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Open days for health staff held at three skills laboratories in Cambodia

Posted on 30 May, 2018

In March 2018, open days were held at each skills lab established at the Provincial Referral Hospitals of Kampot, Kampong Thom, and Kampong Speu.

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Launch of the EU-Latin America Mineral Development Network Platform (MDNP)

Posted on 8 May, 2018

The EU-Latin America Mineral Development Network Platform (MDNP) launched its website.

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ART meets GFA – Camilla Kuckartz

Posted on 7 May, 2018

Photographs of the life of former street boys from Rwanda are currently on display at GFA headquarters: “A Thousand Voices from a Thousand Hills”.

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KHATWA Conference - The road to a better working environment

Posted on 25 Apr, 2018

In December 2017, GFA successfully conducted the KHATWA Conference as part of GIZ’s Labour Market Access Project (LMAP) in Egypt.

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GFA B.I.S. becomes SAP Service Provider

Posted on 23 Apr, 2018

In the process of broadening its product and service portfolio, GFA B.I.S. is pleased to announce that it recently became a SAP Service Provider through the SAP Open Ecosystem partnership.

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TVET HAMBURG launched its website

Posted on 23 Apr, 2018

Technical and Vocational Education and Training “Made in Germany“. Three Hamburg institutions with a special profile in vocational training join forces in TVET HAMBURG.

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GFA supports Easter Run of Lions Club in Volksdorf, Hamburg

Posted on 10 Apr, 2018

The Lions Club Hamburg organized its annual Easter Run on Saturday, 31 March, 2018 in Volksdorf, Hamburg.

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Association4U - 4th Steering Committee Meeting

Posted on 5 Apr, 2018

On March 22, the fourth Steering Committee Meeting of the EU-funded project Association4U gathered the key stakeholders to discuss the ongoing state of the project and its future.

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New energy efficient dryer for GFA BRIDGES project in India

Posted on 3 Apr, 2018

Our GFA BRIDGES project "Promoting local livelihoods and gender-sensitive sustainable forest management" in India has a new energy efficient dryer.

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GFA signs the UN Global Compact

Posted on 3 Apr, 2018

In February 2018, GFA has become a signatory of the UN Global Compact (UNGC). With its declaration of commitment, GFA undertakes to pursue integrity in its company management, and to dedicate itself to doing business equitably and sustainably.

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Launch of the Rural Education Project V in Guatemala

Posted on 28 Mar, 2018

On 13th March 2018, the Vice Presidency of Guatemala officially launched the Rural Education Project V “PROEDUC V” (Programa de Educación Rural V), co-financed by the KfW Development Bank.

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GFA approach to quality assurance in the Fiscal Agent Project for The Global Fund in Nigeria

Posted on 26 Mar, 2018

In January, GFA conducted a three-day workshop in Abuja. Representatives of The Global Fund as well as the GFA PFM head of department, the HQ supervisory team in charge of Nigeria, and the Fiscal Agent’s international and national team members were present.

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GFA newsletter January 2018: Helping Asia switch to sustainable development

Posted on 12 Mar, 2018

The SWITCH-Asia Network Facility, a project funded by the EU and implemented by the GFA Consulting Group in partnership with the collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

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Evaluating the impact of the SSAB program on cocoa farmers in West and Central Africa

Posted on 7 Mar, 2018

In November 2017, GFA was charged with the assessment of the impact of the Sustainable Smallholder Agri-Business (SSAB) program on cocoa farmers in West and Central Africa.

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Amazing video about the project LOW CARBON BUSINESS ACTION in Brazil

Posted on 20 Feb, 2018

The EU-funded project Low Carbon Business Action aims at contributing to sustainable development and greening of Brazilian industries through the adoption of low emission technology.

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GFA supports the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management

Posted on 13 Feb, 2018

In January 2018, GFA, in consortium with Prospect C&S, started the program “Support to the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) through NEPAD’s Agriculture and Food Insecurity Risk Management (AFIRM)”.

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Cotton Expert House Africa and Cotton made in Africa at the BMZ’s theme day

Posted on 5 Feb, 2018

Sustainability begins out in the field – Cotton Expert House Africa and Cotton made in Africa at the BMZ’s theme day “From the cotton field to the clothes hanger”. The African cotton and textile industry makes a major contribution to economic, social and environmental development in rural regions of Africa.

