The GOPA Consulting Group began in 1965 when four young professionals formed a spin off from an American research institute called the Batelle Institute. They aimed to establish a more dynamic and effective brand of development assistance. Long before the term “capacity building” was used by development experts, the Group’s founders identified organisation, management, planning and education as the keys to development. The company name was born: Gesellschaft für Organisation, Planung und Ausbildung - GOPA. To this day, the Group’s name encapsulates both its program and the challenges it faces.
This entrepreneurial approach would look beyond traditional philanthropy to integrate the virtues of the private sector and build a company that delivers social and economic development on a competitive, cost-effective, best-value basis — a social enterprise that is self-sustaining because it is profitable. This was a new approach at the time and continues to be our approach today.
Currently, as a global international consulting group, its member companies can look back proudly on a proven track record of delivering results in more than 130 countries spread over five continents.