35th Anniversary

In 2012 C.A.C. International celebrated its 35th Anniversary! Born from a group of quebecois consultants, trainers, and facilitators, C.A.C. International offered professional services to federal, provincial, and municipal government and NGO’s. C.A.C. International built a solid reputation in international development as experts in the performance review of results and processes. The firm’s experience included a financial review and audit arm. It was major shareholder in the successful Groupe Consiel that implemented the following CIDA-funded overseas development programs: Formation des maitres, Haiti, 2003-2008; Scholarisation des filles, Niger, 2000-2005; Local Federation, with UPA, Guinea, 2003-2010; Appui aux elus locaux, Senegal, 2000-2008; and PAPA la programme d’appui d’alphabetisation, with Oxfam, Senegal.

C.A.C. International is accustomed to DAC and Canadian Treasury Board norms. Its members have undertaken mandates for international governments, multilateral agencies, foundations, NGO’s and the private sector. Over the last ten years C.A.C. International has held three successive Agency-wide Standing Offers for performance reporting, monitoring and evaluation with CIDA. Individual senior members also hold a variety of standing offers for evaluation with individual CIDA programs.

Looking ahead C.A.C. International prioritizes maintaining long-standing and productive relationships with its partners and networks and contributing to excellence within international development.

Our Work / Our Services

In each of its areas of specialization, C.A.C. International offers services in project and program development, implementation, monitoring, training, and management within the context of DAC norms. More specifically, the services of targeted intervention are as follows:

Performance Monitoring / Evaluation and Results-based Management

Performance monitoring and evaluation:

• Design and implementation of overall monitoring and evaluation frameworks;
• Technical support and training in self-diagnosis and self-evaluation;
• Project/program retrospective and impact evaluations;
• Developmental result profile of an ensemble of sectorial and regional projects/programs.

Results-based management:

• Ensuring the effective application of results-based management and its integration within the planning, implementation, training and preparation of performance assessments;

• Defining expected results of project/programs based on objectives sought. This involves creating a management system that is designed according to expected results, and in which activities and initiatives are adapted to meet these results, rather than basing management simply on activities. With each aspect of the project cycle being based on results, both the decision-making process and the sustainability of results are improved;

• Using information relating to results in order to facilitate decision-making.

Human Resource Capacity Development and Training

• Institutional and organizational diagnoses;

• Human resource development master plans;

• Technical assistance in human resource management, training, and technology transfer to institutions and organizations;

• Design of training programs, preparation of pedagogical guides and didactic tools on the following topics:

- facilitation techniques;
- intercultural communication;
- international development;
- results-based management;
- monitoring and evaluation;
- macroeconomics;
- human rights;
- sustainable development; and
- gender and development.
• Monitoring and evaluation of training programs.

Institutional Support to Private, Public and Parapublic sectors

• Technical, social and institutional feasibility studies;

• Needs assessment in financial management, administration and information systems;

• Design and implementation of administrative, financial and information systems;

• Planning and implementation methodologies for institutional change;

• On-going technical assistance to organizations and institutions in the areas of
management, training and program activities;

• Analysis and diagnosis of judicial climates and commercial law;

• Retrospective evaluation of restructuring, strengthening and program development activities undertaken by organizations/institutions.

Communication for Development

• Studies and research prior to implementing development policies and programs which intend to use communications as a tool for social mobilisation and promotion;

• Support for the development of local, regional and national communication strategies and policies;

• Technical support to capacity building in institutions and organizations for the design and implementation of communication action plans and strategies;

• Development of teaching materials that integrate the beliefs, values and identities of target groups, using modern and traditional methods and media;

• Technical support to the decentralization of communication structures and means to the grassroots level, encouraging the dissemination and exchange of information;

• Training in social, educational and institutional communication;

• Retrospective evaluation of communication programs.