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; thus, 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 development, which are complemented by information sharing, principles of joint learning and knowledge management in the team.

Organisations are comparable to living organisms – always interacting with their environment. 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, knowledge management, leadership coaching, project development, capacity 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.
 
2017 -
2017 hat der Kanton Zürich die Plattform «Gemeinden 2030» für einen ergebnisoffenen Austausch zur Zukunft der Zürcher Gemeinden initiiert. Die Plattform richtet sich an die Politik (Exekutive) und die Verwaltung. Im Rahmen von verschiedenen physischen und virtuellen Veranstaltungen denken Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der Gemeinden und des Kantons Zürich über die Zukunft der Gemeinden nach. Gemeinsam definieren sie diejenigen Themen, die prioritär anzugehen sind, um die Gemeinden für das Jahr 2030 und darüber hinaus zu stärken. Derzeit befassen sich drei Arbeitsgruppen mit den Themen «Zusammenarbeit verbessern», «Fachkräftemangel bewältigen» und «Wachstum gestalten». Seit 2022 ist zudem der Zürcher Klimadialog Teil von Gemeinden 2030. 

Der Kanton Zürich hat KEK – CDC, Dr. Kathrin Frey, beauftragt, diesen Austausch- und Zusammenarbeitsprozess als externe Projektleiterin mitzugestalten und zu moderieren. 

Die bisherigen Ergebnisse des Austauschprozesses in den Jahren 2017 bis 2022 sind durch einen Film und eine Broschüre dokumentiert. Als konkretes Ergebnis kann beispielsweise die Behördeninitiative für eine zeitgemässe dezentrale Organisation des Kantons Zürich genannt werden, welche 2021 sechs Gemeinden im Kantonsrat eingereicht haben. 

Zur Sammlung der Erfahrungen der Teilnehmenden am Prozess und zur Einschätzung, was verbessert werden könnte, hat KEK – CDC 2022 eine Online-Befragung der Teilnehmenden von Gemeinden 2030 durchgeführt. Die Befragungsergebnisse dienten der Steuergruppe von Gemeinden 2030 als Entscheidungsgrundlage für die Fortführung und Weiterentwicklung von Gemeinden 2030. 

Detailliertere Informationen sowie die Newsletters zur Plattform finden Sie auf der Webseite von Gemeinden 2030 des Kantons Zürich.
team  |  Dr. Kathrin Frey

Partner, PhD in Political Science

Dr. Kathrin Frey

E-Mail
044 368 58 56

Education

PhD in Political Science, University of Zurich
Licentiate in Political Science, Business and Economics, International Law, University of Zurich

Areas of Competency

Education, health (prevention and health promotion), evidence-based policy-making

Key Qualifications

Advisory services for public administration at the federal, cantonal and local level, and for non-profit organisation. Design and implementation of evaluations and analyses of measures, projects and programmes. Concept development and moderation of development processes. Design and implementation of workshops, training modules.

Languages

German, English, French
Dr. Kathrin Frey
E-MailPhone
01020304
2021 -

Ferme St-Luce

Accompagnement stratégique d’une ferme communautaire dans les Alpes françaises

#développementrégional #développementorganisationel
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La Ferme de Sainte Luce, établie en 2001 dans les Alpes françaises, est une ferme communautaire florissante. Ce qui a commencé comme un petit groupe d'amis est devenu aujourd'hui une équipe dynamique de plus de vingt collaborateur.trice.s, travaillant exclusivement en agriculture biologique. Certains membres fondateurs approchant la retraite, l'équipe de la ferme a pris la décision de préparer cette transition en redéfinissant la raison d'être et le statut de leur association. C'est dans cette optique qu'ils ont fait appel à KEK – CDC pour les accompagner.

