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    Overcoming key challenges of smallholder coffee farmers in Tanzania

    Genesis was contracted to conduct the final evaluation of a Tanzanian project of  International Coffee Partners (ICP), an initiative by eight leading European coffee companies whose vision is to improve smallholder coffee farmers’ livelihoods

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    Genesis reviews IFC’s Support for Compact with Africa initiative

    Genesis was appointed to conduct the mid-term review (MTR) of the IFC Support for the Compact with Africa (CwA) initiative (ISCA).

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    Assisting financial institutions to improve financial access for SMEs.

    Genesis was commissioned by the IFC to undertake several deep-dive studies on MSME finance that were used to inform the IFC’s advisory to its (financial institution) clients to improve financial access for SMEs.

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    Assessing impact of agricultural innovation programme

    DFID contracted IPE Tripleline and Genesis Analytics to assess the contribution that AgriTech Catalyst has made to development outcomes and impacts through encouraging agricultural innovation in developing countries.

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    Learning partner to Rockefeller Foundation's Food Initiative

    The Rockefeller Foundation appointed Genesis as the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) partner for the Food Initiative’s East Africa portfolio.

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    Measuring the impact of Mowgli's mentoring of SMEs

    Genesis Analytics was contracted by Mowgli Mentoring to act as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) partner to Mowgli Mentoring and provide M&E support with a particular focus on building a competitive evidence base to prove the impact of its mentoring programme.

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    Rwanda review project on renewable energy

    The Development Bank of Rwanda appointed Genesis to develop a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan for the Renewable Energy Fund project.

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    Enhancing access to finance for EAC women cross-border traders

    Genesis undertook a diagnostic study to inform discussions and policy adjustments to advance access to finance for women cross-border traders and the identification of firm-level barriers that limit their bankability.

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    Unlocking gender barriers faced by Malawian women

    CAMFED commissioned Genesis to conduct research into potential growth sectors for women’s entrepreneurship in Malawi, and to understand the gender barriers facing women entrepreneurs in that country.

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    Assessing the development challenges in South Africa

    DAI contracted Genesis Analytics on behalf of the USAID INVEST programme to determine a market-based approach to address the underlying causes of several development challenges, among those in health, education, environment, democracy, human rights and governance.

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    Addressing food security in a global pandemic

    Genesis Analytics, through the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), advised the Solidarity Fund on if, and how, it could support a sustainable food production intervention that addressed the persistent experience of hunger by the most vulnerable households in South Africa (which has been aggravated by COVID-19).

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    Preparation of the Waterberg District Economic Recovery Plan

    PPGI has requested that Genesis Analytics provide focused technical assistance to review, augment and revise the Waterberg district development plan over the course of a limited engagement.

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    Uplifting private sector development across African markets

    Genesis was commissioned by the African Development Bank to design its private sector development strategy for 2020 to 2025.

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    Strategic plan to catalyse financial inclusion growth in Nigeria

    Genesis conducted a macroeconomic, financial sector policy and regulatory review to identify areas where EFInA could invest to catalyse financial inclusion in Nigeria.

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    Debunking financial and non-financial needs of MSMEs in Africa

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC) commissioned Genesis to do market-wide research on the MSME finance market and landscape in six African countries to ground its investment and advisory support to financial sectors.

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    Insights drive uptake of financial products by smallholder farmers

    Genesis Analytics was contracted by the Kenya Commercial Bank to undertake an impact evaluation of MobiGrow, a product that targets agricultural value chain actors to offer mobile-based financial inclusion and information to smallholder farmers and pastoralists in Kenya and Rwanda.

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    Making Access Possible in Malawi: RoadMAP to MSME success

    Genesis, in partnership with FinMark Trust, was commissioned to carrying out an evidence-based diagnostic study of the MSME of Malawi to identify key barriers and opportunities in the market.

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    Evaluating project to empower 2000 scholars through school

    The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) appointed Genesis to conduct a mid-term review of their 10-year programme to support 2,000 scholars (primarily girls) in Rwanda and Ethiopia through secondary school, and to further support a group of the Rwandan scholars through university.

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    Evaluating entrepreneurial tools for SME growth

    Genesis was contracted by the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF) to conduct an external evaluation of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) programme to assess its performance to date.

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    Framework for SME finance to support agriculture value chain in Africa

    Genesis partnered with an international donor organisation to compare the operational processes of a group of agri-SME lenders to identify ways of serving the agricultural value chain more effectively.

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    Evaluation of SA Urban Knowledge Hub TA Programme

    Genesis Analytics was commissioned by the World Bank to conduct an evaluation of the South African Urban Knowledge Hub Technical Assistance Programme (TA programme), funded by Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO).

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    Insights into changing nature of work for young Africans

    Genesis was contracted by the Mastercard Foundation to perform audience-needs research for a new initiative to improve the availability of insights relating to the changing nature of work for young Africans in the coming 10-15 years.