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Opening ceremony of four mobile employment agencies in Morocco

Posted on 1 Feb, 2018

On January 24, 2018, the solemn inauguration of four “mobile employment agencies”, funded by the German government, took place in Mechra Bel Ksiri, Morocco. The Minister of Labor as well as the Minister of Health officially expressed their appreciation for the project approach during the ceremony.

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Make milk, make money - Promoting young entrepreneurs in rural Mongolia

Posted on 29 Jan, 2018

Ya Chagnaadorj is a young entrepreneur in Bayankhongor district in Southern Mongolia who set up a dairy business at the age of 21. He and his wife Bayasgalan have benefitted from the Vocational Education and Training Project and the Youth Employment Promotion Project.

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Support to Reforms - Environmental Governance (StREG) – closing ceremony in Beirut

Posted on 3 Jan, 2018

On Tuesday December 19th, 2017, the Closing Ceremony of the European Union-funded project Support to Reforms- Environmental Governance (StREG) took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, in Ein el Mraisse, Beirut.

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African Cotton Conference in Benin

Posted on 21 Dec, 2017

A sustainable basis for the global textile value chain” was the topic of this year’s African Cotton Conference jointly hosted by the Cotton Expert House Africa and the Aid by Trade Foundation/Cotton made in Africa on 08 to 11 November 2017 in Cotonou, Benin.

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Hakama governance reform program launched in Morocco

Posted on 21 Dec, 2017

On 6 December 2017, GFA officially launched the EU-funded Advisory Mission for Public Governance Reform in Morocco. The mission is part of the Hakama Program, which provides European support to public administration reform in Morocco.

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Strengthening drought resilience in Uganda

Posted on 19 Dec, 2017

In December 2017, GFA has completed a feasibility study on possibilities of strengthening drought resilience in the predominantly pastoralist Karamoja region in Uganda for the German Development Bank and the Office of the Prime Minister.

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C³ NEWSLETTER 2017 - C³ training courses in 10 countries

Posted on 19 Dec, 2017

In 2017 C³ courses were implemented in 10 countries. Find two reports about training courses in Nigeria and East Timor in this newsletter. Content wise these training schemes focused on “entrepreneurship in agricultural and construction” and on “public fund management” in The Global Fund projects.

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Art meets GFA - Ulrike Taillebois

Posted on 18 Dec, 2017

Ulrike Taillebois originates from Neuwied on the river Rhine. Born in 1966, she completed a therapist vocational training before she studied painting and art education at Alanus University near Bonn in 1989–1993.

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Improving the quality of employment for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Egypt

Posted on 13 Dec, 2017

In the GIZ project Labour Market Access Project (LMAP) in Egypt, GFA implements one field of activity: Improving the quality of employment for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the Suez Canal region covering the governorates of Ismailia, Port-Said and Suez.

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GFA BRIDGES - supported projects in 2017

Posted on 11 Dec, 2017

GFA does not give Christmas presents to its business partners, but donates the equivalent amount (€ 20,578) to five different social projects selected by GFA BRIDGES in Burundi/Rwanda, Madagascar, India, Brazil and the DR of the Congo. We are sure that this is also in your interes.

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Enhancing job opportunities for Jordanian women

Posted on 7 Dec, 2017

Since summer 2016, a team of GFA experts has been supporting the Jordan Ministry of Labour in enhancing job opportunities for Jordanian women. As part of GIZ’s Employment Promotion Project (EPP), GFA contributes towards boosting female employment all over the country, where women’s participation in the workforce is among the lowest in the MENA region.

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Success story: Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion program in Afghanistan

Posted on 1 Dec, 2017

In late 2014, GIZ launched the Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion program (SEDEP) that is implemented in six Northern Provinces of Afghanistan: Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar.

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GFA Certification creates FSC standard for ecological Christmas trees

Posted on 30 Nov, 2017

Numerous Christmas trees decorated German homes these days most of which are from plantations that use chemical fertilizers and pesticides. GFA Certification has developed a Christmas trees standard without such fertilizers and pesticides that has been approved by FSC International.

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Up-scaling water and sanitation in Kenya

Posted on 29 Nov, 2017

Since 2007, GFA provides technical assistance to the Water Sector Trust Fund (WSTF) within the framework of the GIZ Water Sector Reform program in Kenya. WSTF is the pro-poor financing institution of the Kenyan water sector with the mandate to fund the development of water and sanitation services in marginalized areas.

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Up-scaling Basic Sanitation for the Urban Poor (UBSUP)

Posted on 27 Nov, 2017

This year's theme for the World Toilet Day on 19 Nov, 2017 was  wastewater. Around 60% of the global population, or 4.5 billion people, either have no toilet at home or a lavatory that doesn’t safely manage excreta.

