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Assignment NameClient Period Assignment Brief
Assessment of CCDB’s People’s Organization (PO) and Forum based ApproachChristian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB)February 2020- April 2020CCDB follows People’s Organization (PO) and Forum based Approach for its Comprehensive Poverty Reduction Program (CPRP) aiming livelihood and socio-economic development of the poor people. The strategy of CCDB includes empowering vulnerable people through community-based organizations, People's Managed Savings and Credit Program (PMSC). Consiglieri is assessing the approach according to its achievement and comparing it with other poverty reduction approaches used by Government and other NGOs to seek out the scalability of the approach.
Shifting Cultural and Social Norms for female workers of Baghda EnterpriseBusiness for Social Responsibility (BSR)March 2020- April 2021The Body Shop (TBS) and Work Opportunities for Women (WOW) are implementing an intervention focusing on unpaid work and care with hemp mitt producers and management at Bagdha Enterprise in Barisal, Bangladesh aiming to improve producer and worker livelihoods and develop supply chain tools. Consiglieri is providing education and sensitization sessions and workshops with the female workers of Baghda Enterprise and husbands or family members of the female workers with the aim to shift cultural and social norms in regard to gender roles in the workplace and at home.
Impact Evaluation of IDSS - Farmer’s Intelligent Decision Support System in BangladeshACI AgribusinessDecember 2019- February 2020ACI Agribusiness is implementing Intelligent Decision Support System (IDSS) project to provide reliable and timely advice to rice growing farmers in Bangladesh partnered with SNV Bangladesh, SarVision, Nelen & Schuurmans, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE). Fosholi app, the advisory platform for rice farmers was developed under G4AW project. CPL is measuring the end result of the project against project criteria and assessing degree of achievement of Fosholi platform’s objectives, the efficiency of its strategies, and the outreach of the information provided.
Conducting Market Systems study based on the systemic change framework Nathan Associates London Limited for DFIDOctober 2019 - February 2020Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B) has three components: a Challenge Fund, a CIB-Microfinance, and a Policy Component. The project is designed to couple social and economic objectives through a making markets work better for the poor (M4P) approach to increase access to finance for MSEs, especially those that are currently underserved by the formal financial sector. Through this study, BFP-B intends to capture experience of working with various private sector firms and regulators of the financial sector to assess the facilitation of systemic change within the financial sector.
Community socio-economic profiling and needs assessmentManagement Systems International (MSI) for Chevron GlobalSeptember - October 2019Chevron Bangladesh has supported communities across its operational areas since 2005. Now Chevron wants key inputs to a new three-year strategic social investment program (SSIP) for communities adjacent to Chevron’s Bibiyana, MoulviBazar and Jalalabad gas fields and Muchai Compressor Station in Sylhet (communities of interest). Chevron Bangladesh will use the report to determine social investment priorities, resource allocation and SSIP design for 2020-2023, as well as establishing a socio-economic baseline for future mid-term decisions.
Assessment of Healthcare Providers in BangladeshWorld Health Organization (WHO)August - December 2019To address the research gap in identifying the complete scenario- types of health workforce, especially in the rural areas, this study aims to map out the active health care providers and health associated organizations or entities to make a reliable estimate of their density of them per 10,000 population of Bangladesh. The study also aims to explore their professional and training experiences in order to classify them categories in order to understand the overall scenario of qualification of health care associated organizations and people all over Bangladesh.
Annual Performance Study of FtF RDC projectACDI/VOCA for USAIDAugust - October 2019The Feed the Future Bangladesh Rice and Diversified Crops (RDC) activity funded by USAID and implemented by ACDI/VOCA, crafts transformational business relationships between firms, male and female farmers, and others in priority crop value chains. RDC applies a market system development approach, supporting incentives and effectuating investment in these priority crop sectors. Consiglieri Private Limited is conducting the Annual Performance Study for RDC to capture their progress against targets and beyond. The study includes ~3,300 sample survey of HH and value chain actors through KOBO.
