• E-GOVERNANCE FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND PARTICIPATION (EGAP) PROGRAM: MAKING NEW TECHNOLOGIES WORK FOR DEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE
    2015 - 2019

    E-GOVERNANCE FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND PARTICIPATION (EGAP) PROGRAM: MAKING NEW TECHNOLOGIES WORK FOR DEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE

    Governance and Rule of Law

    In April 2015, INNOVABRIDGE jointly with Ukrainian East Europe Foundation and National Academy for Public Administration became co-implementing partners of an innovative, SDC funded E-Governance for Accountability and Participation (EGAP) Program in Ukraine. EGAP has strong regional dimensions and focuses on 4 components: i) strengthening the efficiency and transparency of administrative service delivery through new e-Governance tools, ii) enhancing e-Governance capacities among civil servants and NGOs, iii) increasing civic participation and political accountability through the use of innovative new technologies and iv) strengthening more inclusive national policy making in the areas of e-Governance and e-Democracy. Gender sensitivity, social inclusion and conflict sensitive program management serve as cross-cutting themes.

    EGAP program’s 4 components respond to the Ukrainian government’s need to regain its citizens’ trust through the reduction of corruption, increased efficiency of public services and more engaged citizenry in decision-making processes. INNOVABRIDGE looks forward to working with Ukrainian partners and the Swiss Cooperation Office in Ukraine to contribute its expertise in e-Governance and e-Democracy.
     
    In the first year of the Program’s implementation, as part of the national policy dialogue component that INNOVABRIDGE leads, key results included:

    - In collaboration with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, a national public opinion survey on Ukrainians’ perspectives on e-government and e-democracy was completed. Survey results confirmed an increase in Internet and mobile phone penetration in Ukraine but rather low public awareness and use of ICT for seeking public services and political participation. Survey results can be found on egap.in.ua/natsionalna-polityka.

    - Promoting a participatory and dialogue-based approach to policy making 6 multi-stakeholder policy dialogues were conducted with government, CSOs, media, academia, business and youth on their recommendations on how to optimize the use of new technologies for good governance – results of the focus groups were disseminated through a policy roundtable and a comprehensive report, also found on egap.in.ua/natsionalna-polityka.

    - Jointly with civil society partners, EGAP effectively lobbied for the development of national e-Democracy strategy to be formally accepted and incorporated as an action point within Ukraine’s commitments to the Open Government Partnership Action Plan (2016-2018).

    - Series of expert presentations in Ukrainian TV, at national and local government level, to academic and NGO audiences were provided on global standards, practices and benefits of open data, e-petitions and e-participation by INNOVABRIDGE e-governance expert Dr. Tomkova.

    Interview with J. Tomkova on Ukrainian TV
    Press conference
    EGAP website
    Public talk with J. Tomkova
    Article of J. Tomkova on E-Government and E-Democracy
    SDC Newsletter Feb. 2016
    eDEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE
    Policy Briefs on Good E-Governance - Issue 1
    Policy Briefs on Good E-Governance - Issue 2
    Recommendations Report
    La Cite - EGAP Swiss Study Tour
  • AFGHAN REHABILITATION AND HEALTH SERVICES ORGANIZATION (ARHSO)
    2015 - 2018

    AFGHAN REHABILITATION AND HEALTH SERVICES ORGANIZATION (ARHSO)

    Project supported by INNOVABRIDGE

    In 2014, INNOVABRIDGE started offering advice to this Afghan NGO which was established in 2007 by Dr. Rhimullah Rahimi, a pediatrician, and Erica Kessler, a Swiss lady who felt compelled to support war-affected children and women in Kabul. In three decades of war, hundred thousands of children became orphans and many women widows. Most of these children lack access to education, particularly girls. They and their mothers are forced to earn a precarious living, often exposed to dangers, abuses and maltreatment. ARHSO’s purpose is to provide a safe and secure place in Kabul where war-affected children and women are assisted in resuming a "normal" life and developing their capacities (health, education, training, decent income-generating activities, self-confidence). It supports about 150 war-affected children and women per year including young orphans, handicapped and disabled people, returnees, street working children (overall about 60% females). Mrs. Kessler managed and continues to raise funds to finance ARHSO since its start. INNOVABRIDGE offers management and fundraising advice and support.

    Afghan Rehabilitation and Health Services Organization (ARHSO)
  • SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT FOR SWISS CITES AUTHORITIES
    2011 - 2019

    SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT FOR SWISS CITES AUTHORITIES

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The Swiss Federal Council nominated an associate of INNOVABRIDGE to be part of the expert committee of CITES which fulfils the role of national scientific authority. As such, he advises the Swiss government on scientific matters and regularly represents Switzerland as a delegation member at international meetings such as Plant Committees or the Conference of the Parties (CoP).

    The Convention
    CITES Switzerland
  • PROMOTING BIODIVERSITY IN THE URBAN AREA OF LUGANO
    2017 - 2018

    PROMOTING BIODIVERSITY IN THE URBAN AREA OF LUGANO

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    Promoting biodiversity in settlement areas is one of the strategic goals of the Swiss Federal Council’s Biodiversity Strategy. On behalf of the City of Lugano’s program Lugano al Verde, 
    INNOVABRIDGE is curating a blog on the flora of the surroundings of the peri-urban village of Gandria, an important area of natural beauty inscribed as object of national importance in the Federal Inventory of Dry Grasslands and the Federal Inventory of Landscapes and Natural Monuments. The contents of the blog will be published in a book produced by the City of Lugano.

