ACTIONSTREAM INTERNATIONAL (ASI)
has been created with the aim to support development of emerging economies through approaches which are concrete, sustainable and conducive to rapid results. In this perspective, two dimensions are considered to be crucial: (i) the need to create sustainable jobs for growing populations, particularly through SMEs development, and (ii) the availability of infrastructure to support social and economic growth. Without infrastructure, basic social services cannot be rendered, and business activities cannot be established. ASI has therefore chosen to specialize its consultancy services and investment initiatives on:
Private and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Initiatives on Industrial and Infrastructure Projects at two levels:
Commercial-scale (up to Euro 50 million total investment) private and/or PPP projects through BOT/BOOT mechanisms.
These may include industrial projects favoring linkages and local growth, and infrastructure projects particularly in the energy and environmental sectors (such as renewable energy plants, water treatment units, urban and hazardous wastes treatment plants with energy recovery, electric energy production from landfill biogas, etc.)
Life quality improvement and business development for rural populations through the use of renewable energy (hydro, solar, wind and biomasses).
Classic forms of energy may not be available or viable in rural areas. Renewable energy instead, from a suitable combination of sources, can be flexibly used for a multitude of purposes, such as to provide access to and purify drinking water, to desalinate sea water, to power refrigerated facilities for the storage of perishable items (food, vaccines, medicaments, etc.), to illuminate streets and homes, to operate telecom and ICT equipment, etc. Life quality in rural areas can drastically and rapidly improve through an appropriate use and combination of renewable energy, which may complement existing, traditional sources (typically thermal and hydro), and often render unnecessary the costly expansion of electrification networks to rural areas. In this context, the production of electricity and bio-fuels from agricultural wastes deriving from agribusiness activities and/or from urban wastes, can facilitate local transport, mitigate the need for fuel imports and produce a beneficial contribution to the balance of payment of land-locked countries.
ASI activity on SMEs focuses in particular on approaches concerning entrepreneurship development and business linkages (between urban and rural economies, large and small enterprises, local and international operators, triggers of development and small business, etc.) as well as promoting vulnerable groups, such as start-ups and women entrepreneurs. ASI conceptualizes and formulates sustainable SMEs development programs based on two main principles:
Critical mass of assistance elements. International experience has shown the benefits of packaging within integrated programs various elements of assistance, such as financial, technical and technological, market related, etc. and in delivering such elements simultaneously, to achieve synergies and optimal results.
Linking SMEs development to triggers of growth, to accelerate SMEs proliferation and strengthen their initial growth. Such triggers may consist of (i) large projects taking place in a country - for instance large extractive industries, infrastructures, etc. requiring sub-contracting - or (ii) opportunities provided by specific cultural/natural resources assets - a specialized area of ASI interest and expertise is the Cultural Heritage valorisation, to enhance tourist industry and business development for local communities- or (iii) structural linkages offered by specialized business - for instance franchising - that by its nature enhance the chances of survival of emerging enterprises.Critical mass of assistance elements. International experience has shown the benefits of packaging within integrated programs various elements of assistance, such as financial, technical and technological, market related, etc. and in delivering such elements simultaneously, to achieve synergies and optimal results.
ASI comprises pools of international experts and industries (see list of ASI partner companies) with extensive, worldwide experience in the above fields, reflecting best international practices and proposing concrete, innovative approaches. Our experts are accustomed to operate in a multicultural environment, have broad working experience with Multilateral and Bilateral Development Organizations, and combine strategic and analytical skills.
ASI has a partnership with the University of Pavia, Italy for the training of graduate and undergraduate students on environmental project development. On SMEs development activities, ASI operates as a non-profit organization
charging only direct costs for initiatives in this field, and collaborates with several U.N. Agencies and international NGOs.