Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (129)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

129. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the expenditure incurred since May 2016 and to date in 2019 on external consultant reports by report in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30664/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for two votes - Vote 28 (Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Vote 27 (International Cooperation).

The Department commissions external expertise where highly specialised skills are not available internally and in particular where ongoing independent evaluation of programmes and projects is required. During the course of their engagement, these consultants and experts may prepare reports and other documentation for the Department.

In-depth analysis of issues by external experts has informed, and continues to inform, the Department’s policies, allowing for a more targeted use of resources and greater accountability in the allocation of budgets.

These services are procured by open competitive tendering processes in accordance with EU and national rules and comply with the overall value for money objectives.

A small number of consultancies are engaged directly by our Missions abroad from time to time and in some instances they prepare technical reports relating to Ireland’s overseas development aid programme.

The following expenditure was incurred by my Department from 2016 to date in 2019: 

Year of commission  

Experts/Consultants  

Report/Subject  

Cost  

2016

Right to Change

Planning of Irish Aid Country Strategy Programme Tanzania 2017-2022

€13,974

2016

Bronagh Hinds

Debbie Donnelly

Midterm Review of the 2nd National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

 

€15,506

2016

The Institute of International   and European Affairs

Comprehensive study mapping   that Ireland Japan relationship to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland-Japan Diplomatic Relations in 2017

€22,000

2016

Grant Thornton

Audit Services

€100,000

2016

Emily Mates

Stocktake of Nutrition Engagement

€13,612

2016

Noel Casserly

UNFCC Reporting and Climate Finance Mapping 2015-2016

€25,370

2016

REEV Consult International

Evaluation of the CSF and the   Partnership Fund

€25,000

2016

ASM

Audit of grants awarded under Emigrant Support Programme

€26,533

2016

Emmanuel Sulle

Land Rights Scoping Study /   Consultancy

€7,500

2016

Ishihaka Mwandalima

Gender Based Violence scoping study

€3,750

2016

McQuillans

Accounting, Audit and Financial Services

€6,240

2016

PWC

Internal audit of Embassy, and external audit of selected   projects/programmes

€75,000

2016

Dr Cornelius Chipoma

Review of the Irish Aid Zambia   Education programme

€9,000

2016

Luiz Genedio Mendes Jorge

Review of the Supreme Audit Institution’s report and opinion on the   State Accounts 2014

€4,800

2016

Southern Cross Consulting

Review of Embassy of Ireland’s   approach to Fellowship in Tanzania

€11,430

2016

Willis Towers Watson

Study of Compensation Levels - Locally engaged staff in diplomatic missions (USA)

€3,150

2016

Mercer International

Study of Compensation Levels - Locally engaged staff in diplomatic   missions (Irish Aid)

€13,200

2016

Eamon Brehony, Alais Nakuyukuyo   Morindat

Review of Irish Aid support to   Pastoralism in Tanzania

€10,450

2016

Centre for Law and Democracy

Analysis of anti-corruption legislation in Tanzania

€2,670

2016

CASE International

Consultancy to evaluate the Civil Society Fund

€49,800

2016

Ingrid Obery

Review of partner results and internal capacity building on results based Management

€25,000

2016

Anne Nolan/Janet Gruber

Review of Global Health and HIV AIDS

€39,535

2016

Technopolis

Review of Product Development partners

€19,375

2016

Caoimhe Hughes

Review of Annual Reports of Programme Grant Partners

€4,000

2016

Mr. Sean Mc Gearty

Review of Co-Operation Ireland

€14,188

2016

M Horizon (UK) Ltd

Analysis of recent recommendations   issued by the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

€1,788

2017

ASM

Audit of grants awarded under Emigrant Support Programme

€59,292

(paid between 2017 & 2018)

2017

Tierney & Associates, Risk   & Governance Consultants

Systems review of Emigrant Support   Programme

€15,375

2017

Indecon Consultants

Economic Report on Addressing the   Challenges Faced by Returning Irish Emigrants

€73,628

(paid between 2017 & 2018)

2017

Ernst & Young (EY)

External Quality Assessment of   Internal Audit

€18,450 (paid between 2018   & 2019)

2017

Amárach Research

Brexit Research: Understanding the likely demand for Irish passports from citizens in U.K

€21,000

2017

M Horizon (UK) Ltd

Continental Shelf NE Atlantic

€3,163

2017

Mary Brady

Overview of Humanitarian Mine Action

€4,500

2017

Noel Casserly

UNFCCC Reporting and Climate     Financing Mapping 2016 – 2017

€25,537

2017

Rachael Twinem

Internal review of the management structure and roles in the DICE (Development and Intercultural Education) project

€5,721

2017

Mercer International

Study of Compensation Levels - Locally engaged staff in diplomatic missions (Irish Aid)

€19,188

2018

FitzPatrick Associates

Review of VIBE programme

€11,234

2018

FitzPatrick Associates

Review of ROR’s approach to   Fellowships in Palestine

€18,761

2018

MEPS Consulting

Feasibility Study on Gaza Solar Energy   Proposal

€38,787

2018

Brian Casey

Review of the Humanitarian Programme Plan in Somalia

€9,591

2018

Brian Casey

Review of the Humanitarian Programme Plan in Burundi

€4,500

2018

Brian Casey

Review of External Quality Assurance HPP 2019-2021

€2,250

2018

Julia Lewis

Review of the Humanitarian Programme Plan in Cameroon

€9,383

2018

Niall Roche

Review of the Humanitarian Programme Plan in Tanzania

€8,548

2018

Sherry McLean

Review of IRC Strategic Partnership and IRC Kenya Country Programme

 €13,925

2018

Mercer International

Study of Compensation Levels - Locally engaged staff in diplomatic missions (Foreign Affairs and Trade)

€38,376

2018

The Geneva   Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces / International Security   Sector Advisory Team

Member States’ Systems of Secondment to Civilian CSDP and Recommendations for   Strengthening and Expanding Ireland’s   Participation.

€50,000   approx.

(awaiting final invoice)

2018

Leading Edge

Giving effect to a commitment in the   National Plan on Business and Human Rights, a tender was awarded to Leading Edge for the baseline assessment of the legislative and regulatory framework pertaining to business and human rights as it applies in Ireland.

€24,293

 2018

 

ASM (B) Ltd

Audit of Grants awarded under the   Emigrant Support Programme 

 

€81,402

 2018

National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury

Undertake a benchmark analysis of how Ireland is perceived in New Zealand. The   study is led by the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury and will take the form of surveys, media analysis and interviews with key stakeholders in New Zealand.

€13,500

 2018

 AECOM

External Services for the analysis of Rio Markers and Climate Finance in Irish Aid - Funded Programmes, 2017 to 2018

€3,000

 2018

 Deirdre Clancy

Ireland's engagement with Somalia

€11,782

 2018

 Mazars

Support to ICT Audit (ICT Security, ICT Governance, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery)

€15,990   (paid in 2019)

 2019

 Red C

Perceptions of Ireland in Japan

€11,624   (co-funded with Tourism Ireland)

 2019

 Dr. Maria Gallo

Scoping research study on alumni engagement of Ireland's Diaspora.

€23,000 

 2019

Brian Casey

Review of the Emergency Response Fund

€11,850