Development of National Capacity Strengthening Plan PRONAREC II (2017 – 2021)

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
May 2016 – January 2017
Client:
National Secretariat for Capacity Strengthening (SENAREC)
Ministry of Planning
Donor:
World Bank
Budget:
US$ 125,000
The National Secretariat for Capacity strengthening (SENAREC) selected ACT for Performance to lead, support and facilitate the development of the second National Capacity Strengthening Plan (PRONAREC 2017 – 2021). The new plan prioritizes eight fields of action, based on an evaluation of the implementation of the first plan (PRONAREC 2011 – 2016) and an assessment of the of the current capacity gaps, in the light of an on-going decentralization and a modernization of the State. The assignment comprised an extensive document review, three field missions, during which many stakeholders were interviewed and a sample of four provinces were visited, and two validation workshops.

Consultancy to develop training modules on the value-chain and transfer pricing in the mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
February - July 2016
Clients:
  • General Directorate of Administrative and State Revenues (DGRAD), Ministry of Finances;
  • Institutional support project Statistics and Public Finances (PAI-STATFIN)
Donor:
African Development Bank
Budget:
US$ 195,000

ACT for Performance was mandated by PAI-STATFIN to develop a training program for DGRAD on value-chain and transfer pricing in the mining sector. Analysis was based on a thorough review of the current value-chain and on an international benchmarking, and included ideas to improve Government revenues produced by the sector. Trainings were delivered multiple times.

Comparative analysis of aid architecture systems in Crisis Context – Financial flows in countries affected by the Syria Crisis

Countries:
Jordan, Lebanon
Period:
August – October 2015
January – February 2017 (update)
Client:
UNDP Sub-regional Response Facility, Amman
Donor:
United Nations Development Program
Budget:
US$ 100,000
ACT for Performance was requested by the UNDP Sub-regional Response Facility in Amman, Jordan to do a study of the financial flows and the effectiveness of aid into Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt; five countries affected by the Syria refugee crisis. The study was based on a review of documents, visits to Jordan and Lebanon, where many stakeholders were interviewed, and a short survey. Our team gathered and analyzed financial data over the last five years, looked into aid modalities, evaluated the effectiveness of the humanitarian response, and the quality of coordination mechanism, and provided recommendations to harmonize short term humanitarian needs and long-term development needs (increasing the resilience of these countries). The study was updated in January and February 2017, on the basis of new datasets.

Consultancy to develop training modules on the value-chain and transfer pricing in the mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
February - July 2016
Clients:
  • General Directorate of Administrative and State Revenues (DGRAD), Ministry of Finances;
  • Institutional support project Statistics and Public Finances (PAI-STATFIN)
Donor:
African Development Bank
Budget:
US$ 195,000

ACT for Performance was mandated by PAI-STATFIN to develop a training program for DGRAD on value-chain and transfer pricing in the mining sector. Analysis was based on a thorough review of the current value-chain and on an international benchmarking, and included ideas to improve Government revenues produced by the sector. Trainings were delivered multiple times.

Mid-term Review and Value-for-Money study of the Apoio Sectorial au Sector de Aguas program, fifth phase (ASAS-V), Mozambique

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Country:
Mozambique
Period:
May – August 2016
Clients:
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
  • Ministry of Public Works, Housing, and Water resources
Donor:
Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Budget:
US$ 89,000

ACT for Performance was mandated by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency to review the fifth phase of the water sector support program, funded by the Dutch Embassy in Maputo. A value-for-money study to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the program formed an important part of the study, which also focused on the strengths and weaknesses of the water directorate and other institutions in the sector, and on the financing modality that uses country financial management and procurement systems. Based on its analysis and taking into account the comprehensive dialogue between the government and its development partner, the team proposed a restructuring of the program.

Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of public policies in Senegal

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Country:
Senegal
Period:
March – June 2016
Clients:
  • Project Support Unit of the Canadian Embassy in Dakar ; UNDP office in Dakar
  • Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation of Public policies (Presidency, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance)
Donor:
Global Affairs Canada
Budget:
CA$ 100,000

ACT for Performance was mandated by the clients to assess the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of existing, and sometime overlapping mechanisms in Senegal to evaluate public policies, and, in particular, the Emerging Senegal Plan. The team examined the mechanisms in various sectors, including an assessment of the indicators, tools utilized, data collection methods, actors involved, and reports produced. The team also analyzed the level of coordination and harmonization between the various mechanisms, and assessed the strengths and weakness of the organizations involved, using the SWOT model. Recommendations were presented to improve systems alignment and harmonization.

