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Based in Hamburg, Germany, GFA Consulting Group is one of the leading European consulting firms active in the development cooperation sector. GFA has a sound track record of providing effective solutions to the challenges in the global consulting market. Since 1982 we have implemented complex studies and projects worldwide. Leading development agencies, ministries and public clients have entrusted us with helping them to manage projects financed through bilateral and multilateral funds. Working in cooperation with stakeholders in government, the private sector, NGOs and citizens’ groups, GFA balances innovation and reliability to meet local needs. The company’s international recognition as a dependable partner is incorporated in a set of values which focuses on performance, innovation, credibility and quality.

GFA provides outstanding services in strategic business areas which result from adapting to market developments. This change process is supported by GFA units, offices and subsidiaries worldwide. Hence, new themes are continuously integrated into the existing GFA portfolio.



Project and program management as GFA’s core service encompasses planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. This is supplemented by feasibility and sector studies, and fund management. GFA has developed high-quality products and methods to increase the efficiency and sustained impact of services provided:

GFA B.I.S. - IT applications for financial management and digital services

GFA SysCom - document and knowledge management based on Microsoft SharePoint

TolaData - provides a web-based monitoring and evaluation platform for non-profit organisations to track, manage and report on their projects

C3 Unit for Better Learning - action and experience based learning expertise for our partners and projects

Climate Competence Center - offers cutting-edge technical advice for promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)

Since April 2010, GFA’s quality management system has been certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 standards.


Based on a decentralized organizational structure across all disciplines and regions, GFA’s commen­dable corporate success is deeply rooted in

    • a strategy process and knowledge management translating latest market develop­ments into action plans for all operational units,

  • flexible staff recruitment and human resource development for a rapid response to market demands,
  • a conducive working atmosphere and social commitment confirmed by regular staff surveys,
  • rigorous quality management for core operational processes enhancing project performance and customer satisfaction,
  • a solid equity stabilization safeguarding em­ploy­­­ment and know-how, and opening up opportunities for further growth,
  • the awareness of all staff members that they benefit from the company’s success, not only as employ­ees but also as shareholders.


The focus of GFA’s corporate strategy is based on three decades of success in official development assistance (ODA). Gradually, the company has started to offer resulting know-how to private and public customers beyond ODA. Regular market research helps GFA define its position and focus on critical trends. The company tackles change through systemic and experiential learning processes where knowledge management has a decisive role to play. In perennial planning cycles, GFA adapts product and market decisions, and the successive expansion of local offices, subsidiaries and independent firms to the corporate strategy. Members of staff feed this iterative process with ideas which the management team translates into action. GFA’s executive board sets priorities and mobilizes the resources necessary for innovations which sustain the company’s outstanding technical expertise, high value services and distinctive customer orientation.