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
After my trustful collaboration with EPOS in Liberia, I was happy to continue working with them on another project in Sierra Leone on social health insurance and health financing. I appreciate their technical support and personal commitment. We are now embarking together on the next phase of the project in GOPA.
George Otieno
Team Leader for a GOPA project in Sierra Leone 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

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News

Colombia: Video highlights of ‘AmPaz’ – Environment & Peace project

We successfully developed finance mechanisms for the sustainable management of natural resources in Colombia, working alongside consortium partners AFC Agriculture and Finance Consultants, on the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) -funded “Ambiente y Paz – AmPaz" (Environment and Peace) project running since November 2018.

Together with three Colombian financial institutions, our GOPA/AFC team of international & local experts developed green agricultural loans for smallholder farmers. These loans were tested in a pilot project in the post-conflict regions of Meta & Caquetá.

The project also contributed towards increasing technical and managerial skills of rural producers in financial literacy, as well as environmental and farming issues together with the banker's association.

Consulting services were successfully finalised recently and the project team produced an overview video.

Botswana: New Project Targets Post-COVID-19 Economic Growth

The recently launched Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) support programme in Botswana, funded by the European Development Fund (EDF), presents an exciting new chapter in our operations in the country. 

Implemented by the consortium GOPA Worldwide Consultants, AFC Agriculture and Finance Consultants and Jvl-Consulting, the project will run for 42 months and is set to contribute to the country’s post COVID-19 economic recovery by targeting crucial areas for economic growth and job creation. This includes export diversification, investment promotion, private sector development, and the expansion of the beef and leather value chains.

The European Union Delegation in Botswana and the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry recently hosted a virtual project launch meeting that brought together counterparts from several government ministries & departments.

Cameroon: New Family Planning & Health System Support Project

We’re pleased to continue supporting development of sexual & reproductive health services in Cameroon with the recently launched GIZ-funded "Pro-PASSaR: Family Planning and Health System Support for Resilience” project that will run until mid-2023.

This project builds on previous large-scale GIZ health programmes in Cameroon, including the “Sexual & Reproductive Health (PASaR III)” project recently completed by our HSD team, and aims to specifically support internally displaced persons (IDPs), assisting the MoH in improving sexual & reproductive health services with a key focus on psychosocial support.

Innovation: Toolbox on LNOB, poverty & inequality indicators

We were pleased to present "Indicators Matter to LNOB – An indicator toolbox to leave no one behind in fighting poverty and inequality" at a recent OECD workshop.

The user-friendly toolbox includes 5 simple steps and 5 tools for good LNOB, poverty & inequality indicators and is relevant for project designers and implementers.  It contains indicator examples from various sectors, practical recommendations and reflection questions for practitioners.

The practical toolbox & guide are the outcome of a study commissioned by BMZ/GIZ and written in close collaboration with SDC. Our HSD consultant, Franziska Denz, was the main author of this toolbox and conducted the underlying research.

You can access the toolbox and practical guide on LNOB, poverty and inequality indicators here: https://www.poverty-inequality.com/project-cycle-toolkit/

We encourage you to have a look!

Kenya: Drought Resilience Programme

We are pleased to announce the start of our “Drought Resilience Programme” in Northern Kenya, a 3-year, KFW-funded project with an overall volume of €21m. This continues our rural development & environment team’s focus on climate change resilience projects already implemented in Northern Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The programme aims to strengthen the drought resilience and climate change adaptive capacities – and inherent food security – of pastoral and agropastoral livelihoods and communities in two northern counties, where nearly 30% of Kenya’s total population resides amidst high levels of poverty.

Frequent droughts recurring at ever-decreasing intervals are leading to a rise in the annual mean temperature, a consequence of climate change. This development has a devastating effect on the production potential, income, willingness to invest and – as a result – the food security of the population. In addition, the lack of water supply and the carrying capacity of rangelands are key development constraints.

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