Matrix Development Consultants

Current Projects

Where we Work

Many of Matrix areas of expertise are cross-cutting but for ease of access to our contract history we have categorised our areas of expertise under the headings below. Click on a category to see the references.

+ Project and programme management

Kenya: Matrix is currently working with DFID to establish and manage the Finance Innovation for Climate Change Fund (FICCF) as well as provide Technical Assistance (TA) to the Government of Kenya (GoK) and to co-ordinate with implementing partners of the other four components of the StARCK+ programme. StARCK+ aims to support Kenya achieve sustainable growth through improved response to climate change risks and opportunities.

Mozambique: Provided Long and Short Term Technical Assistance and Consultancy Services to the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) - Land Component. The project was designed to address a number of issues related to land administration and land tenure security in the country. There were three main pillars of support: support for a National Process of policy review and monitoring; capacity building in land administration institutions; and the facilitation of access to land in particular sites within the target provinces.

Kenya: Monitored 25 projects in health, water supply and sanitation, urban and rural development/ natural resources, social development, education, located throughout the country and funded by DFID, under the CSO Umbrella project.

Kenya: Coordinated the development of the "Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS)". Our task was to coordinate the inputs from eight components: low-carbon strategies, regulations, adaptation, mitigation (including REDD+), R&D, monitoring, knowledge management and finance. The client was the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR) with support from the Climate Development Knowledge Network with funding from DFID.

Kenya: Matrix, together with our partners HTSPE Ltd carried out technical assistance and capacity building for the Kenya Local Government Reform Programme (KLGRP) in its role of spearheading reforms in the Local Government Sector as part of the wider public sector reform agenda. These reforms share similar objectives including efficiency in service delivery and resource utilization, and increased public participation through the transformation of public agencies into institutions that facilitate private sector-led development and provide core services. The technical assistance supported the KLGRP in ensuring the transparent and efficient financial management of the LATF; facilitated the KLGRP in its role as the secretariat to the LATF Advisory Board; and provided input into the elaboration of the Governments evolving decentralisation strategy.

Kenya: Implemented the Kenya Democratic Governance Support Project (DGSP) funded by the European Union (EU). Matrix and it's partners provided long-term and short term technical support to institutions which guarantee checks and balances in Government. These institutions included Parliament, the Judiciary, the broader legal sector and decentralised government structures, independent bodies and civil society. For EU and Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

+ Institutional Development

Kenya and Tanzania: Water and Sanitation - Lake Victoria Basin: Matrix recently partnered with Atkins, a UK engineering consulting firm and UN Habitat in a project to identify water and sanitation investments in Kisumu (Kenya) and Mwanza (Tanzania). The project was funded by the European Investment Bank and work commenced in January 2011. Multi-disciplinary expertise was provided by Atkins and by Matrix's regional consultants.

Kenya: Co-ordinated and contributed to a study on establishing the Micro Enterprise Trust focusing on the legal aspects, micro-finance analysis and financial projections. For EU.

Kenya: Managed the recruitment of senior staff for Tourism Trust Fund. Provided the expertise in selection, short listing and interview procedures. For EU.

Kenya: Developed Nairobi Urban Poverty Partnership Project and provided institutional support for two principal components: Nairobi Informal Settlements Coordination Committee (a partnership of stakeholders) and Community-based Settlement Project. For DFID.

South Africa: Advised UNCHS (Habitat) on the focus, programming and implementation of their support to the Capacity Building for Local Governance Programme which was designed to assist the Government of South Africa to implement the local government transformation process launched in early 1999. The assignment, which took place over a period of eight months, involved visiting selected municipalities in the Northern and North West provinces and setting up programmes to build the local authorities capacity to work with civil society, to improve their service delivery functions and to support economic and social development. For UNCHS (Habitat), South Africa.

Kenya: Advised Transparency International Kenya on appropriate structures and approaches to meet its mandate to tackle corruption in Kenyan Society. Also looked at management review of their systems and related assistance and reviewed staff component to determine suitability of the establishment in relation to incumbent personnel and also reviewed staff policy in terms of its efficiency as a management tool. Funded by DFID.

Kenya: Undertook an evaluation for SNV (Kenya) in a study of the extent to which SNV has been able to strengthen and stimulate local capacities at meso-level in developing countries. Countries included in the studies were Mali, Kenya and Bolivia.

Kenya: Developed Nairobi Urban Poverty Partnership Project and provided institutional support for two principal components: Nairobi Informal Settlements Coordination Committee (a partnership of stakeholders) and Community-based Settlement Project. For DFID.

Ghana: Supervised study of central-to-local government decentralisation in Ghana as part of six-country World Bank study. For World Bank/USAID.

+ Good Governance

Malawi: Matrix was a member of a consortium led by the Bureau for Institutional Reform and Democracy (BIRD) that provided support to the Government of Malawi through the EU funded Rule of Law Project. Among other inputs Matrix on Improved administration of and access to justice and protection of fundamental human rights for the people of Malawi.

Kenya: Matrix, together with our partners HTSPE Ltd carried out capacity building for the Kenya Local Government Reform Programme (KLGRP) in its role of spearheading reforms in the Local Government Sector as part of the wider public sector reform regime. These reforms share similar objectives including efficiency in service delivery and resource utilization, and increased public participation through the transformation of public agencies into institutions that facilitate private sector-led development and provide core services. The technical assistance supports the KLGRP in ensuring the transparent and efficient financial management of the LATF; facilitates the KLGRP in its role as the secretariat to the LATF Advisory Board; and provided input into the elaboration of the Governments evolving decentralisation strategy.

