Mekong Economics has over 20 years of experience in carrying out Impact Evaluations for institutional donors as well as the private sector around the Mekong Region. As a member of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Mekong Economics is at the forefront of the Impact Investing movement in the region and aims to use its local expertise to provide key insights to various funds and donors.

Mekong Economics offers customisable, and reliable impact evaluation methodologies that can satisfy investors’ KPIs and impact objectives.

What Mekong Economics can do for you:

  1. Help you identify an ‘impact theme’;
  2. Identify the best impact evaluation methodology to measure your success;
  3. Identify ‘impact-ready’ companies that have the potential to meet your fund's requirements;
  4. Monitor companies’ impact and write periodic reports on the portfolio impact.



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Vietnam


Client:
Private Client/funded by IFC

 

 
Ecosystem service assessment of Gia Lai Electricity company
 

Our client proposed to develop a solar photovoltaic project in Vietnam. The Project site was located in a local commune inhabited by both the ethnic minorities and Kinh (Vietnamese) people. The mission’s main objective was to undertake an ecosystems services assessment to: Determine the impact on surrounding communities of the loss of ecosystem services; Assess the capacity of the area surrounding the Project site; propose sustainable alternatives for offsetting the loss of those services and achieving a comparable livelihood resource balance. MKE’s team was responsible for undertaking a rapid ecosystem services assessment, conducting household surveys, interviewing relevant stakeholders, drafting and submitting final evaluation reports to the client.



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Myanmar


Client:
PlaNet Finance

 
Supporting Financial Access via Cooperative Upgrading and Enterprise and Farm Development in Kayin State
 

PlaNet Finance, an implementing agency for the EU-funded project “Supporting Financial Access via Cooperative Upgrading and Enterprise and Farm Development in Kayin State”, is currently implementing a three year project aimed at establishing two savings and credit cooperatives to expand financial inclusion to at least 2,000 households in 35 villages in Hlaingbwe township, Myanmar. The project will also support the members of the cooperatives to undertake new or enhanced farm or enterprise activities that will generate increased income for them. The cooperatives will provide credit for their members to invest in these new income-generating activities as well as a safe place to save in order to increase income and build wealth in this post-conflict area of Myanmar.



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Myanmar


Client:
LIFT/UNOPS

 
Mid-Term Review of the LIFT Delta II and Countrywide Programs
 

LIFT commissioned an external Mid Term Review (MTR) of the Delta II and CWP, to assess mid-way the progress made and approach used by the different IPs in each of the two sub-programs and determine whether the IPs are on track to achieve the expected results and impact. Specific attention was to be given in evaluating the impact and efficiency of microfinance and rice intensification initiatives. In doing so, the goal was to improve LIFT’s programs and make recommendations based on the identification of the best practices and lessons learnt on design and implementation at the level of the beneficiaries, the IPs, the sub-programs and the FMO and recommend how to best integrate those



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Cambodia


Client:
nternational Center for Research on Women

 
Formative and Baseline research for a career and life skills program among Village Saving and Loan community members of Sre Ambel district and Koh Kong province in Cambodia
 

ICRW serves as an evaluation partner and strategic advisor for P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement) a financial and life skills program that has been operational among female garment workers in factories for seven years now. It is now being extended to the community setting to benefit young women of Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLA) from the Cambodian community. Mekong Economics was commissioned to conduct an interviewer-administered survey to obtain baseline information on participant characteristics as well as knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding key objectives of the program in the VSLAs in Sre Ambel district, Koh Kong province.



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Laos


Client:
PwC

 
Mid-term Evaluation in the framework of LAO/023 receiving financial support from the Governments of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and LAO PDR
 

The Mid-term Evaluation is undertaken to analyse the project achievements, project management and monitoring, using specific criteria such as relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability, as well as cross-cutting aspects such as governance for development, gender equality and environment and climate change. MKE provides a local consultant to support the team during the project mission and the development of requested report.



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Vietnam


Client:
World Bank/ Transaction Center III ....