    The project
  • SUPERCRITICAL EXTRACTIONS – BY USING CENTIFUGAL FORCE
    2017 - 2018

    SUPERCRITICAL EXTRACTIONS – BY USING CENTIFUGAL FORCE

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    For over ten years, INNOVABRIDGE collaborators have explored ways and means to perform supercritical extractions in rotating devices instead of pressure vessels. If you want to transform a gas, say carbon dioxide, into a supercritical state, it is sufficient to put it under pressure of above 74 Bar and at a  temperature over and above 31 Degrees Celsius. In supercritical state, it is no more possible to determine whether it is a gas or a liquid. In fact, it is a liquid but with the properties of a gas – it is compressible. This state is highly conducive to perform extractions at low temperatures and without toxic or explosive solvents. INNOVABRIDGE collaborates with FERRUM Ltd, the leading centrifuge manufacturer, to further develop a rotating device, and also contributes in finding new applications for decanter centrifuges.

  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR THE FINANCING AND AGRICULTURAL INSURANCE SYSTEM IN HAITI
    2014 - 2018

    TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR THE FINANCING AND AGRICULTURAL INSURANCE SYSTEM IN HAITI

    Economic Developement

    SDC has reinforced as of 2013 its support for the development of agriculture in Haïti after the devastating earthquake of 2010, searching for ways to help build and reinforce an offer of financial services for agricultural producers. The official development cooperation agency of Canada, responding positively to a request from the Ministry of Agriculture, started in 2012 an ambitious multifaceted programme in this area and asked SDC to join this effort. INNOVABRIDGE was asked to accompany and advise the Swiss Cooperation Office in Haïti on involved technical aspects, in particular the feasibility and eventual institutionalization of an agro-credit guarantee scheme elaborated by Canadian specialists.

    SYFAAH
  • RISK ASSESSMENT AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR EPPO AND IUCN
    2016 - 2017

    RISK ASSESSMENT AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR EPPO AND IUCN

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    Mitigating the threat of invasive alien plants is one of the aims of the EU regulation 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species. Species posing hazards need to be identified and risks for the EU member states assessed. For inclusion on the Union list, information on known measures of prevention, early detection, rapid eradication, management and their costs need to be gathered and measures need to be assessed for effectiveness, effort and resources required, positive and negative side effects, and acceptability to stakeholders. INNOVABRIDGE participated in conducting Pest Risk Assessments (PRA) for the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) on Cardiospermum grandiflorum and Cinnamomum camphora, and authored a technical paper for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on measures and costs related to Cardiospermum grandiflorum.

    PRA Cardiospermum grandiflorum
    PRA Cinnamomum camphora
  • CHILD CHRONIC UNDERNUTRITION MONITORING IN RWANDA
    2016 - 2018

    CHILD CHRONIC UNDERNUTRITION MONITORING IN RWANDA

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    In 2016, SDC selected INNOVABRIDGE with the aim to evaluate and learn lessons from the Great Lakes Health Programme in Burundi and Rwanda. The evaluation mission concluded that non-medical determinants of health, such as nutrition and hygiene, were playing a far more important role than previously assumed in both countries. In the framework of a reorientation of the health commitments of Switzerland, it was decided to conduct an action research on monitoring child chronic undernutrition in three districts of the Western Province of Rwanda. The pre-trial stage started in 2017 under the supervision of INNOVABRIDGE. One of the immediate consequences was that the participating health centres resumed the monitoring not only of weight per age but also height per age as this indicator is more meaningful for assessing chronic, and not acute, child undernutrition. It turned out that, indeed, virtually no acute malnutrition could be detected, but chronic malnutrition reached up to 50% of the examined children. The key working hypothesis emerged that caretakes without stunted children might do better not only in nourishing their children, but also assuring better levels of environmental hygiene. Thus, it could be expected that it would be the caretaking parents, especially the mothers, who could help us to understand underlying good practice to prevent child chronic malnutrition. Results flowing from this action research are expected in 2019.

  • 2017

    FACILITATION OF A WORKING GROUP ON AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY SERVICES

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    The Swiss Federal Office of Agriculture (FOA) entrusted INNOVABRIDGE in 2017 to facilitate a strategic working group, which had the mission to redefine the mandate of the key coaching entity for agricultural extension services in Switzerland, AGRIDEA. The assignment was challenging because AGRIDEA has the legal status of an association while being funded by FOA, but having its main mandate to support and coach the Swiss Cantons, which are responsible for agricultural extension services. The strategic working had to recalibrate the mutual roles between the Confederation, agricultural research, the Cantons and non-government service providers. The working group indeed decided to assign more leadership – and the ensuing task of defining the coaching agenda of AGRIDEA more directly than in the past. 

  • POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE PROJECT – BANGLADESH
    2013 - 2018

    POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE PROJECT – BANGLADESH

    INNOVABRIDGE Foundation Project

    INNOVABRIDGE is collaborating with UTSHO Bangladesh to implement a charity Arts and Culture project called "Postcards from the Future". UTSHO’s mission is to serve underprivileged children (street children, orphans, children of sex workers and single mothers) by fulfilling their rights to health, education, and safety. UTSHO Bangladesh believes that any child given the opportunity to proper education and guidance can develop into a responsible adult. Drawing from and nourishing children’s limitless imagination, creativity and self-expression, the project will enhance UTSHO’s student’s skills in photography and simple graphic design and provide opportunities for healing and communicate with others through creative means. Using a learning-by-doing approach, "Postcards From the Future" aims to be an educational, therapeutic as well as income generating project for UTSHO.

    UTSHO Bangladesh
  • 2016 - 2017

    FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR INNOVATIVE LAND USE OPTIONS IN MOZAMBIQUE

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    The Berner Kraftwerke (BKW Energy Ltd.) has selected INNOVABRIDGE in 2016 to carry out a feasibility study for a combined wind energy and agricultural development project in the North of Mozambique. The study area covered a core concession of 1,000 ha in Nacala District, which is in the possession of a partner company of BKW Energy. Out of the gross area of 1,000 ha, only 20 ha were planned to be under complementary irrigation. The lion share went to rainfed perennials: Teak (600 ha) and Cashew Nuts (200 ha). The basic premises of the project were to envisage high value, finished, products over raw food materials while the proposed product mix responded to present and foreseeable demand trends in high-value export markets. Thus, the bulk of value output foreseen were non-food items, such as woody products with value addition, and agricultural inputs enhancing soil fertility and increasing plant productivity. The business plan is indeed focused on such items, e.g. stabilized juice of Moringa oleifera for the growth enhancement of other agricultural crops, and humic substances made from Teak thinning residues. Pending investment decisions will depend both on Mozambique’s renewable energy and agricultural policies.

  • STUDIES ON BIODIVERSITY IN THE VINEYARD AGROECOSYSTEM OF SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND
    2016 - 2017

    STUDIES ON BIODIVERSITY IN THE VINEYARD AGROECOSYSTEM OF SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    INNOVABRIDGE participated in the publication of the results of a research program on biodiversity in vineyards in southern Switzerland. Contributions, published in a monograph by the Society of Natural Sciences of Cantone Ticino, were made in ethnobotany of traditional grapevine cultivars, on the spontaneous vascular flora of vineyards, the definition of indicator species for ecological quality of the agroecosystem, invasive alien species and factors affecting plant and invertebrate biodiversity.

    Publication 01
    Publication 02
    Publication 03
    Publication 04
    Publication 05
  • PARTNERSHIP AND EXPERT FUND (PEF) AND CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION FUND (CSP) BULGARIA
    2011 - 2018

    PARTNERSHIP AND EXPERT FUND (PEF) AND CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION FUND (CSP) BULGARIA

    Economic Developement

    INNOVABRIDGE provides quality and transparency assurance in the tendering, implementation and monitoring of two multi-stakeholder programmes. The Partnership and Expert Fund supports 29 projects and promotes and enhances institutional partnerships between Bulgarian and Swiss partners in order to strengthen capacities and structures of the Bulgarian institutional partners from the Swiss added value in the solution of specific development challenges.  The Civil Society Participation Fund supports 37 projects and aims to promote civil society’s participation as an important development actor in the social and environmental sectors and to further strengthen the NGO sector in Bulgaria. INNOVABRIDGE acts as fund manager and international consortium leader for both funds.

    Swiss Bulgarian Cooperation
  • SOIL FERTILITY CAN BE ENHANCED WITH HUMIC SUBSTANCES
    2011 - 2018

    SOIL FERTILITY CAN BE ENHANCED WITH HUMIC SUBSTANCES

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    INNOVABRIDGE has pioneered the use of biochar for soil amendments since 2005. Thanks to a renewed and systematic search for insight into determinants of soil fertility and soil health, collaborators of INNOVABRIDGE have evolved a method of producing humic and fulvic acid from renewable biomass residues. The process is straightforward and generates humic and fulvic acids within hours. Prior known art consisted in extracting these compounds from fossil sources, such as brown coal. As these fossil sources are contaminated with heavy metals and radioactive compounds, the usefulness of these extracts is limited. Collaboration with academia and manufacturers of relevant equipment is ongoing.

  • 2014 - 2018

    MEMBERSHIP IN THE SWISS NGO PLATFORM ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    Given the relevance of increasing natural disaster risks as a consequence of climate variability and climate change, INNOVABRIDGE decided to join the Swiss NGO platform on disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change (DRR-ACC). We are convinced that prevention pays and that DRR-ACC aspects should become mainstream in development project and programme planning. INNOVABRIDGE has been in a position to bring novel expertise to the table, e.g. on biosafety and invasive species, subject matter where we have been working intensively over the last years. These aspects will be increasingly significant for a comprehensive disaster risk management in the future, especially considering that one of the drivers of advancing invasive species is also climate change. In many project planning and evaluation exercises, INNOVABRIDGE had the opportunity to explicitly include DRR-ACC issues in design and analysis routine.

  • BIODIVERSITY MONITORING IN AGRICULTURAL ECOSYSTEMS
    2014 - 2018

    BIODIVERSITY MONITORING IN AGRICULTURAL ECOSYSTEMS

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    How efficient are subsidized agricultural surfaces for the support of biodiversity? How does Biodiversity develop in Swiss agricultural landscapes? To answer these questions, the Swiss Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Research (AGROSCOPE) and the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG), launched the research program ALL-EMA (Arten und Lebensräume Landwirtschaft). INNOVABRIDGE Experts are contributing to this research with botanic inventories and habitat assessments in the field.

