“Under UNDP’s Social Cohesion & Conflict Prevention Project services of ECI were hired for “Skills & Technical Trainings of Youth in UC Musazai”. Our experience with ECI has been one of the best where ECI built capacity of 150 youth in trades of: Commercial Tailoring, Grocery & Trading Business, Cloth Shop, Advance Farming Techniques, Livestock Management and Computer Skills. The firm was involved in identification & selection of beneficiaries, training needs assessment (including identification of most valued trades in the area), designing of curriculum, arrangement of logistics, conduct of trainings and documentation. All the activities were conducted according to workplan; and now the project is towards its closing phase. The current situation on-ground is that every day people from the community visit ECI team and Local Government Representatives office to continue with the program as some of the beneficiaries trained during the project course have increased household incomes. This situation points towards success of efforts of ECI.”
The beauty of the changemakers model is its sustainability factor. The element of sustainability is visible in the previous programs, which trained 1200 beneficiaries and more than 80% became part of wage employment and many were selected for jobs in government offices and nearby private organizations. The Lasbela project is a part of our previous program. Based on the success and lessons learned from the programs implemented by ECI at Rahimyar Khan, Thatta and Lahore, this model was replicated in Lasbela
ECI and PMN partnered for the very first time on “Financial Literacy” in 2012 where services of ECI were hired to design and develop Financial Literacy Module for the World Bank after which the firm conducted ToT’s nationally on the module. Our experience of working with ECI was one of the best last time and this time around when through a bidding process ECI was brought on-board they continue to perform even better. Under the current contract ECI is mandated to design the orientation package for borrowers, design and develop IEC material, conduct ToT’s and develop & implement a media campaign on radio/TV. The firm has already completed the development of orientation package and IEC material both of which have been highly appreciated by IFC and PMN. We are sure that with the effort that ECI team is putting into this project the financial literacy messages will reach out to thousands of borrowers and will have positive effect on responsible loan management by borrowers.
“From Dreams to Reality” was a very effective and cost-efficient project implemented by ECI with the sustainable results achieved through promoting local leadership particularly of women. The whole project concept was quite unique and pertinent to the local needs and met the notion of “local problems local solutions”. The idea was to create a cadre of “change makers” based on ECI’s model, who are able to represent their respective communities, are well-articulated in expressing their needs, mobilize resources, and take local initiatives. The success of this project speaks volumes of the professional competence of the ECI team.
“ECI team reviewed the material on Life Skills Based Education (LSBE) particularly on the adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) by technical experts and developed customized training manuals and workbooks targeting both gender of adolescents, young people and parents. From the beginning till the end of the assignment the ECI team was very organized and technically sound. They accomplished the assignment with keen interest in developing the customized Life Skills Based manual in the light of our suggestions and requirements. During the training of trainers (ToT) and Training of Young People ECI trainers transferred knowledge and skills successfully. They have used interactive theatre technique (culturally appropriate) to introduce the sensitive topic of Life skills with parents in the remote communities of Thatta and Muzaffargarh –
EMEC used the services of ECI trainer for its “USAID Consultative Workshop”. It was highly beneficial training. The tips and examples provided and the activities conducted by the ECI trainer were very relevant for EMEC trainers. Not only it enhanced the participants’ facilitation skills but they were also able to use it in their training sessions.
The JICA and DOA-GB got technical support of ECI, a national level capacity building organization. ECI has the expert curriculum designers, content experts, and master trainers. Bearing a potential and expert team, ECI has proved to be one of our potential partners, assisted us in implementing a capacity building program to benefit all the stakeholders of JICA assisted project. It is a reliable organization and I would recommend their services with full confidence for large training roll outs.
The efforts of ECI, in making the project “Strengthening & Mentoring of Parent Teacher Councils (PTCs)” a success, are highly commendable. In my professional experience, I have never come across such marvelous organization meeting and understanding the client’s expectations in designing curriculums and delivering trainings in a professional manner.
