There is a substantial impact of environmental development on the other facets of international development, especially in the areas such as health and agriculture. In this respect, environmental preservation paves the way for better nutritional and bodily health; increasing the utmost importance attached to the environmental development in both local and international levels. We currently execute projects involving the activities related to sustainable usage of natural resources, climate change and wastewater treatment. The examples of the specific areas in which comprehensive knowledge is acquired are as follows;
- Reduction of anthropogenic GHG emissions to contribute to the global efforts to mitigate climate change in line with the scientific evidence
- Strengthening national and local capacities to prepare for medium and long-term climate action
- Execution of national and local capacity building activities for climate resilient low-carbon development
- Technical assistance to municipalities for operating efficient water and wastewater departments
- Development of programs for sustainable use of natural resources
- Development and delivery of training modules targeting metropolitan and other municipalities in the field of climate action
- Design and execution of training sessions targeting metropolitan and other municipalities in the field of climate action
- Preparation and implementation of Climate Change Grants Programme and Climate Change Communication Plan
2. Information and Communication Technologies
The importance of information and communication technologies (ICT) has increased in the recent years in the business environment, encouraging the companies and institutions to enhance technology infrastructure and incorporate the ICT tools more in their daily operations. Information and communication technologies are interlocked with the activities in international development, especially in the field of activities where technical assistance and institutional capacity building are provided.
We previously developed projects to increase the adaptability of employees with the ICT services and tools, while focusing on increasing the awareness about the importance of active usage of these tools in the business context. In this context, our team has developed innovative methods for online learning according to the needs of labour market. Our company has expertise in developing ICT services within the scope of e-business, graphic design, web and application development. Methods for teaching software and curriculum development are developed within the scope of different projects, which enabled the employees to reach innovate courses online and improve their capacities via interactive training sessions.
One of the most important topics of international development is health, which is an indispensable area to be addressed. Considering its importance, we provide worldwide consultancy services in healthcare services via our solid knowledge and experience in the field. Our experience covers significant impact areas such as;
- Providing assistance to the improvement health services such as mental health care services and drug addiction treatment services
- Development of approaches / models for health services in developing countries line with international standards
- Development of diagnostic tools for different fields of health
- Development of models including early diagnosis, assessment and treatment of target groups
- Implementation of capacity building activities for target groups such as public health staff
- Design, development and delivery of pre-service and/or in-service training to healthcare personnel
- Development of software programs for health related departments of public institutions in the developing world in line with international standards
- Assessment and evaluation of health related tools
- Conducting quantitative research in the scope of needs assessment for better health services delivery
Employment is the key concept for sustainable development. It is key in the sense that it paves the way to growth and prosperity. It also has strong linkages with other sectors such as education, i.e. for one who is trained and educated in accordance with his/her skills and career prospects, the likelihood of being employed is higher.
Employment is one of the main core business sectors that we are involved in. We have implemented large-scale employment sector projects that targeted attracting and attaining more people in employment. Our projects primarily focused on better delivery of services for recent graduates and job seekers and their placement in right jobs matching their skills. We have designed active labour market programmes and models customised specifically for increasing the employment of women and youth. These include, but are not limited to, training delivery for the personnel of public employment agencies, organising awareness raising campaigns, model development, and organisation of study visits for best practice exposure. Moreover, we have produced and implemented models that specifically targeted increasing the entrepreneurship capacities of young men and women, and subsequently created more employment.
5. Private Sector development
Private sector development is a key element in sustaining growth and reducing poverty. It focuses on building private enterprises, strengthening markets and achieving competitive markets with a view to globalisation of production and services delivery.
We have been actively involved in projects on SME development and competitiveness and delivered services in preparation of business plans and operational plans, competitiveness assessment, marketing and branding, business development services, improving production techniques and development of common use facilities in a variety of sectors. Clustering has also been one of the key areas we intervened on and supported public and private institutions.
6. Social Inclusion
No community can prosper unless equal rights and opportunities for all citizens, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or background, are secured. Bearing in mind the socio-economic difficulties that citizens already face in the developing world, disadvantaged groups are even more under threat of exclusion. Besides this ethical aspect, it is now a global phenomenon that one of the most effective ways of achieving sustainable growth in a country is through ensuring vulnerable groups’ inclusion in all segments of social life.