  • MONITORING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED PLANTS IN SWITZERLAND
    2011 - 2017

    MONITORING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED PLANTS IN SWITZERLAND

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    An INNOVABRIDGE expert discovered and identified GMO rape plants on Swiss railway premises; Canton of Zurich; 2011-2012.

    Development and implementation of an environmental monitoring concept for genetically modified plants in Switzerland. For the first time in Europe, we detected the uncontrolled spread of a genetically modified organism (GMO) in the Environment; Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and AWEL, Section of Biological security of the Canton Zurich; in collaboration with ETH Zürich and Biome Delémont; 2011-2014.

    Video on "br.de"
    Video on "srf.ch"
    Project PDF
  • EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT "REGIONAL AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - EAST WEST ECONOMIC CORRIDOR" IN LAOS, VIETNAM, MYANMAR AND THAILAND
    2016

    EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT "REGIONAL AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - EAST WEST ECONOMIC CORRIDOR" IN LAOS, VIETNAM, MYANMAR AND THAILAND

    Economic Developement

    South-East Asia includes less developed countries which could benefit greatly from regional integration. In 2013, SDC started strengthening the intergovernmental organization Mekong Institute in Khon Kaen, Thailand, which focuses on providing human resource development and capacity development learning programs to enhance regional development, cooperation, and integration. Three years into its exploratory first phase, a review and assessment of both the applied approach and the intermediate results was due. INNOVABRIDGE was commissioned to implement this external evaluation.

    Mekong Institute
  • 2010 - 2018

    CAPACITY BUILDING/TRAINING ON GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN KYRGYZSTAN

    Governance and Rule of Law

    INNOVABRIDGE Experts deliver one module on human rights and one module on governance each year as part of the the MA program in Politics and Security and the MA program in Economic Governance and Development at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.

    OCSE Academy
  • 2015 - 2016

    ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS OF NOVEL BIOTECHNOLOGIES

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    Rampant innovation in biotechnology and the perspective of using new applications to address environmental and health challenges such as spread of pests, diseases or invasive alien species, rise specific biosafety questions. The environmental release of CRISPR-Cas9 based gene drives, manipulated disease vectors with altered reproduction or biological control organisms bear the potential to be irreversible. Therefore, biological risks need to be assessed carefully. INNOVABRIDGE in collaboration with the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, reviewed case studies relevant for Switzerland on the use of gene drives and Wolbachia reproductive manipulations in disease vector mosquitoes, genetically engineered weeds and biological control organisms. The report was commissioned by the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH).

    Project PDF
  • EVALUATION OF AN SME DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN ULAN BATOR
    2015

    EVALUATION OF AN SME DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN ULAN BATOR

    Economic Developement

    From 2011 onwards, the Swiss NGO ‘Business Professional Network’ was co-financed by SDC in their endeavour to establish a permanent business development service for small and medium enterprises in Mongolia. INNOVABRIDGE was selected to evaluate the results and perspective of these efforts after four years of operation and make respective recommendations. 

  • HISTORY AND EARLY INTRODUCTION OF AN INVASIVE ALIEN PLANT SPECIES IN SWITZERLAND
    2014 - 2015

    HISTORY AND EARLY INTRODUCTION OF AN INVASIVE ALIEN PLANT SPECIES IN SWITZERLAND

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    The invasive alien South African ragwort (Senecio inaequidens) spread all over Switzerland in recent years due to a long distance dispersal along transportation infrastructures. This damaging species is being eradicated and INNOVABRIDGE was assigned to elucidate the pathways of early introductions by a survey and molecular genetic analyses. AWEL, Section of Biological security of the Canton Zurich; in collaboration with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE SECOND GOTTHARD MOTORWAY TUNNEL
    2014 - 2018

    ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE SECOND GOTTHARD MOTORWAY TUNNEL

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    In February 2016, Swiss people approved a referendum about the construction of a second road tunnel at the St. Gotthard, one of the most important transit routes across the Alps in Europe. The mining of the 17 km long motorway tunnel is planned from 2020 to 2027. INNOVABRIDGE is assisting IFEC Engineers by assessing potentially detrimental impacts on biodiversity during building and operating of the infrastructure, and by identifying relevant ecological compensation measures. In particular impacts on flora and vegetation have been quantified and possible biological hazards have been derived from the assessed invasive alien species. Mitigation and compensation measures will be implemented.

  • FINAL EVALUATION OF RESULTS AND EFFECTS OF THE PROGRAM PYMERURAL IN HONDURAS AND NICARAGUA
    2015

    FINAL EVALUATION OF RESULTS AND EFFECTS OF THE PROGRAM PYMERURAL IN HONDURAS AND NICARAGUA

    Economic Developement

    Facilitating the development of small businesses in a favourable regulatory environment has been a mainstay of Swiss cooperation in economic promotion in the past decades. A SDC program implemented by SWISSCONTACT in both countries was dedicated to this objective since the start of the century. Based on the pertinent selection procedure, INNOVABRIDGE was entrusted with a final assessment of results according to the standard criteria of relevance for the target group, efficiency in project implementation, effectiveness of activities undertaken and the sustainability of effects.

