OUR CAPABILITY IN HUMAN RESOURCE AND ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Project Title ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY ASSESSMENT FOR THE AFRICA CENTRE FOR ENERGY POLICY (ACEP) ON PROMOTING DOMESTIC RESOURCE MOBILIZATION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
Client DIAKONIA
Assignment Description   CDC Consult was engaged by Diakonia to undertake an assessment of the Africa Centre fro Energy Policy (ACEP) on promoting domestic resource mobilization in sub-saharan Africa. The overall objective of the assessment was ‘to establish ACEP’s strengths and gaps in management systems, structures, processes and people’. Specifically, the assessment sought to establish capacity development needs in the following areas with a view of strengthening capacities: thematic and technical capacity; strategic communication; effective and innovative advocacy methods; governance, institutional and administrative capacity; monitoring and evaluation; results based management; a rights based approach to development in all programmes; feminist based approach, including a special focus on the three mainstreaming areas of gender, conflict, and environment. Key activities included holding inception and introductory meetings with programme partners, conduct of literature review, review of partner documentation (strategy documents, policy, procedures); development of OCA tool, conduct of interviews with key officials of ACEP, development of draft report and validation of findings, development and submission of final report.
Period August – November, 2020

 

Project Title MICROFINANCE COMPANIES CAPACITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Client AFD/GAMC
Assignment Description

 

Structured under three (3) main components, the project is aimed at improving significantly the financial services quality provided by microfinance companies in Ghana for unserved and poor populations as well as for very small enterprises from the formal and informal sectors. Key activities under component 2 which are relevant for this assignment include:
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Microfinance Companies;
  • Implementation of Technical Assistance Programme;
  • Social Performance and Client Protection Initiatives;
  • Implementation of Management Information System (MIS);
  • Support for Mergers.
Period 2015 - 2019

 

Project Title IMPLEMENTATION OF SANMARK IN GHANA
Client UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN FUND (UNICEF) AND THE MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (MLGRD/GOG)
Assignment Description

 

CDC Consult through its Non-Governmental Organisation wing  - RUFINLIT is implementing the GoG-UNICEF SanMark Programme, a project that seeks to implement sanitation marketing (SanMark) in selected districts with the overall goal of the project as “to increase access to basic sanitation facilities by households to achieve at least 80% improved sanitation coverage in each district”. Activities under the project include:
  • Recruiting and selecting Business Development Partners and Technical Service Providers from the beneficiary districts to provide services to households;
  • Identification, conduct of needs assessment training and provision of hands-on support  to entrepreneurs in entrepreneurship, formation of VSLAs etc.;
  • Formation of Regional and District SanMark Teams;
  • Facilitate community finance mobilization;
  • Facilitating Community Based Financing Scheme For Sanitation (VSLA);
  • Identification/Proposing of Other Community Based Financing Schemes;
  • Linking Community Based Financing Schemes to Financial Service Providers;
  • Support the launching of SanMark products;
  • Support the organisation of fairs;
  • Undertake marketing activities to promote the uptake of latrine acquisition in the district;
  • General project management activities including fund management, contract management; relationship management, communication management, evaluation of activities and reporting.
Period 2015 - to date

 

Project Title ASSISTANCE IN THE CREATION OF AN INDEPENDENT SOCIAL MARKETING ORGANISATION IN GHANA
Client POPULATION SERVICES INTERNATIONAL (PSI)
Assignment Description

 

CDC Consult Limited was contracted by PSI to support the creation of a local independent social marketing organization in Ghana. In addition to creating the organization, there was the need to select and appoint a Board of directors to provide strategic direction and facilitate growth of the new entity. Expected deliverables under the assignment included the following:
  1. Develop Articles of Association and Bylaws for the new entity.
  2. Develop a recruitment plan and job descriptions for Officers and Board Members.
  3. Assist PSI with the recruitment and selection of Board Members.
  4. Generate a report including recommendations for Board composition, creation of checks and balances, and a clear delineation of roles and responsibilities between the Board and Management.
  5. Develop training guides for an initial 2-day offsite training for the new Board
Period 2017

 

Project Title INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT OF MICROFINANCE INSTITUTIONS ON THE COMPLIANCE OF CLIENT PROTECTION PRINCIPLES
Client GHAMFIN
Assignment Description

 

CDC Consult was engaged by GHAMFIN to undertake the adaptation of the Code of Conduct validation tool and undertake a workshop for selected representatives of the microfinance associations. The assignment included the adaptation of the self-validation scoring tool to suit the Ghanaian context, development of an institutional fact sheet, facilitation of a workshop to sensitize participants on the use of the tool.
Period 2016

 

Project Title UPDATE OF THE NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES ASSESSNENT (GAP ANALYSIS) – GHANA SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Client CHAMBER OF MINES/GHANA MINERALS COMMISSION/INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION
Assignment Description

 

