leading increased household incomes, nutritional status and food security for 112,402 participating farmers. The Ag Extension Project is being implemented by a consortium of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), CARE Bangladesh and mPower. Part of project activity was to engage in capacity building activities of public and private extension service agents, so as to improve their service delivery to the farmers. CPL conducted the assessment of the capacity and performance of the service providers that they have supported or developed. The broad objectives was to understand the level of development of the service providers, the quality of service they are providing and whether the linkages between the service providers and the beneficiaries are functioning properly.
Providing Monitoring and Evaluation services for the BFP-B projectsNathan Associates London Limited for DFIDAugust 2017 - March 2019Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B) is a five-year programme funded by DFID and implemented by Nathan Associates. The programme aims to promote innovative finance and financial services for micro and small enterprises (MSEs). Consiglieri is providing the monitoring and evaluation services for the projects. The overall objective of the assignment is to formulate and execute effective monitoring and evaluation for overseeing and analysing the progress of the BFCF projects. CPL is assigned to Develop and implement the M&E framework and tools, Conduct the regular monitoring and reporting tasks and Design and conduct all the studies and assessments required for the projects.
Mid-term assessment for ASTHA ProjectSwisscontact for Novartis Global August-September 2017Swisscontact is implementing the project ASTHA (Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access) to develop Community Paramedics and contribute towards sustainable quality healthcare delivery at grassroots level. Swisscontact has hired Consiglieri to perform a midterm assessment for measuring the impact of ASTHA project on community paramedics and at the institution level to know how much and what changes came in the health seeking behaviour of the project areas.
End line Evaluation of the Safe, Clean, Environment- Friendly Factories in Bangladesh (EHS+ Center) ProjectInstitute for Sustainable Communities (ISC)August-September 2017The EHS+ Center is a public-private partnership initiative co-implemented by the ISC and North South University (NSU) in Bangladesh to build the capacity of factory managers to improve occupational health and safety standards and reduce the overall environmental footprint of factories in Bangladesh, enhancing their global competitiveness. Consiglieri is to prepare an assessment report that measures the sustainability, efficiency, effectiveness, and impacts of the EHS+ Center project; captures outcome and impact results as outlined in the project’s approved results assessment framework; and documents successes and challenges raised in the project implementation period.
End of Project Assessment for Profitable Opportunities for Food Security (PROOFS) ProjectiDE Bangladesh for Embassy of Kingdom of NetherlandsMarch-June, 2017Profitable Opportunities for Food Security (PROOFS) is a four-year project focused on improving the household food and nutrition security through creating higher income opportunities and motivation to convert the additional income into nutrition value development, feeding practices for women of reproductive age, infants and young children and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) situation of rural households. PROOFS has hired Consiglieri to conduct an end of project assessment to gauge the impacted change at the household level in terms of agricultural practices, income, and household food security and WASH status; whilst also assessing how PROOFS has influenced change in the wider market system.
Baseline study for SAFETY project Winrock Bangladesh for USDAFebruary – April, 2017Winrock Bangladesh implemented and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) funded SAFETY is a value chain development program which will work with different market actors to increase Shrimp and Prawn productivity and for Trade expansion. Unlike other conventional baseline surveys, besides shrimp and prawn producers, we will also collect baseline information from other market actors including feed and seed manufacturer and sellers (input market actors), depots, traders, export agents, processors and buyers (output market actors) and regulatory actors (Trader Associations, public bodies, etc.) to help Winrock design it’s final implementation strategies.
A Study to Measure Willingne ss to Pay for FSM ServicesSNV BangladeshJanuary – March, 2017For SNV Bangladesh, CPL will measure users’ Willingness to Pay (WTP) for safe emptying services, determine optimum tariff structures and desired roles/responsibilities of service providers in sustaining, operating and maintaining emptying services. SNV is implementing the project titled ‘Demonstration of pro-poor market-based solutions for faecal sludge management in urban centres of Southern Bangladesh’ under the leadership of local authorities in Khulna City Corporation, Kushtia and Jhenaidah Paurashavas together with KWASA, KUET, URP discipline of Khulna University and WaterAid Bangladesh.
Consultancy on MRM framework/ Results Chain Development of Shomoshti ProjectCare Bangladesh for SDCNovember, 2016 – January, 2017Care Bangladesh is implementing a SDC funded project named Shomoshti- Prosperity for the Poor and Disadvantaged. Being a Market and Social services development project, Shomoshti has decided to follow the DCED Standards for Results Measurement for its MRM system. Shomoshti wants CPL to provide consultancy services for developing its MRM framework in the light of DCED standard.