Lors d'une journée entièrement dédiée à cette réflexion, les collaborateur.trice.s de la ferme se sont rassemblé.e.s pour un atelier collaboratif et participatif. Ensemble, il.elle.s ont partagé leur vision de la ferme, les valeurs qui leur tiennent à cœur et la direction qu'il.elle.s souhaitent voir prendre à l'avenir. La question de la gouvernance et du processus décisionnel a également été abordée lors de cet atelier. Avec l'utilisation d'outils tels que la spéculation positive, des exercices de visualisation, la gestion par consentement et les théories organisationnelles d'Eric Berne, l'équipe de la Ferme de Sainte Luce a pu redéfinir avec clarté sa raison d'être, exprimée désormais à travers trois phrases clés qui se retrouvent sur leur site web, reflétant ainsi leur engagement profond envers leur projet.
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2019
Pour profiter des synergies dans la promotion des produits locaux, la fédération "Pays Romand, Pays Gourmand" a été créée, englobant les cantons de Genève, Vaud, Valais, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, le Jura et la région du Jura bernois. Afin de développer une vision partagée pour rédiger la demande de fonds auprès de la Confédération et pour élaborer leur stratégie 2021-2024, "Pays Romand, Pays Gourmand" a fait appel aux services de KEK – CDC.

Lors d'un atelier d'une journée, les décideur.euse.s des membres de la fédération se sont réunis pour discuter des questions de gouvernance, de collaboration et de partage des fonds. Étant donné les implications financières et les divers intérêts en jeu durant cet atelier, l'équipe de KEK – CDC a utilisé plusieurs outils issus de la médiation et la gestion par consentement de sorte qu'une décision ait pu être prise sans qu'aucune objection ne subsiste. Le modérateur a également employé des techniques comme le photolangage, le carrousel et des exercices de visualisation pour favoriser une communication métaphorique et respectueuse.

Au terme de cet atelier, la fédération a réussi à développer une vision commune, créant ainsi une fondation solide pour l'élaboration de leur stratégie 2021-2024 et pour leurs futures demandes de fonds. Chez KEK – CDC, nous sommes ravi.e.s d'avoir pu accompagner "Pays Romand, Pays Gourmand" dans cette démarche et nous sommes impatients de continuer à soutenir leur développement et leurs projets ambitieux pour l'avenir.
team  |  Niels Rump

Partner, Agronomist and Biologist

Niels Rump

E-Mail
044 368 58 53

Education

Master of Science in Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Master of Science in Agronomy University of Algarve, Portugal
Master of Advanced Studies in Human Systems Engineering, University of Applied Science Western Switzerland   

Working Experience

Africa (Benin, Kenia, Mozambique) Asia (China) South-America (Brazil) Europe (Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and Portugal). 

Key Qualifications

  • Adult Training:

Training and coaching of trainers, coordination and designing of training programs, e-learning.

  • Facilitation & participative methods:

Training for facilitators with focus on group performance, strategies and methods, coaching and facilitation of large group events, e-facilitation of platforms and webinars.

  • Organisational development:

Consultancy, coaching and expertise, team coaching, traning and coaching for board members and leaders.

  • Rural extension and advisory:

Methodology, designing training concept, training and coaching of advisors.

  • Business Management:

Strategic planning, HR, marketing, trade logistics, quality management (ISO).

  • Project management:

Training and coaching of project managers, outcome mapping and outcome harvesting.

Languages

French, German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Niels Rump
E-MailPhone
010203040506
2018 - 2024
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.

A similar mandate was also carried out for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). For more information, please read the following mandate description.

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team  |  Roman Troxler

Partner, M.A. in International Economic

Roman Troxler

E-Mail
044 368 58 57

Education

M.A. in International Economic Policy
M.A. in International Affairs and Governance
B.A. in International Affairs 

Working Experience

Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, DR Congo (South Kivu), Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kosovo, Morocco, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia

Key Qualifications

Planning and backstopping of development projects (mainly in the fields of economic development and skills) with logical frameworks and results chains, Project evaluations including cost-benefit analyses, Employment and labour market analyses.

Languages

German, French, English

Roman Troxler
E-MailPhone
01020304050607
2019 -  2023

SWISSAID

Moderation of a participatory strategic development process

#internationalcooperation #moderation #analysis #expertadvice #organisationaldevelopment
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In 2019, SWISSAID went through major internal changes, including changes in management and a new co-leadership of the Foundation Board. A central aspect was the collaboration between the Central Office in Switzerland and the Coordination Offices (BuCos), with particular attention paid to the autonomy granted to the BuCos. To draw up a strategic direction for the future, the organisation called on the organisational development services of KEK – CDC.

The process was resolutely participative, emphasising co-creation to enable the players involved to reach a consensual modus vivendi to which everyone could adhere. Inspired by the principles of sociocracy, a participatory mode of governance, the exercise began with a workshop involving all Head Office employees. This workshop provided an opportunity to reflect on collaboration between teams and to highlight the different forms of governance that exist within the organisation.

