Services - International Development
Strengthen long-term outcomes with strategic foundations

International Development Services Overview

Strengthen long-term outcomes with strategic foundations

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Cadmus is proud to support the sustainable development of emerging and transition countries. Working in more than 100 countries to date, we assess and support the management of environmental, social, and climate risks and vulnerabilities in international development projects and programs; build strategies, models, and plans for clean energy programs; and deliver related training and capacity development.

Our work is deeply technical, but field-focused and pragmatic, reflecting the field experience of our in-house technical team and the critical contributions of the high-performing, in-region developing area professionals who are our trusted long-term colleagues. Our clients include host country governments, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, United Nations agencies, multilateral and bilateral development banks, private sector companies, and nongovernmental organizations.

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Environmental Support and Social Support

For strong, sustainable, international development outcomes

Cadmus strengthens development outcomes, safeguards human health and welfare, and protects critical environmental resources on which long‐term development depends by providing a wide range of environmental and social technical support to international development organizations and projects.

Field-oriented, global, and strongly technical, we have worked in 55 developing and transition countries for clients including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and multiple USAID implementing partners.

Our core services include: environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) and related management plans, field environmental monitoring, pesticide risk assessment and safer use in agriculture and vector control, natural resource assessment, social survey, climate vulnerability and risk management, and related training, professional development, and guidance. We are experts in USAID and OPIC environmental and social procedures.

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Economic Policy and Governance

Build context-appropriate solutions for improved financial management

Cadmus delivers results-driven solutions for public financial management, domestic resource mobilization, and improved economic governance decision-making through rigorous economic analysis. We support effective public finance, fiscal policy, and public expenditure management, empowering governments with the tools they need to effectively prioritize, budget, and allocate often-scarce financial resources.

Our services include optimizing revenue collection and tax regimes, implementing project based budgeting, improving budget execution, reducing national debt burdens, and creating a business-friendly environment with clear rules for commercial enforcement. Our experts measure the effectiveness of donor and government investments, capture knowledge and apply lessons learned, and support context-appropriate strategic planning and project design.

Food and Agriculture

Further health and safety from production to consumption

A healthy, consistent, and cost-effective supply of food is fundamental to human survival, but many factors, from extreme weather events to energy costs to population growth, make balancing costs, quality, and environmental protections an increasing challenge.

Cadmus is proud to help leading companies, governments, and organizations develop sustainable food and agricultural systems through our multidisciplinary expertise in resource management, policy analysis, research, and statistical modeling. Fostering constructive dialogue across many stakeholders, we help policy-makers, advocates, farmers, and consumers define and implement strategies to address our modern needs.

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Adapt strategically to enhance your resilience

The rising frequency and severity of droughts, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters is leading to cascading impacts such as increased global instability, conflict over essential resources, disruptions in supply chains, and mass migrations of entire populations. Effectively preparing for and adapting to these climate and extreme weather events means operating at the nexus of security and the environment, a task that requires knowledge and experience that has traditionally resided in isolated disciplines.

Cadmus provides a full suite of strategic, technical, and stakeholder engagement expertise to enable our clients to evaluate and address risks and vulnerabilities across a wide range of sectors and impact categories. These include water and energy security, green infrastructure, building codes and design standards, community, business, and infrastructure resilience.

We help our clients identify the most appropriate solutions and develop robust implementation plans that consider the financial, human, and technical details needed to prepare, adapt, and thrive in an evolving landscape. Our multidisciplinary approach helps clients enhance resilience to potential climate shocks and stresses on continuity of operations, infrastructure, energy supply, health, policy, and investment decisions.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

Inspire action with effective communication

An organization’s connection with its stakeholders is not a given; it’s earned. Whether we’re building community around a shared cause or facilitating engaging experiences online, understanding stakeholders’ motivations and concerns helps clients create intentional connections and harness the power of fully engaged stakeholders.

We pair winning outreach and relationship building strategies with proprietary approaches and actionable programming designed to engage and motivate your stakeholders and make an impact. Our communications expertise is backed by deep insight into our clients’ markets, creativity and best practice messaging and delivery, and a commitment to measuring effectiveness to ensure strategy leads to results.

What we offer

  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Strategic marketing and communications strategy
  • Message development
  • Communications execution
  • Event design and management

Digital Transformation

Reach more people and drive sustainable outcomes with technology-enabled tools

Cadmus is supporting governments, the private sector, and civil society to advance economic development through increased access to digital solutions, enhanced digital connectivity, and well-functioning digital economies.

Our work illustratively includes facilitating public-private investments into critical ICT infrastructure, improving the legal and regulatory environment for digital economic activity and trade, supporting e-government and e-commerce solutions, expanding digital skills and digital literacy, and the application of new technologies such as FinTech, AI, OpenRAN and blockchain.

