AMERICAS & THE CARIBBEAN

COLOMBIA
Building Extractive Sector Governance in Colombia (Comunica/BESG)
Global Affairs Canada, $20.8M, 2015–2020

The Building Extractive Sector Governance in Colombia (BESG) project is improving public sector governance of the extractive sector by building capacity of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinMinas), mining agencies, and mining authorities within departments and municipalities to develop and implement strengthened policy and regulatory frameworks, improve extractive sector planning and implementation, and increase public sector engagement with communities impacted by natural resource extraction. Agriteam is developing a tailored capacity building program based on existing issues and challenges such as decentralization, extractive management information systems, environmental protection, conflict management, economic development, transparency, occupational health and protecting human rights. Expected end of project results are: i) strengthened institutional capacity of MinMinas and key mining agencies in developing and implementing policy and regulation frameworks; ii) better coordination among MinMinas, mining agencies, departmental/municipal governments and industry; and iii) improved Government of Colombia capacity to lead engagement with communities impacted by natural resource extraction. http://comunicacolombia.co/
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COLOMBIA
Gender Equity/Social Dimensions Component, Colombia Energy, Mining and Environment Project
Global Affairs Canada, $7,000, 1999

Agriteam was contracted to provide gender equity and social impact advisory services on this five-year, $11M project aimed at helping Colombia improve the capacity of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Mines and Energy to plan and regulate the hydrocarbon and mining sectors. As gender equity and social impact advisor, Agriteam worked to help mainstream gender and social impact into the planning and implementation process, including: developing a gender equality strategy; identifying priority areas of action and providing input into sectoral action plans; developing a project gender equality action plan, including sex-disaggregated data collection and gender-based indicators to measure progress; improving gender sensitivity and gender awareness within the Ministries and increasing capacity of the Ministries in sensitivity, awareness, analysis and planning in both gender equity and social impact.
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HAITI
Technical Support Project in Haiti (PATH)
Global Affairs Canada, $7M, 2012-2015

The objective of this project was to increase the technical and strategic capacity of government institutions in order to facilitate the implementation of Haiti’s National Strategy for Growth and Poverty Reduction in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in 2010. The project strengthened the capacity of the Haitian government by embedding experts in different institutions and organizations on an on-demand basis to provide technical assistance, coaching and mentoring. PATH worked with seven ministries, providing them with access to technical experts providing coaching/mentoring, capacity building, research and analysis, strategic and operation support in public sector reform, as well as training for executives and senior public servants in implementing public sector reform strategies; and tools, written and electronic materials and work methods that modernize public sector management. Agriteam mobilized more than 100 technical advisors to support Haitian government, enabling the strategic planning units of several ministries to resume their activities after the earthquake. Ministries included: Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development; Ministry of Public Health and Population; Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs; Ministry of National Education and Professional Training; Ministry of Women’s Conditions and Rights; and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Direct institutional support provided by PATH enabled the Government to assess its national poverty reduction strategy and to monitor its progress. It also enabled the Ministry of Planning to better coordinate the planning exercises of sectoral ministries to harmonize aid.
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HONDURAS
Strengthening Education Management at the District Level in Honduras (FORTA)
Global Affairs Canada, $14.5M, 2013-2019

FORTA is building the education management and pedagogical leadership skills of the Ministry of Education’s district (DMu) and department (DDE) education offices. FORTA is strengthening the knowledge, skills and attitudes of male and female education leaders to deliver professional education services and provide direction for school directors, teachers, students and local community stakeholders to optimize the learning outcomes of students. FORTA offers technical assistance, training and coaching through developing local professional learning communities, inter/intra departmental peer learning opportunities, action research and through increasing the mobility and technology required to improve the quality, relevancy and efficiency of basic education in Honduras. FORTA is active in seven DDEs working directly with local management and technical personnel in 126 DMus as well as the Ministry’s Department of Human Resources to institutionalize and potentially nationalize FORTA training processes in pedagogical leadership, education management, community participation, and education governance that is transparent and informed by gender equality and green practices. FORTA will indirectly strengthen the quality of education delivered to approximately 970,000 students and provide improved education and pedagogical support to approximately 41,000 teachers. www.proyectoforta.org   
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HONDURAS
Monitoring of the Guayape Valley Agricultural Development Project, Phase II

Global Affairs Canada, $450,000, 1991-1996

Agriteam monitored the Guayape Agricultural Development Project, a complex, 5-year, C$12M initiative, aimed at improving the sustainable long-term productivity of up to 5000 small farms in the Guayape Valley, reduce deforestation, and protect biodiversity. The project’s team monitored, assessed and reviewed the installation of numerous small and medium sized irrigation systems in the Guayape Valley; the provision of training and support in the use of agro-forestry techniques to diversify and intensify the production of fruits and coffee; the development of capacity strengthening activities for organizations and individuals involved in water resource management in the Guayape Valley; the provision of training to local partners in water resource management; and the provision of assistance to producers in gaining legal title to their land, thus enabling improved access to credit, identification of markets for local products to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the project results and contributing to the lasting growth of local economies.

