Development of organisations, strategies and projects

Organisations are brought to life by people, and they exist within a given environment. People and environments change all the time, and so organisations must constantly change too.
We accompany and facilitate organisational change. We support our clients through the process of developing and strengthening the potential of people and the organisation. We are guided by the approaches of systemic organisational consulting.

Organisations are comparable to living organisms – always interacting with their environment, always in relationship. Change is a constant. This demands strategy, organisation and leadership. The same applies to projects: carried out over a fixed period, they are constantly developing, adapting, changing. Our offer includes organisational development, strategy processes, moderation, leadership coaching, project development, change management and team development.

We are familiar with a wide variety of cultures and topics and work in a variety of ways. We support NPOs, foundations, associations, NGOs, education providers, public administrations and other institutions – in Switzerland and worldwide.
 
since 2018
The Quality and Resources Division (WEQA) of SECO's Economic Cooperation and Development Division supports the operational departments in the conception and implementation of economic and trade policy measures with developing countries, the states of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the new member states of the European Union.

For more than ten years KEK - CDC has been supporting WEQA within the framework of a professional backstopping. The main objective of the current support phase is to continue to support WEQA in the consistent and efficient application of the guidelines and instruments already developed, both in risk-based management and in internal reviews and evaluations. Tasks include the application of tools for impact-oriented, efficient and sustainable implementation of programs and projects as well as the identification and integration of latest international best practices. 

The comprehensive analysis of all evaluations of SECO projects are included in SECO WE's biennial performance report. In addition, backstopping helps to promote internal learning in WEQA as well as in the operational departments.

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teamimgRoman Troxler
E-MailPhone
teamimgMarkus Engler
E-MailPhone
01020304
 2020

SDG Lab via the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Support of SDG Lab in Results Based Monitoring and Project Cycle Management

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The SDG Lab is a multi-stakeholder initiative located in Geneva. Its team contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by collaborating with a diverse ecosystem of Civil society and NGOs, Academia, Corporates, Banks, United Nations and intergovernmental organizations together with their members states. 

KEK - CDC supported the SDG lab team in planning, developing and setting-up a theory of change and a results-based monitoring system. Due to COVID-19 this support was done through webinars, distance coaching and ad hoc consultations using a diverse range of teleconferencing tools. 

The support resulted in better explaining the dynamic Lab model and their expected results on behavioural changes of the stakeholders in the Geneva ecosystem in form of an updated Theory of Change. The monitoring plan aims to foster internal reflection and learning by better using the existing monitoring data.
teamimgCarsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
0102030405
 2019

Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ 

Facilitation of Regional Workshop on Integrated Biodiversity Management for GIZ (South Caucasus)

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The biodiversity of the Caucasus is of global importance. Therefore, the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) implemented between 2015 and 2019 a programme on Integrated Biodiversity Management (IBiS).  

As the programme ended in 2019 and the new programme “Natural resource management and safeguarding of ecosystem services for sustainable rural development” ECOserve Project takes on, GIZ commissioned KEK - CDC to design and implement the annual workshop, uniting the IBiS-teams of the three countries with around 50 participants. Goal of the workshop was the identification of success stories, failures and lessons learnt during the implementation phase of IBiS programme. 

The lively exchange of the collaborators and the critical reflection on the achievements by the 3 country teams contributed to setting-up the operation of the succeeding ECOserve programme, as well as to the end-of-phase reporting to the German development cooperation. 
teamimgCarsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
010203040506
2011 - 2019
The Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme (SRCP) has been part of the non-refundable aid offered by the Swiss Federal Council to 12 European member states who joined the EU between 2004 and 2007. Its main goals have been to reduce economic and social disparities between Romania and the more advanced countries of the European Union and between Romanian urban centres and structurally weak peripheral regions. 

KEK - CDC was mandated by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as leader of a consortium* for managing and administrating the two Thematic Funds: “Civil Society Participation” and “Partnership and Expert Fund”. The main goal of the former has been the promotion of active participation of Romanian civil society organisations in policy processes both as a voice of the civil society and as service providers whereas the purpose of the latter has been to strengthen Swiss-Romanian partnerships that are capable to address development challenges.  

In order to compile the achievements of the two Thematic Funds, a website was created with a catalogue of all 141 projects and video/visual products. By February 2018 all projects completed their implementation and closing events took place in Romania as well as in Switzerland. An external final evaluation concluded that the funds were successfully implemented and overall reached the outcomes, namely that citizens’ life changed positively and that the Civil Society’s voice in addressing policy change was strengthened. Yet, the impact at policy level was more difficult to assess. 


