What We Do

We offer our knowledge and expertise to government agencies, donor agencies, private sector and local communities in the areas of (i) local and sub-national development planning and budgeting, (ii) community-driven development and (ii) micro and small enterprises development.

Work in the above three domain areas is accomplished by us through production of credible data, information and knowledge. We define data as statement of fact; information is the context given to the data with reference to the subject socioeconomic development theme; and knowledge is why and how of the data.

We provide our knowledge services through consulting, research and training.

Our ACE programme – Access to Capital for Enterprises – invokes a social business approach aimed at linking micro and small enterprises in rural area and small urban towns to mainstream financial institutions, together with capacity building of these client enterprises.  A key feature of the ACE model entails building capacity of MSEs to develop their business plan and investment risk analysis and packaging their financing application for submission to mainstream financial institutions for funding in the form of loan, hire purchase or lease finance. The business dimension of the ACE model allows the programme to generate revenues through “service fee” that our beneficiary clients must pay for our services and also “agency fee” from partner financial institutions.

More information on our ACE model is available in the ACE page of the website. Click Here

Work in the above three domain areas is accomplished by us through production of credible data, information and knowledge. We define data as statement of fact; information is the context given to the data with reference to the subject socioeconomic development theme; and knowledge is why and how of the data.

We provide our knowledge services through consulting, research and training.

Our ACE programme – Access to Capital for Enterprises – invokes a social business approach aimed at linking micro and small enterprises in rural area and small urban towns to mainstream financial institutions, together with capacity building of these client enterprises.  A key feature of the ACE model entails building capacity of MSEs to develop their business plan and investment risk analysis and packaging their financing application for submission to mainstream financial institutions for funding in the form of loan, hire purchase or lease finance. The business dimension of the ACE model allows the programme to generate revenues through “service fee” that our beneficiary clients must pay for our services and also “agency fee” from partner financial institutions.

More information on our ACE model is available in the ACE page of the website. Click Here

We have expertise in the following intervention areas:

Local and subnational planning and budgeting
  • Village, township and municipal planning and budgeting

  • Medium-term, five-year development plan

  • Annual investment programme

  • Consolidation and integration of local development plans with township plan and budget

  • Data collection, information gathering and harnessing of knowledge pieces performed with PRA (participatory reflection and action) based tools and processes

  • PRA based project identification and prioritisation

  • Sample surveys to generate household and community level data and information

  • Process consultation with stakeholders and research to develop data, information and knowledge pieces for planning and budgeting

Micro and small enterprise (MSE) development
  • Methodology for identification of target MSEs in rural area and small urban towns

  • Methodology and tools for screening for viability of MSE business

  • Formation of “business unit” for the MSEs to carry out certain business development functions

  • Preparation of business plan and investment-credit risk assessment

  • Market chain and supply chain assessment

  • Small business management, trade and industry skills formation

  • Linkage to markets for goods and services,technology and technical services

Community-driven economic and social development
  • Social mobilisation of community members

  • Formation and capacity building of community groups

  • Formation of federation of community groups

  • Group-based savings and credit operations

  • Linkage with external financial services

  • Simple business plan and small business management skills

  • Linkage to markets for input and final produce, government services and technical services