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Archived news items from FCG Sweden

Archived news items

SIPU awarded with Sida Framework Agreement for Evaluation Services


We are happy to share that in March, SIPU, as lead in a consortium with ITAD Ltd and Sthlm Policy Group AB, was awarded the Framework Agreement for Evaluation Services by Sida. Our core group, consisting of 10 experienced evaluators, will together with our quality assurance experts ensure high quality in all our undertakings. So far, SIPU has won four call-offs.   Evaluation of The World Academy of Science (TWAS), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and...

ORGUT Working on the Roadmap for Regional Water Utilities in Palestine


ORGUT in consortium with FCG International has been awarded the Europeaid financed contract “Roadmap for the Creation of the Regional Water Utilities in the frame of the Water Sector Reform in Palestine”.Palestinians in the West Bank are facing acute water shortages and poor water quality in the Gaza strip. The Water Law of 2014 foresees the establishment of Regional Water Utilities (RWUs) that shall maintain and operate the water service infrastructure, supply water to all customers in their...

Study Visit: Technical Assistance for Promoting Gender Equality in Education Turkey


Technical Assistance for Promoting Gender Equality in Education is an EU funded Project, being implemented by a consortium led by British Council in partnership with SIPU International and other partners. The purpose of the project is to promote gender equality for girls and boys in schools, and to implement equality and gender sensitive approach throughout the education system. During 11-15 of April a delegation from the project visited Stockholm. The delegation from Turkey observed how...

Reality Checks Mozambique raises the important “bottom-up” perspective on the development agenda


From left: Finn Tarp (UNU-WIDER), Susanne Spets (Embassy of Sweden in Uganda), George Adu (Nordic Africa Institute), Razia Khan (Standard Chartered), Inge Tvedten (Chr. Michaelsen Institute) and Annika Sundén (Sida) "Small changes are incredibly important for the individual", Inge Tvedten, Christian Michaelsen Institute During the most recent Sida Development Talks “Africa Rising? Poverty and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa”, team leader Inge Tvedten and team member Minna Touminen,...

ORGUT Supports Kosovo in Improving Environmental Conditions


ORGUT Consulting AB in consortium with EPTISA has won the Sida financed Framework Contract for the Kosovo Environmental Program. ORGUT will provide capacity development in the fields of environmental monitoring, assessment and reporting, strengthening capacity for implementation of environmental legislation, conservation of bio-diversity, management of trans-boundary natural areas, establishment of groundwater monitoring network and river basin management. The beneficiary institutions are the...

SIPU International welcomes ITP participants to Sweden, 11-29 April


From 11 to 29 April, 56 business owners and representatives from state institutions, associations and chamber of commerce from five African countries will undergo training in Sweden, as part of two interlinked ITP:s on private sector development: Strategic Business Management (SBM) and Private Sector Growth Strategies (PSGS). Three intense weeks will offer lectures, study visits, tutoring and peer learning on topics such as: business strategy formulation and communication, leadership for...

Application open! International Training Programmes in Private Sector Development in Eastern Europe/Western Balkans


FCG SIPU International and Jarskog Konsult is on behalf of Sida implementing two International Training Programmes in Private Sector Development: Private Sector Growth Strategies and Strategic Business Management. View the thoughts on the programme by the alumni of the ITP programme of 2015, Eastern Europe/Western Balkans. For application and information visit   Strategic Business Management Private Sector Growth Strategies

SIPU has succesfully delivered the content for what will be Rwanda's first ever validated Master Programme in Local Government.


SIPU's work was financed and supported by the German development cooperation branch, GIZ, who viewed the programme as instrumental for underpinning Rwanda's current reforms in good governance and decentralisation.    - This project was really about breaking new ground, both for our Rwandan partners as well as for SIPU. Rwanda will now have an accredited Masters degree in Local Government that will be aligned with international academic standards whiile also ensuring highest possible degree...

Launch of the UNNATI – Challenge Fund in Nepal


- Private Sector Development is an important engine of economic growth, stressed Her Excellency Ms. Geelan during the formal launching ceremony of the UNNATI – Challenge Fund (UCF) in Nepal a few weeks ago. In her speech she emphasized the importance of partnerships between farmers and entrepreneurs along the value chains. She encouraged the potential applicants to come up with good proposals for the competitive process of UCF.The UNNATI Programme is funded by the Government of Denmark and...

FCG integrates ORGUT and SIPU to further strengthen its position as the leading Nordic development consulting group


FCG Finnish Consulting Group Ltd has acquired the entire share capital of the leading Swedish development consulting company ORGUT Consulting AB from its shareholders. ORGUT will be merged with another veteran in the business, FCG’s Swedish subsidiary FCG SIPU International AB. This transaction implements FCG’s strategy by complementing FCG’s diverse service portfolio and resources in development consulting especially in the fields of natural resource management, agricultural development...

