Business Consultants for Development
Specializing in sustainable community economic development
with women of less developed countries.
- business for development opportunity analysis
- organizational development
- computer options, is the micro-computer an appropriate option?
- women's empowerment and leadership training
- how to make the most of skills and ensure relevant skills
- market research
- advice and development of corporate criteria for a proactive
policy for the promotion of women
- train for adaptability
BCD is a partnership of women
professionals whose work is dedicated to assisting others in their
struggle for economic independence. Our services range from writing
a clear business plan to organizational development. We assist
people in making decisions about what computers to use and whether
or not to computerize. We develop training proposals and we can
implement the training or assist in locating qualified personnel
who can work with you over time. In addition, we do market studies,
systems analysis and leadership training for women. We advise
on income generation programs and business enterprise. In the
future we look forward to offering credit program development,
using the Grameen bank as our model.
Our commitment is to provide
affordable management consultant services and to see the projects
through to the achievement of our mutually developed goals. From
the start we will be open and frank about what we think can be
Economic development and women's
lives are intricately related. Too often our macro-economists
forget to consider the impact of their policies on one half of
the world's population: women. This is not a reason to prevent
development or to protest the need of government economic accountability.
Rather BCD believes in working directly with women to improve
their economic situation and to overcome social barriers. We don't
believe in imposing definitions of people's social needs, we believe
that through economically improved lives women will make their
own demands and needs heard. At the same time we recognize that
women the world over face huge obstacles to even begin the process.
The methods used build strong businesses led by women, recognize
the need for empowerment, self-esteem and leadership training,
but don't neglect critical education in skills such as book-keeping
BCD believes that the primary vehicle for women's empowerment
is their economic status. But the company also believes that improving
the economic status of women comes only with addressing structural
obstacles at the workplace and in society as a whole. We take
a holistic approach to our solutions and we take a long term view
of our relationships.
Business and philanthropy: Making it work.
Business is a field that often fails through inexperience. There
are many opportunities for misplaced philanthropy to become a
corrupting and destructive force. This is preventable with good
planning and advice. This is BCD's job and BCD can make sure your
income generation project is sustainable and appropriate.
Some typical BCD projects:
in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This is an outlet for Cambodian craft
producers that is dedicated to marketing Cambodian crafts. In
addition, it represents the kind of achievement BCD exists to
promote. Khemara House is an autonomous business, run by women
for women producers. In small but constructive ways Khemara House
challenges the status quo of women in Cambodia. It provides leadership
opportunities, entrepreneurial opportunities, employs women in
traditionally male occupations, such as driver and guard. Khemara
House makes selective use of technology
Bahini Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal. This is a safe house for
young girls rescued from illegal trafficking in prostitution.
These young girls range from 6 years old to 14 when they come
to the safe house. BCD is currently undertaking to research income
generation projects that will assist the young women in their
bid for independence and at the same time help support the maintenance
of the home.
A macro project:
Weaving Revitalization: Marketing an Image.
This is an integrated development project working with Cambodian
weavers to produce silk and market it overseas. The project aims
to preserve a skill and write down the history of a major cultural
icon. The Weaving Revitalization project includes training and
development of women into leadership positions to ensure their
future control of the industry and labor.
You have a project you want
to develop but don't have time. The project may be crucial to
the future of your organization. We will put it together professionally.
International projects of any scale need preliminary surveys,
proper staffing, management and monitoring and lastly they need
funding. Projects we formulate always provide critical conditions
for monitoring, staff profiles and timelines. The resulting document
will be your blue print for the duration of the project.
A World Bank official said "the projects you do are world
class. Anyone would have to give such a well presented project
Can a non-profit make business work? There are many efforts to
launch income generation projects and while the motivation may
be sincere the consideration of business realities may not be
sufficient. When philanthropy and business meet don't throw away
the rigorous criteria you would apply to a for profit business.
Nor should you throw away the social goals of a philanthropic
enterprise. How can you achieve both? We can help you assess individual
projects to create a successful combination.
Before providing funding it takes an experienced eye to give a
realistic estimate of what is possible. BCD consultants are practical
operators who are available to visit and assess a program.
Cross -Cultural Survival for Development Professionals
Preparation and consultation with families and individuals planning
to live in other countries. Your staff may be going from the US
or coming to the US on a short term assignment. We look at what
you will be doing, your living conditions and who you are to provide
critical survival strategies. So you can enjoy and benefit from
your time in a new culture. No potted phrases, truisms or cultural
stereotypes. We look at the situation and hone the skills from
there. We help you develop a plan that is going to work for you.
BCD full-time consultant:
Katharine Wardle, Master of
Science, Political Development in Southeast Asia, School of Oriental
and African Studies, London. She is founder of BCD and long time
activist in the field of fair trade and women's empowerment. She
has extensive experience living and working internationally, particularly
China and Southeast Asia. Ms. Wardle speaks five languages. Her
professional experience includes working in small business, cross-cultural
consulting for US corporations, program management and fair trade
retail development. She offers special assistance in organizational
development, marketing, trouble shooting and computer solutions.
Thank you for considering our organization as a partner
in building your future.
Business Consultants for Development (BCD)
P.O. Box 5105
Berkeley, CA 94705-0105