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CGA/CIAPE Study Program

Consilium Group Advisors conducts an online course, a Certification in Public Management, in collaboration with Corporacion Iberoamericana de Asuntos Publicos y Empresariales CIAPE de Chile.  The Spanish-language teaching webinar is currently scheduled for November 22nd through December 4th, 2016.  CGA President Giulio de Tommaso presents lectures on State Modernization and Technologies, e-Government and citizenship, social media use, and state modernization to  professionals and public servants from all over Latin America.

Our firm is proud to contribute to knowledge-building and democratization in an area of fundamental importance to our communities. Future webinar series are planned and will be announced as scheduled.  

We thank all participants and invite you to follow CGA’s activities on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Training Workshop in Tunis Focusing on Fragility and
Resilience Building

Giulio de Tommaso was invited by the Africa Development Bank (ADB) to lead a training workshop in Tunis, September, 2017, focusing on a risk-based approach to addressing fragility and building resilience.

Specifically, the purpose of the training was to equip government officials with competence-based skills for effectively assessing fragility and resilience-building, undertaking political economy analysis and skills for integrating fragility- sensitive approaches into development programming and into energy and agriculture sector operations financed by ADB in Africa’s transition states.

What are states in situation of fragility? These are countries going through period of societal stress often characterized by social, economic inequality, unemployment and lack of job prospects, uneven economic development, uncontrolled demographic growth, and poor natural resource management. A country’s social fiber is often undermined by such phenomena making it prone to internal conflict which weakens its prospects for development.

Consilium Group Advisors has performed multiple assignments in post-conflict and fragile states, analyzing fragility and its repercussions on a country’s development. Over the past several years, CGA has advised clients, both public and private, on developing strategies to mitigate the effects of fragility and develop resilience.

CGA Assists Cluster Lima Tech carry-out reforms

Consilium Group Advisors, along with its strategic partners’ ECG and ETG, is assisting Cluster Lima Tech carry out reforms. Located in Lima, Peru, Cluster Lima Tech is composed of small and medium-sized software and IT companies, involved in the provision of technical assistance, outsourcing of services, and development, distribution and commercialization of software. The aim of our support is to enhance cooperation among firms within the cluster and to create a positive business climate which allows each member to improve its performance,
competitiveness, job creation and profits.

Our team is helping the cluster to improve all aspects of its operation. It will assist management improve the cluster’s governance, assist the cluster to develop strategic initiatives that will promote growth. Specifically, our team has developed a competitiveness assessment and strategic analysis of the cluster and benchmarked it to international best practice. It subsequently outlined the cluster’s initial strategy roadmaps with environment-specific actions. Working together with Cluster Lima Tech management, we delivered a more detailed cluster mapping, analyzed the value chain, and recommended new strategic directions for the cluster.

The CGA/ECG/ETG team worked closely with our client. A dedicated team worked hand in-hand with Cluster Lima Tech management over a period of over four months. We conducted multiple meeting and presentations with the cluster stakeholders, and jointly with them, developed action plan and initiatives which will increase the cluster dynamism and competitiveness.

“This is a major achievement”, said CGA Hamid Alavi, Practice Leader for Private Sector Development and Access to Finance, “CGA and its partners excel in bringing stakeholders together in creative ways and turn the momentum of ideas into focused action. A more dynamic Cluster Lima Tech stands to become a motor for innovation for the Lima Region and  Peru as a whole.”

Haiti: Assisting IDB Address Public Sector Challenges

CGA President, Giulio de Tommaso is assisting the Inter-American Development Bank support the Government of Haiti in the design and the preparation and the implementation of a Public Sector Management loan. The loan is expected to go to the Board sometime in 2019. Haiti, with a population of 10.5 million and an area of 27650 square meters, is the third largest Caribbean nation by area and population. It is considered to be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest countries in the world, with a 2015 GDP per capita of US$828 1 .

