The FWC Unit at GFA was first established in 2018. GFA is currently implementing the following Framework Contracts.


The Services for the Implementation of External Aid (SIEA) is a game changer in EU-funded technical assistance. While in the past, EU framework contracts (FWCs) were limited to assignments up to 300,000 Euros, the maximum amount for a specific contract under SIEA was increased to 999,999 Euros. A wide range of services are provided under this contract, including analytical studies, elaboration of TOR and Action Documents, mid-term and final evaluations as well as technical assistance. The contract covers a period of two years with an extension option of another two years. The beneficiary of a contract can be the European Commission Headquarters, one or more EU Delegations and/or legal entities such as ministries in partner countries.

GFA is involved in four lots:

  • Lot 2 - Infrastructure, sustainable growth and jobs with an indicative budget of 155 million Euros, where GFA is a consortium partner.
  • Lot 3 - Human rights, democracy and peace with an indicative budget of 154 million Euros, GFA is the consortium lead.
  • Lot 4 - Human development and safety net with an indicative budget of 73 million Euros, GFA is the consortium lead.
  • Lot 5 - Budget support with an indicative budget of 63 million Euros, where GFA is a consortium partner.
Please find more information including the EU CV template in three languages at GFA FRAMEWORK CONTRACTS.


The Framework Agreement (FWA) is a new instrument of KfW Development Bank (KfW) for the procurement of project preparatory studies and assessments in those countries characterized by crisis and fragility. This particular setting required a change in orientation for the Financial Cooperation (FC), which needed to surpass the “traditional” project cycle and newly adapt to a complex context via streamlining measures. Therefore, KfW has conceived of this new instrument for the preparation and early implementation of projects/programs characterized by a high term of flexibility and adaptability to the specific challenges enabling the provision of standardized high quality information for decision making processes that lead to efficient and sustainable implementation.

The foundation for an efficient and sustainable project/program is laid in its identification and preparation. It is therefore essential to create a solid foundation comprised of comprehensive analyses of social, economic, legal, cultural, education and political aspects with the involvement of stakeholders and partners that maximize the sense of collective ownership and sharing. The aim of the FWA as new instrument of KfW is to create the informational background for efficient and sustainable implementation of the financed project/program to achieve the goals of the Agenda 2030.

In a challenging scenario characterized by a precarious situation of the target groups, fast-changing conditions and the need to quickly commit and allocate funds, there is an emergent need for the FWA intended as a “fast track” mechanism to enable:

  • The efficient mobilization of experts and the accelerate preparation of highly qualitative inputs;
  • Developing the specialization of consulting services through long-term engagement;
    The provision of clearly structured and standardized analysis for a challenging context;
  • The activation of sequential study modules independent of each other.

The geographical scope recognized by the BMZ encompasses fragile states with an elevated potential for escalation divided into three regions:

  1. Middle East & Afghanistan & Pakistan
  2. Africa Francophone
  3. Africa Anglophone
The procured services include the following five modules:

  1. Pre-feasibility studies
  2. Environmental and social due diligence analysis (ESDD)
  3. Institutional analysis of designated project executing agencies (PEA)
  4. Peace and Conflict Assessment (PCA)
  5. Target Groups and Project-Affected People assessment (ATG-PAP)

In the following six sectors: water, energy, transport, health, education and peace building, crisis prevention and promotion of social coherence.


1. Pre-feasibility studies (Pre-FS)

Pre-feasibility study is the first step of the project cycle, where the future project/ program strategy is turned into concepts. It is a complex comprehensive analysis of information from multiple sources: political, economic, social, technological and legal. It is based on guidelines/reporting requirements laid out by KfW directives and formulated in specific tools/instruments templates, which are used as standard model for the Pre-feasibility studies, that include country situational analysis, stakeholder mapping, risk analysis etc.

2. Environmental and social due diligence analysis (ESDD)

In order to achieve sustainable goals, the ESDD analysis needs to be closely connected with the Pre-feasibility study. This analysis is based on standard tools/instruments and requires a high level of communication and exchange of information with the PEA, stakeholders, beneficiaries, community representatives etc. It is fundamentally the identification of synergies with other modules and assessments as the ATG-PAP and PCA, enabling the identification of a comprehensive analysis of all foreseeable environmental, social, health and safety aspects of the proposed projects.

3. Institutional analysis of designated project executing agencies (PEA)

The PEA assumes an important role in managing all aspects of the project/program. Therefore, this module intends to analyze its capacities and support needs, reviewing its legal and institutional framework as well as it capacity and ability to implement the project/program. The analysis will also outline the capacity development needs of the institution. This analysis is built upon a standard template for data and information collection.

4. Peace and Conflict Assessment (PCA)

The Peace and Conflict Assessment ensures that the future projects/programs are designed and implemented considering underlying conflict factors and follow the “do-not-harm” principle. It is a systematic research focusing on a specific region or thematic sector and it is closely linked to the Analysis of Target Group and Project Affected people (ATG-PAP). The assessment analyses the conflict drivers, their impact on the achievement of the project/program goals and establishes itself as a monitoring tool for prompt alignment with the project/program’s logic.

5. Analysis of Target Groups and Project-Affected People (ATG-PAP)

The aim of the ATG-PAP analysis is to identify and describe potential beneficiaries, to analyze development constraints and opportunities along with developing strategies to maximize potentials and mitigate negative impacts. It should be built on findings from the other Modules and rely on participation and ownership of the respected target group.

Please find more information on this page.


Christian Caspar
FWC Unit Manager
+49 40 60306718


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