Top EuropeAid consultancy partners: A primer

By Eliza Villarino06 August 2012

The European Union flag in Nevado del Cocuy, Colombia. Photo by Manuel de Rivera Lamo de Espinosa / EuropeAID

EuropeAid contracts come in various sizes and durations. They can be as short as a month for several hundred euros, or span years valued in the tens of millions of euros.

They also come in different forms — works, supplies and services — with each having its own procurement procedures. These are all spelled out in the so-called Practical Guide on contracting processes for overseas aid projects financed by the European Development Fund and the European Union’s general budget.

Of the three, service contracts, which underwrite technical assistance and studies, are the most numerous. In 2011, they account for 2,660 of 3,307, or 80 percent, of EuropeAid contracts, as per the publicly available data set on EuropeAid grantees and contractors. The online database contains details on EU-funded contracts and grants centrally managed by the European Commission, overseen by beneficiary states and jointly managed with international organizations, as well as funding commitments set before the 10th EDF. Note that it includes contracts where the values are not disclosed, though these are minimal — less than a hundred in 2011, for instance.

Based on the value of service contracts, we ranked the top 20 EuropeAid consultancy partners in 2011. The below list also includes the number of service contracts with disclosed values per organization. Visit the Devex Projects database for the latest contracting opportunities with EuropeAid and other donor agencies.

1. IBF International Consulting
Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
Total service contract value: €35.4 million 
Number of service contracts: 87

2. Hulla & Co. Human Dynamics
Headquarters: Vienna, Austria
Total service contract value: €27 million
Number of service contracts: 13

3. Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria
Headquarters: Madrid, Spain
Total service contract value: €26.3 million
Number of service contracts: 12

4. GFA Consulting Group 
Headquarters: Hamburg, Germany
Total service contract value: €25.7 million
Number of service contracts: 8

5. GOPA
Headquarters: Bad Homburg, Germany
Total service contract value: €23.5 million
Number of service contracts: 11

6. COWI
Headquarters: Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Total service contract value: €21.6 million
Number of service contracts: 31

7. Sofreco
Headquarters: Clichy, France
Total service contract value: €19.3 million
Number of service contracts: 35

8. Transtec
Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
Total service contract value: €18.7 million
Number of service contracts: 54

9. ACE International Consultants 
Headquarters: Madrid, Spain
Total service contract value: €18.2 million 
Number of service contracts: 58

10. Egis International 
Headquarters: Guyancourt, France
Total service contract value: €17.4 million 
Number of service contracts: 13

11. Civi Pol Conseil
Headquarters: Paris, France
Total service contract value: €17.1 million 
Number of service contracts: 6

12. Ramboll Danmark
Headquarters: Copenhagen, Denmark
Total service contract value: €16.6 million
Number of service contracts: 1

13. Ecorys Nederland 
Headquarters: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Total service contract value: €14.1 million
Number of service contracts: 33

14. C. Lotti & Associati 
Headquarters: Rome, Italy
Total service contract value: €11.8 million
Number of service contracts: 2

15. AEDES 
Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
Total service contract value: €10.1 million
Number of service contracts: 13

16. Business & Strategies in Europe
Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
Total service contract value: €9.4 million
Number of service contracts: 58

17. Particip
Headquarters: Freiburg, Germany
Total service contract value: €8.5 million
Number of service contracts: 63

18. European Profiles
Headquarters: Athens, Greece
Total service contract value: 8.2 million
Number of service contracts: 3

19. SAFEGE 
Headquarters: Nanterre, France
Total service contract value: €8 million
Number of service contracts: 18

20. Grontmij
Headquarters: De Bilt, netherlands
Total service contract value: €7.9 million
Number of service contracts: 17

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Eliza Villarino

Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.


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