Rural Development and Environment

Promoting people and the environment

Rural Development and Environment

Promoting people and the environment

We work in partnership with people in rural communities around the globe that face multiple challenges on a daily basis, most notably caused by climate change, depletion of natural resources and population growth.

  • We are recognised as a leader in enabling solutions for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources at local, regional and national levels. 
  • We continuously learn from our successes to develop lasting, climate-smart solutions that can be replicated in rural communities across the globe.
  • As consultants and technical advisors, we bring to the fore professionalism, solid project management, technical skills and a passion for what we do. 
  • Our approach is based on 60 years of reliable and responsible project implementation and focused around the key principles of:
    • participation and empowerment of rural communities; 
    • good governance and supporting regulatory frameworks; 
    • benefit sharing; and 
    • developing holistic solutions promoting community development with the environment. 
  • We have  many years of highly successful project management and consulting across the globe in the following areas:
    • Rural community development
    • Natural resources management
    • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
    • Good environmental governance
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

Rural Development and Environment

Flagship projects under implementation

Namibia (KfW)
Programme for Communal Land Development
EUR 3.8 million
No PovertyGender EqualityIndustry Innovation and InfrastructureClimate ActionLife on Land
Ethiopia (KfW)
Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihood Programme
EUR 3 million
No PovertyZero HungerClean Water and SanitationClimate ActionLife on Land
Regional (EU)
TA to ECOWAS Improved Regional Fisheries Governance in Western Africa Programme
EUR 2.2 million
Zero HungerGender EqualityLife below Water
Regional (KfW)
Indigenous and Small-Holder Agrobiodiversity Program in Central America
EUR 1 million
Clean Water and SanitationClimate ActionLife below WaterLife on Land
Sri Lanka (GIZ)
Management of Wilpattu National Park and its Influence Zones
EUR 1.8 million
No PovertyGender EqualityDecent Work and Economic GrowthClimate ActionLife on Land
Timor-Leste (GIZ)
Promotion of Employment for Marginalised Groups - Agroforestry Project
EUR 3.1 million
Zero HungerQuality EducationGender EqualityDecent Work and Economic GrowthLife on LandPeace and Justice - Strong Institutions
I was Team Leader for a GOPA project in Namibia and appreciated the professional relationship I developed with my project manager. His competence and empathy for the challenges in management were of great value. This persuaded me to join the head office team and contribute to new projects implementation.
Claus-Peter Hager
Senior Project Manager in the Rural Development and Environment Team

Rural Development and Environment

A selection of our knowledge products

  • Participatory planning by means of contests and financial awards;
  • Saving accounts to ensure compliance and discount future benefits;
  • Environmental and social due diligence in KfW projects;
  • Do-no-harm approach in GIZ project implementation; 
  • Disposition fund management.

Rural Development and Environment

Contact

Dr. Barbara Dreis-Lampen
Director
Phone: +49-6172-930-517
Dr. James Walsh
Director
Phone: +49-6172-930-508