Internationally we specialise in a wide-ranging and Innovative
Approach to Development Finance Solutions. The management and
delivery of development finance to small to medium sized business
and individual entrepreneurs in developing countries can be provided
through a variety of mechanisms. These mechanisms are designed
to ultimately assist poverty alleviation down to village level
through the provision of small and large-scale development finance,
institutional capacity enhancement and human resource development.
Brian Bell has acted as New Zealand's representative on the
Tuvalu Trust Fund Advisory Committee since its inception in 1989.
He has also undertaken consultancy work for the Asian Development
Bank (ADB) to evaluate options to extending the trust fund concept
to outer island development in Tuvalu and the feasibility of establishing
trust funds for the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), and the
Federated States of Micronesia. Together with Mr Jock Struthers,
he undertook similar work for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in Niue.
In recent times the demand for trust funds has moved into the climate change space. Nimmo-Bell has worked with Ministers of Finance from Pacific small island states under an ADB contract to develop a strategy for increasing access to climate change financing. Arising from this work we have designed a Environment and Climate Change Trust Fund for Vanuatu. This fund will utilise small charges on tourists to build an endowment fund for the long term sustainability of environment and climate change programmes and projects at the community level. Income form the endowment fund will be transferred to an operating account to fund projects and build internal capacity. ADB and other donors are expected to contribute. Further similar funds are in the pipeline.
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The Nimmo-Bell team has been involved with Development Banking
activities since working for the Papua New Guinea Development Bank
in the early 1980's. We have since worked in, or visited
on assignment, eleven development banks in the Pacific Region,
including the co-ordination of the New Zealand Government's
inputs into the reconstruction of the Development Bank of Kiribati
and a number of regional development banks in Indonesia for Asian
Development Bank. Brian Bell has undertaken assignments for the
Development Banks of Cook Islands, Tuvalu and Tonga, including
responsibility for the current New Zealand assistance programme
for the Tonga Development Bank.
Jock Struthers has closely reviewed the operations of the WOSED
woman's microfinance programme in Fiji and recommended strategies
for its establishment as an NGO. He has widely studied microfinance
schemes in Asia and the Pacific, including the Grameen Bank and
UNDP programme in Laos. He has assessed the differences between
the Asian and Pacific operating requirements and sustainability.
As a specialist rural financier to executive management level,
Jock Struthers has extended his twenty years experience in New
Zealand & Canadian rural finance to developing countries. He
has been involved with the financing of a wide range of agricultural
activities, from large Coffee / Cocoa / Rubber plantations to small
holder operations in village vegetable and livestock production
and processing facilities through a range of mechanisms. Brian
Bell has undertaken assignments in the Asia / Pacific region involving
assessment of rural finance requirements.
Jock Struthers and Andrew Thomas have been employed for many years
in commercial lending from individual loan appraisal to senior
executive loan and bank business management. They have first hand
experience of the differing requirements of commercial, development,
and microfinance lending in ‘developed' and developing
Leasing, Venture Capital, Loan Guarantee Schemes
Equipment Leasing, Venture Capital, and Loan Guarantee schemes
are all credit enhancing mechanisms used to provide specialised
sources of finance to business and entrepreneurs. Nimmo-Bell
has studied the use of credit enhancement mechanisms in the
Pacific. A number of loan guarantee schemes, including those in
Islands and the Philippines have been closely assessed in consideration
of their possible replication in the FSM.
Using a range of well proven methodologies and in-house frameworks
we undertake work across the primary industry sector in the following:
Forecasting and planning
- Prioritising resource allocation for research and development
- Quantified risk analysis(QuRA)
- Investment appraisal
- Capital structuring
- Finance raising
- Macro economic modelling
Supported by many years experience in policy development we
assist government and industry organisations across a range
of areas including:
Brian Bell, Bruce Koller, Andrew Thomas and Jock Struthers are
all qualified in agriculture with significant rural extension
/ consulting experience. Brian and Bruce have both worked for
NZ Ministry of Agriculture, Bruce becoming Director, National
Business for MAF Technology, responsible for the conversion
of the government
agriculture advisory services to commercially focussed, Management
Brian Bell has reviewed the Tonga Passionfruit and Dairy Industry,
presented a paper on International Competitiveness of Pacific
Islands Agriculture, and as project economist for two years
appraised a wide range of development projects in that country.
