Driving high-impact public services
In our public sector practice, we help build robust management capacity for all types of public and public/private bodies in the energy, water, extractives, waste and environmental domains. We work internationally with ministers, mayors, and heads of inter-governmental and inter-communal authorities to develop durable solutions that ensure future-readiness and the bringing of performance to the next level. In doing so we address institutional governance systems and the integration of key stakeholder expectations from both within and outside the public administration. Our products reflect balanced, pragmatic and technically grounded roadmaps for enhancing institutional responsiveness, good governance, and higher value for the services provided by your public entity.
- Policy and strategic realignment
FMC starts by taking the “wide view” of policy spheres and public organizational mandates, and assesses the demands coming from internal and external stakeholders. We scan the political, environmental, social, and broader market landscape for evolving trends and expectations and help you identify and map out strategic policy and institutional objectives that are compatible with the needs of well-functioning public bodies and sectors. The strategic map is then unpacked into full strategic plans and programmes, with detailed implementation measures and projects that we can also help you execute.
- Structure and process enhancement
FMC partners with your management team to formulate proposals aimed at restructuring and repositioning your agency, ministry or association for maximal impact and relevance. In doing this, we assess strengths and challenges, design proposals for human resource management, and devise measures for business process optimization.
- Statutory and procedural optimization
In view of needed adjustments to strategic, structural or other public body requirements, we propose new or improved “organic” instruments, including statutes, as well as procedural instruments addressing financial, workforce, health, safety and decision making authorities (control frameworks) within the agency.
- Public financial sustainability
We undertake critical review of public agency expenditures and earnings and prepare optimization strategies while estimating the impacts on the budgetary structure of the organization. Our work here can take many forms including the design of strategies for balancing municipal budgets, to suggesting new ways that intergovernmental associations in our target sectors can go about leveraging previously unconsidered funding sources.
References for typical projects
- Remunicipalization strategy and investment consulting
Remunicipalization strategy and investment consultingIn the context of the endeavours of a German city to remunicipalize energy supply, FMC assisted the authorities in strategic positioning and in preparation for negotiations with potential private energy sector partners. The aim was, firstly, reorganization in stages of the agencies responsible for energy supply and their business models to obtain maximum influence and control as well as in the interests of sustainable and profitable financing. Secondly, as part of this restructuring reconfiguring the inner city and regional energy infrastructure was also promoted, so that the state’s own climate protection objectives were fulfilled. FMC’s consultancy services comprise assessment of the concepts presented by the negotiating parties. In doing so, business and cooperation models were evaluated together with the technical reconfiguration of the energy infrastructure. Also questions & answers lists were drawn up for each negotiation step. The client at the end of the project received an overall appraisal with recommendations.
- City of Heilbronn: Implementation of the new municipal budgetary regulations
City of Heilbronn: Implementation of the new municipal budgetary regulationsThe project aim was to implement the new municipal budgetary regulations of a German city. The services FMC provided were the recording and evaluation of the assets along with the examination of the requirements for creating the opening balance sheet. In terms of budgets and organization, the partial budgets were established, the internal clearing procedure was prepared, and the cost and performance accounting system was optimized.
- The World Bank, Mozambique: Mining and gas technical assistance project
The World Bank, Mozambique: Mining and gas technical assistance projectAt the request of the Government, World Bank set up a Mining and Gas Technical Assistance Project (MAGTAP) to upgrade the mining and gas sector. The project aim was to undertake an institutional analysis study for the Ministry of Mineral Resources. The services FMC provided were the institutional review of functions of the Ministry, INP (regulatory) and ENH (national hydrocarbon company), and an inventory of facilities and equipment required to implement the institutional reform. In addition, to Maputo based MIREM and INP units and ENH, the audit comprised the visit and evaluation of at least the Provincial Directorates of Nampula, Tete, Manica and Niassa (for mining) and current/ proposed provincial department of INP in Pemba.
- Communities in the area of Lake Constance: Future water supply strategy
Communities in the area of Lake Constance: Future water supply strategyThe 6 towns and municipalities in Bodenseekreis (Markdorf City, Municipality of Salem, Municipality of Bermatingen, Municipality of Deggenhausertal, Municipality of Frickingen, and Community of Heiligenberg) operate their drinking water each independently. Task of the report was to review the security of supply, organizational security and the economy and identify concrete recommendations for future water supply. As a result, a roadmap for a merger of 6 water utility was prepared to a special purpose association, an investment program for a composite system was proposed and a rough calculation for future price of water was conducted.
- ZWUS: Corporate analysis and development of options for action
ZWUS: Corporate analysis and development of options for actionFor water supply in Bodenseekreis the 6 water utilities ZWUS, ZV Haslach, ZV Gehrenberg, Municipality Waterworks Meckenbeuren, Tettnang Waterworks and waterworks Langenargen formed a drinking water network. The aim of the consortium was to ensure the security of supply in the first place. The 6 suppliers operated individually and with their own staff. FMC initially analyzed in detailed the inventory of the 6 water utilities and then investigated the possibilities of further cooperation and economic optimization. One of the goal-oriented options consisted of a fusion of syndicates ZWUS and ZV Haslach and the affiliation of the Municipality Waterworks to the merged association. In several follow-up projects for the city of Tettnang and the municipality Meckenbeuren this option was further detailed, by a comparative assessment of the fixed assets of ZWUS and Meckenbeuren.