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GFA newsletter 04/2017 on Health/Medica

Posted on 23 Nov, 2017

GFA works towards the implementation of universal health coverage (UHC) based on a people-centered approach. Enabling people to access solidarity-based and cost-efficient risk pools for health financing is key for moving towards UHC. GFA’s health department, Medica, supports governments in their efforts to maintain equitable and sustainable national health systems for all citizens. This will reduce the poverty trap for many people.

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Country report: Supervisory Skills Training Program for SMEs in Egypt

Posted on 20 Nov, 2017

GFA developed and implemented the highly successful C3 Supervisory Skills Training Program as part of GIZ’s Labor Market Access Project in Egypt. The program supports the Federation for Economic Development Associations and its member associations in developing a sustainable service model. Its overall purpose is to improve job quality in small and medium-sized enterprises of the manufacturing sector in the Suez Canal region.

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Launching National Air Quality Monitoring Network Phase II in Lebanon

Posted on 9 Nov, 2017

Under the patronage of the EU Head Delegation in Lebanon, Amb. Christina Lassen and the Minister of Environment Mr. Tarek El Khatib celebrated the installation of the National Air Quality Monitoring Network – Phase II, supported through the EU-funded StREG (Support to Reforms – Environmental Governance) Program. The event took place on October 24, 2017 at Horsh Beirut, the largest public garden in Beirut.

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Marine and coastal governance

Posted on 6 Nov, 2017

GFA has published a new flyer on Marine and Coastal Governance, highlighting its expertise and services for “Blue Growth” to meet the challenges between environmental preservation and economic development for oceans and coasts – a topic which has gained increasing awareness and importance.

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Projekt-Consult: New factsheet about Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM)

Posted on 30 Oct, 2017

Projekt-Consult has published its new factsheet on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) – one of the company’s main business area. It summarizes challenges and opportunities of the sector, and it furthermore highlights the company’s vast ASM experience in terms of geo-technical support, environment protection, socio-economic impact, formalization, and certification and due diligence. Feel free to contact us for further information.

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EU Public Health Institutes Programme presented at two conferences

Posted on 25 Oct, 2017

GFA Medica presents the EU Supporting Public Health Institutes Programme (SPHIP) at two renowned public health conferences, the European Congress on Tropical Medicine andInternational Health in Antwerpen on 16-20 Oct, 2017 and the European Public Health Conference in Stockholm on 1-4 Nov, 2017.

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New project: Lebanon Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Finance Facility

Posted on 23 Oct, 2017

In September 2017, GFA started implementing the Lebanon Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Finance Facility project (LEEREFF), which supports small-scale investments in energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energies (RE) by private companies in Lebanon. LEEREFF is a 80 million euro global loan provided by EIB and AFD and intermediated through the Central Bank of Lebanon (BdL).

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Launch of Lebanon’s first ever Hunting Season

Posted on 18 Oct, 2017

Under the patronage of His Excellency Tarek El Khatib, Minister of Environment, in collaboration with Support to Reforms - Environmental Governance (StREG) project, funded by the EU, a ceremony was organized at the Hilton Habtoor Beirut on 13 September  to launch the start of Lebanon’s first ever Hunting Season.

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Enhancing the management of migration challenges in Niger

Posted on 13 Oct, 2017

As of July 2017, GFA Consulting Group has been implementing some of the regional and community-level capacity development components of a program that aims at enhancing the management of migration challenges in Niger.

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Conference on the energy transition in the agricultural and agri-food sectors in Tunisia

Posted on 9 Oct, 2017

In October 2017, GFA supported the organization of a conference on the energy transition in the agricultural and agri-food sector in Tunisia. During this national event, several solutions for the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency have been presented

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GFA Competence Center for Climate and Energy in Carbon Mechanisms Review 03/2017

Posted on 5 Oct, 2017

Joachim Schnurr and Martin Burian wrote an articel for the Carbon Mechanisms Review magazin, issue 3/2017. On page 26 you can read about "Stumbling Blocks on the Way to Application - The relevance of baseline setting, Monitoring and Homogenous NDC Formulation for Cooperative Approaches under the Paris Agreement".

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SADC launches Trade Related Facility

Posted on 29 Sep, 2017

On 14 August 2017, the implementation of national projects under the SADC Trade Related Facility (TRF) was offically launched at the Council of Ministers of Trade Meeting during the 37th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Pretoria, South Africa. Since 2015, GFA has been supporting SADC in the management of the TRF through a Facility Support Unit (FSU).

