• International Projects Group

    Donor-funded technical assistance to developing nation
    public and private sector institutions

International Projects Group

Public and private sector consultancy services in developing nations, emerging markets and transition economies

The key challenge facing both public sector institutions and private enterprises in developing nation environments is the drive to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and Poverty Reduction Strategies.

Almost invariably this involves matching local priorities against "best international practice" – for the public sector, the focus is on encouraging the efficient and transparent planning and provision of value-for-money services, particularly to the disadvantaged members of the community; For the private sector, the challenge is to operate profitably in an increasingly global and competitive marketplace.

In both the public and private sectors in emerging and transition economies, the skills and resources essential to achieving these objectives are often lacking, and the international donor community is committed to providing significant levels of support to help to address these challenges. 

To achieve success in the design and implementation of effective, tailored solutions in these complex environments requires a sensitive combination of recent practitioner experience in relevant OECD institutions, combined with extensive developing-nation consultancy expertise, all delivered within a framework of a commitment to sustainable development. It also requires an appreciation of the political, economic, financial and social issues within which public and private sector entities operate.

BDO’s International Project Group is based in London and focuses exclusively on undertaking a wide range of assignments in developing nations, emerging markets and transition economies. The overwhelming source of funding for IPG’s business is the international community of bi- and multi-lateral funding agencies (also referred to as “development partners”) who fund these multi-disciplinary, multi-year, multi-million dollar technical assistance projects.

IPG have developed the skills and expertise to work with the international donor community to provide technical assistance and assurance for a wide variety of projects, including institutional development and capacity-building in public financial management (PFM), public sector external and internal audit, and MSME development (including value chains and clusters). They also provide Monitoring Agent services, undertake grant management assignments, and carry out due diligence and feasibility studies in support of FDI.

IPG is a leading provider of institutional development and capacity-building support to Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), with on-going or recently-completed multi-year Technical Assistance assignments with the SAIs of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, Palestine, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and The Gambia.

IPG’s extensive 30-year track record of successfully completed assignments in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean ensures a deep appreciation of the issues that affect public and private sector organisations operating in developing nations and transition economies. IPG has developed a particular expertise in delivering practical and sustainable solutions in fragile and conflict-affected states, including Afghanistan, Palestine, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia.