Institutional Development, Monitoring And Evaluation

Evaluation of CDF Projects in Eastern Province (Constituency Development Fund Board)- 2011

This assignment required the firm to conduct a socio-economic evaluation, value for money audit and impact assessment of CDF funded projects and outline the major achievements and challenges faced. The evaluation was conducted in the following criteria namely: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, economy, impact, sustainability, and accountability of funds based on CDF objectives.

Identification and Feasibility Study for a Strategic integrated Support Programme under the 10th EDF (IGAD/ COMESA) 2008

This assignment required consultants to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, feasibility, sustainability and impact of the proposed support programmes under the 10th EDF (European Development Fund) in the IGAD Member States (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda)

Study on the Establishment of an East African Community Common Market (EAC) 2006/2007

A key output of this study funded by the East African Community (EAC) was a Program of Action that will guide the negotiations towards the achievement of a Common Market. The study also produced a model East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol. The following activities were carried out:
(i) A review of the status of the implementation of the Customs Union Protocol. This included trade facilitation, the question of overlapping membership and relationships with other multilateral institutions.
(ii) A review of the aspects of the EAC Customs Union with a bearing on the Common Market Protocol. This was carried out to document progress, inform appropriate positions for negotiating the Common Market and recommend a way forward. The Group spelt out the scope and coverage of the Common Market Protocol, and,
(iii) An examination of the effectiveness of institutions of the Customs Union in order to strengthen them in readiness for the envisaged Common Market. The institutional analysis identified institutions that required to be set up/reorganised.

Master Plan Development and Institutional Assessment of the Port of Mombasa (Kenya Ports Authority) 2004-2005)

The study, which was carried out in collaboration with the Royal Haskoning of Netherlands, focused on the development of a Master Plan and Institutional Assessment for the Port of Mombasa, including its hinterland connections. Also, the development of an Export Processing Zone was reviewed. Activities executed included import and export demand forecasting for domestic and transit traffic until the year 2025, assessment of a number of Port Development options in terms of port clustering and port layout, Business Planning, trade forecasting, facility planning, cost estimates; institutional aspects concerning the implementation of the Landlord principle and PPP options, and financial analyses.

Development of Legal and Institutional Structures for NEPAD
(NEPAD Kenya Secretariat) - 2004

M.A. Consulting Group, through its institutional development expert, assisted the NEPAD Kenya Secretariat to develop a strategic institutional and programmatic framework. The outputs of the assignment were: the development of legal and institutional structures and positioning of NEPAD Kenya within the national policy and institutional landscape, and; development of the core functions and rules governing the National Steering Committee and the Secretariat.

Consultancy to Develop Ministerial/ Departmental Strategic Plans (GOK/World Bank) 2004-2005

The Group was tasked by the Civil Service Reform Programme of the Office of the President with assistance from the World Bank to Develop Ministerial/ Departmental Strategic Plans for the Ministries of Agriculture; Livestock and Fisheries Development; Water and Irrigation; and, Environment and Natural Resources. This involved the development of strategic plans for the four ministries and in particular, made recommendations on the ministries’ organisational structures and human resources complement, the Impact of HIV/AIDS on productivity, Human Resources Planning and Expenditure, Costs of implementing the outlined strategies with reference to the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (2003/04/05/06), and coverage of the Anti-corruption activities that the Ministries’ intended to undertake to eliminate corruption.

Study of the Legal, Institutional and Operational Management of Ten Towns in Kenya, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Water Development Department / Japan International Cooperation Agency : 2000 – 2001

M.A. Consulting Group, through its institutional development expert, participated in a consulting consortium that undertook the study of legal and institutional strengthening of 10 local towns. The project involved a with a view to recommending options in the effective management of water supply systems (and sewerage systems where applicable) in these areas: rehabilitation of the supply infrastructure; rationalization of operations and maintenance systems and practices; and the overall institutional development options were important aspects of this study.

DFID Evaluation of Revenue Projects (DFID) 1999/2000

This project sought to: assess the appropriateness of DFID-supported revenue projects in meeting set objectives since 1990; assess the likely impact of this support on the achievement of wider economic and social goals in the partner countries; and, identify lessons on good practice, design, implementation and monitoring & evaluation of revenue projects. The study lasted 15 months and saw visits to the case study countries and the preparation of case study reports on 4 projects in Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and Pakistan. The Principal Contractor was EME Ltd., in association with Consulting Africa, Birmingham University and M. A. Consulting Group, who provided two economists and an Institutional & Monitoring Expert.