Kenya: Implemented the Kenya Democratic Governance Support Project (DGSP) contract funded by the European Union (EU) through which Matrix and its partners provide long-term and short term technical support to institutions which guarantee checks and balances in Government. These institutions included Parliament, the Judiciary, the broader legal sector and decentralised government structures, independent bodies and civil society. For EU and Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

Kenya: Facilitated the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) to prepare a strategic plan dubbed vision 2012. Also made an assessment of organisational and staffing implications of the new plan. For KHRC.

Kenya: Advised Transparency International Kenya on appropriate structures and approaches to meet its mandate to tackle corruption in Kenyan Society. Also looked at management review of their systems and related assistance and reviewed staff component to determine suitability of the establishment in relation to incumbent personnel and also reviewed staff policy in terms of its efficiency as a management tool. Funded by DFID.

Kenya: Carried out a system evaluation for the National Civic Education Program (NCEP), which looked at a broad spectrum of Kenyan civil society organisations with the objective of promoting general awareness of democratic principles, the practice of good governance, the rule of law and constitutionalism. For USAID.

Kenya: Technical Support and Facilitation for Urbis Activities in Mombasa for Development Innovation Group (DIG), USA. Urbis is a three-year learning initiative designed to strengthen the capacity of organisations of the urban poor to increase their influence over the decision-making, policies and planning process that affect their daily lives. Urbis supported CBOs to empower communities through preparation of community action plans, lobbying and advocacy to engage with central and local government on the allocation of resources through various decentralized funds. Matrix provided monitoring and technical support to Urbis Mombasa.

+ Gender Balance

Malawi: Reviewed Department For International Development (DFID) existing Gender and Social Exclusion Analysis, i.e.  adapted and integrated the analysis of the specific objectives of the Civil Society Grant Fund Programme (CSGF) Programme. Also gave support to the development of the (CSGF) Programme logframe, outreach and knowledge management strategies and programme templates that ensured full consideration of gender and marginalised groups. For DFID, UK with partnered with HTSPE.

Kenya: Prepared a policy issues paper on the gender and employment dimensions of poverty in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. For the ILO, Geneva.

Kenya: Prepared project proposal to support institutional capacity building for NGOs and CBOs in Mwanza, Tanzania. Developed and implemented participatory methodologies to promote involvement by women from low-income households in income-generating activities. For CARE Tanzania.

+ Poverty Reduction

Kenya: Fair Trade,  Does it have a positive impact on poverty? In 2012 Matrix completed a three year large scale study of the poverty impact of social and environmental voluntary standards for Kenya tea estates' workers and small holders. In partnership with the Natural Resources Institute, which was managing the multi-country study on behalf of DFID, Matrix carried out interviews in large tea estates and small farms that have agreed to apply the standards required by FLO-Fairtrade and the Rainforest Alliance and with control groups that were not party to the fair trade certification.

Kenya: Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor Project (WSUP) Review. Carried out in-country reviews of two of the more advanced Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor Project (WSUP) projects including consultation with local service providers, communities, governments and other in country project partners. Also held discussions with WSUP management, directors, funding organisations. For DFID/TI-UP UK.

Kenya: Technical Support and Facilitation for Urbis Activities in Mombasa for Development Innovation Group (DIG), USA. Urbis was a three-year learning initiative designed to strengthen the capacity of organisations of the urban poor to increase their influence over the decision-making, policies and planning process that affect their daily lives. Urbis supported CBOs to empower communities through preparation of community action plans, lobbying and advocacy to engage with central and local government on the allocation of resources through various decentralized funds. Matrix provided monitoring and technical support to Urbis Mombasa.

Kenya: Provided institutional support to the Nairobi Informal Settlement Co-ordination Committee (NISCC), a coalition of public, NGO and Civil Society Organisations addressing informal settlements and poverty issues in Nairobi. For DFID.

Kenya: Developed Nairobi Urban Poverty Partnership Project and provided institutional support for two principal components: Nairobi Informal Settlements Coordination Committee (a partnership of stakeholders) and Community-based Settlement Project. For DFID.

Kenya: Carried out Formative Monitoring for SIDA Integrated Land and Urban Sector Programme. The aim of the programme was to reduce urban poverty through improved access to land, security to tenure and improvement of livelihood in informal settlements. For SIDA, Kenya.

Kenya: Conducted a country level evaluation of the European Commission's past and current assistance to Kenya; providing the Commission's policy-makers and managers with a valuable aid both for the implementation of the EDF9 Country Strategy Paper and Indicative Programme, and for future programming; helped to identify key lessons from the Commission's ongoing project portfolio financed under previous EDFs; and presented present a general overall judgment of the extent to which the Commission's strategy and activities had contributed to the progress towards the country PRSP objectives. For EU/ Ecorys.

Kenya: Conducted a survey/study The Impact of the School Feeding Program. The study was designed as a first step in developing evidence base to assess the effectiveness of the school feeding program in relation to its stated objectives and to provide a basis for addressing medium-to-long term sustainability of the program. For DFID.

