Strengthening economies, ecosystems, and communities in East Africa

The PREPARED programme was a landscape-scale set of interventions in East Africa, focussing on freshwater biodiversity, transboundary freshwater ecosystems, and communities in the Lake Victoria Basin

Bringing conservation finance to sustainable forestry in Borneo

The Sustainable Forest and Biodiversity Management in Borneo (SFBMB) project worked to strengthen local capacity to conserve forests and endangered species by applying conservation financing mechanisms and empowering local communities to plan and manage their resources sustainably

Two funds helping to protect the environment

LTS International, the newest addition to the NIRAS Group, manages two funds aimed at helping the environment – one focused on halting biodiversity loss and the other on putting a stop to the illegal wildlife trade

Measuring results to ensure sustainable development in Nepal

Inclusive growth programmes can only be effective long-term if their impact can be measured and plans adjusted accordingly. NIRAS's comprehensive monitoring and results measurement system enables ongoing learning and improvement in this Nepali project

A multi-level approach to biodiversity conservation in ASEAN

The Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP) Programme has been launched to address complex environmental challenges and curb biodiversity loss

Tried and tested green innovations improve agriculture in Ethiopia

Certified seeds, crop rotation, the use of a combine harvester, and other innovations like these have been out of reach for many poor farmers in rural Ethiopia. Introducing them to these farmers is a fast and guaranteed way to increase their productivity and income.

Land tenure security and economic interventions for inclusive economic growth

To help bring about the success of Ethiopia’s Growth Transformation Plan, the LIFT project stimulates economic growth in four regional states through a combination of second-level land certification and M4P interventions aimed at improving incomes and incentivising investment.

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Albanian authorities combat livestock diseases to increase trade with the EU

An EU-funded project has assisted Albanian authorities and veterinarians in their efforts to eradicate several diseases threatening Albanian farm animals, improve public health, and give farmers more opportunities to enter the lucrative EU market.

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Protecting Mongolia's forests through improved livelihoods

Mongolia makes use of forest user groups to protect its 10.8 million hectares of forest cover. They are helping to curb illegal logging and forest fires, but if they’re to thrive in the long term, the local members of these groups need to see improved returns for their activities.

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Enabling civil society to strengthen Macedonia’s democracy

Civica Mobilitas has helped civil society organisations in Macedonia bring about several social reforms by means of providing funding, capacity building, facilitation, and mentoring to its grantees.

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Joining the forests’ fight for survival in Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco ranks second for biodiversity in the Mediterranean region, but its forests, the habitats for most of its endemic species, are under threat. The High Commission for Water, Forests, and the Fight against Desertification is taking action to protect this precious resource.

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NIRAS supports climate change adaption in Mozambique

Mozambique is among the ten countries most vulnerable to climate change. Through its involvement in the Environment Sector Programme Support (ESPS) project, NIRAS helped the country and people of Mozambique prepare for climate change through a variety of adaption strategies.

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Funding innovations to bring electricity where the grid can’t go in Benin

The majority of Benin’s population has no access to power, while challenges to maintaining the current grid makes expansion increasingly unlikely. A new Challenge Fund has the potential to enable players in the private sector to provide electricity where the grid can’t go.

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A different approach to skills development

To address a shortage of skilled workers in Ghana, Danida launched a demand-based skills development project, which has proven to be so successful that other African countries want to follow its example.

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Sowing the seeds for an entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in Viet Nam

Viet Nam needs to encourage innovation in its economy to maintain its high rates of growth. The Viet Nam – Finland Innovation Partnership Programme was launched to lay the foundations for a national entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem that will foster entrepreneurship and sustainable economic growth.

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Forest management information system in Viet Nam ensures sustainability by providing up-to-date information

The efficient protection of Viet Nam’s forest resources requires accurate, up-to-date information in order to make sustainable management decisions. The widespread use of a standard management information system – FORMIS II– offers the answer.

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Greater Mekong Subregion champions safe, climate-friendly and inclusive agri-products

Technical training, market access, and improved regional policy networks accelerate the development of climate-friendly agricultural value chains under the Core Agriculture Support Programme, phase II.

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Land registration: the foundation of sustainable development in Ethiopia

REILA's goal was launched in 2011 to establish an efficient, transparent, and equitable system for land registration. The REILA project was so successful that the Government of Ethiopia formally adopted REILA’s registration system as their method of choice in land administration activities. REILA II has just been launched and runs until 2021.

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Strengthening a Democracy from Its Foundation

The Malian crisis in 2012 revealed deep and dangerous rifts in the fabric of its democracy, resulting in civil unrest and a coup d’etat. With support from DANIDA, Mali is rebuilding its government and addressing the old fractures in order to build a stronger democracy for the future.

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Stronger through partnership: building a bioscience knowledge economy in Southern Africa

SANBio is a Southern African network designed to stimulate the growth of a bioscience knowledge economy between 13 countries. The resulting networking and partnership activities could one day lead to the discovery of scientific solutions to some of Africa’s most enduring problems.

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Focusing on market-driven value chains to improve farming livelihoods in Tajikistan

A World Bank loan and technical assistance from NIRAS are helping to commercialise the agricultural sector in Tajikistan and improve stakeholders’ livelihoods by increasing the quality of Tajik products in selected value chains and making them more marketable to buyers.

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Business training and market access help increase pay-offs in Ethiopian agricultural value chains

Over 300,000 Ethiopian farmers and their household members, agricultural cooperatives, associations, and other stakeholders in the agriculture industry are benefitting from AgroBIG Phase II. The programme supports agricultural value chain actors in various ways, increasing business skills and market links to improve their livelihoods.