* Consortium formed by KEK - CDC, Civil Society Development Foundation and Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation
teamimgDieter Zürcher
E-MailPhone
01020304050607
 2019
Zahlreiche europäische Staaten stehen bei der Bewältigung der Migrationsbewegungen vor grossen Herausforderungen.  

Der 2. Erweiterungsbeitrag der Schweiz für die Neuen EU-Mitgliedstaaten beinhaltet einen Rahmenkredit «Migration», welcher dazu beitragen soll, das Migrationsmanagement in ausgewählten EU-Mitgliedstaaten zu stärken. Das Staatssekretariat für Migration SEM hat KEK-CDC damit beauftragt, das interne Projektteam zu coachen, damit für die Umsetzung des Rahmenkredits geeignete Strukturen und Abläufe geschaffen sind.  

KEK - CDC hat das SEM durch den Aufbau einer internen Projektstruktur für die Verwaltung des künftigen Rahmenkredits unterstützt. Das Coaching befähigte das SEM, die Prozesse, Kriterien und Instrumente für die Umsetzung des Kredits klar zu strukturieren und mögliche Probleme im Programmzyklus zu identifizieren und im Reglement mit Gegenmassnahmen zu beheben oder mindestens abzufedern. 
teamimgDieter Zürcher
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teamimgCarsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
02030405060708
2018 2019

DROSOS Stiftung, Zürich

Supporting the DROSOS Foundation in the planning and moderation of its annual meetings.

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Every year, the approximately 40 employees of the DROSOS Foundation travel to Switzerland from DROSOS countries such as Germany, Palestine, Egypt, Morocco to hold their annual meeting.

In 2018 as well as in 2019 KEK - CDC was invited to prepare this multi-day event together with a small team consisting of the CEO and the Evaluation Manager, and then to moderate the main part of the meeting. Here, the focus is on sharing experiences on project-relevant topics as well as meeting and discussing with the Board of Trustees. 

With agile tools as well as the supporting moderation, a good mix of relevant content inputs, the exchange on important (strategic) topics as well as institutional learning could be achieved.  

 
teamimgCarsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
030405060708
 2018

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ

Analyse des modalités de gestion et coordination de la coopération internationale en Tunisie

#internationalcooperation #strategydevelopment
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Depuis la révolution de jasmin en 2011, la Tunisie a bénéficié d’un effort conséquent de la part des bailleurs de fonds. Cette multiplication d’acteurs a augmenté les coûts de transaction tant pour les bailleurs que les bénéficiaires tunisiens et a diminué l’impact réel des projets au développement. 

C’est dans ce contexte que le Ministère du Développement, de l'Investissement et de la Coopération internationale (MDICI) a sollicité l’assistance technique du Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD) et de la Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). L’objectif de la mission d’appui conduite par KEK - CDC était de développer un récapitulatif des besoins des parties prenantes et des recommandations en vue d’assurer l'utilisation efficiente des ressources et la mise en œuvre efficace des projets de coopération.  

Les recommandations prévoyaient la mise en place d’un dispositif de gestion, de suivi, d’évaluation et de coordination ainsi que d’un système d’information permettant aux intervenants et services concernés de renforcer leurs capacités.
teamimgRoman Troxler
E-MailPhone
0405060708
2015 - 2017

SBFI, BAG, BSV,

Development Swiss Strategy for Exchange and Mobility

#education #governance #organisationaldevelopment
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An apprenticeship year in French-speaking Switzerland or Ticino, a study semester in Barcelona or a summer camp in Scandinavia - exchanges and mobility activities make an important contribution to social cohesion in culturally and linguistically diverse Switzerland as well as to the country's integration into the European and global context. 

KEK - CDC has accompanied the Confederation - the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, the Federal Office of Culture, the Federal Social Insurance Office - and the cantons - represented by the EDK - in the strategic reorientation of exchange and mobility promotion.  

In 2016, the decision was made to establish a new foundation supported by the federal government and the cantons to promote exchange and mobility on the basis of a structured analysis and decision-making process, and in a follow-up assignment, the strategy development of the Swiss Strategy for Exchange and Mobility was accompanied. Today, the national agency movetia works on this basis.   

Daniel Kessler (†2017) also participated in this mandate.
teamimgFranz Kehl
E-MailPhone
teamimgMarkus Engler
E-MailPhone
05060708