Evaluation services – technical support in the M4P approach, WEE and drafting of Egypt case study for the evaluation of the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF). UK DFID


CDC supported our client, Landell Mills, in conducting AWEF’s final evaluation. We offered our expertise in the M4P approach and thought leadership in women’s economic empowerment (WEE) to advise on evaluation design and instrument production, and to produce a case study to summarise the learning from application of the M4P approach to improving women’s economic status in Egypt.

AWEF on BEAM Exchange.

Programme learning on the SEEP Network.



Conceptualisation and realisation – creating the Norfolk ‘Forest to Sea F2C’ long-distance cycling tourism and leisure route.


This pro bono project conceptualises the Norfolk ‘Forest to Sea’ F2C cycle tourism route as a contribution to low-carbon rural development in, despite its sometimes better-off veneer, one of Britain’s most disadvantaged, low-income regions. While moving slowly through the county’s natural and cultural landscapes, visitors will use local products and services offered by small, independent enterprises. The ‘Slow Travel’ and low-impact tourism ethos informs the accompanying e-guide book, which highlights local, seasonal food and drink, natural and cultural heritage and public transport links.

The F2C homepage presents interactive mapping, links to three photo blogs on the route’s stages, a short video and the visitor guide.

This blog post gives some more background on the business case for cyclotourism.


Facilitation and strategy development — Zanzibar Integrated Strategic Action Plan (ISAP) for Tourism. The World Bank


The challenges to tourism development in the Zanzibar archipelago reinforced (i) the need for more integrated approaches to destination planning, where needs for physical infrastructure can be assessed within the context of coherent zones selected as priorities for tourism development; and (ii) the need for public institutions across several sectors to work more closely, effectively, and efficiently with private investors, communities and other stakeholders to achieve a common tourism strategy.

The Tourism Strategic Plan, and an accompanying Action Plan, is part of the Government’s commitment to ensure the sustainable development, management and marketing of tourism for Zanzibar over the next ten years. CDC worked in a facilitation role, setting up thematic working groups, chairing workshops and assembling the draft plan from shortlisted strategies according to priorities identified by stakeholders.

The World Bank in Zanzibar


Evaluation services — Project Completion Review, Creating Opportunities for Sustainable Spending on Roads (CROSSRoads) Uganda. UK DFID


Dr. Chris Coles led a review team for Landell Mills, gathering evidence for the effectiveness of CROSSRoads programme interventions in construction sector policy reform and advocacy, increasing competitiveness and cost effectiveness of the road building and maintenance procurement process, training and competence of road contractors and engineers, improving access to bidding finance for smaller Ugandan firms and examining user perceptions and safeguarding concerns.

The review also examined higher-level outcomes, benchmarking the extent to which programme outcomes may be considered to be transformative against international M4P best practice, and critiquing the programme intervention logic and theories of change in terms of its aspirations in driving pro-poor growth and poverty reduction.

CROSSRoads on BEAM Exchange


Research, analysis, strategy development and technical backstopping — Market Development Programme for Northern Ghana (MADE). UK DFID


CDC worked with Nathan Associates and the UK DFID on the identification, profiling and screening of potential seed company investors (rice and groundnut), and a parallel Market Systems Analysis and intervention design for the vegetable seeds market, focusing upon the incentives for greater investment by seed producers and distributors in partnership with the MADE programme.

By partnering with vegetable buyers, seed importers and their agro-input dealer network, the programme worked to a) improve penetration of input distribution networks into more remote vegetable production areas, with local agents filling gaps in farmers’ skills and knowledge in good growing practices, and b) generate increased demand for high quality seed by facilitating more stable and reliable marketing systems for vegetable end products.


Research, stakeholder consultation and strategy development — Seychelles: Strengthening Value Chain Links to the Tourism Industry. The World Bank


We were the technical lead for implementation of the World Bank Seychelles Value Chain Linkages to Tourism project, reporting to the Minister of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy with a quantitative diagnosis and policy recommendations for cost reduction, value addition and increased local content in tourism products.

The work was the main tourism input for the Bank’s wider Seychelles Systemic Country Diagnostic (SDC), providing a blueprint for the organisation’s short- to medium-term engagement with the country, and also informed fisheries, agricultural and policy components.



Moderation and facilitation services — Global Conference on the Sustainable Blue Economy, Nairobi. Government of Kenya and EU


CDC provided moderation services for this gathering of world leaders, researchers, businesses and practitioners. We chaired two signature thematic sessions: a) Ending Hunger, Securing Food Supplies and Promoting Good Health and Sustainable Fisheries, and b) People, Culture, Communities and Societies: The Inclusive Blue Economy.

In addition to facilitating the presentations and chairing panel discussions, we synthesised the key messages and way forward for each session, which formed part of the executive summary of the conference final report.

Sustainable Blue Economy website


Technical backstopping, programme strategy and design — Samarth Nepal Market Development Programme. UK DFID.


We supplied Adam Smith International with long-term backstopping support for their design and implementation of the UK Government’s Samarth M4P programme. Working with Nepali sector specialists in ginger production, mechanisation, vegetable supply and crop protection, we facilitated market systems analysis, strategy development, intervention design and partnership development.

In addition, we supported the emergency response and programme redesign processes in the aftermath of the April 2015 ‘Gorkha’ earthquake as part of the UK Government’s disaster recovery commitment.

Samarth’s intervention portfolio appears here. This website also hosts many resources based upon the learning gathered from this exemplary market development programme.


Research, analysis, strategy and design — Malawi Oilseeds Sector Transformation (MOST) market development programme. UK DFID


The MOST M4P programme was a standout success, generating an average 30% increase in smallholder yields, with 160,000+ households benefitting from cumulative income uplift totalling £15.77 million from an investment of £7.4 million.

CDC supported business planning in years one, two and three, backstopping market systems analysis, development of programme logic and theories of change, and intervention design.

MOST programme website