Market Analysis of Pineapple Production and Processing in MadhupurChristian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) NetworkNovember, 2016 – January, 2017Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) is planning to work with the pineapple farmers of Madhupur and Fulbaria in Mymensingh to create better market access and profitability. Recognizing the importance of pineapple production and marketing for the farmers of Madhupur and Fulbaria, CCDB has hired CPL to conduct a study to assess the pineapple market and find out ways to link the info to the value chain actors to ensure proper price and sustainable production.
Jute seed cultivation results assessmentDAI for USAID Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) projectNovember – December, 2016In order to reduce the rapidly increasing demand supply gap of high quality Jute seeds, AVC supported private input companies for the production and marketing of high and uniform quality jute seeds in 2015. Now AVC wants CPL to conduct a study to analyze the outcomes and impacts of the introduction of the new variety jute seed in the 2016 March-May season.
Mango stakeholders dialogue results assessmentDAI for USAID Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) projectOctober – November 2016Mango is by far the most important fruit in Bangladesh. In 2014, the media coverage on wide scale application of chemicals to harvested mangoes for ripening went viral and created panic among the consumers. Law enforcement agencies demolished hundreds of tons of mangoes. To avoid repetition of 2014 scenario, AVC organized seven stakeholders’ dialogues. Now AVC has hired CPL to know the outcomes and impacts of the mango stakeholder’s dialogues conducted in 2015.
In-depth study on farmer’s behavior change, drivers and barriers for SaFal projectSolidaridad for Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN)September – October 2016Solidaridad and EKN wants CPL to conduct an in-depth study on farmer’s behavior change, drivers and barriers for their SaFal project. The purpose of the study is to examine the determinants of farmers’ behavioral change with regard to factors including agricultural practices, technical knowledge and capacity, gender differentiated choice, access to inputs and affordability of farming, market of produces and adoption of technologies towards having self-organized impact on their food security and livelihoods.
Analyze Sectors and Market Systems by Collecting Pro-Poor Relevant DataCare Bangladesh for SDCAugust – October 2016Shomoshti – Prosperity for the Poor and Disadvantaged is an SDC mandated project which is being implemented by a team led by CARE Bangladesh. Shomoshti project’s social and economic impact will benefit the wellbeing of rural households, particularly the poor and disadvantaged by ensuring higher incomes, better nutrition and more education. CPL is contracted to provide sufficient information for Shomoshti to design specific strategies for inclusive market development to ensure sustainable livelihoods and better access to improved technical and available social services for the beneficiaries of the project.
National Level Cattle Feed Value Chain AssessmentACDI/VOCAJune – July 2016The assignment is targeted towards developing the analytics to guide the Livestock and Nutrition project’s intervention strategies to optimize cattle feed utilization and animal production. Objectives of the assignment include: (1) Analyze the overall demand and supply of select feed materials (forage/fodder species, concentrates and crop residuals); (2) Analyze the value chains and local markets for select feed materials; and (3) Provide recommendations to the project on strategies and activities to improve the growth and productivity of the feed sector.
Feasibility Study for Selecting the Most Promising and Feasible Renewable Energy Based SolutionMott Macdonalds, funded by EKN, BangladeshMay – September 2016Blue Gold Program, started on 2013, has been interested to deploy some smart and efficient renewable energy solutions to mitigate the energy demands in the polder areas. In order to identify the most promising and feasible renewable energy based solution(s), the study is focused in two phases or milestones, Phase A – Shortlisting the most suitable and potential renewable energy based technologies; Phase B – Feasibility analysis for selecting the most promising and feasible renewable energy based solution(s) for scale up.
Baseline study for the Project “Intelligent Decision Support System (IDSS) for farmers”ACI Agribusiness Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) Limited April – June 2016This baseline study will find the current cultivation and sales practices and livelihood status of the targeted farmers (production and post-harvest management practices, input usage, sales practice, productivity, income, profitability, etc.). This study will analyze the potential or projected positive change in case if the target group receives better information services, and emphasize on portraying the correlation between information seeking behavior of the target group and their associated performance. The study will also draw a holistic view over issues like risks and hazards associated with farmers and other stakeholders. All these data will be collected in a gender disaggregated way using appropriate gender lens.
