Basic social services
Our vision: Social opportunities and protection for the vulnerable
We address questions like:
- How to involve different public and private actors and strengthen local capacities in the delivery of basic social services?
- How can vulnerable students (such as refugees) be efficiently integrated in the formal public education systems?
- How can health services be adapted and strengthened to integrate reproductive health services, such as counselling, treatment on relevant issues and antenatal and obstetric care?
- How can health services be made available for hard-to-reach, socio-economically disadvantaged or marginalized communities and groups?
- Which housing solutions can strengthen the social cohesion of a community, particularly in fragile contexts?
- How to sustainably cover the costs of water and sanitation services?
Examples of our work:
Developing a WASH-NGO project in Burundi
Context: In the midst of a tense political context, access to water constitutes an important need in Burudi. NGOs are a suitable partner to rapidly and effectively improve the poor condition of the water and sanitation infrastructure in rural areas.
Services: We facilitated the selection of an NGO as implementing partner and the development of a feasible project. For this purpose, we identified potential NGO partners in Burundi with sufficient WASH capacity and managed a two-step call-for-proposal process. It assessed submitted project concepts as well as organizational capacities and prepared a decision basis for the donor.
Approach: We worked in close cooperation with interested NGOs and guided them through the process of proposal development, coaching them on the requirements of German Financial Cooperation. We bridged knowledge and expectations of and between the NGOs and the donor. We verified financial capacities, procurement standards, internal control mechanisms, as well as M&E systems and visited reference projects to verify construction quality to ensure strong implementation capacity.
JimmaChild: Helping to build pediatric surgery in Ethiopia
Context: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) is extending its cooperation with Jimma University and helping it to establish a pediatric surgery department. With the support of the LMU, Jimma University has introduced a pediatric curriculum. The future child surgeons of Jimma receive on-the-job training through hospitations by German pediatric surgeons.
Services: We supported the funding proposal of the LMU to the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD and designed the monitoring routines of the project. We provided continuous remote and onsite monitoring support of the project activities and supports problem-solving and project management by facilitating multi-stakeholder workshops and conferences.
Approach: We helps to strengthen existing international medical cooperation by introducing international best practices for project management and monitoring from development cooperation. By coaching and supporting actors new to development cooperation, we helps to set a positive example for North-South university cooperation that can be replicated by others in areas critical for child health.
Shaping a cooperation strategy for improving sexual and reproductive health and rights with Togo
Context: After years of absence, donor support is returning to Togo and its health sector. Germany’s new engagement focuses on strengthening the health system and on providing critical health services to the most vulnerable.
Services: We conducted a comprehensive needs analysis and mapped existing support to the health sector. Using participatory methods, two options were developed that aim to give women and the young more control over their reproductive health and more safety during pregnancy and birth.
Approach: We provided concrete suggestions for adapting and improving the existing health services and products to meet the specific demand and needs of women and youth. The first option consists of applying the model of social franchising to (private) health centres to improve reproductive health services. The second option consists of strengthening the regional public health system centres to provide improved obstretric (emergency) care.
Identifying an effective implementation strategy for a school infrastructure project in Lebanon
Context: In the aftermath of the Syrian crisis, Lebanon has received increasing international support. A new project to support school infrustructure in Lebanon is envisaged.
Services: We identified and assessed possible implementation modalities for managing school construction works. Furthermore, we made an initial assessment of the project concept that involved the construction of large school complexes and proposed a process for further preparation of the project.
Approach: We conducted detailed institutional analyses of the two possible project executing agencies through interviews with the organisations and their partners. They informed the assessment of two implementation modalities proposed by the Ministry of Education and the development of a third option that combined the strengths of the two implementing partners.