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As the world changes we (individuals, organisations, communities and even nations) are in danger of being out of control or, perhaps worse, even being left behind.

FutureStates is about adaptation, change, transition… the future and how to be part of that, not next year but NOW.

We provide advice and training to individuals, institutions, communities and governments on resilience, sustainable development and climate change.

Sustainable development and the resilience process are complex and we recognise that each situation has a unique starting point and a different path; no single, magic formula, no universal solution.

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Some of our recent assignments:

Some of our recent assignments

Formulation: Preparation of the Danish support for two climate adaptation projects in Rwanda to a level of standard enabling it to be submitted for approval by the Minister for Development Cooperation. The consultancy includes close coordination between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and relevant stakeholders.

Final Evaluation: United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for The Gambia 2017-2021: The final report will be the main accountability tool for measuring the collective contribution of the UNCT in the Gambia. It will focus on issues at the strategic level and the overall contribution of the United Nations System at the outcome level, as well as the contribution to the national priorities and SDGs. Moreover, it will provide valuable information for improved programming, results, and decision-making for the next programme cycle and for enhancing UN coordination at the country level. Three key priority areas of (1) Governance, Economic Management and Human Rights; (2) Human Capital Development; and (3) Sustainable Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Management.

Support for the development of a SADC Response Plan to combat marine pollution in the region: outlining policy gaps and response mechanisms; Undertake analysis and assessment of the existing national and regional policies on oceans; In-depth analysis of SADC regional structures and Member States to assess strengths/weaknesses, opportunities and threats to sustainable management of marine ecosystems in the region; Conduct assessment of the extent and impact of marine pollution in the region, including the various waste streams; In-depth stakeholder analysis to identify and assess the involvement on different key stakeholders in combating marine pollution; Review and integrate lessons learnt elsewhere from development and implementation of the interventions for combating marine pollution, with case studies (one coastal state, one island state and state with large inland waters); Develop a plan outlining regional response mechanism to combat marine pollution; Facilitate a 2-day workshop in the region with at least one representative of each SADC MS for the validation of the regional response plan to combat marine pollution.

Final Evaluation: Technical Assistance for the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability, including biodiversity, climate change and disaster risk reduction. The specific purpose of the evaluation is to assess the Mainstreaming Facility’s work using the six standard DAC evaluation criteria, namely: relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact. In addition, evaluation will assess the EU added value.

Final Evaluation, EU-GCC Clean Energy Network (PI): to understand the cumulative impact of the EU GCC Clean Energy Network on two strands of EU foreign policy; (i) the impact of on EU global energy policy (in particular the international component of EU’s energy policy); and (ii) assess its impact on EU relationship with the GCC countries), in particular on EU positioning in the region in the clean energy sector. Also, assess the impact of this project on promotion of EU technologies and EU business interests in the sector of clean energy in the GCC region. And provide recommendations regarding EU potential future actions in this sector.

Mid Term Evaluation: of the Egyptian Pollution Abatement Project (III) which is designed to establish funding mechanisms, with the help of international donors’ community, to support industrial companies that are willing to invest in pollution abatement. The evaluation assesses against six standard DAC evaluation criteria: relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact, in addition to the EU-specific evaluation criterion: EU Added Value.

Identification: Analyse the sector and identify options for a “EU Team Europe Framework Programme” to support Ethiopia’s National Determined Contribution targets by 2030 in terms of GHG emission and adaptation to climate change and climate hazards. This assignment is within the framework of the EU Green Deal, the NDICI Programming Guideline 2021-2027, the Ethiopia’s ten-year perspective plan 2021-2030 and notably its Climate Change objectives, the Ethiopian Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy and the Team Europe efforts.

Mid-Term, Final, and ex post Evaluations: European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (ENPARD) 2013-2020 Final Evaluation: ENPARD II final evaluation, ENPARD III mid-term evaluation (both budget support) and ex post evaluation of the Support to the National Food Agency. Role was to re-draft the Final Report and Executive Summary into standard English and complete remaining gaps.

Evaluation: of funding mechanisms and modalities of implementation in Enlargement and Neighbourhood areas 2014 - 2020 covering all thematic areas related to environment and climate change. Results are to enhance planning, design, implementation and monitoring of new interventions launched in the context of IPA III and the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument.

ODS Replacement: Development of a comprehensive resource mobilisation strategy to attract and stream financial resources to the refrigeration and air conditioning sector for the implementation of zero- ODS, low-GWP and energy efficient technologies, to assist in meeting the requirements of the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment.

Waste Management: Development of a Long Term Waste Management Strategy involving several stages: Review of Existing waste management documentation; Waste and economic forecasts; Establishing a strategic planning framework; Identification and evaluation of options; and Strategy formulation and implementation plan.

Programme Completion Review: to provide an independent review of the performance of the Ghana Oil and Gas Inclusive Growth programme. In particular, verify outputs and outcomes, sustainability of changes, accumulated effect of the range of reforms supported by the programme, and assess value for money.