Social Sector Service Areas

Strategy and Planning
Program Development and Implementation
Organizational Effectiveness
Performance Management and Evaluation
Partnership Services
Business Process Outsourcing

Specializations

Education and National Skills Systems
Entrepreneurship
Cultural Development

Our Thinking

How Skills Surveys Can More Effectively Identify Workforce Skills Gaps
Through a multicountry review of skills surveys, we propose an alternative approach to establishment skills surveys that can play a more effective role in determining how workforce skills influence achievement of firm business objectives in the Arab World.
Using Social Networking for Change
We see IT as an important enabler for regional development, and we have worked with global technology leaders such as Intel and Microsoft to deepen the impact of regional development programs leveraging technology.
A Regional Institution for Improving the Quality of Education
There are many opportunities for synergies through cooperation between regional education quality programs as well as clear areas of overlap which can benefit from consolidation.
Using Awards Effectively for Social Change
Many award programs in the region focus on large monetary sums to award best practices. We argue that money is not enough, and award programs should reinforce social change through knowledge diffusion, network building initiatives, and follow on training to maximize social impact.
Increasing Female Labor Market Participation With Scholarships
In several countries in the Arab World, women face significant obstacles to obtaining higher education and entering the workforce. We propose an e-Scholarships for Women Initiative to mitigate access, equality, and labor participation challenges.

Organizational
Effectiveness

Walid Aradi
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai, UAE
E-mail:  walid.aradi@tahseen.ae

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  • The social sector is rapidly developing in the Arab World. Yet, there are several institutions which are passionate about the causes they address but which lack important skills to deliver, scale, and measure their programs, all of which are critical factors to attracting international donors and private sector funding.

    Our Capabilities

    Developing Skills and Capabilities
    • Developing customized training and professional development programs for governments and organizations that instill key skills and capabilities to ensure strategic execution and allow government officials to effectively deliver public services

    • Gathering quantitative and qualitative data that diagnose organizational strengths, relationships, and opportunities for improvement

    • Project management of training programs, including vetting and choosing providers and securing contracts
    Process Design & Re-engineering
    • Optimizing resources to achieve strategic priorities and maximize productivity

    • Ensuring process integration, efficiency, and outcome orientation while integrating best practice and lessons learned
    Establishing Internal Strategy Departments, Think Tanks, and Program Management Offices
    • Managing design and implementation of internal departments to ensure that governmental entities and organizations maximize operational efficiencies and deliver exceptional value
    Accessing Expertise
    • Leveraging our regional network in academia, business, politics, science, and technology, we help clients access relevant perspectives that support organizational needs

  • Below are a few examples of our recent work:

    • For an Arab government entity facing significant budget cuts, designed an interim strategic plan to deliver on existing commitments, rationalize resource intensive programs and processes, and increase financially sustainable operations by examining marketable assets
    • Developed a unified governance structure that mainstreams procedures and guidelines across all federal government agencies to ensure government effectiveness. Worked across several government departments to determine workflow and approvals proces
    • Designed and implemented a standardized reporting format for Board of Directors meetings for an Arab government entity
    • Established a project delivery methodology for an Arab government entity to standardize processes, reduce the risk of delivering highly complex projects, and increase the speed of execution
    • Devised a submission and assessment protocol for managing a Foundation’s unsolicited proposal process to ensure alignment with strategic objectives and value for money. The protocol instituted a transparent and streamlined internal approach to assessing proposals as well as provided consistency and certainty to potential grant recipients as to how their proposals are assessed
    • Developed and contributed content on regional knowledge-based development and economic and education requirements to the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning’s Developing Capacity for Establishing Lifelong Learning Systems in the Middle East and North Africa initiative which includes senior level education policymakers from Egypt, Kuwait, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
    • For a senior level government official, led a statistical process analysis to determine administrative bottlenecks, more efficiently allocate departmental resources, and implement critical path scheduling dations