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Policy & Strategy Analysis

Assessment and Strategy Development in Response to Impact of Sea Level Rise on Migration in Egypt – Community Strategic Panning Exercise

The objective of this consulting assignment was the implementation of a strategic planning exercise to identify potential pilot initiatives to address/mitigate the potential consequences of Sea Level Rise (SLR) on migration within two communities living in low elevation areas southeast of Alexandria; Abo Qir East and West.

The specific objectives of the project were:

  • Identification of the main potential impacts of SLR on Abu Quir East and Abu Quir West communities;
  • Categorization and incorporation of the views of primary stakeholders into Plan;
  • Definition of a clear and concise vision for the two communities, in light of the identified migration implications of SLR, and recommendation of practical interventions to priority issues; and
  • Proposition of community-based strategy and hence relevant potential pilot activities (interventions)

IDC's scope of work included the following activities:

  • Implementing interviews and focus groups with relevant stakeholders to gather community perspectives and priorities;
  • Developing a community profile and situation analysis;
  • Conducting a workshop with key stakeholders to present and disseminate results, reach consensus on community needs, raise awareness of potential migration issues and community constraints, and discuss/agree on potential interventions; and
  • Designing three pilot interventions in light of findings and within the context of a comprehensive community strategic plan

Period: October - December 2010

Client: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

"Planning Support to Regional Branch Offices (RBOsThe Support to Decentralized Environmental Management (SDEM) is one of seven components forming the EEAA/DANIDA Environmental Sector Programme (ESP). The SDEM support in shifting environmental management to the regional level. The goal is that regional branch offices are well established and equipped, enabling the EEAA to carry out its functions at the local level and effectively service decentralized institutions involved in environmental management.

The overall objective of the SDEM component (of ESP) at the RBOs level is to strengthen participating RBOs to be better able to fulfil their mandate according to the Environmental Law 4/94.

The specific objective of the consultancy assignment was to support the RBOs in preparing, implementing and reviewing annual action plans, through formulating 5 outputs/ deliverables, as follows:

  • Support implementing the environmental indicators for RBOs
  • Review identified assumptions and risks of the plans developed by RBOs
  • Develop monitoring and follow up reports of plans implementation
  • Develop performance enhancement of two (2) RBOs, as pilot activity
  • Develop planning directives by implementing planning manual (including procedures, references, forms, indicators)

The final outputs/ deliverables were prepared using a participatory approach with the Planning and Follow up Department at the Branches' Affairs Sector- EEAA. The results of the consultancy assignment were communicated with various RBOs and extensively discussed with two RBOs (the North West of Delta RBO at Alexandria, and the Canal Zone RBO in Suez).

Period: May 2008 – September 2008

Client: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ DANIDA.


 "Strengthening the National Procurement and Supply-Chain Management System for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in North Sudan". Sudan Ministry of Health/ UNDP; EuroHealth Group Denmark, and Integrated Development Consultants (IDC). (Ref 1 .2008)

The objective of the project was to obtain technical assistance and capacity building in relation to the supply-chain management that would strengthen the existing systems and also will ensure that sub-recipients have adequate access to health projects required to achieve their targets. The aim is to provide long term technical assistance and advisory services over a period of six months regarding supply chain management for TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria. Furthermore to provide short term interventions in terms of assessment, training and tools development among other areas of support.

Scope of work included:

  • Provide advisory services and support in terms of Supply Chain Management to the Global Fund Medicines Supply Unit (GFMSU) in relation to TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria, as regards to forecasting, quantification, distribution, storage, inventory, LIMS(Logistics & information management system), good pharmaceutical procurement, competitive procurement planning and implementation;
  • Provide advisory support in preparing bi-annual forecasts for HIV, TB and Malaria commodities;
  • Provide advisory support for budgeting process for HIV, TB and Malaria;
  • Assess the existing systems available at the central, state and locality levels;
  • Develop guidelines and standard operating procedures
  • Develop and conduct training on forecasting and quantification; logistics and information management system; pharmacovigilance and rational drug use for 40 staff at central level and 750 staff at state level;
  • Development of procurement plans
  • Assist with the development of standard operating procedures for procurement processes
  • Assessment of suitability of logistics (storage, distribution, information management systems)
  • Develop specifications of software requirements for the system identified, and ensure the inventory control systems are adequate;
  • Development of a distribution plan;
  • Provide advice regarding the development/improvement of the pharmacovigilance system to collect, monitor, assess and evaluate information from healthcare providers and patients on the adverse effects of medications.
  • Provide advice regarding the establishment/improvement of system to effectively plan and implement rational medicines use practices in the health system;
  • Identify and recommend relevant international courses conducted by relevant institutions regarding the promotion of rational drug use.

