16. May 2019

Addressing the urgent needs of refugees in Uganda

NIRAS has been chosen to take over management of a EUR10-million programme to support refugees in Uganda as it takes in more than one million people fleeing violence in South Sudan

14. May 2019

Influential players gather to improve perceptions of Egypt’s technical and vocational education and training sector

Taking a systems-thinking approach, the NIRAS-led Social Perception Project is looking at innovative ways to turn around out-dated TVET attitudes

10. May 2019

Developing and deploying bioenergy solutions across Africa

Delivering good results in phase one, LTS, part of the NIRAS Group, is selected once again to lead a DFID project to increase investment in the bioenergy sector

08. May 2019

Summit on forest monitoring showcases latest satellite tools

Hosting a side event at the plenary jointly with the World Bank and the European Space Agency, LTS International presented its newly developed earth observation methods in the fight against forest degradation

06. May 2019

NIRAS cooperates with UEFA on youth football project in South Sudan

A new project in South Sudan will use football as a tool to overcome ethnic divides and create peaceful development in a country torn apart by civil war.

30. Apr 2019

NIRAS launches Data Futures Hub in Jakarta

NIRAS is creating a world-leading centre of excellence for the use of data in development

25. Apr 2019

Emergency kits distributed to 8,600 smallholder farmers

Hit hard by cyclone Idai, farmers in the Beira corridor region receive seeds from a German cooperation project to ensure food production during the second agricultural season

23. Apr 2019

Countrywide agricultural initiative in Kenya renewed for a further five years

Building on a successful first phase that ended in 2017, the contract for the Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme II was signed in February this year to provide continued support to the Kenyan agricultural sector

17. Apr 2019

NIRAS joins task force to chart a way forward for hard-hit city in Mozambique

A reconstruction plan will be drawn up for Beira, assessing the city’s greatest needs, estimating costs, and working to secure donor funding following the catastrophic cyclone last month

16. Apr 2019

Large scale agribusiness initiative to benefit 565,000 smallholders in Uganda, Malawi, and Nepal

The Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme seeks to catalyse change by increasing investment in agribusinesses that trade with smallholders, while increasing smallholder engagement and benefits from such investments.

11. Apr 2019

Major conservation project in the Amazon extended for two years

The programme, which aims to improve the sustainable management of forest resources, has yielded strong positive results after four years, leading to its extension

28. Mar 2019

NIRAS launches the implementation of its newest civil society support contract in Uganda

As part of a GIZ programme strengthening governance and civil society, NIRAS’s work aims to increase horizontal and vertical connections within civil society by fostering exchange between the state and CSOs.

28. Mar 2019

Understanding and partnership are key: NIRAS tips on working with the ADB

At a panel on doing business with the Asian Development Bank, NIRAS's interim Asia-Pacific Director Antti Inkinen outlined our strategic approach

26. Mar 2019

Blue Oceans Conference: strengthening the integrated management of marine resources

Supporting the Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia in its partnership with the Government of Liberia and Conservation International, NIRAS helps launch the first Oceans Conference in West Africa to address some of the most critical challenges affecting the marine and coastal environments

22. Mar 2019

All NIRAS staff members in Mozambique are safe after cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai caused a massive natural disaster and killed hundreds of people in southeastern Africa. After ensuring staff are safe, NIRAS is assisting in relief efforts and preparing the next steps together with clients and partners.

14. Mar 2019

Communications plan underway to support energy efficiency in San Andrés and Providencia Archipelago

NIRAS America Latina will lead communication and visibility efforts to promote an IDB initiative reducing energy consumption and increasing the use of renewables in the Colombian Caribbean

28. Feb 2019

Understanding the role of finance in creating a successful farming cooperative

An evaluation of AgDevCo’s support for Phata, a sugar cane-growing cooperative in Malawi, shows how well-managed private investment and grant funding can yield enormous benefits for farmers.

27. Feb 2019

A new vision for NIRAS operations in Africa

With the launch of a new NIRAS Africa Regional Office in Kenya, country representatives from the continent meet to discuss future plans.

24. Feb 2019

Exciting new report published on the Ford Foundation’s BUILD initiative to strengthen civil society organisations

NIRAS is engaged in the developmental evaluation of the grant-making programme aimed to understand whether the initiative is successfully achieving its objectives.

22. Feb 2019

Twenty-four alumni from ITP SEA gather in Dar es Salaam for networking day

The International Training Programme on Strategic Environmental Assessment (ITP SEA) aims to strengthen SEA capacity in countries in Africa and Asia – the alumni seminar's goal was to motivate and inspire recent programme participants.

