Projects

Support to Strategic Planning Process through Analysis of the Operating Environment

Client:Concern Worldwide
Country:Malawi
Start Date:September 2006
End Date:October 2006

Through interviews with key stakeholders and analysis of primary and secondary data this assignment provided the client with a detailed description of the country operating environment (including historical, socio-economic, political, humanitarian, and other aspects) and recommendations related to organisational comparative advantage in order to enable a well-informed strategic planning process.


Rapid Needs Assessment and Market Analysis

Client:Concern Worldwide
Country:Malawi
Start Date:October 2006
End Date:November 2006

Quantitative and qualitative assessment of the food security situation in Dowa District combined with analysis, based on key-informant interviews, Focus Group Discussions and questionnaires, of the ability of local markets to respond to a potential cash transfer project.


Baseline Survey and Monthly Monitoring and Evaluation of the Dowa Emergency Cash Transfer (DECT) Project

Client:Concern Worldwide
Country:Malawi
Start Date:November 2006
End Date:May 2007

Based on the findings of the Rapid Needs Assessment and Market Analysis, Concern responded with the Dowa Emergency Cash Transfer (DECT) Project using "smart card" technology to deliver monthly cash transfers to approximately 10,000 food insecure households for five months. ACG designed the baseline survey and analysed the findings to produce a baseline report. ACG also designed On Site Monitoring and Post Transfer Monitoring surveys and conducted Focus Group Discussions, analysed the findings and compiled monthly reports assessing the effectiveness of the transfer modality and cash usage. The monthly reports were used by Concern to make adjustments to the project throughout implementation and to inform the final evaluation.


Facilitation of Workshop on Case Management Systems

Client:Body of Case Handling Institutions (BCHI)
Country:Malawi
Start Date:November 2006
End Date:November 2006

ACG facilitated this workshop which was attended by representatives of sixteen Malawian case handling institutions, exploring issues of case handling, including database design and management. The workshop concluded with the development of an action plan for future work in this area.


Review of Financial Systems and Design of Payroll Package

Client:Kondanani Children's Village
Country:Malawi
Start Date:December 2006
End Date:December 2006

The client was struggling with the swift departure of the facility's Administrator without a handover period. ACG assisted with a review of the operating and financial systems in place including producing a report on ways that the control of assets could be managed more closely. ACG were also involved in overseeing the implementation of a report writing system into the Pastal accounts package and in designing and coding a software package to assist the client in the management of personnel and payroll.


Review of Financial Management Systems and Donor Policy

Client:Kindle Orphan Outreach
Country:Malawi
Start Date:January 2007
End Date:April 2007

A review of the rationale behind the way that the QuickBooks accounting software had been originally set up and consultations with senior personnel to assist in defining donor policies. The QuickBooks system was completely revised to facilitate improved management reporting functionality and to make use of the budgeting capabilities. Training was provided for the Administrator on the new system to ensure that an efficient operation and a streamlined audit process would be possible.


Case Management Systems Review

Client:Body of Case Handling Institutions (BCHI)
Country:Malawi
Start Date:March 2007
End Date:June 2007

Detailed review of the case management systems in place at the sixteen member institutions of the BCHI in Malawi. The aim of the review was to assess the effectiveness of the systems currently in place and develop practical recommendations for improvement across all member institutions.


Zion Youth Centre Operating Manual and Financial Procedures

Client:Capital City Baptist Church
Country:Malawi
Start Date:March 2007
End Date:March 2007

Detailed drafting of the operating procedures manual and financial procedures manual for the Zion Youth Centre a sustainable project operating an internet café, coffee shop, and activities / pool hall. The output was two documents incorporating all the necessary forms and procedures to significantly mitigate the risks of fraud and error in the operating and financial systems of the centre.


Feasibility Study for DIY Solar Technologies

Client:SolarAid
Country:Malawi
Start Date:April 2007
End Date:June 2007

This assignment examined the feasibility of a project to train Malawians affected by HIV/AIDS to produce and market simple solar technologies. The project focuses on two districts in the North of Malawi and aims to provide a sustainable income to improve capacity to address family health issues. The assessment included a market analysis and business feasibility study.


Evaluation of the Task Force on Corruption

Client:Department for International Development (DFID)
Country:Zambia
Start Date:April 2007
End Date:May 2007

An evaluation was undertaken of the President's Task Force on Corruption in Zambia. The focus of the Task Force is grand corruption during the period 1991 - 2001. The evaluation focused on the performance of the Task Force during the period of its mandate. In addition, the evaluation team was asked to inform discussions on the future arrangements for the continuation of the Government of Zambia's fight against corruption.


Corruption Rating Framework Development

Client:African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC)
Country:Malawi
Start Date:October 2007
End Date:December 2007

This project focuses on the development of a corruption rating framework at the organisational level in Malawi. Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC), an AICC initiative in Malawi, has developed a Code of Conduct for organisations to sign up to. This project is in effect the next stage of the process whereby a monitoring and evaluation regime needs to be put in place to help ensure that signatories are living up to their commitments in this area.