Development for Impact Advisory

International development agencies work with a wide array of partners and contexts to foster sustainable development. Amid these complexities, there’s increasing pressure to demonstrate results, achieve positive returns to donor investments, and build local capacity. We apply our expertise in international development to help organizations maximize their impact with limited resources, through improvements in their service delivery. We help to define programmatic issues, assess operational efficiency, and conduct sound evaluations. 

Our range of services to development agencies include:

We assist organizations to promote evidence and independent evaluation of projects and programs by carrying out performance monitoring and quality assurance assignments, and building the capacity of M&E and project management staff. Together with clients, we assist the development of M&E plans, impact evaluation designs, research methodologies, reporting templates, theory of change, result frameworks, performance indicators and LogFrames.

 Sharing of industry experiences is vital to excellent project execution. We aggregate learnings from on-the-ground implementation experience and, by applying data and research findings by partners, convene events, for example, sector or practice platforms to identify and research on issues that are core. We provide thought partnership in filtering major development issues and lead in executing agreed action plans.

 We carry out organizational assessments, conduct diagnostic analyses, develop and review strategic management plans and advice on decision flows that promote accountabilities and increase organizational effectiveness. We train project staff on business and market-based approaches, and develop tools and methodologies that promote quality implementation and reporting. We apply a facilitative approach that values ownership of agreed action plans and outcomes.


 We provide fundraising services including overall management of proposal development process. We write concept papers and proposals, prepare detailed budgets and assist in proposal submission and reviews. Onward Resources assists organizations to position for wins by advising on intelligence gathering, synthesising strategic direction of funders, assessing competitive landscape, scanning potential implementation partners for possible partnerships, and structuring teaming agreements.

  Quality human resources are vital in project cycle management and successful implementation. Our team of human capital services advisors has experience in talent management, and helps clients to find, attract and retain top talent. We provide services in; hiring and on-boarding, development of performance management systems, development and review of policies and procedures, and alignment with corporate plans.

We assist new International NGOs, Trusts and Charities to set up and establish local and regional operations. Specifically, we help in registration, compliance with local regulations and labour laws, office set-up, employee hiring, assessment and vetting of potential partners, introductions to key donor and government agencies, preparation of strategic plans, and introduction to potential implementation partners.