Delegation från Guangzhou Administration College


On the 3d of December 2015 the Delegation from the Guangzhou Administration College (China) visited SIPU International. Our experts presented the specific features of training in the Swedish civil service, including the establishment of civil servant training system, the civil service management system, research development and application of public resources management, urban management public service platform construction in practice.

Reports from the 2014 Reality Checks in Niassa, Mozambique now available


The reports from the 2014 Reality Checks in Niassa, Mozambique are now available on the website. The thematic focus is agriculture, climate and employment. This Sida funded project is implemented through a series of five reality checks in the period 2011-2016, focussing on the dynamics of poverty and well-being with a particular focus on good governance, agriculture, climate, employment and infrastructure.

Evaluation of Norway's Support for Advocacy in the Development Policy Arena


Earlier this year, SIPU and its associate partner Overseas Development Institute (ODI), was contracted by Norad to conduct the “Evaluation of Norway's Support for Advocacy in the Development Policy Arena.” The assignment is managed by Christian Carlbaum at SIPU’s Evaluation Unit and led by Pierre Robert and Helen Tilley from ODI. The evaluation seeks to identify the driving factors that determine the achievement of Norway’s advocacy outcomes and to identify lessons that suggest ways to...

Organisational Needs Assessments for the Sida funded GROW Programme in Liberia


SIPU has been contracted by the Sida funded GROW Programme in Liberia to conduct a Sector Membership Organisational Needs Assessment. The expert team of Leif Danielsson and Christian Carlbaum will conduct needs assessments of six sector membership organisations within the sectors of rubber, vegetable, transport, cocoa, aquaculture, transport and oil palm.  The following step will develop an organisational institutional strengthening plan for each of these organisations. The team has recently...

SIPU's Presentation at Stockholm's Civil Society Week


On October 15th Christian Carlbaum, together with the evaluation team from the Institute of Development Studies, presented on the finalised three year evaluation of Sweden’s Civil Society Strategy 2010–2014. The purpose of the evaluation was to find out if, how and why/why not the support via the Swedish CSOs through their national partners has contributed to the overall objectives of the strategy to create conditions to enable poor and discriminated people to improve their living conditions...

SIPU Reviews the UN Agencies’ Harmonisation Efforts in Vietnam


The One Plan 2012-2016 is the common programmatic framework for participating United Nations agencies in Viet Nam. It is aligned with national planning cycles, in particular the 2011-2015 Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP). The One Plan 2012-2016 sets out a focused and coherent joint programme of work in support of national priorities and is based on the comparative advantages of participating UN entities. The One Plan 2012-2016 represents a continuing shift towards high quality policy...

SIPU Delivers Training at Sida Partnership Forum (SPF)


SIPU is supporting Sida Partnership Forum (SPF) in conducting training and network meetings. SPF is a unit at Sida's department Partnership and Innovation located in Härnösand. SPF provides education, training and platforms for increased synergies and capacity among development cooperation actors, as well as helps develop the Swedish resource base. SIPU delivers lectures and facilitative support in the preparatory training for students and trainees whom are about to undertake field work...

Time to Make Some Choices in Norwegian Gender Aid?


This was the question asked at a recent high profile event where SIPU's evaluation of Norway’s support to women’s rights and gender equality in development cooperation was presented and discussed. The launch event was held on the 13th of May at Norad in Oslo and attended by an audience of about 100 distinguished Norwegian policy-makers, academics, practitioners and evaluators. The evaluation, conducted by SIPU, in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute in the UK and Chr....

The Rise and Fall of Results Management Reforms


On March 26th the SIPU Evaluation Unit launched its first event in a seminar series to celebrate the Year of Evaluation 2015. Janet Vähämäki presented her thesis “The Rise and Fall of Results Management Reforms in Swedish Development Cooperation” that examines consequences of the results agenda in the management of development cooperation. The presented paper is part of the book "Politics of Evidence: Playing the games or changing the rules?", that will be published later this year. The...

Technical assistance to the Kenyan Water Services Trust Fund


ORGUT has been selected to provide Technical Assistance to the Support to Equitable Access to Quality Water, Basic Sanitation and Enhanced Water Resources Management in Rural Kenya during a four year period.Finland and Sweden have supported Kenya’s rural water sector through separate arrangements with WSTF. The new Programme, “Support to Equitable Access to Quality Water, Basic Sanitation and Enhanced Water Resources Management in Rural Kenya” is a jointly financed bilateral Programme of the...