Kenya: Undertook an evaluation for SNV (Kenya) in a study of the extent to which SNV has been able to strengthen and stimulate local capacities at meso-level in developing countries. Countries included in the studies were Mali, Kenya and Bolivia.

Kenya: Provided support for Nairobi Informal Settlements Coordination Committee (NISCC) to prepare development strategy for Nairobis informal settlements. For UNFPA.

Kenya: Developed Nairobi Urban Poverty Partnership Project and provided institutional support for two principal components: Nairobi Informal Settlements Coordination Committee (a partnership of stakeholders) and Community-based Settlement Project. For DFID.

Kenya: Evaluation of the Community Led Infrastructure Finance Facility (CLIFF) for WSP/Homeless International. CLIFF is a project funded by DFID and SIDA that supports community driven initiatives of the poor, with the potential of improving housing and sanitation for significant numbers of poor city dwellers and thus contributing to MDG 7. Matrix carried out an assessment of CLIFF in Kenya as part of a global evaluation.

Kenya: Conducted an assessment of local service delivery within information and peri-urban settlements in Kenya, with a major objective of deepening the Banks understanding of dynamics of service delivery at the local level and local government reform process with specific reference to informal settlements. For World Bank.

Kenya: Provided support to Kisumu and Mombasa municipalities, Kenya, in formulating proposals for PAMNUP programme (Partnerships to Meet Needs of Urban Poor). Facilitated stakeholder involvement, steered process approach, contributed sectoral technical expertise and carried out institutional assessments. For DFID.

Kenya: Prepared Action Aid Kenya policy position paper for Action Aid International task force on urban development, enabling Action Aid Kenya to broaden programmes to include urban poverty. For Action Aid Kenya.

Kenya: Reviewed accounting and disbursement procedures and designed funds flow mechanism for poverty alleviation project administered through Kenyan municipal councils. For DFID.

Kenya: Designed the community based approach component of the Kibera Urban Environment and Sanitation project (KUESP) Funded by DFID.

+ Urban Development

Kenya: Urban Policy, Kenya: Matrix with SIPU (Sweden) partnered in the undertaking of the Preparation of a Kenya National Urban Development Policy for the Ministry of Local Government. The work had important implications for decentralisation required under Kenya new constitution.

Kenya: Digital Mapping and the Preparation of Strategic Urban Development Plan for Bomet Town (2010-2030)  for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government: In the Digital Mapping component, we carried out digital topographical Survey and digital mapping to cover the areas as delineated by the client to provide reliable digital Maps particularly for the planning of the town and also to be used for infrastructure design and maintenance program. The other component was the Preparation of strategic urban development plan for Bungoma carried out through consultative, participatory and, interactive process, of Strategic Urban Development Plan for Bungoma Town and its outlaying areas including Strategic Structure Plan, Area Action Plans, Integrated Transportation, environmental, Economic (Investment) and settlement /Upgrading Plans in line with Vision 2030. We had carried out a similar assignment: Digital Mapping and the Preparation of Strategic Urban Development Plan for Bungoma Town (2008-2030).

Kenya: Urbanisation Studies on Urban Centres in Kenya to Inform National Urban Development Policy Formulation Process  for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government: The broad objectives of the policy formulation process are directed at facilitating and enhancing the role and contributions of urban centres in national socio-economic development that would enable improvement of the living conditions of urban residents. As urban development has multifaceted dimensions, the scope and coverage of the policy design exercise was expected to encompass various issues that are central to overall socio-economic development.

Kenya: Provided institutional support to the Nairobi Informal Settlement Co-ordination Committee (NISCC), a coalition of public, NGO and Civil Society Organisations currently addressing informal settlements and poverty issues in Nairobi. For DFID.

South Africa: Advised UNCHS (Habitat) on the focus, programming and implementation of their support to the Capacity Building for Local Governance Programme which was designed to assist the Government of South Africa to implement the local government transformation process launched in early 1999. The assignment, which took place over a period of eight months, involved visiting selected municipalities in the Northern and North West provinces and setting up programmes to build the local authorities capacity to work with civil society, to improve their service delivery functions and to support economic and social development. For UNCHS (Habitat), South Africa.

Kenya: Developed Market Towns Development Project, Kenya. Carried out studies of six representative towns focusing on economic, social and physical indicators, management and financial capacities of local authorities and opportunities to support human resource development and privatise services. For USAID.

Swaziland: Steered interactive process to develop national peri-urban policy for Swaziland. Enabled major stakeholders to participate in policy formulation in three main areas: peri-urban development, gender balance and coordination. For World Bank/Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

Kenya: Carried out Formative Monitoring for SIDA Integrated Land and Urban Sector Programme. The aim of the programme was to reduce urban poverty through improved access to land, security to tenure and improvement of livelihood in informal settlements. For SIDA, Kenya.

Kenya: Carried out a review of National Co-operative Housing Unions program of providing access to shelter and services to low-income groups using adapted micro-finance techniques. In addition, evaluating various aspects of the programme including financial and technical analysis and recommendations for future programme support. For Swedish Cooperative Centre and Norwegian Federation of Cooperative Housing Federations (NBBL).

Kenya: Provided support for Nairobi Informal Settlements Coordination Committee (NISCC) to prepare development strategy for Nairobi's informal settlements. For UNFPA.

