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Social Insurance Reform – Disability Study in Bulgaria

Period: 2004 – 2005

Work Sphere: Social Inclusion and Integrated services

Type of Action: Capacity building

Client: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria

Partners: Gesellschaft fuer Vericherungs-wissenschaft und-gestaltung e.V. (GVG)

Objective: To assist the Government in improving the targeting and administration of benefits currently available to people with disability

Activities: Providing review of the existing disability benefits and disability benefit administration; Providing a training program for institutions assessing disability; Training to representatives of the main institutions involved. The training has covered both limited theoretical instruction and practical case assessment; Three EU disability regimes were described and compared to the Bulgarian disability system three EU disability regimes; Developing an Options paper for improved control for new disability assessments and the reassessment of the stock of people with disability

Social Services Delivery by the Non-profit Sector

Period: 2003 – 2005

Work Sphere: Social Inclusion and Integrated services

Type of Action: Consultancy and Technical Assistance

Client: Delegation of the European Commission, Croatia

Partners: n/a

Objective: To improve the quality of social services in the fight against poverty, social discrimination and inequality by promoting co-operation between the public sector and civil society organizations

Activities: Institution and Capacity Building; Training of Trainers; Grant Scheme Support.

Privatization – Social Policy and Social Dialogue – the case of Bulgaria and Serbia

Period: 2001 – 2002

Work Sphere: Others: Social policy and Social dialogue

Type of Action: Consultancy and Technical Assistance

Client: Freedom House – USA

Partners: European Movement in Serbia; Center for Economical Development

Objective: To study and analyze the process of social consequences of the privatization in Bulgaria in three main dimensions– national, branch and firm level.

Activities: Development of the main surveys and reports; Training for the Serbian partners after the Bulgarian experience in the field; Developing a White Paper for recommended policy and Action Plan how to develop a social policy to reduce the negative social consequences of the privatization.

Modern Management Practices Introduced to Alternative SMEs

Modern Management Practices Introduced to Alternative Micro- and Small Businesses in the North-West NUTS II Regions

Period: 2006 – 2007

Work Sphere: Other: SME development

Type of Action: Capacity building

Client: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of Republic of Bulgaria

Partners: Institute for Ecological modernization

Objective: To raise the knowledge, skills and competencies of more than 50 micro- and small enterprises (SMEs), in areas of strategic importance for their long-term viability

Activities: Organizing 6 three-day seminars for approximately 150 representatives of SMEs; Providing individual consultancies and drafting strategies in CSR, HRD and SBD for overall 15 firms.

Active Labour Market Initiatives – “Infoinvest – Shabla And Tervel”

Period: 2006 – 2007

Work Sphere: Other: regional development

Type of Action: Consultancy and Technical Assistance

Client: Employment Agency

Partners: Shabla municipality; Tervel municipality

Funding: World Bank Project “Bulgaria Active Labor Market Initiatives”

Objective: To stimulate the creation of new jobs in the Shabla and Tervel municipalities through providing reliable and accessible information for potential investor and attracting them to invest in the region.

Activities:Analysis of the existing data environment on municipal level; Development of more than 200 indictors on municipal level; Elaboration of a methodology for gathering, processing and storing of a data of the newly created indicators; Development of a database software product for storing data; Pilot testing of the system through field work; Issuing an investors’ bulletin on a hard copy and CD version as well as on a web page; Creating informational product of municipal data for investors; Development of a Municipal strategy for creating new jobs.

Active Labour Market Initiatives – “InfoInvest – Belovo”

Period: 2006 – 2007

Work Sphere: Other: regional development

Type of Action: Consultancy and Technical Assistance

Client: Employment Agency

Partners: Belovo municipality; foundation “Horizonti”

Funding: World Bank Project “Bulgaria Active Labor Market Initiatives”

Objective: To stimulate the creation of new jobs in the municipality of Belovo through providing reliable and accessible information for potential investor and attracting them to invest in the region.
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Active Labour Market Initiatives – “InfoInvest – Madan”

Period: 2006 – 2007

Work Sphere: Other: regional development

Type of Action: Consultancy and Technical Assistance

Client: Employment Agency

Funding: World Bank Project “Bulgaria Active Labor Market Initiatives”

Partners: Madan municipality

Objective: To stimulate the creation of new jobs in the municipality of Madan through providing reliable and accessible information for potential investor and attracting them to invest in the region.

Activities: Analysis of the existing data environment on municipal level; Development of more than 200 indictors on municipal level; Elaboration of a methodology for gathering, processing and storing of a data of the newly created indicators; Development of a database software product for storing data; Pilot testing of the system through field work; Issuing an investors’ bulletin on a hard copy and CD version as well as on a web page; Creating informational product of municipal data for investors; Development of a Municipal strategy for creating new jobs.

INFOREGIO

Period: 2006 – 2007

Work Sphere: Other: regional development

Type of Action: Consultancy and Technical Assistance

Client: Ministry of Economy and Energy of Republic of Bulgaria

Partners: Kostenetz municipality; Dolna banya municipality

Objective: To attract new investors in the neighboring municipalities of Dolna Banya and Kostenetz

Activities: Analysis of the existing data environment on municipal level; Development of more than 200 indictors on municipal level; Elaboration of a methodology for gathering, processing and storing of a data of the newly created indicators; Development of a database software product for storing data; Pilot testing of the system through field work in Dolna Banya and Kostenetz municipalities; Issuing an investors’ bulletin on a hard copy and CD version as well as on a web page; Creating informational product of municipal data for investors; Development of a Municipal strategy for creating new jobs.