It also proved necessary to clarify the roles of the Board of Trustees and the SWISSAID executive, leading to a co-development workshop between the two bodies. After eight months of work, SWISSAID acquired a significant degree of autonomy and continued its organisational development within the organisation, even after the end of the mandate.
team  |  Niels Rump

Partner, Agronomist and Biologist

Niels Rump

E-Mail
044 368 58 53

Education

Master of Science in Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Master of Science in Agronomy University of Algarve, Portugal
Master of Advanced Studies in Human Systems Engineering, University of Applied Science Western Switzerland   

Working Experience

Africa (Benin, Kenia, Mozambique) Asia (China) South-America (Brazil) Europe (Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and Portugal). 

Key Qualifications

  • Adult Training:

Training and coaching of trainers, coordination and designing of training programs, e-learning.

  • Facilitation & participative methods:

Training for facilitators with focus on group performance, strategies and methods, coaching and facilitation of large group events, e-facilitation of platforms and webinars.

  • Organisational development:

Consultancy, coaching and expertise, team coaching, traning and coaching for board members and leaders.

  • Rural extension and advisory:

Methodology, designing training concept, training and coaching of advisors.

  • Business Management:

Strategic planning, HR, marketing, trade logistics, quality management (ISO).

  • Project management:

Training and coaching of project managers, outcome mapping and outcome harvesting.

Languages

French, German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Niels Rump
E-MailPhone
team  |  Carsten Schulz

Managing Director, Partner, Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator

Carsten Schulz

E-Mail
044 368 85 54

Education

Master of Advanced Studies in Development Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C) at NADEL, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland.
Study of Forest Sciences (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic:

Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Income Generation, Private Sector-Development, Decentralization and Local Governance.

  • Methodic:

Project Management; Facilitation (incl. e-Facilitation); Planning, support and evaluation of projects; Coaching, Counselling and Organizational Development.

Working Experience

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Panama, Romania, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Key Qualifications

  • Project Management:

Proven management and leadership experience of managing projects in complex and intercultural situations, using a multi-stakeholder approach.

  • Facilitation:

Extensive experiences in workshop facilitation (face to face events, conferences up to 200 participants). Facilitation of e-discussions and animation of online networks.

Coaching, counseling and organizational development to organizations, project teams and individuals – including facilitation of team retreats and individual leadership coaching.

  • Knowledge Management:

Guiding knowledge sharing and learning processes; support and backstopping to thematic networks as well as to project teams and individuals. Capitalization of project experiences and results.

  • Training:

Conceptualizing, planning and conducting training courses (in an intercultural environment). Topics include all issues in the above mentioned competences as well as project cycle management, monitoring & evaluation.
Private Sector Development in rural development as well as natural resources management. Conceptualizing, planning and managing projects and programs using approaches such as value chain development or market systems development (e.g. M4P).

Languages

German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Carsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
02030405060708
2021 - 2022

DROSOS Foundation

Consultancy and process support in setting up a monitoring system in the thematic focus "Economic Self-Reliance" in the programme "Access to the World of Work"

#economy&employment #expertadvice #strategydevelopment #moderation
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The DROSOS Foundation commissioned KEK – CDC in 2021 to accompany them in setting up a meaningful and flexible monitoring system (M&E Framework) in the thematic priority "Economic Self-Reliance" in the programme "Access to the World of Work". This included facilitation of the entire process, but also advice on M&E content and the use of the partner-centred Project Cycle Management (PCM) method Outcome Mapping. A major challenge in the process was to map the monitoring data through an IT-based M&E tool (Toladata), and to ensure the aggregation of the data and the reporting system of the different partner organisations.

Thanks to the fruitful cooperation between KEK – CDC, the DROSOS programme manager and the partner organisations, the M&E framework could be further developed in such a way that it can now be used for monitoring at outcome level and for steering the entire programme.
team  |  Carsten Schulz

Managing Director, Partner, Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator

Carsten Schulz

E-Mail
044 368 85 54

Education

Master of Advanced Studies in Development Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C) at NADEL, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland.
Study of Forest Sciences (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic:

Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Income Generation, Private Sector-Development, Decentralization and Local Governance.

  • Methodic:

Project Management; Facilitation (incl. e-Facilitation); Planning, support and evaluation of projects; Coaching, Counselling and Organizational Development.

Working Experience

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Panama, Romania, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Key Qualifications

  • Project Management:

Proven management and leadership experience of managing projects in complex and intercultural situations, using a multi-stakeholder approach.

  • Facilitation:

Extensive experiences in workshop facilitation (face to face events, conferences up to 200 participants). Facilitation of e-discussions and animation of online networks.

Coaching, counseling and organizational development to organizations, project teams and individuals – including facilitation of team retreats and individual leadership coaching.

  • Knowledge Management:

Guiding knowledge sharing and learning processes; support and backstopping to thematic networks as well as to project teams and individuals. Capitalization of project experiences and results.

  • Training:

Conceptualizing, planning and conducting training courses (in an intercultural environment). Topics include all issues in the above mentioned competences as well as project cycle management, monitoring & evaluation.
Private Sector Development in rural development as well as natural resources management. Conceptualizing, planning and managing projects and programs using approaches such as value chain development or market systems development (e.g. M4P).

Languages

German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Carsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
03040506070809
2021 - 2022

Movetia

National Exchange in Vocational Education and Training: programme development and feasibility study

#education #vet #analysis #strategydevelopment #moderation
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Movetia, the National Agency for Exchange and Mobility, launched a National Exchange in Vocational Education and Training (NABB) in spring 2022. This programme contributes to the goal of the Confederation and the cantons aiming for all young people in Switzerland to participate in a longer-term exchange at least once during the course of their education.

KEK - CDC supported Movetia in the development of this programme and conducted a feasibility study. The development of the NABB was carried out with the involvement of the network partners. To this end, Movetia formed a programme development group with network partners and held an online event on the NABB in which interested stakeholders from VET could participate. KEK - CDC designed and moderated these two events. KEK - CDC conducted the feasibility study in parallel with the development of the NABB concept and ensured that its results could be directly incorporated into the development of the NABB. KEK - CDC also supported Movetia in the formulation of the programme document.

More information on NABB and the report on the feasibility study (in German) by KEK - CDC can be found on the Movetia website.
team  |  Dr. Kathrin Frey

Partner, PhD in Political Science

Dr. Kathrin Frey

E-Mail
044 368 58 56

Education

PhD in Political Science, University of Zurich
Licentiate in Political Science, Business and Economics, International Law, University of Zurich

Areas of Competency

Education, health (prevention and health promotion), evidence-based policy-making

Key Qualifications

Advisory services for public administration at the federal, cantonal and local level, and for non-profit organisation. Design and implementation of evaluations and analyses of measures, projects and programmes. Concept development and moderation of development processes. Design and implementation of workshops, training modules.

Languages

German, English, French
Dr. Kathrin Frey
E-MailPhone
team  |  Niels Rump

Partner, Agronomist and Biologist

Niels Rump

E-Mail
044 368 58 53

Education

Master of Science in Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Master of Science in Agronomy University of Algarve, Portugal
Master of Advanced Studies in Human Systems Engineering, University of Applied Science Western Switzerland   

Working Experience

Africa (Benin, Kenia, Mozambique) Asia (China) South-America (Brazil) Europe (Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and Portugal). 

Key Qualifications

  • Adult Training:

Training and coaching of trainers, coordination and designing of training programs, e-learning.

  • Facilitation & participative methods:

Training for facilitators with focus on group performance, strategies and methods, coaching and facilitation of large group events, e-facilitation of platforms and webinars.

  • Organisational development:

Consultancy, coaching and expertise, team coaching, traning and coaching for board members and leaders.

  • Rural extension and advisory:

Methodology, designing training concept, training and coaching of advisors.

  • Business Management:

Strategic planning, HR, marketing, trade logistics, quality management (ISO).

  • Project management:

Training and coaching of project managers, outcome mapping and outcome harvesting.