Kenya: Developed Nairobi Urban Poverty Partnership Project and provided institutional support for two principal components: Nairobi Informal Settlements Coordination Committee (a partnership of stakeholders) and Community-based Settlement Project. For DFID.

Kenya: Provided support to Kisumu and Mombasa municipalities, Kenya, in formulating proposals for PAMNUP programme (Partnerships to Meet Needs of Urban Poor). Facilitated stakeholder involvement, steered process approach, contributed sectoral technical expertise and carried out institutional assessments. For DFID.

Tanzania: Appraisal of Proposed Low Cost Housing Pilot Project for Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT), Tanzania. Matrix appraised the feasibility of a proposal submitted by WAT-Human Settlements Trust to FSDT. We determined whether the proposed pilot project was likely to achieve the project goals, assessed the associated risks and how these might be managed and mitigated. The project was subsequently approved.

Kenya: Scoping Study: Overview of Housing Finance in Kenya for FinMark Trust. Carried out a scoping study of the housing finance sector in Kenya. Carried out an analysis of the status quo of housing finance; outlined potential opportunities and gap areas; and made recommendations for further engagement by the FinMark Trust to support the development of approaches to enhance accessibility to housing finance in Kenya.

Kenya: Evaluation of the Community Led Infrastructure Finance Facility (CLIFF) for WSP/Homeless International. CLIFF is a project funded by DFID and SIDA that supports community driven initiatives of the poor, with the potential of improving housing and sanitation for significant numbers of poor city dwellers and thus contributing to MDG 7. Matrix carried out an assessment of CLIFF in Kenya as part of a global evaluation.

Kenya: Feasibility Study on Microfinance Housing in the East Africa Region: Market Assessment. Proposed Financing Mechanisms and Technical Assistance for ShoreBank International.Conducted research and review of current materials and documentation related to the housing finance situation for the poor in Kenya.

Palestine: Advised the Palestinian Union of Housing Cooperatives on mechanisms enabling housing cooperatives in Gaza and the West Bank to mobilise finance for construction and renovation. Involved assessment of mechanisms, affordability and estimation of capital requirements. A second phase involved negotiation with international financial institutions. For Swedish Cooperative Centre and Cooperative Development Unit (Palestine).

Kenya: Conducted an assessment of local service delivery within information and peri-urban settlements in Kenya, with a major objective of deepening the Banks understanding of dynamics of service delivery at the local level and local government reform process with specific reference to informal settlements. For World Bank.

Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda: Provided technical support to governments of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda to collect data in urban centres and analyse policy implications in preparation for Habitat II. For Housing and Urban Indicators Programme: World Bank/USAID/ UNCHS.

Kenya: Provided support to Kisumu and Mombasa municipalities, Kenya, in formulating proposals for PAMNUP programme (Partnerships to Meet Needs of Urban Poor). Facilitated stakeholder involvement, steered process approach, contributed sectoral technical expertise and carried out institutional assessments. For DFID.

Accra, Ghana, and Ibadan, Nigeria: Prepared projects for implementation in Accra, Ghana, and Ibadan, Nigeria, under UN Sustainable Cities Programme. Prepared environmental profiles and policy analyses. Organised city consultations and selected and supervised teams of local consultants. Designed institutional frameworks and initiated implementation process. For UNCHS.

Zanzibar: Prepared Human Settlements Sector Review and formulated urban development and shelter policy component of UNDP country programme for Tanzania (including Zanzibar).

Kenya: Developed Market Towns Development Project, Kenya. Carried out studies of six representative towns focusing on economic, social and physical indicators, management and financial capacities of local authorities and opportunities to support human resource development and privatise services. For USAID.

Kenya: Prepared Action Aid Kenya policy position paper for Action Aid International task force on urban development, enabling Action Aid Kenya to broaden programmes to include urban poverty. For Action Aid Kenya.

Kenya: Reviewed accounting and disbursement procedures and designed funds flow mechanism for poverty alleviation project administered through Kenyan municipal councils. For DFID.

Kenya: Designed the community based approach component of the Kibera Urban Environment and Sanitation project (KUESP) Funded by DFID.

Kenya: Technical Support and Facilitation for Urbis Activities in Mombasa for Development Innovation Group (DIG), USA. Urbis is a three-year learning initiative designed to strengthen the capacity of organisations of the urban poor to increase their influence over the decision-making, policies and planning process that affect their daily lives. Urbis supported CBOs to empower communities through preparation of community action plans, lobbying and advocacy to engage with central and local government on the allocation of resources through various decentralized funds. Matrix provided monitoring and technical support to Urbis Mombasa.

Kenya: Conducted a sample survey of employees housing conditions and preferences. The aim was to develop shelter projects for and with low-income employees in the horticultural industry in Kenya in the context of fair trade arrangements. For the Max Havelaar Foundation, Oserian Development Company and Panda Flowers.

+ Land Reform

Rwanda: Support for Land Tenure Regularisation (ongoing) - Providing expertise in project management; monitoring and evaluation; technical advice on land administration, institutional support, land use planning, organisational change, legal and policy issues, GIS, gender and database management. The purpose of the project is to enable the National Land Centre (NLC) to issue registered title to every landholder in Rwanda (7.9 million parcels) through a process of Land Tenure Regularisation.