As an independent monitor, Agriteam was responsible for assessing overall project progress towards results, identifying implementation problems promptly, and recommending effective solutions to Global Affairs Canada.
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NICARAGUA
Monitoring and Evaluation of the PIMCHAS Integrated Management of Watersheds Project

Global Affairs Canada, $257,000, 2009-2011

Agriteam conducted periodic monitoring and a mid-term evaluation of a project run in consortia by CARE Canada, Tecsult and the University of British Columbia, who were working with municipal governments to develop community capacity to protect and restore environmentally sensitive areas. The project supported management of natural resources in a sustainable manner that created economic dividends for residents. Agriteam’s consultant established a participatory monitoring process, and advised CARE on strategies, approaches and project focus.
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PERU
Strengthening of Regional Governments for Social and Economic Development in Northern Peru (ProGobernabilidad/SRGSED)
Global Affairs Canada, $18.8M, 2011–2018

ProGobernabilidad is a governance project focused on reducing economic inequality and supporting sustainable economic growth through strengthening the capacities of four regional governments in Northern Peru. Project staff are working with the regional governments to improve the quality and accessibility of public services by building their capacity in planning, public administration, information management and e-government, leading to more inclusive delivery, increased transparency and effectiveness, and improved quality and accessibility of public services at the regional level. Recently, the project supported an e-gov initiative to provide timely and free medical advice for rural pregnant women and new mothers through SMS texting to share information about the risks, complications, care and monitoring of pregnancy. Other successful initiatives include sponsoring hackathons and using open data to create local, community-based solutions to enhance access to information and improve government services, and updating regional government websites with user-friendly innovations and education materials.
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PERU
Improving Basic Education in Peru (PROMEB)
Global Affairs Canada, $10.5M, 2001-2012

Working in rural areas of Northern Peru, PROMEB developed local capacity to support decentralization of education and increase access, quality and efficiency of early childhood education at the local level. PROMEB staff worked with regional and district leaders to implement national policies in education management, pedagogical coaching, resource management and monitoring and evaluation, and provided technical assistance to align regional and district education plans with national policies. PROMEB had three interrelated components: promoting community engagement in education; providing technical assistance to educators and government employees in education management and pedagogical coaching; and building education governance through awareness of the national legislative framework and normative policies. The project developed and implemented a gender sensitive literacy model based on community participation and the capacity building of teachers, principals and education authorities at the municipal and regional levels to improve learning outcomes. As a result of PROMEB’s success in improving learning outcomes in the project districts, ten of the project schools received the UNESCO Award of Excellence for rural education.
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PERU
Improving the Quality of Granulated Panela and its Efficient Marketing
Conference Board of Canada, $200,000, 2011-2012

Through the Canada-Americas Trade-Related Technical Assistance program (CATRTA), Agriteam implemented this project to improve revenues for small-scale panela producers in the Northern Peru region of Piura. Panela is unrefined whole cane sugar containing most of the nutritional components (vitamins and minerals) normally removed from refined white sugar. Increased revenues for panela were achieved by working with farmers on selecting better varieties of cane, as well as introducing improved cultivation and processing techniques. The project also enhanced product marketing by providing support for producer groups including reinforcing “organic” and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certifications. In order to establish a reliable market for panela in Canada with Canadian retail partner La Siembra, Agriteam carried out a financial analysis to assess the competitiveness of Peruvian panela on the Canadian market. The analysis established benchmark prices for a range of inputs, allowing producers to ensure competitive pricing of their product.
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AMERICAS & CARIBBEAN
ARPEL Environmental Project, Phase II
Global Affairs Canada, $25,000, 1996–2000

Agriteam provided gender equity advisory services to the Environmental Services Association of Alberta, the Canadian Executing Agency for the ARPEL project, which strengthened the efficiency and capacity of companies in the Latin American petroleum sector to develop and implement environmental protection technologies.
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REGIONAL CARIBBEAN
Technical Assistance to the OECS Secretariat
Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, $72,000, (OECS), 2012–2014

Agriteam was contracted to build the capacity of the OECS Secretariat in performance measurement and reporting, and to prepare standardized documents to facilitate this approach. Agriteam developed a set of reporting templates based upon the M&E system and assisted with the preparation of Annual Work Plans, Annual and Quarterly Reports, and the Performance Measurement Frameworks and other performance management tools at the Unit, Divisional and Organizational levels. Training was provided to senior OECS staff in the assessment, preparation and use of these templates for data collection and reporting and additional technical assistance was provided to strengthen the technical team of the Functional Cooperation and Program Management Unit of OECS.
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VENEZUELA
Valuation of an Integrated Cattle Operation in Venezuela
Global Affairs Canada, $100,000, 2012-2013

Agriteam conducted an independent review of an integrated cattle operation in Venezuela. The review involved extensive literature and documentation reviews as well as peripheral research and first hand observations and experience regarding the various external factors affecting the value of the cattle operation’s assets. As part of this work, Agriteam produced an expert report that contained a forecast of the cash flows generated by the various components of the cattle operation, provided an estimate of the fair market value of the cattle inventory, assessed the value of the intellectual property associated with the genetics laboratory, and provided an assessment of the fair market value of the land assets held by the client.
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