We have successfully completed multiple projects, funded by multilateral funding agencies such as the World Bank, AfDB and ADB, in 18 countries across Asia, Africa and the Pacific region. Below are some of our select few Case Studies for some ongoing and recently completed assignments, which provide examples of our strategic project solutions and how we work with our clients to help them navigate specific complex issues and challenges. These cases corroborate the potential impact and value of our services as well as our sectoral expertise. To know more about our sectors, click here.
Please find below the details of some of our Case Studies.
Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development &the World Bank | Kenya
The Challenge: Rapid urban growth in Kenya poses developmental challenges such as inadequate housing and mushrooming of informal settlements, unemployment, environmental degradation, inadequate infrastructure, services and facilities, escalation in crime and social distress. Other problems facing urban centres include excessive and uncoordinated piecemeal subdivisions of privately owned land without approved planning schemes and uncontrolled developments without requisite expansion of utilities and services. In light of the above, an urgent need to look at urban development from a perspective that integrates physical, economic, social, cultural, and environmental as well as institutional aspects in urban planning was felt. Further, there was a need to align urban development planning with the on-going socio-economic and political reform and transformation in the country, which requires a major shift in planning – 'strategic planning approach' which is a more flexible development oriented tool.
In the above backdrop, preparation of strategic plans for the towns was envisaged by the Government of Kenya. The plans would identify priority programmes that can transform them into vibrant and well-planned satellite towns of Nairobi. DFractals was commissioned by VisionRI Connexion Services Private Limited for Economic and Investment Planning of these towns.
Our Role: A team of Economists was commissioned by DFractals to work on this challenge. First, the Economic status of the urban centres in question was analysed and ascertained, followed by projecting the future course of these micro-economies. Extensive qualitative and quantitative research and review of the available literature, discussions with stakeholders and personal interviews with key experts in the government were conducted for this exercise. For each town, key economic roles, based on various comparative advantages enjoyed by the region as well as the aspirations of the citizens and their representatives, were proposed. The reports were prepared keeping in mind the objective of guiding the local urban authorities and stakeholders on futuristic and goal-oriented economic and investment planning within their towns.
The upcoming reports ascertain the demand for public infrastructure in the planning area and explain the resource-requirements of developing the same. An appreciation of infrastructural financing gap and a robust investment plan and resource mobilization strategy is being developed to ensure high long-term economic growth of the towns and urban corridors under consideration, ultimately with the purpose of contributing to robust and comprehensive urban planning of the towns and urban corridors across 4 Clusters within the Nairobi Metropolitan Region.
Federal Ministry of Works (FMW), The Government of Nigeria, The World Bank | Nigeria
The Challenge: The Government of Nigeria is currently involved in various efforts for policy and institutional reforms promoting improved service delivery, road management and financing. Several key areas where the government is facing challenges include reducing road transport costs along the road links supported by the project; to introduce total asset management methods for delivery and management of federal roads; and finally, to plan and facilitate sustainable financing arrangements for the road sector. With these key concerns in mind, the Federal Ministry of Works, Government of Nigeria with funding from the World-Bank initiated the Federal Roads Development Project (FRDP), the objectives for which are to reduce passenger travel times, vehicle operating costs, and traffic related fatalities on targeted federal roads and assist the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to manage Nigeria's federal road assets in a sustainable manner. As part of this project, DFractals, in association with its senior strategic partner, VisionRI Connexion Services Private Limited, was commissioned to assess the impact of road construction on several key socio-economic indicators in the relevant regions of Nigeria, ultimately with the purpose of developing an understanding of past performance and directing future project planning.
Our Role: DFractals began the evaluation exercise with collation, cleaning and consolidation of the final dataset from the inputs by field data collectors along with carrying out extensive literature review to understand the best practices in measuring the impact of Road Sector on various key indicators. Subsequently, the experts modelled the econometric specifications equations to be used to conduct the Difference-in-Difference Assessment of the FRDP to evaluate its impact on time-savings, vehicle operational costs, and ultimately the impact of roads on regional and national incomes. The first-level analysis was undertaken and issues including econometric challenges such as autocorrelation and endogeneity were identified. The team of Dfractals continually recorded the process, observations, modifications, challenges and implications, and prepared a report that highlighted the key findings of the impact evaluation study.
Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat &African Development Bank | Botswana, with research and field work in 14 other SADC Member States
The Challenge: Communicable diseases (namely HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria) are the major contributors to the burden of diseases and poverty in the SADC countries. According to UNAIDS, the SADC states account for 35% of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world, and 40% of people with HIV infection are co-infected with Tuberculosis. Malaria is responsible for up to 30% of outpatient visits and 40% of inpatients. Included amongst the most vulnerable groups are the growing numbers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the region.
Following the dialogue between African Development Bank and SADC on possible AfDB assistance to support the control of communicable diseases in the region, 'Support for the Control of Communicable Diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria)' – referred to as 'CD Project' - was launched and financially supported by the Bank, to be implemented and led by SADC Secretariat. The project included components that aimed at improving policy harmonization and implementation amongst SADC countries, upgrading of surveillance systems; improving sustainable availability of essential drugs and scaling up OVC best practices across SADC region. The Project ended on December 31, 2015. An assessment mission called the End of Project Evaluation (EoPE) was initiated in 2015 by SADC Secretariat. A consortium of companies led by VisionRI Connexion Services Private Limited, and composed of Botswana-University of Pennsylvania Partnership (BUP), Institute for Health Measurement (IHM) and DFractals as International Strategic Partners, was selected to assess the project at the end of its implementation period.
Our Role: The evaluation took -off from the project matrix (log-frame) and key evaluation indicators therein given in the project appraisal document. Quantitative and qualitative information was compiled and reviewed by the team. Besides this, qualitative data was gathered through consultations, physical fieldwork and inspection in 9 Southern African countries, including Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The team evaluated the project impact, highlighted the challenges, and made recommendations for planning, coordination and implementation of future interventions. An Exit Strategy was also developed defining strategic objectives, sustainable activities and expected outputs to sustain and strengthen the gains and impact made by the project. The reports and recommendations were submitted to the Secretariat and disseminated to SADC Member States for review and implementation.
Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) &the World Bank | Zambia
The Challenge: The Lusaka Sanitation Program is one of the first steps towards implementing the Lusaka Sanitation Master Plan with the aim of providing adequate sanitation facilities to all urban citizens of Lusaka Province, starting with investments in Lusaka City. The Project Development Objective is to increase access to sanitation services in selected areas of Lusaka and strengthen the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company's capacity to manage sanitation services. A consortium of companies was commissioned by LWSC to conduct a Baseline, Socio-Economic and Health Assessment and Willingness to Pay Study as part of the project. DFractals was appointed by VisionRI Connexion Services Private Limited to provide services for Demographic and Statistical analysis as well as for the design and implementation of household survey in Lusaka region.
Our Role: DFractals' consultants designed household survey questionnaire using ODK application and contributed to the design and implementation of Focus Group Discussions, Personal Interviews, Water Quality Assessment and Anthropometric Measurements in the region to assess the existing situation with respect to sanitation conditions and the sanitation chain to identify the factors that hinder access to improved sanitation. In the household survey, demographic, socio-economic andpublic health baseline was assessed,and knowledge, attitudes, practices and incentives (explicit and implicit) regarding personal sanitation, basic hygiene and the use of non-piped water sources were examined and analysed. Besides other components, the Willingness to Pay Study using a dichotomous approach was conducted with respect to sanitation services. DFractals prepared a report on demography indicators in the project area and provided key statistical inputs to support public health and sanitation analysis as part of the assignment. Results and reports hence preparedare supporting the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Lusaka Sanitation Program in the targeted areas.