21. Feb 2019

NIRAS offers combined expertise in fund management and transboundary water infrastructure to SADC Water Fund

After a successful kick-off workshop at KfW Headquarters in Frankfurt, NIRAS launches support to the Southern African Development Community's Water Fund.

19. Feb 2019

Ambitious Ukrainian decentralisation project kicks off successful first week in Kyiv

U-LEAD programme represents a part of a larger framework contract, under which NIRAS will establish administrative service centres around Ukraine

11. Feb 2019

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits TVET Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

NIRAS IP Consult has supported the Federal TVET Institute in Addis Ababa since 2014, providing training for teachers, developing materials, and assisting with equipment. Last month, the German President made a visit to the Ethiopian capital and toured the institute.

30. Jan 2019

NIRAS conducts an exciting but challenging hydropower plant feasibility study in Sinoe County, Liberia

A team of experts is investigating the feasibility of establishing a small, EU-funded hydropower plant in Sinoe County, an hour or so inland from Greenville City, a small coastal community in Liberia.

22. Jan 2019

NIRAS inaugurates its new office in Manila

Staff and guests were on hand to celebrate the expansion of NIRAS's operations in the Asia-Pacific with the opening of the most recent addition to our regional presence.

18. Jan 2019

OCEF launches a new call for proposals to increase electricity access in Benin

The second round of financing from the Off-Grid Clean Energy Facility (OCEF) offers EUR 17.5 million in the form of grants for organisations and enterprises developing and operating sustainable off-grid energy projects.

15. Jan 2019

Apps and Girls receives funding to launch women’s IT training and online incubator

In-depth training on IT systems and entrepreneurship will help underprivileged young women find employment or launch their own enterprises.

20. Dec 2018

Celebrating 20 years of capacity development training

NIRAS marks two decades of designing and implementing International Training Programmes on behalf of Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

13. Dec 2018

NIRAS programmes produce two winners at Slush

The Safe Motherhood Alliance and AgriPredict, both from Zambia, have been chosen as winners of the Slush Global Impact Accelerator.

12. Dec 2018

Gender Economics to be offered at the University of Pristina

After an almost ten-month-long negotiation, a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the University of Pristina and the Agency of Gender Equality, whereby the university will offer the subject Gender and Economics as part of a degree programme.

08. Dec 2018

Helping to set the course for investments in sustainable development

NIRAS was invited to the World Economic Forum in Geneva to present ideas on the strategic future direction for the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP), an initiative between major private, public, and philanthropic financiers to mobilise capital for investments contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

06. Dec 2018

Five years of gender-responsive budgeting success in Ukraine

A conference on the priority issues of implementing the gender budgeting at the local level in Ukraine was held in Kyiv and attracted over 100 participants from across the country. It was also a great opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of the Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Project in Ukraine – to eat cake and raise a toast in honour of five years of successful cooperation.

05. Dec 2018

Big win of Sida framework contract solidifies NIRAS’s presence in Ukraine

Implementing part of the Ukraine Local Empowerment, Accountability, and Development Programme (U-LEAD), NIRAS will set up administrative service centres in up to 574 communities across Ukraine.

People sitting at desk with laptops
16. Nov 2018

Viet Nam forestry project granted Golden Rice Flower Award

FORMIS, the forestry management information system, was recently recognised for its contribution to the development of agriculture and rural areas in Viet Nam.

Group of Afghan men gathered
07. Nov 2018

Improving irrigation to strengthen food security and income from agriculture in Afghanistan

NIRAS just commenced collaboration in a consortium with lead partner Sheladia Associates to improve water availability for irrigated agriculture through better water distribution and management in the Panj-Amu River Basin.

Food on plates
05. Nov 2018

Lao PDR launches online platform to encourage agrobiodiversity conservation

The National Agriculture and Forestry Institute's Pha Khao Lao Agrobiodiversity Resource Platform was launched in September, with the aim of encouraging the protection of Lao PDR’s rich natural heritage.

Woman giving a presentation
30. Oct 2018

NIRAS completes multi-component training on Green Growth in Viet Nam

NIRAS-IP Consult has successfully trained over 200 staff from key Vietnamese institutions with the aim of creating a common understanding of green growth and the inclusive green economy.

Children smiling at camera
25. Oct 2018

Report highlights NIRAS' work contributing to the realisation of the SDGs

Together with five other consultancies, NIRAS is showcased in the Danish Association of Consulting Engineers’ recent communication, "Engineering a Better and Sustainable World".

