Who We Are
The Story of DADA6.DADA6 grew out of the desire to re-invent public sector consulting, which has been largely on the way to its decline. Narina A. Sica, owner of DADA6, and Ugis Sics, her life partner and experienced public sector consultant himself, established DADA6. Its DNA can be traced to 2004, when Ugis launched CPM Consulting Group that soon became a trusted partner and recognized brand name in public sector consulting in many countries of the European Neighborhood, the Western Balkans and Turkey. DADA6 now co-owns the CPM Group and has a mission to develop a new kind of committed international consulting community which puts quality, impact and sustainability at the centre stage. DADA6 is a family enterprise where everyone matters and has a contribution to make. Run by the family, the DADA6 community includes a network of associate and freelance consultants who believe that their work can make a constructive difference. Unfortunately, in today’s public sector consulting world many assignments are carried out with no focus on their impact and sustainability, often in disregard of the quality of advice provided. At DADA6, we want to go against this mainstream. We want to make an impact by being fresh and somewhat maverick in our approach to consulting.
DADA6 is incorporated in Estonia. In today’s world of fiscal crisis and economic woes, it is one of the very few European countries with an outstanding state of public finances, a highly competitive and friendly tax regime and a business environment that welcomes companies and investors. Needles to say, Estonia has a very lean but highly effective government that delivers most of its public services online. Reforms implemented in Estonia can be a role model to many other countries. Being the home seat of the DADA6 community, Estonia is a great example proving that smart and targeted reforms coupled with commitm
Project supporting Kosovo’s policy and strategic planning successfully concluded
After two years of working side by side with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and Ministry of European Integration in improving Kosovo’s policy and strategic planning, the project led by DADA6 as part of the CPM Consulting Group has come to its conclusion. Launched in February 2014, the project aimed to support Kosovo’s
government to improve its existing decision-making mechanisms, which would allow for the integration of Kosovo’s development agenda with the overall European integration agenda.
During this time, the project “Support to Kosovo’s Policy and Strategic Planning” has enabled the Government of Kosovo to plan sound and efficient public policies across the board. In this regard, we supported Kosovo in analyzing its economic growth constraints by conducting 15 strategic studies in areas of national development
priorities. Moreover, DADA6 assisted Kosovo in developing the Integrated Planning System (IPS), a mechanism which helped eliminate the practice of uncoordinated
multiple planning and reporting frameworks, each operating under different time frames, methodologies, mix of priorities and reporting requirements.
When it comes to helping out our stakeholders figure out solutions to existing problems, we practice what we preach. What this means is that we invest our time and expertise in building long-standing local capacities, which lay a fertile ground for further development well beyond the lifecycle of a specific project. In this case, we are honored to have been part of this undertaking led by the OPM, which, among other interventions, resulted with the drafting of Kosovo’s National Development Strategy (NDS) for the period 2016-2021. This is the first comprehensive strategy of such scope and depth to ever be devised in Kosovo, and we are proud to have been part of the team, which assisted the Government of Kosovo put in one place its 36 development ‘priorities of priorities.
We also assisted with preparation of two annual Economic Reform Programs, which form the basis of economic policy dialogue between Kosovo and the EU. Working closely with the ministry of European Integration, we were part of Kosovo establishing its Single Project Pipeline for investment projects to access financing available within the Western Balkans Investment Framework. We also supported programming of EU financing actions in Kosovo or IPA II funds for 2014-2020.April 30, 2016
Gender Budgeting in Ukraine (GRB) project organizes training activities in Ukraine and Republika Srspka
Over the last four months, the Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) project in Ukraine has organized numerous activities with key stakeholders in and outside of Ukraine.
As part of its component on cooperation with line ministries, on 25 and 26 February, the project delivered a training on the “Essence and stages of gender responsive budgeting” to the working group of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. During this training, the participants learned about the key principles that need to be taken into consideration while planning and implementing gender-responsive budgeting. Following the completion of the training, the working group is expected to prepare a report on gender budgeting, containing recommendations on improving key administrative and technical elements that are used in the budgeting process.