Kenya: On behalf of DFID Matrix carried out a political economy analysis of the land reform process in Kenya to inform implementation of the national land policy and development of a proposed national land use policy. It also analysed of the proposed institutional structures for implementation of the national land policy to improve accountability and effectiveness.

Rwanda: Gave support to Phase 1 of the Land Reform Process in Rwanda by facilitating land reform through a process of institutional capacity building and development of a Road Map for implementation. A key focus of the capacity building was to enable MINITERE to further develop the policy and lead the land reform process. For the EU.

Kenya: Carried out assessments for the Kenya Land Policy Formulation Process on Cost Implications and Land Tax Revenues and prepared the report Cost and Revenue Implications as part of a multi-disciplinary team that did the Institutional Analysis for Kenya National Land Policy Formulation Process. For HTSPE/ DFID.

Mozambique: Providing provision of Long and Short Term Consultancy and Technical Assistance Services to the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Land Component (ongoing). The project is designed to address a number of issues related to land administration and land tenure security in the country. These consist of three main pillars of support: support for a National Process of policy review and monitoring; capacity building in land administration institutions; and the facilitation of access to land in particular sites within the target provinces.

Kenya: Prepared consultation strategy and provided process and technical support to stakeholder thematic groups drafting the urban and rural land policy for Kenya under the National Land Policy Formulation Process funded by DFID.

+ Municipal Management

Kenya: Matrix, together with our partners HTSPE Ltd carried out capacity building for the Kenya Local Government Reform Programme (KLGRP) in its role of spearheading reforms in the Local Government Sector as part of the wider public sector reform regime. These reforms share similar objectives including efficiency in service delivery and resource utilization, and increased public participation through the transformation of public agencies into institutions that facilitate private sector-led development and provide core services. The technical assistance supports the KLGRP in ensuring the transparent and efficient financial management of the LATF; facilitates the KLGRP in its role as the secretariat to the LATF Advisory Board; and provided input into the elaboration of the Governments evolving decentralisation strategy.

Kenya: Supported Nairobi City Council Local Authority Transfer Fund/Local Authority Services Delivery Action Plan (LATF/LASDAP) process. Prepared a consultations strategy to obtain community views on the possible activities for inclusion in the Nairobi LASDAP for the period 2002-2005. Facilitated some of the consultations and helped in overall documentation of process, lessons learnt and implications on future process. For DFID.

Kenya: Provided institutional support to the Nairobi Informal Settlement Co-ordination Committee (NISCC), a coalition of public, NGO and Civil Society Organisations currently addressing informal settlements and poverty issues in Nairobi. For DFID.

South Africa: Advised UNCHS (Habitat) on the focus, programming and implementation of their support to the Capacity Building for Local Governance Programme which was designed to assist the Government of South Africa to implement the local government transformation process launched in early 1999. The assignment, which took place over a period of eight months, involved visiting selected municipalities in the Northern and North West provinces and setting up programmes to build the local authorities capacity to work with civil society, to improve their service delivery functions and to support economic and social development. For UNCHS (Habitat), South Africa.

Kenya: Developed Market Towns Development Project, Kenya. Carried out studies of six representative towns focusing on economic, social and physical indicators, management and financial capacities of local authorities and opportunities to support human resource development and privatise services. For USAID.

Kenya: Prepared research study, Licensing in Kenya Local Authority Context: A Situation Analysis and Recommendations for Reform, now being used by Ministries of Local Government, Finance and Commerce and Industry to guide reforms in this area. For GTZ/Ministry of Local Government.

Ghana: Supervised study of central-to-local government decentralisation in Ghana as part of six-country World Bank study. For World Bank/USAID.

+ Agriculture and Rural Development

Kenya: Agricultural Sector Support Programme is a designed for the implementation of the Agricultural Sector Development Strategy (ASDS) and is linked to the Medium Term Investment Plan-MTIP. It will be implemented in all the 47counties and at the National Level. The goal of the ASDSP is to transform Kenya’s Agricultural sector into an innovative, commercially-oriented, competitive and modern industry that contributes to poverty eradication, improved food security and equity in rural and urban Kenya. The ASDSP goal is aligned with the Government commitments to the Agricultural sector.

Kenya: Fair Trade  Does it have a positive impact on poverty? In 2012 Matrix completed a three year large scale study of the poverty impact of social and environmental voluntary standards for Kenya tea estates workers and small holders. In partnership with the Natural Resources Institute, which is managing the multi-country study on behalf of DFID, Matrix carried out interviews in large tea estates and small farms that have agreed to apply the standards required by FLO-Fairtrade and the Rainforest Alliance and with control groups that were not party to fair trade certification.

Rwanda: Technical Assistance for Institutional Component of Support Project to the Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture in Rwanda (PAPSTA) for MINAGRI, Rwanda. The background information for this consultancy was the Rwandas 2020 Vision document finalized in 2002 which established the modernization of agriculture and animal husbandry as one of six pillars supporting its aspiration to build a diversified, integrated, competitive and dynamic economy, which could raise the country to the level of middle income countries

Kenya: Reviewed strategic plans and logical frameworks for national programmes implementing Farming in Tsetse Controlled Areas (FITCA) under IBAR/AU in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Used revised logical frameworks to facilitate development of concept paper for FITCA phase II presented for funding to the European Union.