With support from ECI, TroCaire has organized a number of interactive workshops, hands-on practical sessions, market assessments, design of curricula for potential entrepreneurs, business plans and many other activities. It’s been a very fruitful and beneficial period for Trocaire and its Partners. Within a short period of time, Partners have been able to streamline their focus and develop technically sound strategies to develop small enterprises in rural communities of Sindh, including women’s enterprises which have moved away from less-profitable handicrafts to more sustainable business options. We have always found ECI very flexible, cooperative and understanding of our needs and the needs of Partners and community members. We hope that our Memorandum of Understanding, which we signed in 2013, will be a good platform for developing many new and innovative ways on supporting entrepreneurship in Pakistan.
Many Congratulations to the ECI Team on their Strengthening Homebased Workers Program , for getting recognition by ILO. No doubt, ILO is an authority on waged and self employment programs. Indeed it is a matter of pride for all of you at ECI that ILO recognized you as one of the best in this sector.
As a learning and knowledge creating organization, ECI is constantly identifying and implementing national and international best practices for Livelihood & Enterprise Development.
To keep enterprise development efforts current and anchored to field realities, ECI undertakes field based action researches.
The organization subscribes to the ‘Value Chain Approach to Economic Development’, that emphasizes the importance of market-based solutions towards development problems. This approach is now used in design and implementation of all economic development projects and programmes of ECI.
ECI undertakes Value Chain Research studies. To date ECI has assessed the following sub-sectors: Embellished Fabric, Marble Mosaic, Gems & Jewelry, Dates, Pottery, Livestock, Fishery, Dairy, Carpets, Wheat, Potatoes, Onions, Embroidery, Tailoring & Stitching, Cream Separator, Ladies Shop, Beauty Parlor, Chabian, and Baan Making.
The organization has a specialized thematic focus in Agribusiness. ECI’s work in this area includes creation and strengthening of Farmer Enterprise Groups (FEGs), formation of producer and farmer cooperatives, enterprise development trainings on latest farm technology including high-tunnel farming, as well as development of farm-focused enterprise and skills training material.
Design & development of training curriculum is an organizational expertise. ECI’s extensive resource library has 180 training curriculums. The material has been designed for audiences across the range (non-literate to semi-literate to literate) including: youth, women as well as vulnerable groups (persons with disabilities, refugees, immigrants, poorest of the poor). Too date ECI has developed curriculam in following languages: Urdu, English, Sindhi and Dari.
ECI works towards creating and strengthening capacity of organizations to deliver business development services and implement programs. To date, thirteen such organizations have been registered in Haripur, Charsadda, Peshawar, Islamabad, Vehari, Chakwal, Mansehra and Nowshera. Apart from these organizations ECI worked with SMEDA to build capacity of 87 organizations and ECI’s biggest achievement in institutional development has been strengthening of UK based NGO working in Afghanistan “Afghanaid”.
The ECI Training Centre, situated at the banks of the Korang River, is ECI’s residential training facility. This purpose-built facility caters to the development sector as well as corporate clients and provides a beautiful, serene and secluded venue where participants can retreat.
ECI designs and implements cascade training programs, where a module is developed, lead or master trainers are trained, and then rolled-out to thousands of end beneficiaries across Pakistan. For ECI the implementation of cascade trainings has been possible through its network of associates which consists of 280 enterprise trainers and 3200 professional trainers for other thematic areas. This network of associates gives ECI physical presence in all districts of Pakistan including FATA Agencies and it is because of this network that ECI can deliver trainings in All local languages used in Pakistan. For General Elections 2013, ECI in collaboration with CHIP Training & Consulting trained about 500,000 polling officers over a span of 40 days, while for Benazir Income Support Program, ECI has solely trained about 20,000 women and youth beneficiaries.
ECI is providing range of consulting services in all thematic areas including:- project design, curriculum design & development, documentation & report writing, mentoring & evaluation.