    PYMERURAL Program PDF
  • COACHING OF THE PLANNING PROCESS OF THE THIRD PHASE OF THE SuizAgua PROJECT
    2015

    COACHING OF THE PLANNING PROCESS OF THE THIRD PHASE OF THE SuizAgua PROJECT

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    SuizAgua Colombia is part of the Global Programme Water Initiatives of SDC and is heading towards a significant upscaling phase from 2016 onwards. SDC has selected INNOVABRIDGE to coach a participatory planning itinerary of a successful project based on understanding, measuring and reducing the “Water Footprint “ (WF) with selected Colombian and Swiss firms active in the country. The upscaling thrust aims at strengthening “Corporate Water Stewardship” in the watersheds providing the water resources used and at introducing WF and a water quality concept in Colombian agriculture. Another dimension of the SuizAgua’s upscaling is the in-situ testing of water benefit certificates (WBC) as a verifiable mechanism for contributing to investments for water resources management with prospects of international application.

  • CLIMATE CHANGE IN SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND: RISK-BENEFIT ASSESSMENT FOR AGRICULTURE AND BIODIVERSITY
    2015

    CLIMATE CHANGE IN SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND: RISK-BENEFIT ASSESSMENT FOR AGRICULTURE AND BIODIVERSITY

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    The Swiss Federal Government approved a strategy and an action plan for the adaptation to climate change. INNOVABRIDGE collaborated with IFEC Engineers in elaborating an intersectoral case study assessing risks and benefits of climate change until 2060 in southern Switzerland. This baseline study will serve federal and cantonal administrations in prioritizing efforts for the adaptation to climate change.

  • 2015

    EXTERNAL EVALUATION FOR PROMOTING EFFECTIVE INDUSTRY STANDARDS PROJECT

    Governance and Rule of Law

    An INNOVABRIDGE Team was commissioned by the Basel Institute on Governance to evaluate Phase 1 of “Promoting Effective Industry Standards”, a five-year project funded by the Siemens Integrity Initiative that concluded on September 30, 2015. The project contributed to the creation of the International Centre for Collective Action, institutionalizing the Basel Institute’s goal to assist companies and other concerned stakeholders in enhancing their ability to reduce the risk of corruption through Collective Action. The evaluation focused on the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability aspects of the project and provided recommendations for the next phase of the project.

  • EXTERNAL EVALUATION OF THE CATALIST-2 PROJECT IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION OF AFRICA
    2015

    EXTERNAL EVALUATION OF THE CATALIST-2 PROJECT IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION OF AFRICA

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    Since 2012, SDC and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are funding CATALIST-2 in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) is the project implementer. Both funding agencies have mandated INNOVABRIDGE to lead an international evaluation team of five experts in agricultural value chains. The evaluation concluded that CATALIST-2 is successful in reaching a large number of men and women and all smallholder farmers, who are achieving substantial increases in agricultural productivity at lower unit production costs. This was possible because CATALIST-2 is focusing on two key ingredients of success: integrated soil fertility management the “production push”, and strengthening commodity value chains, the “demand pull”.

  • MONITORING THE RESTORATION OF NATURAL VEGETATION ON A LANDFILL SITE
    2015 - 2018

    MONITORING THE RESTORATION OF NATURAL VEGETATION ON A LANDFILL SITE

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    The excavated material from the 15.4 km long Ceneri base railway-tunnel forms one of the biggest landfill sites in Switzerland. INNOVABRIDGE is assisting IFEC Engineers in monitoring the restoration of a natural vegetation cover and implementing preventive measures against the colonisation of invasive alien species.

  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR THE SWISS COOPERATION OFFICE IN THE DOMAIN "ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENT" IN PALESTINE
    2013 - 2015

    TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR THE SWISS COOPERATION OFFICE IN THE DOMAIN "ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENT" IN PALESTINE

    Economic Developement

    For a number of years, SDC has been involved in promoting employment and income in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, searching for ways to support local initiatives. After the phase-out of earlier projects, INNOVABRIDGE was contracted by SCO for advice in the design of new projects in both the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank and in the positioning in this domain vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority.

  • BACKSTOPPING OF THE RURAL COMPETITIVENESS PROJECT IN HONDURAS
    2011 - 2015

    BACKSTOPPING OF THE RURAL COMPETITIVENESS PROJECT IN HONDURAS

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    INNOVABRIDGE was selected for this assignment for its experience with SDC-World Bank co-financed operations; SDC-World Bank.

  • 2015

    BACKSTOPPING FOR A PROGRAM ON SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY IN BENIN

    Governance and Rule of Law

    As part of a new SDC program on Social Accountability in Benin, INNOVABRIDGE assisted in the provision of conceptual and methodological guidance for one of the background studies on Gender, Social Inclusion and Civic Participation of Marginalized Groups. The three studies, each aiming to examine a different angle of social accountability processes, existing practices, challenges and opportunities in Benin will provide strategic directions and conceptual inputs for the new program.

