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Social And Economic Development Analysis

Research, across economic and social development domains is an integral part of Consilium Group Advisor’s offer to our clients. We bring our expert’s long and successful experience undertaking economic and social research: primary and secondary, quantitative and qualitative.

In all our work, we place an emphasis on extracting insight from the data ensuring that analyses not only characterize positions, but explain why these are as they are. This is vital so that strategy and action plan efforts are directed at those things that can be directly changed and influenced. We complement with our capacity for excellent qualitative analysis based on our long international experience of development country contexts.

CGA Social and Economic Analysis draws on a breadth of understanding of the relationships between businesses, people and places, and an excellent appreciation of developing country environment.

We offer services in the following areas:

  • Fragility and Resilience Analysis
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Political Economy Analysis
  • Impact Assessment
  • Strategy Development and Action Planning

Fragile and conflict-affected states are home to approximately 1.5 billion of the world’s poorest people. In addition to security issues, these countries face the risk of economic, environmental, political, and social shocks and other stressors. In an effort to better understand these risks and be better able to respond to them, significant attention has been placed on evaluating analyzing causes fragility and elements of resilience in conflict-prone situations. Poor governance, security and legitimacy issues characterize fragile states.

The experts of CGA have conducted numerous country specific fragility and resilience analysis to better to assist multilateral development organization understand the challenges of working with fragile-state governments as implementing partners and for government partners to recognize the potential impact of reconstruction vis-à-vis the shocks and stressors they are most exposed to. We provide below some of our staff’s more representative experience.

Project Experience

Assessing Fragility in Chad (2014)

In the context of its preparation of the Country Strategy for the 2015-2019 period, the African Development Bank commissioned CGA President Giulio de Tommaso to carry out a fragility assessment to look into causes and features of fragility and sources of resilience. This analysis entailed a thorough multi-sectoral review of the different dimensions of fragility and extensive consultation with counterparts in the Government, Civil Society and the international donor community.

Assessing Fragility, The Republic of Guinea (2014)

The African Development Bank commissioned CGA President Giulio de Tommaso to carry out a fragility assessment to look into causes of fragility and sources of resilience. This analysis entailed a thorough multi-sectoral review of the different dimensions of fragility and extensive consultation with counterparts in the government, civil society and the international donor community.

Recent Projects

Carrying out the the Functional Review of the National Training Institute in Jordan, World Bank, 2005.

In the context of the World Bank financed Public Sector Capacity Building Loan, Consilium Group Advisor, Giulio de Tommaso, as World Bank Team Leader for the project, assisted the Jordanian authorities to carry out the functional review of the National Training Institute, the agency responsible for the training of civil servants in Jordan.

Establishing performance standards in the Ministry of Civil Service in Yemen, 2008.

In the context of the Civil Service Modernization Project in Yemen, as a team member during preparation, and as the Task Team Leader during supervision, Consilium Group Advisors President Mr. Giulio de Tommaso assisted the Government of Yemen establish service standards for different agencies and services in Yemen. For the first time in modern history, agencies were required to publish expected standards and requirement for the different services they offered, including the amounts of money required to carry out different transactions and the number of signature required. Citizens were encouraged to report deviations from the standards to special hotlines established for that purpose.

Developing Human and Financial Management Systems in Yemen (2000), Jordan (2005) and Liberia (2009) and Zimbabwe (2010).

Consilium Group Advisors Giulio de Tommaso, Tullio Morganti and George Mutowa, in the context of their work as World Bank staff and consultants assisted the authorities in Yemen, Jordan, Liberia and Zimbabwe established computerized information systems dealing with both Human and Financial Management Systems. This work included the review of underlying information, the development of streamlined processes and procedures for the management of information and the informatization of the new and improved processes.

Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRS) are central to the development of sound economic and financial programs in low-income countries. PRS documents assess the poverty challenge, describe how macroeconomic, structural, social policies and programs can promote growth, reduce poverty, outlining external financing needs and the associated sources of financing. CGA assist governments in low-income countries development Poverty Reduction Strategies, generally through a participatory process involving domestic stakeholders and external development partners. Below is some of our staff’s more representative experience.

Project Experience

Developing Poverty Reduction Strategies in Djibouti (2005)

In the context of the World Bank Support to the Republic of Djibouti, CGA President Giulio de Tommaso was part of a team which assisted the Government of Djibouti evaluate the outcomes of its first-ever Poverty Reduction Strategy and designed the second Poverty Reduction Strategy. The work carried out in Djibouti was considered best-practice on how to conduct monitoring and evaluation of PRSPs.

Recent Projects

Drafting a new Civil Service Law for the Federal Government of Somalia (2015) and the Republic of Macedonia (2013).

