We understand that the best possible solution can only come from experience and make it a point to have on the ground experience with each institution or system upon project completion. We get to know people involved in the institution or system, survey for pertinent information, and stay in touch through to the end of the process in order to create the best solution possible. Our holistic process provides excellence, and solutions that work, in an efficient and effective manner.
Economic Studies and Surveys
We conduct international market studies in a variety of sectors and apply rigorous economic analysis that is based on sound quantitive and qualitative data.
Our experienced economists develop questionnaires and conduct in-house sampling. Data is collected through advanced survey methods, such as CAPI or CATI technology. Our surveys are administered in person, by phone, email, or online, and can also be conducted in foreign languages. Local data collection partners are always trained and supervised by experienced A2F staff. Over the years, we have developed our own reporting tools and online dashboards for real-time monitoring and presentation of data, which can be made available and customized for each client.
Given our experience in the financial sector, many of our financial sector studies include recommendations and/or actual product development, from identifying market opportunities along the value chain, to designing product and marketing strategies, to training institutional staff and management.
We have focused, particularly, on supporting clients with their gender strategies through a series of studies addressing gender issues on a financial and economical level. We have provided gender-sensitive training to managers and employees, entrepreneurs, business development service providers, and other stakeholders, with the aim to increase women’s participation in the economy.
We provide independent Monitoring and Evaluation services to help assess the performance and impact of organizations, policies, and projects.
M&E is now a widely used tool for measuring performance at the policy and project level. It encompasses the design of base-, mid- and, end-line studies and the elaboration of indicators to monitor and measure progress before, during, and after project completion.
We have expertise with both performance and impact evaluations. Our approach is typically theory-based and applies a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, including experimental methods. We also help our clients at the strategy level to design and/or calibrate their results framework. Core topics are finance and financial inclusion, agriculture, water & sanitation, gender, entrepreneurship, transportation, and energy.
Our institutional due diligences are holistic and involve an assessment of operational and/or financial issues, technology and qualitative factors, such as the corporate strategy, culture, and organizational dynamics. Our strong operational skills are a unique differentiating factor, which ensures that our assessments are relevant and substantive.
Strategic Advisory Services
We advise policy-makers and organizations on a broad range of issues to improve performance at the institutional and sector levels.
Among them are, Financial Sector Stability, Risk-Based Supervision, Financial Inclusion, Small and Medium Enterprise Development. At the operational level, our Experts provide Process Optimization, Change Management, HR, and Capacity-building.
Our team has worked extensively with central banks and financial sector regulators across the globe, as well as with international and multilateral development organizations. We understand the particular challenges of developing supervisory processes and institutional capabilities to improve the performance of the entire sector or individual institution. Our vast experience gives us leverage to benchmark our client organizations’ current practices against industry-recognized best practices and suggest improvements for enhanced organizational performance and results.
Understanding the organizational and operational model, work culture and structure of complex organizations is crucially important to provide effective advisory services and recommendations, and this is a core competitive advantage of A2F Consulting.
Tools and IT Solutions
A2F has developed Risk Management Solutions to help Financial Market Regulators oversee increasingly complex financial markets.
Our Risk Management solution is an on-line, real-time, 24×7 risk rating and risk analytics system and is deployed on the cloud with user access through an Internet portal on any desktop or mobile device. It is possible for the client to customize the RMS domain and URL. The functional and infrastructure architecture is highly scalable and configurable to support the needs of different supervisory entities.
The technology is, however, only part of the proposed solution. Model configuration and calibration, data analytics, capacity building, training, and support are all part of a broader comprehensive service package our clients can expect when investing in the A2F Enterprise Risk Management System.