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posted on 3 July, 2017

Art meets GFA: Dana Szymanczyk and Ronny Steinbrück

Dana Szymanczyk and Ronny Steinbrück are a photographing couple from northern Germany - in Hamburg and Bremen. They call their exhibition „Pins on a Map". This title stands for different places and contexts in which the photos have been made. Starting in June 2017, a few exhibits can be viewed at GFA. The photos are thematically very different, showing staged motifs and spontaneously taken ones on the road or in everyday life. ... more

posted on 23 June, 2017

Inclusive municipal development and decentralization in Madagascar

As of March 2017, the GFA Africa Department has been supporting GIZ in Madagascar in implementing the Inclusive Municipal Development and Decentralization project. The project aims at empowering rural municipalities as key actors in local economic development. GFA is responsible for services in the project's intervention area 2, Local Economic Development, while cooperating closely with three GIZ-implemented intervention areas.... more

posted on 19 June, 2017

Feasibility study on livelihood restoration in Mozambique

From June to September 2017, GFA is conducting a feasibility study on livelihood restoration in the context of an ongoing resettlement program in Limpopo National Park (LNP) in the south-western part of Mozambique. LNP is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP), and it is of particular importance. Human activities such as agriculture, construction, livestock and charcoal production put significant pressure on the park’s natural resources. ... more

posted on 14 June, 2017

Electricity System Emission Factor updated for the Southern Africa and Development of a Financing Mechanism

With financial support from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the Southern African Power Pool and GFA updated an emission factor covering the electricity system of nine interconnected countries in Southern Africa. The emission factor recently passed validation by TUEV.
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posted on 12 April, 2017

Facilitating market access for yak herders in Mongolia

In 2013 – 2016, the Green Gold program financed by Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) aimed at promoting collective actions for sustainable rangeland management and improving herders’ access to markets and know-how. GFA, together with consortium partner GEFAK, was responsible for Component 4, i.e. the facilitation of market access by linking yak and camel herders to processing companies. The primary beneficiaries of the project were about 25,000 herders in Western Mongolia, about 25 processors and various facilitators in the market system.
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posted on 7 April, 2017

Support towards the Continental Free Trade Area for Africa

In January 2017, a team of a GFA-led consortium kicked off a cooperation project of the African Union Commission Secretariat and the EU Delegation to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The EU-funded project will provide technical studies in support of African Union negotiation process for the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) for Africa. Now the first in a series of studies has been commissioned.... more

posted on 16 March, 2017

GFA supports EU Gateway and Business Avenues Program

The program's objective is to strengthen the presence of European small and medium enterprises in key markets and contribute to economic growth in the EU. Since 2016, the program's Central Management Unit has been implemented  by GFA in promoting trade, investment and business cooperation in key markets such as China, South Korea, Southeast Asia, and since 2017 also Japan. Links to these markets are created by using the Gateway methodology for market entry and business services. ... more

posted on 13 March, 2017

GFA newsletter 01/2017: Northern Afghanistan

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. ... more

posted on 11 March, 2017

GFA supports rural Peru in mitigating and adapting to climate change

On 1 March 2017, the Peruvian Agricultural Bank signed a contract with a consortium of GFA and a local partner concerning the implementation of the Combating Climate Change in Agriculture project financed by the Latin American Investment Facility of the European Union and a credit line provided by the French Development Agency. This will allow the bank to consolidate its portfolio of investment projects in efforts related to climate change.... more

posted on 10 March, 2017

Female Moroccan entrepreneurs learn about prerequisites for success in business

As part of a GIZ program (TAM III) in Morocco, GFA experts support the national business development agency for small and medium-sized enterprises in training 3,000 entrepreneurs. In February 2017, the first workshop took place in Temara. After a three-day training, women engaged in tailoring and the production of confects and pastries concluded “So far, we have somehow kept our heads above the water, but now we have learned how to swim.” ... more