  • 2014

    EXTERNAL EVALUATION OF HSD'S PARTNERSHIP WITH SWISSPEACE

    Governance and Rule of Law

    The Human Security Division (HSD) of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) commissioned the INNOVABRIDGE Foundation to evaluate its strategic partnership with Swiss Peace Foundation (swisspeace). From Sept-Nov 2014, INNOVABRIDGE carried out the evaluation to assess the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the strategic partnership in the context of promoting Swiss peace promotion. In addition to deskwork, interviews were held with internal and external stakeholders, clients and staff to collect insights of their experiences with the partnership.

  • EVALUATION OF TWO PROJECTS OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
    2014

    EVALUATION OF TWO PROJECTS OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    A team from INNOVABRIDGE evaluated two projects implemented by the Honduran Red Cross, supported by the Swiss Red Cross. It concluded that there were tangible benefits in the reduction of disaster risks and in the adaptation to climate change. The team applied a method derived from the so-called “Beneficiary Assessment”, which yielded significant insights into co-benefits of improved community health.  

  • END-OF-PHASE EVALUATION OF BOTH A LIVESTOCK AND A FRUIT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN ARMENIA
    2014

    END-OF-PHASE EVALUATION OF BOTH A LIVESTOCK AND A FRUIT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN ARMENIA

    Economic Developement

    SDC invited INNOVABRIDGE in 2014 to present an offer for an assessment of two agro-economic projects in Armenia, with a view to assess the advance towards stipulated objectives and recommendations on options for a consolidation of  achievements at different levels. The mandatary had to appraise the implementation set-up and capacities of project partners, the relevance of applied approaches, the effectiveness of activities undertaken, and the sustainability prospects of results achieved. INNOVABRIDGE was selected to implement this mandate.

    Markets for Meghri
  • 2014

    SUPPORT TO PROGRAM ON LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN PALESTINE

    Governance and Rule of Law

    In support of SDC’s contribution to build a democratic and viable Palestinian state and to enhance the prospects of peace for Palestinians, the governance section of INNOVABRIDGE assisted SDC in two ways. First, it provided strategic inputs to the formulation of the new Country Strategy 2015-2018, and second, in the context of a new local governance program co-financed by SDC with GIZ since 2013, an INNOVABRIDGE expert participated in a joint SDC-GIZ program appraisal mission. The overall focus of the mission was to assess whether the program continues to be relevant, efficient and effective in meeting its envisioned objectives to strengthening good governance and social accountability mechanisms at the local level. More specifically, SDC was particularly interested in the program’s results in Gaza and its achievements on social accountability and empowerment of citizens in local decision-making throughout Palestinian territories; SDC.

  • 2014

    EXTERNAL EVALUATION OF THE GENEVA CENTRES

    Governance and Rule of Law

    INNOVABRIDGE was commissioned to carry out an external evaluation of the three Geneva Centres (the Geneva Centre for Security Policy GCSP, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining GICHD and the Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces DCAF); FDFA/HSD and DDPS.

  • PUBLICATION ON EARLY DETECTION AND RAPID RESPONSE OF INVASIVE PLANTS IN SWITZERLAND
    2013 - 2014

    PUBLICATION ON EARLY DETECTION AND RAPID RESPONSE OF INVASIVE PLANTS IN SWITZERLAND

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    INNOVABRIDGE wrote and illustrated a broschure on the importance and methods of early detection and rapid response of invasive plants in Switzerland in order to sensitize administration and private stakeholders; Swiss Espert Commitee for Biosafety (SECB).

    Brochure PDF
  • EXTERNAL EVALUATION AND SUBSEQUENT BACKSTOPPING OF THE KOSOVO PROPERTY AGENCY
    2011 - 2014

    EXTERNAL EVALUATION AND SUBSEQUENT BACKSTOPPING OF THE KOSOVO PROPERTY AGENCY

    Governance and Rule of Law

    An INNOVABRIDGE team assures strategic planning and results-based management coaching; SDC.

  • DESIGN OF A RURAL SMALL AND MEDIUM (SME) ENTERPRISE PROMOTION PROJECT IN KYRGYZSTAN
    2013

    DESIGN OF A RURAL SMALL AND MEDIUM (SME) ENTERPRISE PROMOTION PROJECT IN KYRGYZSTAN

    Economic Developement

    This consultancy responded to a mandate to define options of value chains with the highest potential of creating jobs and youth employment. The Kyrgyz government requested SDC to support economic development in this monoethnic Kyrgyz region, marginalized in the otherwise better off south of the country (Ferghana valley) and involved in violent clashes in June 2010 in Osh. INNOVABRIDGE was asked to identify local preferences and development possibilities laying the basis for an international call for proposals of the final design and implementation of a new Employment and Income Project co-financed by SDC. 

    Small Business and Income Creation Programme
  • TECHNICAL ADVICE FOR FACILITATING ACCESS TO FINANCE FOR SMEs IN MYANMAR
    2013

    TECHNICAL ADVICE FOR FACILITATING ACCESS TO FINANCE FOR SMEs IN MYANMAR

    Economic Developement

    In 2013, INNOVABRIDGE was asked by the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to assess and advise a process to facilitate access to commercial credit for SMEs. One of the instruments considered for this purpose was a Credit Guarantee Scheme. Markus Reichmuth was hired as a keynote speaker on SME finance and credit guarantee schemes for a workshop with concerned institutions (Central Bank, commercial banks, SME associations, Ministries), making a state-of-the-art presentation of opportunities and pitfalls of setting up and operating a national CGS.

