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Tim Schur, CEO

Integra Government Services International LLC, an international development firm delivering solutions to promote self-reliance among emerging economy governments and markets through academically grounded analytical tools and private sector engagement, announces the transfer of ownership and leadership to industry executive, Timothy Schur.

With the completion of this transaction, Integra will continue to serve its clients by developing and managing results-oriented, innovative strategies for social and economic development in the areas of economic growth, agriculture and food security, gender and women’s empowerment, climate and environment, and information and communication technology. Integra maintains a roster of world-class experts with analytical, consultative, and managerial skills in several key areas of expertise.

Robert Otto, Founder and retiring President, said, “After an extensive search, I am confident that Tim has the values and experience to lead Integra into the future.”  With more than 30 years of experience in advisory and consulting services to government, Mr. Schur has filled wide-ranging roles in corporate finance, strategy and innovation, impact investment, business development, and business practice leadership. For the last decade, he has been supporting International Development programs and investments for the United States, United Kingdom, and Australian governments as well as direct investments by governments across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Palladium.

Mr. Schur started his career more than 30 years ago as a founding employee in a small business and is looking forward to repeating that growth journey. “Bob has attracted and developed a highly talented and experienced team at Integra. I’m looking forward to guiding that team in delivering sustainable impact in emerging economies.” Mr. Schur and the Team at Integra will be building on firm’s nine-year history and track record of success in 35 countries, impacting millions of stakeholders, and leveraging over $1.2 billion in public and private investment for development reforms.

In late July, Integra’s evaluation team made the first of three trips to Indonesia to collect data, speak with stakeholders, and design three separate performance evaluations for the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Green Prosperity Project.

Totaling $313 million over five years, the Green Prosperity Project was designed to increase productivity, reduce reliance on fossil fuels by expanding renewable energy, and reduce land-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Under the project, this was to be done through the improvement of land use practices and better management of natural resources. Particularly in Indonesia, a country with a large forest-dwelling population, developing alternative land-use mechanisms is an essential part of safeguarding the future wellbeing of the diverse population. Divided into five portfolios – partnership grants; community-based natural resources management; renewable energy; technical assistance and project preparation; and the Green Knowledge activity (a knowledge-sharing component) – the Green Prosperity Project developed and implemented solutions for some of Indonesia’s key environmental issues. This included the development of participatory land use and planning mechanisms as well as a grant financing facility aimed at funding renewable energy initiatives throughout the country.

Integra is currently in the process of evaluating the successes and impact of facility grants within the renewable energy and community-based natural resources management portfolios. Our on-grid renewable energy team, led by Matthew Addison, is focused on the impact made by on-grid renewable energy projects financed by the GP Grant Facility. Our social forestry team, led by Scott Bode, is conducting an evaluability assessment of the project’s efforts in developing community-engaged forest management (‘social forestry’) processes. Finally, our peatlands rehabilitation team, led by Corey Nelson, is assessing the performance of peatland rehabilitation efforts. These efforts will continue through submission of the final report, estimated for completion in January 2020.

Integra is conducting this evaluation on behalf of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. For more information about this assignment, please visit the project page here.

 

Under the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP III), Integra is conducting the Performance Evaluation of USAID/Vietnam’s Environment Remediation at Da Nang Airport. The Environmental Remediation at Da Nang Airport Project is part of the United States Government’s (USG) efforts to carry out Agent Orange/dioxin health and remediation activities in Vietnam, in close collaboration with the Government of Vietnam (GVN). The purpose of USG participation in dioxin remediation is to address the legacy of the American-Vietnam war through the reduction of dioxin contamination.

This end of project performance evaluation will obtain an independent, third-party review and evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the project in addressing legacy dioxin-contaminated soil and sediment, and document the benefits of USAID/MND cooperation on remediation of Danang Airport to the region. With this objective in mind, and understanding the political sensitivities surrounding the project, Integra rapidly assembled an environmental remediation evaluation team, including economists and remediation experts from third-party countries with experience dealing with environmental remediation, and rigorous evaluations.

Based on the evaluation’s findings, the evaluation team will develop recommendations for future cooperative efforts addressing legacy dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa Airport, slated to begin at the end of 2018.

LEAP III provides a mechanism for USAID field missions and bureaus to easily and cost-effectively access rigorous, independent, and high-quality analytical services to support economic and policy analyses, strategy and project design, monitoring and evaluation, training, and knowledge management. For more information, please contact the LEAP III Chief of Party, Mark Gellerson, at mgellerson@integrallc.com.

You may also download our two-page factsheet here.

Under the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP III), Integra is currently conducting a Performance Evaluation of USAID/Zambia’s Community Forests Program (CFP).

