Wasafiri

Our practice areas

We help our clients work more effectively in complex systems and markets

Africa’s rise is hampered by complex challenges within its political, economic and social systems. However, the weaknesses in these systems have causes that are deeply-rooted, interconnected, and which transcend the local and the global. No single person or organisation has the power, resources or ideas to drive change alone. They must act together.

Our approach centres on helping people and organisations generate concerted action to reshape the political, economic or social systems that enable or constrain them. Our work lies in helping businesses, governments and institutions tackle complex problems in these systems by;

  • Strengthening governance;
  • Building effective markets, and;
  • Forging stronger, more secure communities.

Strengthening governance & institutions

Building effective & productive markets

Economic

Forging stronger, more secure communities

Butaro Hospital ward, Rwanda, 2009

Strong governance, leadership and institutions underpin healthy and productive societies. Yet all too often, Africa’s political systems suffer from capacity constraints, policy weaknesses, or compromised rule of law.

We provide strategic and technical advisory services for clients, both private and public, seeking to strengthen their organisations and the enabling environment in which they operate.

Africa has the world’s fastest growing economies, from which consumers, workers and investors stand to benefit. Yet weaknesses along value chains and in the wider enabling environment undermine business viability, constraining the broader development dividend possible from inclusive growth. Climate change presents both threats and opportunities.

Wasafiri assists private and public clients in collaborative efforts to establish productive and resilient economic activity that creates shared value.

The wellbeing of people and their communities depends upon social systems that ensure human essentials, such as security, health and nutrition. The effectiveness and resilience of these systems is limited by resource and capacity constraints, hampered by political exclusion and marginalisation, and exposed to threats such as extremism, pandemics, drought or conflict.

Wasafiri works with local administrations, civil society and security actors to advance community-level strategies to tackle such complex challenges together.


Insights

Systemcraft: an approach to navigating complex change
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23rd February, 2017

Complexity: a 21st Century challenge Today, in an uncertain, volatile and highly interconnected world, leaders are held responsible for achieving progress amidst an array of complex problems that can feel intractable and beyond their control. Since forming in 2010, Wasafiri’s work has targeted such complex problems with both success and failure. Our experience, from the […]

Transformative partnerships in African agriculture: time to commit!
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28th February, 2017

After a decade of hard work, the foundations are in place for substantive progress within African food systems. New tangible partnerships are emerging that combine focussed intent, long-term commitment and significant ambition. For anyone asking when African agriculture will deliver its long-touted potential, these partnerships offer the best hope for change at scale. When will […]

Systemcraft: an approach to navigating complex change
BLOG
23rd February, 2017

Complexity: a 21st Century challenge Today, in an uncertain, volatile and highly interconnected world, leaders are held responsible for achieving progress amidst an array of complex problems that can feel intractable and beyond their control. Since forming in 2010, Wasafiri’s work has targeted such complex problems with both success and failure. Our experience, from the […]