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Youth in Development - test tools available

Under the headline of "Youth in Development" tools for youth engagement and youth mainstreaming are now available at Danida's Aid Management Guidelines website until May 7th, 2019. Click here and have a look! You are welcome to provide comments for the final editing, which is undertalen by Danida. 

Promoting development with and by  young people – not just for young people - has never been more acutely needed. The world is currently home to the largest generation of youth ever, most of whom live in developing countries. Young people constitute an enormous development potential, and meaningful inclusion of youth is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. However, development practitioners are often faced with the difficult task of how to incorporate youth into programmes, instruments and day-to-day activities; how to move from policy to practice.

The youth engagement and youth mainstreaming tools were developed by Bente Consulting in collaboration with Next Generation Advise and Skinny Dog Films.  

Mid-term evaluation WIN project Zambia

Mid-term evaluation of the Sida-financed Women Women in Financial Inclusion and Capabilities (WIN) project which is implemented by Financial Sector Deepening Zambia. The evaluation runs from March to June 2019 and will include 2 weeks field work in Zambia in May 2019. We are looking at implementation through 4-5 local partners who work with a wide range of activities aimed at enhancing women’s financial inclusion. A specific attention is paid to youth and the use of digital solutions:

  • Catholic Relief Servicessupporting female Savings Groups’ members
  • Restless Development: To provide financial education for youth to increase their financial capabilities and access to financial services
  • Mercy Corps - Agrifin Accelerate: To support female smallholder farmers with the aim of increasing income productivity through development of well-designed and accessible digital financial services for female smallholder farmers
  • iSchool: To provide financial education to school-going children through the national school curriculum. This intervention expects to help finalize, install, and monitor results of the financial education national curriculum for Grades 1-12

Bente Consulting ApS provides the team leader and the team of four is working for NIRAS Sweden under a Sida framework contract. 

CO2 compensation 2018

Even a small company sets carbon footprints - and the international consultancies often imply long distance travel. In 2018, the travelled distances were less than previous years, but it is nevertheless important to compensate for the damage caused. Bente Consulting supports BirdLife International's forest rehabilitation programs to compensate for the CO2 emission caused by air travel. Based on the recommended calculation from BirdLife, the 38,740 km travelled in 2018 added up to a contribution of DKK 1,500. Most companies should be able to afford this! 

Tanzania Country Program formulation 2020-24 - postponed

The formulation mission has been postponed until further due to policy negotiations on human rights violations between the Danish Governmant and the Government of Tanzania. (January 2019)

Bente Consulting ApS has won the tender on the formulation of the new Danish Country Program in Tanzania 2020-24. 

The new country programme will build on the results and experiences of the current country programme and is planned to have the following three thematic programmes: (1) Governance and rights; (2) Health for all - with a particular focus on women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights and (3) Inclusive growth and employment.

The assignment comprises two field missions to Tanzania - the first in December 2018 and the second in february 2019. The first will be undertaken by the team leader from Bente Consulting, whereas the second mission counts on the full team of four, which includes Hans Posthumus (Inclusive Growth and Employment Expert), Alison Lake (Public Health expert) and Mike Dahlgaard (Sector Budget Support expert).

Power relations and development in Africa

On November 9th, 2018, I spoke on "Power relations in development work in Africa" at the Global Issues Network at Copenhagen International School - to 80 young people from Turkey, Spain, Denmark, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands. Quite a mouthful, quite a challenge. I used two stories framed in a bit of theory (the Powercube). First story about the female village president from Guinea-Bissau who withdrew from a formal power position, because she did not want to navigate in the imposed power structure in spite of having legitimacy in her position as village midwife. And second story from Mozambique, where China cleverly navigated in the national power structures, provided infrastructure development and established strong networks with government officials at different levels - and therefore benefitted in exploiting the country's natural ressources.

The presentation is anecdotal and personal - read it here.


Youth engagement and youth focus tools

In 2017, Danida commissioned a review of its youth-related engagements in the overall development portfolio. The review resulted in the presentation of a Youth Package and increased focus on development by youth, not for youth. Time has come to operationalize the 19 recommendations, and Bente Consulting in collaboration with Next Generation Advice, GROWconsult, Verner Kristiansen ApS and  graphic design from Skinnydogsfilms.has been contracted to develop tools to mainstream and materialize a youth-focus and youth-engagement  in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' programs and instruments. The assignment runs from August 2018 to January 2019 and contains different components: explorative data collection with Embassies and Country Programs in Mali, Uganda and Ethiopia; interviews with MFA staff; consultations with Youth Sounding Boards in the three countries and with youth organizations in Denmark; development of tools and a knowledge sharing platform; and organization of an international state-of-the art seminar to be held in Copenhagen in December 2018. 

CSR - contribution to film project in Bangladesh

Tanvir Mokammel is an old friend of mine - we met in 1980 at Dhaka University Campus, while I was preparing field work for my master thesis in Bangladesh. Tanvir has grown into one of Bangladesh's well known and acknowledged film makers with a special interest for portraying historic events, often related to the 1947 partition from India or the 1971 partition from Pakistan. With modest contributions, Bente Consulting ApS has supported an earlier film project (The Borderline) through crowd funding and recently also the latest film project: "Quiet flows the Rupsa River"

Danish Peoples Aid - capacity assessment and appraisal

Bente Consulting is contracted by CISU (Civil Society in Development) to undertake an organizational Capacity Assessment and Appraisal (CapApp) of a concept note for at Governance in WASH program in East Africa prepared by Danish Peoples Aid. The assignment includes interviews with six partner organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Somalia, as well as with head office staff in Nykøbing Falster. Focus is i.a. on internal systems for management, administration, monitoring and evaluation, as well as strategic orientation, relevance and sustainability. The assignment takes place in Febryary - April 2018.


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