Cowater International Acquires Finnish Consulting Group’s (FCG) Development Consultancy Unit News

29 November, 2023

OTTAWA, November 29, 2023 – Cowater International (Cowater) and Finnish Consulting Group (FCG) are pleased to announce that they have completed a deal in which Cowater has acquired FCG’s international development consultancy arm, effective November 30, 2023. FCG’s international development unit is a dynamic and highly diversified management consultancy working with bilateral and multilateral donors including the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the European Union, New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Asian Development Bank, KfW, the World Bank and others.

This acquisition combines Cowater’s expertise and large portfolio of projects, programs and facilities with those of FCG, leading to a broader and highly complementary technical offering, geographic coverage, and client base.

For FCG, this sale will enable the company to focus on its key objectives – designing and delivering innovative and sustainable solutions within the Finnish marketplace. “FCG will now focus on the Finnish market and support the public and private sectors in building a more sustainable society. This is a big strategic change for us, and divesting the development consulting business is one clear step in making this change a reality,” says Tommi Kajasoja, CEO of FCG.“Our development consulting business has found a good home and can now grow as part of an organization that is fully focused on this sector”.

For Cowater, this represents an exciting opportunity to further the company’s mission of designing and implementing innovative solutions that advance inclusive and locally driven sustainable change in communities all around the world. “Cowater is delighted to welcome FCG’s development consulting practice and staff to the Cowater family. We see a strong alignment in our desire to support the empowerment of people and communities to improve their economic and social wellbeing and believe that joining forces will enable us to better serve all of our clients across a wide range of sectors by bringing together decades of broad technical expertise, innovative and sustainable approaches, and best practices”, says David Baron, CEO of Cowater.

As FCG International Development joins the Cowater family of companies it will maintain its offices in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Kenya, Singapore, Philippines, and New Zealand and continue to build on its reputation for delivering excellent results for its clients in its core technical areas.

 About Cowater International

 Founded in 1985, Cowater International is a leading global development consulting company. Headquartered in Ottawa and with corporate hubs in Brussels, London (UK) and Montreal, Cowater International has successfully delivered a portfolio of over 2500 projects and assignments in more than 95 countries. We work with governments, private sector actors and communities implementing projects that support better governance, gender equality and inclusive socio-economic development, trade and regional integration, institutional strengthening, environmental improvements and advance equal opportunities for all. We are a diverse and experienced team committed to building a better tomorrow for the people we serve.

About FCG International Development

The international development component of Finnish Consulting Group works across a range of development clients, with operational offices in Europe, South-East Asia, East Africa and the Pacific. Delivering complex programs in a range of technical areas spanning climate Change, Education, Forestry, Water and Sanitation, Transport, and Renewable energy, FCG International Development has showcased its ability to drive sustainable change and capacity building in a range of the world’s most challenging contexts.

About FCG

FCG is a partner in Finland for municipalities, companies and communities in multidisciplinary community planning, skills development, the promotion of good governance and software development. FCG combines different sectors of expertise to create new areas, and act in various ecosystems and network projects that support our basic task of making societies more sustainable and better places to live.

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