CGA’s Giulio de Tommaso and Tullio Morganti assisted the authorities of the Federal Government of Somalia and the Republic of Macedonia to draft a new Civil Service law and regulations permitting for the management of its workforce in the context of a more transparent and merit-based system.

Carrying out Civil Service Reforms in Yemen (2000), Congo DRC (2002), Jordan (2005), Liberia (2008) and the Gambia (2009), Guinea and Guinea-Bissau (2010).

CGA’s Giulio de Tommaso, Tullio Morganti and George Mutowa advised the Governments of Yemen, Congo DRC, Jordan, Liberia, the Gambia, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau on the design of a program to improve service delivery, through effective civil service reforms. In every case, this work led to improved management capacity for strategic planning, performance measurement, and institutional coordination, collaboration, and dialogue. CGA staff also provided recommendations to improve civil compensation for Gambian civil servants.

Carrying out a Payroll and Skills Audit in Zimbabwe, 2008-2011.

In the aftermath of the 2008 elections, the Government of Zimbabwe requested assistance with the design and implementation of a payroll and skills audit to remove illegally appointed personnel from the public payroll and evaluate the overall skill set of public employees. CGA’s Giulio de Tommaso, Tullio Morganti and George Mutowa designed the payroll and skills audit, and managed its implementation on behalf of the Government. This involved using 1500 enumerators spread across the country, as well as managing independent auditor firms responsible for the oversight of the exercise.

According to the OECD-DAC, “political economy analysis is concerned with the interaction of political and economic processes in a society; including the distribution of power and wealth between groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time”.

This definition recognizes that power is essentially about relationships – between the state, social groups and individuals, or between the state, market forces and civil society. At CGA, our seasoned development practitioners understand the importance of identifying the nature of these relationships and the processes that change them. They use this understanding to improve policy and program design to support our clients. We provide below some representative examples of our staff’s experience in this area.

Project Experience

Political Economy Analysis of Civil Service Reform in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region of Iraq (2009)

In the context of World Bank’s support to Iraq’s reconstruction, CGA President Giulio de Tommaso carried out a political economy analysis of civil service reforms in the Kurdish Autonomous region. This region was able to identify potential winners and losers of the proposed reforms, highlighting policies and programs that could be implemented to mitigate the negative effects of the reforms and therefore reduce stakeholder’s resistance. The study was commissioned to support the Region’s Minister of Planning.

Recent projects

Strengthening the Capacity of Central and Local Governments to Carry out Decentralization in Burkina Faso, 2009.

CGA’s Giulio de Tommaso, as World Bank Task Team leader of the Administrative Capacity Building Project, assisted the Government of Burkina Faso improve its administrative and financial structures and processes in light of the ongoing decentralization process. This entailed (i) strengthening the capacity of the ministries guiding the decentralization process, (ii) implementing Human Resource Management (HRM) decentralization; (iii) strengthening of public expenditures management, accountability mechanisms and revenue collection and (iv) strengthening the capacity of newly formed local governments.

Improving the Capacity of the Municipality of Harare to manage its Human Resources, 2010.

In the aftermath of a major economic and financial crisis, the municipality of Harare requested the assistance of CGA’s Tullio Morganti to carry out a review of the adequacy of its pay and grading system as well as a review of the capacity of its workforce. This activity led to a number of recommendations aimed to improve the attractiveness of municipal employment for the city of Harare.

Empowering Civil Society Organizations to participate in the monitoring of government programs in Yemen (2000) and Liberia (2010).

In the context of its work as Task Team Leader for World Bank for Public Administration and Governance Reforms in both Yemen and Liberia, CGA’s Giulio de Tommaso assisted in the development of programs which aimed to improve the capacity of Civil Society to monitor and hold accountable Government institutions for the transparent and efficient provision of public services to the public. This included devising systems for reporting cases of abuse and the inclusion of civil society organizations in the early stages of design of World Bank projects which he managed.

CGA carries out a priori and post-fact assessments of the socio-economic impacts of policies and projects. The advice we offer through our impact assessment work delivers sounder investment decisions, better anticipation of results and an improved understanding of the difference that has been made.

With an increased understanding of economic effects on jobs, economic performance and sector development, our impact assessment work has focused on the wider social and community effects of interventions such as social inclusion, skills and access to services.

Strategy development and action planning that deliver lasting change and impact for places, sectors and communities is a core part of CGA’s offer. We work on strategy development with municipalities, regions, and economic areas and bring our multi-sectoral experience in framing strategy efforts in functional economic areas crossing traditional administrative boundaries.

We approach strategy development and action planning by emphasizing collaborative working with the public and private sectors. To achieve plans that make a difference, it is vital to secure buy-in and genuine commitment from the key stakeholders.