Period: March 2008- August 2008.

Client: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ DANIDA.

"Helwan Governorate Environmental Action Plan"

Helwan Governorate Environmental Action Plan

As in all Egyptian municipalities, Helwan is facing several challenges in managing environmental issues. This could require addressing several environmental problems simultaneously, including but not limited to; pure drinking water supply, waste water management in households and facilities, and managing municipality solid and hazardous waste etc. The list of environmental challenges seems to be endless, whereas the available resources are limited. Thus, facing these environmental challenges is not considered a luxury issue, but a necessity.

The main objective of the Helwan Governorate Environmental Action Plan is improving the quality of the environment and hence improving the quality of life for the region residents. The scope of work included:

  • Defining the main environmental issues and prioritizing actions to improve the indoor, outdoor and working environment and to reduce the negative environmental effects addressed in the environmental profile.
  • Demonstrating and clarifying the primary and secondary view points and ambitions of the concerned parties that contributed in preparing these view points.
  • Defining the region's future environmental vision, suggesting practical and cost effective solutions for the top priority environmental issues that concern the governorate.
  • Setting of goals, strategies, and improving programs for directing and guiding the society on its different levels of authorities, organizations, and individuals, in order to achieve the governorate future environmental vision.
  • Identifying the cost of the proposed interventions and establish a time-phased action plan for implementations.
  • Identifying the institutional mechanism with clear roles and responsibilities for implementation, follow-up, monitoring and evaluation of the plan.

Period: December 2007– May 2008

Client: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ DANIDA.

 "Upgrading Of The Tihama Development Authority’s Financial And Accounting System"

The European Commission has allocated a grant to the Government of Yemen (GOY) for the implementation of irrigation infrastructure projects aiming at improving household food security in the rural areas of the Tihama. The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation has delegated the implementation of these projects to the Tihama Development Authority (TDA), a semi-autonomous governmental agency placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation and in charge of agricultural and rural development within the Tihama. This technical assistance provided overall management support to the programme, including procurement. The purpose of such a support was to develop TDA’s institutional capacities in the various areas of expertise required for the implementation of the financial component. The purpose of this contract was:

  • to upgrade TDA’s dedicated system for EU financed components for management, administration and reporting in order that the special conditions are fulfilled;
  • to assist the PIU of TDA, where possible and practical, in identifying and introduction of practical measures earlier identified in the audit to ensure that TDA is able to meet the special conditions.
    The scope of work included the following activities:
    a) Review and finalize the draft operational manual (prepared by the TA) for management, administration, control and reporting of EU funds in English and Arabic;
    b) Prepare job descriptions for the staff members (including the authorising officer and the accounting officer) involved in the management, administration and reporting of EU funds in English and Arabic;
    c) Assist TDA in setting up the purchased tailor-made accounting software for the administration and reporting on EU funds and train staff as required;
    d) Assist and train staff in implementation of the new management, administration, control and reporting procedures of the EU funds;
    e) Discuss with the PIU the identified shortcomings and the measures envisaged and comment on the plan of action and the time table taking into account the on-going described processes;
    f) Assist where required in implementation and or detailed description and time table of required measures.

Period: November 2007– March 2008

Client: Tihama Development Authority/ European Union; Investissement developpement Conseil (IDC)- France, and Integrated Development Consultants (IDC).

Assuit Governorate Environmental Action Plan (GEAP)

Project objectives:
The objective of the assignment is to assist the Middle Upper Egypt Regional Branch Office (Assuit RBO) to develop and coordinate environmental corrective actions to remedy the environmental issues identified in the environmental profile for Assuit governorate.

Scope of work:
The output of this project included final environmental action plan for Assuit Governorate and detailed selected 1-2 pilot activities to be implemented via SDEM activities in the year 2006.

Period: November 2005 - May 2006.

Client: Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ DANIDA.