Our consultants possess a wide range of expertise and experience in the implementation of projects on social inclusion, covering disadvantaged target groups such as disabled people, women facing domestic violence, young people, ex-convicts, former drug users and Roma communities. We provide capacity improvement and institutional development services to central governments and local administrations, such as municipalities, to enable them to provide better services corresponding to the needs of disadvantaged groups. In this regard, our services include, but are not limited to preparation of action plans, training delivery, best practice exposure, establishing special units within central and local governmental institutions, building inter-institutional cooperation, and awareness raising.
7. Justice and legal affairs
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Justice is one of the core elements in welfare and peacebuilding. It is one of the most important human values, which paves the way for equality, equity, fairness, and respect for other rights. In this regard, in addressing socio-economic development, one must ensure the presence of a fair and peaceful environment.
We believe justice is of fundamental importance because of its potential ramifications towards socio-economic development. The scope of services provided by us in relation to justice and legal affairs can be mainly categorised as promoting justice and increasing access to justice among all segments of society. In the promotion of justice, we foster legal reform processes and increase capacity of public and private institutions working in the justice sector, including penitentiary institutions, ministries, courts, independent judicial institutions and civil society organisations. Furthermore, for the purpose of increasing the quality of services in the justice sector, we review and develop legal frameworks and supports legal reform processes with due consideration of local dynamics. Last but not least, we enhance access to justice through administrative simplification procedures.
Specifically, we contributed to the development of rehabilitation systems in prisons with due consideration of international standards, developed national strategies and action plans for legal approximation to the EU laws and standards in different parts of the world.
8. Human Rights
“Some values must be universal, like human rights and the equal worth of every human being.”
As one of the most sensitive issues, human rights falls under our greatest focus area. While we provide consultancy services for the projects related to moral principles and norms such as human rights and gender equality, we always ensure preservation of those certain values as cross cutting issues under the implementation of projects in different fields. In the scope of consultancy in human rights, we provide the following services:
- Existing Situation Assessment
- Standard Setting in human rights monitoring
- Conducting field investigations
- Development of mechanisms ensuring communication and coordination between related institutions that work in the field of human rights at the national and local level
- Capacity building of the staff working in related institutions
- Development of customized software such as complaint taking mechanisms
- Implementation of awareness raising activities and communication campaigns for human rights
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.” These words of Plato have always guided us, they continue to do so today. Considering the vital repercussions of education in one’s life, it is of great importance to promote education via enhancing access to it and implementing any necessary reforms seeking to increase the quality of education.
We have been a key actor as an education promoter, providing numerous and invaluable services to public and private institutions and civil society organisations, and social partners in the developing world. The institutional and human resources capacity building services provided by us include education reform; increasing enrolment and attendance rates of children and especially girls; development of curricula and educational materials; promoting lifelong learning, design and development of training programmes for personnel from the institutions working in the education sector; developing strategy papers and action plans; designing and implementing awareness raising activities to promote education; promoting vocational education and training; and strengthening the link between education and employment and avoiding skills mismatch.
10. Agriculture and Rural Development
Agricultural performance is still a strong variable to be considered in alleviation of poverty. In this regard, we believe for the alleviation of poverty, agriculture and rural development must be addressed a key parameter considering the fact the majority of the poor population earn their livelihood from agriculture.
In relation to fund management, we have provided services to public and private institutions in relation to management of funds which are to be distributed to a number of grantees / recipients. Marking strong success as a robust fund manager, we also worked in close cooperation with grantees in order to ensure that they are well informed on procurement and sound management of finances and project implementation.
11. Civil Society Development
For a project targeting society to be sustainable with strong ownership, it is sine qua non to ensure the involvement of the civil society organisations (CSOs) in each step of development. In this regard, vibrant and agile nature of CSOs should be promoted in order to ensure that the services targeting society will be delivered at the closest level possible with a bottom-up approach.
In strengthening the capabilities of numerous CSOs operating in different fields and sectors, we have delivered services, including, but not limited to, institutional and human resources capacity building through design and implementation of training programmes, study visits and on-the-job training programmes; and promoting the integration of CSOs in the design and implementation of projects through constant monitoring and support.
