Currently the international aid budget is some 135 billion from government and international agencies and around $85 billion from the private sector. Over the last 25 years studies by the World Bank and others have revealed that of this $215 billion, around 35% will be wasted as a result of project failures. This is equivalent to around $75 billion. The main causes of project failures are inadequate design, oversight and quality control of information. It is exactly in this area where the Foundation can contribute to the reduction in these financial losses.
During 2015 the Foundation concentrated on developing the Open Quality Standards Initiative to develop due diligence procedures as a foundation for the design of better quality agricultural projects. During 2016 and 2017, SEEL (Systems Engineering Economics Lab) designed and implemented an online project cycle & portfolio management system. This was launched in January 2018 as a fee-based Software as a Service (SaaS) provision under the name of Navatec.com to generate income for the Foundation. The initial target will be agricultural, rural development and natural resources projects. In this venture we have partnered with Strides Foundation who will provide an extension services for users of this system based on their extensive network of experts able to provide advice on all aspects of agricultural research and operations including training and mentoring for project team members.
For a more detailed descriptions of this service please refer to the Navatec.com and Strides.info websites. See also an announcement of the launch of this service on agriculturalinnovation.org
The ISaaS paradigm to improve design quality
Navatec System uses a due diligence design procedure (3DP) to guide the process and to ensure that all factors are taken into account. However, this is a horizontal SaaS. However, to improve the ability of users to conduct the appropriate analysis at each procedural step varies according to circumstances that create gaps and needs and which influence the number of factors that determine project results. It is therefore necesary to extend the range of utilities or analytical tools so to ensure a good quality of information is used during the design phase for any circustances. This has given rise to a need for a wide range of vertical analytical tools designed to help teams complete the analyses in an effective and correct manner.This combination of a horizontal SaaS with a vertical multi-tool SaaS will create an Integrated Software as a Service operaion or ISaaS.
The Foundation decided to resolve this practical issue by combining the 3DP with Software as a Service Applications or SaaS-Apps, each one being a specific analyticaltool or simulator. We are therefore developing the SaaS--Apps in preparation for a new supportive service to be launched through SaaS--Apps.com.
Practitioners consider this to be the best and most effective way of tackling the demands of transitioning project design to take into account the multiple vertical factors required to address the sometime complex requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The SaaS--Apps are being prepared and should be completed in January 2019 for a launch of SaaS--Apps.com service during February.
Why we have opted to provide online services
Under the current economic circustances the Foundation aims to provide support to organizations by providing direct benefits in terms of enhanced productivity of their activities to justify fee income for the Foundation. The online services provided have the potential of generating a high return on investment for users.
Mutually beneficial objectives include:
- Providing unparalleled quality of services at extremely competitive prices for support that will improve the productivity, effectiveness and economy of customer operations.
- Through the Foundation income being based on delivering direct benefits to companies and organizations while supporting the Foundation's objectives.
The first online services to be offered by the Foundation will be a comprehensive services to support:
- design processes and projects
- manage the complete process or project cycle operations
- manage a portfolio of any number of projects or processes at any stage of their development from design through to operations