CDC Consult was engaged on an assignment sponsored by a joint group made up of the Chamber of Mines, Ghana Minerals Commission and the International Finance Corporation to undertake a gap analysis to identify local supplier needs, recommendations on how to best assist them, and potential opportunities in the mining sector. The main analytical components included: (1) Product viability and competitiveness assessment; (2) Gap analysis and benchmarking of companies; and (3) Company demographics and assistance prioritization. The scope of the study included:
  1. Review of findings of the initial gap analysis and company assessment
  2. Development of an expanded questionnaire
  3. Data collection and analysis
  4. Cross-Analysis
  5. Presentation of findings at workshop
Period 2015

 

Project Title FINANCIAL LITERACY SENSITIZATION OF DESIGNATED TARGET GROUP BASELINE SURVEY
Client RURAL AND AGRICULTURAL FINANCE PROJECT (RAFIP)
Assignment Description

 

Baseline survey to assess the current levels of the financial literacy knowledge and attitude of Agricultural Extension Agents and other Field Officers of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), officers from the Business Advisory Centres (BACs) of the National Board for Small-Scale Industries (NBSSI) who work with entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, staff of projects that work with agricultural value chains, District Value Chain Committees (DVCCs), and Farmer-Based Organizations (FBOs) which will serve as an input for material design and training methodology in RAFiP’s nationwide financial literacy programme. Key tasks included: questionnaire development, training of enumerators, sampling, pilot survey, field work which included questionnaire administration both at institutional and farmers’ level, use of Epidata for data capturing, data analysis with SPSS statistical software and report writing.
Period 2015

 

Project Title ENHANCING AGRIBUSINESS ORIENTATION AND MANAGERIAL EFFECTIVENESS OF RURAL SERVICE CENTRE MANAGERS AND STAFF UNDER THE RURAL SERVICE CENTRES UNDER COCOA REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (CORIP)
Client Solidaridad West Africa
Assignment Description

 

CDC Consult Limited was contracted by Solidaridad under CORIP to provide capacity building support to rural service centres managers and staff under the project to ensure that the centres reach operational and financial sustainability by the end of the project period. Activities undertaken included the following:
  1. Conduct of individual and institutional needs assessment;
  2. Development of business development manuals and centre management toolkits (HR, Financial Management and Procurement Management);
  3. Conduct of training in business development manual and toolkits;
  4. Provision of coaching and hands-on support to centre managers and staff.
Period 2015

 

Project Title DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY WIDE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MICROFINANCE INDUSTRY
Client GHAMFIN
Assignment Description

 

CDC Consult was engaged by GHAMFIN to develop an industry wide code of conducts for Ghana’s microfinance industry. The assignment entailed the development of the industry wide code of ethics, and the adaptation of the code to suit the member associations.
Period 2015

 

Project Title HR CAPACITY BUILDING FOR THE TRAINING CENTER (TC) OF THE GHANA ASSOCIATION OF MICROFINANCE COMPANIES (GAMC)
Client GIZ/RESPONSIBLE FINANCE
Assignment Description CDC Consult was engaged to build the HR capacity of the GAMC Training Center (TC). Specific activities are presented: Training Material design and delivery of a 2-half-day strategic workshop for the Board and Management to help develop a strategic plan for the Training Center; Preparation of instructional materials and delivering of a 2.5 day training workshop for the selected faculties (Trainers) of GAMC Training Center on modularization of training programs and development of instructional materials; Guided the management of GAMC TC to identify and describe the relevant Quality Assurance processes for the TC to ensure a holistic approach to quality management – programme, material design and training delivery; Guided GAMC TC management and faculty in modularization of training programmes and assisted them to modularize all 4 modules under the financial management course; trained faculties of GAMC TC to pilot and implement instructional materials on financial management through trainings for MFI companies.
Duration 2015

 

Project Title CAPACITY BUILDING INTERVENTION FOR NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC) OF KUAPA KOKOO FARMERS UNION)
Client KUAPA KOKOO
Assignment Description

 

CDC Consult was engaged by Oiko Credit and Twin UK to support the association strengthen its governance as well as management processes. As part of the support, the following were undertaken:
  1. Conduct of needs assessment for the Board of the Union
  2. Development of the National Executive Council Operating Manual, Code of Conduct and Financial Reporting Toolkit;
  3. Training of the Board in Governance and Finance for Non-Finance and provision of implementation support;
  4. Review of constitution and bye-laws;
  5. Isolation of key clauses and articles of the constitution that directly affect members;
  6. Development of proposal templates and guidelines for discussing, appraising and selecting community based projects etc.
Period 2012/2013

 

Project Title STRENGHTENING OF ASSOCIATION GOVERNANCE
Client FEDERATION OF ASSOCIATION OF GHANAIAN EXPORTERS (FAGE)
Assignment Description

 

CDC was engaged by FAGE to help the Federation review its governance practices and develop strategies to enhance member commitment. As part of the assignment the Association’s regulations and procedures were reviewed, training manuals developed and training delivered in corporate governance. An action plan was developed as part of the training to help the Council and its members monitor its implementation. Focus areas of the action plan include establishing and updating membership database, maintaining best practices relating to export, marketing and product quality among others.
Period Feb- Jun 2011

 

Project Title INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING
Client VOLTA REGIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BEEKEEPERS (VORAB)
Assignment Description

 

VORAB is an association of beekeepers in the Volta Region working at improving its capacity to become an effective association to support members in producing honey, maintaining the needed quality and obtaining market for its products.