Group photo
12. Oct 2018

NIRAS-led flagship disaster management project in Turkey comes to an end

The Team-Up project focused on strengthening the institutions and processes of Turkey’s National Disaster Management Agency (AFAD).

Two men standing next to a man and woman who are shaking hands
10. Oct 2018

Building on core combined strengths – NIRAS Development Consulting and LTS merge

On the basis of mutual success, shared values, and a common vision of building a better, more equal, and stable world, LTS International Ltd and NIRAS Development Consulting have merged.

Child eating
04. Oct 2018

Project kicks off to increase access to and awareness of nutritious food in Lao PDR

The newly launched four-year Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Programme will play a key role in the fight against stunting, wasting, and their root cause: malnutrition.

Winners from the FemBioBiz pitching session in 2018
21. Sep 2018

FemBioBiz winners selected at the South Africa Innovation Summit

Chosen from over 500 entries, 32 women entrepreneurs and students competed for a chance to pitch at SLUSH, the annual leading startup event in Finland.

Three attendees of fireside chat
20. Sep 2018

Excitement as SAIS prepares to announce the winners of its Innovation Fund first call

The SAIS 2 Innovation Fund recently closed its first Call for Proposals. Of 149 applications, up to 14 projects targeting three specific funding windows will be selected for implementation in the five Southern African partner countries.

Forest
17. Sep 2018

NIRAS-led consortium wins NRM technical assistance contract in Zimbabwe

Promoting sustainable and climate resilient management of natural resources, the NIRAS–HessenForst Consortium launches work in Zimbabwe.

Josina Machel receiving the World Prize
14. Sep 2018

Renowned humanitarian Mrs Graça Machel receives global accolade

Encouraging everyone to dig deep and unleash the potential of the changemaker within, Josina Machel, daughter of celebrated Mozambican Graça Machel, accepted the NIRAS-sponsored World Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of integrated development.

Children sitting in classroom
11. Sep 2018

NIRAS advises how Finland can help address the global learning crisis

NIRAS Finland issues its MFA-commissioned report - Stepping up Finland's Global Role in Education - on possible ways in which Finnish resources and knowledge can be used to address challenges to education

Group photo of five people
10. Sep 2018

As business pitches up in Kenya, NIRAS relocates to a funky new office

After relocating to a lively part of Nairobi, the NIRAS Kenya office is optimistic about the future and now houses three permanent staff members, several consultants and NIRAS Young Professional Academy (NYPA) participants on a regular basis.

Three people brainstorming together using post-it notes
01. Aug 2018

NIRAS selected to implement private sector development programme in Zambia

The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has selected NIRAS to manage the implementation of the Accelerated Growth of Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Zambia programme, which will utilize funding and capacity development to stimulate economic development in Zambia and foster trade cooperation between Zambia and Finland.

Men ironing fabric
23. Jul 2018

Looking beyond tomorrow: NIRAS consolidates its fund management expertise

The use of innovative financing mechanisms such as grant and challenge funds as an efficient tool to achieve development results has been gaining popularity in recent years. As a natural extension of our recognised experience in managing such funds, NIRAS recently took the strategic decision to mobilise all its development financing resources into a Fund Management Unit.

Man cutting fabric with scissors
18. Jul 2018

African Union tackles youth unemployment challenge with pilot project in seven countries

NIRAS was recently awarded a four-year contract to manage a new financing facility aiming to strengthen skills development particularly among young people in Africa.

Group photo
22. Jun 2018

First TA for EU Programme to Support Morocco's Forestry Policy Ending

After 50 months of implementation by NIRAS, it is time to close the EU Forestry Policy Support Program (PAPS-Forêts) in Morocco.

Women in the market of Djenné, Mali
22. Jun 2018

PACEPEP - creating sustainable employment in Mali

Through value chain interventions, PACEPEP created and consolidated thousands of jobs, which helps staunch the migration out of Mali.

Cables and piping inside of a modern industrial power plant
22. Jun 2018

Thermal Power in Chile Has Potential to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

CHP generation in Chile could make more efficient use of thermal fuels, but remains under-utilized. GIZ and NIRAS-IP aim to do something about it.

Aerial view of urban downtown in Columbia
22. Jun 2018

NIRAS America Latina is a reality!

NIRAS has registered a new company in Bogotá, Colombia. NIRAS America Latina will support NIRAS’ growth in the Latin-American market and have dedicated staff to the Framework Contracts Unit.