Kenya: Provided institutional support to the Nakuru Water and Sanitation company (NAWASCO).

Kenya: Monitored 25 projects in health, water supply and sanitation, urban and rural development/natural resources, social development, education, located throughout the country and funded by DFID, under the CSO Umbrella project.

Kenya: Evaluated a project on "Establishment of the Tissue Culture and Molecular Biology Laboratories at the Coffee Research Foundation (CRF), Ruiru, Kenya under the Kenya Stabex Programme. For European Union.

Kenya: Mid Term Review evaluation to determine the extend of community involvement in participatory research on livestock, natural resources, water and soil management under the Agriculture/Livestock Research Support Programme Phase II. For European Union/National Authorising Office (NAO).

+ Livelihoods

Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe: Scaling-up community-driven land, housing and infrastructure development in slum areas. Matrix was contracted to carry out evaluation to examine the outcomes and impact of the activities undertaken by Pamoja Trust and make recommendations for the future. The study was carried out in three countries Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe under the funding Comic Relief's 'Strategic Grant' grant making model for Homeless International.

Kenya: Fair Trade  Does it have a positive impact on poverty? In 2012 Matrix completed a three year large scale study of the poverty impact of social and environmental voluntary standards for Kenya tea estates workers and small holders. In partnership with the Natural Resources Institute, which is managing the multi-country study on behalf of DFID, Matrix carried out interviews in large tea estates and small farms that have agreed to apply the standards required by FLO-Fairtrade and the Rainforest Alliance and with control groups that were not party to fair trade certification.

Kenya: Co-ordinated and contributed to a study on establishing the Micro Enterprise Trust focusing on the legal aspects, micro-finance analysis and financial projections. For EU.

Kenya: Prepared research study, Licensing in Kenya Local Authority Context: A Situation Analysis and Recommendations for Reform, now being used by Ministries of Local Government, Finance and Commerce and Industry to guide reforms in this area. For GTZ/Ministry of Local Government.

+ Climate Change and Sustainable Environments

Kenya: Matrix is currently working with DFID to establish and manage the Finance Innovation for Climate Change Fund (FICCF) as well as provide Technical Assistance (TA) to the Government of Kenya (GoK) and to co-ordinate with implementing partners of the other four components of the StARCK+ programme. StARCK+ aims to support Kenya achieve sustainable growth through improved response to climate change risks and opportunities.

Accra, Ghana, and Ibadan, Nigeria: Prepared projects for implementation in Accra, Ghana, and Ibadan, Nigeria, under UN Sustainable Cities Programme. Prepared environmental profiles and policy analyses. Organised city consultations and selected and supervised teams of local consultants. Designed institutional frameworks and initiated implementation process.

Kenya: Matrix, together with HTSPE(UK) carried out in Kenya 'Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS). Our task is to coordinate the inputs from eight components: low-carbon strategies, regulations, adaptation, mitigation (including REDD+), R&D, monitoring, knowledge management and finance. The client was the Ministry of the Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and the project was supported by the Climate Development Knowledge Network with funding from DFID.

+ Low Income Housing and Slum Upgrading

Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe: Scaling-up community-driven land, housing and infrastructure development in slum areas. Matrix was contracted to carry out evaluation to examine the outcomes and impact of the activities undertaken by Pamoja Trust and make recommendations for the future. The study was carried out in three countries Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe under the funding Comic Relief's 'Strategic Grant' grant making model for Homeless International.

Tanzania: Matrix prepared a report on housing finance in Tanzania as part of a country series published by Finmark Trust and completed a regional study on how pension assets might be mobilised to meet housing finance needs. The study was undertaken in Kenya, Tanzania. Rwanda and Uganda. The concept of tapping pension funds is not new but there is now a sense that financial institutions in the region are maturing to a point where they can finance lower-income shelter and infrastructure if suitable mechanisms, such as housing micro-finance, can be identified.

Tanzania: Appraisal of Proposed Low Cost Housing Pilot Project for Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT), Tanzania. Matrix appraised the feasibility of a proposal submitted by WAT-Human Settlements Trust to FSDT. We determined whether the proposed pilot project was likely to achieve the project goals, assessed the associated risks and how these might be managed and mitigated. The project was subsequently approved. [/item]

+ Water and Sanitation

Kenya and Tanzania: Water and Sanitation - Lake Victoria Basin. Matrix partnered with Atkins, a UK engineering consulting firm and UN Habitat in a project to identify water and sanitation investments in Kisumu (Kenya) and Mwanza (Tanzania). The project was funded by the European Investment Bank. Multi-disciplinary expertise was provided by Atkins and by Matrix's regional consultants.

Tanzania: Conducted an institutional sustainable assessment of a community managed water and sanitation project in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania. Made recommendations on the institutional strengthening of water user associations and establishment of linkages with Temeke Municipal Council. For Water Aid Tanzania.

Kenya: Prepared analysis for the financial viability and economic justification of the 42 million euro multi-donor Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Programme (LVWATSAN); for UN Habitat.

Kenya: Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor Project (WSUP) Review. Carried out in-country reviews of two of the more advanced Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor Project (WSUP) projects including consultation with local service providers, communities, governments and other in country project partners. Also held discussions with WSUP management, directors, funding organisations. For DFID/TI-UP UK.

