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Development & Funding

Expertise covers different public policy development funding toolkits from the EU, UN and other international donors. Services involve identifying and sharing good practices in sustainable development at inter-governmental and national levels supporting food and nutrition, regions and islands, tourism and nature, rural and urban, policies and projects.

We are funding life cycle specialists in planning, design, launch, running, monitoring and evaluating, closure. This reflects over 20 years of rural and urban experience.

Other services include a large amount of up-to-date work with 'revolving' finance (including microcredit) such as development loans, bank guarantees, and equity investments.

Examples of work in development and funding

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  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Conference for Europe 2022 - research, analysis, and writing promoting the development of Sustainable Food Value Chains.

  • Developing strategic outreach material for the Uzbekistan Ministry of Agriculture and Team Europe through the EU assistance for Uzbekistan Agri-Food Development Strategy 2020-2030 Agriculture Support and Knowledge Facility.

  • European Commission and European Investment Bank Group's fi-compass partnership project - promoting financial instrument capacity building activities for managing authorities of the EU funds investing in regions and islands, tourism and food, research, technology, and social capital.

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  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Operational Programme Management for Scotland's Highlands & Islands region covering island groups, mountain ranges, tourist honeypots, urban zones, agricultural areas, forest plantations, fishing communities, heritage and nature assets.

  • Screening of complex territorial development funding proposals submitted to a call by the INTERREG Baltic Sea region programme. including local tourism initiatives, islands development planning, sustainable development, transnational cooperation, innovation, and social services. 

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  • Appraising the economic, social and environmental benefits from rural regions' development strategies submitted by LEADER Local Action Groups covering rural community development, locally-led tourism, short-supply chains for food & forestry products, cultural heritage, and more.

  • European funding help desk services advising on investment project planning, grant appraisal criteria, monitoring frameworks, partnership coordination, donor regulatory frameworks, evaluation techniques, programme and project absorption strategies.

  • Lithuania’s Ministry of Finance - long-term technical assistance for government managing authorities during Lithuania’s first national European Structural Fund Programme 2004-2006 supporting industry, tourism, environment, infrastructure, social capital, education, social inclusion, and innovation.​​

 

 

  • EU Structural Fund advisory services explaining grant management systems for Romania's first national ERDF Operational Programme supporting industry, tourism, environment, infrastructure, and innovation.

 

  • Mapping and analysis of UNDP funding contributions to Lithuania’s national development achievements between 1991 and 2004.

  • Concept design for strategic UNDP grant funding scheme supporting NGOs in Lithuania designed to fill gaps in EU aid.

 

  • Rural Community Development services and LEADER Local Action Group management for a government enterprise agency in the Loch Ness area of Scotland funding bottom-up development, locally-led tourism, social services, cultural heritage, entrepreneurship, and youth.

  • Co-founding Directorship of the Lithuanian NGO Visuomenes Pletros Centras (Centre for Development Society). 

 

  • NGO Board Membership on the SHIRLIE Project providing supported employment places for adults with special needs.

 

  • Charity Treasury and Work Camp Leader services for The University of Edinburgh's Overseas Development Charity.