Social And Economic Development Analysis

Research, across economic and social development domains is an integral part of Consilium Group Advisor’s offer to our clients. We bring our expert’s long and successful experience undertaking economic and social research: primary and secondary, quantitative and qualitative. In all our work, we place an emphasis on extracting insight from the data ensuring that analyses not only characterize positions, but explain why these are as they are. This is vital so that strategy and action plan efforts are directed at those things that can be directly changed and influenced. We complement with our capacity for excellent qualitative analysis based on our long international experience of development country contexts. CGA Social and Economic Analysis draws on a breadth of understanding of the relationships between businesses, people and places, and an excellent appreciation of developing country environment.

Featured Experiences

Fragility and Resilience Analysis

Fragile and conflict-affected states are home to approximately 1.5 billion of the world’s poorest people. In addition to security issues, these countries face the risk of economic, environmental, political, and social shocks and other stressors. In an effort to better understand these risks and be better able to respond to them, significant attention has been placed on evaluating analyzing causes fragility and elements of resilience in conflict-prone situations. Poor governance, security and legitimacy issues characterize fragile states. The experts of CGA have conducted numerous country specific fragility and resilience analysis to better to assist multilateral development organization understand the challenges of working with fragile-state governments as implementing partners and for government partners to recognize the potential impact of reconstruction vis-à-vis the shocks and stressors they are most exposed to. We provide below some of our staff’s more representative experience.

Poverty Reduction

Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRS) are central to the development of sound economic and financial programs in low-income countries. PRS documents assess the poverty challenge, describe how macroeconomic, structural, social policies and programs can promote growth, reduce poverty, outlining external financing needs and the associated sources of financing. CGA assist governments in low-income countries development Poverty Reduction Strategies, generally through a participatory process involving domestic stakeholders and external development partners. Below is some of our staff’s more representative experience.

Political Economy Analysis

According to the OECD-DAC, “political economy analysis is concerned with the interaction of political and economic processes in a society; including the distribution of power and wealth between groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time”. This definition recognizes that power is essentially about relationships – between the state, social groups and individuals, or between the state, market forces and civil society. At CGA, our seasoned development practitioners understand the importance of identifying the nature of these relationships and the processes that change them. They use this understanding to improve policy and program design to support our clients. We provide below some representative examples of our staff’s experience in this area.


Corruption is a problem all over the world, but is particularly prevalent in developing countries and emerging economies where robust and accountable public institutions are often in their infancy. Corruption affects entire societies adversely, and attitudes to corruption become increasingly ambivalent as long as the incidence of corruption remains unchecked. Anti-corruption strategies are therefore inextricably linked to economic and social development in countries where corruption is a problem.

To reduce corrupt practices, which distort economic decisions and undermine confidence in public institutions, CGA provides technical assistance on strategies to curb corruption and foster governmental transparency, integrity and accountability. CGA’s experience of corruption, and anti-corruption initiatives is broad and long-standing, and is the result of work on reform projects where corruption has proved to be an obstacle, as well as work on projects specifically designed to combat corruption.

Impact Assessment

CGA carries out a priori and post-fact assessments of the socio-economic impacts of policies and projects. The advice we offer through our impact assessment work delivers sounder investment decisions, better anticipation of results and an improved understanding of the difference that has been made. With an increased understanding of economic effects on jobs, economic performance and sector development, our impact assessment work has focused on the wider social and community effects of interventions such as social inclusion, skills and access to services.

Strategy Development and Action Planning

Strategy development and action planning that deliver lasting change and impact for places, sectors and communities is a core part of CGA’s offer. We work on strategy development with municipalities, regions, and economic areas and bring our multi-sectoral experience in framing strategy efforts in functional economic areas crossing traditional administrative boundaries. We approach strategy development and action planning by emphasizing collaborative working with the public and private sectors. To achieve plans that make a difference, it is vital to secure buy-in and genuine commitment from the key stakeholders.