CDC was engaged by SNV to support the association to identify its constraints and prioritize its requirements. As part of the assignment, CDC developed training modules in Leadership, Governance and Group Mobilization for use in the Training of Trainers. CDC also supported VORAB to develop models for financial sustainability.

Period Feb- Jun 2011

 

Project Title ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Client MARIE STOPES GHANA
Assignment Description

 

CDC consult was engaged to review structures that will improve operational effectiveness. As part of the assignment, the following were undertaken:
  • Reviewed leadership studies and practices;
  • Supported the development of operational guidelines;
  • Facilitated and monitored the implementation of guidelines.
Period 2010

 

Project Title INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT OF MICROFINANCE INSTITUTIONS
Client AKROFUOM RURAL BANK
Assignment Description

 

The objective was to facilitate the reengineering efforts of the bank as well as assessment of its management, financial and operational systems to identify any lapses and offer appropriate guidelines for implementation to boost the bank’s performance and liquidity. Assessed the bank’s financial records, carried out trend analysis, ratios analysis, Bank of Ghana prudential returns analysis and reviewed the bank’s operational processes.
Period 2010

 

Project Title INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT PROJECT
Client JOMORO RURAL BANK
Assignment Description

 

The project which sought to facilitate the reengineering efforts of the bank involved the assessment of its management, financial and operational systems to identify any risks and lapses and offer appropriate guidelines for implementation to boost the bank’s performance and liquidity.

Assessed the bank’s financial records, carried out trend analysis, ratios analysis, Bank of Ghana prudential returns analysis and reviewed the bank’s operational processes.

Period 2010

 

Project Title STRENGTHENING OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (SBA) AND TRAINING OF TRAINERS (TOT) COMPONENT
Client AHAFO LINKAGES PROGRAM/ IFC
Assignment Description

 

CDC Consult was engaged on an assignment that involved the Provision of institutional capacity building support to strengthen the Ahafo Local Business Association (an association of over 100 MSMEs) and provision of Training of Trainers to twenty-four (24) local business service providers to enable them support the training of local businesses within the Ahafo area of the Brong Ahafo region. Training manuals were developed and training delivered on modules such as Basic Accounting for Non-Accounting MSME Owners; Financial Management; Budgeting; Book keeping; Sales and Marketing; Product Development and Governance.
Period 2007 - 2008

 

Project Title BUSINESS TO BUSINESS ENCOUNTERS (B2B)
Client INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION AND NEWMONT GHANA GOLD LIMITED
Assignment Description CDC Consult was engaged under the Ahafo Linkages Programme (ALP) to conduct Business to Business Encounters for the SMEs in the Ahafo mining area of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited. The ALP is an initiative of the Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) around NGGL’s investment in the Ahafo Gold Mine. The Program focused on supporting NGGL’s broader effort to demonstrate its commitment to implementing socially and environmentally responsible operations and to improving the economic situation of local communities through the Project and beyond.  It specifically aimed to support the development of local businesses to participate in the supply chain of the Project and to seek ways to generate other income opportunities for communities around the mine site.

Under the Business to Business Encounters, CDC Consult for two (2) years running   implemented an intervention that focused on creating business match making between large local and international businesses on one side and local SMEs on the other hand. 35 pre-qualified businesses in the Ahafo area benefited from the supply-demand matchmaking event aimed at increasing exchange of commercial information and sales of participating businesses

Period February to June 2009 and 2010

 

Project Title BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICE (BDS) FRANCHISED BUSINESSES
Client MARIESTOPE INTERNATIONAL
Assignment Description

 

CDC Consult provided business development services for over ninety (90) MSME clients of Mariestopes International Ghana over the past three (3) years.  As a prelude to the training, business focused needs assessment was undertaken through institutional visits, questionnaire administration, needs analysis and course development.  As part of the BDS provision, CDC developed training materials including case studies and delivered training in the above modules using methodologies such as lecture sessions, case studies, group presentations, tutorial sessions and Q & A sessions.  A follow up to document changes in business practices and performance was undertaken by Consultant from form CDC and officers from Mariestopes.
Period 2009

 

Project Title CONDUCT OF DIAGNOSTIC REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT OF BUSINESS PLAN/ COLLEGE OF JEWELLERY AND COJ JEWELLERY LIMITED
Client USAID/TIPCEE
Assignment Description

 

CDC Consult was engaged on an assignment sponsored by USAID focused on the identification of operational gaps in the company’s current production practices and the development of a three-year strategic business plan for both the College of jewellery and CoJ Jewellery Ltd. The project covered the following scope:
  • Phase I - Project Initialization
  • Phase II - Research Interviews and Desk Review
  • Phase III – Strategy Review and Validation Session
  • Phase IV – Analyses and Reporting
Period 2005