Economic growth generally implies growing demand for raw materials, energy and other natural resources, while growing amounts of materials end up as waste if not properly managed. Even though a circular economy is increasingly viewed internationally as a necessity and opportunity, integrated solutions related to the issue of waste are still not at the forefront of practice.
Public Finance Management (PFM) comprises an array of legislation, procedures, schemes, and rules applied mostly by national and sub-national polities to generate and mobilize public funds, and to allocate and spend them according to pre-established policy objectives, strategies and action plans. It encompasses a broader set of functions than financial management and is commonly conceived as a cycle of phases, to ensure it operates effectively and transparently, while preserving accountability.
The year 2020 has been exceptional for all of us – for the C³ Unit for Better Learning it meant that none of the training and learning activities could be implemented as planned. Due to Covid-19 everything had to be digitalized. Amazing was the steep learning curve that we went through, including the C³ team. The decision to dedicate this years’ newsletter to e-learning was hence self-evident. Fortunately, the C³ Unit had decided in December 2019 to set up a Moodle platform for...
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep us under stress. Recent months have clearly shown that many countries grapple with the second wave of infections and that trying to stop a virus at the national border is a futile effort.
The project showcased in this newsletter, CybersecurityEast, is tasked with offering conceptual advice on addressing the implications and effects of the Corona crisis in Eastern Partnership countries. In light of cyberattacks and cybercrime taking advantage of society’s increased reliance on the digital space, a safe cyber space has never been more important. GFA is looking into reliable and safe digital solutions for its clients and partners worldwide.
This month we would like to start with a special issue of our newsletter. In this issue we report in particular about the engagement of GFA project teams in our partner countries to help limiting the pandemic itself and coping with the immediate effects of the dramatic economic slow-down.
Framework contracts (FWC) are an approach to reduce time-consuming and bureaucratic procurement processes. GFA has been implementing EU FWC for more than 15 years. This has built up knowledge for long-term projects, offered short-term missions to GFA experts and provided background information on projects.
Private sector development plays a key role when it comes to labor standards. Private sector companies are at the heart of related issues and only through working with them, sustainable solutions can be developed. GFA’s Private Sector Development department has been working in this field for many years.
From its very beginnings, GFA has taken on biodiversity conservation in natural resource management. One lesson learned is that technical expertise works best when complemented by economic and political considerations. Biodiversity has a use value and a price so that GFA looked into innovative ways how to strike a balance between economic growth, environmental protection, and social inclusion. This is where biodiversity-based products and value chains come in.