Spreading Systemic Approaches For Sustainable Impact

What is Pollen Group?

We are a group of consultants specializing in the application of
systems-thinking and systems-change approaches to development.

We consist of a small core team, based in Uganda, and a broad network of advisers and experts
spanning multiple international organizations, all committed to taking a systems-change approach in our work.

Our Services

Learn More About Our Consultancy Services

Embedded Change Management

Embedded Change Management

6-12 month engagements, with comprehensive, full-time support, side-by-side with program staff and management.

Design and M & E Support

Design and M & E Support

Long or short term support integrating a systems-change approach at all phases of the project cycle, from initial project design to building M & E systems.

Research & Analysis

Research & Analysis

Conducting research and diagnostics on (market) systems, on thematic areas such as adaptive management practices, and on organizations themselves.

Targeted Skill-Building

Targeted Skill-Building

Targeted workshops & coaching on specific skills or processes, adapted to your organization's needs.

Systems thinking is a more nuanced and honest way of understanding poverty and development

Ryan Bourque, Managing Director

Ryan has spent the last two and half years working in markets systems development with experience in Ghana, Uganda and Kenya. Prior to this, he completed his MA in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, Canada. Ryan’s ideal day would involve fried food, microbrew, a good hike and some backgammon.

Experienced In: M & E for systemic change

Larissa Gross, Senior Strategist

Larissa has been working in market systems development in Kenya since June 2013 with previous experience with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in Malawi. Before this she was a staff-member at EWB’s National Office on the Talent Team and completed her BEng in Sustainable and Renewable Energy at Carleton University, Canada. Larissa has infinite enthusiasm for info-graphics and accidental puns.

Experienced in: Coaching and collaborating with staff on how to translate the principles of market systems development into strategies and tactics.

Christine Livet, Senior Strategist

Without Borders and Pollen Group since September 2013, and has experience working in Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. She previously received her BA in International Development from the University of Ottawa, during which she spent a year and a half working with the Canadian International Development Agency. Christine enjoys thrilling mixes of 90′s hip hop and today’s hits.

Experienced in: Management reform in organizations to enable market systems development programming.

Raksha Vasudevan, Strategist

Raksha recently joined Pollen Group after two years working in the humanitarian sector in west Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She has also worked for a management consulting firm in Canada and a microfinance NGO in south Asia.Raksha has a Master’s in Development Studies and a Bachelor’s in Commerce. She is a big fan of live folk music, diaspora fiction, and most things that involve the outdoors.

Experienced in: Project management in fragile environments. Collaborating with staff to integrate learning into project (re)design.