Study of Patterns in Financial Flows within Market SystemDAI for USAID Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) projectApril – June 2016The Agricultural Value Chains project (AVC) has contracted Consiglieri Private Limited to conduct a study on the financial flows in the agricultural sector of AVC’s portfolio of farmers in the Southern Delta. This study aims to analyze and understand the farmer communities’ behavior patterns like saving, borrowings, consumption, Investment pattern etc. It also wants to assess and develop a farmer segmentation analysis based on commercialization, land size, commercial relationship/investment patterns etc. In addition to these, envisioned outcome of the study is also to know about the patterns of financial flows between commercial actors involved in the agriculture sector of the Southern Delta.
Capacitate Summer Vegetable farmersDAI for USAID Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) projectMarch – October 2016The Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) is a five-year project funded by USAID under its Feed the Future initiative to improve the food security scenario in Bangladesh by strengthening agricultural value chains. AVC aims to achieve broad-based economic growth and enhance long-term food security in 20 districts of the Southern Delta of Bangladesh by applying a market systems approach. Consiglieri Private Limited has been contracted to train 5,000 vegetable farmers in the running summer season on better production technology and improved post-harvest technology in Bagerhat district.
Market Governance Study and Gender Study for PROOFS projectiDE Bangladesh for Embassy of Kingdom of NetherlandsJanuary - March 2016The objectives of the assignment are to understand the incentives of market actors who operate within PROOFS project areas; identify the various factors that influence the relationships between actors; and identify the key obstacles and opportunities to achieving relationships in which the incentives of actors align with the interests of the poor. As good governance is dependent upon gender equity, a particular emphasis will be placed on examining the project gains for women focusing on their experience to access markets, their level of engagement within market systems and factors that pose an obstacle to women’s involvement.
Mainstreaming Women’s Economic Empowerment in Farmed Fish and Vegetable sectorKatalyst (A project funded by DFID, SDC and Danida)October 2015 – December 2016This specific assignment is jointly designed with Katalyst to ensure knowledge dissemination on better cultivation technology and better input for the women fish and vegetable farmers of Bangladesh. The primary objective of this assignment is to work for Women’s Economic Empowerment through interventions with hatcheries/ NGOs/ agro chemical companies/ Govt bodies for the inclusion of women farmers through market development initiatives and work on ensuring better knowledge and input for them.
RMSA for Enhanced Coastal Fisheries (ECOFISHBD)iDE Bangladesh for USAIDSeptember- November 2015Consiglieri Private Limited is conducting the Rapid Market System Analysis (RMSA) of Hilsa Market System in Southern part of Bangladesh. The study is primarily focused on Hilsa extractors and their households from 26 upazilas of 9 districts. This is a part of the USAID Project "Enhanced Coastal Fisheries (ECOFISH) Project.
Sub-sector Market/Value Chain Analysis for Feed the Future Women’s Empowerment ActivityACI Agribusiness for USAIDJune-August 2015USAID has introduced a special set of activities in its Feed the Future program, known as “Feed the Future Bangladesh Women’s Empowerment Activity (WEA)”, with a view to increase the empowerment of women and gender parity in targeted areas of the Feed the Future zone of influence. The outcomes of this analysis will help in developing strategies and interventions for the project to strengthen the beneficiaries’ capacity in getting the optimum benefit from the value chains through adopting the opportunities while addressing the constraints.
Action Research on “Do Higher Quality Standards hinder Inclusive Growth?” in BangladeshBoP Innovation Center, NetherlandsMay- July 2015This is an Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN) funded action research to identify the impacts of quality standards on the inclusiveness of the poor into the market system. The context of the assignment was set to be all EKN projects being implemented in Bangladesh. The outputs of the assignment are a document (reflecting the findings of the desk study, the theoretical conceptualizations and field level investigations) and a mini-seminar in Bangladesh with policy makers, practitioners and Bangladesh-based scientists on the matter.
Integrating of Population and Gender Issues in Development Policy Planning and ProjectsSocio-economic Infrastructure Division Bangladesh Planning CommissionMarch-May 2015This assignment is a part of the capacity building support for SIED of Bangladesh Planning Commission in integrating population and gender issues in development policies and planning. The broad objective of this assignment was to draft and finalize the population and gender integration handbook/guideline and prepare a training module upon this. Specific objectives include review and finalize the handbook incorporating all the population and gender variables, recommendation on gender integration in existing policies and future plans/programs and developing a comprehensive training module for officials of planning wing for various ministries and departments of Government of Bangladesh.
End line evaluation for PROSHAR-EML Project in BangladeshiDE Bangladesh for USAIDMay – July 15Consiglieri was contracted for conducting the end line evaluation of the project. In the end line evaluation, the main target is to measure the impact of the activities undertaken by the project and also to assess the sustainability of the initiatives taken by the project.
