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Regional: “Prevention of youth violence in Central America (PREVENIR)”

2009–2011, on behalf of GIZ
Support to GTZ/GIZ in the implementation of the regional violence prevention project in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
The project aimed to optimise knowledge management and strategies to strengthen networks, cooperation and exchange of experiences of public institutions and non-governmental organisations working to prevent juvenile violence at the regional, national and local levels. SUM Consult provided specialised short term experts for specific topics and carried out a baseline study for the next project phase (2012-2014). 

 

Youth group in Guatemala

 

Regional: “Youth violence prevention in Central America: CONVIVIR”
2008–2009, on behalf of KfW
Project: Youth Violence Prevention in Central America.
SUM Consult conducted a feasibility study to define a regional programme of German financial cooperation aimed at the prevention of youth violence and promotion of employment and social capacities of youth in three countries of Central America (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala), with an initial planned contribution of € 9 million. The main tasks comprised the programme concept definition, identification of counterpart institutions and institutional analysis, target group analysis, conflict analysis, definition of the logframe and finance outline. 

 

Young men in El Salvador

 

Regional: “Youth violence prevention in Central America”

2007–2008, on behalf of GTZ
Juvenile Violence Prevention in Central America.
SUM Consult provided advisory services through a context study and regional project preparation. Specific tasks included an analytical comparison of current developments in three countries particularly affected by juvenile violence: El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala; data and information collection on cooperation projects; a qualitative comparison of different approaches and elaboration of recommendations for the German technical and financial development cooperation; preparation of a regional project with a strong focus on local development and civil society participation. 

 

Youth workshop, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

 

Dominican Republic
1999, for the National Youth Directorate and GTZ

Evaluation of the technical cooperation proposal “Prevention of child and youth prostitution in tourism zones”.
The project concept was redefined and reoriented towards young people from marginal sectors of Santo Domingo, Boca Chica, Sosua and Puerto Plata, in order to develop appropriate youth policies and prevention measures. 

 

Dominican Republic
1982–1991, for the Instituto Nacional de la Vivienda (INVI) and GTZ
Technical cooperation with INVI for the urban upgrading of the El Caliche settlement in Santo Domingo and the establishment of a home improvement revolving fund.
SUM Consult’s experts developed the project concept, provided assistance during project implementation in the areas of beneficiary selection, community organisation, legalisation of land tenure, infrastructure and home improvement, institutional development; and monitored and evaluated project progress. 

 

Guatemala
Since 2016, on behalf of the Municipality of Guatemala and KfW
The Programme “Safe Spaces for Youth in Central America – CONVIVIR Guatemala” seeks to reduce violence through urban design, community infrastructure and youth-oriented employment incentives. It aims at promoting the active participation of young people in the revitalization and sustainable use of spaces in selected neighborhoods of Guatemala City. The Programme finances the construction of social infrastructure and public space facilities, vocational training for youth and capacity building for involved institutions. It seeks to contribute to improving peaceful coexistence and social integration of young people. SUM Consult, together with its partners INBAS, Saniplan and MEJORHA, supports the planning, implementation and monitoring of all programme-related activities. 

 

Guatemala
2000, on behalf of the Ministry of Education and KfW
Evaluation of a participatory rural school construction approach, part of the “National Programme for Self-Management in Educational Development” (PRONADE). 

 

Guatemala
1996 and 2000, on behalf of SEGEPLAN, MINEDUC and GTZ
Progress reviews of a technical cooperation project to support NGOs and governmental institutions working with children at risk, in cooperation with the Department of non-formal education in the Ministry of Education. 

 

Honduras
since 2014, on behalf of FHIS and KfW
The Programme "Safe Spaces for Youth" (CONVIVIR) aims to promote youth participation in the revitalisation and utilisation of safe public spaces in selected communities. Active local participation is used to foster sustainable use of infrastructure projects. The Programme finances the construction of social infrastructure, vocational training for youth and capacity building for involved institutions. SUM Consult together with its partners supports the planning, implementation and monitoring of all Programme-related activities. 

