International Technical Assistance and Capacity Development

Transforming Institutions for a Better World

Diverse international settings require a unique approach and an appreciation of cultural norms and values in order to initiate institutional change.

The subject matter may change, but our objective is always to provide effective and sustainable transformational change to an institution's capacity - be that at the policy, organizational or operational level.  TDV has been delivering international Technical Assistance and Capacity Development (TACD) activities for the past decade. Focused on our scientific and regulatory specialization, we have conducted TACD activities in the areas of food safety, animal health and public health, in countries throughout every region of the world.

Participative Needs Assessment and Design

Upon initiating a consulting engagement, we strive to establish a clear understanding of your organization, its operating environment, and the underlying capacities and tools that are required to meet both existing and emerging needs.  Our capacity development approach includes a participative needs assessment and project design process, including comprehensive diagnostic missions that combine site and field visits with structured planning workshops.

By planning in direct collaboration with our clients, we are able to ensure that any intervention addresses the right issues, has the required stakeholder commitment, and is based on an agreed approach and clearly defined results.

Capacity Development Activities

TDV provides a full range of TACD activities, including strategic and operational planning support, partnership and sustainable funding development, stakeholder management, training, coaching, seminars, workshops, practical field and simulation exercises.

Through our train-the-trainer approach, we emphasize the effective transition of knowledge and skills to empower our clients well beyond the duration of any project, providing new capacity and lasting value.  By making our underlying approaches available, clients are empowered to further disseminate knowledge and training, and build capacity within their organizations and networks. 

Representative Projects

Honduras Good Agricultural Practices 2017. This was a sub-project under the Canada-Americas Trade Related Technical Assistance Project, funded by Global Affairs Canada and administered by Conference Board of Canada. TDV Global was contracted to undetake a needs assessment which subsequently resulted in a very focused sub-project on Good Agricultural Practices in the Comayagua region of Honduras. This is an area known for the production of oriental vegetables, an important export crop. The national agricultural authority requested support to training thier inspectors on good agricultural practices and proper pesticide management. TDV experts provided a Train-the-Trainers to the SENASA inspectors, and subsequently accompanied them during their pilot trainings with groups of local small farmers.

Peru Food Safety Project, 2012 - 2016This was a sub-project under the Canada-Americas Trade Related Technical Assistance Project, funded by Global Affairs Canada and administered by Conference Board of Canada. TDV Global was contracted to provide approximately $1.25 million assistance to the National Food Safety Committee (COMPIAL), and the respective government departments - namely Health, Agriculture, Trade and Fisheries. COMPIAL had a vision for a more harmonized and integrated food safety system. TDV conducted a participatory needs assessment and on that basis provided support for strategic planning for COMPIAL, laboratory integration, development of a harmonized food safety manual, risk management, and risk communications.

SPS Project in the Americas, 2006 to 2010. TDV Global was the executing agency for this $2.2m Global Affairs Canada (CIDA) funded project that operated in the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Guatemala. In the Caribbean the project partnered with the CARICOM Regional Organizaton for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and assisted that organization in strategic planning, governance and its own quality management system. In Costa Rica the project partnered with the national animal health service (SENASA) and delivered a comprehensive program of risk management, traceability, laboratory diagnostics methods, OIE BSE Risk Assessment, HAACP pre-requisites, and Specified Risk Materials (SRM) disposal. In Guatemala, the agricultural authority was interested in transitioning to the CFIA model, so assistance was provided on strategic planning, research and support to a working group.

Gender and Trade Research. Brian McKay, Partner at TDV Global has recently written a paper on Gender, Trade and Development. The focus is on how Canada can do more to promote inclusive economic growth through its Aid-for-Trade programming.

The paper can be downloaded here.Gender and Trade


Developing Country Participation and Special and Differential Treatment in the Multilateral Trading System. TDV Global Partner Brian McKay has written a paper on the SDT provisions in the various WTO agreements, and how developing country can better be supported to effectively participate in the multilateral trading system. 

The paper can be downloaded here. 

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