Languages

French, German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Niels Rump
E-MailPhone
team  |  Sophie Staheyeff

Sophie Staheyeff


Sophie Staheyeff
team  |  Franz Kehl

Franz Kehl


Franz Kehl
04050607080910
2021 -  2022

Fastenaktion

Fastenkation: Institutionelle Evaluation der Strategie 2017-2024, Evaluation der internationalen Programme und Evaluation des Landesprogramms Kenia

#internationalezusammenarbeit #strategieentwicklung #organisationsentwicklung #evaluation
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Fastenaktion ist eine kirchliche Organisation, die sich seit über 60 Jahren für globale Solidarität und Gerechtigkeit einsetzt. Die Organisation engagiert sich gemeinsam mit ihren Partnerorganisationen für verbesserte Lebensbedingungen benachteiligter Menschen in Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika. Fastenaktion beauftragte KEK – CDC mit einer institutionellen Evaluation der Strategie 2017-2024, die sowohl die 12 Landesprogramme als auch die drei internationalen Programme umfasste. Der Bericht zielt darauf ab, eine umfassende Bilanz der Strategieumsetzung zu machen und Empfehlungen für die kommende Strategieperiode 2025-2030 zu geben.

Für die institutionelle Evaluation verwendete KEK – CDC einen Mix aus qualitativen und quantitativen Methoden und baute die Recherche auf verschiedenen bestehenden Analysen sowie Teilevaluationen auf (z.B. im Bereich Kommunikation und Fund Raising). Konkret führte KEK – CDC Interviews, Fokusgruppen und Online-Befragungen durch, und synthetisierte die Ergebnisse aus den 12 Evaluationen der Länderprogramme. Quantitative Forschungsmethoden wendete KEK – CDC bei der Finanzanalyse an. Zusätzlich hat KEK – CDC in der Evaluation der Internationalen Programme mitgewirkt und die Evaluation des Landesprogrammes Kenia durchgeführt.

Auf Basis dieser Analyse erarbeitete KEK – CDC abschliessend verschiedene Empfehlungen zum Geschäftsmodell von Fastenaktion, zur Auswahl der Länder und Kooperationspartner, zur Kommunikation sowie zum Fundraising. KEK – CDC konsolidierte die Ergebnisse, Schlussfolgerungen und Empfehlungen der Evaluation.

Erfahren Sie hier mehr über die Evaluation des Landesprogramms Kenia.
team  |  Dieter Zürcher

Partner, M. A. in Geography

Dieter Zürcher

E-Mail
044 368 58 55

Education

Licentiate in Geography at University of Zurich.

Areas of Competency

Knowledge Management, Organisation performance, Economic transformation, Rural development and income generation, Decentralisation and local governance, Migration, Sustainable development

Working Experience

Albania, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Tansania, Vietnam

Key Qualifications

Participatory conceptualisation of development cooperation projects and programmes with logical framework and result based management concepts, Project and programme management in an interdisciplinary environment, Evaluation and impact assessment of various projects and programmes for public authorities as well as NGOs quality management in development cooperation, Design and implementation of applied research projects, Moderation of groups and organisational development processes, Conceptualisation and delivery of various training courses (in Switzerland, developing and transition countries)

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French

Dieter Zürcher
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team  |  Magali Bernard

Partner, MSc

Magali Bernard

E-Mail
044 368 58 50

Education

MSc., School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne
Diploma of Advanced Studies in Evaluation, University of Berne

Working Experience

Several years of working experience in multicultural, multidisciplinary and complex environments, on bilateral and multilateral cooperation programmes, in various countries and regions:
Africa (Benin, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa), Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania), Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Switzerland

Area of Competency

  • Thematic areas:
Justice, Security, Rule of law, Human rights, Forensic sciences, Migration and Social integration.
  • Services:
Advisory services to public administration at national and local levels as well as to non-profit organisations, multilateral and bilateral agencies active in development cooperation, in particular:
institutional and capacity assessment; project / programme design and management; strategic planning and strategy development; evaluation of projects, programmes, public policies, strategies and institutions; mentoring institutions on quality assurance; facilitation of workshops and experts group meetings.

Languages

French, English, German
Magali Bernard
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team  |  Sophie Staheyeff

Sophie Staheyeff


Sophie Staheyeff
05060708091011
2020 - 2021

Anlaufstelle Integration Aargau (AIA)

Accompaniment of an organisational development process at the Anlaufstelle Integration Aargau (Integration Contact Point Aargau)

#migration&integration #organisationaldevelopment
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The Integration Contact Point Aargau (Anlaufstelle Integration Aargau, AIA) is a non-profit association in Aarau. It sees itself as a point of contact and mediation for migrants and as a hub for integration-related questions and services. AIA is mainly financed by funds from the Canton of Aargau within the framework of the Cantonal Integration Programme and negotiates a new service agreement with the Canton every 3-4 years.

