About The Implementers

Louis Berger

Louis Berger is a global professional services corporation that helps clients solve their most complex infrastructure and development challenges. Louis Berger has a long-standing presence in more than 50 nations, represented by the multidisciplinary expertise of nearly 6,000 engineers, economists, scientists, managers and planners.

Louis Berger’s integrated development practice is a recognized partner to development banks, financial institutions, governments, NGOs and multilateral institutions around the globe.

Louis Berger has more than 60 years of experience in the delivery of complex, multi-dimensional projects worldwide on behalf of UKaid and other donors. In conflict and post-conflict environments, Louis Berger has built a reputation for delivering high quality services, and for developing sustainable local institutions.

As one of the most highly-skilled and geographically diverse consulting firms in the world, LBG currently manages 85 on-going projects worth nearly £911 million in more than 25 countries worldwide for a range of private clients and donors.

To date, it has completed 225 projects in economic and social infrastructure have been completed, valuing over £1.58 billion throughout the South Asia region with two in Nepal valuing nearly £6.7M. Its history in Nepal dates back to 1995 where LBG worked with private clients and bilateral donors in Nepal’s Central region.

Louis Berger offers expertise in a range of areas, including post-conflict development, community engagement, economic development, capacity building, government reform, infrastructure development, gender and vulnerable group integration, disaster response, and M & E. Louis Berger is unrivalled in its ability to deliver development results in financial inclusion for the poor which encompasses a multitude of innovative approaches to provide financial services and products for the un- and under-banked.

Louis Berger focuses on economic growth and poverty reduction in successfully applying a M4P approach and financial systems methodology to reduce market constraints and build the capacity of financial institutions and information systems. In doing so, we create accessible, efficient, and sustainable financial markets, empowering new market participants to escape poverty.

Monetics

Monetics has been providing consulting assistance to Central Banks and other institutions regarding payment systems for 10 years. Monetics’ principal consultants all have extensive histories of involvement with payments systems over a much longer period and they are mainly former partners of international consulting firms or general managers of software houses or banks. The team has worked for over 20 central banks, managing the implementation of payment systems (including the products of all the major payment system software providers) and providing consulting services on a wide range of topics from organisation to technical strategy, from business continuity to telecommunications, and from regulation to service pricing.

Monetics has extensive experience in all aspects of payment systems from inter-bank large value and bulk payment to card payment, switching, mobile payment and e-money, including special expertise in the application of international best practices and the BIS FMI Principles. Monetics is particularly skilled in bringing technology, namely mobile banking and branchless banking applications, to the financial inclusion sector, having worked on several projects worldwide that bring mobile payment systems design and rollout to those in underdeveloped regions.

As contributors to the Nepal Mobile Financial Services Summit conducted in June 2012, Monetics’ Carl Rosenquist worked with a group of selected IFC experts in microfinance and transformational branchless banking to develop the concepts and contributions for the Summit. This included an assessment of the existing regulatory framework regarding interoperability of the proposed mobile financial services Eco System for Nepal.

Centre for Public Policy Dialogue (CPPD)

Established in 2001, CPPD is a Nepal-based NGO involved in research, training, dialogues, and advisory activities on various issues of Nepalese national development.

CPPD seeks to use its unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experiences to provide a forum where professionals, experts and stakeholders from different walks of life can meet, discuss, interact and analyse development issues in the best interest of Nepal. CPPD works extensively with the GoN including the MoF and NRB as well as local Nepalese banks and MFIs.

It has worked with DFID, USAID, World Bank, and other donors to reach those in the poorest and most remote areas throughout all five development regions of Nepal.

CPPD serves a bridge between the general public and policy makers on contemporary socio-economic issues such as poverty reduction, gender issue, unemployment, environment management, rural development, devolution of power, labour management, and good governance. In doing so, CPPD helps formulate people-oriented development policies, provides policy inputs to the government, NGOs, and civil society on development issues, plays a catalytic role in generating ideas to address contemporary development issues the country is facing, and conducts research studies, training programmes, and dialogues while providing a forum to policy makers, professionals, experts and stakeholders to share interact, discuss and deliberate on such issues.

Specifically, CPPD has undertaken several financial sector development projects to the satisfaction of its clients including the organisation of a “Problems and Solution of Commercial Bank’s Liquidity, Investment and Debt-recovery” seminar designed to disseminate information to Nepal’s commercial banks as well as a study on “Control Revenue Leakage and Irregularities” with the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Finance and the World Bank. CPPD’s team comprising ex-senior NRB and MoF officials will help facilitate the relationships with the NRB, MoF and relevant government ministries. They will also help in logistical aspects, including travel arrangements in the MWFR as well as facilitation of expatriate consultants in and out of Nepal.

Centre for Microfinance (CMF)

The Centre for Microfinance (CMF) Nepal was established in July 2000 to strengthen the capacity of microfinance institutions and enable them to provide savings, credit, and other financial services to the poor, with women as a focal point. CMF runs a wide range of programs designed to meet the emerging needs of microfinance institutions and its members. CMF engages in training, technical assistance, advisory services, research, knowledge management, policy advocacy, publication and documentation, dissemination of best practices, and networking among its shareholding, strategic, and associate members in partnership with national and international development organizations to promote and strengthen the microfinance sector. CMF’s Articles of Association 13 (f) states that the surplus earned by the organization shall not be distributed as dividends to the shareholding members. Rather, such profits shall be deployed for the development of the microfinance sector and poverty alleviation programs and CMF shall remain a not-for-profit organization.

Originally, CMF was a project implemented by the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) funded by USAID and the Ford Foundation in 1998-2000. CMF has transformed from the project to an autonomous, privately owned national network organization that works to strengthen the microfinance sector and its member associations, institutions and individuals with a vision of “sustainable access to microfinance services for the poor”.