SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

ETHIOPIA
Strengthening Education for Mining (STEM)
Global Affairs Canada, $12M, 2017-2022 

The Strengthening Education for Mining (STEM) project was designed to increase the number of Ethiopian men and women with relevant skills and qualifications for work in the mining sector in Ethiopia. The project is focused on strengthening key university undergraduate programs in areas of geology and mining engineering, as well as enhancing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) within high priority occupational areas to meet sector demands and improve equal employability opportunities for both men and women so they can maintain sustainable livelihoods.
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ETHIOPIA
Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity Development for the Productive Safety Net Program Phase 4 (PSNP4)
World Bank, USD $11.6M, 2017–2020

In June 2015, the Government of Ethiopia launched the fourth phase of a food security programme, which included a Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP4), in 318 rural woredas in eight regions of Ethiopia. The expected outcome of the PSNP 4 project is “enhanced participation in improved rural safety net, livelihood and nutrition services by food insecure female/male headed households.” Building on the success of the original Safety Net Support Facility (SNSF) project which supported the first phase of PSNP, Agriteam aims to provide technical assistance in a number of priority areas to strengthen government systems and processes for PSNP 4.

More specifically, by building the government’s ability to provide for its own capacity development needs in the areas of: human and physical resource management; adoption of program-wide systemic approaches; development and delivery of needs-based capacity development programs; program coordination and management; and institutionalization of capacity development within the government. Technical assistance, training and other job-embedded support provided by Agriteam will address issues of gender equality and social development, draw on international best practices, and develop the capacity of the Government’s capacity development resource pool.
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ETHIOPIA
Support to Agricultural Growth in Ethiopia (AGP)
Global Affairs Canada, $15M, 2016-2021

This agriculture project is supporting the second phase of the Government of Ethiopia’s Agriculture Growth Programme (AGP-2) by strengthening the capacity of government staff and implementing agencies responsible for AGP-2 to improve its delivery, thereby supporting the agriculture sector in Ethiopia, and the production, commercialization, research and small-scale irrigation sub-sectors. Agriteam staff are working to facilitate a common, systemic approach to AGP-2 implementation and build the capacity of federal, regional, zonal, and woreda staff to facilitate and train, and to develop training programs based on adult learning principles and practices. At the same time, and through a learning-by-doing approach, the project is supporting AGP-2 Project Coordinating Units and key implementing agencies to implement AGP-2 in an efficient and high-quality manner. The project is being implemented in 161 woredas in 35 zones, providing approximately 5,000 government and non-government personnel with new skills and competencies to improve the quality of AGP-2 implementation. These individuals will know how to develop, train and facilitate good capacity strengthening and application programs based on a well-defined, systematic capacity development approach, and be able to correctly apply the AGP-2 administrative and management operations, systems and processes; promote linkages, coordination and collaboration; and ensure that gender, safeguards, nutrition and climate-smart initiatives are well-integrated across all program components.
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ETHIOPIA
Small-Scale and Micro Irrigation Support (SMIS) Project
Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, $30M, 2014-2019

This five-year initiative supports efforts to improve food security in Ethiopia through the development of sustainable, gender responsive irrigated agriculture. Agriteam is working with government agencies at regional, zonal, and wordea levels to enhance their capacity to implement Ethiopia’s Small-Scale Irrigation Capacity Building Strategy. Through the project, these agencies will expand their capacity and skills in agricultural irrigation from a simple, implementation-based approach to one that emphasizes planning, coordination and supervision. The project has three key components: small-scale irrigation capacity building for key Government of Ethiopia agencies and personnel; capacity development of Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training (A-TVET) Colleges; and promotion of household micro-irrigation among local farmer groups and small-scale entrepreneurs. Watershed management issues are also being addressed as a secondary component.

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ETHIOPIA
Safety Net Support Facility (SNSF) and SNSF “Bridge” Funding
Global Affairs Canada/World Bank, $17M, 2011–2016

Ethiopia’s wide-ranging Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) is a government-led program addressing the nation’s chronic food insecurity. Managed by Agriteam, the Safety Net Support Facility (SNSF) used an innovative, 4-stage approach to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Ethiopia in PSNP implementation at the federal, regional and local levels; thus improving program coordination, collaboration, administration and management, skills and knowledge, and strengthening capacity for ongoing program delivery.

