International Sustainable Development

CSR and Development MHC International Ltd advises corporations on their links with developing countries - sustainable development strategies, ailment local level development, check development instead of philanthropy. Michael Hopkins' book on CSR and International Development - Is Business the Solution can be ordered from Routledge.

Labour market analysis and skill assessment has helped countries develop strategies to deal with the twin problems of unemployment and underemployment. Leading to major reports on skill development for the future. Studies have been carried out for the Governments of Azerbaijan, pills China, Colombia, Tunisia, Egypt, Malaysia, Qatar and South Africa.  MHCi worked with Sheikha Mouzah in Qatar as the architect behind her Youth Employment Scheme for the Middle East known as Silatech. MHCi also won two tenders in 2010 for the World Bank to develop Employment Services in Azerbaijan.  MHCi has a new association to develop research and advisory services in East Africa based in Kenya.

Development of Non-oil sectors (Turning Black Gold Into Human Gold) MHC International Ltd has helped Azerbaijan develop its non-oil sector in a project known as 'converting black gold to human gold'. [I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the excellent work done and wish all the best in 2007 for you and your families - Marco Borsotti, UNDP Resident Coordinator, Azerbaijan, Dec 28th, 2006]. There are two reports:

  1. The longer report can be found on final report of turning black gold to human gold, 2006
  2. The longer report and the summary report can be found on the UNDP Azerbaijan website[Note that the summary report is much slower to download than the full report]

Human Resource Development Strategies The development of human capital is crucial to development in all countries. MHC International Ltd has helped Governments evaluate alternative investment strategies in Colombia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Bolivia, Chile, Egypt, Kenya and South Africa. MHCi has also innovated the concept of intellectual capital in the Arab Region for UNDP and developed a strategy of Job Futures for the Arab Region - See Michael Hopkins: Labour Market Planning Revisited, Palgrave, UK, 2002. Available from www.amazon.com.

Humanitarian Issues. MHCi has helped countries develop strategies to deal with post-conflict situations. Studies have been carried out with the United Nations for the Governments of South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Yemen. See Jawahir Adam

Poverty Alleviation is a key concern of many agencies with whom MHCi has worked (World Bank, ILO, UNDP, AsDB) in all the main continents - Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Oceania. Strategic analysis has been carried out for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Cote d'Ivoire, Somalia, Honduras, Colombia, Kenya, Uganda, Nepal, Philippines, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Ecuador, Brazil, Surinam.

Social Funds evaluation and development have been carried out with high praise for the work done on Chile's Social Fund FOSIS An evaluation of Egypt's social fund was not, initially, without controversy given its huge size ($US1 billion), but the team's work subsequently proved accurate. This emphasises MHC International's commitment to socially responsible and independent advice.

Monitoring and Evaluation has been carried out for ILO's major employment creation programme using labour intensive techniques (the report was subsequently used by ILO's Governing Body - see, for instance, a review of MHCi's work at the ILO in an issues paper on CSR for ILO). Subsequently, MHC International was invited to evaluate ILO's Child Labour programme (IPEC). In addition major evaluations have been carried out of all the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) activities in selected countries - Uganda, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Honduras. See, for instance, MHCi's led evaluation of UNDP Honduras

Food for work evaluation and appraisal studies have been carried out for the World Food Programme in Jordan, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and Bolivia.

Labour market and education information systems have been, or are currently being, developed for Egypt, Barbados, St. Lucia, Surinam, China and Vietnam with finance from either the UNDP, ILO, World Bank or the European Community. Social indicator development work has been accomplished for SIAP - the Asian Statistical Agency, and social indicator priorities were developed for the Jordan Department of Statistics.

Vocational education and training analyses to support the labour market have been carried out in Malaysia, Tunisia and Vietnam for the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.

Human development. MHCInternational has been retained on numerous occasions to shape, write and evaluate UNDP's prestigious Human Development Report. We have also helped in formulating reports for Egypt, Colombia, Tunisia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Morocco and Somalia.

Human rights and development is a rapidly growing area. MHCi has produced a report on human rights for UNDP that covers the 50 or so countries in the Central and Eastern European Regions. MHCi is now offering services in this area to corporations.

Survey Analysis to assess future training needs in Vietnam and the design of questionnaires was carried out for the Vietnamese Government in 1999, supported by the Asian Development Bank. Labour Market Survey managed by MHCi for Azerbaijan. Survey of post-conflict soldiers in Ethiopia for EU.

Regional marketing helps companies and institutions set up in the Gulf.

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