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posted on 10 February, 2014

Federal Minister of Agriculture Friedrich Launches German-Zambian Agricultural Training Centre

During the International Green Week 2014 in Berlin, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) Dr. Hans Peter Friedrich signed a declaration of intent for the establishment of the German-Zambian Agricultural Training and Knowledge Centre. ... more

posted on 26 February, 2014

GFA-led Consortium Listed as EU Framework Contractor

We are delighted to announce the European Commission has selected the GFA-led consortium as Framework Contractor for the BENEF 2013 Framework Contract Lot 9 (Culture, Education, Employment and Social). The objective of this framework is to provide short-term technical assistance through specific contracts worldwide. ... more

posted on 14 March, 2014

GFA South East Europe Founded

In April 2013, GFA Consulting Group founded a new company in Belgrade, Serbia: GFA South East Europe d.o.o.  The decision to set-up a subsidiary operating there is related to GFA’s long-term strategy regarding business development and capacity building in the region. ... more

posted on 18 March, 2014

Energy Performance Model Contract for Public Sector in Serbia

A consortium led by GFA Consulting Group elaborated a draft Energy Performance Model Contract for the public sector in Serbia. The draft was presented to the 4th Energy Efficiency Coordination Group Meeting at the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna on 27 Feb, 2014. ... more

posted on 28 March, 2014

Malaysia Launches Website on Sustainable Consumption

The country component of the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia program in Malaysia has supported the government in setting up its own website dedicated to issues of sustainable consumption and production (SCP).... more

posted on 10 April, 2014

Sino-German Centre for Food and Agriculture Gets off the Ground

Attended by German chancellor Angela Merkel, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture signed a framework agreement on 28 March, 2014 in Berlin, with the purpose to establish a jointly managed Sino-German Centre for Food and Agriculture. In its position as General Agent on behalf of the BMEL, GFA played a decisive role in the conceptualization and preparation of the endeavor. ... more

posted on 14 April, 2014

GFA Newsletter April, 2014: Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring systems and evaluations entail high costs for commissioning organization. These costs have to be put in relation to M&E benefits. Improved accountability definitely is one such benefit. But it has to go together with other gains to justify the high costs.... more

posted on 14 April, 2014

Future Charter „ONE WORLD – Our Responsibility“

2015 will be a decisive year in development politics. The BMZ initiated the Future Charter „ONE WORLD – Our Responsibility“ as a gateway for a national partnership in light of the post 2015 agenda. The initiative will elaborate a common basis among stakeholders and identify priorities for global sustainable development in the next decade. Christoph Schaefer-Kehnert, Managing Director of GFA Consulting Group, joined a panel discussion during the Charter’s opening event in Berlin.... more

posted on 7 May, 2014

German-Moroccan Training Center for Agriculture Inaugurated

On 26 April, 2014 Peter Bleser of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Moroccan Minister of Agriculture inaugurated the German-Moroccan Training Center for Agriculture in Sidi Slimane, Morocco. GFA as General Agent for the bilateral cooperation program on behalf of the BMEL is responsible for the development, technical assistance as well as monitoring and evaluation of such projects.
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posted on 12 May, 2014

GFA Supports Rollout of PAJA Mainstreaming Guide in South Africa

At the beginning of 2014 GFA Consulting Group started a new project within the GIZ-funded Governance Support Programme in Pretoria, South Africa. Two long-term experts advise the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on integrating two specific laws on administrative procedures: The Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) and the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA). ... more