The GFA Newsletters are a tool to engage in a dialogue with our clients and partners. We would like to share knowledge and experience gained in relation with projects we manage and implement, and with products we have developed. We mainly present innovative concepts, proven methodologies, pioneer projects and corporate news.
March 2017 Northern Afghanistan GFA Newsletter
Poverty alleviation is one of the cornerstones of global development policy. In this respect, this issue of our newsletter showcases Northern Afghanistan. Five examples from GFA’s work there show that rural families' livelihoods can be improved by introducing best practices in agriculture and natural resources management, and enhancing rural value chains, school education, vocational education and training as well as good governance.
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December 2016 C³ Training Unit for Better Learning - Trainings in Egypt and Peru C3 Newsletter
This year we have changed our name from “C³ Training Unit” to “C³ Unit for Better Learning”. You may ask – what was wrong with training? The answer is: Nothing! However, we think the new name shows our shift in perspective - from training to learning – from the trainer to the learner. This new name is more representative for our general attitude towards our work: It’s all about the participant and her or his perspective and needs!
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December 2016 Refugees, displacement and migration GFA Newsletter
The ongoing refugee and migration crisis is one of the most profound global challenges of our time. An end to the crisis is not in sight as wars, armed conflicts, political repressions, violations of human rights, terrorism and food shortages as root causes for displacement continue to exist. GFA tackles the issue in a technical working group labeled Refugees & Migration. The current newsletter shares the insights we have gained so far.
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September 2016 Public Finance Management department at GFA GFA Newsletter
The debate on aid effectiveness reached its peak with the Paris Declaration in 2005 and resulted in the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. GFA reacted by establishing a Public Finance Management Department (PFM) in July 2015 that concentrates professional skills and creates synergies worldwide. Operational for more than a year, the department has become a success as it won new projects worldwide and diversified its portfolio.
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June 2016 Sustainable energy finance GFA Newsletter
Sustainable energy finance (SEF) is a straight and smart option to reduce CO2 emissions. It is easy to implement as it builds on functioning institutions - the banks. The newsletter refers to GFA`s long-standing experience in SEF under often difficult macro-economic framework conditions. Project examples show the broad scale of innovative interventions resulting in win-win situations: improved living standards and more climate protection.
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April 2016 Youth employment GFA Newsletter
Youth unemployment does not only lead to economic imbalances and widens the gap between the rich and the poor but also severely contributes to political instability. Country-specific medium-term strategies have to be defined in order to fight this dilemma. GFA consultants assist with coherent employment policies in which demand matchmaking with employment agencies, service providers and legislation need to be taken into consideration.
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December 2015 C³ training schemes in Africa C3 Newsletter
This newsletter lies a focus on C³ training schemes in Africa, telling different success stories from South Africa, Eastern Africa and Zimbabwe. Also in this issue some thoughts about how showing personal recognition and respect to the learner should be understood as a fundamental attitude of a professional involved in adult education. According to Prof. Müller-Commichau’s concept of a pedagogy of recognition, this goes beyond the actual teaching-learning process.
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December 2015 Innovative approaches in Monitoring and Evaluation GFA Newsletter
Last July, GFA created a special unit focusing on Monitoring & Evaluation, a cross-cutting issue throughout all departments. The exchange on M&E related issues among all GFA consultants combines sector expertise with up-to-date M&E know-how. The M&E unit is well positioned to meet the challenges of innovative tools and approaches in M&E that meet clients’ demand for transparent and result-driven development project management.
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September 2015 Market Positioning - MAPO 2020 GFA Newsletter
MAPO stands for Market Positioning and targets at improvements in the company's strategic business areas. Previous strategies have broadened the spectrum of GFA's operational fields of action. MAPO 2020 targets at an increase of GFA's market presence in all business areas. The so-called lighthouse projects highlighted in this newsletter are an important element of MAPO 2020.
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July 2015 Agricultural development in Africa – A continuous challenge for GFA GFA Newsletter
Agriculture is Africa’s social and economic backbone. For more than 30 years, GFA has contributed to the development of agriculture transformation on the continent, mostly by winning over small farmers towards viable commercial operations. This newsletter highlights GFA’s ongoing work in Africa as related to climate-proof irrigation investments, value added in local value chains, and effective agricultural knowledge management systems.
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March 2015 GFA and the forest sector in Vietnam GFA Newsletter
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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December 2014 Didactical reduction – a challenge in course design C3 Newsletter
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. Often, one of the main challenges faced while conceiving new courses is the fact that there is too much content for too little course time.
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December 2014 Mining market GFA Newsletter
In June 2014, Projekt-Consult has become a member of GFA Consulting Group. With its core geo-scientific and mining expertise, the company provides integrated solutions that encompass resource governance projects with a focus on educational, environmental or private sector issues. GFA believes interesting challenges to arise from this market segment as stakeholders pay increasing attention to conditions of mineral exploitation.
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September 2014 Gender Matters GFA Newsletter
To many people gender equality is just a fashionable buzz words in development cooperation. To GFA, it is a concept for targeted activities to achieve development objectives, which is taken systematically into account throughout the project cycle. Practice-oriented articles in this newsletter highlight GFA’s focus on areas where with the gender gap is wide and the impact on development is high, e.g. health services, water management or food security.
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July 2014 Energy Efficiency GFA Newsletter
Energy makes the world go around. Its efficient use is the key to economic development. But how to increase efficiency when energy prices are distorted and energy consumption is subsidized? One option is to change the state of affairs. Another one is searching for solutions that work within a given policy environment. The articles and project profiles in this newsletter show how GFA does both by offering policy options and innovative technologies.
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April 2014 Monitoring and Evaluation in Development Cooperation GFA Newsletter
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. This newsletter provides an overview of methodological achievements in this field portrays the challenges of a complex EU country evaluation in Jordan currently conducted by GFA.
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December 2013 C³ SCHOOL - C³ START - C³ TRAINER C3 Newsletter
2013 was marked by continuous interest shown by our project partners for the C³ training method. In this way the spectrum of courses and local trainers developed became even broader. Together with technical experts and based on the C³ action-oriented and experience-based training method, we developed training manuals with wide-ranging content and target groups worldwide. Examples include blood-safety for hospital staff in Turkey, fire safety for compliance officers in Bangladesh, marketing for micro-entrepreneurs in Mongolia, and school management for school staff in Ghana. Do not miss our photo contest!
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December 2013 New Approaches to Agricultural Development GFA Newsletter
Agriculture is back on the development cooperation agenda. Neglected for almost a decade, the importance of the sector was never in doubt. But, in many cases, the right approaches had not been found. This newsletter highlights a wide spectrum of innovative agricultural development approaches employed by GFA as a company that has contributed to the sector for 30 years. The bottom line: Best practices only work if implemented systematically.
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September 2013 Financial Management for The Global Fund GFA Newsletter
The Global Fund is the major multi-donor financier of programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The organization entrusted GFA with a contract regarding financial advisory services. The assistance covers financial and payment agency work, financial verification and management assessments, internal audit services, and capacity building. The newsletter highlights GFA’s innovative solutions available to a broad set of clients worldwide.
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June 2013 Rule of Law GFA Newsletter
A government bound to the rule of law is a precondition for the establishment of basic liberties and human rights. A sound legal basis and trust in the legal system is based on principles such as accountability and equality before the law. This newsletter demonstrates the importance of rule of law interventions for the establishment of sustainable reforms. Best practices from four related GFA project case studies are illustrated in a second article.
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March 2013 Health Services GFA Newsletter
GFA Medica has been active in a broad range of healthcare services since 1998. Its successful interventions prove more than sound medical expertise. Reliable management and financing mechanisms, and appropriate communication strategies are important as well. This newsletter highlights the integration of quality blood transfusion services into healthcare systems and innovative health financing schemes which increase the access of the poor to health services.