Facilitation of Market Linkage for RMG and Construction SectorsPalladium International Limited for DFID and SDCJuly 2019- December 2020Palladium is implementing SUDOKKHO (a 5-Year project funded by DFID and SDC) in collaboration with Swisscontact and British Council. Broad objective of SUDOKKHO is to strengthen the market systems of skilled and semi-skilled labor markets in RMG and Construction sectors of Bangladesh. Consiglieri was awarded to facilitate the linkages for both of the sectors. Under this facilitation contract, Consiglieri is committed to create sustainable business linkage with around 60 PTPs with around 120 RMG factories and 300 construction contractors, developing systems for monitoring the processes, developing employment tracking systems and exploring innovative solutions which can catalyze the whole linkage agenda.
Marketing Led Research for Developing Marketing Strategies for SWEEP EnterprisesWater and Sanitation for Urban PoorJune 2019 – August 2019SWEEP is one of the PPP (Private Public Partnership) initiatives of WSUP having standard Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) agenda. In spite of offering numerous benefits over the conventional methods, the mechanized method (vacutag) of SWEEP has not yet been popular in the LICs (Low Income Communities) of Chattogram city. To develop effective marketing strategy, Consiglieri was awarded one of the researches. The outcome of the research is insights and ideas for developing marketing strategy and campaign design.
Baseline Survey of Comprehensive Poverty Reduction (CPRP) Phase IVChristian Commission for the Development of Bangladesh (CCDB)1st June – 30th June 2019Comprehensive poverty reduction program (CPRP) is a flagship program initiated in 2007 and has been implemented in 14 districts with almost 50 thousand households. It was designed based on the Sustainable Livelihood Approach (SLA) which allows addressing poverty from different directions and ensures a synergic effect. Consiglieri was assigned to collect benchmark data of existing situation from selected forums as institution, and Forum member’s household data against different indicators.
Annual Survey for Women’s Economic Empowerment through Strengthening Market Systems (“WEESMS”)iDE Bangladesh for the Embassy of SwedenApril – May 2019The WEESMS programme is a five-year initiative funded by the Embassy of Sweden, designed to increase women’s participation in the labour market in rural and peri-urban Bangladesh, with a significant focus on reducing gender inequality in the country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. It aims to promote women’s entrepreneurship and strengthen the enabling environment for women to access formal and informal productive employment opportunities. CPL has been contracted to conduct the annual impact survey for the project.
Baseline Survey for Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition ActivityWorldFish Bangladesh for USAIDApril – September 2019Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity which is also referred as BANA (a 5-year award made by USAID to Worldfish) is a value chain development program which will work with different market actors and has an aim to sustain positive aquaculture sector growth in south-west Bangladesh and Cox’s Bazar district through an inclusive market system approach. Consiglieri is collecting the baseline data for this project to help the team in setting achievable and realistic indicator targets for each level of results. The survey includes 2,000 sample survey through KOBO and qualitative research of the value chains.
Consultancy Service for Start Fund Bangladesh Evidence & Quality Mentoring InitiativeStart Fund Bangladesh for DFIDApril – October 2019The Start Fund Bangladesh is a £10 million rapid emergency response pool fund set up by the Start Network with support from UK aid. Consiglieri is providing the Start Fund Bangladesh a comprehensive mentoring support as part of its capacity-building framework to strengthen the program quality and evidence management capacity of the local, national and international member NGOs of the fund.
Short Term Research Effort on Forced Labour and Migration from Bangladesh into the GulfBusiness for Social Responsibility (BSR)January – March 2019CPL is assisting BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) in conducting a short-term research on forced labor and migration from Bangladesh into the Gulf mainly to identify the situation of male and female Bangladeshi workers going to work in the Gulf. This research is designed to support the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) in identifying opportunities, projects and partners to work with.
Impact Assessment of SUDOKKHO InterventionsPalladium International Limited for DFID and SDCJanuary - March 2019SUDOKKHO seeks to test and scale-up market-driven, quality skills training systems within the Readymade Garments (RMG) and Construction sectors that will stimulate further investment in training by trainees, private training providers and employers. Sudokkho has assigned Consiglieri to assess the impact of the project intervention up till now to find out the attributable changes that the project has been expecting. CPL is using different comparative analyses to measure the attribution.
