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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.

EMMA - Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis

The EMMA toolkit is a guidance manual for humanitarian staff in sudden-onset emergencies. It aims to improve emergency responses by encouraging and assisting relief agencies to better understand, support and make use of local market-systems in disaster zones.

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Participatory Market Mapping

Participatory Market Mapping describes the process of bringing the diverse people within a market system together in a series of flexible workshops. These workshops help them to build trust and collaborate to create a more efficient, fair and profitable market system together.

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Participatory Market Systems Development

The Participatory Market Systems Development approach works by bringing all of the key people within a particular market together, and helping them to collectively identify obstacles and opportunities affecting their market system, and approaches to change it.

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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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Harrison Masiga, renewable energy specialist

Harrison has a civil engineering professional background with over 7 years working experience in sub-Saharan Africa. He has worked on a number of energy projects in the fields of solar, hydropower and biomass in cooperation with various organizations including World Bank, Sida, EU and DFID. He has experience working on energy projects in Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia.

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.

Ewan Bloomfield, Rwanda Country Manager and International Energy Consultant

Ewan joined PAC in November 2009 as an Energy Consultant, and has more than 15 years of International Development and engineering experience from around the world, including Australia, Central Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, South Asia and Haiti. He has an engineering background, including a PhD from KwaZulu-Natal University in South Africa. Ewan currently specialises in household cooking and bioenergy, in a wide range of areas including appropriate technology design and market development, through to supply chain analysis and resource assessments.

Denyse Umubyeyi, Accounts and Administration Officer, Rwanda

Nairobi office

Femi Awoyinfa
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 Femi.Awoyinfa@practicalaction.or.ke

Kigali office

Phone: +250 782 538 843
Email: denyse.umubyeyi@practicalaction.or.ke

Rwanda office

Ewan Bloomfield
Rwanda Country Manager and International Energy Consultant

Practical Action Consulting Rwanda
Nyarugenge District
Muhima Sector
Nyabugogo Avenue
OPPOSITE BRITISH COUNCIL

T: +250 (0)735332982

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