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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
Technical assistance to support reforms to the project for the production of drinking water through desalination and renewable energy (2017-2018)
In the Republic of Djibouti, public water and electricity services are the prerogative of two public companies (ONEAD and EDD respectively). The critical situation of water resources for the capital led the EU to fund the PEPER project, whose main purpose is to produce drinking water through sea water desalination. Desalination is an energy intensive technology. A reform of the two institutions is necessary for the fulfilment of PEPER.
The general objective of the technical assistance provided by SOFRECO is to establish a review of the current situation of ONEAD and EDD (technical, strategic, organisational, accounting, financial and IT), and to support the measures endorsed by the Government in the overall framework of the reform of the management of public establishments and companies (EEP), in order to set up a stable institutional and regulatory framework for the water and energy sectors.
Efficiency of the FLEGT licensing scheme and effectiveness of the legality assurance system assessed through the services of an independent auditor (2017-2020)
While the overall objective of the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement is to contribute to the strengthening and improvement of forest governance and sustainable natural resource management, and tackle climate change by reducing GHG emissions in Liberia, the specific objective of the Independent Auditor of the System (AIS) is to audit the Legality Verification System (LAS), identify gaps, assess the effectiveness of corrective measures and verify the use of licenses when entering the EU market.
The audit of the LAS must reassure operators and authorities that the FLEGT authorisations issued (result of the LAS) are in conformity with the commitments entered into under the VPA and give the FLEGT license to be issued by Liberia, the credibility on which the entire FLEGT system is based.
French Development Agency
Implementation of a Franco-Jordanian technical cooperation programme to support the national solid waste management strategy (2016-2018)
Technical assistance for the implementation of the national solid waste management strategy.
Establishing contact and meeting with French and Jordanian players for feedback through the organisation of symposiums, workshops and study trips.
Definition and monitoring of additional technical assignments (studies, diagnoses, communication plans, etc.).
French Development Agency
Environmental and social risk management tool box for AFD-funded urban projects (2016)
This mission’s objective is to produce a tool box to help AFD operational teams to integrate a specific environmental and social risk management approach in the identification, preparation and financial monitoring of urban projects: how to evaluate and manage the environmental and social risks of urban policies and investments promoted by local authorities.
The tool box must enable the AFD to systematise its environmental and social risk management approach and procedures for institutional support programmes and urban investments, from the identification to the implementation phase.
Independent audit of the FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) system in the Republic of the Congo (2015-2019)
While the general objective of the VPA (Voluntary Partnership Agreement) is to help build and improve forest governance and the sustainable management of natural resources in the Republic of the Congo (and thus fight climate change by reducing GHG emissions, and limit biodiversity loss), the specific objective of the assignment of the Independent Auditor of the System is to audit the legality assurance system (LAS), identify gaps therein, evaluate the efficiency of corrective measures, and check the use of licences upon entry into the EU market.
The audit of the LAS must reassure operators and authorities of the fact that the FLEGT licences issued (resulting from the LAS) comply with the commitments made under the VPA and give the FLEGT licences delivered by the Congo, the credibility on which the entire FLEGT system is based.
French Development Agency
Support in the development of the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution for submission to the UNFCCC (2015)
The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical assistance to support the Government of Burundi in developing its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat by 1 October 2015. The INDCs put forward by countries will form a key input to the negotiations leading towards the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
The technical assistance will thus endeavour to support the Government of Burundi in determining its capacity to reduce GHG emissions, and its efforts and needs in terms of adapting to climate change, taking into account domestic and international processes as well as requirements for comprehensiveness, transparency and ambition as negotiated under the UNFCCC.
Strengthening of the institutions governing the mining sector (2015-2017)
The general objective of the mines component of the PAGOS (project to support sector-based governance) is to improve the governance of the mining sector.
This project provides technical assistance to the Government of Gabon in order to enhance/upgrade the geology & resources information system, contribute to integration into the Kimberley process, and develop a set of maps (a geological and geotechnical map of the cities of Libreville and Owendo, a map of ecologically sensitive zones). Additional activities will contribute to the:
- preparation of the Metallogenic Atlas for Gabon;
- capacity building of the mineralogical laboratory.
Development of a rural sanitation strategy (2014-2015)
Development of a rural sanitation strategy in order to improve the conditions of household access to sanitation in rural areas of Algeria. The results are based on the following components:
- Evaluation of demand for sanitation from the populations concerned;
- Evaluation of collective and individual sanitation systems existing in the country;
- Proposal of diagnosis methods, technical solutions and actions to promote adapted systems applicable to the country's different zones;
- Proposal of institutional and regulatory improvements for the management of the sanitation sector;
- Proposal of communication and training action.
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