 

Honduras
2002, on behalf of KfW
Final evaluation of phase IV of the Social Investment Fund (FHIS) Programme, in particular the sustainability of the implemented projects (incl. construction of streets, schools, hospitals, water systems and post-hurricane emergency projects) and their impact on rural poverty reduction. 

 

Honduras
2002, on behalf of KfW
Prefeasibility study and concept development of a loan fund for municipal development. Analysis of recent urban investment projects, financial demand and debt capacity of municipalities. 

 

Poor settlements in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

 

Honduras

1999, on behalf of the Social Investment Fund (FHIS) and KfW
Final review of phase II and III of the FHIS Programme with support from the German financial cooperation to relieve poverty in rural areas and small towns through the construction or improvement of roads, water lines, schools and clinics. SUM Consult’s expert assessed costs and technical performance. 

 

Honduras
1990–1992, on behalf of the Municipality of Tegucigalpa and GTZ
Technical assistance to the Municipality of Tegucigalpa in institution building, finance, land management and settlement upgrading; evaluation of a food for work programme in squatter areas of Tegucigalpa. 

 

Jamaica
1988–1989, on behalf of GTZ
Training of women in construction skills.
Project identification missions to Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad, in cooperation with UNCHS (Habitat) and CCC (Caribbean Conference of Churches).
 

 

Construction skills training in Jamaica

 

Mexico
2018, on behalf of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Facility/GIZ
Mid-term and final evaluations of NAMA Support Project (NSP) in Mexican social housing, with two components: the technical cooperation component being implemented by CONAVI, the National Housing Commission, and the financial component being implemented by SHF, the State Mortgage Company. The evaluations considered how efficiently and effectively the NSP sector were implemented, their relevance with regard to the reduction of CO₂ emissions, the sustainability of changes they initiated and their impact on the transformation of Mexico into a low-carbon society. 

 

Mexico
2012, on behalf of Misereor
For more than 20 years the NGO Casa y Ciudad (CYC) receives financial support from MISEREOR in the areas of social work and education for the promotion of self-organisation and community development of the urban poor. SUM Consult evaluated the period from 2004 to 2012. Our experts reported on impacts of the activities, strengths and weaknesses of the approach and the structure of CYC, and gave recommendations for effectiveness improvements of the measures directed at the urban poor. 

 

Youth community group in Mexico
Mexico
2004, on behalf of Misereor
Participatory evaluation of activities carried out by the NGO FOSOVI (Social Housing Promotion), financed by MISEREOR. Consulting services included the analysis and evaluation of the projects supported by FOSOVI, including their revolving housing loan fund and the institutional framework. The SUM Consult expert also provided training for the FOSOVI staff in monitoring and evaluation, and presented recommendations for further support. 

 

 

El Salvador
2015–2016, on behalf of KfW
The German government supported Central America in a regional programme of Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas (CCAUA). SUM Consult, in cooperation with GFA, was contracted to carry out the vulnerability analysis and feasibility study for the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador being the pilot country for the programme. The study used a climate change model developed by SwissRE to assess related risks and compare interventions for mitigating or reducing them. 

 

El Salvador
2014, on behalf of MISEREOR
Result and impact evaluation of three FUNDASAL projects that had the aim to develop capacities in urban and rural communities with regards to housing improvement. The project entail among others the improvement of housing conditions, the training of communities in seismic-resistant construction methods, disaster prevention and risk mitigation. The evaluation comprised an assessment of the projects’ methods, results and impacts and recommendations on adjustments of the projects. 

 

El Salvador
2012, on behalf of FUNDASAL and KfW
SUM Consult conducted an impact evaluation of finalised and ongoing projects of the Programa de Mejoramiento de Barrios (Settlements Upgrading Programme) of FUNDASAL, with regard to youth promotion and violence prevention. Main tasks included the revision of indicators of the projects and comparison with other similar experiences in the region, application of quantitative and qualitative instruments to measure the social impacts of the projects, a KAP (knowledge, attitudes, practices) study with young people, analysis of perceptions of residents regarding violence reduction and youth involvement, and formulation of recommendations for the improvement of ongoing and future settlement upgrading projects with violence prevention components. 

