Worldwide—Expert Advisory Call Down Services (EACDS) Lots B, C, and D

Client: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Duration: 2016-2021

Region: Worldwide

Country: Worldwide

Solutions: Global Health Fragile States

Lot B: Strengthening Resilience and Response to Crises

Crises such as natural disasters, violent conflicts, and disease outbreaks continue to affect large numbers of people across the world, with long-term stresses such as climate change making extreme weather events more common and sapping the reserves of disaster-affected communities. Such strains have resulted in increased migration, unstable states, protracted humanitarian interventions, and expensive rebuilding efforts. In addition to the toll of human suffering, the costs associated with responding to such crises can strain the entire humanitarian response system, while subsequent regional instability can develop into security threats with far-reaching consequences.

To better assist the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people to deal with shocks, adapt to change, and mitigate risk, the former U.K. Department for International Development (now called Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) designed the Expert Advisory Call Down Services (EACDS) Lot B: Strengthening Resilience and Response to Crises. EACDS is a technical advisory call-down service that provides rapid-response, expert support to FCDO, other U.K. Government agencies, and other donors. In managing Lot B, DAI leads a 63-member consortium to respond to the varied requirements of service users—both to help them make risk-aware investments that take into account relevant future hazards and to provide analysis and practical expertise to respond to crises where they occur. The service also shares lessons learned in cross-sectoral resilience building and crisis mitigation with U.K. Government stakeholders and the wider donor community. A strong emphasis is placed on bridging the divide between humanitarian action and development by planning for shocks and stresses and ensuring that emergency responses do not ignore or disrupt development paths.


Sample Activities

  • Respond to on-demand requests for support and work with users to precisely define scopes of assistance from first idea to full terms of reference.
  • Assist in identifying learning and communication opportunities and promoting gender inclusion standards across all work.
  • Rapidly source expertise from across a consortium of more than 60 partners or other specialist suppliers, often within a 10-day period.
  • Manage all commissioned assignments on behalf of FCDO, including contract placement and management, financial management, delivery and quality control, and duty of care.
  • Promote learning materials for a wider audience through digital communications and social media.

Lot C: Promoting Global Prosperity

The scope of work under Lot C covered promoting global prosperity, prioritising approaches to improving the business climate, competitiveness, and operation of markets; energy and financial sector reform; and increasing the ability of governments to tackle corruption. The aim was to drive higher sustained inclusive growth and encourage longer-term economic transformation in pursuit of the first Global Goal—eradicating poverty everywhere. This required expertise in applied economics, trade and foreign direct investment, private sector development instruments and approaches, inclusive growth and harnessing the private sector, infrastructure for growth and prosperity, and agriculture.

Lot D: High-Quality Technical Assistance for Results (HEART)

WISE Development, a DAI company, was a core consortium partner on Lot D: HEART, providing technical assistance in international development, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education, social protection, and gender. The consortium supported the use of evidence and expert advice in policy-making.



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