  • GRAIN POST-HARVEST LOSS PREVENTION IN LATIN AMERICA
    2013

    GRAIN POST-HARVEST LOSS PREVENTION IN LATIN AMERICA

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    This topic, in which INNOVABRIDGE collaborators have been involved over the last thirty years, is gaining importance in international cooperation. As in Tanzania, INNOVABRIDGE prepares a detailed feasibility study and coaches the subsequent tendering process; SDC.

  • PROJECT COMPLETION REPORT VALIDATIONS OF IFAD IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES
    2011 - 2013

    PROJECT COMPLETION REPORT VALIDATIONS OF IFAD IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES

    Economic Developement

    The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD standard professional assessment of project results, financed with its loans, includes a screening and validation of project completion reports according to standard criteria. INNOVABRIDGE – Markus Reichmuth – was asked to do such desk reviews over several years for a number of projects in the following countries: Cameroon, Venezuela, Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala.

  • PROJECT DESIGN FOR RURAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT IN BOLIVIA
    2013

    PROJECT DESIGN FOR RURAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT IN BOLIVIA

    Economic Developement

    Bolivia has been a core country of Swiss cooperation for 50 years with a sequence of projects namely in rural development. Over time, attention turned to systemic aspects for the development of private sector activities, pointing to the identification of bottlenecks and obstacles to be lifted for easier access to profitable activities of market agents along entire value chains, in particular of rural producers. In this logic, SDC intended to devise a further project tying it to progress made in previous engagements. It hired INNOVABRIDGE to define the framework and the criteria for defining an adequate intervention mode, for an international call for proposals. 

    Mercados Rurales
  • PROJECT AND COUNTRY PROGRAMME EVALUATIONS IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES
    2010 - 2013

    PROJECT AND COUNTRY PROGRAMME EVALUATIONS IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    INNOVABRIDGE evaluation specialists regularly conduct evaluations for the Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IOE-IFAD) for various projects and countries.

    All Country Programme Evaluations (file Zip)
  • SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT AND STUDIES FOR SWISS PUBLIC AUTHORITIES AND NGO'S
    2010 - 2013

    SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT AND STUDIES FOR SWISS PUBLIC AUTHORITIES AND NGO'S

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    INNOVABRIDGE specialists conducted assessments on invasive plant and animal species and the protection of nearly extinct orchids; Canton of Ticino; 2010-2013, Pro Natura Switzerland 2010-2011, Info Flora.

    Pro Natura Magazin
  • RISK-BENEFIT EVALUATION OF A BIOLOGICAL CONTROL ORGANISM OF THE CHESTNUT GALL WASP IN SWITZERLAND
    2009 - 2013

    RISK-BENEFIT EVALUATION OF A BIOLOGICAL CONTROL ORGANISM OF THE CHESTNUT GALL WASP IN SWITZERLAND

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    Several INNOVABRIDGE specialists conducted assessments on the invasion of the chestnut pest (Dryocosmus kuriphilus) and the use of Torymus sinensis as a biological control agent; Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the Research Station Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon.

    Agroscope Publikation
    Tessiner Zeitung
  • TENDER PROCESS SUPPORT TO THE SWISS COOPERATION OFFICE IN TANZANIA
    2012

    TENDER PROCESS SUPPORT TO THE SWISS COOPERATION OFFICE IN TANZANIA

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    A team from INNOVABRIDGE helped to plan and implement a complex tender for a rural development programme.

  • EVALUATION OF THE SOFALA BANK ARTISANAL FISHERIES PROJECT IN MOZAMBIQUE
    2012

    EVALUATION OF THE SOFALA BANK ARTISANAL FISHERIES PROJECT IN MOZAMBIQUE

    Economic Developement

    At the end of projects implemented with public loans from multilateral development institutions like the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD, a phase or final evaluation is a standard requirement in order to account for results and whether funds have been invested as agreed. This was also the case for the Sofala Bank fisheries project along a 1000 km stretch of the coast of Mozambique. INNOVABRIDGE was asked by both the loan taker, the Mozambican government, and the lender, IFAD, to provide an independent account of project implementation and completion according to the standard evaluation criteria of the relevance and effectiveness of measures taken, the efficiency in the use of funds, and the sustainability of results. Lessons were drawn and recommendations formulated for continued activities of the national and regional Mozambican project implementers, namely the Institute for the Development of  Small-Scale Fisheries.

    Sofala Bank Artisanal Fisheries Project PDF
  • STRENGTHENING LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN NEPAL
    2012

    STRENGTHENING LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN NEPAL

    Governance and Rule of Law

    The expertise of INNOVABRIDGE was required for the preparation of a programme document and of the tendering process; SDC.

  • DOMAIN REVIEW OF SDC’S AND SECO’S PROGRAMME ON RURAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS
    2012

    DOMAIN REVIEW OF SDC’S AND SECO’S PROGRAMME ON RURAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS

    Economic Developement

    Since the start of this century, SDC’s approach to reduce poverty turned increasingly „systemic“ in the sense that it aimed at improving the framework for making markets work better for poorer sections of the population. This approach was implemented in a dozen projects in the South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan). INNOVABRIDGE was invited to assess the application of this approach in these countries/projects and to draw conclusions and make recommendations on the way forward. Since the Development Section of SECO was engaged in complementary activities in Azerbaijan, the mandate to evaluate SECO’s strategy in this country was combined with SDC’s.