Dolceta – Developing On-Line Consumer Education and Training for Adults

Period: 2008 – 2009

Work Sphere: Other: consumer market

Type of Action: Capacity building

Client: European Universities Continuing Education Network (EUCEN)

Partners: n/a

Objective: Develop new web-based consumer education modules, update and host the already existing modules

Activities: Developing 7 different modules for customers education in all EU languages

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Technical Support for PDIF in Developing Business Processes

Full name: Technical Support for PDIF in Developing Business Processes and Functional Requirements for Software to Support the Determination of Rights and Payment Pensions

Period:  2007-2008

Work Sphere: Other: Social Security

Type of Action: Consultancy and Technical Assistance

Client: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of Republic of Macedonia

Partners: AAM Consulting (Hungary); Global Consulting (Bulgaria)

Objective: To improve the institutional capacity of PDIF (Pension and disability insurance fund) to implement all legal regulations from pension and disability insurance for determination of the right of pension

Activities: Analysis of current process for determination of the rights from Pension and Disability Insurance Law; Analysis of current process of payment of pension and other obligations according Law for Pension and Disability Insurance.

Poverty and Social Impact Assessment of Bulgarian Railway Sector Reforms

Period: 2011 – 2012

Work Sphere: Social impact and regional development

Type of Action: Analysis

Funding/Client: World Bank

Partners: N/A

Objective: Make social impact assessment on on-going reforms in the Bulgarian railway sector including mass layoffs and closures/reductions of railway lines

Activities: Conduction of desk research and qualitative analysis of staff and household impacts affected by mass layoffs; Quantitative survey on impact on railway users in affected locations and/or along railway lines.

Monitoring a System for the Agency for People with Disabilities

Period: 2012 – 2013

Work Sphere: Analysis on Social inclusion & Action Plans

Type of Action: Consultancy and Technical Assistance

Funding: EU/National Budget

Client: Agency for People with Disabilities

Partners: Vitosha Research

Objective: Development and introduction of a system for monitoring and evaluation of the state policy for people with disabilities. Development and introduction of a system for strategic planning, program budgeting, control and administration of state budget directed towards people with disabilities

Activities: Establishment of a system for monitoring and evaluation of the state policy for PwD; Establishment of a system for strategic planning, program budgeting, control and administration of state budget directed towards PwD; Conducting 12 seminars for 120 people working in the state system and in contact with PwD.

Development of a Gravitational Model for Regional Marketing

Period: 2014 – 2015

Work Sphere: Other – HR and regional development

Type of Action: Consultancy and technical assistance

Funding: Tender

Client: Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria

Partners: N/A

Objective: Development of a gravitational model for regional marketing and methodology for its implementation in the six planning regions in Bulgaria.

Activities: Survey and synopsis of good European practices of innovative regional marketing and marketing policies for partner networks; Development of a theoretical gravitational model; Design of organizational structures to the KRIB – Regional Observatories for Coordination and Business Development; Developing a methodology, procedures and tool for data collection; Training 36 leading experts; Elaborating analytical report; conducting 2 two-day results forums.

Energy Efficiency and Resource Efficiency through Better Knowledge and Public Awareness

Period: 2015 – 2016

Work Sphere: other – energy efficiency

Type of Action: Consultancy and Technical Assistance

Funding: tender by MEE, EEA FM 2009 – 2014

Objective: Increase the administrative capacity of state and municipal authorities and institutions to plan and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE and RES) measures by providing training and consultations.

Activities: Preparation and implementation of on-site trainings (660 trainees) and distance training for capacity building for development, planning and implementation of EE and RES measures.

Poverty and Social Impact Assessment of Water Supply and Sanitation Sector in Bulgaria

Period: 2016 – 2017

Working sphere: other – social impact and regional development

Type of Action: Consultancy and Technical Assistance

Funding: World Bank Tender

Objective:Estimate impacts of water tariff increase on the population, and especially on poorest and vulnerable groups; Assess and recommend mitigation strategies related to impact from tariff increase; Identify short-term governance and accountability initiatives; Facilitate dialogue among stakeholders.

Activities: Drafting evaluation and sampling methodology and instruments; Collection of quantitative and qualitative data; Qualitative and quantitative analysis; Drafting PSIA Report in of Water supply and Sanitation Sector in Bulgaria.

Feedback Analysis on the Administrative Services Provided by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

Period: 2017

Funding: Tender by MLSP

Work sphere: other – administrative services

Type of action: analysis

Objective: Providing executive feedback analysis on the administrative services for Improving the evidence-based policymaking and the understanding of the need for and the status quo in the provision of feedback to institutions on the quality of the provided administrative services.

Activities: Conducting desk research, focus groups and in-depth interviews with representatives from MLSP and the leading agencies; Conducting a survey with administrative services users; Preparing the Feedback Analysis report.