  

 
The Third Rural Finance Project – Final Socio-economic Impact Assessment Review
 

he Development Objective of the World Bank - funded Third Rural Finance Project (RF) is to increase economic benefits for rural private enterprises and households by improving their access to finance. The RF III is implemented within a period of five years (2009-2013) on the wholesale mechanism with BIDV as the Apex Bank, wholesale project fund to participating financial institutions and micro financial institution (PFIs) and those PFIs would on-lend the loan to end borrowers at rural areas. Mekong Economics has accomplished a number of activities which consist of the implementation of a survey of more than 400 end- borrowers, in-depth interviews with more than 40 individuals representing the PFIs and other related agencies, data analysis, reporting and presentation of findings to relevant stakeholders.



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Vietnam


Client:
TCADIF and DDIF (funded by AFD)

 
Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Enhancement Project for Can Tho Development Investment Fund (CADIF) and Da Nang City Development Investment Fund (DDIF), Vietnam
 

A Credit Facility provided by French Development Agency (AFD) was on-lent to CADIF and DDIF to support environmental, socio- economic projects, and the reinforcement of the local development funds which are local financing agencies for investments of the two cities. An additional grant was given to the two funds to restructure their procedures and strengthen their capacity. MKE works with Sofreco – a French company to provide technical assistance on the institutional strengthening and capacity enhancement, including project management skills, standardising institutional development procedures, and sharing professional expertise on certain key projects. A number of training courses will be conducted for the beneficiaries based on their needs, focusing on enhancing capacity and upgrading internal procedures of the two funds, support towards priority operational areas of the two funds, and mobilisation of experts for support in the project’s due diligences, appraisal and execution, especially those of important urban and socio-environmental impacts.



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Myanmar


Client:
FinMark Trust/U CDF

 
Making Access to Financial Services Possible (MAP) Study
 

MAP is a financial inclusion diagnostic that incorporates a comprehensive analysis of the demand, supply and regulatory environment, in order to identify barriers and opportunities to increased financial inclusion and coordinate stakeholders (government, private sector and donors) in practical actions. MKE provided local support to MAP study such as: survey questionnaire design, survey sample design, quality control of survey, and literature review of microfinance regulatory landscape, assessment of current microfinance models and providers.



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Vietnam


Client:
Management Unit of the Third Rural Finance Project (Transaction Centre III – Bank for Investment and Development)

 

 
The Third Rural Finance Project – Mid term Socio-economic Impact Assessment Review
 

The Development Objective of the Third Rural Finance Project (RF) is to increase economic benefits for rural private enterprises and households by improving their access to finance. The expected outcomes include: (i) improved access to financial services for rural entrepreneurs; (ii) increased capital investment made by the rural entrepreneurs as well as increased employment; (iii) increased lending, particularly term lending to the rural private sector for capital investment by all participating financial institutions (PFIs) on market-based terms. Mekong Economics has accomplished the following work: (i) On-desk reviewing secondary data and materials provided by PMU and PFIs; (ii) Conducting a survey of more than 500 end-borrowers to assess project socio-economic impact on end borrowers; (iii) Conducting in-depth interviews with more than 50 individuals representing the PFIs and other related agencies; (iv) Processing collected data, preparing and finalizing required report (draft and final report).



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Vietnam


Client:
ADB/Emerging ... 

 
Markets Work for the Poor, Phase II, 2009-2011
 

TProviding technical assistance to ADB and other agency project and programme design activities by building and mobilizing networks around the market development agenda. Develop and assist the MoF in (i)executing a clear dissemination strategy to communicate results and lessons arising from projects to key business audiences throughout Vietnam; (ii)administer VMPCF grants to grantees; (iii)establish and maintain financial management, accounting and reporting systems for disbursement of grants; and (iv) establish and implement an M&E system on the impact of funded projects.



Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Vietnam


Client:
ECORYS

 
Evaluation Debt Management and Financial Analysis System Program, 2009
 

Provide insight into the development, management and implementation of the programme since May 2005, to identify any problems that arose and how they were dealt with, to record results, both interim and final, and to recommend improvements. The emphasis of the evaluation is on the policy relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the programme.

Service:
Impact Evaluation

Country:
Vietnam


Client:
Private Client

 
Winds Project – Community Needs Assessment
 

The client is committed to maximising opportunities for delivering environmental and social benefits through its investments, particularly to the local communities in the area of influence of its project investments. The client has established an impact framework which provides an overarching approach to fulfilling this commitment. MKE was appointed to carry out stakeholder mapping and a needs assessment along with prioritisation and ranking to provide the information necessary for the development of this impact framework in one of the client’s projects.