Baastel has greatly diversified its activities over the years and currently offers services in some twenty sectors. Regardless of the area of expertise, Baastel is committed to carrying out its work with a focus on sustainable development, making the long-term perspective the cornerstone of its actions and achievements. Baastel’s operations are primarily related to socio-economic development, the environment, emergency and disaster risk management. This section provides greater detail on Baastel’s expertise in these sectors.
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Over the past few years, interest in governance – democratic governance, in particular – and in various aspects of the fight against corruption has grown significantly.
In this sector, Baastel’s work has focused on different aspects. With electronic electoral rolls emerging as a major tool for transparency, Baastel has supported the United Nations and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) in Benin in trying to introduce the political parties and other democratic institutions to the development and updating of these rolls. The reform of certain corruption-prone sectors is another important area of focus. Baastel’s work with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has made implementation of a monitoring system possible for an important security sector reform program, and in particular, for the Congolese police force. Baastel’s work has focused on project and program planning and evaluation in this sector.
As a partner of both public and private institutions, civil society plays an increasingly important role in developing countries. To be able to claim their rightful place and achieve substantial development results, civil society organizations have to gain independence and build their capacities in various domains. Numerous development projects and programs aim to strengthen civil society in the beneficiary countries. This is a key factor in beneficiaries and local partners alike taking ownership of the development results, and accordingly, in the achievement of overall sustainability.
Baastel has carried out numerous evaluations in the civil society support sector, including capacity development of non-governmental and rural development organisations, community and professional associations, and academic institutions. This type of mandate relies on the development of an evaluation matrix for analysis of the existing of civil society organisation capacities as well as an evaluation of progress to date. Progress is measured using capacity indicators, the degree of influence exerted and impacts of the respective civil society organisations.
One of the essential conditions for the establishment of a democracy and good governance involves respect for human rights (civil, political, economic, social and cultural) as stipulated by international texts and covenants. Over the years, Baastel has collaborated with numerous international bodies working in the field of civil/human rights and the right to shelter and education – development of teaching tools, training of leaders/experts, awareness-raising activities, etc. In addition, Baastel has worked as a monitoring agent for human rights-related projects (office of the ombudsman) and directed multidisciplinary teams within the scope of strategic mandates and multisectoral program evaluations (including education initiatives) for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights.
In order to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals pertaining to health, developing countries will have to meet the numerous challenges facing the international community (e.g. lack of human and financial resources; infrastructure deficiencies; training needs of healthcare professionals, etc). Baastel’s evaluation mandates in this area have focused on: evaluation of development policy and expenses, institutional evaluation of organisations working in the health sector, evaluation of projects and programs supporting the professional and technical strengthening of associations/networks within the scope of partnerships between Canadian and international organizations. This has allowed beneficiary organisations to gain skills in communication, advocacy, management and monitoring of field work. In this regard, Baastel has worked with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and numerous associations in the health sector.
Baastel has collaborated with numerous federal ministries and national/provincial bodies that strive to promote the arts, culture and official languages in Canada and that work to consolidate actions in this sector. Over the years, the mandates carried out for Canadian Heritage, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), Industry Canada, and for various provincial/national associations have facilitated the development of expertise related to issues/areas as varied as: challenges of the artistic and cultural milieus of the Canadian Francophonie; cooperation mechanisms; socio-economic and cultural impacts of francophone theatre work; the language industry and access to national markets; student mobility programs; summer employment and international/national internships (e.g. Young Canada Works); and federal programs aimed at the mobilization of resources and investments in the public and private sectors.
Gender equality is a fundamental issue: all too often women and girls do not have sufficient access to primary health care, particularly reproductive care, or to the nutritious foods they need to lead a healthy life. In fact, the indicators showing the greatest disparities with respect to well‑being in populations in the developing world and in the industrialized world are those associated with maternal mortality rates, still surprisingly high in many developing countries. In this regard, Baastel has adopted a pragmatic approach to integrate this issue in its consultation process. Baastel has accordingly taken this issue into account as a cross-cutting theme as part of its various mandates, in addition to working on behalf of various donors to strengthen the capacities of organizations operating in this field.
Having accompanied development organizations in the elaboration of the key areas of their intervention strategies aimed at supporting sustainable economic development, Baastel has built a solid expertise in this domain to appropriately respond to the needs of its clients. For example, in partnership with a sectoral expert, Baastel has produced a program design report on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the natural resources extractive industry in the Andes. One of the important goals of this program is to integrate the population in the region in sustainable economic activities generated by this industry through the implementation of the CSR projects. Additionally, in the evaluations Baastel manages, the creation of revenue generating activities becomes an important indicator of the success of a project. In a recent evaluation of a trade-related technical assistance and capacity building program, the Baastel team has taken into account the effects of the given activities on the delivery of sustainable livelihoods to all the trade partners.
The private sector must develop to in order to initiate and support sustained and sustainable economic growth in developing countries. Included here are the multiple facets of the private sector, i.e. formal and informal sectors; rural, urban and suburban businesses; microenterprises, and small/medium enterprises; and large industries and foreign investments. Microfinance plays an important role in this regard. In fact, through microcredit and other basic financial products, microfinance is most likely to have an effect on the poor who otherwise would not have the chance to develop their entrepreneurial abilities and spirit.
With a professional team that is knowledgeable in all issues at play in economic development, the private sector, microfinance and poverty reduction, Baastel has substantial expertise in this sector, at both the micro and macro levels. Baastel’s mandates have focused on the following:
- Evaluation of the African Project Development Facility for the account with the International Finance Corporation;
- Evaluation/monitoring of multiple microfinance institutional networks (Cameroon Cooperative Credit Union League, Nyèsigiso in Mali, Pamécas in Senegal, strengthening of financial services adapted to women’s needs in the Congo; and Yété Mali in Guinea); and,
- Regulatory support, in terms of project planning and evaluation of rural cooperative networks (Peru, Guatemala, Guinea).
For these types of services, Baastel’s clients have included: multilateral and bilateral aid agencies (International Finance Corporation, CIDA); non-government institutions (Développement international Desjardins, Société de coopération pour le développement international) as well as local networks (Confédération des Institutions Financières (CIF) de l'Afrique de l'Ouest), etc.
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