Develop Business Cases for Engaging Women in Agricultural Market SystemsACDI/VOCA for USAIDNovember 2018 - January 2019The FtF Rice and Diversified Crops (RDC) activity funded by USAID and implemented by ACDI/VOCA, crafts transformational business relationships between firms, male and female farmers, and others in priority crop value chains. The assignment for CPL is to conduct research to generate business cases on ‘Engaging women in agricultural market systems’ in the context of FtF Zone in Bangladesh. In this study, CPL has used USAID guideline for Business Case making and DCED guideline for Women’s Economic Empowerment for assessing gender dimensions.
Correlation between Menstrual Health and Worker Productivity in the Bangladeshi Garments SectorAction Research funded by Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) fundSeptember 2018 – December 2019Consiglieri Private Limited undertook this action research to explore the correlation between the menstrual hygiene practice by the female workers of the ready-made garments industry and their productivity. The plan is to push the factory owners and other stakeholders to invest in promoting the proper menstrual hygiene practice to their female workers if any positive correlation is evident from this Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) study.
Bi-annual and Annual Assessment for Shomoshti ProjectCARE Bangladesh for SDCOctober 2018 - June 2019The overall objective of the assignment is to present bi-annual and annual evidence of changes associated with activities and outputs; determine the extent to which outcomes, and outputs of this project has been achieved disaggregated by gender, value chains and division. CPL is assigned to collect data from the field, analysis and explore right direction of each intervention through preparing analytical report and power point presentation for the stakeholders.
Study on Climate Change Trends, Situation and Impacts in Chittagong Hill Tracts of BangladeshManusher Jonno FoundationNovember 2018-March 2019For the project “Strengthen civil society and public institutions to address combating gender-based violence and build community resilience to adapt climate change”, Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) required a thorough understanding of the climate change trends and impacts and situation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts regions. In light of that, CPL conducted the study through both qualitative and quantitative research including a vast number of in-depth interviews and surveys against the objective of the study, also by analyzing last 20 years meteorological data on CHT.
End line Evaluation of EKN and Rutgers InternationalRutgers InternationalOctober 2018 -January 2019As part of the EKN’s activity on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), the Changemakers project, with 28 of its partner organizations is targeted to strengthen the knowledge on SRHR and make this matter as a mainstream in their daily lives. CPL, having the vast experience in conducting evaluation, has led the end line evaluation of the changemakers project. The outcome of the program has been evaluated through KAP (Knowledge, Attitude and Practice) analysis against the intended outcome of the program.
Design and Implement M&E Plan for the Policy Component of ‘Business Finance for the Poor Bangladesh’Nathan Associates London Limited for DFIDSeptember 2018 – November 2019The purpose of the assignment is to develop a M&E framework for the Policy Component of BFP-B for assessing how the inputs of the policy component transform to outputs, outcome and impact and determine the indicators to measure how to achieve outcomes for policy changes on the policy environment, financial service providers and MSEs. Consiglieri (CPL) has deployed a number of M&E tools and framework to assess the impact of BFP-B’s activities in the policy ecosystem.
Bi-annual survey of SUCHANA projectiDE Bangladesh for UKaid and EUSeptember-December 2018SUCHANA is a six-year program, aiming children under two and women of reproductive age (15-45 years) in the districts of Sylhet and Moulvibazar in Sylhet Division. iDE Bangladesh and consortium partners hired Consiglieri Private Limited to accomplish a bi-annual survey for measuring the progress of Phase 1 and collect baseline data for Phase 2 of SUCHANA project on 31 different Income Generating Activities (IGA). The total sample size of the of the bi-annual survey was 2414.
Industry Mapping for Creating Employee LinkagePalladium International Limited for DFID and SDCDecember 2018- March 2019Palladium is implementing SUDOKKHO (a 5-Year project funded by DFID and SDC) in collaboration with Swisscontact and British Council. Broad objective of SUDOKKHO is to strengthen the market systems of skilled and semi-skilled labor markets in RMG and Construction sectors of Bangladesh. Consiglieri was awarded to conduct the Industry mapping along with the demand profiling for the RMG and Construction sector.
