Social Economics

Changing people's lives through inclusive economies since 1991

Our main services include:

ABOUT US

Real Consulting specialises in Local and Regional Economic Development consulting,
socio-economic research, capacity building, facilitation and strategic planning.

THE COMPANY
We provide a range of strategic economic planning, development facilitation and project packaging services in economic sectors including tourism, natural resources, forestry, general community development and agriculture. In respect of social consulting, Real Consulting provides institutional design and development, facilitation and mediation services, stakeholder liaison, organisational development and process management. Capacity building services offered are mostly associated with Economic and Social Development activities.
OUR SERVICES
  • Local and Regional Economic Development planning
  • Institutional design and development
  • Public Private Partnership facilitation
  • Stakeholder identification, engagement and management
  • Conflict management and mediation
  • Policy Development & formulation
  • Project evaluation and adjudication
  • Training in local economic development processes
  • Social and economic impact assessments



WHERE WE WORK

In recent years we completed projects in South Africa, Swaziland, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Australia, Brazil, Bolivia, Germany, Timor-Leste and Albania.
WHO WE ARE
Dominic Mitchell and Luci Coelho have extensive experience internationally, spanning the period from 1994 until the present. Between them, they have gathered experience within a range of economically and socially active organisations, including the Independent Electoral Commission, the National Peace Accord, the Consultative Business Movement and Interface Africa. In 1999, they pooled their skills to create Fakisandla Consulting now trading as Real Consulting. In addition to the core team, they have a diverse range of associates and sub-consultants with whom they have strong delivery-based relationships.
HOW WE WORK

At Real Consulting, we believe that the basis of successful planning lies in the appropriate combination of empirical research with participatory methodologies. We use planning techniques that are at the cutting edge of international best practice. It is our experience that mobilised stakeholders deliver most effectively, and economic plans and social processes developed in close association with stakeholders are understood, owned and appropriate. Development and change initiatives almost always generate challenges, which often escalate into conflict. Our skill lies in our capacity to bring together innovative economic thinking with the appropriate people and facilitating communication and processes to achieve sustainable progress.

OUR CLIENTS

Our clients include international donor organisations, private companies, NGOs and Governments:

    NGO's

  • World Vision
  • Swiss Contact
  • Forest Stewardship Council
  • International Business Leaders Foundation
  • Project Preparation Trust of KZN

    INTERNATIONAL DONORS

  • European Union
  • GIZ: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
  • UK AID (DfID)
  • Australian Aid
  • Irish Aid

 

 

    PRIVATE COMPANIES

  • Tongaat Hulett Developments
  • Mondi
  • UWP
  • SGS

    GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

  • Republic of Namibia
  • Republic of Zimbabwe
  • Republic of Zambia
  • IDC (Industrial Development Corporation)
  • Development Bank of South Africa
  • Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority
  • Selected Municipalities throughout South Africa
    (Ethekwini, Tshwane, Emnambithi, Mbombela, Amatola)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (SA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING

When it comes to economic development consulting we deliver
a number of key services, and these include:

Capacity building Socio-economic research Strategic planning and facilitation
   
RECENT PROJECTS - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING
Value chain analysis of 4 renewable energy value chains in South Africa: photovoltaic,
concentrated solar, wind, and hydroelectric in South Africa to optimise localisation potential.
GIZ
Value chain assessment of ginger, dairy, coffee sectors – Ethiopia. WORLD VISION
Surveying and benchmarking iron foundries in South Africa, Brazil, China, India and Russia. NFTN
  more projects

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PLANNING & FACILITATION

We use a range of modern and creative facilitation techniques and keen sensitivity to achieve
results in strategic planning for our clients. Methodologies used include:
World Cafe, Human Spectragram, Open Space technology and design thinking techniques.

Capacity building Socio-economic research ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING
   
RECENT PROJECTS - Strategic Planning & Facilitation
Facilitation and preparation of Strategic Plan for the Namibian National Economic Development Agency, 2011, 2012, 2013. GIZ
Facilitation of national conference on Local Economic Development in Namibia. WORLD VISION
Annual strategic planning for GIZ programmes in South Africa (various). MONDI BP
  more projects

 

 

SOCIO ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The roots of Real Consulting lie in social consulting, and we provide the following services in this field:

Capacity building Strategic planning and facilitation Economic development consulting
   
RECENT PROJECTS -Socio-Economic Research
Training of community Trusts in co-management of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. WETLAND PARK AUTHORITY
Socio-economic specialist study for EIA: Impact assessment of large housing, commercial and industrial
developments in the North of Durban in South Africa.
TONGAAT-HULETT DEVELOPMENTS
Social impact assessment of mechanisation in Mondi forest operations in SA. MONDI BP
  more projects

 

 

 

CAPACITY BUILDING

We conduct training and capacity building in the fields of:
Assessment techniques for Local Economic Development, facilitation and conflict resolution.

Socio-economic research Strategic planning and facilitation Economic development and consulting
   
RECENT PROJECTS - capacity building
LED training for NGO’s in Limpopo, in SA. EU
Value chain training for NGOs in Zimbabwe. WORLD VISION
Training in advanced LED concepts for government representatives and consultants in Limpopo, in SA. EU
  more projects

Contact Us

For further information or to speak to Real Consulting:
admin@realconsulting.co.za
dominic@realconsulting.co.za
luci@realconsulting.co.za
Telephone land line +27 31 7656670
Telefax +27 31 7657126

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