We support multiple funding agencies in grant scheme implementation, procurement rules, monitoring, report preparation, project cycle management and visibility.
12. Communication Management and Awareness Raising
Unless proper visibility and publicity is maintained, a project is less likely to achieve successful closure. Communication has become more and more important in development projects particularly because the intervention fields in these projects usually have direct effects on the daily lives of millions of citizens.
We specialise in design and delivery of a large variety of communication tools and organisation of communication campaigns customised in accordance with its clients’ specific needs in the scope of international donor funded projects. The services we deliver include, but are not limited to, design and preparation of communication plans and strategies for private and public institutions, implementing campaigns for specific target groups, graphic design services, website design and maintenance, material preparation (brochures, bulletins, posters, flyers, etc.) as well as event management (conferences, seminars, etc.). Most recently, we have been focusing on social media and organising communication campaigns, especially in socio-economic development issues targeting youth, through the professional use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
13. Event Management
Successful event management requires attention to details, excellent communication skills and adoption of previously determined principles. No matter how high quality the products or services you deliver are, if an event of any sort – conference, training delivery, study visit, etc. – fails to be flawless, you would be the target of an unprecedented level of criticisms as a Consultant.
Bearing in mind the importance of event management, we adopt professional tools in the organisation of events such as conferences, symposiums, training workshops, working group/focus group meetings, roundtable meetings, seminars, trainings, study visits, site visits etc. We have extensive experience in event management and is always proud with its clients’ feedback on the quality and success of any event its consultants manage. Our network and partners in a number of different locations in the world also makes it possible for us to deliver high quality and successful events.
Governance is another core area, in which we provide comprehensive consultancy services to public institutions for their effective and efficient improvement in administrative and process-oriented elements of governing. Our main consultancy services offered at our company cover important key areas addressed below:
Institutional capacity building: Providing assistance to various public institutions in developing countries for their achievement of measurable and sustainable results towards more effective organizational structures with effective methods of management
Civil society dialogue: Providing assistance for strengthening contacts and mutual exchange of experience among civil society organisations of different countries
Legislative strengthening: Arrangement of legal procedures in line with the project needs, providing assistance to public institutions through preparation of action plans and strategies including legislative and administrative measures in order to comply with international standards
Local Government Management: Providing capacity improvement services for local administrations, including governorates and municipalities; increasing capacity of administration/governance at local level for the management and monitoring of services delivery; and providing consultancy in good governance
15. Grant Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
An important parameter in project management for success is to ensure the sound management of finances. A mismanaged fund or grant cannot provide the desired outcomes as planned. In this context, for the common benefit of enjoying the desired outcomes and results with intended impacts, it is of great importance to support institutions or organisations in the field of grant management in line with the internationally recognized principles of monitoring and evaluation.
In relation to fund management, we have been providing services to public and private institutions in relation to management of funds, which are to be distributed to a number of grantees / recipients. Marking strong success as a robust fund manager, we also worked in close cooperation with grantees in order to ensure that they are well informed on procurement and sound management of finances and project implementation.
Providing capacity building activities such as training and workshops for grant beneficiaries on grant scheme implementation, procurement rules, monitoring, report preparation, project cycle management, visibility and lessons learnt; providing assistance to funding agencies for smooth and effective implementation of grant schemes / funds; conducting evaluation for grant schemes / funds; design, development and maintenance of customized ICT based tools such as Monitoring Information Systems (MIS) for multi-stakeholder and multi-region grant schemes / funds.
16. Technical Infrastructure
Technical side of the international development covers the activities related to transport, infrastructure and energy in a broad sense and their supervision is very crucial for the implementation of technical assistance projects. We have been executing projects, which have components and activities requiring deep knowledge and technical expertise in these areas of development.
Our know-how and previous experience in developing energy strategies and conducting feasibility studies exemplify the capability of our team and network of experts in assisting different institutions in developing their energy strategies in national and local levels. Energy sector is becoming a target sector, considering that energy sector is a one of the potential core areas for the donor funds in the countries where we have local offices. In addition, our company is interested in the provision of services related to the transportation and infrastructure, especially in the projects requiring technical expertise.