Key Stakeholders Survey for Profitable Opportunities for Food Security (PROOFS) ProjectiDE Bangladesh for Embassy of Kingdom of NetherlandsApril – June 15The assignment was to assess the changes and impact occurred in the business and lives of the households and stakeholders. The study will utilize a wide range of appropriate tools and methodologies to measure the status and performance of targeted households, FBAs, PLPs, NSAs and other market system components within the framework of PROOFS.
Feasibility Assessment for collection point (CP) and Market Committee (MC) development under PROOFS ProjectiDE Bangladesh for Embassy of Kingdom of NetherlandsMarch – April 15This project is an initiative of Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands in Bangladesh and implemented jointly by ICCO, iDE Bangladesh and BoP Inc. The objective is to improve livelihood of the base of the pyramid people in Bangladesh. The overall objective of the assignment is to conduct a feasibility assessment with a sample size of 834 for taking decisions on Collection Point development, Market Management Committee and Rural Business Center strengthening to ensure aggregation of products and batter access to market.
Co-facilitation for Implementation of Capitalisation Strategy of Promoting Inclusive Market Development (IMD) through AcademiaKatalyst (A project funded by DFID, SDC and Danida) February 2015 – November 2016As one of the prodigious market development projects Katalyst has been working in Bangladesh since 2003 to develop market system for reducing poverty in rural and urban areas. Now Katalyst wants to leverage the current work on Inclusive Market Development (IMD through sustainable market actors. Consiglieri Private Limited has been contracted as the co-facilitator to identify and implement the appropriate strategies to achieve this goal.
Promotion of Sustainable Culture Practice of Small Indigenous Species (SIS)Katalyst (A project funded by DFID, SDC and Danida)February 2015 – July 2016 Through this project CPL targets to popularize sustainable culture practice of Small Indigenous Species (SIS) of fish nationwide in Bangladesh by ensuring convenient access to the forward market and proper support from the backward market in terms of quality inputs and information on better farming techniques to enhance the competitiveness of smallholder fish farmers in the market system and ensure sustainable and profitable growth for them.
Conducting FBA Assessment and End line Survey for PROSHAR Project in BangladeshiDE Bangladesh for USAIDFebruary – June 2015The Program for Strengthening Household Access to Resources (PROSHAR) is a partnership between International Development Enterprises (iDE), ACDI-VOCA and is funded by USAID. The project seeks to sustainably raise agricultural productivity and promote effective market linkages to increase the income of poor rural households in the south of Bangladesh. Consiglieri Private Limited conducted the FBA assessment of PROSHAR project where the main issue to be verified was the sustainability of their promoted FBA model for the farmers group. Consiglieri has also been contracted for conducting the end line evaluation of the project.
Establishing Rural Agro-input Distribution and Embedded Information Services Targeting Homestead Women ProducersKatalyst (A project funded by DFID, SDC and Danida)November 2014 -November 2016 Consiglieri Private Limited is implementing a sub-facilitation assignment for implementing market development interventions related to “Establishing Rural Agro-input Distribution and Embedded Information Services Targeting Homestead Women Producers”. This is a two years project funded by Katalyst. We shall be designing and implementing interventions for betterment of around 30,000 rural poor women throughout this project period.
End of Project Evaluation of ANEP ProjectiDE Bangladesh for European UnionAugust – November 2014The Agriculture and Nutrition Extension Project (ANEP) was implemented in both Bangladesh and Nepal. It was funded by European Union (EU) and implemented by iDE in collaboration with Save the Children International (SCI), The International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT), World Fish (WF), The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and local NGO partners. The project was aimed at improving the food security and nutrition of the poorest and most vulnerable households, especially women and children. Consiglieri Private Limited conducted the end line evaluation of this project where the specific tasks were identifying the key performance indicators of the project; Measure results and project performance across those indicators; Measure results focusing on both project’s targeted beneficiaries, service providers, related stakeholders and also on value chain actors.
Performance Audit of NGO Implemented HIV Prevention ServicesErnst & Young LLPSeptember - October 2014This is a performance audit done by Ernst & Young LLP (India) of The World Bank funded project which focuses the implementation services provided by the local NGOs for HIV prevention. CPL provided consultancy services under a subcontract with E&Y to perform the audit.
Data Quality Audit of PROOFS projectiDE Bangladesh for Embassy of Kingdom of NetherlandsJuly- September 2014The project has an M&E unit with three levels – central, regional and onsite for data collection and reporting. The objective for which Consiglieri was involved was to check the quality of data that is reported. The quality audit included both the data management system review and data verification.