In 2014, USAID Zambia awarded a Cooperative Agreement to BioCarbon Partners, Ltd. (BCP) to implement the Community Forests Program (CFP) in Zambia. The CFP is designed to exemplify and support the Government of Zambia’s (GRZ) Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) strategy by establishing the largest REDD+ program to-date in Zambia. The CFP aims to establish REDD+ project areas across a minimum of 700,000 hectares within the Zambezi and Luangwa Valley ecosystems, and in so doing, to support deforestation mitigation activities taking place on a total of up to 2 million hectares, involving up to 10,000 households.

Integra is conducting a performance evaluation of USAID/Zambia’s Community Forests Program (CFP), which will provide USAID/Zambia with an independent review of progress made by this important project, and hopefully identify lessons that can be applied to future activities in the sector. The evaluation has three main objectives:

  • Document the overall effectiveness of the project in reducing deforestation of biologically significant forest landscapes
  • Identify lessons learned from the project—specifically, the strengths and weaknesses of the design and implementation of the CFP, and how they contributed to the project’s successes and challenges
  • Assess the sustainability of CFP results related to forestry conservation. That is, are the gains and successes of the CFP likely to continue after the end of the project

Integra has partnered with RuralNet Associates Ltd., a local Zambian firm, to conduct four simultaneous field assessments in CFP project areas.

LEAP III provides a mechanism for USAID field missions and bureaus to easily and cost-effectively access rigorous, independent, and high-quality analytical services to support economic and policy analyses, strategy and project design, monitoring and evaluation, training, and knowledge management.

For more information, please contact the LEAP III Chief of Party, Mark Gellerson, at mgellerson@integrallc.com.  You may also download our two-page factsheet here

 

The Government of Fiji’s effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and sustainable forest management practices (REDD+) requires a mechanism for responding to complaints, disputes, and grievances arising from the readiness and implementation phases of the Fiji National REDD+ Programme. The Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, with funding from the World Bank, awarded Integra a contract in September 2017 to develop a feedback and grievance redress mechanism (FGRM) for all stakeholders in the National REDD+ Programme.

As of June 2018, Integra concluded its consultancy with the World Bank and the Government of Fiji, the first of the REDD+ Readiness Assessments to be completed. The consultancy ended with the design of a communications strategy and a training of trainers. The communications strategy was designed specifically for the FGRM and supported greater awareness on REDD+. The training was conducted for targeted groups over a two-day period on the FGRM structure, procedures, process, and roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders involved – this also included the use of recommended reporting and recording forms in both English and iTaukei languages.

The FGRM Team then presented their findings and recommended design to the REDD+ Secretariat and Steering Committee for acceptance and approval. For more information on this activity, you can reference the project page located here.

Integra is pleased to announce it has been awarded the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP III), released by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment.

LEAP III provides a mechanism for USAID field missions and bureaus to easily and cost-effectively access rigorous, independent, and high-quality analytical services to support economic and policy analyses, strategy and project design, monitoring and evaluation, training, and knowledge management.

All too often, economic growth is constrained by poorly designed policies, making it difficult for both local entrepreneurs and international businesses to operate in the developing world. Whether flawed government regulation or inefficiently designed value chains, these types of structural obstacles have proven to be a key hindrance to achieving robust and sustainable economic growth.

Designed as a demand-driven project, LEAP III will provide field support for analytical services as requested by USAID Missions, Bureaus and Operating Units, providing a vehicle for USAID to support partner governments, civil society counterparts, and capacity-building among its staff,. Assistance will be provided across all sectors, including economic growth, agriculture, education, women’s empowerment, environment, and infrastructure. Under LEAP III, Integra and its partners will provide a variety of analytical services to USAID and its partners, including, but not limited to: cost-benefit analysis, public financial management analysis, performance and impact evaluations, and inclusive growth diagnostics.

To meet the high demand of USAID missions spread around the globe, Integra has assembled a team of world-class partners, including Limestone Analytics, Bixal Solutions, and Palladium International to assist in the implementation of LEAP III. Together, we look forward to improving development programming by providing USAID and its partners with high-quality analytical and evaluative services.

For more information, please contact the LEAP III Chief of Party, Mark Gellerson, at mgellerson@integrallc.com.  You may also download our two-page factsheet here

Under USAID Wildlife Asia, Integra has developed a mobile application to assist law enforcement officials and the public in identifying pangolin species and their origin.

Medium.com tells the story of how Robert Otto, Integra’s President and Vietnam War Veteran, went from serving in our military to serving globally through his company and USAID.

The Integra team expresses our deepest condolences for the family and friends of Wayne Lotter, Co-Founder of the PAMS Foundation, and a true champion of wildlife conservation. Wayne was shot and killed last night, August 17th, 2017, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Wayne was deeply respected by his colleagues, and his passion to protect wildlife in the face of adversity will continue to serve as an inspiration to us all.

-Robert Otto

 

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