Relying on our ample network

of 3.500 trainers and experts, we are capable of implementing short-, middle- and long-term projects in various fields of development cooperation.

We have longstanding experience

  • in the conduction of field studies, impact assessments and evaluations
  • the conceptualization and implementation of trainings and workshops
  • the realization of short-, middle- and long-term projects

Our partnering institutions and experts worldwide offer comprehensive expertise in a wide variety of areas so that we can respond to the divergent requirements of development projects.

Development Services

We implement projects in the following areas:

  • Private sector development
  • Enabling economic environment
  • Education, vocational qualification and labour market development
  • Rural development
  • Peace development and conflict transformation
  • Green economy

Thanks to our global network, we are able to implement projects in all parts of the world. Our trainers and experts do not only offer specific expertise in the required field of activity but also possess valuable knowledge of the region or country we are working in.

Rural Development


Industrial and service sectors are mostly concentrated in the cities, while in rural areas agriculture plays a predominant role. The standard of living and the level of development in rural regions is often lower than in urban areas. Large disparities in living conditions between cities and rural areas may pose potential conflicts.

Often, there is a lack of jobs in the countryside which leads to rural depopulation. Especially young people try their luck in the cities. In developing countries, however, rural migrants often end up in urban slums, where living conditions are not significantly higher.

80 percent of the hungry live in rural areas (50% small farmers, 22% landless agricultural workers, 8% fishermen, ranchers, etc.). Combating world hunger and poverty must consequently focus on rural areas. Rural development therefore enjoys high priority in development policies worldwide and is a key factor in ‘Agenda 21’ of the United Nations


In the field of Rural Development, CEFE International offers:

Enabling Economic Environment


It is well known that economic growth and job creation goes hand in hand with an entrepreneurial environment, because small and medium enterprises are key players in economic development. In a lot of post-colonial countries, the public sector became very dominant and developed an environment that does not support people to start their own business. Examples for missing governmental macroeconomic factors are stability, well-defined property rights and sometimes subsidies, that only support the survival of existing businesses.

To develop an entrepreneurial environment, entrepreneurs need to have access to capital, labour, markets and good management skills. Governments need to get into a dialogue with the private sector to address the right topics (Public private dialogue). In a lot of development economies, the informal sector also plays a major role and governments need to find ways to include this sector into their economies instead of fighting against them.


In the field of Enablic Economic Environment, CEFE International offers:

Peace Development


With almost half of the world’s poor expected to live in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) by 2030, addressing this challenge remains a main concern for achievement of individual and economic growth and thus, a high priority for sustainable development. Peace enforcement involves the application of a range of coercive military or civilian measures.

Peace enforcement is furthermore closely related to the following other activities of intervention: conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacekeeping. They rarely occur in a linear or sequential way. As Peace enforcement cannot solve the underlying problems in most areas of potential application and does not create the conditions for lasting peace, experience has shown that they should be seen as mutually reinforcing. If they are used piecemeal or in isolation, they fail to provide the comprehensive approach required to address the root causes of conflict and hence reduce the risk of conflict recurring.


In the context of Peace Development, CEFE International provides:



Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improve people’s lives and sustainable development. However, until today, education remains an inaccessible right for millions of humans around the world, especially in conflict-effected areas. Over 72 million children of primary education age are not in school. As the most affected area, more than half of children that have not enrolled in school live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, around 780 million adults are illiterate and do not have the necessary awareness to improve both their living conditions and those of their children.

As mainly seen as the single-most important driver of economic empowerment for individuals and countries, the crucial role of education in achieving sustainable development is consequently obvious. Education has shown positive effects in increased economic and community development, benefits in food security, improved social, cognitive and health outcomes and gender equity.

CEFE International provides services in Education, as:

Sustainable Economy


Climate change, ozone depletion, environmental pollution and an immense loss of biodiversity and natural resources through an enormous economic and population growth worldwide express factors that threaten health and the world.

Sustainable business, refers to an enterprise that faces those challenges and thus has minimal negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy and often represent progressive environmental and human rights policies. Through green jobs within these businesses, that are linked to the use of clean energy and instruments and the production of green materials, a contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gasses is guaranteed. Seen as a triple win, green development within a business can thus create value for customers, investors and the environment. For example, the demand of sustainable products appears to be increasing worldwide as the green economy grows.

CEFE International supports with its expert knowledge and long-term experience with Green Business Management the implementation of extra green measurements and all other measurements with a strong emphasis and focus on green technologies. For example, improving the production processes and business practices of SMEs play an important role.

CEFE International offers:

Private Sector Development


Enhancing the Private Sector as an engine of inclusive and sustainable economic growth is identified as one of the fundamental areas of focus to reduce poverty. Private markets have a key role in driving economic growth through innovations, flexibility and investment to create productive jobs and raise incomes. Especially in developing countries, private companies, including a huge part of entrepreneurs operating on informal level and small and medium sized companies (SMEs), have a critical role in economic growth. Strengthening the formal and informal private sector by linking it to market needs and demands leads to its engagement into the economy and thus to a secure and descent income.

As an important part of poverty reduction, PSD refers to a range of strategies for promoting economic growth by building private enterprises and/or supporting their efficient and sustainable development. CEFE International provides knowledge in implementing different PSD-approaches for the sustainable development of this sector. We use a number of approaches and instruments of evaluation with focus on interventions promoting growth through inclusivity and eradiation of inequality. Including to support Entrepreneurs in improving the performance of their enterprises through Business Development Services (BDS) or connecting informal SME with the register and formalize market. Furthermore, linking the public and private economy through public-private partnerships, value chain management, specialized measurements for women´s entrepreneurship development and improving business environment.


CEFE International provides: