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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

ISG was recently selected to perform an evaluation of the Gender-based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS) for UNFPA.

The GBVIMS was created to harmonize data collection on gender-based violence in humanitarian settings, to provide a simple system for actors providing services to GBV survivors to collect, store and analyse their data, and to enable the safe and ethical sharing of reported GBV incident data within and between relevant entities. As part of this evaluation, ISG investigated the implementation period for the GBVIMS from mid-2008 to mid-2013, considering both global and country-level processes. Field visits to Colombia and Kenya (Dadaab) were carried out in order to fully assess whether the GBVIMS has met its objectives and to inform future GBVIMS roll-outs.

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United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID)

United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID)

The United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (UN GAID) selected ISG to carry out a feasibility study of the Alliance.

Launched in 2006 after comprehensive worldwide consultations with governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical and Internet communities, and academia, UN GAID was approved by the United Nations Secretary-General. UN GAID was the answer for the need for a truly global forum that would comprehensively address crosscutting issues related to ICT in development.

ISG performed a feasibility study that provided strategic advice and assistance to UN GAID in assessing its current structure and programming, informed UN GAID’s future development strategy, and helped UN GAID be more responsive to its mission. This study assessed the demand of UN GAID’s services and support the organizational development of the organization. In addition, it examined new programming that will allow the organization become more responsive to its mission.

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Global Social Progress Imperative

Global Social Progress Imperative

The new nonprofit Global Social Progress Imperative has selected ISG to design, develop, and host the Initiative’s initial web site.

This temporary site is intended to be simply an online ‘brochure’ of approximately 20 pages total of text to provide a low-input online presence for the organization until the more permanent site is launched. This assignment is currently in the final stages of development and the website will be going live within the coming weeks.

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Ethiopian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT)

Ethiopian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT)

The Ethiopian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) selected ISG to perform an impact assessment of their currently implemented e-Government System.

The evaluation worked with MCIT to realize a more effective and responsive e-Government services delivery. The project assessed the benefits, in terms of achievements and improvements, of the application of IT systems in more than 20 Ethiopian ministries, agencies, and authorities. The goal of the project was to identify future actions MCIT might take to increase the impact of the e-Government initiative and address current challenges.

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP selected ISG to design, develop, and implement a database solution for the Iraqi National Tuberculosis Program (NTP). In 2008, the Iraqi National Tuberculosis Program started the implementation of a 5-year program to fight Tuberculosis (TB) under a grant from Round 6 of the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). This Project came as a continuation of NTP’s efforts of previous years to control the spread of the disease in Iraq. UNDP-Iraq was the principal recipient of the GFATM fund in this programme, and WHO functioned as the sub-recipient.

In order to track and monitor progress towards the program’s objectives, NTP gathered and managed data on the national, governorate and district levels. Data included epidemiological, financial, procurement and M&E data.

ISG was selected to design, develop, and implement an information management system to provide NTP the ability to collect, monitor and analyze TB program-related data. ISG delivered a solution that provided NTP with the ability to access:

  1. All TB-related patient history information;
  2. Human resources information, including staff improvement;
  3. Inventory-related information for both consumables and non-consumables; and
  4. Supervisory review information.

ISG’s system also provided NTP with the ability to run a multitude of reports that provide instant analysis related to TB incidence and program management. Overall, the system provided a sound solution for better data management and control system ensuring quality, accuracy, and comparability of data.

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Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Secretariat of the Pacific Community

ISG empowered the Statistics Departments of the Fiji Islands, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Samoa through the implementation of ReadSoft’s Eyes & Hands FORMS software in association with customized database solutions. ISG’s solutions for these countries is used for the processing and transformation of Census data.

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Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation

Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation

IMMDF’s mission is to promote economic development and rehabilitation in Iraq by providing capital to small and medium-sized businesses unable to secure debt financing from conventional sources on commercially reasonable terms. IMMDF was able to provide loans of $35,000-$5 million to anyone single borrower. Loan proceeds could be used for project or contract financing, purchase of machinery equipment and other fixed assets, supporting inventory and other working capital needs, and construction or renovation of facilities.

From 2005 – 2008, ISG’s multiple on-site consultants provided a broad spectrum of services to the foundation including:

Loan origination. Our work related to identifying loan prospects and marketing the foundation’s loan products. This included meeting face-to-face with perspective borrowers inside and outside of Iraq to explain the foundation’s policies and lending practices. The foundation had a robust and arduous application process that required borrowers to submit full business plans, full projected financials, specific details about assets to be purchased for construction to be performed and assurances of compliance with US government requirements on safety, the environment and human resources. During the origination process, ISG’s consultants were tasked with performing due diligence on pledge collateral, including fixed assets.

Underwriting. After an application was initially accepted, ISG’s consultants responsible for completing an arduous underwriting process that included a cash flow analysis, ensuring funds were tied to specific uses and that pledged collateral was sufficient to satisfy the foundation’s collateral requirements. Upon completion of credit memo, ISG’s consultants were responsible for presenting the credit memo to an independent board for approval.

Portfolio management. After a loan was approved, ISG’s consultants were responsible for overseeing and managing a continually growing portfolio. This included performing regular checkups and field visits to clients to ensure loan funds were being used for the correct purposes. ISG’s consultants were also tasked with performing a “business consulting” role for the foundation’s clients in order to help them improve their business practices and streamline their operations.

Administration. ISG also contributed significantly to building the internal capacity of the foundation. When Admiralty began working with the foundation, it had 6 full-time employees. When ISG completed its final contract term with the foundation there were more than 25 staff. We were instrumental in developing the foundations internal information technology and structure, policies and procedures, portfolio management tools and field operations.

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF selected ISG to design and develop a cutting-edge information management system for the IMPACT Iraq program. IMPACT Iraq program was a countrywide effort that provided immediate action for vulnerable children and families. The program brought together a collection of organizations dedicated to helping the Iraqi people to rapidly deliver services in all 18 governorates in situations of extreme vulnerability.

ISG designed and developed a cutting-edge information management system that allowed UNICEF and its partners to collect and input data on affected areas, analyze data in real time to find the most vulnerable communities, propose actions to address the situation and then measure the true impact of those actions.

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United States Grains Council

United States Grains Council

ISG was selected by the United States Grains Council to procure all equipment and services for the installation and operation of the videoconferencing system, and installed the system in offices in Washington DC, Amman, Jordan and Erbil, Iraq.

The United States Grains Council helped form and has worked with the Iraqi Poultry Producer Association (IPPA), which includes a ten person “steering committee” and 42 member companies with combined production capacity accounting for more than 65% of total operating production, since 2004. In late 2006, the IPPA decided to create a Center for Poultry Excellence as a response to a need for keeping its members in touch with each other, even though they are now scattered throughout Iraq and Jordan. The centerpiece of this center was a videoconferencing system that allowed members of the Association to hold meetings and topical seminars regularly.

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International Organization For Migration

International Organization For Migration

In 2006, ISG worked with the International Organization for Migration to develop the capacity of the Iraq Ministry of Displacement and Migration through the development of database technology. ISG’s staff designed and developed cutting edge technology that allowed the Ministry to better manage and develop its human resources by tracking training activities and capacity building events, logging personnel career histories and a recording and analyzing a variety of other important information.