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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Economic Planning and Management
GDSI is one of Europe’s leading firms of economic development programmers. We have more than 20 years experience in the preparation of national, sectoral and regional development programmes in both EU member states and pre-accession economies. In addition to the preparation of economic development programmes, GDSI has significant expertise in cre...
Enterprise Development and Trade
GDSI has earned a reputation for providing high quality technical support to all aspects of enterprise development and trade by creating the full range of support mechanisms for SMEs worldwide. Specifically, we have helped develop business support centres, SME networking systems, training facilities for SMEs, micro-finance and incubation systems as...
Poverty and Social Development
GDSI has considerable experience in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social policies in a variety of socio-economic and political environments. We have carried out surveys on poverty and inequality and have designed specific social protection policies for marginalised and vulnerable groups such as single mothers, low in...
Agriculture and Rural Development
The rapid expansion of the global population has sharpened focus on food security issues worldwide. Global issues such as increasing world food demand, increasing urbanisation and technological developments in food production have all heightened the need for policy approaches that guarantee sustainable and efficient rural-based economic activity. ...
Tourism Development
The explosion in tourist numbers in recent decades has challenged the industry to find the correct balance between exploiting tourism potential on the one hand and ensuring sustainability of product life on the other. These challenges have presented GDSI with increasing demand for its training, consultancy and business service in leisure and touris...
Governance and Public Finance
Expectations of high performance in government have been increasing sharply over the last decade. Citizens, communities and businesses are demanding more efficiency, greater accountability, and better quality services from governments. At the same time, financial pressures have reinforced the need to do the business of government more cost-efficien...
Education, Vocational Training and e-Learning
In the current information age, it is becoming increasingly important that education systems produce graduates with the competences and skills that allow them to continually adapt to evolving market conditions. In a world of rapidly growing information, education systems must give us the tools necessary to identify and access the information we nee...
Labour Market Planning and Management
The increasing diversification of the global economy means that labour markets have become more and more segmented. At the same time, the increasingly rapid structural transformation of economic activity requires greater sophistication in the management of labour market interventions. GDSI has been supporting the development of labour market polic...
Law, Justice and Human Rights
Law, Justice and Human Rights play an important role in the good governance of a society or nation. GDSI in its implementation of international projects realised the potential that rule of law, justice and human rights can have in fostering more effective and pro-poor development. GDSI is one of Europe’s leading providers of technical assistanc...
Programme Evaluation
GDSI has a long track record in the evaluation of development programmes. We have carried out many evaluations focused on various aspects of development programme design and delivery including: (i) programme relevance; (ii) programme performance; (iii) effectiveness of the delivery; (iv) value for money; (v) programme impact and sustainability. In ...