National Nutrition Strategy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
September 2015 - April 2016
Clients:
  • National Nutrition Program, Ministry of Health (PRONANUT);
  • UNICEF-Kinshasa
Donor:
UNICEF
Budget:
US$ 173,000

UNICEF mandated ACT for Performance to facilitate a participatory planning process to develop the National Multisectoral Nutrition Strategy for DRC, including an operational plan and a detailed cost estimate. After an extensive document reviews and an international benchmarking study, our team had meetings with all stakeholders, organized strategic planning and operationalization workshops and developed a financing model to estimate into detail the implementation costs. Relevant stakeholders validated the proposed strategy at a National Forum.

Evaluation of the project “Accelerating Nutrition Improvements in Sub-Saharan Africa”

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Country:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Period:
June - December 2015
Clients:
Department of Nutrition of Health and Development World Health Organization (WHO)
Donor:
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and International Development, Canada
Budget:
€ 182,000

WHO mandated ACT for Performance to evaluate its Project “Accelerating Nutrition Improvements in Sub-Saharan Africa”, which was financed by Canada (18 million USD). Our team evaluated the relevance, results, effectiveness and efficiency of the project and formulated recommendations with regard to possible adjustments for the remainder of the project period and to improve overall project management.

Decentralization study to assess the costs of the transfer of exclusive competencies from the central government to the local governments in the Equateur, Eastern Kasai and North Kivu Provinces

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
May - July 2015
Clients:
Ministry of Decentralization and Customary Affairs
Donor:
UNDP
Budget:
US$ 80,000

ACT for Performance has been mandated by UNDP to conduct a study to assess the costs induced by the decentralization of competencies from the central government to local governments in the Equateur, Eastern Kasai and North Kivu Provinces. In addition to the cost-estimation, the team was asked to propose a progressive approach following priorities in the transfer of skills and resources, and also to identify and document the commitments and actions taken.

Providing logistic support to the organization of workshops across three provinces : North Kivu, Eastern Kasaï , and the Eastern Province

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
May - June 2015
Client:
FEWS NET, Famine Early Warning System Network and Chemonics International Inc
Donor:
USAID
Budget:
US$ 120,000

ACT for Performance was asked by FEWS-Net and Chemonix to provide logistic and administrative support to the organization of workshops on food security in three provinces across the country (DRC).

Organizational audit of the Revenue Agency of the Western Kasaï Province (DGRKOC)

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
May 2014- August 2014
Client:
Governance capacity building project PRCG
Donor:
World Bank
Budget:
US$ 50,000

ACT for Performance conducted an organizational audit of the Revenue Agency of the Western Kasai Province, designed an institutional development plan, and developed recommendations to revitalize the Agency.

Review of the European Union’s Budget Support and the Dutch Program Support to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MEDD) in Senegal

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Country:
Senegal
Period:
March – May 2014
Client:
MEDD, Delegation of European Union in Dakar, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Dakar
Donor:
European Development Fund (EDF) and Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry
Budget:
€ 100,000

ACT for Performance was mandated to conduct a joint mid-term review of two forms of program support being provided to the Senegalese Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development: (1) Sector Budget Support provided by the European Union and (2) Support to twenty-two projects of the MEDD provided by the Netherlands. As part of the review, ACT for Performance was required to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of implementation and provide advice and recommendations for acceleration and improved performance. An evaluation of the quality of financial management and procurement within the Ministry and an assessment of level and quality of MEED performance towards achieving the set objectives in its Sector Strategy and Medium Term Expenditure Framework, as measured by core indicators, was part of the work. The team also advised MEED on institutional strengthening and the EU on certain indicators for its future multi-sector budget support Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security.

Elaboration of the Execution and Management Manuals of the Capacity Strengthening Program PRC-GAP

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
January – June 2014
Client:
SENAREC, the National Secretariat for Capacity Strengthening, Ministry of Planning
Donor:
World Bank
Budget:
US$ 40,000

ACT for Performance was asked to elaborate the Project Execution Manual of the Public Sector Capacity Strengthening Program PRC-GAP. In addition to the execution manual, the team reviewed the existing financial administration and procurement manuals of the project and developed the training management manual for the eight training centres in the country, which deliver the major share of the training under the project.