PSNP’s leaders report significantly improved program performance attributable to Agriteam’s training initiatives and extensive, on-the-job support at all levels. Under SNSF, Agriteam has prepared more than 50 participant guides, facilitator handbooks, and manuals related to the delivery of approximately 20 training courses on various topics. A particularly successful endeavor has been the training of an elite group of 200 Champion Facilitators who have learned to successfully facilitate adult learning best practices for content delivery. The success of the initial SNSF commitment led to three consecutive minor contracts awarded to Agriteam to manage bridge funding, and a recent fifth contract directly with the World Bank to implement the second phase, PSNP4 (2016 – 2020, USD $11.6M).
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GHANA
Community Driven Initiatives for Food Security (CIFS)
Global Affairs Canada, $13.4M, 2004-2011

Implemented by Agriteam, CIFS increased household food security in Ghana’s Northern Region through strengthening the capacity of communities and governments to develop and manage food security initiatives and support participatory, community-driven development. Agriteam worked with 250 local communities in 12 districts to identify, design and implement effective food security projects and plans, while providing direct technical assistance to the Government of Ghana to help build their capacity to evaluate, implement, and monitor community-identified priorities and improve agricultural infrastructure and production. A second project component provided budgetary support through which funds were provided to local governments and communities to implement the food security initiatives. At the end of the project, 74 Area Councils produced Action Plans which are now used to inform district and regional-level planning for food security, and communities were working together with their district-level government agencies in achieving sustainable improvements in household food security.
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GHANA
Ghana Program Gender Review,
Global Affairs Canada, $25,000, 1998

Agriteam conducted a comprehensive review of Global Affairs Canada’s Ghana Program to evaluate the success of gender mainstreaming and made recommendations to improve the integration of gender equity throughout the program.
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MALAWI
MAZIKO: Nutrition Foundations for Women and Children
Global Affairs Canada, $250,000, 2012-2013

The MAZIKO project, implemented by CARE Canada, is designed to reduce stunting and improve the nutritional status of women and children under 5 years of age in the Central Region of Malawi by using a model of behaviour change (Care Groups) that has been proven to reach large numbers of households through economies of scale. Agriteam provided analysis, assistance and ongoing advice to Global Affairs Canada to support informed discussion with CARE on project implementation (including approaches, progress towards results and effectiveness) in order to achieve the operational and developmental results of the project.
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MALAWI
Canada-Malawi Government Assistance Project (GAP)
Global Affairs Canada, $8.2M, 2001–2009

The Canada-Malawi Government Assistance Project (GAP) strengthened the capacity of the Government of Malawi by providing technical expertise to ministries, departments and public agencies in financial management reform, public accountability, policy and program development and human resource development and management. Through a responsive funding mechanism, Agriteam worked to enhance the capacity of Malawian government partners to develop high-impact, low-cost initiatives in strategic areas that would enhance service delivery throughout the government. GAP worked with senior members of the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), government officials and other stakeholders to: institutionalize leadership and management capacity built at the OPC, the Department of Human Resource Management and Development and the Central Agencies committee; enhance the technical capacity of government to support the development and implementation of standardized strategic plans and work plans that integrate issues of gender equality and HIV/AIDS; improve accountability and financial management through a standardized reporting system; and provide technical assistance to develop a gender-sensitive, Policy Development and Analysis curriculum and courses to be disseminated throughout the government. The project managed more than 13 public sector reform initiatives with 11 different government bodies ranging in value from C$85,000 to C$500,000 and from 12 to 36 months in duration. As a result, multiple policies were developed and approved, including the National Sanitation Policy Development, the Action Plan for Country Financial Accountability Assessment, and the HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy.
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MALI
Institutional Development Program – Capacity Building Component (PAPDI)
Global Affairs Canada, $3.7M, 2015–2019

