HIHMFPL offers consultancy services to various organisations and projects within and outside Hand in Hand. This would include knowledge transfer of Hand in Hand Model, feasibility studies in new geographies, preparation of manuals, hand holding, etc.
HIHMFPL is currently involved with the REDES (Redes de Desenvolvimento) Project of Visão Mundial (World Vision), Brazil. The Project aims to adapt the Hand in Hand model of poverty reduction and employment generation to improve conditions in the country’s impoverished North Eastern region. The Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB) financed the pilot project with HIHMFPL as consultant working in partnership with local grassroots organisations. The project started in February 2009 by providing training and exposure to the team identified by Visão Mundial, Brazil. In March 2011, an intermediary evaluation of the programme was completed and course corrections suggested.
The programme culminated with an opportunity to explore continuation of the relationship with Visao Mundial, Brazil. This could mean an association with Visao Mundial for another 2-3 years, subject to fund availability, to support the entire REDES project until its final completion and commitment to the Inter-American Development Bank.
In the efforts to start a new project in Kenya, HIHMFPL is conducting feasibility studies, model contextualisation, project planning and documentation for rolling out an independent project. The operations were launched in early 2011.
Cambodia has a large rural population: over 80 percent of its people live in the villages. The few commercial and specialised banks in the country are concentrated in urban areas. Only eight percent of the poor have access to financial services. With the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 28 March 2012, between HiHMFPL and Asian Institute of Technology, the organisation aims to jointly work towards sustainable development in the poorer regions of Cambodia. The partnership, under the umbrella of Wetlands Alliance, is committed to create new and innovative poverty focused development initiatives in the region.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between HiHMFPL and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) also looks at interventions in Myanmar with focus on capacity building for all partnership organisations on livelihood promotion, basic healthcare, education for children and environmental issues, providing consultancy on establishment, operations and management of microfinance and related programmes and conducting research studies aligned with the above purpose of the MoU. On 17 May 2012, a Social Entrepreneurship Sensitisation Programme was conducted by HiHMFPL at Yangon, Myanmar which showcased the journey of Hand in Hand India, its transformation and enterprise promotion strategy that it has adopted over the years. The participants included members from the AIT and from Myanmar-based NGOs like Ever Green Group (EGG), Forest Resources Development Agency (FREDA), Myanmar Heart’s Development Organization (MHDO) and Network Activities Group (NAG).