Duska-Anema Development Associates International, Inc.

#25-5880 Hampton Place
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 2E9
dadaint@shaw.ca Phone: (604) 228-4967

DADA International is a Canadian, federally incorporated (1994) company which provides services in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of development assistance projects and programs. The company is small, keeps to modest overheads and works to high standards.

Since the earliest days of systematic project evaluation in both CIDA and the Asian Development Bank, the firm's Chair has been at the leading edge of the development of evaluation concepts and methodology. The firm has a sound grasp of the requirements of Results-Based-Management (RBM) and outcome measurement at institutional, program and project levels. Its corporate philosophy emphasizes a commitment to quality, gender equity, participatory process and sensitivity to local cultures and conditions.

The two principals of the firm (Dr. Susanne A. Duska and Mr. Frans F. Anema) have a combined total of some 50 years of development related experience, and call upon a select list of highly qualified associates and specialists to join in the performance of specific tasks. Core members and associates have worked with many kinds of organizations: CIDA bilateral and multilateral programs, the World Bank and regional banks, United Nations Organizations, international and local non-governmental organizations, university institutions and the private sector. Some of our senior associates have had long and relevant staff experience at high levels in CIDA, combined with good exposure to the private sector. Others have acquired their expertise through a large variety of assignments with well known international organizations. All are devoted to bringing quality insights into the development ‘problématique’.

Expertise, at a glance:

  • Monitoring/evaluation methodology
  • Community development and rural credit
  • Conflict and development
  • Capacity development
  • Gender equity
  • Governance
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Institutional assessment
  • Mine action
  • Policy and economic analysis
  • Public health (HIV/AIDS)Training and education
  • Project management
  • Private sector development
  • Trade and development

Selected examples, at a glance:

Monitoring and Evaluation. Long standing expertise in monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs, as well as in the development of M&E methodology - in Asia, the Caribbean, the Former Soviet Union and Africa. Long-term Monitoring contracts were awarded to the firm to advise on the Karnali-Bheri Integrated Rural Development Program in Nepal (client: CIDA), and the Eastern Caribbean Economic Management Project (ECEMP) in the Caribbean (client: CIDA). In terms of Evaluation Capacity Development, the firm designed an enhanced evaluation structure for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, which was subsequently implemented (client: UNHCR). The firm drafted an Evaluation Handbook for Mine Action. (client: GICHD). The firm developed a pilot methodology for Country Program evaluations of Eastern European countries graduating from CIDA assistance. This methodology formed the foundation for the firm’s evaluation of ten years of CIDA programming in Hungary, the first country program evaluation undertaken by CIDA, as well as the currently ongoing program evaluation in Ukraine. (client: CIDA). The firm played a leading role in the first ever impact level Thematic assessment of the Asian Development Bank’s 30-years of technical assistance to Indonesia (client: ADB). With respect to Humanitarian Assistance, the firm played a leading role in the Balkan Evaluation analyzing the performance of the International Red Cross/Crescent Movement during the sudden influx of Kosovo refugees into Albania (client: IDRC). The firm is currently engaged in the evaluation of Canada’s assistance to countries affected by the 2004 Tsunami (client: CIDA). The firm has been very active in the field of Governance with various assignments to look at the efficiency and effectiveness of development programs in Africa, including those of NGOs, (e.g. the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS), and Partners in Development (CHF). A recent evaluation of Canada’s corporate governance project in Russia highlighted Canadian efforts to help introduce sound corporate practices in a formerly centrally controlled nation (client: CIDA). In terms of Health, the firm has developed strong competence in base-line studies related to HIV/AIDS, and some staff members have produced numerous peer reviewed publications.

Policy analysis and strategic planning. The analysis of public sector investments in the social sector of Bangladesh, the review of structural adjustment and counterpart funding in Bangladesh, a study of LDC compliance with ADB loan covenants, the preparation of a five year development plan for Central Sulawesi (Indonesia), and a review of CIDA's multilateral assistance strategy, are but a few of the firm’s past assignments.

Socio-Economic Project Feasibility Studies and Design. A variety of project planning exercises, including: the Dolago-Torue irrigation project in Central Sulawesi (Indonesia), the Social Sector Fund in Pakistan, a large integrated rural development project in South Sulawesi, a rural credit project in India in collaboration with the World Bank, and others. These project design assignments included a Project Management By Activity (PMBA) format, as well as detailed task assignments, budgets and schedules. Experience in this area includes baseline studies and statistical analyses, research on projects and programs, as well as evaluative analyses of key issues such as gender.

Project Management. Hands-on experience in field management of CIDA projects such as K-BIRD, a large integrated rural development project in Western Nepal that included a wide variety of sectors, implementing agencies, and specialists/advisors, and NGO projects such as MSF’s emergency nutrition station in Congo-Brazzaville.

Human Resource Development. The planning and evaluation of education-based development projects in the context of institutional capacity building; research, design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of cross-cultural training programs for a broad range of clients in both the public and private sector; organization of workshops, study tours and practical attachments in support of various capacity building partnering and joint venture projects.

The future, at a glance:

With the inclusion of a full complement of highly experienced senior evaluators and a number of qualified intermediate evaluators, the firm is significantly enhancing its scope of coverage. Of particular interest in this respect is a much more profound emphasis on important current development issues including: HIV/AIDS, trade and development, mine action, institutional capacity building, conflict and development, governance and humanitarian assistance.