Category: Feasibility Studies

UNDP: Social Appraisals and Business Plans

Conducting for UNDP seven simplified economic and social appraisals and 13 business development plans for a selection of small and medium sized projects. For the appraisals, a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the macro, meso and micro level economic and social impacts expected from the projects will be conducted. This will be complemented by a SWOT analysis, financial plan, considerations on the sustainability of the investment, and recommendations. For the business development plans, a needs assessment and action plan, business development services, and a Rapid Cost-Benefit Analysis will need to be undertaken. Methodology: KIIs, CAPI surveys, and focus group discussions.Read more

Entertainment Center Feasibility Study

The client was planning to introduce a new entertainment center targeting children and adolescents in a prominent mall. The main objective of the study was to assess the feasibility, receptiveness and potential market demand for of such a concept. Methodology: Intercept interviews with individuals with children and a financial feasibility plan across alternative scenarios.

IT Company Valuation

A company specialized in providing professional services and software solutions to the telecom sector, commissioned InfoPro to design a business plan that enables its five-year expansion strategy. The business plan included a strategy to acquire new potential customers in existing markets and enter new markets, expansion of human resource assets to meet the needs of to their actual, up-coming projects and opportunities, and a comprehensive feasibility study. Methodology: Desk review and face-to-face interviews with staff members and other market players.

UNDP: Business Plan for a Job Creation Center

The UNDP and the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development (HF) were planning to create a Job Creation Center in Beirut. InfoPro’s mission was to conduct a business plan for the establishment and sustainability of the Job Creation Center that includes a market assessment, a feasibility study, and an implementation plan. Methodology: In-depth interviews were conducted with the UNDP / Hariri Foundation team and recruitment agencies in the Greater Beirut area. A survey was also conducted with youth in search of employment.Read more

ILO: Feasibility Study and Framework of a Referral Network on Post-Training Support Services

A feasibility analysis for ILO for a referral network system, develop a framework for a blueprint referral network system including implementation scenarios and risk analyses given the current context of the country. Methodology: Conduct Key Informant Interviews with Stakeholders, Map Existing Platforms and Providers of Skills Development and Post Training Support Services, identify potential international linkages, create a framework of the proposed referral system, and assess its feasibility. Methodology included conducting Key Informant Interviews with stakeholders, map existing platforms and providers of skills development and post training support services.
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ILO: Simplified Economic Assessment Study in Saida

A simplified Economic Assessments (SEA) for the ILO that aims at assessing the feasibility of the revival of the Abul Abed coffee shop strip in old Saida. Methodology: Desk Research, Primary Research – Key Informant Interviews, In-Depth Interviews, Focus Groups, and observations, and an Economic Impact Assessment of the Project at the at the micro, meso, and macro levels.

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UNDP CEDRO: Industry Potential and Job Creation in Renewable Energy

A study for UNDP’s CEDRO program to examine the status of renewable energy projects, the situation of the industrial sector with regards to the manufacturing, assembly, and import of renewable energy systems (RES), and the physical and economic feasibility of renewable energy systems that can be implemented locally. Methodology: Review available documentation on renewable energy, nationally and internationally. In-depth interviews with stakeholders to identify current projects in the pipeline, support available, and the potential for renewable energy. Mapping players involved in the assembly, manufacturing, and import of renewable energy systems. Companies that import and usually also assemble RES, as well as RES manufacturers were interviewed to assess the supply and demand of renewable energy systems, the availability or lack of labor with know-how in renewable energy, and the available infrastructure among other issues. A review of all renewable energy systems and their economic feasibility was carried out followed by an assessment of the current situation versus requirements across all renewable energy facets.
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Market Assessment and Feasibility of New Automobile Brand

A market study for a car importer looking to introduce a new brand to the market. The study included the evolution of the automotive market in Lebanon, and a comprehensive competitive analysis. A financial study was conducted in order to estimate the feasibility of the models under study.
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Assessment of a Chocolate Coffee Shop Concept

A study for an investor considering starting up a high-end chocolate coffee shop in Ashrafieh. The outlet was to import high-end chocolate and also to offer drinks such as coffee and tea with pastries and biscuits. The study gauged the market feasibility of the concept by assessing the competition in the area, prospective client profile, types of chocolate most in demand and upcoming trends, customer habits of high end chocolate and coffee shops. Methodology: Retailers in Ashrafieh were mapped area and gathered key information from those considered to be potential competitors. In-depth interviews with most prominent outlets. Focus groups provided insights on client habits and preferences.
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Retail, Hospitality, Office, and Real Estate Assessment

A study for an international commercial developer involved in a joint venture to develop a mixed-use project in a suburb of Beirut. The client in developing the proposed site wanted to assess the feasibility of the project and the various real estate segments under consideration: office, residential, leisure, hospitality, and retail. In order to assess the optimal mix for the location, InfoPro carried-out a supply and demand analysis. The aim of analysis was to provide an economic overview of Lebanon and the Greater Beirut area, the competition level across the various segments under study, the success / failings of the competition, demand drivers and generators, preferred features and facilities, in addition to new and potential development projects currently under construction. Methodology: Interviews with real estate developers, brokers, and experts. Provided an overview of the supply and demand in Greater Beirut specifically for high-end projects. Assessment of street front shopping hubs and malls including performance data by category, tourist data gathered through desk research and interviews with tour operators in order to evaluate demand across various hotel categories. InfoPro also assessed their perception of impact of future supply on hotel ARR, RevPAR, and occupancy. The market assessment of the segments under study allowed the client to assess the most optimal mix to be included in location.
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Market Study for the Mahmoud Abbas Loan Program

A market study for the Mahmoud Abbas Foundation (MAF) to develop a student’s loan program for Palestinian refugees residing in Palestinian camps in Lebanon. Methodology: interviews with 250 Palestinian students, three focus groups, interviews with banks and micro-finance organizations. Designed several loan schemes and conducted feasibility studies in order to assist MAF in selecting the best loan program.
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Tripoli Special Economic Zone: The Knowledge and Innovation City Demand Forecast

Assess the feasibility of the Knowledge and Innovation City (KIC)concept at the Rashid Karame International Fair (RKF) in Tripoli, by the Tripoli Special Economic Zone. Methodology: Mapping of Potential Sub-Sectors, Concept Testing and Demand Analysis, and Demand Forecast. In-depth interviews were conducted with potential companies to assess their receptiveness towards the concept and their requirements of the KIC in terms of spacing, amenities, services, prices among other criteria.
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