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News and Insights

News and Insights

Cooperation: Monitoring 150 projects in GIZ Hospital Partnership Initiative

Since 2018, GOPA mbH and EPOS Health Management have been conducting a complex evaluation of the GIZ Hospital Partnership Initiative, financed by BMZ and the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation. Many health organisations in Germany, especially hospitals, already maintain peer-to-peer links and working relationships with health institutions in countries worldwide. The Initiative aims to recognise and foster this engagement. By building up partner capacity, and facilitating projects, the Initiative enables the parties involved to put their ideas into practice. During the evaluation, the GIZ commissioned GOPA and EPOS not only to take care of the evaluation, but also of the annual monitoring. This year, the GOPA Group consortium is monitoring around 150 different Hospital Partnership projects which range from preventive measures for rheumatic heart disease in Ethiopia, to dentistry in the Caribbean, to improving treatment for snakebites in Laos. Most projects are monitored by GOPA’s in-ho…

Events: GOPA stays green with ECOPROFIT

On Wednesday, 17 June 2020, GOPA was presented with the Ökoprofit (ECOPROFIT) certificate by Alexander Hetjes, Mayor of Bad Homburg, for the company’s environmental management efforts in 2019. Since 2014, GOPA’s environmental management team has participated regularly in Ökoprofit workshops, which deal with various topics related to environmental management and CSR. In last week’s workshop, Ökoprofit members discussed the new Environmental Law and its new regulations on CO2 pricing for heating and transport. Furthermore, Martin Haustermann from the Global Nature Fund reported on latest developments in the cultivation of sustainable natural rubber. GOPA has been Ökoprofit-certified since 2015. Ökoprofit is a programme for sustainable economic development, based on both economic and ecological success. We work together with the town council, other businesses and our own employees to reduce the use of energy and raw materials. For further information on GOPA's environmental effor…

Events: GOPA Consulting Group took part in the 2nd USAID Overseas Small Business Conference

The second Overseas Small Business Conference by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), held in Frankfurt in March 2020, provided a strong forum for fruitful engagement between USAID and 200 participants. The majority of attendees came from the Offices of Acquisition and Assistance in Washington, Missions of Europe & Eurasia, Middle East and Africa, the current USAID large business prime contractors, and other development cooperation organisations like GOPA. This two-day conference was organised by USAID’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in collaboration with the USAID Office in Frankfurt (M/OSO) and the USAID Ukraine Mission. Participants were given an effective forum to engage with USAID concerning effective collaborating and procurement reforms, include their New Partners Initiative, the USAID business forecast, and subcontracting opportunities with large prime contractors. GOPA hosted and managed a booth table at the conferen…

Tunisia: Bringing together government & private sector for trade facilitation

At the end of January 2020, we started the GIZ-funded “Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation Project” in Tunis. This two-year project is being carried out within the framework of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, a public-private partnership giving support to countries in implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. In line with the overall approach of the Global Alliance, the two long-term experts on the ground will bring together German, European and Tunisian companies, as well as the Tunisian Government, as equal partners. They will identify opportunities to address delays and unnecessary “red tape” in cross-border trade – and design and deploy targeted reforms in the area of customs and logistics that deliver commercially quantifiable results. The project is part of the GIZ module on job partnerships and promotion of medium-sized enterprises in Tunisia, a programme under BMZ’s Special Initiative for Training and Job Creation. The Global Alliance includes: …

Morocco: Strong media presence at the launching of an MCC-funded project

This January, we held a high-level workshop to kick-off the project “Support to the MCA-Morocco Agency in the management, monitoring, technical assistance and closure of the activities of the Charaka Fund MCA-Morocco Agency". The Charaka Fund – meaning partnership in Arabic – is a grant of 100 million USD from the American Government, with an additional 30 million USD from the Moroccan Government. The funds are used to create and renovate 15 beneficiary VET centres educating around 8,400 interns annually in the fields of agriculture, agro-industry, tourism, industry, handcrafts, construction, transport, logistic and health. The formal kick-off event received high media attention, and was attended by high-ranking government officials, and representatives of the 15 VET centres. The workshop gathered together all stakeholders around the table, where we presented our management approach, systems and tools to ensure the effective management, monitoring and evaluation of the entir…