Created: Monday, 15 April 2019 08:03
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.
Created: Thursday, 21 March 2019 09:33
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.
Created: Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:26
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!
Created: Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:15
Bente Consulting ApS will undertake a review cum appraisal of SOS Children's Villages Denmark's East Africa program. The assignment will address progress against plans, headquarter capacity and assessment of proposal for second phase of the program. Short field visits to Rwanda and Tanzania will take place end of February 2019. The program is financed by CISU.
Created: Saturday, 10 November 2018 14:31
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).
Created: Saturday, 10 November 2018 14:15
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.