Cadmus recognizes our corporate responsibility and is committed to designing technology-enabled tools that can reach more people, achieve greater impact, and produce stronger and more sustainable outcomes. Cadmus adheres to and has endorsed the Principles for Digital Development. We strive to embody the concepts of the Digital Principles through our work culture and in the policies and processes guiding our international development activities.

Energy Policy and Renewables

Power a viable and sustainable energy future

Countries around the world face a wide range of energy challenges, including volatile energy prices, reliance on imported fossil fuels, aging infrastructure, lack of access to modern energy services, and limited institutional capacity.

Comprehensive energy policy and programs consider the unique local context and global lessons learned while orienting around practical strategies to plan for a more sustainable future.

Cadmus teams include experts across all clean energy technologies and have deep experience working with government to analyze, design, and implement future-oriented clean energy plans. We are proud to work collaboratively with our clients and their stakeholders to build strategies, models, and plans for clean energy programs that support long-term economic, energy, and environmental goals.

Trade Policy and Facilitation

Reduce the time and cost to trade to facilitate growth

Cadmus provides a holistic, strategic, and practical approach to formulation and implementation of trade policy and execution of improved trade facilitation, reducing the time and cost to trade. Cadmus bolsters trade capacity in the public and private sector through technical assistance and training of key government and non-government actors.

Our comprehensive assistance spans several trade capacity areas, including non-tariff trade barriers, services trade, trade facilitation, e-commerce, digital trade, trade facilitation agreement implementation and compliance, regional integration, and customs modernization. We build the capacity of customs and enforcement officials, improve the legal and regulatory environment, and design and integrate trade information portals, single windows for trade, and other technology to expedite clearance and enforcement. Cadmus conducts country specific and regional trade and logistics corridor assessments to identify gaps, barriers, and constraints inhibiting bilateral, regional, and international trade.

Private Sector Development

Advance sustainable, resilient, and inclusive economic growth

Cadmus strives to achieve sustainable, resilient, and inclusive economic growth underpinned with a sound
business enabling environment, market systems solutions, and a vibrant private sector. Our experience in applying market systems, competitiveness, and value chain strengthening approaches resulted in functioning markets, enhanced opportunities for micro- small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), increased exports, and strengthened value chains. Cadmus is a leader in advancing improvements in the commercial legal and regulatory environment, ensuring that rules are fair, understood, and enforceable for all domestic and international companies.

Cadmus mitigates the negative impact of food insecurity through economic analysis of its effects on economies, sectors, and global supply chains; alleviating obstacles, improving testing and food traceability, and facilitating increased import and export of agricultural inputs, commodities, and processed foods; and strengthening agricultural value chains.

Women’s Economic Development

Create more productive economies by expanding women's access and engagement

Cadmus is a leader in women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and we incorporate gender and social inclusion (GSI) into all of our comprehensive economic growth programs and implement GSI-specific activities.

Our team conducts gender-lens constraints analysis, applies GSI appropriate solutions, and facilitates economic opportunities for women, youth and other disadvantaged groups. We expand women’s access to property, capital, markets, and technology resulting in more inclusive and productive economies. Cadmus designs and applies tools that measure a country’s progress in advancing economic opportunities for women and conducts analysis demonstrating the negative impact that rules, regulations, and laws may have in limiting women’s economic opportunities.

Our experts conduct gender equality workshops, gender audits, and assessments. WEE is embedded in all of Cadmus’ programs through the application of gender appropriate strategies, tools, and approaches including entrepreneurship, access to finance, public financial management, trade, digital access and literacy, and transport.

Structured Finance and Investment

Improve financial sector stability and spur investment opportunities for underserved markets

Cadmus applies market-based initiatives to stimulate financial inclusion, financial sector stability for underserved markets, project finance including facilitated public-private partnerships, and transaction advisory services including development finance solutions.

Cadmus has experience in structured and blended finance, capital markets and securities, public and private investment, and improved government policies and regulations. We engage with a range of financial institutions, including banks, non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs), development finance institutions (DFIs), investment funds, and impact investors, to unlock access to finance for underserved markets, sectors, and segments of society. Cadmus provides transaction advisory services to improve access to finance for micro- and small and medium-sized enterprises; impact investing and climate smart finance; and investments in strategic infrastructure including ports, roads, rail, aviation,
telecom/ICT, and energy.

Transport and Logistics

Improve the flow of goods to enable sustainable economic development and growth

With a deep understanding of many country and regional environments and dynamics, Cadmus’ transport and logistics experts plan, assess, finance, structure and implement projects that enable sustainable economic development and growth.

Our teams collaborate to create viable solutions that are appropriate for each locality, carefully navigating complex, dynamic environments, and relationships. Cadmus conducts feasibility studies, due diligence, cost-benefit analysis, legal and regulatory reviews, and other economic analysis necessary to improve the flow of goods, required to reduce in the time and cost to trade, and needed to facilitate public-private partnership investments in strategic infrastructure including ports, roads, rail, aviation, telecom/ICT, and energy.

Cadmus supports governments in improving the transparency and accountability of their procurement processes and systems.