 

"Final Evaluation of The Trade Enhancement Programme- C (TEP- C)"

The objective of this assignment was to assess the TEP- C global performance in terms of programme implementation and results achievement against Specific Financing Agreement objectives. The evaluation methodology was in line with the standard EC approach emphasizing the effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the programme. The final evaluation covered the period from the start-up of the programme (15/06/2005) until the end of the Annual Work Plan 2, (31/12/2007). The Evaluation mission conducted the following tasks:

  • Reviewed and assessed the impact of the TEP- C activities in the following programme components:
    (I) Valuation
    (II) Risk Management
    (III) Post-Clearance Audit
    (IV) Capacity-Building for Management
    (V) External and Internal Communication
  • Reviewed and assessed the working relationships with the Customs Reform Unit and the Ministry of Finance as the main beneficiary.
  • Identified detail lessons learned and proposed realistic and achievable recommendations for the future Trade Enhancement Programmes placing the main emphasis on:
  • actual impact achieved on end beneficiaries, strengths and weaknesses of the current approach (to date);
  • opportunities for change or improve the aid delivery, concentration of resources where appropriate for greater and more immediate impact;
    • enhance effectiveness and efficiency of technical assistance delivery and management , including a better response mechanism, where possible; and
  • a guide for the Commission for future interventions in trade development in Egypt as well as in other Mediterranean countries.
    September 2007– March 2008. "Preparation of a Twinning Project Fiche for Developing an Integrated Hazardous Substances and Waste Management System"; The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ The European Union; Niras A/S- Denmark, and Integrated Development Consultants (IDC). (Ref 3 .2007)

The objective of this assignment was to support the EEAA in improving environmental and health status in Egypt as a result of sound management of hazardous substances and wastes through a twinning project with a similar European institution.

The specific objective of the project was to prepare a twinning project fiche in the field of integrated hazardous substances and waste management. The twinning operation prepared will help strengthen EEAA's institutional, policy and human resources capacities in the area of hazardous substances and waste life cycle management and in meeting the Government of Egypt obligations under international environmental conventions by adopting EU best practices in this field. The scope of work included:

  • Conducting a rapid review and preparing a brief assessment report on EEAA.
  • Drafting a Twinning Project Fiche including a detailed description of the twinning project objectives, activities to be implemented and results to be achieved.
  • Organizing a one day presentation workshop to exchange views and share comments of all stakeholders.
  • Providing Technical Support to EEAA and developing Institutional Pre requisites arrangements (IPA) ensuring the achievement of the twinning mutually agreed results between the EEAA and the European competitively selected twinning agency(ies).

Period: November 2007- January 2008

Client: Egypt Ministry of Finance/ European Union; Comito and Associati- Italy, and Integrated Development Consultants (IDC)

"Preparation of a Twinning Project Fiche for Developing an Integrated Hazardous Substances and Waste Management System"

The objective of this assignment was to support the EEAA in improving environmental and health status in Egypt as a result of sound management of hazardous substances and wastes through a twinning project with a similar European institution.

The specific objective of the project was to prepare a twinning project fiche in the field of integrated hazardous substances and waste management. The twinning operation prepared will help strengthen EEAA's institutional, policy and human resources capacities in the area of hazardous substances and waste life cycle management and in meeting the Government of Egypt obligations under international environmental conventions by adopting EU best practices in this field. The scope of work included:

  • Conducting a rapid review and preparing a brief assessment report on EEAA.
  • Drafting a Twinning Project Fiche including a detailed description of the twinning project objectives, activities to be implemented and results to be achieved.
  • Organizing a one day presentation workshop to exchange views and share comments of all stakeholders.
  •  Providing Technical Support to EEAA and developing Institutional Pre requisites arrangements (IPA) ensuring the achievement of the twinning mutually agreed results between the EEAA and the European competitively selected twinning agency(ies).

Period: September 2007– March 2008
Client: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ The European Union; Niras A/S- Denmark, and Integrated Development Consultants (IDC).

Development of District-level Health Plans in Qena and Suez Governorates

Project objectives:
To prepare district health plans for two districts (Nagaa Hammady and Quos) in Qena and one district (El Ganaien) in Suez. The Master Plan of the districts is developed in a way that reflects how integration would be done maximizing use of existing facilities and providing comprehensive decentralized provision of health services.

Scope of work: included inter-alia

  • developing a facilities/equipment rationalization plan;
  • developing a human resources rationalization plan including development, retraining and distribution of health staff;
  • developing a waste management plan;
  • developing population enrolment guidelines, GIS & decision-support maps;
  • providing training through workshops, seminars and on-the-job training for relevant & selected government counterparts at both central, governorate and district levels;
  • Developing an integrated action plan for implementation.

 

IDC provided twelve (12) senior consultants covering the following fields: institution development, public health, community medicine, training, health information system, GIS, solid waste, health economics, internal medicine, drug logistics, civil engineering and bio-medical engineering.