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December 2012 C³ Training in Afghanistan and in the Ukraine C3 Newsletter
Based on solid technical know-how of the C³ trainers, the C³ Training Unit developed 15 different manuals over the last decade. Over 3,000 C³ participants in 29 countries have had the chance to learn more than if they had participated in “conventional” lecture settings. Read more about C³ trainings in Afghanistan and the Ukraine and about the new C³ SCHOOL training course.
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December 2012 Green Finance GFA Newsletter
The worldwide struggle for inclusive growth leads to an ever increasing energy hunger. But non-renewable energy is scarce while nuclear energy suffers from severe risks and image problems. Sustainable energy finance is an effective instrument that can stimulate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energies. This newsletter highlights practitioners` experiences in green finance projects implemented by GFA under diverse conditions around the world.
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September 2012 The Governance of Urbanization GFA Newsletter
Urbanization changes the world significantly by influencing all cultural and socio-economic aspects of life. This newsletter’s first article argues that the governance of urbanization has to exploit the full potential of medium-sized cities in order to turn them into a driving force of a region or country. Exactly how this can be done is the subject matter of the second article on a GFA team that supports improving urban governance in Nepal.
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June 2012 Preserving Ecosystems by Valorizing Biodiversity GFA Newsletter
The global loss of biodiversity is receiving increased attention. Early on, GFA complemented biodiversity conservation with economic and political considerations in strategic business fields such as the promotion of Green Economy, or good governance. In this newsletter, GFA highlights its concept on the preservation of ecosystems by valorizing biodiversity, and how communicating biodiversity is applied in a strategic and participatory way.
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March 2012 Public Sector Management in Latin America GFA Newsletter
GFA takes regional differences into account as business areas are brought into line with regional clusters that constitute GFA`s regional departments. The Latin America department responded to the challenges of policy advice and the control of financial support at the macro level. GFA offers a wide range of innovative services in the field of social policy and public sector management by putting innovative approaches into practice in the region.
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December 2011 Food Security - A Much-Needed Renaissance GFA Newsletter
Three decades ago, the ‘A’ in GFA stood for agriculture. Today, food security once again is a question of political and economic survival. The main article highlights GFA’s global experience in agriculture and rural development, natural resource management, irrigation and climate change as an ideal foundation for integrated food security projects. The Food Security Information Systems Project in Yemen analyzed in the second article is a case in point.
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September 2011 Green Growth GFA Newsletter
Green Growth optimistically stands for sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions to ecological and social challenges ahead. GFA has a proud track record and is a trendsetter in many „green“ areas. This newsletter answers the question Green Growth – What Do We Mean?, presents examples of Green Growth in Action in GFA-managed projects, and explains why Green Jobs are primarily a transformation challenge.
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June 2011 Sector Development from a Governance Perspective GFA Newsletter
Weak governance often means bureaucracy and corruption hampering international development cooperation. As a private consulting company, GFA has a vested interest in improving governance in partner countries. The articles in this newsletter offer a definition of Sector Development from a Governance Perspective with an example from the health sector in Pakistan and a case study about Environmental Protection in Vietnam.
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June 2011 C³ Public Sector C3 Newsletter
Initially C³ was developed to serve trainees and trainers in the private sector. Today the C³ methodology is also applied to capacity development of public sector stakeholders. The training package enhances participants’ ability for decision making and for taking action in today’s increasingly complex environment. In return, this secures a higher rate of administrative efficiency and improved governance.
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March 2011 Afghanistan – Peace by Development GFA Newsletter
GFA consultants promote sustainable economic development under adverse conditions in Afghanistan. Their cooperation with local farmers, craftsmen and entrepreneurs clearly shows that the contributions of German development assistance make a difference. The articles portray the Peace by Development vision that drives the GFA team and the Gemstones Value Chain as an example how lost traditional knowledge can be recovered to generate income.
