In the late 1960s, we started to intensively pursue rural development projects in Niger, Sudan, Tanzania and Ethiopia. We helped to build water and transport systems, change cultivation practices, strengthen agricultural training institutes, and develop concepts for villagers to start small businesses. Since those pioneering years, we have gone on to complete hundreds of projects in Africa. Our work has filled the spectrum from macro-policy analysis and field work with small farmers to agricultural value chain optimisation, justice sector reform, nature protection and infrastructure development. Today, we operate from local authority up to governmental ministerial level.

A few examples of our recent and current work include:

  • Senegal, GIZ: Programme to support Decentralisation and Local Development, Component 3: Local Economic Development, EUR 3.06 million, 2007-2015
  • Burkina Faso, KfW: Programme for Flood Plain Management, EUR 6.4 million, 2006-2016
  • Zambia, KfW: AUC Funding Window for Cross-Border Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development Measures, EUR 1.19 million, 2014-2018
  • Swaziland, EU: Technical Programme for Support to Education and Training, EUR 1.84 million, 2013-2016
  • Angola, EU: Programme to Support the Health Sector, EUR 7.7 million, 2013-2017
  • Ghana, GIZ: Market Oriented Agriculture Programme, EUR 3.56 million, 2009-2016
  • Worldwide, in Africa Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, KfW: Climate Finance Readiness Programme, EUR 3.66 million, 2014-2016
  • DR Congo, KfW: Water Supply in Secondary Towns Accompanying Measures Phase II, EUR 1.99 million, 2013-2015
  • Uganda, IBRD: Consultancy Services for Supervision of the 220kV Kawanda - Masaka Transmission Line and Associated Substations Project, EUR 2.5 million, 2014-2017
  • Mauritius, WB: M&E Framework for Business Development Services schemes under the National Resilience Fund, EUR 0.15 million, 2013-2014
  • Benin, EU: TA to the Ministry of Decentralisation for the implementation of the Local Development Programme, EUR 1.3 million, 2013-2016
  • Africa, EU: Communication Campaign to raise awareness for the EU-Africa Partnership, EUR 1 million, 2013-2015
  • East and Central Africa, EIB: TA Programme to various EIB Financial Sector Operations in East and Central Africa, EUR 4.66 million, 2014-2017

While capacity building is central to all we do, some of our projects focus solely on building local capacity in a particular area to empower the next generation to flourish. We have now grown to become a major player on the African Continent. We are engaged in improving the local business climate and promoting private sector development and we assist corporations in achieving greater supplier diversity and driving broader development impact. We also contribute to improving the quality and accessibility of health care and services and support performance-based financing processes.

With over 30% of our turnover generated on the continent, Africa represents GOPA Group’s largest market. In collaboration with regional and national organisations we have established a solid reputation for successfully implementing large and complex projects and programmes for a variety of donor organisations, including the following:

  • The European Union,
  • African Development Bank,
  • World Bank,
  • KfW Entwicklungsbank (KfW),
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),
  • Agence Française de Développement (AFD),
  • MCC, and
  • private investors and clients.