It has a long and proud history, becoming the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world, declaring its independence in 1804. Yet its post-independence history has been challenging. The country has experienced political instability for most of its history which has prevented a sustained and harmonic development. This complex political history along with its limited human development capacity, which has, in part, resulted in limited economic growth and low revenue generation. This situation is complemented by its exposure to natural calamities which regularly ravage its territory. In 2010 a devastating earthquake destroyed much of its infrastructure and left over 230,000 dead. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew, a category IV hurricane, ravaged its coast, displacing 2.1 million people. The combination of factors make Haiti a country in a dire situation of fragility.

IDB’s view is that long-term, substantial targeted support is required to move Haiti onto a path of sustained development that delivers economic growth in several important areas. As such, Consilium Group Advisors President is assisting IDB achieve its goals in identifying the areas of public sector reform that will enhance Haiti’s institutional and human capabilities, in sectors such as Education, Agriculture, infrastructure and Public Services delivery.

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CGA at Peru 2017 Industrial Forum

In the context of the 121st anniversary of the National Society of Industries of Peru, main Peruvian cities host the 2017 Industrial Forum 2017 to discuss the necessary measures to boost industrial productivity in the country. This event of national relevance brings together members of the industrial sector, national and regional authorities, academics, and local and international industrialization experts in order to address the development of public policies that consolidate attractive investment climates in Peru.

Represented by President Giulio de Tommaso, CGA participated specially invited to the table of lectures and dialogues of Arequipa city, a traditional industrial hub of the country. The topic for consideration by the Regional Forum was the necessary territorial reorganization for industrialization and infrastructure of industrial parks and technological parks. Before a large audience, Giulio spoke on the technical aspects of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and the lessons learned from global comparative experience. It is worth mentioning that President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in his opening address to the 2017 Industrial Forum events, made explicit reference to the importance of SEZs to promote industrial growth.

A detailed summary can be found in the June 2017/924 issue of the National Society of Industries’ magazine available online (in Spanish). [Photo credit].

Assessment of the Risks of Fragility in The Gambia

Over the past decade, Africa has seen enormous growth and transformation that have expanded opportunities and improved living conditions for millions of people. However, there are significant risks that this momentum could be undermined by important pressures –including continuing patterns of exclusion and poverty, unemployment, climate change and poor management of natural resources.  Africans are affected by fragility, with significant regional spill-over effects. Development prospects are particularly at risk. To respond to these challenges, the African Development has prioritized support for Fragile and Conflict Affected States in its Ten Year Strategy (2013-2022). It recognizes the need to thrive for more in-depth knowledge on the root causes and drivers of country fragility. The latter knowledge is essential in prescribing the appropriate policies, actions and measures that could be implemented to mitigate the identified risks at country level.

In this context that the AfDB has entrusted to CGA’s Giulio de Tommaso the responsibility  to carry out an assessment of the risks of fragility in The Gambia and to identify opportunities to build and strengthen resilience in the country. The Gambia is a small economy with no significant natural resources. Groundnut-based agriculture, tourism and an incipient service sector are the only mainstays of the economy. Due to both the limited economic base and the perceived repressive and intolerant climate, Gambians had fled the country in high numbers. As a result, remittances amounting to about one-fifth of GDP continue to be the single most significant factor in allaying poverty levels in the country. Diminishing rains have had a negative impact on agricultural production and tourism, and other related activities. Additionally the Gambia is plagued by poor governance and corruption which exacerbate its difficulty systemic and economic conditions.

The fragility of the Gambia has come to international attention in recent weeks as the country celebrated its first successful transfer of power, putting a dramatic end to the rule of former president Yahya Jammeh, who, after 22 years lost the elections in December to Adama Barrow, a real estate developer.   Despite this positive outcome for The Gambia, the risks for fragility and conflict remain and can have a devastating effect on both the sub-region and the World. Indeed, despite its small size the Gambia has netted the second largest number of migrants reaching the Coasts of Spain and Italy, further exacerbating an international migration crisis.

With this report, AfDB is in a better position to understand how its involvement may help prevent institutional failure and conflict in countries such as The Gambia.