KEK – CDC, together with stichpunkt, facilitated a change process to accompany AIA on the topics of team development and structure as well as vision and strategy development with regard to the future strategic orientation of the association. Together with the AIA team, the strategic positioning of the agency was analysed and aligned with future needs, and the profile was sharpened accordingly. The external support made the relevant aspects of the centre's work visible through original methods in order to achieve concrete steps to optimise the day-to-day business and the organisational structure.
team  |  Carsten Schulz

Managing Director, Partner, Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator

Carsten Schulz

E-Mail
044 368 85 54

Education

Master of Advanced Studies in Development Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C) at NADEL, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland.
Study of Forest Sciences (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic:

Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Income Generation, Private Sector-Development, Decentralization and Local Governance.

  • Methodic:

Project Management; Facilitation (incl. e-Facilitation); Planning, support and evaluation of projects; Coaching, Counselling and Organizational Development.

Working Experience

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Panama, Romania, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Key Qualifications

  • Project Management:

Proven management and leadership experience of managing projects in complex and intercultural situations, using a multi-stakeholder approach.

  • Facilitation:

Extensive experiences in workshop facilitation (face to face events, conferences up to 200 participants). Facilitation of e-discussions and animation of online networks.

Coaching, counseling and organizational development to organizations, project teams and individuals – including facilitation of team retreats and individual leadership coaching.

  • Knowledge Management:

Guiding knowledge sharing and learning processes; support and backstopping to thematic networks as well as to project teams and individuals. Capitalization of project experiences and results.

  • Training:

Conceptualizing, planning and conducting training courses (in an intercultural environment). Topics include all issues in the above mentioned competences as well as project cycle management, monitoring & evaluation.
Private Sector Development in rural development as well as natural resources management. Conceptualizing, planning and managing projects and programs using approaches such as value chain development or market systems development (e.g. M4P).

Languages

German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Carsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
06070809101112
 2020

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

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

#strategydevelopment #expertadvice
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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.
team  |  Carsten Schulz

Managing Director, Partner, Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator

Carsten Schulz

E-Mail
044 368 85 54

Education

Master of Advanced Studies in Development Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C) at NADEL, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland.
Study of Forest Sciences (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic:

Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Income Generation, Private Sector-Development, Decentralization and Local Governance.

  • Methodic:

Project Management; Facilitation (incl. e-Facilitation); Planning, support and evaluation of projects; Coaching, Counselling and Organizational Development.

Working Experience

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Panama, Romania, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Key Qualifications

  • Project Management:

Proven management and leadership experience of managing projects in complex and intercultural situations, using a multi-stakeholder approach.

  • Facilitation:

Extensive experiences in workshop facilitation (face to face events, conferences up to 200 participants). Facilitation of e-discussions and animation of online networks.

Coaching, counseling and organizational development to organizations, project teams and individuals – including facilitation of team retreats and individual leadership coaching.

  • Knowledge Management:

Guiding knowledge sharing and learning processes; support and backstopping to thematic networks as well as to project teams and individuals. Capitalization of project experiences and results.

  • Training:

Conceptualizing, planning and conducting training courses (in an intercultural environment). Topics include all issues in the above mentioned competences as well as project cycle management, monitoring & evaluation.
Private Sector Development in rural development as well as natural resources management. Conceptualizing, planning and managing projects and programs using approaches such as value chain development or market systems development (e.g. M4P).

Languages

German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Carsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
07080910111213
2019 - 2020

City of Zurich

External analysis and organisational development process of the City of Zurich's development cooperation funds

#internationalcooperation #expertadvice #strategydevelopment #organisationaldevelopment
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The realignment of the City of Zurich's development cooperation strategy is the consequence of the referendum of November 2019 with the decided increase of the annual award funds for projects to eight million Swiss francs. The Finance Department, which was responsible for development cooperation, reached organisational limits in terms of resources, know-how, organisational structure, processes and external communication with its previous allocation practice and mandated KEK – CDC for a technical analysis and a subsequent organisational development process.

