Partnerships

The 14th Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil

GeoTraceability will be at the 14th Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil, 7-10 November, 2016, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

Pierre Courtemanche, GeoTraceability’s CEO, will be one of the speakers on November 8 taking part in Preparatory Cluster 2 discussing ‘How Legal and Traceable are your Palm Fresh Fruit Bunches?’.

CLEARED LAND, EAST SABBAH

This will be an opportunity to brief the participants on the progress made by GeoTraceability and its partners Wilmar and Wild Asia on the implementation of an industry first FFB traceability system in Beluran, Sabah State, Malaysia.  This project supported by the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) aims to collect and use digital data on smallholder producers to engage with them, trace their supply and support them to improve their productivity.

Pierre will use this case study to explain how appropriate technology can help engaging smallholder producers in complex supply chains.

To learn more, consult this web site at: http://www.rt14.rspo.org/

Partnering for Success

Symbiotic relationships, where both parties rely on each other for their survival, are all the rage in nature. It is estimated that 90% of all plants depend on mycorrhizae (a type of symbiosis) to survive.

But symbiotic relationships are not only found in nature. GeoTraceability (GeoT) and NGOs / Consultants depend on each other to win donor funding, especially given the increasing demands donors are making around monitoring and evaluation.

In the last three years GeoT has worked on donor funded tenders worth over $50 million.

SO WHY IS PARTNERING IMPORTANT?

With the growing use of technology on development projects, and the increasing requirements by donors for impact measurement, organisations applying for funding need to do more to impress and win bids. We regularly hear from organisations trying to meet donor requirements but who are struggling to manage their own internal data systems and keep up to date with the latest technology to support them. For most of these organisations the problem is that technology is not a part of their core business and therefore not what they’re good at. This is where we come in. GeoT’s services provide the capabilities around data that give donors confidence that projects are being monitored effectively. By outsourcing this work to GeoT, organisations get the benefits without the hassle.

NGOs / development consultants and organisations like GeoT need to start working together to not only secure funding but deliver quality projects that are reactive to the specific needs of the population being supported. But what about the cost? Contrary to what you might think, a bespoke data collection and hosting solution does not have to cost the earth. Depending on the size of the project, our fee usually ranges from between 5-10% of the total budget.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PARTNER WITH GEOT?

There are two ways we can enter into a partnership with your organisations:

o   We win a piece of work together

o   We recognise that our organisations could work well together in the future, although currently there is no project for us to work on.

In terms of point two, this means we understand how our two organisations will be able to mutually support each other and have recognised this through a formal agreement. This agreement does not bind us to anything but means that when projects arise in the future we have already understood each other’s capabilities and can be agile in our response to tenders.

If partnering with GeoT is of interest to you and you would like to know more about exactly what we do, fill out your details here and we’ll get in touch shortly.

*This is dependent on the specific requirements of the project.

Partnering with OliverSoft in the Democratic Republic of Congo

GeoTraceability, a global IT service provider specialising in data collection and traceability solutions adapted to smallholders, has chosen OliverSoft, an IT service provider established in 2005 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as its authorised agent to implement its solutions and provide technical support to its customers operating in the DRC.

GeoT is increasingly active in the DRC especially in the mining sector. "Having a local agent to support our customers will enhance our services," said Pierre Courtemanche, GeoT’s CEO. 

"In addition, as a global organisation operating in developing and emerging countries, we consider it part of our obligations to support local enterprises like OliverSoft."

OliverSoft is based in Bukavu, DRC. The company provides a multitude of IT Services including computer support, custom software design, computer system repair, data recovery, and website design and hosting.