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SOFRECO is a highly international company in terms of its clients, its partners, the nationalities of its experts, its headquarters staff and its presence in numerous countries.
We have three types of clients: governments, administrations and public bodies; public and private companies; multilateral and bilateral development funding agencies.
SOFRECO employs several hundred senior and junior experts of various nationalities, the vast majority of whom are technical specialists
Long term technical assistance for the resettlement plan of the Kandadji Ecosystems Regeneration and Niger Valley Development Programme (KERNVDP) (2011-2015)
The Kandadji Ecosystems Regeneration and Niger Valley Development Programme (KERNVDP) involves building a dam and its related structures, providing support for the development of 45 000 ha of irrigated perimeters, and building a hydroelectric power plant. The programme's objective is to reduce poverty through natural regeneration, and by improving food security and covering energy requirements.
Its implementation will lead to the involuntary displacement of approximately 38,000 people and their resettlement on new sites.
The primary goal of the technical assistance is to support the Project Implementation Unit in the resettlement process for programme affected populations.
Technical assistance to the Directorate General of Water Resources of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (2011-2012)
1. Institutional support
1.1. Updating of the Water and Sanitation Master Plan
1.2. Strengthening of the institutional framework
1.3. Education, information, awareness raising, capacity building of the actors
2. Infrastructures: setting up of solar-powered drinking water supply systems
2.1. Identification studies
2.2. Bidding documents and signing of contracts
2.3. Pumping trials
2.4. Construction surveys and installation
2.5. Supervision of the works
3. Awareness raising on hygiene and sanitation
4. Specific training
5. Updating of the information system
6. Setting up of the monitoring & evaluation system
French Development Agency
Revision of mining legislation of the Republic of Guinea (2010-2011)
The mission’s objective is to audit the current provisions of the revised Code in the light of other existing mining codes, to ensure its competitiveness and conformity with best international practises. Following this diagnosis, the mandate is, in more global terms, to update the legal, regulatory and fiscal framework of the mining sector.
Development of a resettlement and social impact management plan within the framework of the Kandadji Programme - Project for the Development of Water Resources and Sustainable Management of Ecosystems in the Niger River Basin (2010-2011)
In strict compliance with the requirements of Operational Policy 4.12 of the World Bank for the involuntary resettlement of persons, development of a Resettlement and Rehabilitation Action Plan (RAP), of a Social Impact and Population Flow Management Plan, and of Urban Resettlement Plans.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire)
Technical assistance to the Environmental and Social Management Unit of the SNEL, for the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan of the PMEDE project (2010-2012)
Technical assistance mainly consisting in:
- Support to the Environmental and Social Management Unit (ESMU) of the SNEL (national electricity company of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) for monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan for the PMEDE, SAPMP and other SNEL projects.
- The establishment of institutional and operational mechanisms to ensure compliance with the World Bank safeguard policies, national laws and international environmental and sustainable development commitments applicable to the project.
- Institutional capacity building of the SNEL's ESMU in terms of environmental management, and support in defining the SNEL's environmental and social policies and procedures for energy production, transmission and distrubution.
Technical assistance with implementing the PNADE national decentralised action programme for environmental management (2010-2013)
Technical assistance to the Ministry of the Environment and Forest Resources (MERF), attached to the PNADE National Coordination Body as technical advisor, for the fulfilment of the project.
Capacity building for the implementation of concrete environmental protection actions identified by the populations themselves at local level, creating and strengthening the populations' confidence in decentralisation and local governance processes in general.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire)
Preparation of the Involuntary Resettlement Plan for populations affected by the PMEDE project (2010)
The project’s objective is to prepare the Resettlement Plan for the people affected by the components of the PMEDE (project to develop the electricity market for domestic consumption and export), mainly involving the construction of a second electricity transmission line from the Inga hydropower plant to Kinshasa (260 km). The Resettlement Plan is based on the principles of the project’s Involuntary Resettlement Framework (SOFRECO, 2006), in accordance with the laws of DR Congo and the World Bank’s operational policy for resettlement (OP 4.12).
Development of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the Niger River basin (2010)
Development, for the horizon 2027, of a short-, medium- and long-term action plan to deal with the transboundary environmental problems of the Niger basin in the priority fields identified by the regional summary of the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) for the management of the Niger basin; proposal of an institutional framework conducive to the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan, and; development of a financing plan complementary to the SDAP investment programme.