The Challenge: RMP Group is a leading supplier of Textiles and Fabrics to the international apparel industry and has been in the business for three decades. With last year's annual turnover of US$ 40 Million and an employee base of over 500, RMP group is focused not only on meeting clients' needs in a timely and efficient manner, but also in an inclusive, environmentally-sensitive and socially responsible way. Keeping this in mind, RMP Group approached DFractals to prepare a CSR strategy plan to achieve its objective of helping the local communities. The clients' requirements were to form relationships with representatives of local communities, provide livelihood support to labour and migrants living around the production plants, and build a bond and a sense of solidarity with urban environment and ecology.
Our Role: Our experts conducted detailed evaluations to understand and find symmetry between the client's business and the societal perspective, which they were looking to achieve. In order to get a comprehensive overview of the client's requirement, the team reviewed extensive literature and held discussions with RMP employees and various stakeholders to evaluate how the client's commitments to the private sector could be harmonized with its social obligations to generate partnerships that help in supporting livelihoods, protecting the environment and forming partnerships with communities. The CSR strategy was designed keeping in mind that it should be based on shared contribution and responsibility, since it is a win-win relationship for both sides if sustainable development is achieved by strengthening the reputation of the company along with ensuring the trust of the community. Our experts paid particular attention to strategy, internal and external alignment, partnerships involving all local stakeholders, sustainability and measurement of results, with the aim to foster lasting improvements in the quality of life of local communities that generate business value for the company, ensure broad community support, lead to commercial benefits for the business and reduced risks. RMP Group, with the CSR policy, is now moving forward to achieve the goals envisioned by its board of directors.
Professional Assistance For Development Action (PRADAN) | India
The Challenge: In India, it is witnessed that the youth is less engaged in enabling the community to address issues such as fighting social and political marginalization and discrimination, accessing rights and entitlements and participating in local self-governance. There is a pressing need to get young professionals to think of welfare work in rural development as a viable, lucrative and fulfilling career along with educating youth on the current social, economic and political problems plaguing our general population. Civil Society Organizations face a tremendous challenge in getting individuals in the age group of 15-25 years interested in the field of rural development and in engaging with young, educated Indians to inspire a commitment of social transformation. The main task for such organizations is to engage young university graduates and professionals, who are guided by both passion and principle to develop a consciousness of freedom, recognize oppression, exclusion and empower their creativity. With regard to these challenges in engaging the youth, PRADAN, a voluntary civil society organization, established in 1983 with an aim to eradicate economic poverty through enhancing the livelihood capabilities of the poor and giving them access to sustainable income opportunities, recognized the need for 'resetting' strategies and approaches, especially with regard to youth engagement. PRADAN's aim with this project is to create a cadre of young people who will consciously and collaboratively build India's villages towards being self-sustained communities where every man and woman can choose and create a life of dignity and peace. DFractals was commissioned to prepare the PRADAN Youth Outreach Strategy.
Our Role: In preparation of developing the Youth Outreach Strategy, DFractals' highly experienced team conducted meticulous literature review, extensive evaluation of best practices and held stakeholder meetings, focus group discussions and surveys. One-on-one interviews with youth leaders, young professionals, and college students were conducted along with detailed questionnaires being filled by various youth groups. Evaluation of the best practices included reviewing various initiatives that have been effective in addressing similar issues in the past and could be applied and adapted to the current problem.
DFractals' consultants worked at identifying the most cost-effective and compelling strategies to connect with today's youth and convey the client's message. Various Social Media Platforms, Youth Engagement Activities, Recruitment Activities and Patronage Initiatives were analyzed and compared to identify the most effective youth engagement methods. A thorough analysis was carried out to understand the pulse of the targeted audience and gauge the impact of the various different methods of reaching out to the youth. The target audience was categorized into segments based on the different methods of engagement required for each category; this categorization was based on several parameters - age and educational background being key parameters.
The final Youth Outreach Strategy gave the client a wide array of methods for engaging young adults of various age groups, along with providing inputs about the ways to use each platform in the most efficient and effective way. The Strategy provided an insight into the various steps required for engagement activities – ranging from dissipating information, providing a platform for individuals to engage and have their questions answered to finally connecting with the organization – and provided the ideal platforms and activities for fulfillment of each step.