Kenya Women Finance Trust: Mid-Term Review (DfID) 1998

Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) provides financial and related services needed to facilitate women’s participation in Kenya’s mainstream economy. Mwaniki Associates was hired by DfID to undertake an Output-to-Purpose Review with the objective of assessing the effectiveness of KWFT in relation to the project’s principal goals, purpose and outputs; evaluating the programme’s impact to-date; documenting lessons about micro-lending in Kenya an making recommendations for the remaining period of the project.

ApproTEC Ram Oilpress Promotion Project Mid-Term Review (Royal Netherlands Embassy) 1996

This review, carried out in collaboration with Panafcon, assessed the relevance, impact and efficiency of the Ram Oilpress Promotion Project and recommended changes to enhance its (gender differentiated) impact. The project was funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy and implemented by ApproTEC, a Kenyan organisation which creates employment by researching, developing and promoting technologies designed especially for the micro and small enterprise (MSE) sector.

Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) Marketing Consultancy (GTZ) 1996

The Group evaluated the marketability of KEWI’s existing courses, assessed the training needs and service demands of the entire water and sanitation sector and developed a marketing strategy and institutional framework for the institution to operate commercially. This assignment was part of an ongoing project to strengthen KEWI to meet the training needs in Kenya’s water sector.

Mid-Term Evaluation of the Rehabilitation Advisory Services (RAS) Project (European Union) 1995

This study assessed the economic impact of both RAS and PREFUND (set up to provide rehabilitation services in the form of finance, management and technical expertise to the private and public sector in Kenya under funding from DEG (the German Development Bank), the European Union and the Development Finance Institutions) in the context of the economic environment in Kenya. Detailed interviews were carried out with key financial institutions, private companies and relevant government and donor officials on the role and impact of the project on Kenya's private sector. The Group provided the Team Leader for the study and DEG provided a financial analyst. The report led to far reaching changes in stakeholder participation in this area.

Mid-Term and Final Evaluations of the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) Histopathology Project (CHAK) 1995

The project provided histopathology services to poor patients through CHAK hospitals, and built capacity for these services to be provided locally. The Group’s consultant conducted an extensive survey of CHAK hospitals throughout the country and provided recommendations on ways to improve the project.

Evaluation of the National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) Phase II (USAID) 1994

NARP II was designed to develop a well-managed national agricultural research system to provide Kenya’s agricultural sector with appropriate technologies to increase productivity on a sustainable basis. The mid-term evaluation, to which the Group provided the business management and organisational specialist, assessed progress towards the achievement of this purpose. It evaluated the impact of selected inputs, outputs, purpose and goal level indicators of NARP II on the development of those technologies which provide increased returns on investment.

Pilot Project to Strengthen the Capacity of Consultants in East Africa (African Capacity Building Foundation, Zimbabwe) 1993-94

The purpose of the assignment was to develop strategies and identify programs which would be suitable for strengthening the capacity of both local consultants and their associations so that they could become more competitive in the local business environment. As part of the survey, which covered Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania, a survey was conducted of the consulting industry in Tanzania and a symposium organised for consultants in the country.

Design of a Monitoring and Evaluation System (Private) 1993/94

The Group was selected to design a monitoring and evaluation system for an export development project, a small business development project and a total quality management project.

Agricultural Sector Adjustment Operation II (GOK/World Bank) 1992

This 12-month Technical Assistance project, awarded to Agriconsult, improved the capacity for monitoring, evaluation and planning in the Project Development Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PDMED) of the Ministry of Agriculture. This project designed a computerised monitoring and evaluation system and discussed PDMED's role in performing project impact evaluations, with particular emphasis on evaluating national extension activities.

Carrying Capacity Study (UNESCO) 1982

A consultant from the Group participated in a study on the ‘Carrying Capacity’ of Kenya, sponsored by UNESCO, FAO and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Enhancement of Carrying Capacity Model) relating food and energy requirements to various population growth scenarios. The study contract had been awarded to Mwenge International Associates Ltd.

Human Settlement Programmes (UN Habitat) 1982

The assignment developed a methodology and information collection scheme to monitor, on a global scale, progress in the implementation of the Vancouver recommendations on Human Settlement Programmes. A second assignment carried out for HABITAT analysed the impact of financial and other assistance provided by HABITAT to developing countries.

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