Operations arm of UN strikes social alliance with BCG

24 February 2016 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read
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The United Nations Office for Project Services has agreed a partnership with the Boston Consulting Group. As part of the deal, the management consulting firm will support the UN with a range of social projects across the globe.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the operations arm of the UN. The UNOPS, founded in 1973, today has more than 7,000 employees and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. The remit of the UNOPS is to supports the implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. The organisation provides a range of services, including project management, procurement and infrastructure, to a range of organisations, including governments, donors and other UN organisations.

The partnership between the UNOPS and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will see the organisations leverage each other’s strength to improve social sector outcomes in the areas of health, disaster relief, environment, education, nutrition, policy, peace building, infrastructure, national capacity, and resilience. The organisations have formally agreed to provide joint advisory services to UNOPS stakeholders.

For BCG the deal extends on the consulting firm’s commitment to provide a “lasting social contribution to the world”, says Götz Gerecke, a BCG Partner based in Zurich. He highlights that BCG provides around 900 staff to more than 300 social-impact projects around the world each year. “To maximise such efforts, we collaborate with leading local, regional, and international organisations to increase their efficiency and effectiveness—and ultimately their impact.” Commenting on the alliance with UNOPS, he says the consultancy is “delighted” to be able to partner with the organisation.

“This partnership will pave the way for new, exciting areas of cooperation,” says Nikolaj Gilbert, UNOPS Director of Partnerships. “Combining BCG’s global expertise in organisational transformation and strategy across a wide range of sectors with UNOPS’s experience and knowledge of implementation on the ground, we have built an end-to-end capacity to provide valuable support to donors, recipient governments, and multilateral organisations.”

In October last year BCG announced a social partnership with Yunus Social Business.