Period: February 2003 – November 2003

Client: Ministry of Health and Population/the African Development Bank

Association: International Health Development Group (IHDG)

Business Plan for Growth in Trade and Investment between Egypt and the USA

Project Objective:
To provide assistance to the Council in developing sector plans. The Council had identified three sectors to be considered as priority for achieving the council initiative in increasing trade and investment between the two countries. The three sectors were: the financial sector which includes banking, capital market, and insurance; tourism; and, information technology which includes telecommunication, media, and hi-tech industries. The methodology used for preparing the sector plans is based on a successful corporate strategic planning methodology. Issues related to market development, sector design, technology, enabling services; R&D, etc. were been addressed.

Period: May 1997 - September 1997.

Client: USAID/Coopers & Lybrand; U.S.-Egypt President's Council. (Ref.003.97)

Property Formalization in Egypt.

Project objective:
This study has been prepared with the aim to develop a system for transforming informal property to formal property on a massive scale and devise a system for incorporating informal assets into formal market. The study aimed to identify informal settlements and other untitled and/or unregistered urban properties, show their location on a map, and estimate their value.

Scope of work involved:

  • classifying urban informal settlements into categories, which allowed estimating their respective value;
  • an assessment of informal lands in rural areas together with an estimate of their value;
  • Preparing an inventory of laws, regulations and entities related to recognition, allocation and protection of property to identify major institutional obstacles.

 

Period: March 1997 - May 1997.

Client: The Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD)/The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies/USAID

Proposed Export Development Project for Egypt

Project objective:
A World Bank mission aiming to identify the possible objectives and composition of a proposed Export Development Project. The proposed project included assistance for: (a) export finance, to provide investment and possibly trade finance to Egyptian firms on commercial terms, to help counter apparent constraints in the intermediation of short-term liquidity in the market; (b) exporter support services, to help Egyptian firms identify, adapt to and penetrate new markets; and (c) trade logistics and trade facilitation, to help reduce the transactions costs of private sector imports and exports in terms of both time and money.

Scope of work included:

  • reviewing the major constraints and bottlenecks within Egypt that confront private exporters in moving products from the factory gate to export markets through ports and customs and also in importing raw materials and intermediate goods.
  • Special focus was made on reform and modernization of customs administration, quality inspection, duty drawback and temporary admission systems with a view to the automation of all trade operations and integration into an Electronic Data Interchange System (EDI).

 

Period: November 1996 - February 1997.

Client: World Bank Project Identification Mission. (Ref.006.96)

Private Sector Assessment

Project objective:
A study of the recent economic developments in Jordan and the potential role of the private sector in the economy; analyzing the extent of the involvement of the government in the economy, examined the regulatory framework for the private sector business, capital markets and foreign investment.

Scope of work included:

  • Identifying regulatory and procedural constraints to the private sector business entry and operations, land acquisition, taxation, customs and employment.

 

Period: November 1994 - January 1995.

Client: World Bank Mission to Jordan.

Private Sector Assessment - Phase II.

Project objective:
An analytical study focusing on the key constraints facing the private sector development (PSD) in Egypt. The study tackled seven broad problem areas with an objective to produce a prioritized PSD matrix of policy recommendations for immediate, medium and long-run implementation.

Scope of work covered:

  • privatization,
  • commercial judicial systems,
  • corporate tax administration,
  • size-specific constraints to micro and small enterprises,
  • long-term finance,
  • education for private sector needs,
  • Technology upgrading and transaction costs to private exports.

 

The result of the study, the PSD matrix of policy recommendations, was to be used by a high-level policy task force to produce a country-owned private sector development strategy and action plan.

Period: October 1994 - December 1994.

Client: World Bank/Resident Mission in Egypt.

A Research on Small Enterprise Informality and Regulatory Reform. Theory and Applications to Egypt

Project objective:
To assess the implications of regulations for small enterprises in Egypt.

Scope of work: involved five main components

  • build and test a partial-equilibrium model to analyze the economic underpinning of the formal vs. informal, large vs. small, enterprise decision;
  • analyze in detail, the regulations on social security, activity licensing, shop licensing and tax administration;
  • carry out a survey of a sample of 450 small enterprises active in the sectors of leather products, garments, metal products, wood products, food and transportation;
  • construct an index of informality for the sample and the corresponding typical cost structure of small enterprises in each sector of activity;
  • estimate the changes in the cost of doing business for a typical firm in each sector under full formality conditions;

 

In conclusion, the study examined the cost/benefit trade-off for a firm choosing between formal vs. informal modes of doing business given the current regulatory framework.

Period: February 1994 - June 1994.

Client: The Ford Foundation

 

  
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