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SOFRECO is a highly international company in terms of its clients, its partners, the nationalities of its experts, its headquarters staff and its presence in numerous countries.
We have three types of clients: governments, administrations and public bodies; public and private companies; multilateral and bilateral development funding agencies.
SOFRECO employs several hundred senior and junior experts of various nationalities, the vast majority of whom are technical specialists
Mid-term and final evaluations of the ethical fashion initiative in Burkina Faso and Mali (2020-2021)
This mid-term evaluation is to introduce a rider prior to the next operational Committee in order to revise the log frame and to potentially extend the implementation period of the project up to the second semester 2021. The recommendations should be concrete, operational and directly actionable.
The main users of these two evaluations will be the European Commission (headquarters and European Union Delegations in Burkina Faso and other countries where the International Trade Centre-Ethical Fashion Initiative (ITC-EFI) programme is being deployed; ITC (headquarters); ITC-EFI (programme team) and all related national stakeholders from Mali and Burkina Faso in particular, but also other European social enterprise stakeholders.
Benin, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire
Technical Assistance to the ECOWAS Commission for the Study on the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway (2020-2022)
The 1,028-km six-lane homogeneous Highway from Abidjan to Lagos is a major Transport Infrastructure Project for Western Africa. The ECOWAS Commission ensures the implementation of the technical studies and related activities. These large-scale engineering studies, coupled with the development of a construction strategy and motorway operating procedures through PPP, are complex services to handle by contracting authorities and involve significant budgets. Furthermore, three Design and Engineering (D&E) firms are contracted to carry out the technical studies, dividing the corridor into three lots and requiring strong supervision to ensure effective coordination of the studies. Therefore, the aim of the Technical Assistance (TA) Services is to: (i) support the PIU with the diverse nature of studies being pursued under the Programme, (ii) serve as an interface with all stakeholders, (iii) support ECOWAS in anticipating urgent actions, and (iv) take the necessary decisions regarding technical, legal and financial expertise to allow ECOWAS and the authorised agencies of Member States to effectively manage all phases of each service component provided for in the study.
French Development Agency
Feasibility study and environmental and social impact assessments of the FORSUN project: 20 MW photovoltaic solar power plant and strengthening of the distribution network in Benin (2020-2021)
The aim of this Technical Assistance mission is to strengthen the electricity sector in Benin as well as to foster the development of renewable energies via three main components. The first consists of the production of a preliminary design, detailed preliminary design, and detailed Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), as well as the drafting of bidding documents for the extension, densification and strengthening of the LV and MV grid in urban and rural areas. The second aims to increase the share of solar power in the electricity through the production of a preliminary design, detailed preliminary design and ESIA, as well as drafting of bidding documents of the DEFISSOL solar power plant extension (+20 MW). The third and final component consists of the drafting of two generic documents intended for use on all the electrification projects of the Beninese Electricity Company (SBEE): an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) as well as a Resettlement Plan Framework.
Final evaluation of the Programme to support vocational training and youth employment (PROFORME) (2019-2020)
The PROFORME programme’s objective is the professional integration of those trained, and consequently an improvement in their social situations and living standards, a reduction in poverty, and in correlation, enhanced performance of Côte d’Ivoire’s economy. To achieve this it intervened in different fields of the training system: governance of the system, stakeholder capacities and information systems, diploma-based training, and rehabilitation and the provision of equipment for selected establishments.
Technical assistance in support of the implementation of the project to support competitiveness and regional integration (PACIR2) (2019-2022)
The overall objective is to help improve the competitiveness of the private sector and its production, processing and export capacities, to encourage Côte d’Ivoire’s integration in regional and global trade.
French Development Agency
Assistance on project management for the integration of renewable energy (SENELEC) (2020-2023)
SOFRECO is providing technical assistance to Senelec on the “Project for the strengthening and modernisation of the Senelec network for the integration of renewable energy” financed by the AFD and the EU. This technical assistance consists of support on the entire programme, on procurement and on the coordination, supervision and management of contracts. These contracts for services and works relate to the programme’s three components: generation (battery storage systems), networks (transmission and distribution) and smart grids.
Assistance with social project management of information, education and communication (IEC) services for the sanitation and restructuring project in the districts of Hann and Petit Mbao (2014-2018)
The overall objective of the sanitation and urban restructuring project in Hann and Petit Mbao is to help improve the living conditions of underprivileged populations in the districts of Hann Village and Petit Mbao in Dakar. The IEC component will raise the awareness, understanding and willingness of stakeholders to become more involved in implementation and take ownership of the infrastructures developed in order to ensure their maintenance. The activities to be carried out can be grouped into four missions:
- Diagnosis and proposal of the intervention’s approach (communication methods and procedures);
- Design and implementation of the IEC programme;
- Training plan for the capacity building of the district hall and labour intensive programme teams;
- Monitoring of the quality of use and maintenance of the structures developed (sanitation networks, roads, public spaces and green areas, and public solar lighting networks).
Formulation of the ECOWAS regional infrastructure development plan (2015-2020)
SOFRECO is assisting ECOWAS to prepare and update a long-term regional infrastructure development master plan in the sectors of energy, transport, cross-border water resources and communication technologies.
Synchronised sector plans are to be developed taking account of the current PIDA-PAP (Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa - Priority Action Plan) and other projects determined by the diagnostic study.
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