In Asia he has undertaken a pre-feasibility study for integrated
dairy and beef smallholder production in central Java, Indonesia,
reviewed a Bali Cattle project, the dairy industry in Thailand
and integrated small holder development pre-project identification
in Viet Nam.
Jock Struthers has been registered in New Zealand as a Farm Management
Consultant 1975 - 1999, specialising in this work for 4.5
years, and maintaining his involvement for over twenty years through
his rural and development finance activities in New Zealand, Canada
and 11 countries in the Asia/Pacific region.
Rural Project Management
Bruce Koller was project leader for the New Zealand Government's
bilateral aid project in Puno, Peru, developing a pastoral and
animal base and a district based extension service. Bruce has also
undertaken a review of the sheep meat industry in Saudi Arabia,
quality requirements of the pip-fruit industry, reviewed a Fresh
Produce Development Company in Papua New Guinea and irrigation
systems in Tasmania.
Advisory Services to Small and Medium Business Enterprise
Development finance is closely linked with business advisory services.
In developing countries, often the only security for repayment
of loans is the supervised management of the individual borrower's
business and cash flow. Nimmo-Bell consultants have all managed
and provided management advice to commercial businesses.
Development Finance project work is usually linked to capacity
building, both institutional, systems and most importantly
Human Resource Development / training. All Nimmo-Bell international
consulting staff have had extensive involvement in staff training,
the job, workshop, seminars to running and participating in
term training programmes in New Zealand and countries in the
Asian / Pacific region.
Privatisation / Commercial business management /Business
Management / Restructuring
Nimmo-Bell's international consultants have all managed and
provided management advice to commercial businesses. In addition
to New Zealand experience, Nimmo-Bell consultants have provided
strategic and operational business management advice recently to
the following New Zealand Government projects:
- The Bukidnon Forestry Inc. Philippines
- The Tonga Development Bank
- The Development Bank of Kiribati
The WOSED Women's microfinance programme, Fiji.
Bruce Koller was responsible for the establishment of the NZ Ministry
of Agriculture's Advisory services as a commercial Consulting
service as part of the New Zealand Government's privatisation
programme. He was a member of a four person Establishment Board
that managed the merger of two divisions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries,
(1600 staff), including corporate planning and strategic management.
He has provided advice on the privatisation process to other NZ
Government Bodies and advised on strategies for organisational
reform of the Ministry of Agriculture in Uruguay.
Jock Struthers has been involved with the corporatisation process
as senior manager for the Government owned Rural bank as it moved
to privatisation, and with the restructuring at senior executive
level of a commercial rural finance company and an agri-business
Bruce is leading a team, assisting the privatisation of the New
Zealand / Philippine Bukidnon Forestry Inc. project in Mindanao,
Philippines. This project has required input into Strategic and
Business policy and planning, including assistance to associated
government departments with the development of corporatisation
/ privatisation policy.
Bruce Koller and Jock Struthers have significant 'hands on' experience
of organisational change management at line manager and executive
level, and as consultants, and are sensitive to the human and cultural
requirements of the process, both in New Zealand and overseas countries.
Governance, Strategic Planning, Policy Development
Nimmo-Bell consultants are experienced in the requirements
of corporate governance, strategic planning, and policy development,
in the role of directors, the governance requirements of a commercial
Board of directors, the delegation of authorities and essential
organisational reporting requirements and controls.
Operational Planning and Financial Planning
All Nimmo-Bell international consultants have experience in New
Zealand and international best practice concerning strategic,
operational and financial planning as incorporated in the regular
planning and management process. These skills have been associated
with the development of both New Zealand and overseas projects.
Human Resource Development
HRD Strategy development and implementation is an
essential part of all business management and organisational change
Nimmo-Bell international consultants have all been closely
associated with HRD activities including organisational planning,
staff performance objectives, appraisal, and reward with appropriate
cultural sensitivity and gender issue awareness. Internationally
this has been particularly important in recent restructuring/
re-establishment projects in Kiribati, Tonga, Fiji, and Philippines.