Based in Hamburg, Germany, GFA Consulting Group is one of the leading European consulting firms active in the development cooperation sector (GFA is short for Gesellschaft für Agrarprojekte in Übersee). GFA is a well-networked company with a sound track record of providing effective solutions to the challenges in the global consulting market. GFA has implemented complex studies and projects worldwide since 1982. Leading development agencies, ministries and public clients have entrusted GFA 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.
GFA is an ever-learning organization – its quality and performance is founded in market adaptation and staff orientation. The company’s international recognition as a dependable partner is incorporated in a set of values which focuses on excellence, innovation, responsibility, integrity, and a focus on its human resources.
GFA VISION - We improve the living conditions of humans worldwide by promoting sustainable development.
GFA VALUES - Providing services of the highest quality and technical excellence, which GFA staff combine with innovative approaches and products that inspire clients´ confidence and trust throughout the world.
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.
GFA Services - Quality Matters
GFA Consulting Group provides outstanding services in many strategic business areas: THEMES & SERVICES.
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 (also see: GFA COMPANIES AND OFFICES):
GFA B.I.S. - Offers complete ICT solutions for international development cooperation and not-for-profit organizations with the focus on financial management systems and digital services
GFA SysCom - Complements the technical expertise of GFA consultants as well as small and medium-sized enterprises with integrated IT solutions and products based on Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics CRM
TolaData - Provides a web-based monitoring and evaluation platform for not-for-profit organizations to track, manage and report on their projects
C3 Unit for Better Learning - A training platform based on an interactive adult education toolbox
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. In companionship with Projekt-Consult, GFA has obtained a Compliance Certificate including data protection and public procurement since 2018 and has been holding it ever since.
STRATEGY AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
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.