  • STRENGTHENING THE MONITORING & EVALUATION PROCESS OF THE WATER & AND SANITATION DEPARTMENT OF THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AFDB)
    2010 - 2012

    STRENGTHENING THE MONITORING & EVALUATION PROCESS OF THE WATER & AND SANITATION DEPARTMENT OF THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AFDB)

    Economic Developement

    INNOVABRIDGE seconded a specialist in this field over two years to help strengthen the M&E process of the Water & Sanitation Department of the African Development Bank (AFDB).

  • REDEFINING THE ROLE BETWEEN THE STATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY
    2012

    REDEFINING THE ROLE BETWEEN THE STATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY

    Governance and Rule of Law

    INNOVABRIDGE was selected to coach a reflection process on this topic; Canton of Jura.

  • GRAIN POST-HARVEST LOSS PREVENTION IN AFRICA
    2012

    GRAIN POST-HARVEST LOSS PREVENTION IN AFRICA

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    INNOVABRIDGE Experts have been involved in the topic of grain post-harvest loss over the last thirty years. The topic has been gaining importance in international cooperation. In Tanzania, INNOVABRIDGE prepared a detailed feasibility study and coached the subsequent tendering process; SDC.

  • EXTERNAL EVALUATION OF SECO’S ORGANIC COTTON PROGRAMME IN BURKINA FASO AND MALI
    2012

    EXTERNAL EVALUATION OF SECO’S ORGANIC COTTON PROGRAMME IN BURKINA FASO AND MALI

    Economic Developement

    Following the implementation by the Swiss NGO HELVETAS-Swiss Intercooperation (HSI) of a biological and fair trade cotton project in both Mali and Burkina Faso, co-financed by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), INNOVABRIDGE was asked to assess and validate project proposals by HSI for a final support phase with a view to consolidate results achieved so far. The analysis assessed:
    - the global outlook for cotton/bio-cotton production;
    - the policy framework concerning biological agriculture and bio-cotton;
    - the value chain (structure/agents; norms/standards/certification; markets/demand);
    - the capacities of involved agents (producers, processors, carriers, exporters);
    - the profitability at different levels.

    Organic Cotton Programme
  • 2012

    MID-TERM REVIEW OF THE SHARIQUE LOCAL GOVERNANCE PROGRAMME IN BANGLADESH

    Governance and Rule of Law

    INNOVABRIDGE dispatched a specialist in citizens’ participation for this assignment; SDC.

  • 2012

    RESPONSIVE AND INCLUSIVE PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

    Governance and Rule of Law

    INNOVABRIDGE mustered a team of three to prepare a new programme in local governance; SDC.

  • MONITORING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOS) IN THE ENVIRONMENT
    2011 - 2012

    MONITORING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOS) IN THE ENVIRONMENT

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    An INNOVABRIDGE expert discovered and identified GMO oilseed rape plants on Swiss railway premises; Canton of Zurich.

  • RURAL LIVELYHOOD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY IN TANZANIA
    2011

    RURAL LIVELYHOOD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY IN TANZANIA

    Economic Developement

    SDC’s intention to promote economic development in poverty-stricken areas of Central Tanzania materialized in 2004 in a mandate to a consortium of private Swiss development agencies to prepare a Rural Livelihood Development Program (RLDP). For this purpose, a not-for-profit corporation (RLDC) was established as an implementing unit with the idea to become a sustainable service provider. The rationale of RLDC’s interventions was to link buyers (traders, processors) with suppliers (small producers) of produce. After six years of operation, SDC contracted INNOVABRIDGE for an intermediate evaluation in order to evaluate the programme approach, strategy and performance, to recommend improvements and to assess the relevance and scope of RLDC in the Tanzanian context.

  • UNDP ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENT RESULTS IN COSTA RICA
    2011

    UNDP ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENT RESULTS IN COSTA RICA

    Economic Developement

    The United National Development Programme is a roof organization for development support in participating countries. It is permanently stationed in some 170 countries and territories supporting efforts of their governments. One of UNDP’s instruments to guide its activities are ADRs, strategic evaluations of UNDP’s performance over two planning cycles (about eight years). In 2011, INNOVABRIDGE was asked again to participate in an ADR, here in Costa Rica (after leading respective teams in earlier years in Peru, Paraguay and Guatemala), this time as s strategic advisor.

    Assessment of Development Results: Costa Rica
  • EVALUATION OF THE DOM HELDER CAMARA PROJECT IN BRAZIL
    2010 - 2011

    EVALUATION OF THE DOM HELDER CAMARA PROJECT IN BRAZIL

    Economic Developement

    From 2001 onwards, the Government of Brazil implemented with the support of IFAD a large-scale programme in the semi-arid North-East of the country aiming at territorial system-building and leveraging state policies for family agriculture development in agricultural reform settlements. This multi-dimensional project required a thorough evaluation of arrangements and results, stating lessons learned and to be learnt as well as recommendations to involved parties for further action to consolidate results. IFAD turned to INNOVABRIDGE to provide the international team leader for this evaluation.

    Project Evaluation PDF