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Legal Consultative Services

Legal Consultative Services
In recent times an intergovernmental organization based in Kenya appointed Karanja-Njenga Advocates as the legal experts and lead member of a consortium of specialists in the areas of entrepreneurial and social enterprise together with organizational development out of a highly competitive shortlisted number of other interested non Kenyan international consultants to carry out the organization’s midterm review under an agreement between the organization and an International Donor Agency for the period 2007-2012.
The team under our leadership successfully completed its Mid Term Review project which saw the consultancy team visit a majority of the Organization’s major country constituent members who included Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

The mid term review aimed at:
Making an overall independent assessment of the performance of the organization in meeting its strategic objectives paying particular attention to relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability as well as the potential impact of the performance in meeting the objectives.

Identifying key lessons and proposing practical recommendations for follow-up actions in the remaining period of the programme; and

Assessing the capacity and possible capacity building needs towards the facilitation and accomplishment of the organization-agency Agreement.

The review was seen as a common effort by the organization and the agency to provide guidance on how the organization can be strengthened to deliver on its strategic plan in light of understanding the environmental context (administrative/legal, technological, economic, social/cultural, political, stakeholders) which is fundamental to a systematic analysis of how the organization works. The focus of the review was geared towards enabling the organization implement its strategic plan and monitor progress in achieving this goal.

Also addressed was the management of research, progress in change management, budgetary and financial issues, coherence between donor financed business activities and the quality and potential impact of the organization’s work in the region. The review constituted a common effort of the organization and the Agency (including other development partners) to identify bottlenecks, challenges and gaps in the implementation of the strategic plan and to make recommendations on how to address these. More importantly, the review also examined the relevance of the strategic plan in meeting the needs of the stakeholders.

The review characterized the organization’s performance by answering the following questions:
– How effective was the institution in moving towards fulfilment of its mission?
– How efficiently were the resources being used?
– Had the institution kept its relevance over time?
– How did the institutional capacity affect the institutional performance?
– What were the overall strengths and weaknesses of the institution? And
– What were the opportunities and threats to the organization?