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Integra develops and manages results-oriented, innovative strategies for social and economic development. Integra maintains a roster of world class experts with analytical, consultative, and managerial skills in several key areas of expertise, including:

Climate and Environment

Designing projects, conducting evaluations, and leading risk assessments in the areas of climate change adaptation, low emissions development, biodiversity conservation and sustainable landscapes. Our expertise in this area includes:

Forestry and Biodiversity Conservation
 Integra links sustainable livelihoods, land and resource rights, and good governance to the conservation of forests and biodiversity, through analytical tools and technology. We apply analytical tools to understand the foundations of success in nature conservation and the political, social, and economic constraints that must be addressed in project design.

Featured project: USAID’s Biodiversity and Extractives Political Economy Analysis

Combatting Wildlife Trafficking
 Integra combats wildlife crime by harnessing the power of public/private partnerships to get the tools needed to the places where they can make the most difference. We also identify technologies to improve forensic and investigative capacities and work to harvest lessons from the field and promote best practices through training and institution-building. Most importantly, we seek to link wildlife crime prevention and social and economic development through land rights and governance.

Featured project: USAID’s Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

Climate Risk Management
 Integra provides climate change expertise in-house and through a robust network of technical specialists to integrate climate risk management into development planning. Our expertise includes planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation, developing and testing climate risk screening tools, support and capacity building for implementation of climate policy, and collection and dissemination of climate information.

Featured product:USAID Assessment of Land Use Dynamics and Climate Change in West Africa

Climate Change Mitigation
We design and analyze projects, policies and institutional frameworks for countries to meet sustainable development objectives while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. We provide technical expertise in greenhouse gas accounting in agriculture, forestry and land use to monitor, design and evaluate climate mitigation and low emissions development projects. We provide training, resources and tools for agencies with GHG accounting requirements, and we promote benefit-sharing mechanisms and local governance based upon resource rights.

Featured project: USAID’s AFOLU Carbon Calculator Assessment


Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Integra approaches gender equality and social inclusion as a central crosscutting theme across all of our practice areas. We are a lead implementer of several methodologies designed for USAID and MCC to develop gender-sensitive interventions to achieve equality, empowerment and sustainable growth. Our expertise in this area includes:

Women in Agriculture
Women play a central role in agriculture and the rural economy, as farmers, laborers and entrepreneurs, yet face significant constraints that reduce their productivity and income generation potential. Integra supports the enabling environment for women in agriculture, with a focus on access to resources, improved productivity, and marketing.

Featured project: Women’s Empowerment in MCC’s Philippines AgCLIR Diagnostic 

Economic Development and Livelihoods
We design and implement livelihood-strengthening activities that are inclusive to both women and men, and are appropriate for a household’s resources, capabilities and constraints. Our programs build partnerships among public and private agencies to give individuals and local businesses the tools they need to compete in a rapidly evolving economy.
Land and Resource Rights
Despite often being treated independently, the domains of women’s empowerment and land and resource rights are complementary to one another. We work to develop gendered land tenure and resource rights frameworks, increase coordination among experts and government ministries, and boost incentives for the private sector to engage in practices that promote women’s access to land and resources.

Featured infographic: Understanding the Gender Dynamics of Climate Change Adaptation 


Agriculture and Food Security

Integra’s expertise in agricultural and food security is built around credible data and evidence-based analysis, the adoption of innovative approaches and technology, and sustainable policy and institutional reform. Our expertise in this area includes:

Market and Value Chain Analysis
Our approach to understanding markets and value chains is rooted in four key elements: an understanding of key market and trade trends; an assessment of key players along the value chain; a risk and resilience assessment; and an analysis of the key policy, legal, and institutional constraints to increased value chain growth.

Featured project: MCC’s Philippines Agricultural Markets Assessment

Agricultural Technology and Innovation
We focus on the key barriers and incentives to agricultural technology adoption and innovation. Our holistic approach goes beyond traditional economic narrative to include an understanding of social / cultural dynamics and the enabling environment. processes.

Featured project: USAID’s Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa Infographic

Agriculture Policy
Whether it is smallholder farmers or multinational agribusinesses, a stable and predictable environment for doing business is vital to growth.The Institutional Architecture diagnostic provides a framework for analyzing a country’s capacity to undertake policy change by identifying implementation barriers, designing policy options, and coordinating actions across public and private institutions.

Featured project: MCC’s AgCLIR Diagnostic in the Philippines


Economic Growth and Private Sector Partnerships

Integra facilitates the development and use of new ideas, technologies, tools, and approaches that have the potential to contribute substantially to growth. Our expertise in this area includes:

Public Financial Management (PFM)
Integra recognizes that strong PFM systems are critical for the effective, transparent, and accountable use of public funds. Once narrowly focused on budgeting, PFM’s scope has expanded to become a key part of macro-fiscal analysis and policy making. Our approach to PFM reflects USAID’s renewed commitment to local systems strengthening and is aligned with USAID’s Public Financial Management Risk Assessment Framework (PFMRAF).

Featured project: USAID’s Global Broadband Innovations (GBI)

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Innovative Financing
The private sector offers a potential partner to address funding deficits in infrastructure, from transport to healthcare, to drive economic growth. Yet many countries remain inexperienced with planning, budgeting, and managing private partnerships, and as a result, the success of their application have been mixed. With balanced risk as a guiding principle, our team has a long track record of working with governments to identify partnership opportunities, facilitating PPPs, and develop institutional systems for management.
Enabling Environment Reform

We utilize a number of well-tested methodologies to identify and address key policy, legal, regulatory and institutional constraints to economic growth. These include the Commercial Legal and Institutional Reform (CLIR) diagnostic and the Inclusive Growth Diagnostic (Constraints Analysis) methodology.

Featured project: MCC’s Philippines AgCLIR Diagnostic


Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

The ICT sector has great potential for improving firm productivity and enabling better social outcomes in health, education and public governance. Within this sector, Integra has helped facilitate access to broadband for over 4.7 million people. Our expertise in this area includes:

Increasing Access to Rural Broadband
We coordinate projects with multiple public and private stakeholders, providing effective management and communications and ensuring results are achieved.

Featured project: USAID’s Nigeria Universal Service Fund

National Broadband Policy and Institutional Strengthening
We assist governments in setting national strategic broadband goals, designing effective policies, gaining buy-in from public and private stakeholders, designing effective policies based on evidence-based analysis, and implementing these policies. To date, we have helped program over $25 billion in public and private funds.

Featured project: USAID’s Indonesia Broadband Plan Support Activity

Using ICT for Effective Knowledge Management
We ensure that a project’s lessons are not just widely shared, but also stored in a way that they can be conveniently accessed and used by incorporating professionally designed web interfaces, interactive media, and modern communications campaigns.

Featured project: USAID’s Global Broadband Innovations (GBI)