In 1973, three Swedish consultants began providing organisational development services under the name ORGUT. A year later, the first overseas long-term assignment was implemented in Ethiopia and for several years, ORGUT supported rural development there. A steadily growing portfolio expanded from the initial forestry and sustainable land use support work to large integrated rural development, land administration and water sector projects. In the 80’s, ORGUT ventured into West and East Africa focusing on food security, land management and local governance. Various successful long and short term projects established ORGUT firmly as the leading Swedish consultant and project management specialist in rural development. Geographical coverage soon encompassed some fifty countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. ORGUT also offered International Training Programmes in forestry and continued to implement rural development consultancies and environmental certification of forest products in Sweden.