End-line Assessment of ASTHA ProjectSwisscontact for Novartis Global November-December 2018Swisscontact 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 hired Consiglieri to perform the end-line assessment for measuring the impact of ASTHA project on the community paramedics and at the community level to know how much and what changes came in the health seeking behavior in the project areas.
National Market Assessment for Low Cost Desludging Equipment and Vehicles in BangladeshPractical Action Consulting Bangladesh Ltd. for Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationDecember 2018- January 2019The objective of the study is to identify market size, capacity of market actors, identify relevant desludging technologies, market challenges and identify effective commercialization strategies. The assessment will generate knowledge on market systems including value chain actors, support services and business environment. The outcome of the study will also be shared with the private organizations and financing institutes who have wiliness to participate and invest in this business.
Support Private Sector for Strengthening Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Services in JhenaidahSNV Netherlands for Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationOctober - December 2018SNV is implementing the program ‘City Wide Inclusive Sanitation Engagement (CWISE)’ in Southern Bangladesh under the leadership of Local Government Authorities (City Corporations and Municipalities). The main objective of this assignment is to support a local partner of the project in developing and implementing a long-term business plan (at least 10 years) for providing FSM services in Jhenaidah.
Capturing Lessons Learned from Jibika ProjectBrac for ChevronOctober - November 2018Jibika project is a collaboration initiative of BRAC and Chevron in the adjacent areas of chevron gas fields at Sylhet region to promote entrepreneurship for sustainable income growth for the community people. The lessons learned exercise helped the project to know its strengths and weaknesses and design the future course of actions. The facilitator conducted the lesson learned workshops, developed the research plan and tools.
Mid-term Evaluation of Making Market Work for Women (MMWW) ProjectAction Aid Bangladesh for EKNNovember -December 2018ActionAid Bangladesh has been implementing “Making Market Work for Women (MMWW)” supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since November 2015. The main purpose of the MTR is to assess program performance and progress against strategic plans (impact, short & long-term outcomes, and strategies) which would improve program quality and inform future strategic direction and phase out strategy for exit plan as well for the remainder of the program period and beyond.
Capacity building on effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) within the context of Market Systems Development (MSD) initiativesWorldFish for USAIDSeptember-October 2018Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity is a five-year (2018-2023) award made to WorldFish with the aim to sustain positive aquaculture sector growth in south-west Bangladesh through an inclusive Market Systems Approach (MSA). Specific objective of the assignment was to conduct trainings on building skills on market system based monitoring, particularly adhering to USAID MEL and Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) guidelines and innovations.
Baseline Study of “Dignifying Lives- Inclusive Approach for Socioeconomic Empowerment of Informal Waste and Sanitation Workers”Practical Action for European Commission (EC) June-August 2018Main objective of the project is to improve the living status of the informal waste and sanitation worker while creating an inclusive system to strengthen the overall waste management system of the four targeted project town (Faridpur, Bagerhat, Barguna and Gazipur). For this Baseline study, CPL has done a qualitative study to identify the current market value chain of the whole waste and sanitation management process of the selected areas and all the stakeholders that are related in this entire process.
Evaluation of 'effect:hope: Integrated Leprosy Service through Strengthening Health System (ILHSS) and Community Level Health System Strengthening (CLHSS)' projectsEffect:hopeJune – August 2018effect:hope, a Canada based donor agency, hired Consiglieri Private Limited to evaluate their Health System Strengthening (HSS) project. HSS project consists of two simultaneously run projects: Community Leprosy Health System Strengthening (CLHSS) and Integrated Level Health System Strengthening (ILHSS). Through this evaluation, Consiglieri will assess which project is effective and sustainable in terms of integrating the leprosy service to the existing government healthcare service systems.
Midterm Evaluation of the Project “Promoting Sustainable Building in Bangladesh (SWITCH- ASIA)Oxfam BangladeshMay – June 2018Oxfam has partnered with Housing and Building Research Institute (HBRI), Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) and Jagorani Chakra Foundation (JCF), and together they are working on generating market transformations in the construction sector, promoting alternative bricks (ABs) and other green construction technologies amongst consumer and producer groups for wider replication and commercialization across Bangladesh. CPL was commissioned by OXFAM to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the project to review the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of the project interventions.
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.