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Setting boundaries for a brighter future

In Indonesia, there is a growing problem where village boundaries are breaking down due to the lack of an accurate transfer of information. This issue causes challenges to service delivery and sustainable development. To help solve this problem, NIRAS and local partner SEKALA were tasked with mapping 82 village boundaries in Riau Province in only 42 weeks.

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Improving access to sustainable energy while mitigating global climate change in the Mekong Region

The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) in Mekong was launched in an effort to enhance the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions in the Greater Mekong Subregion as viable alternatives fossil fuel-driven power plants. Using lessons from Phase I of EEP Mekong, in Phase II NIRAS adjusted the programme’s focus and methods to gain a more efficient use of project resources in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

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EU Establishing a Help Desk to implement the use of the human rights-Based approach in development cooperation

The EU is shifting its focus in development cooperation to ensure the integration of human rights into every phase of its projects. The Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is implementing a human rights-based approach in all future EU development cooperation, with NIRAS offering technical assistance.

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Building Palaces for Justice in Mozambique

The lack of infrastructure dedicated to practicing the laws of Mozambique has made it almost impossible for an average Mozambican to access the formal judiciary. By providing technical assistance to the building of two palaces of justice, NIRAS helped to bring the court closer to the people of the Guro and Nampula districts.

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Chicken, tea and maize create jobs in rural Mali, helping reduce emigration

NIRAS is helping to create agriculture sector jobs in the West African country of Mali. This creates opportunities for young people in particular, enabling them to avoid the tough decision of leaving their rural homes in search of employment elsewhere.

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Sowing Seeds to Help Georgia’s Agriculture Industry Grow

The joint Danish-Swiss Regional Economic Development programme was launched in southern Georgia in 2012. The five years that followed saw the development of infrastructure and the strengthening of value chains, and now stakeholders in the agriculture industry are picking the fruits of their efforts.

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NIRAS’ experts support the European Commission in its work on gender equality and women’s empowerment

The Gender Advisory Service is a support desk managed by NIRAS that assists the European Commission in successfully implementing its framework for promoting gender equality in its partner countries: The Gender Action Plan.

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Technical assistance helped Kosovo contain animal-borne diseases

Farm animals in Kosovo have been plagued by infectious diseases for decades. The diseases hurt rural economies, and some are able to transfer to humans. To help curb them, NIRAS provided expertise and support to local authorities in their quest to protect the country's animals.

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More than 240,000 Macedonians benefit from the investments in wastewater treatment facilities

NIRAS and its consortium partners conducted studies to jumpstart improvements to wastewater infrastructure and living conditions in three municipalities of Macedonia. These measures were funded as part of the EU’s push to support improvements to the environmental sector.

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Legal aid secures everyday justice for everyday problems in Tanzania

Five years of funds management and support to NGOs providing legal aid in Tanzania has paid off. The country now boasts nationwide access to trained paralegals and greater awareness about the importance of securing legal rights for vulnerable groups in society.

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Budgeting for gender equality

After five years of work in implementing gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) in Ukraine, efforts at all levels of government are yielding results.

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Lifelong learning thanks to better education

NIRAS supports the Ministry of Education in the implementation of Vocational Education and Training (VET) program in Azerbaijan.

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Biodiversity-rich farming practices improve livelihoods and ecosystems for over 100,000 farmers across 700,000 hectares in Laos

Managed by NIRAS, The Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (TABI) in northern Laos has improved rural livelihoods alongside preserving the biodiversity of natural resources for sustainable growth. TABI’s landscape planning methods are participatory in nature, meaning they give responsibility and ownership to local communities to ensure biodiversity-rich practices continue in the long run.

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Long-term of collaboration with Kenyan agricultural sector

ASDSP project aims to increase the agricultural sector’s contribution to the national economy and to improve livelihood in rural areas in Kenya.

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Prosperity smells like fresh coffee

Ugandan coffee farmers will earn more money when NIRAS helps farming families to produce high-quality coffee for export. Consequently, coffee farmers are trained to combat climate change that threatens coffee production in the area.

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Funds for Information Society development

Innovation Fund supports emerging entrepreneurs and stimulate the development of innovative technology products and services in Tanzania.

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Approximately 160 civilian experts deployed each year by Denmark to support stabilisation and capacity-building efforts in fragile states around the world

The Peace and Stabilisation Response (PSR) is an emergency roster managed by NIRAS under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that can be used to deploy civilian experts to hotspots where stabilisation, peacekeeping and democracy-building efforts are needed.

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Youth Skills Development and Public Private Partnership

E2E created a network of local partners that act as bridge-builders between the youth, companies and training providers.

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Public-private dialogue for local investments and business promotion

Tanzania's tax base is small and the country grapples with high levels of poverty. The Local Investment Climate Programme aims to reduce regulatory and economic barriers facing the private sector and create an economic environment in which businesses can grow and thrive.

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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- supports the implementation of a new energy efficiency programme and foster training and education in the country.

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Plan for the water use of Shire River in Malawi

The basin development project assists the Government of Malawi in developing an integrated multi-sectoral Shire River Basin Plan based on extensive analytical and stakeholder inputs.

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Protecting millions of lives in Myanmar through large-scale hydrometeorological systems integration

The Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project 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 hydrometeorology systems.

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More than 250 EU Framework Contracts completed by NIRAS in over 100 countries

NIRAS has managed EU Framework Contracts since 2000, implementing more than 250 short-term assignments worth more than €30 million in over 100 countries. These projects, which span many sectors, seek to reduce poverty, ensure sustainable development, and promote democracy, peace, and security.

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Top-quality evaluations for Sida

NIRAS manages and undertakes evaluations and provision of evaluation-related services for Sida.

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Mission accomplished even in a war

The war in South Sudan broke out six weeks after the Water for Eastern Equatoria Programme officially launched, forcing the team to rapidly adapt their methods to ensure the fulfilment of their mandate