Photo booth shots of the NIC staff
22. Jun 2018

NIC market team and gender experts take part in this year’s European Development Days

Under the overarching theme of "Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development", NIRAS joined discussions at EDD on how to better strengthen work in all sectors towards gender equality and human rights.

Group photo
22. Jun 2018

NIRAS expands our dedication to develop young talents

While the second NYPA group is already half way through their training, we have welcomed a new group at the NYPA programme in Belgrade.

African woman standing by a vegetable stall
30. May 2018

Improving rural livelihoods with profitable and innovative farming

Through the more than 50 projects NIRAS manages in the agricultural sector, we are helping rural populations across the globe lift themselves out of poverty, creating promising futures for future generations and minimizing migration to urban areas and abroad.

18. May 2018

March! A month to remember as NIRAS is successful in bidding for Framework Contract SIEA 2018

Taking the lead in two consortia and an active member in three others, NIRAS secures its position as the partner of choice for clients seeking to build future sustainable societies across the globe.

Two men standing next to a sign board
04. May 2018

With support from NIRAS, Kenya’s TVET Authority successfully launches its strategic plan

In mid-April, Kenya’s new five-year plan for the country's technical vocational education training (TVET) sector was launched. NIRAS played a supportive role through six months of interviews and planning.

3D illustration of the Earth planet with roads, buildings and nature elements
02. May 2018

NIRAS a Lead Supplier in the UK Cross Whitehall Prosperity Fund Framework

NIRAS has successfully entered in three lots of the UK Cross Whitehall Prosperity Fund Framework: Energy, Future Cities and Infrastructure.

Workers at factory
02. May 2018

Work-based learning creates new jobs for youth in Kragujevac

E2E finds a formula for success in youth employment.

Group photo of four people, one holding a champagne box
02. May 2018

Strengthening the impact of RBA and Gender Mainstreaming in the EU

NIRAS provides technical expertise to DG DEVCO for implementation of a Rights Based Approach to development with special focus on gender equality.

Icons of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals
02. May 2018

NIRAS Fund Management Unit moves into Development Finance

NIRAS using its strength in Fund Management to move into Development Financing.

Portrait of Mrs Graca Machel
26. Apr 2018

Renowned humanitarian Mrs Graça Machel awarded World Prize for Integrated Development

Panel of respected international development experts select celebrated former First Lady to Mozambique and South Africa to receive NIRAS-sponsored accolade.

Group of people cheering
19. Apr 2018

Facilitating regional collaboration and growth of changemakers

In just ten months, the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme has piloted collaboration between innovation hubs in Namibia and Botswana and boosted five young enterprises all the way to the global start-up event Slush in Finland.

Exhibition at museum
18. Apr 2018

NIRAS increases academic dialogue between Denmark and MENA-countries

NIRAS has successfully finalised project supporting academic cooperation and dialogue between Denmark and the Middle East and North Africa region.

People on rigid-hulled inflatable boats on water
04. Apr 2018

NIRAS to continue management of the Danish Peace and Stabilisation Response

When Danish experts go abroad to observe elections and handle crisis situations, NIRAS will watch over them and manage their stay.

Group photo of people at a project closing event
20. Mar 2018

NIRAS completes project on protection of marine environment in Turkey

NIRAS Poland successfully completed 2-year project aimed at achieving Good Environmental Status in Turkey’s marine environment in alignment with the EU.

Group photo of participants from the NIRAS Young Professional Academy 2017-2019
08. Mar 2018

NIRAS international trainee program accepting new applications

NIRAS Young Professional Academy will be further expanded this June with new participants representing both development consulting profiles and profiles representing other sectors of NIRAS.

A smiling woman and man shaking hands
07. Mar 2018

NIRAS is supporting Gender Responsive Budgeting in Ukraine

Celebrating the International Women’s Day, we are introducing one of our projects building more gender equal world.

Aerial view of the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt
02. Mar 2018

NIRAS is gaining a firm foothold in the Egyptian water sector

A NIRAS Poland-led consortium recently won a 4.2 million EU-contract aimed at supporting Egyptian authorities in fundamental water sector reforms.

Six women holding hands, forming a star shape
02. Mar 2018

NIC starts groundwork to establish NIRAS Asia in the Philippines

A new office in Manila will soon expand NIC’s tender capabilities and presence in Asia. Despite a local focus, the team will work with all of NIC.

