International development assistance

International development project demand effective programme management and the capability of delivering the funds needed

PwC has been working in international development since the Bretton Woods system (the first rules for commercial and financial relations among major industrial nations) was instituted. Our specialists serve non-profit, international funding agencies, bilateral donor agencies and their intermediaries, and government partners.

We believe environmental and other challenges of sustainability are becoming the core focus of international development projects. Economic growth that supports these wider development objectives is the right type of growth.

Its a challenge to simultaneously support green growth restructuring efforts, while securing economic and social benefits and minimising costs and risks. In our work with governments, businesses, and civil society organisations, we’re increasingly asked to help with these challenges, particularly those relating to:

  • developing and implementing national and regional green strategies
  • managing large and complex donor programmes and funds used to generate green growth, and
  • developing pipelines for public, private, and public-private green transactions.
International development project assistance

We can help you:

  • establish budgets, policies, processes, and reporting standards for effective financial management and reporting
  • build transparent fund management systems
  • make sure that grant disbursements comply with international legal requirements
  • develop business cases that clearly define, delegate, and track challenges and benefits
  • approach and engage third parties and monitor their activities
  • get buy-ins from stakeholders through effective communication strategies, and
  • enable leaders to govern confidently and make timely decisions using high-quality management information

Case studies

Spatial planning and sustainable development to protect forests and improve local livelihoods

Challenge: We were asked to develop a plan to apply UK government funds that were given to Papua, the Easternmost province of Indonesia to stop large-scale deforestation, and to help to develop a low-carbon, green economy.

Solution: We created prosperity and community-led development by improving land use decision processes and making them open to the public, establishing sustainable land use workshops to take into account local opinions and knowledge, demonstrating practical alternatives to deforestation, and developing programmes to empower indigenous communities to participate in economic decisions and secure their assets.

Results: The two-year programme is in progress and on track.

National green growth plan

Challenge: The Indonesian government asked us to help it develop a green growth plan.

Solution: We identified projects and policies to include in Indonesia’s economic development master plan that support green growth, and designed and implemented an accelerated REDD+ funding disbursement mechanism. We also trained Central and East Kalimantan regional government staff on green growth concepts and tools, and provided program management services.

Results: The programme is completed. We developed a Green Growth Roadmap woth tools and methodologies to support policies and planning process. In addition, we have also develop a green growth assessment of capital projects across a variety of sectors. The project has helped building the capacity for local and planning agencies in their operations.

Strategic framework for scaling up access to de-centralised energy

Challenge: The Forum requested our help to develop a strategic framework to increase access to de-centralised energy through renewable energy mini-grid projects in Africa and Asia.

Solution: We managed an international project with more than 40 partners to develop the requested framework through renewable mini-grid projects in Africa and Asia. An index to measure the country by country potential for de-centralised mini-grids as well as a repository for good practice de-centralised energy projects and partnerships, as well as an overview of major initiatives and programmes in this business space has been developed.

Results: The framework has been presented to CEOs and ministers at the Davos 2013 summit and since then has been a reference for the development of partnership centred business models in the energy access field.

Contact us

Pirata Phakdeesattayaphong

Partner, PwC Thailand

Tel: +66 (0) 2844 1000

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