Practical Action Consulting: Eastern Africa

Where development work and business opportunities meet to eradicate poverty

Practical Action Consulting Eastern Africa (PAC EA), is the dynamic consulting arm of the international NGO, Practical Action. PAC’s operations in Eastern Africa began in the early 1990s and have expanded through the direct delivery of projects as well as training and capacity-building . We provide demand-driven, value-added services to a range of clients, including local and international NGOs, donor agencies, government departments and the private sector. Our work covers the entire East African region, in particular  Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland.

Our expert consultants take lessons learned from the work of Practical Action and respond across a much broader geographic region, delivering projects covering key issues such as renewable energy, climate change and market development. In particular, PAC EA successfully extends the outreach and impact of Practical Action’s work in private sector development.

Markets and Enterprise Development

Market systems are fundamental to delivering benefits to the poor, and are a vehicle for growth, but only if they are developed appropriately. Households use markets for acquiring food, essential everyday items such as charcoal and for selling products and labour to others. Markets have the potential to connect marginalised producers to valuable commercial and social relations, and also a broad network of technologies, experiences and assets that can help them escape poverty.

Practical Action Consulting’s (PAC) market interventions are designed to produce change between market actors and the systems in which they operate in a sustainable and replicable manner. Our responses are always designed with a good understanding of key market-systems, to ensure we do not inadvertently damage livelihoods, jobs and businesses.

Technology innovation systems

Market systems are not just about economic transactions. They are also about social relationships, collaboration, competition, influence and exchanges of knowledge.

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Jechoniah Kimolo Kitala, Consultancy Manager

Jechoniah joins us from SNV Kenya where he was working as the Senior Advisor Renewable Energy. He has over 22 years of development practice, he has expertise in renewable energy and agricultural value chains. His specific areas of competence include value chain development, organizational development, strategic planning and change management, process facilitation as well as building distribution channels for renewable energy technologies (biogas, solar and cook stoves). He has also previously served as the Private Sector Development Advisor for SNV. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, a Master’s degree in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana and a post graduate diploma in Project Management from NielsBrock Copenhagen Business College.

Mattia Vianello - Energy Consultant

Mattia has an MSc in Science and Technology Policy and Management from Edinburgh University. He has over 5 years’ experience working on energy access in developing countries. Mattia has skills on the analysis of a wider development context, including policy, markets, agriculture and socio-economic aspects of energy delivery for development. He has managed a number of projects and studies in West and East Africa, South and South-East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prominent roles include project manager and technical energy expert for clients such as World Bank, UNDP, FAO, DFID, GACC and SNV. Mattia speaks Italian, English and Spanish, as well as some French and Portuguese.

Nairobi office

Jechoniah Kitala
Practical Action Consulting Manager

Practical Action Eastern Africa,
PO Box 39493-00623,
Nairobi, Kenya

Street address: Methodist Ministries Centre, Block C (1st Floor), Oloitokitok Road, Off Gitanga Road, Nairobi

Phone: +254 2025 95311 | Office mobile: +254722200883
Email:  Femi Awoyinfa

Kigali office

Phone: +250 782 538 843

Rwanda office

Ewan Bloomfield
Rwanda Country Manager and International Energy Consultant

Practical Action Consulting Rwanda
Nyarugenge District
Muhima Sector
Nyabugogo Avenue

T: +250 (0)735332982

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