Kenya: Provided institutional support to the Nakuru Water and Sanitation company (NAWASCO).

Kenya: Carried out consumer survey for rehabilitation of community water projects in Kandara, Kahuti, Siaya and Litein, Kenya. For National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation.

Kenya: Monitored 25 projects in health, water supply and sanitation, urban and rural development/natural resources, social development, education, located throughout the country and funded by DFID, under the CSO Umbrella project.

+ Education

Kenya: Conducted a survey/study The Impact of the School Feeding Program. The study was designed as a first step in developing evidence base to assess the effectiveness of the school feeding program in relation to its stated objectives and to provide a basis for addressing medium-to-long term sustainability of the program. For DFID.

Kenya: Monitored 25 projects in health, water supply and sanitation, urban and rural development/natural resources, social development, education, located throughout the country and funded by DFID, under the CSO Umbrella project

Tanzania: Development of Capacity Building Strategy for Basic Education Sub-Section in Tanzania. Reviewed relevant capacity building activities for basic education management; provided a training cycle model; prepared the draft capacity building strategy; outlined the appropriate mechanisms and modalities for monitoring nad assessing the implementation and outcomes of the strategy in accordance with insitutional arrangements under Basic Education; revised and developed the draft through consultation process by including the inputs from stakeholders; and finalized the draft strategy. For Ministry of Education and Voluntary Training (MOEVT), Tanzania.

Kenya: Qualitative field research for a value for money study on DFID's work in primary education in Ghana and Kenya. For the National Audit Office (NAO), UK. The rigorous research entailed collating and analysing interviewees and focus group attendees perceptions of problems and successes in the implementation of projects or programmes and their experiences of the results. The findings from this work were incorporated in the NAO report. For NAO/ITAD, UK.

+ Economic & Financial Appraisal

Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe: Matrix was contracted to carry out an evaluation to examine the outcomes and impact of the activities undertaken by Homeless International’s support to three partner organisations, Pamoja Trust Kenya (PT), Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG) and Dialogue on Shelter for the Homeless in Zimbabwe Trust (DZ), through a multi-country strategic grant titled “Scaling-up community-driven land, housing and infrastructure development in slum areas” The programme period was 1st April 2008 to 31st March 2013.

Kenya and Tanzania: Water and Sanitation - Lake Victoria Basin: Matrix partnered with Atkins, a UK engineering consulting firm and UN Habitat in a project to identify water and sanitation investments in Kisumu (Kenya) and Mwanza (Tanzania). The project was funded by the European Investment Bank. Multi-disciplinary expertise was provided by Atkins and by Matrix's regional consultants.

Tanzania: Matrix prepared a report on housing finance in Tanzania as part of a country series published by Finmark Trust and completed a regional study on how pension assets might be mobilised to meet housing finance needs. The study was undertaken in Kenya, Tanzania. Rwanda and Uganda. The concept of tapping pension funds is not new but there is now a sense that financial institutions in the region are maturing to a point where they can finance lower-income shelter and infrastructure if suitable mechanisms, such as housing micro-finance, can be identified.

Ghana: Supervised study of central-to-local government decentralisation in Ghana as part of six-country World Bank study. For World Bank/USAID.

Kenya: Prepared analysis for the financial viability and economic justification of the 42 million euro multi-donor Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Programme (LVWATSAN); for UN Habitat.

Tanzania: Appraisal of Proposed Low Cost Housing Pilot Project for Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT), Tanzania. Matrix appraised the feasibility of a proposal submitted by WAT-Human Settlements Trust to FSDT. We determined whether the proposed pilot project was likely to achieve the project goals, assessed the associated risks and how these might be managed and mitigated. The project was subsequently approved.

Kenya: Scoping Study: Overview of Housing Finance in Kenya for FinMark Trust. Carried out a scoping study of the housing finance sector in Kenya. Carried out an analysis of the status quo of housing finance; outlined potential opportunities and gap areas; and made recommendations for further engagement by the FinMark Trust to support the development of approaches to enhance accessibility to housing finance in Kenya.

Kenya: Feasibility Study on Microfinance Housing in the East Africa Region: Market Assessment. Proposed Financing Mechanisms and Technical Assistance for ShoreBank International.Conducted research and review of current materials and documentation related to the housing finance situation for the poor in Kenya.

Tanzania: Carried out a study in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to establish the effective demand for equity capital among medium and large-scale businesses. The study was intended to provide a basis for a proposed regional venture capital fund to be established through a joint effort between IFC and Industrial Promotion Services Ltd. (IPS). For International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Palestine: Advised the Palestinian Union of Housing Cooperatives on mechanisms enabling housing cooperatives in Gaza and the West Bank to mobilise finance for construction and renovation. Involved assessment of mechanisms, affordability and estimation of capital requirements. A second phase involved negotiation with international financial institutions. For Swedish Cooperative Centre and Cooperative Development Unit (Palestine).

Kenya: Reviewed accounting and disbursement procedures and designed funds flow mechanism for poverty alleviation project administered through Kenyan municipal councils. For DFID.

Kenya: Conducted a sample survey of employees housing conditions and preferences. The aim was to develop shelter projects for and with low-income employees in the horticultural industry in Kenya in the context of fair trade arrangements. For the Max Havelaar Foundation, Oserian Development Company and Panda Flowers.

