• 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
  • AFGHAN REHABILITATION AND HEALTH SERVICES ORGANIZATION (ARHSO)
    2015 - 2017

    AFGHAN REHABILITATION AND HEALTH SERVICES ORGANIZATION (ARHSO)

    INNOVABRIDGE Foundation Project

    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 engage in helping war-affected children and women in Kabul. In three decades of war, thousands of children became orphans and thousands of women became widows. Many children lack access to education, particularly girls, and are forced to earn a precarious living, also for their families, as are many widows, who are often exposed to dangers, abuses and maltreatment. There are up to six million vulnerable children in Afghanistan, of which more than a million work under hard and dangerous conditions. 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 120 war-affected children and women per year including young orphans, handicapped and disabled people, returnees, street working children, as well as widows (overall about 60% females). Mrs. Kessler managed and continues to raise funds to finance ARHSO since its start. INNOVABRIDGE offers, next to advice, stability by providing a guarantee to finance a share of ARHSO’s base cost.

    ARHSO Afghanistan
  • POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE PROJECT – BANGLADESH
    2013 - 2017

    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
  • PARTNERSHIP AND EXPERT FUND (PEF) AND CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION FUND (CSP) BULGARIA
    2011 - 2017

    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 27 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 23 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 2014 - 2016

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.  

  • 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

    Based on more than thirty years of hands-on experience of Foundation collaborators in the SME domain and the Central Asian context, INNOVABRIDGE carried out this assignment for SDC.

  • 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.

  • 2011 - 2013

    INTRODUCING THE USE OF BIOCHAR FOR ENHANCING SOIL FERTILITY

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    INNOVABRIDGE implemented a pilot project using Biochar together with a leading Swiss wine producer.

  • PROJECT DESIGN FOR RURAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT IN BOLIVIA
    2013

    PROJECT DESIGN FOR RURAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT IN BOLIVIA

    Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods

    INNOVABRIDGE led a team.to define the concept and tendering conditions for a 10-year support programme of SDC.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 2012

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

    Economic Developement

    INNOVABRIDGE has been called to undertake a critical assessment of assumptions made and methodologies applied; SDC and SECO.

  • 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.

  • 2012

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

    Economic Developement

    An INNOVABRIDGE team assessed the programme’s key achievements and options for future action.

  • 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.

  • 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.