Project Everest

Consultancy, is it applicable to developing nations?

Consultancy = Training, Training = Consultancy.

Currently, on the Social Consultancy team are focusing on two avenues: Providing tailored business solutions for viable clients and providing education modules to small business owners. 
When first trying to formulate our education module, we came up with a lecture/classroom style of trying to provide business training. Country Operations manager Jimmy Baysarri was quick to pick up one a critical point that we weren't paying enough time on: our idea did not fit in with the relaxed, happy culture of Fiji. Thus, it would be ineffective. We then created a more relaxed, group based and interactive module which was effective when testing with the Centre chiefs from a variety of different villages.

The fact of the matter was, teaching pure theory is not effective. Teaching theory and having a foundation of business principles is a Westernised concept. People in Fiji are not interested in being the most knowledgeable business student or person. They care about business so they can provide for their families. So they can help they're children. So they can help they're elders. So they can help they're villages.

Thus, Applicability is key. Education is founded in the examples and the usefulness and viability of the idea in relation to their own business. Thus, by providing application focused training/mentoring services, you are essentially consulting them on ways to improve their business without providing direct, strict consultancy frameworks. 

I see this as the potential direction for this project.

Would love any insight!

William Ashford Jul 21, 2017

Sounds great, where to from here though?

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Soni Lawson Jul 25, 2017

Hi Soni here from the Malawi July 2017, Social consulting/ Agriculture assessment team. I do agree with the fact that its not about, ' being the most knowledgeable business student,' because it is not affective. i found this problem in Malawi when talking about access to loans or financing and asking what they would do if they had access and most women said they would start a small business. However they found it hard to start one up as they did not have the knowledge. The pure focus should not be about being knowledgeable but to be affective in the way we provide a service that will benefit to the communities. Thus, I think by providing your application focused on training/mentoring services this could improve their quality of life by improving their local business. Would love to see where this idea will go from here?

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