Based in Hamburg, Germany, GFA Consulting Group is one of the leading European consulting firms active in the development cooperation sector. GFA has a sound track record of providing effective solutions to the challenges in the global consulting market. Since 1982 we have implemented complex studies and projects worldwide.
Leading development agencies, ministries and public clients have entrusted us with helping them to manage projects financed through bilateral and multilateral funds. Working in cooperation with stakeholders in government, the private sector, NGOs and citizens’ groups, GFA balances innovation and reliability to meet local needs.
The company’s international recognition as a dependable partner is incorporated in a set of values which focuses on performance, innovation, credibility and quality.
GFA provides outstanding services in strategic business areas which result from adapting to market developments. This change process is supported by GFA units, offices and subsidiaries worldwide. Hence, new themes are continuously integrated into the existing GFA portfolio.
Project and program management as GFA’s core service encompasses planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. This is supplemented by feasibility and sector studies, and fund management. GFA has developed high-quality products and methods to increase the efficiency and sustained impact of services provided:
GFA B.I.S. - IT applications for financial management and procurement
GFA SysCom - document and knowledge management basd on Microsoft SharePoint
C3 Unit for Better Learning - a training platform based on an interactive adult education toolbox
Competence Center for Climate and Energy - offers cutting-edge technical advice for promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)
Since April 2010, GFA’s quality management system has been certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 standards.
Based on a decentralized organizational structure across all disciplines and regions, GFA’s commendable corporate success is deeply rooted in
- a strategy process and knowledge management translating latest market developments into action plans for all operational units,
- flexible staff recruitment and human resource development for a rapid response to market demands,
- a conducive working atmosphere and social commitment confirmed by regular staff surveys,
- rigorous quality management for core operational processes enhancing project performance and customer satisfaction,
- a solid equity stabilization safeguarding employment and know-how, and opening up opportunities for further growth,
- the awareness of all staff members that they benefit from the company’s success, not only as employees but also as shareholders.
STRATEGY AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
The focus of GFA’s corporate strategy is based on three decades of success in official development assistance (ODA). Gradually, the company has started to offer resulting know-how to private and public customers beyond ODA. Regular market research helps GFA define its position and focus on critical trends. The company tackles change through systemic and experiential learning processes where knowledge management has a decisive role to play. In perennial planning cycles, GFA adapts product and market decisions, and the successive expansion of local offices, subsidiaries and independent firms to the corporate strategy. Members of staff feed this iterative process with ideas which the management team translates into action. GFA’s executive board sets priorities and mobilizes the resources necessary for innovations which sustain the company’s outstanding technical expertise, high value services and distinctive customer orientation.