Vakakis International is an international consultancy firm specialising in the provision of technical assistance and consultancy services in the fields of rural development and agriculture to a range of clients including international institutions such as the EU, World Bank and UN agencies as well as local /national governments, private firms and NGOs worldwide.
Vakakis International SA was established in 1988 in order to provide services to a diverse range of both public and private clients towards the aim of helping them to meet the challenges of economic development. Over the last 20 years the Company has successfully implemented over 90 projects and studies within 57 countries for international funding agencies.
Projects are currently under implementation in the Balkans, the MEDA Region, Africa, Asia and within Greece through the mother company, Vakakis and Associates SA. The primary focus of services provided are within the areas of agriculture and rural development.
Their clients include mostly international funding agencies such as the European Commission (and most of its programs), World Bank, UN Agencies, the European Parliament and the Japanese Investment Bank, as well as private clients in the agricultural sector. Their Headquarters is in Athens, Greece where they employ a team of 18 professionals possessing extensive project management experience and fluency in English, French, and Greek. Their Headquarters is dynamically linked via web applications to all of their project offices world-wide.
What They Do
As a consultancy that works exclusively with stakeholders in the rural sector, the facilitation of cooperation with rural organizations is the essence of what they do. They are a management consultancy that works for international donor agencies to implement TA Contracts within countries in transition.
They understand that the partnerships that they forge with local authorities to implement projects can often be a determining factor in the sustainability of project results. Their scope of work, range of clients, and geographic coverage has greatly diversified since their inception in 1988. They have developed the capacity to manage large and complex TA programs which encompass services across a wide range of expertise.
Their main areas of expertise are presented below:
EU Integration - Agricultural Policy Advice
Agri-Food and Rural Development
Finance, Credit and Grant Fund Management in the Rural Sector
Rural Enterprise Development
Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building
Poverty Alleviation and Food Security
Assistance to Payment Agencies for the Management of RD Funds
Project and Programme Management
Regional and Economic Development