 

El Salvador
2005, on behalf of FUNDASAL and KfW
Feasibility Study for the FUNDASAL Settlement Upgrading Programme.
SUM Consult analysed ongoing programmes and documentation, carried out participatory workshops and developed a project concept for implementation in different urban settlements of El Salvador. Additionally, SUM experts developed a social strategy to foster the participation of inhabitants in upgrading measures, particularly women and youth. 

 

Children in a suburban slum in El Salvador

 

El Salvador
2004, on behalf of the Vice-Ministry for Housing and Urban Development and KfW
Sector policy study on social housing, housing finance and urban development in El Salvador.
SUM Consult analysed all relevant stakeholders involved in the housing sector and evaluated experiences of international cooperation within this sector. In a participatory process the future housing policy was discussed and steps for implementation identified. 

 

El Salvador
2003–2006, on behalf of FUNDASAL and KfW
The “Los Manantiales” integrated urban upgrading project in San Salvador aimed to improve social and housing conditions for over 6,000 people living in informal settlements, through infrastructure upgrading with neighbourhood work involvement, micro credits for housing and income generation, promotion of community organisation, and violence prevention. Five experts of SUM Consult assisted FUNDASAL in project concept development and provided consulting services for its implementationin the areas of project management and strategic planning, construction of infrastructure, finance, community organisation and youth work, and social development strategy. 

 

School construction with community support, Los Manantiales, San Salvador

 

El Salvador
2003, on behalf of KfW
Evaluation of the second phase of the KfW&ndashfunded Investment Fund for Social and Local Development (FISDL) Programme, paying particular attention to the sustainability of the implemented projects (construction of rural roads and bridges, schools, health centres and drinking water systems) and their impact on rural poverty reduction. 

 

El Salvador
2002–2004, on behalf of GTZ
The project on “Social and Economic Integration of Youth” , a cooperation of public and private institutions under the national País Joven Programme, promoted holistic approaches to youth development through social and economic integration of young people aged 14 to 25 and their participation in community development processes.SUM Consult provided consulting services on the implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system, impact analysis, training measures, e.g. on conflict management, youth organisation, participatory appraisal, and awareness building on youth-related topics with business people and public officials. 

 

Training workshop with young people, El Salvador

 

El Salvador
2000, on behalf of FUNDASAL and KfW
Feasibility study and proposal for financial cooperation between the Salvadorian NGO FUNDASAL (Fundación Salvadoreña de Desarrollo y Vivienda Mínima) and the German Government for the upgrading of the squatter settlement “Los Manantiales“ in San Salvador, through infrastructure improvement, housing loans, community development, self-help promotion and violence prevention. 

 

Public lavatories in Los Manantiales, San Salvador

 

El Salvador
2000, on behalf of the National Family Secretary (SNF) and GTZ
Evaluation of the technical co-operation project proposal "Social and economic integration of adolescents", a project to promote the integration of young people from poor urban and rural areas into the social and industrial development of the country. 

 

El Salvador
1996, on behalf of FUNDASAL and KfW
Preparatory mission to support the housing foundation FUNDASAL in the elaboration of a rural and urban low-cost housing project proposal. 

 

Upgraded Tinetty settlement, San Salvador

 

Nicaragua
2004, on behalf of KfW
Evaluation of phase IV of the Social Investment Fund (FISE) Programme, especially regarding the sustainability of the implemented projects, such as schools, vocational centres, health clinics, water lines and sewerage, as well as their impact on rural poverty reduction. 

 

Water supply, Nicaragua

 

Nicaragua
2002, on behalf of KfW
Final evaluation of phase III of the Social Investment Fund (FISE) Programme, paying particular attetion to the sustainability of the implemented projects (such as construction of streets, schools, hospitals, water systems and post-hurricane emergency projects) and their impact on rural poverty reduction. 

 

Nicaragua
1994–1995, on behalf of BAVINIC and KfW
German financial cooperation with the Housing Bank of Nicaragua (BAVINIC).
SUM Consult’s experts revised a proposal for financial cooperation and conducted a feasibility study for a country-wide low-cost housing programme. The interdisciplinary working groups of international and local professionals focused on institutional development, target group definition and infrastructure. 

 
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