The main objective of the technical analysis was to examine the organisation and allocation of funds in the field of development cooperation by the City of Zurich, and to suggest solutions for future design and allocation based on the new conditions. The methodology consisted of a document analysis of relevant guidelines, leaflets, award reports and application forms of the City of Zurich, semi-structured interviews with relevant actors, focus groups with recipients of contributions from the City of Zurich and a SWOT analysis. This also included a comparison with the City of Basel, the Lottery Fund of the Canton of Zurich and the Liechtenstein Development Service to gather different practices and experiences. KEK – CDC came to the conclusion that development cooperation should be transferred from the Department of Finance to the Department of the Presidency/City Development due to the diverse international relations and recommended to realign the area strategically, in terms of content and organisation with four concrete combinable award modalities.

In the follow-up mandate, KEK – CDC supported the City of Zurich through an organisational development process to develop the constitution and accompaniment of the realignment of development cooperation, which regulates the new award practice along the structure of the four proposed modalities. In this process, the project organisation was established and the new award practice defined in a participatory manner. KEK – CDC used instruments of coaching and project management and accompanied the City Development Department with regard to strategic decisions as well as the project team with regard to technical and organisational questions. This was achieved through regular exchanges and status reviews (feedback, amendments) as well as a flexible adaptation of the implementation plan to new circumstances.
team  |  Dieter Zürcher

Partner, M. A. in Geography

Dieter Zürcher

E-Mail
044 368 58 55

Education

Licentiate in Geography at University of Zurich.

Areas of Competency

Knowledge Management, Organisation performance, Economic transformation, Rural development and income generation, Decentralisation and local governance, Migration, Sustainable development

Working Experience

Albania, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Tansania, Vietnam

Key Qualifications

Participatory conceptualisation of development cooperation projects and programmes with logical framework and result based management concepts, Project and programme management in an interdisciplinary environment, Evaluation and impact assessment of various projects and programmes for public authorities as well as NGOs quality management in development cooperation, Design and implementation of applied research projects, Moderation of groups and organisational development processes, Conceptualisation and delivery of various training courses (in Switzerland, developing and transition countries)

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French

Dieter Zürcher
E-MailPhone
team  |  Marina Häusermann

Marina Häusermann


Marina Häusermann
08091011121314
 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. 
team  |  Carsten Schulz

Managing Director, Partner, Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator

Carsten Schulz

E-Mail
044 368 85 54

Education

Master of Advanced Studies in Development Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C) at NADEL, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland.
Study of Forest Sciences (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic:

Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Income Generation, Private Sector-Development, Decentralization and Local Governance.

  • Methodic:

Project Management; Facilitation (incl. e-Facilitation); Planning, support and evaluation of projects; Coaching, Counselling and Organizational Development.

Working Experience

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Panama, Romania, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Key Qualifications

  • Project Management:

Proven management and leadership experience of managing projects in complex and intercultural situations, using a multi-stakeholder approach.

  • Facilitation:

Extensive experiences in workshop facilitation (face to face events, conferences up to 200 participants). Facilitation of e-discussions and animation of online networks.

Coaching, counseling and organizational development to organizations, project teams and individuals – including facilitation of team retreats and individual leadership coaching.

  • Knowledge Management:

Guiding knowledge sharing and learning processes; support and backstopping to thematic networks as well as to project teams and individuals. Capitalization of project experiences and results.

  • Training:

Conceptualizing, planning and conducting training courses (in an intercultural environment). Topics include all issues in the above mentioned competences as well as project cycle management, monitoring & evaluation.
Private Sector Development in rural development as well as natural resources management. Conceptualizing, planning and managing projects and programs using approaches such as value chain development or market systems development (e.g. M4P).

Languages

German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Carsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
09101112131415
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
team  |  Dieter Zürcher

Partner, M. A. in Geography

Dieter Zürcher

E-Mail
044 368 58 55

Education

Licentiate in Geography at University of Zurich.

Areas of Competency

Knowledge Management, Organisation performance, Economic transformation, Rural development and income generation, Decentralisation and local governance, Migration, Sustainable development

Working Experience

Albania, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Tansania, Vietnam

Key Qualifications

Participatory conceptualisation of development cooperation projects and programmes with logical framework and result based management concepts, Project and programme management in an interdisciplinary environment, Evaluation and impact assessment of various projects and programmes for public authorities as well as NGOs quality management in development cooperation, Design and implementation of applied research projects, Moderation of groups and organisational development processes, Conceptualisation and delivery of various training courses (in Switzerland, developing and transition countries)

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French

Dieter Zürcher
E-MailPhone
10111213141516
 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. 
team  |  Dieter Zürcher

Partner, M. A. in Geography

Dieter Zürcher

E-Mail
044 368 58 55

Education

Licentiate in Geography at University of Zurich.

