Challenging geographies, challenging circumstances and challenging projects
Since the early 1990s, a crucial strand of our business has been designing, developing and implementing social and economic development programmes in transitional and fragile and conflict affected states. Working in partnership with government and donor agencies such as the UK’s DfID, we work in some of the world’s most challenging places.
Routinely working in conflict-affected countries, we help to bring social order, justice and a return to economic development. We advise and support governments and agencies on good practice and good governance as the foundations for functioning society.
Creating jobs and establishing community services
We build active interaction between local, regional and national governments, increasing efficiency, transparency and civil society participation. We help them build the capacity and skills of their own people, and renew economic, social and physical infrastructure in a sustainable way.
Expanding the private sector and increasing collective wealth are internationally recognised as the most effective ways of reducing poverty and increasing incomes. Our teams help to bring sustainable social and economic development to poor communities by creating businesses and jobs and establishing community services. We also provide capacity building for civil society organisations and government agencies to help include marginalised groups.
Our work produces results we’re proud of.
In South Africa, training local people on how to start their own businesses has boosted the economy. We are assisting the fractured Balkans region to return to cohesion through a major technical assistance programme of more than €80 million, developing projects with capital investment value of €13 billion to renew the region’s social and physical infrastructure. Our offices are staffed by local people, which helps make all our projects sustainable.