In over 10 countries, Three Stones has implemented its core areas of: Smart Development; Evaluation, Assessment & Research; and Business Transformation & Capacity Building. We sit on host country technical working groups in nutrition and early childhood development and have close engagement with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Agriculture. We are currently implementing an SBCC activity for animal source food (ASF) promotion to improve consumption, income and nutrition in Rwanda. We also just developed a Change Agents’ advocacy curriculum for women graduates, a 12 month economic empowerment program to address violence against women and girls and promote women’s economic empowerment at the community level. We are currently completing a KAP survey of the USAID-funded Twiyubake Program which works to reduce economic and social vulnerability and empower parents to make investments to meet the unique needs of their families, particularly young children and adolescents.
Regarding our research and assessment experience, Three Stones has conducted multiple research efforts and assessments including the “Using Trials of Improved Practices to Test Strategies for More Optimal Nutrition in Underweight and Overweight Children in Rwanda.” We also completed a baseline in Burkina Faso on menstrual hygiene and gender-based violence. Three Stones also provided technical assistance to USAID to evaluate savings groups as well as identify best practices and programmatic weaknesses in health and nutrition programming for the USAID flagship $188M Community Health and Improved Nutrition (CHAIN) Program. Additionally, we have completed an Orphan and Vulnerable Children Household Baseline in Kenya, an appreciative inquiry assessment of school improvement loans in Ghana and Uganda, and a qualitative/quantitative agriculture-savings group endline in Ghana and Mozambique.
Our experience building local capacity includes human resource policies/planning and financial systems strengthening; surveys of key stakeholders (internal and external to the organization); facilitating participatory strategic planning workshops; technical prioritization and approach strengthening. As part of our system strengthening, we have experience with capacity building, strategic planning and curriculum and materials development as well training. Recently, for example, we developed and then trained on a change agents’ advocacy curriculum for women graduates for Women for Women International.
On the national and policy level, Three Stones conducted the DFID-funded Economic Diplomacy Assessment for the Rwanda’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. During this activity, we provided technical assistance to the Rwandan Government to analyze the cultural, administrative, geographic and economic situation and potential. Further, we outlined actual trading partners and assessed the political, legal, financial-economic and socio-cultural risks associated with globalization. Additionally, Three Stones has provided strategy support to the SDG Center for Africa to develop their three-year approach for effective implementation in Rwanda and beyond.
On the global level, Three Stones provides NATO with on-going technical guidance to help understand and improve their Soft Power approach. In this regard, we have acted as a trusted partner to aid the NATO Southern Hub as it charters how to engage in trusting relationships with local community to better help predict and prevent instability.
Additionally, in Jordan we recently led the Humanitarian to Sustainable WASH for the Middle East and North Africa Regional strategy for UNICEF and World Vision.