The Environment Ministers of the GMS countries holding hands in line
02. Mar 2018

Ministers Endorse new environmental agenda for the Greater Mekong Subregion

The Core Environment Program, implemented by NIRAS, organized the 5th GMS Environment Minister’s Meeting, where the ministers approved a 5-year plan.

Irrigated fields near Yamuna River in India
30. Jan 2018

TAIEF shares EU environmental policy experience with partner countries

For four years TAIEF has supported 82 events around the world, assisting the EU in promoting Europe’s global leadership in environmental policy.

Men driving a tractor on plantation
23. Jan 2018

Study to help transition sugar firm employees to independent farmers

EU in cooperation with NIRAS determines the best operational model for transitioning redundant GUYSUCO employees into independent, sustainable farmers.

Female NIRAS employee inspecting a check-dam in Ethiopia with local farmers
16. Jan 2018

Multiple benefits reported from Tana Beles watershed project in Ethiopia

The project site for the Tana Beles watershed project in Ethiopia has become a regional role model, as the project has brought along with it multiple benefits for all community members including poor and rich, young and old, workers and unemployed, as well as disabled people.

Woman talking at conference
21. Dec 2017

New contract won within fruitful Innovation Partnership Programme in Vietnam

The Innovation Partnership Programme (IPP) in Vietnam is succeeding in accelerating success for private sector start-ups in Vietnam. Now, NIRAS has won one more contract within the programme.

Three women posing with a gift box
21. Dec 2017

Job creation in Mali in the political spotlight

The future of Africa depends on job creation for a historically high number of young people in order to prevent migration to Europe.

The GRB conference panel sitting on stage
04. Dec 2017

NIRAS’ project on gender budgeting in Ukraine presented as best practice at the IMF Gender Equality conference

Since 2013, NIRAS has worked on a project to introduce gender budgeting with the aim to increase gender equality through policies and budgets in Ukraine. This project was presented by Country Director Catharina Schmitz at the Peer Learning Conference on Gender Equality in Kigali in order to share knowledge and inspire other African countries.

Camera man filming journalist and man talking
16. Nov 2017

New digital media house will strengthen independent journalism in Ukraine

The focus is on news broadcasting and independent journalism, when NIRAS, in cooperation with Deutsche Welle Academy and BBC Media Action, are preparing to establish a new, modern and digital media house for the Ukrainian public service television station UA:PBC.

People sitting in auditorium
09. Nov 2017

Report: NIRAS at the yearly Committee on World Food Security

Growing hunger due to conflicts is displacing millions from their homes around the world. The connection between conflicts and food insecurity was in focus at the 44th conference of the Committee on World Food Security, where NIRAS participated as observers.

People sitting at table at seminar
09. Nov 2017

Joint efforts of NIC Poland and Serbia on EU Projects in Serbia

New project awards as a result of across office interrelation sets Euro 2020 Strategy goals high.

Young woman giving a thumbs up in office
09. Nov 2017

New digital media house will strengthen independent journalism in Ukraine

The focus is on news broadcasting and independent journalism, when NIRAS, in cooperation with Deutsche Welle Academy and BBC Media Action, are preparing to establish a new, modern and digital media house for the Ukrainian public service television station UA:PBC.

Two smiling women next to a cardboard sign
09. Nov 2017

NIRAS wins two long-term projects in Ethiopia

Two NIRAS experts have taken up long-term spots in the AgroBIG programme while another NIRAS-team will help Ethiopia build up its land administration.

People mingling at Stockholm World Water Week
09. Nov 2017

Stockholm World Water Week brings together water practitioners from all around the world

With an increasing lack of sustainable water sources around the world, this year’s Stockholm World Water Week focuses on creating new ways of reducing water use without reducing quality of life, and reusing wastewater in safe manners.

Boat sailing on a big river
22. Jun 2017

Protecting millions of lives in Myanmar from climate disasters through weather systems integration

The Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project, funded by the World Bank, seeks to improve the livelihoods of millions of poor people who are susceptible to water-related disasters in Myanmar. NIRAS is leading the way on integrating and modernizing the region’s complex meteorology and hydrology observation systems.

Industrial energy audit in Bolivia
31. May 2017

Affordable and sufficient energy to the people of Bolivia

Bolivia faces great challenges in providing sufficient energy at affordable prices to its population. IP Consult – Part of the NIRAS Group - will support the implementation of a new energy efficiency programme as well as foster training and education in the country.

Abandoned house in forest landscape
02. Mar 2017

Nepali government approves Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST)

Biomass energy is the most important source of energy in Nepal. While the country still possesses large biomass resources, the level of its use has been unsustainable.