The EFR Involve Consultancy Project

The EFR Involve Consultancy Project stands out within EFR’s initiatives due to its research focused approach. Aiming to make a sustainable impact in communities in need, this programme empowers a selected group of 20 motivated ESE students.

What is the Involve Consultancy Project?

Involve’s mission has always been to focus on providing sustainable help to underprivileged populations. This goal was reflected in the inaugural research question posed during the initial Involve Project in 2012: “Can we set up a long lasting initiative that provides people at the ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ with clean drinking water?”. Subsequently, a feasibility study was performed on a Dutch NGO to assess the viability of projects aimed at providing clean drinking water in Cameroon.

Over the years, the Involve Consultancy Project has continued to conduct research on the impact of various factors on the quality of life in developing countries. In 2021, Involve collaborated with the UN Refugee Agency to investigate the Graduation Approach in Uganda; targeting households in extreme poverty. Last year, in 2023, we partnered with Barefoot College International to explore strategies for increasing donor acquisitions in Zanzibar.

Working in collaboration with an NGO or a social enterprise, participants will receive guidance and support to execute this impactful research. The project unfolds over three months of desk research (April-June), followed by two immersive weeks of field research abroad ( July/August), culminating in a final presentation for the partner in September. Past editions have taken place all around the world, exploring countries like Ghana, Indonesia, Uganda, Peru, Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya and Nepal. Each year, the project evolves and its success continues to grow.

Interested in Involve?

Look through the reports and descriptions of the previous editions of the Involve Consultancy Project

2018: Free Press Unlimited Project

Free Press Unlimited fights for independent news and unbiased information for everyone, everywhere. FPU uses their Theory of Change as a means to achieve a righteous and peaceful society through the power of media tool.

Involve helped the NGO find relationships between their short/long-term intermediate outcomes. Know as pathways of change and produced mechanism to monitor these pathways with external sources.

2019: CARE Nederland

In 2019, we were partnered up with CARE Nederland. The NGO is one of the largest and oldest humanitarian aid organizations focused on fighting global poverty.

Together they analyzed female (economic) empowerment, and identified barriers restricting access to finance for women. The field research was carried out in Peru, one of the focus regions of CARE.

2020: African Parks Malawi

In 2020, the EFR Involve committee collaborated with African Parks in Malawi. The goal of the project was to help local communities become less dependent on the environment and reach financial stability.

Although the planned expedition got postponed due to the pandemic, participants completed desk research to find out more about the socio-economic conditions and were able to gain knowledge of the issues at hand.

2021: Bernard Van Leer Foundation

In 2021, the EFR Involve Consultancy committee collaborated with the Bernard Van Leer Foundation. A NGO focused on early childhood development.

In this project, we studied the effects of exposure to nature on the development of young children and their caregivers. Although the planned field research to Israel had to be canceled due to Covid-19, an alternative field research in and around The Netherlands was composed and conducted

2022: UN Refugee Agency

The Involve Consultancy Project worked together with the UN Refugee Agency. Their research focused on the Graduation Approach, a method used to relieve poverty among the poorest refugees which aims to increase self-reliance and resilience among their participants.

They compared this approach to other poverty alleviation approaches to look at the cost-effectiveness of the Graduation Approach in targeting refugees. During the field research they travelled to Uganda, where they interviewed refugees in different refugee settlements, NGO’s implementing the approaches and local leaders and officials.

2023: Barefoot College

In 2023, we partnered with Barefoot College International to explore strategies for increasing donor acquisitions in Zanzibar.

The trip encompassed a comprehensive understanding of Barefoot College International projects and the local Zanzibar culture. Witnessing the impact of BCI’s work on communities was eye-opening, revealing the power of seemingly small actions. During our visit to a rural village secondary school, we became acutely aware of the lack of education on reproductive systems and birth control. This issue, especially affecting girls, underscores the importance of addressing taboos. Our time in Kigongoni showcased the transformative effects of the Solar Mamas program, electrifying homes, and brightening futures. Additionally, encountering the beekeeping communities emphasised the ecological and economic significance of these endeavours.