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GFA newsletter 03/2017 on Eastern Europe

Posted on 25 Sep, 2017

The countries in the Eastern Neighbourhood of the EU are undergoing a complex transition process. While struggling with the heritage from Soviet times and the consequences of recent political and economic destructions, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia move forward to a fundamental re-orientation of their political, social and economic values and systems. GFA's experience in transition processes in Central Europe is highly relevant in this context.

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Public administration reform project launched in Morocco

Posted on 21 Sep, 2017

GFA Consulting Group together with the Ministry of Civil Service and Modernization of Administration (MFPMA) launched the EU-funded public administration reform project HAKAMA in Rabat on 11 September, 2017.

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Environmental management guide for municipalities launched in Lebanon

Posted on 14 Sep, 2017

On 17 July 2017, the EU-funded Support to Reforms-Environmental Governance (StREG) project supported by GFA Consulting Group and the Ministry of Environment in Lebanon launched a guide book, Practical Guide for Municipalities to Enhance Environmental Management. The guideline is based on extensive research and development, and addresses Lebanese municipalities. More than 160 participants attended the event at Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut.

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GFA supports Easter Run of Lions Club in Volksdorf, Hamburg

Posted on 7 Sep, 2017

In April ´17 the Lions Club Hamburg organized the annual Easter Run in Volksdorf, Hamburg. GFA and other local companies supported this event. This month the event's proceeds was partly donated to the Erlenbusch children's home.

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New video clip about our C³ Unit for Better Learning

Posted on 7 Aug, 2017

GFA’s C³ Unit for Better Learning launches a video clip about its services. The C³ Unit has expanded its services including new learning formats in order to better serve participants, projects and clients. Video clips are one mean to enable better learning in our increasingly digitalized world.

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Art meets GFA

Posted on 1 Aug, 2017

Starting in August and until the end of November2017, GFA in Hamburg will host an exhibition of a Cuban-German group of artists. In their work, they address the social and political change currently happening in Cuba. The resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the USA in 2014, after half a century of limited communication with the West, triggered a process, and there is no telling yet what the consequences for the islanders will be.

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Launch of water governance program in Honduras

Posted on 31 Jul, 2017

More than 50  public and private sector representatives participated in the launch of the Water Governance in the Gulf of Fonseca Region Program of Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) in Choluteca, Honduras on 13 July, 2017. The implementation of this program is facilitated by a consortium set up by GFA Consulting Group, iDE and ECOPSIS with MiAmbiente, the Secretary for Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mines as national counterpart
 

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MagiCube for scaling up access to water supply and sanitation for the urban poor

Posted on 17 Jul, 2017

Scaling up access to water supply and sanitation for the urban poor is complex. Solving this ‘Magicube’ depends on the right formula. GIZ has developed a Scaling Up framework based on the six sides (modules) of the ‘MagiCube’: Sanitation Chain, Access to Water, Financing, Information Systems, Implementing Actors and the Sector Framework.

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GFA newsletter 02/2017 on ICT4D

Posted on 12 Jul, 2017

Information and communication technolo­gies for development (ICT4D) play a crucial role in the implementa­tion of the 2030 agenda for sustainable develop­ment. Digitalization is a game changer for the organization of development cooperation as such and the implementation of proj­ects in particular.  GFA embraces ICT4D wherever these help ac­complish development and improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries the company cares about. 

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GFA supports the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

Posted on 10 Jul, 2017

In April 2017, GIZ awarded GFA a contract to evaluate structures and processes of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (BnT) as a basis for drawing up recommendations for improving the latter, and for drafting the future orientation and constitution of the Partnership. BnT was established in October 2014 as a multi-stakeholder initiative and aims at achieving social, ecological and economic improvements along the textile supply chain.

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Art meets GFA: Dana Szymanczyk and Ronny Steinbrück

Posted on 3 Jul, 2017

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.

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Inclusive municipal development and decentralization in Madagascar

Posted on 23 Jun, 2017

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.

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Feasibility study on livelihood restoration in Mozambique

Posted on 19 Jun, 2017

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.

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

Posted on 14 Jun, 2017

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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Facilitating market access for yak herders in Mongolia

Posted on 12 Apr, 2017

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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Support towards the Continental Free Trade Area for Africa

Posted on 7 Apr, 2017

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.

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