Placing people at the heart of development

Placing people at the heart of development

At GOPA Worldwide Consultants, we understand that behind each development project there is a human story. For this reason, we favour dynamic development cooperation that places beneficiaries at the heart of our work.

Our people-centred approach, based on six core sectors of expertise, ensures that the projects we implement deliver the best possible outcome in terms of socially-inclusive growth and poverty reduction and have a sustainable and measurable impact on peoples’ lives.

We have zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption. We would rather lose a project than engage in corrupt behavior. We take integrity and compliance very seriously, hence anti-fraud and compliance training is compulsory for all our colleagues.
Berthold Averweg
Managing Director of GOPA
My first assignment for GOPA was in 1996 and since then I’ve had 25 contracts for various projects. I really appreciate the work ethics and the professional attitude of the GOPA team, they are a reliable partner. We share the same goal of delivering good results to our clients.
Gerhard Rettenbacher
Team Leader for a GOPA project in Lebanon funded by the European Union
I really appreciate our team’s work atmosphere and the peer learning opportunities we have across functional groups. Peer learning is part of our team culture and we eagerly transfer this concept to the countries we work with, for example, through cascade training and job shadowing.
Simone Goncalves
Senior Project Manager in the Education and Employment Promotion team
What I appreciate about GOPA is the trustful partnership and the confidence they have in my work. I receive help when I need it and together we take responsibility for the project’s results.
Elena Maximenco
Team Leader for a GOPA project in Tajikistan
Prior to joining the team in our headquarters, I worked for GOPA on a GIZ-funded project at the EAC Secretariat in Tanzania. I now have a pleasantly wide perspective on strategic aspects of our projects. I am particularly inspired by the dynamics of working in different countries and on diverse topics
Jesse Mutua
Project Manager in the Governance and Economic Development team
After spending two years in Djibouti, I am currently in Ethiopia on another long-term assignment with GOPA. I work in remote areas and it is important for me that I can communicate freely in a collaborative environment. With GOPA I feel comfortable and supported, which means we can be pro-active in the implementation of project activities.
Massimo Amorosi
Team Leader for a GOPA project in Ethiopia funded by KfW
I’ve been working in GOPA’s RDE team for more than 16 years now, and still appreciate the autonomy and trust we get to design our work freely. I personally like working at the interface between project personnel and our partner countries – and I feel at ease working closely together with highly committed, competent colleagues with whom I also share the same values.
Annette Heinrich
Senior Project Manager in the Rural Development and Environment Team
I have been working with GOPA for 9 years, as a key expert for an EU-financed statistical project in IPA countries. It is a very challenging project with activities and pilot projects in 7 countries. The management processes we have established together with the GOPA team and the great cooperation are the key to our success.
Sabine Lange
Team Leader for a GOPA project in the Balkans
I love the fact that young professionals at GOPA are given opportunities to become involved in decision-making processes, and to be responsible for important tasks. My team at GOPA is a wonderful mixture of international, experienced, dedicated and supportive colleagues. I am happy that my first job in Germany is with this company.
Phuong Nguyen
Project Manager in the Statistics team
I’ve been working for GOPA for 3 years as an M&E expert to provide local expertise in a multicultural team. Though this was my first long-term contract in a project, I have enjoyed the working environment and I am very happy with the results we have achieved so far. The GOPA colleagues are always friendly, even when we are faced with challenging tasks.
André Sibomana
Local Expert for a GOPA project in Rwanda funded by KfW
I am one of the founding members of our competence team and I am happy to see how we have broadened our technical scope and increased the number of clients. We like interacting and entering into dialogue with ministries, donors, NGOs and experts during our missions; and using the results from our expert assignments when developing new technical proposals or backstopping our projects.
Christina Hembrock
Senior Project Manager in the Monitoring and Evaluation team
I have worked with GOPA on environmental policy and nature conservation projects in Macedonia, Croatia, Cyprus and the Caucasus region for more than 15 years. In all the projects, I appreciated the solid technical, financial and procedural support provided by the team at the GOPA head office.
Jernej Stritih
Chief Technical Advisor for a GOPA project in the Caucasus funded by KfW
I have worked with GOPA on environmental policy and nature conservation projects in Macedonia, Croatia, Cyprus and the Caucasus region for more than 15 years. In all the projects, I appreciated the solid technical, financial and procedural support provided by the team at the GOPA head office.
Jernej Stritih
Chief Technical Advisor for a GOPA project in the Caucasus funded by KfW
I’ve been working for GOPA for 3 years as an M&E expert to provide local expertise in a multicultural team. Though this was my first long-term contract in a project, I have enjoyed the working environment and I am very happy with the results we have achieved so far. The GOPA colleagues are always friendly, even when we are faced with challenging tasks.
André Sibomana
Local Expert for a GOPA project in Rwanda funded by KfW
I enjoy the consultative teamwork at GOPA. This – and also GOPA’s professional approach in decision making and implementation of activities – makes the company stronger and ensures success, even in challenging situations.
Timothy Wesonga
Team Leader for a GOPA project at the East African Community (EAC) funded by GIZ
I am one of the founding members of our competence team and I am happy to see how we have broadened our technical scope and increased the number of clients. We like interacting and entering into dialogue with ministries, donors, NGOs and experts during our missions; and using the results from our expert assignments when developing new technical proposals or backstopping our projects.
Christina Hembrock
Senior Project Manager in the Monitoring and Evaluation team
My background in Gender & Development shapes the way I see projects. I am keen on understanding, streamlining and framing the social and gender aspects of our projects. By addressing these aspects, I help to provide a more holistic approach to each intervention we deliver.
Delia Oros
Consultant in the Health and Social Development team