Between January and February, the project organized activities which aimed to further increase cooperation with pilot oblasts in Ukraine. Within these activities, the project organized trainings on the basics of gender budgeting in the following oblasts: Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Zakarpattia, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Mykolayiv, Cherkasy, and Chernivtsi.
During these events, the working groups consisting of participants from oblast state administration finance departments, sectoral departments and statistics units, were trained on gender equality issues in Ukraine, gender budgeting principles and all the stages related to this process. Having been part of the training, the working groups are expected to present gender based analysis reports.
With the aim of bringing the Ukrainian gender-based budgeting experience to other countries, on March 31, 2016 the GRB project organized a visit to Banja Luka, Republika Srpska. Organized with the Ministry of Finance of Republika Srpska, in cooperation with UN Women, the exchange workshop included representatives of finance ministries from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Ukraine, Albania and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The participants were informed about the Ukrainian experience in gender-responsive budgeting, recognizing the fact that budgets are not gender neutral, and that during budgeting a special consideration should be given to the different needs of men and women.April 29, 2016
Armenia’s EU joint programming on course
Since its launch late last year, the project aimed to support Armenia’s strategic development orientations has begun to pick up steam as we entered 2016. Having identified and reviewed key sectors relevant for the European Union (EU) support and Armenia’s Development Strategy (ADS), DADA6 has recently began providing hands-on assistance to the EU Delegation in Armenia in the joint programming and preparation of the Single Support Framework (SSF) for the period 2017-2020. Throughout the duration of the project, DADA6 will cover a broad array of sectors relevant for EU support. However, based on thorough analysis and in close consultation with key relevant actors, in relation to the form of EU’s involvement in Armenia, priority will be given to determining the areas and sectors, as well as projects and programs, in which EU’s financing actions can best be put to use in a way that would further country’s ability to achieve its strategic development objectives.
As part of this process, priority setting related to different geographical contexts is already in full cycle. DADA6 has been providing its support in identifying these priorities in the framework of the European Development Fund (EDF), European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI), and Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). Employing a comprehensive approach where no relevant information is left aside, we will also take into account the Single Support Framework (SSF) for Armenia 2014-2017, Armenia’s Development Strategy (ADS), Europe 2020 Strategy, as well as experiences of other countries, with a particular emphasis on the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) II countries, and EU-promoted regional initiatives such as the Economic Reform Programs (ERPs) in the Western Balkans and Turkey.April 15, 2016
FUNCTIONAL REVIEW OF PARLIAMENT
Beniﬁciary:SECRETARIAT OF THE PARLIAMENT OF MOLDOVA
DADA6 in partnership with the Moldovan Branch of the Romanian Center for European Policies is supporting the Moldovan Parliament, and more specifically, its Secretariat, to perform a comprehensive functional analysis process looking for an in-depth assessment of the main administrative structures and functions with a view on improving the overall efficiency of the organization. We do so through the design and appliance of our customized functional analysis methodology, taking into account the specificity of the local context, international benchmarking with respect to organization and functioning of comparable parliaments and engaging a mix of top level Moldovan and international expertise on the matter. The project is under implementation from November 2015 to February 2016.
Beniﬁciary:MINISTRY OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
Financed by:EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Together with its Consortium Partners DADA6 supports Albanian Government, especially the Ministry of European Integration as the main project’s beneficiary, to participate in the Union Programmes. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of the administrative bodies to achieve improved and proper levels of participation of Albania in the Union Programmes. The project works with the research and academic community in Albania, namely Universities, research institutions and centers, SMEs and in particular those with research potential, schools, sports clubs and associations, NGOs, officials and employees of the entity and cantonal ministries, Chamber of Commerce, academies of science, industry, etc.