Areas of Competency

Knowledge Management, Organisation performance, Economic transformation, Rural development and income generation, Decentralisation and local governance, Migration, Sustainable development

Working Experience

Albania, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Tansania, Vietnam

Key Qualifications

Participatory conceptualisation of development cooperation projects and programmes with logical framework and result based management concepts, Project and programme management in an interdisciplinary environment, Evaluation and impact assessment of various projects and programmes for public authorities as well as NGOs quality management in development cooperation, Design and implementation of applied research projects, Moderation of groups and organisational development processes, Conceptualisation and delivery of various training courses (in Switzerland, developing and transition countries)

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French

Dieter Zürcher
E-MailPhone
team  |  Carsten Schulz

Managing Director, Partner, Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator

Carsten Schulz

E-Mail
044 368 85 54

Education

Master of Advanced Studies in Development Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C) at NADEL, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland.
Study of Forest Sciences (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic:

Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Income Generation, Private Sector-Development, Decentralization and Local Governance.

  • Methodic:

Project Management; Facilitation (incl. e-Facilitation); Planning, support and evaluation of projects; Coaching, Counselling and Organizational Development.

Working Experience

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Panama, Romania, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Key Qualifications

  • Project Management:

Proven management and leadership experience of managing projects in complex and intercultural situations, using a multi-stakeholder approach.

  • Facilitation:

Extensive experiences in workshop facilitation (face to face events, conferences up to 200 participants). Facilitation of e-discussions and animation of online networks.

Coaching, counseling and organizational development to organizations, project teams and individuals – including facilitation of team retreats and individual leadership coaching.

  • Knowledge Management:

Guiding knowledge sharing and learning processes; support and backstopping to thematic networks as well as to project teams and individuals. Capitalization of project experiences and results.

  • Training:

Conceptualizing, planning and conducting training courses (in an intercultural environment). Topics include all issues in the above mentioned competences as well as project cycle management, monitoring & evaluation.
Private Sector Development in rural development as well as natural resources management. Conceptualizing, planning and managing projects and programs using approaches such as value chain development or market systems development (e.g. M4P).

Languages

German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Carsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
11121314151617
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.  

 
team  |  Carsten Schulz

Managing Director, Partner, Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator

Carsten Schulz

E-Mail
044 368 85 54

Education

Master of Advanced Studies in Development Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C) at NADEL, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland.
Study of Forest Sciences (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic:

Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Income Generation, Private Sector-Development, Decentralization and Local Governance.

  • Methodic:

Project Management; Facilitation (incl. e-Facilitation); Planning, support and evaluation of projects; Coaching, Counselling and Organizational Development.

Working Experience

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Panama, Romania, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Key Qualifications

  • Project Management:

Proven management and leadership experience of managing projects in complex and intercultural situations, using a multi-stakeholder approach.

  • Facilitation:

Extensive experiences in workshop facilitation (face to face events, conferences up to 200 participants). Facilitation of e-discussions and animation of online networks.

Coaching, counseling and organizational development to organizations, project teams and individuals – including facilitation of team retreats and individual leadership coaching.

  • Knowledge Management:

Guiding knowledge sharing and learning processes; support and backstopping to thematic networks as well as to project teams and individuals. Capitalization of project experiences and results.

  • Training:

Conceptualizing, planning and conducting training courses (in an intercultural environment). Topics include all issues in the above mentioned competences as well as project cycle management, monitoring & evaluation.
Private Sector Development in rural development as well as natural resources management. Conceptualizing, planning and managing projects and programs using approaches such as value chain development or market systems development (e.g. M4P).

Languages

German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Carsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
121314151617
 2018

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ

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

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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.
team  |  Roman Troxler

Partner, M.A. in International Economic

Roman Troxler

E-Mail
044 368 58 57

Education

M.A. in International Economic Policy
M.A. in International Affairs and Governance
B.A. in International Affairs 

Working Experience

Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, DR Congo (South Kivu), Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kosovo, Morocco, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia

Key Qualifications

Planning and backstopping of development projects (mainly in the fields of economic development and skills) with logical frameworks and results chains, Project evaluations including cost-benefit analyses, Employment and labour market analyses.

Languages

German, French, English

Roman Troxler
E-MailPhone
1314151617
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.
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