News

Ethiopia: New Land Governance Project Addresses Voluntary Land Consolidation Procedures

Nearly 80% of Ethiopia's 108 million inhabitants live in rural areas and are dependent on agricultural production, which accounts for roughly 38% of the gross national product. Eighty-five per cent of the land is degraded and has low productivity per hectare. Due to the low availability of farming land per capita and the use of rudimentary farming methods, smallholder agriculture has failed to meet subsistence needs of farmers.

A new, three-year, land-governance project that our Rural Development and Environment team is implementing in northwestern Ethiopia, part of the BMZ-funded stand-alone technical cooperation (TC) module "Land Governance in Ethiopia", will lay out the legal and methodological foundations for voluntary land consolidation procedures.

Tajikistan: In-Service teacher training project gains ample recognition

GOPA has been implementing a European Union-funded TVET project in Tajikistan since 2017. The project, “TA to the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment in the area of In-Service Teacher Training for the Initial Technical, Vocational Education and Training system”, has recently launched a video with its main highlights.

The video has been broadcasted several times on Tajik television, yielding widespread national recognition for the project.

 

 

 

 

Western Balkans and Turkey: Improving the quality and availability of official statistics

GOPA is pleased to continue our successful cooperation with Eurostat and the seven partner countries for another three years within the recently launched IPA 2019 multi-beneficiary statistical cooperation programme. The IPA MBP is one of the largest and most important instruments for promoting regional cooperation in the field of statistics in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

This project aims to prepare the statistical authorities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Turkey (IPA beneficiaries) for future EU membership by aligning their present methodologies and practices with the statistical acquis and integrating them into the European Statistical System.

The IPA 2019 partner countries are already producing a number of statistics in line with EU standards, and they will continue to receive substantial financial and technical support through 19 statistical projects to further improve the quality of data. In addition, numerous international (horizontal) activities will support capacity development of the National Statistical Institutes and other stakeholders.

Africa: Inspiring transformation towards sustainable and human-capital-based economy

GOPA and the African Leadership University (ALU) (with campuses in Rwanda and Mauritius) have recently signed an MoU, formalising their joint commitment to further promote social and economic development.

This cooperation agreement will guide the implementation of learning activities under four main areas: a) Internship, Traineeship, Guest Students’ Visits; b) Knowledge Exchange Programme; c) Promotion of Digital Learning Solutions; and d) Joint plan to expand and enrich the international network in the fields of e-learning and digitalisation.

The new partnership builds on GOPA’s successful implementation of various technical assistance projects in Rwanda, which led to the recent company registration in the country – “GOPA Worldwide Consultants Rwanda”.

 

Niger: Vocational training activities helping youth employment and professional integration

GOPA is pleased to have recently launched intervention area 2 of “ProEMPLOI II”, the 2nd phase of a successful employment promotion project we’ve been supporting in Niger since November 2018. This new phase aims to improve employment and income opportunities of young people aged 15-35, as well as owners and employees of local micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and agricultural cooperatives in the regions of Agadez, Tillaberi and Zinder.

The 2nd phase is part of the wider GIZ-implemented programme on “Employment promotion & professional integration in Niger – ProEMPLOI II” and is being co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Photo credits: Photos courtesy of Cyrille Berliat© and Getty Images