Newly Launched Tertiary Education and Vocational Training

CGA welcomes Dr. Ellen Hazelkorn and Mr. Tom Boland as Practice Leaders to our new Tertiary Education and Vocational Training (TVET) practice. Higher Education and Vocational Training are of paramount importance to economic and social development.  TVET institutions have an important responsibility in government, business and professions, producing new knowledge and skills for positions of responsibility in government, business and professions. In many countries, higher education and vocational training provide key forums for debate and play a key role in forging national identity. CGA is working to provide comprehensive, multi-dimensional analysis to development challenges.  Adding Tertiary Education and Vocational Training Practice as a focus to our work, will improve our ability to respond to clients need in a comprehensive and bespoken way. The Tertiary and Vocational training practice further strengthens CGA’s ability to respond to our clients capacity development needs which are central to both public sector and private sector development.

Dr. Ellen Hazelkorn is a Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) of Ireland and Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). She has worked as a higher education policy consultant and specialist with international organizations and governments for over 15 years, is a board member of several universities and higher education/research organizations. Ellen regularly undertakes strategic and research evaluations. She has authored/co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed articles, policy briefs, books and book chapters.

Dr. Hazelkorn has 20 years as Vice President of the Dublin Institute of Technology, including as Dean of the Graduate Research School. She has been responsible for curriculum development and quality assurance of all programs.

Dr. Hazelkorn has wide-ranging expertise across further and higher education policy and system governance, leadership and management; institutional differentiation and system articulation, with particular reference to new universities/higher education institutions; institutional research strategy and national science/innovation policy; national and institutional systems of evaluation and rankings; and across teaching, learning and research in especially in the arts, humanities and social science.

Mr. Tom Boland is an international adviser and expert on higher education and research. He has wide experience in leading complex, high performance organizations across a range of public service activities, with strong competence in strategy, organizational and system reform and stakeholder management.

As Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority of Ireland (HEA) for twenty years, Mr. Boland led a wide-ranging reform of the Irish higher education system involving institutional consolidation and the putting in place of a system of binding agreements with the higher education institutions, containing specific, measureable contributions to stated national objectives, combined with a model of funding contingent in part on performance. He also led the development, and on-going review, of the structures and processes which underpin quality assurance in the Irish higher education institutions, including the putting in place of an international expert review of the Irish quality assurance processes in partnership with the European Universities Association.

CGA Welcomes Lou Enoff as its New Practitioner in Public Administration and Governance Reform

Mr. Enoff is an experienced administrator with over 40 years of experience in management of large government administrations in the United States and providing advice and leadership in the area of pension administration and social security reform worldwide.

“We are honored to have yet another experienced resource person join our team and provide yet another dimension of knowledge and understanding of public sector management reforms. His expertise complements greatly those of our existing consultants, continuing our quest to provide multi-faceted and multi-dimensional analysis of today’s development challenges” said Giulio de Tommaso, President of CGA.

Mr. Enoff has a long and distinguished career as an administrator and a policymaker in the US Social Security Administration which culminated in his appointment as Acting Commissioner.  He also held posts as first Principal Deputy Commissioner with responsibility for providing leadership and direction to the Deputy Commissioners.

Mr. Enoff also possesses extensive experience as a consultant advising governments worldwide in the development of suitable safety net systems and institutions. He has written multiple articles on the subjects social security reforms and

CGA President at the Sustainable Education and Latin American Municipality Conference, Trujillo, Peru

CGA president Giulio de Tommaso was invited to speak at the fifth annual conference “Sustainable Education and Latin American Municipality” in Trujillo, Peru, December 5-7, 2016. His talk on “Challenges and Opportunities of Decentralized Management of Education” was given to 250 local officials. Other organizations represented included UNESCO, CARE, World Vision and Accion Contra el Hambre.

CGA Partners with Protect the Children’s Future

CGA has partnered with Protect the Children’s Future, a Maryland-registered nonprofit, to deliver soccer balls to disadvantaged children in rural areas of Haiti. The initiative was the joint idea of CGA President Giulio de Tommaso, and PCF’s Founders Harry Gray and Sophia Guerrier-Gray who share a passion for soccer and development. CGA donated soccer balls […]

CGA to train AfDB staff in Political Economy Analysis within Fragile states

What are states in situation of fragility? These are countries going through period of societal stress often characterized by social, economic inequality, unemployment and lack of job prospects, uneven economic development, uncontrolled demographic growth, and poor natural resource management who are experiencing.