CONSULTANCY
SERVICES


SERVICE OVERVIEW


With our pan-African reach and experienced teams, we are able to deliver a wide range of practical consultancy services


Improving the livelihoods of workers in the international supply chain requires a range of skills encompassing ethical trade, human rights, labour standards and international development. Our aim is to assist and advance international trade opportunities while supporting socially responsible business practices amongst African suppliers, producers and smallholder farmers.

With our pan-African reach and experienced teams, we are able to deliver a wide range of practical consultancy services that allow clients to draw upon our knowledge of local capabilities and culture which better aid implementation of international codes of practice and trade certifications.


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“Our relationship with Partner Africa has been a real partnership, from supporting us with the development of our responsible sourcing programme, to providing insights into the development of our supplier training and capability building projects. We have also benefitted from access to their network of innovative partners, all committed to genuine impact and improvements in supply chain conditions.”

CLARE FLANNERY, SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER, ABINBEV

PARTICIPATORY APPROACH



 

In our assessment and research work, our teams employ participatory methods and approaches in data collection. This includes but is not limited to observation, individual and focus group interviews and review of secondary context data.

These mixed methods engage management teams, workers and members of the local community. In addition, the assessment teams will interview/engage local stakeholders such as schools, clinics, local government and small businesses in the area to establish current status with a view to benchmark this against any indirect contributions that supply chains or CSR projects may have in the reduction of poverty, improvement of people’s livelihoods, increase in primary education and improvement in health.

Partner Africa uses a wide range of participatory management techniques in our consultancy work and we actively search for new and innovative ways of involving stakeholders in the process.

We do this by…

  • Actively listening to others
  • Developing and using a ‘facilitator’ leadership style as opposed to a ‘traditional’ leadership style
  • Involving primary as well as secondary stakeholders in decisions
  • Building local capacity and cultivating teamwork
  • Advocating for the use of participatory approaches throughout activities
  • Building the required attitudes in the programme team, developing a self critical/ learning culture in the team
  • Cultivating partnership relationships by building trust and confidence in partners as well as handing over control to partners especially workers and small-scale farmers

CLIENT SPECIFIC SERVICES


Partner Africa’s consultancy services allows clients to draw upon our experienced teams on the ground, who provide local knowledge, and understand the local laws and culture.

We provide a variety of client specific services which are summarized below:



ASSESSMENT


RELEVANT FOR:
Measuring impact, gap analysis, community impact assessments, needs assessments, pre and post assessments


EXPERIENCE:

  • International Brands and Retailers with supply chain development programmes or CSR projects
  • Governments, Donors, NGOs working in the international trade arena 
  • Establishing a community baseline and follow up impact assessment in rural Senegal for an agriculture project
  • Understanding the impact of Fairtrade tea on a community in Malawi
  • Monitoring and data collection for a major certification scheme

LOCAL RESEARCH


RELEVANT FOR:
Context analysis, capacity mapping, developing expansion plans, understanding local trends and demand


EXPERIENCE

  • Individual/Group of International Brands and Retailers wanting to research supply chain issues
  • NGOs / Campaigning groups on ethical trade issues
  • Understanding smallholder compliance with supplier standards
  • Researching child labour in a particular product sector

SUPPLYING LOCAL KNOWLEDGE


RELEVANT FOR:
Using our local knowledge to inform international companies


EXPERIENCE

  • Companies seeking to understand more about the practical realities of working in Africa
  • Projects needing specific local knowledge and/or technical input  
  • Helping a major wind energy company undertake the initial context analysis in Kenya
  • Advising a US fashion brand on the reality of doing business in Africa
  • Local research on the feasibility of outsourcing certification schemes assurance processes

SUPPLYING INTERNATIONAL KNOWLEDGE


RELEVANT FOR:
Using our international knowledge to inform local companies


EXPERIENCE

  • Local companies and cooperatives seeking to export to Europe and US
  • Advising smallholder tea, coffee and horticulture cooperatives and small producers in Africa to better understand the challenges and opportunities in export markets