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December 2010 GFA – Beyond Overseas Development Assistance GFA Newsletter
GFA stepped up its efforts identifying additional opportunities to make best use of ODA experience ‘at home’ in Germany and elsewhere. The examples presented underline GFA's knowhow potential in ODA which can be successfully applied in industrialized countries. The newsletter contributions are about BMELV Cooperation Program, GFA Public Services and the Optimist Microfinance scheme.
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September 2010 Human Resource Development GFA Newsletter
GFA assists government and private stakeholders in their efforts to reform and strengthen human resources and skills development systems by developing qualification frameworks and occupational standards, and by implementing credit transfer systems within the framework of lifelong learning.This newsletter focuses on a VET Project in Turkey and the National VET Reform Program in Egypt.
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June 2010 Regional Integration in Africa GFA Newsletter
The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) started in the 1960s and 1970s to bring an end to colonial and white-minority rule in southern Africa. In 2008, SADC established a free trade area, and member states are now looking to harmonize and coordinate macroeconomic, financial, tax and investment policies. The articles are: SADC – Regional Integration in Africa and Economic Partnership Agreement between SADC and the European Union.
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March 2010 Energy GFA Newsletter
Prices of fossil, non-renewable energy sources will increase due to diminishing world stocks. Therefore, investments in alternative energy and energy savings become more attractive. This holds particularly true for developing and transformation countries, where energy conscious investments of companies and households are below international average. The articles are: Sustainable Energy Finance and Energy Efficient Technologies Mitigating Climate Change.
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December 2009 C³ CREDIT C3 Newsletter
C³ CREDIT is GFA's standard seminar on SME lending and monitoring for loan officers. In this course innovative lending methodologies for small and medium size enterprises are paired with modern adult learning tools, which result in an active, participants-oriented and dynamic training course well accepted in the banking sector. The articles are: C³ CREDIT in the Philippines and C³ CREDIT in India.
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November 2009 Trade GFA Newsletter
Developing countries face problems regarding the realization of their trade potentials. Often, deficiencies in trade strategies, export promotion, international standards or technical skills of export industries stand in the way. GFA Consulting Group has established itself a renowned consulting services and training provider in tackling these bottlenecks. The articles are: Trade Assistance in Latin America and Strengthening Regional Economic Integration in Central America.
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June 2009 C³ START and COMPLIANCE C3 Newsletter
The C³ training package is based on action-learning and comprises several manuals with different target groups and levels. Two examples - training up to 300 entrepreneurs, service providers and factory in-house trainers - are presented. The articles are: C³ START in Angola and C³ COMPLIANCE in Bangladesh.
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September 2009 IT Solutions GFA Newsletter
GFA`s experience shows that IT tools are useful in structuring the process of institutional development and capacity building. With an appropriate IT tool in place local public authorities are in a better position to streamline their processes and provide improved services to the public. The articles are: Software Solutions for International Cooperation and Triple I – Ideal Infrastructure Investment.
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May 2009 Fund Management GFA Newsletter
GFA Consulting Group has been engaged in development finance from its very beginning, and has further developed its related capabilities and capacities in recent years. This growth was promoted by the implementation and validation of a new model of aid delivery set up by Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) which channels United States government funds to low income countries. The articles are: Good Governance Matters and Fostering Forestry Development in Nicaragua.
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February 2009 Health GFA Newsletter
The Global Fund is a unique global public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. GFA Consulting Group currently is the only German consulting firm contracted by the Global Fund to implement Data Quality Audits worldwide. The articles are: Data Quality Audits for Performance-Based Funding and Output-Based Aid – Improving Health Services for the Poor.
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September 2008 C³ GROWTH, START and TRAINER C3 Newsletter
The C³ training package is based on action learning and comprises several manuals with different target groups and levels. Three examples - describing full training-of-trainer cycles based on learning through action and experience- are presented. The articles are: C³ GROWTH and C³ START in Ecuador and C³ TRAINER – Training and Moderation Techniques.
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