Consulting Services


We provide a wide of technical assistance services as well as training for organizations.  As consultants, we highlight in this section of the website our services. Please note that you can get additional information if you click the menu to the right of this page or choose one of the items in the pull down menu of this section of Consultancy Services.


Market Research – IDEAS has done market research and client satisfaction on 4 continents. We sometimes follow this up with new product development. Some of the market research draws on value chain research and sub-sector analysis.

Social Performance Management – IDEAS was one of the pioneering entities worldwide in this important area that helps organizations align their processes with their mission.

Strategic Planning – IDEAS has been involved in longer term planning for an institution using a variety of tools like Strategy Mapping and Balanced Scorecard. These multi-year plans can often be the next step after an Institutional Evaluation (see the Evaluation Services section). Some entities require a shorter term Business Plan and we can assist in that as well.

Rural Finance – IDEAS has worked for most of its existence in rural development. For more than two decades we have been active in microfinance. We have specialized in rural finance, taught courses with FAO. Click the button to learn more.

Private Capital directed to Microfinance – IDEAS was one of the pioneers in Impact Investing. We started by channeling socially responsible investment to microfinance internationlly. In 1991, we started the first Microfinance Investment Vehicle (MIV) to provide private investment to microfinance organizations in Nicaragua. Later we were instrumental in the formation of a for-profit MIV.

Business Development Services – microfinance alone may not be enough to move low income entrepreneurs out of poverty. We assist organizations to evaluate which services are needed for their clients and how those might be offered on a more sustainable basis.

Solar energy and Appropriate Technologies – Our work in rural areas has meant that we have been involved with appropriate technologies for many years. More recently we have become active with solar energy and other renewable energies. See our work in We provide Training on these areas in which we also consult.

Also, you can learn more about our services by going to the Resources section, click on brochures, and then download which one of the 6 brochures that most interests you.