PAPDI supports the reform of the Malian Public Administration sector by strengthening the capacity of the Office of the Commissioner of Institutional Development (CDI); the CDI is the steering mechanism of the Institutional Development Program (IDP), which is an initiative of the Government of Canada to ensure growth and reduce poverty through technical and financial assistance to the Government of Mali. PAPDI capacity-building activities in (a) result based management (b) change management (c) internal control and program evaluation (d) human resource management (e) financial management (f) equality between women and men & (g) environmental assessment and sustainable development will directly benefit public servants by providing them with a modern, equitable and performance–based work environment, and provide access to higher quality public service to the Malian population as a whole. PAPDI is also providing technical support to targeted ministries working in collaboration with the CDI to implement and monitor the operational plan for the Institutional Development Program.
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MALI
Capacity Building for Stakeholders in the Textbook and Book Publishing Trades in Mali (PAGE)
Global Affairs Canada, $4.3M, 2012–2018

Agriteam is leading the Capacity Building for Stakeholders in the Textbook and Book Publishing Trades in Mali Project, which aims to improve the quality and availability of textbooks by strengthening the capacities of each group of private stakeholders in the textbook and book-publishing sector. The project also aims to strengthen the public-private partnership in textbook procurement. Working with CODE and C2D, the project is providing technical assistance to authors, publishers and other stakeholders in private-sector book publishing in Mali (i.e. editors, literary editors, illustrators, graphic artists, booksellers, distributors).
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MALI
Monitor and Technical Advisor Support to Agricultural Sector Chains in Mali (PAFA)
Global Affairs Canada, $500,000, 2009-2015

The PAFA project aimed to improve the performance of selected agricultural supply chains in Mali by intervening in critical phases of production, processing, and marketing chains. The project focused mainly on producing shea nuts (aiming for 6,000 additional tons during this project), as well as shallots, onions, and garlic (aiming for 15,000 additional tons). The monitoring and evaluation aspect to this project was contracted to Agriteam Canada from Groupement SNC Inc/Geomar.
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NIGERIA
External Monitor and Technical Advisor for the Nigeria Evidence-Based Health Systems Initiative (TA-NEHSI)
Global Affairs Canada, $266,000, 2011-2014

Agriteam provided monitoring and expert technical advisory services to Global Affairs Canada on project design and implementation for Nigeria Evidence-Based Health Systems Initiative (NEHSI), a $19M collaborative initiative between the Government of Nigeria, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global Affairs Canada in support of Nigeria’s health sector reform agenda. NEHSI project components included a multi-stakeholder surveillance system; a health demographic surveillance system; and investing in sustainable human capital. To support the success of project interventions, Agriteam provided oversight, advice and recommendations in project management, risk management, performance measurement, results-based management and other key areas of health systems and primary healthcare services. Agriteam also assisted IDRC in strengthening project performance and achievement of results.
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NIGERIA
Colleges/Schools of Health Technology and Primary Health Care Development (SHT-PHC)
Global Affairs Canada, $18M, 2006–2012

This technical education project supported the Government of Nigeria’s reform agenda in health education through strengthening the capacity of the Colleges of Health Technology to provide quality education to primary health care (PHC) personnel. The colleges train secondary school graduates in two and three year certificate and diploma programs that qualify them as Community Health Care technicians. The project provided technical assistance and financial support to upgrade the facilities in two target colleges, improve administration and management of the colleges, strengthen instructional practices and apprenticeship programs, and improve curriculum and teacher skills. The project also supported local government authorities and Ministries of Health in each state to renovate 14 PHC facilities that doubled as clinical practice sites for students, and to improve community participation in health promotion and PHC facility management through the development of 14 Community Action Plans, which outlined community-identified local resources that could be used to address pressing health issues.
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PAN AFRICA
Project Monitor for Agriculture and Food Security Projects in the Pan-African Regional Program
Global Affairs Canada, $350, 000, 2012-2016

The goal of Global Affairs Canada’s Pan-African regional program is to help the African Union achieve its vision of regional integration and socio-economic growth by strengthening the capacity of a selected number of regional institutions to stimulate economic growth and increase food security. The program is closely aligned with the African Union/NEPAD’s priorities. Agriteam acted as a monitoring officer for a four-year period, to support the project team leader in monitoring technical, managerial and policy aspects of the following two organizations: Support to the Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la recherche et le développement agricoles (CORAF/WECARD), and Support to Rice Research in Africa through the Africa Rice Center.
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REGIONAL AFRICA
Canadian Facilitation for the Congo Basin Forests Partnership
Global Affairs Canada, $413,000, 2010-2012

The Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP) – which includes Canada – is an association of 53 governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations with the purpose of strengthening partner coordination in conservation and sustainable management of Central Africa’s forest ecosystems. Agriteam was contracted for 2 years to coordinate and facilitate activities related to the CBFP, to maintain and strengthen the vitality of CBFP’s regional cooperation; pursue dialogue among members; help develop and update the CBFP roadmap so that partners’ activities were better harmonized; and promote CBFP to the international community.
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SENEGAL
M&E of Canada-supported Agricultural and Agri-food Projects
Global Affairs Canada, $800,000, 2012-2016

Agriteam was contracted to provide monitoring and evaluation services in relation to the Support to Rice Production Project for Food Security in Senegal (Bey Dunde), the Land Use and Economic Development of the Niayes Region (PADEN) Programme and the Casamance Economic Development Project (PADEC) in Sénégal. Agriteam provided support and monitoring for the execution of the program/ project to the teams for each project and reported directly to the donor to support more effective program delivery.
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SOUTH AFRICA
Canada-South Africa Teacher Development Project
Global Affairs Canada, $7.8M, 2000-2005

The Canada-South Africa Teacher Development Project (CSATDP) strengthened the capacity of the national Teacher Development Directorate, the provincial departments of education and their respective school districts and schools to deliver quality education by improving teacher development through developing a national policy and developing the capacity of support mechanisms. At the national level, Agriteam supported the national Department of Education (DoE) in the coordination, drafting and implementation of the National Teacher Development Framework and the National Teacher Development Policy and Implementation Plan, and supported the Directorate by building staff capacity in consultation, management, planning and communication skills. At the provincial level, CSATDP worked with DoE organizations to improve their capacity to support teacher development at the district and school levels, and worked with DoE staff to provide ongoing school-based follow-up and support. The project resulted in the development of 12 learning resource centers for teachers, and improved the capacity of 225 school leaders (principals, administrators) and over 1,700 teachers.
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SOUTH SUDAN
Building Resilient Agricultural Production (BRAP)
Global Affairs Canada, $7.1M, 2015–2017

Women are the key agricultural producers and providers for household food security in South Sudan. BRAP focused on the role of women to increase agricultural production through programming targeted at field crops (cereal grains, vegetables and fruit), small and micro-scale irrigation development, aquaculture, and poultry/small ruminants. In addition to production assistance, Agriteam worked with producers and community groups to improve the value chain for food products through better post-harvest processing, storage and marketing. Support to farmers included inputs such as seeds, tools, and equipment, as well as training for farmers, agriculture extension workers and animal health workers designed to help farmers engage in planning and policy at the state and national level.
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SOUTH SUDAN
Community Stabilization and Peace through Capacity Building in Jonglei State
Global Affairs Canada, $442,000, 2012–2013

In the South Sudanese counties of Pibor and Uror in Jonglei State, peace and security are threatened by persistent communal and ethnic violence. In response to this crisis, Agriteam implemented the GAC-funded, Community Stabilization and Peace through Capacity Building project in order to enhance security and peaceful relations among community members and leaders by providing training for citizens on skills to heal trauma and reconcile conflict.

Working with The Resource Centre for Civil Leadership (RECONCILE), the project organized capacity development activities in basic trauma healing, conflict reconciliation, community stabilization, and the development of educational materials on conflict prevention. The diverse range of participants included community members, government administrators, police, chiefs, and headmen/headwomen. The project’s innovative use of broad-reaching educational materials and exchange visits between Pibor and Uror led to improved dialogue, healing, and mutual understanding. The project also raised awareness around relevant aspects of the Local Government Act (2012) and its use in conflict prevention, human rights, and gender equality.
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SOUTHERN AFRICA
Development of M&E Instruments and Baseline Survey for PAGES Program
PLAN International, $50,000, 2011