+ Physical Planning

Kenya: Digital Mapping and the Preparation of Strategic Urban Development Plan for Narok Town (2012-2030)  for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government: The assignment had two components. The Digital Mapping component, where we carried out digital topographical Survey and digital mapping to cover the areas as delineated by the client to provide reliable digital Maps particularly for the planning of the town and also to be used for infrastructure design and maintenance program. The other component was the Preparation of strategic urban development plan for Bungoma in which we prepared, through consultative, participatory and, interactive process, a Strategic Urban Development Plan for Bungoma Town and its outlaying areas including Strategic Structure Plan, Area Action Plans, Integrated Transportation, environmental, Economic (Investment) and settlement /Upgrading Plans in line with Vision 2030.

Kenya: Digital Mapping and the Preparation of Strategic Urban Development Plan for Bomet Town (2010-2030)  for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government: The assignment had two components. The Digital Mapping component, where we carried out digital topographical Survey and digital mapping to cover the areas as delineated by the client to provide reliable digital Maps particularly for the planning of the town and also to be used for infrastructure design and maintenance program. The other component was the Preparation of strategic urban development plan for Bungoma in which we prepared, through consultative, participatory and, interactive process, a Strategic Urban Development Plan for Bungoma Town and its outlaying areas including Strategic Structure Plan, Area Action Plans, Integrated Transportation, environmental, Economic (Investment) and settlement /Upgrading Plans in line with Vision 2030.

Kenya: - Digital Mapping and the Preparation of Strategic Urban Development Plan for Bungoma Town (2008-2030). Matrix concluded a two year exercise of behalf of the Kenyan Ministry of Local Government to prepare a Strategic Urban Development Plan for Bungoma Town. Tasks included carrying out data collection, linking the information with existing survey and topographical sheets in the urban centre and training of council staff on the GIS technology. The plan was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Government, Hon. Deputy Prime Minister, Musalia Mudavadi on Monday 8th October, 2010 at the Town Hall Grounds.

+ Community Organisation

Kenya and Tanzania: Water and Sanitation - Lake Victoria Basin: Matrix recently partnered with Atkins, a UK engineering consulting firm and UN Habitat in a project to identify water and sanitation investments in Kisumu (Kenya) and Mwanza (Tanzania). The project was funded by the European Investment Bank with work commencing in January 2011. Multi-disciplinary expertise was provided by Atkins and by Matrix's regional consultants.

Kenya: Developed Nairobi Urban Poverty Partnership Project and provided institutional support for two principal components: Nairobi Informal Settlements Coordination Committee (a partnership of stakeholders) and Community-based Settlement Project. For DFID.

Kenya: Designed the community based approach component of the Kibera Urban Environment and Sanitation project (KUESP) Funded by DFID.

Kenya: Carried out consumer survey for rehabilitation of community water projects in Kandara, Kahuti, Siaya and Litein, Kenya. For National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation.

+ Public Sector Reform

Southern Sudan - Worked with HTSPE (UK) in the development of the "Public Servants Pension Scheme" for Southern Sudan. The overall aim of the project was to: i) develop capacities of respective government structures to develop pension policies and draft pension legislation and ii) provide institutional support to the Southern Sudan Pension Fund to be able to run an autonomous, financially sustainable pension scheme for public servants in Southern Sudan with effective processing of benefit claims, granting and payment of pensions and other post-service benefits.

Kenya : Matrix, together with our partners HTSPE Ltd carried out capacity building for the Kenya Local Government Reform Programme (KLGRP) in its role of spearheading reforms in the Local Government Sector as part of the wider public sector reform regime. These reforms share similar objectives including efficiency in service delivery and resource utilization, and increased public participation through the transformation of public agencies into institutions that facilitate private sector-led development and provide core services. The technical assistance supports the KLGRP in ensuring the transparent and efficient financial management of the LATF; facilitates the KLGRP in its role as the secretariat to the LATF Advisory Board; and provided input into the elaboration of the Governments evolving decentralisation strategy.

Tanzania: The Matrix team worked with the President’s Office - Regional Administration and Local Government (PO RALG) in the Provision of support to Local Government reform in Tanzania by Designing a capacity building project to enable local authorities meet the needs of the urban and rural poor. PO RALG is responsible for Local Government Regional Administration, rural development management policy, urban development management policy, integration of the development of local authorities, and the financial development of local authorities and Development of human resources under the office. The Capacity Building Program also aimed at entrenching PO RALG as joint policy formulator and disseminator, as well as co-ordinator and overseer of local government authorities.

Kenya: Matrix are currently implementing the preparation of the Narok Intergrated Strategic Urban Development Plan (2012-2030). The project has two main components:

1. Digital Mapping: Carry out digital topographical Survey and digital mapping to cover the areas delineated by the client to provide reliable digital maps particularly for the planning of the town and also to be used for infrastructure design and maintenance program.

2. Preparation of integrated strategic urban development plan for Narok: Preparation, through consultative, participatory and, interactive process, of a Strategic Urban Development Plan for Narok Town and its outlaying areas including Strategic Structure Plan, Area Action Plans, Integrated Transportation, environmental, Economic (Investment) and settlement/ Upgrading strategies in line with Vision 2030.

We previously undertook similar assignments for Bomet and Bungoma municipalities.