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Still a young firm, DEX-DEFT Research and Consulting has completed the following recent assignments for reputed international institutions and Indian clientele.

Planning the COVID-19 Recovery Framework for Africa

Client Name

African Union Commission and United Nations Development Programme

Period

July-2021 to February-2022

Main project features: Provide technical expertise and lead the COVID-19 impact assessment on the Economy including Productive Sectors such as Trade, Agriculture & Fisheries, Tourism, Industry, Mining as well as their contribution to the Employment and Livelihood situation in the continent and develop a Recovery Framework. The Recovery Framework will include appropriate recovery measures for addressing COVID-19 impacts across the productive sectors for social and economic recovery.  

Key tasks includes:

  1. Lead the situational analysis on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the economy including the productive sectors and on Employment & Livelihoods, in the African continent.
  2. Based on virtual and/or physical consultations with Member States and desk reviews, lead the analysis on the best practices that have emerged across the African continent that promote inclusive and sustainable economic recovery.
  3. In consultation with the relevant stakeholders, develop a framework for the Economic Recovery of African Union Member States with a clear set of guiding actions and priorities that can be implemented in the short-, medium- and long-terms.
  4. Based on the findings, lead the drafting of the Economic Recovery Framework for Africa.

Study to develop strategies for strengthening Cinchona Value Chain based products from West Bengal, India

Client Name

Government of West Bengal, India

Period

July-2021 to March-2022

Main project features: Study to strengthen Cinchona Value Chain based products from West Bengal, India covering key areas of (a) improvining plantation management (b) exploring setting up of value added processing units and (c) accessing national and international markets for processed products.  

Key tasks includes:

  1. Suggest better plantation management to improve the crop yield, and other active pharmaceutical ingredient / alkaloid content as the case may be. These suggestions can be categorized into short-term (upto 2 years), medium-term (upto 5 years) and long-term measures (upto 10 years). 
  2. Study processing possibilities to produce and sell value added products from its plantation crops at a commercial scale. To achieve this objective, explore the feasibility of either reconstructing the closed quinine factory or recommending a greenfield processing unit at another suitable location, along with suggestions to refurbish the storage and drying facilities within the supply chains.
  3. Strategize accessing the right markets for positioning selected products that could fetch value and sustain their competitive advantage over the long-term. Recommend the appropriate mechanisms that could enable marketing of these products using a combination of its own institutional structure (with enhancements, if needed), fostering technical collaborations, and forging new partnerships for promotion, marketing and distribution. Reorganizing marketing system is needed by placing it directly under a competent authority who can be empowered to take market responsive and expeditious decisions.

Background paper on Skills Gap Assessment for South Africa National Human Development Report (NHDR) 2020

Client Name

United Nations Development Programme, South Africa. Nodal Government Institutions: Department of Higher Education and Training, and National Skills Authority

Period

September-2020 to March-2021

Main project features: The overall objective of the NHDR 2020 was to find pragmatic solutions to unemployment, particularly youth unemployment in South Africa.  

Key tasks included:

  1. Desk research and secondary data analysis. Review of existing policies,  analysis of data on labour market supply and demand, school-to-work transition, job training programmes, and determine what needs to be changed or strengthened for decent job creation for youth and women.
  2. Exploring the interactive relationship among sectoral transformation / upgrading, structural unemployment and skills gap in South Africa through web-survey, key informant interviews and Focus Group Discussions with key stakeholders.
  3. Recommending measures, seeking to bring new and innovative insights to the table.

Developing a youth employability index at the national and provincial level.

COVID-19 Rapid Needs Assessment on Productive Sectors Employment and Livelihoods, Micro-Small-Medium Enterprises under the aegis of UNDP: Zambia and Eswatini

Client Name

United Nations Development Programme Crisis Bureau New York, respective country teams

Period

December-2020 to July-2021

Main project features: COVID-19 socio-economic impact rapid needs assessment on employment and livelihood, tourism, Micro,  Small and Medium Enterprises and its formal and informal employees. Supporting recovery planning needs and the budget requirements.

Key tasks included:

  1. Zambia: Productive sectors included are Trade-Commerce, Manufacturing (incl. MSME), Mining (Artisanal Mining), Tourism, cross-cutting Employment, Livelihood and Social Protection
  2. Eswatini: Productive sectors included are Trade-Commerce (inc; MSME), Tourism, cross-cutting Employment, Livelihood and Social Protection
  3. Data analysis and modelling  COVID-19 impact on businesses and employers, labour markets MSMEs, formal, informal workforce
  4. Cross- sector works: especially with Ministries, paratsatals, Central Bank and Commercial Banks, UN agencies, IOM, UNHCR, WHO, ILO, business associations, employer organizations, social partners of Ministries, other institutions.
  5. Drafting of impact assessment report and recommndations on recovery needs.

COVID-19 SEIA studies on Labour Markets, Micro-Small-Medium Enterprises and vulnerable workers under the aegis of UNDP: South Africa and Azerbaijan assessments

Client Name

United Nations Development Programme Crisis Bureau New York, respective country teams

Period

April-2020 to July-2020

Main project features: COVID-19 socio-economic impact assessment on labour markets, employment and livelihood, especially the impact on the Micro,  Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and its formal and informal employees. Supporting recovery planning needs and the budget requirements.

Key tasks included:

  1. Data analysis of COVID-19 impact on labour markets, SMEs, formal and the informal workforces
  2. Cross- sector works: especially with UNDP, Social Protection, UNHCR, WHO, ILO, other agencies.
  3. Drafting of impact assessment report and recommndations on recovery needs.

Sudan Floods 2020: Post Disaster Needs Assessment and Recovery for the cross-cutting Employment, Livelihoods and Social Protection sector

Client Name

United Nations Development Programme – Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery team

Period

November-2020 to February-2021

Main project features: Post disaster impact assessment on labour markets, employment and livelihood across sector, and the impact on the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). Supporting recovery planning needs and the budget requirements.

Key tasks included:

  1. Undertake assessment (along with Transitional Government officials, UNDP, World Bank other UN teams) for the cross-cutting sector “Employment, Livelihoods and Social Protection”.
  2. Compile baseline and effects data needed for the impact assessment in consultation with Government officials, UN agencies and World Bank, and small business association.
  3. Prepare damage, loss report and sector recovery need estimates. Engage in consultations with stakeholders to finalize the recovery proposals and the sector report.

Bring together the data, analysis and findings and write the sector report. Present findings in the meetings as facilitated by the joint UN team. Incorporate feedback/inputs at each stage. 

   
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