Agriteam developed the M&E framework, designed ten M&E tools to collect results data, and then led a large-scale baseline survey to measure impact of this US$20M agriculture program being implemented in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, Ghana and Sierra Leone. Responsibilities also included development of the database and survey methodology, oversight of baseline survey in all seven countries, and analysis and reporting on all data (270 per country for 1890 total sample).
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TANZANIA
Regional Maternal Newborn Child Health (RMNCH) Strengthening in Tanzania
Global Affairs Canada, $13.38M, 2016-2020

The Regional Maternal Newborn Child Health (RMNCH) Strengthening in Tanzania project aims to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in Lake Zone area by working with regional and council health management teams to strengthen health systems. Agriteam is working in partnership with the University of Calgary to: provide technical assistance for health management teams on planning and management of health services, including effective use of health management information systems; provide training for facility and community based health providers and promoters on delivering quality MNCH services; provide equipment and supplies to health facilities to improve their capacity to deliver MNCH services; and work with key community figures and local committees to improve MNCH, including the promotion of gender equality. RMNCH began working with the health management team in Misungwi and the regional health management team in Mwanza before extending its effort to Kwimba. Other key partners on this project include the Canadian Paediatric Society, Save the Mothers, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Catholic University of Health and Allied Science (Bugando).
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TANZANIA
Senior Health Advisor and Monitor in Tanzania
Global Affairs Canada, $989,000, 2014-2017

Agriteam provided technical expertise and strategic advice to the Government of Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in support of the National Human Resources for Health (HRH) Strategy & Production Plan, and the National Road Map Strategic Plan. Our Advisor provided technical expertise in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of human resources for health systems strengthening and health and HIV/AIDS programming in Tanzania. This included the integration of gender equality and environmental considerations into all capacity building initiatives in health programming.
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TANZANIA
M&E Consultancy to Support Tanzanian Civil Society Organizations
Global Affairs Canada, $28,000, 2009

Agriteam designed and led a practical two-day RBM/M&E workshop for management staff of five Tanzanian civil society organizations working in the education and governance sectors. The training curriculum included: RBM theory and concepts; developing Logic Models; developing Performance Management Plans including indicator development; data collection methodologies and design of monitoring instruments including gender sensitive and quantitative and qualitative indicators; survey design; data validation and analysis; and results-based reporting. Following the initial workshop, Agriteam staff completed a five-day planning session with each organization to develop Logic Models and M&E frameworks for their Canadian government-funded programming (from $500K to $3M), including identification of indicators, data sources and data collection tools. The resulting Logic Models and Performance Management Plans were implemented for the full duration of each project to guide planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation, including reporting to Global Affairs Canada. Training tools and a user manual were also developed to support the organizations to implement their plans.
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TANZANIA
District-Based Support to Primary Education
Global Affairs Canada, $1.5M, 2002-2007

This initiative assisted the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Culture to integrate gender equality, HIV/AIDS considerations and environmental sustainability into the country’s primary education reform efforts. Agriteam’s Canadian expert advisors facilitated capacity development within the Ministry, and assisted officials in integrating the cross-cutting issues within Ministry policy, procedures and budgets as well as into management and teacher training, primary school curriculum and educational resources. As a result of the project, a Gender Desk was established and staffed within the ministry, and a strategic plan for mainstreaming gender and HIV/AIDs education into primary education curriculum was developed.
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REGIONAL WEST AFRICA
The Systems Approach to Improve and Sustain Food Security in West Africa (SATISFY)
Global Affairs Canada, $350,000, 2012-2017

Agriteam partnered with World Vision on the implementation of this value chain development project in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone and Senegal. This five-year program improved food security by building the capacity of local farmer organizations so that farmers, the majority of whom are women, can actively participate in markets, develop and manage their businesses, and improve their livelihoods.

Through our Agriculture as a Business program, Agriteam provided rural farmers and community-based organizations with agricultural training and inputs, training in strategic planning, organizational management, and governance, as well as marketing and business support. Government and private extension officers developed skills in participatory, gender-sensitive extension that allow them to assist farmers in identifying issues and opportunities and develop their own approaches to develop sustainable, local agricultural economies.
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