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posted on 12 January, 2015

C³ Training newsletter: Didactical reduction – a challenge in course design

In recent years C³ trainers have been developing increasingly specialized training manuals, often associated with train-the-trainer schemes. When doing so, our trainers usually team up with subject experts to select and prepare key content.... more

posted on 2 February, 2015

GFA to support free trade in the SADC region

Between 2015 and 2019, GFA will strengthen the implementation of international trade agreements to which the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a signatory. GFA’s role is to ensure the effective usage of those agreements in the SADC member states. The EU-financed Trade Related Facility formulated by SADC aims at strengthening intra-regional trade within the SADC region and its linkages with the global economy.... more

posted on 6 February, 2015

Skills Ambassadors - a song for vocational training

In Ghana, working in the crafts and trade sector has a low social status. Counteracting this attitude, the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) together with a GIZ vocational education and training project and JT live, a local radio station, has produced a song and a video clip: "Adwuma-Pa" – good work. The young actors are not professional singers but apprentices. Their song and video are strongly flavored by their vocational experience.... more

posted on 20 February, 2015

GFA team leader honored with award in Laos

On the occasion of a handing over ceremony on 12 Jan, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in the Lao Peoples’s Democratic Republic honored GFA Teamleader Dietmar Bräutigam with an award for his outstanding performance in supporting the implementation of the Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation (CliPAD) project since 2011. The project is a REDD initiative supported through technical and financial cooperation by GIZ and KfW. ... more

posted on 2 March, 2015

GFA implements dual university study programs in the Palestinian territories

Three years after the Arab Spring, more than 350 million people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have been affected by significant transformation processes. GFA has been awarded the project “More job opportunities for young people through dual study programs” in the Palestinian territories to meet the challenge. A dual higher education program at the Al-Quds University combines on-the-job training and academic studies.
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posted on 10 March, 2015

International School on Solar Energy 2015

The International School on Solar Energy (ISSE) is an initiative promoted by the Universidade de Brasilia and GIZ that involves a variety of Brazilian and international stakeholders. ISSE 2015 as an initial series of lectures and workshops in Brasilia was organized and hosted by GFA, GIZ and the Universidade de Brasilia from 23 to 26 February 2015. The event served as a platform to discuss opportunities and challenges of solar power in Brazil.
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posted on 17 March, 2015

Adaptation of the agricultural sector to climate change in Benin

GIZ commissioned GFA Consulting Group with the implementation of the project “Adaptation of the agricultural sector to climate change in Benin”. The five-year project started in September 2014 and is funded by the Energy and Climate Fund (ECF) of the German government. Its objective is to strengthen relevant actors in planning and adapting climate sensitive measures directed towards the sustainable management of watersheds.
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posted on 20 March, 2015

GFA newsletter March, 2015: GFA and the forest sector in Vietnam

GFA Consulting Group looks back at a proud track record of more than 20 years in the forest sector in Vietnam. The success story stands out in international development cooperation as fine-tuned feasibility studies and projects managed by GFA in close cooperation with the Vietnamese government and, mostly, KfW Entwicklungsbank and GIZ contributed to an evolving national policy framework for the forest sector in the country.
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posted on 1 April, 2015

Certification process for vocational counselling officers in Pakistan finalized

After an intensive training since January 2015, 31 participants from technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutions in Pakistan passed the International Certification Process of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) for human resources and job placement officers. The total number of vocational counselling & job placement (VC&JP) trainers holding an international CCI certificate has thus been increased to 49.

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posted on 14 April, 2015

Health infrastructure project in Lesotho completed

At the end of 2014, the Lesotho Millennium Development Agency (LMDA) completed a five-year health sector project worth 122 million US Dollars as part of an MCC-financed Compact for which GFA and CKP provided Fiscal Agent services. The project aimed at infrastructure development and capacity building through the construction or rehabilitation of 138 health centers throughout Lesotho. This played a crucial role in the provision of primary health care.
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