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    Making markets work more effectively for smallholder farmers

    The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) appointed Genesis to conduct an end-of-programme evaluation of their Market Access Program (MAP) that was implemented in 14 countries in Africa between 2008 and early 2019.

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    Building Southern Africa's Resilience to Natural Resource Shocks

    Genesis is the long-term monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) partner on the Resilient Waters Programme, a USAID's five-year programme in the Okavango and Limpopo river basins.

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    Mapping SME development on AfDB programmes

    Genesis Analytics completed a major review of the African Development Bank’s support strategies for small- and medium-sized businesses. This was the first project to leverage our new Francophone and African Development Bank liaison office.

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    Unpacking gig opportunities for unemployed Kenyan youth

    Genesis partnered with Mercy Corps Youth Impact Labs (YIL) Kenya to undertake a study that unpacks the potential that the gig economy has in solving Kenya’s unemployment challenge.

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    Assessing affluent card market in 6 African countries

    Genesis generated a report and a go-to-market strategy for an international card association was looking to enter the affluent card market in a number of African countries.

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    Building robust M&E system to measure impact of enterprise programme

    Genesis Analytics was hired to develop the monitoring and evaluation system of Seedstars - an international social enterprise based in Geneva aimed at supporting high-growth entrepreneurs. Seedstars has seven offices in developing markets which act as workspaces and support centres for the entrepreneurs.

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    A toolkit to support food loss and waste reduction initiatives

    Genesis was contracted by the Rockefeller Foundation to unpack the learnings from the YieldWise programme in Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania and package these in an accessible toolkit, serving as a “how to do guide” for informing investments in food loss and waste reduction.

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    Evaluating ILO job creation project for Syrian refugees and Jordanians

    Genesis conducted the final evaluation of an ILO's project to support Syrian refugees' and Jordanians' access to “green work” in the agriculture sector using an employment-intensive method. Its goal was to promote better living conditions for Syrian refugees and Jordanians through increased decent work in the agricultural sector and an improved environment.

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    Supporting technical assistance to smallholder farmers project with MEL

    Genesis was engaged by Technoserve to provide MEL support to the Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Technical Assistance Facility (CASA TAF).

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    Assessing outcome of empowering of girl scholars

    Genesis conducted a mid-term review of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) scholars programme in Ethiopia and Rwanda

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    Diagnostic of Young Africa Works strategy in Malawi

    Genesis was commissioned by the Mastercard Foundation to conduct a diagnostic of Malawi to help guide its country office strategy. 

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    Mid-term review of largest UN project in digital finance

    Genesis was contracted to conduct a mid-term evaluation of Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P), the largest of the UNCDF’s programmes in digital finance. The evaluation was based on a theory-based approach and used the OECD DAC criteria as its guiding framework.

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    Genesis evaluates effectiveness of rural finance learning partner

    Genesis was appointed to conduct the mid-term evaluation of the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab established by the Mastercard Foundation as the official learning partner to the Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) and their grantees.

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    Diagnosing MSME development challenge in Africa

    Genesis partnered with a private foundation to diagnose the MSME landscape in four countries to understand the key growth constraints and programming opportunities for MSME development.

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    Making agriculture markets more accessible to youth

    Genesis was commissioned by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to find a way to make young people more effective in agriculture.

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    Genesis advises Swiss on Mozambique agri projects

    Genesis has been retained by the Swiss Development Corporation to sit on a strategic advisory committee (SAC) that advises the corporation on private-sector-led systemic approaches to agricultural development in Mozambique.

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    Innovating fintech services for smallholder farmers

    Genesis and The Springfield Centre were contracted by Mercy Corps and the MasterCard Foundation to conduct the mid-term evaluation of AgriFin Accelerate (AFA), a six-year, USD 24.7-million programme in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

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    Review of plan to grow skills in energy sector

    Genesis Analytics was contracted by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to conduct a programme evaluation of the relevance, effectiveness, expected impact and long-term sustainability of the Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) programme, which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and Virgin Unite.

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    Digital-credit scoring tool to expand credit to MSMEs

    Genesis has proposed the development of a digital-credit scoring tool for micro, small and medium enterprise lending in Zimbabwe. The tool will be developed to enable financial service providers to lend to previously excluded entrepreneurs and MSMEs across a number of economic sectors using alternative data and non-traditional sources of data.

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    Genesis leads UK project on climate-smart agriculture support

    Genesis has been comissioned by DFID to conduct an 18-month climate-smart agricultural education and policy support project that aims to support the governments of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.  

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    Impact of multi-billion move from sugar to corn syrup

    Genesis was appointed by two of the world’s top fast-moving consumer goods brand to evaluate the economic pros and cons of a multi-billion-rand mega-transaction in the FMCG sector.

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    Diagnosing the MSME development challenge in four countries

    Genesis partnered with the prominent private foundation to diagnose the MSME landscape in four countries of interest. The foundation was new to the area of MSME development and required guidance on how best to diagnose the key growth