We help drive change in Africa

Africa is undergoing a transformation. For people and organisations across the continent, this hard-won journey presents immense opportunities to create shared value in terms of peace, wealth and wellbeing. Yet Africa’s rise is hampered by challenges within its political, economic and social systems. Managing change within these systems is vital to realising the continent’s potential.

We help businesses, governments and institutions tackle complex problems within these systems. Recently we have worked with our clients to:

  • Catalyse private sector investment into African agriculture
  • Generate new approaches to counter violent extremism in East Africa
  • Support effective community engagement by the extractives industry in Kenya
  • Establish a new organisational strategy for tackling HIV in Southern Africa


We help tackle complex problems

We bring a rich understanding of what it takes to work within complex adaptive systems, and we use this to help our clients operate more effectively. We do this by:

  • Building the commitment of people and organisations to reshape the system together;
  • Generating robust intelligence to unearth realities on the ground, helping strengthen collaboration and drive decision-making;
  • Establishing clear direction, with a shared vision and viable strategy to reach it;
  • Enabling delivery by building capacity from start-up through to operational delivery and expansion.


We are trusted advisers, facilitators and change managers

The people of Wasafiri are brought together for their adventurous spirit, understanding of complex problems and track record of delivering change. We share a relentless optimism for Africa’s future, a hunger to move from dialogue to action, and a desire for excellence.


Our practice areas

Improving governance, strengthening markets, and forging stronger communities. MORE +

Our services

Generating commitment, intelligence, direction and action to tackle complex problems. MORE +

Our capability

A multinational community of dynamic professionals working across the continent. MORE + 


Wasafiri is Recruiting for a Research, Evaluation and Learning Manager (RELM)
6th August, 2018

We are recruiting for a Research, Evaluation and Learning Manager (RELM) on our Building Resilience in Civil Society (BRICS) Phase II programme. Read on for the full Terms of Reference and how to apply. WHO WE ARE Wasafiri is a fast growing, values-led consultancy business, committed to navigating complex change. Established in 2010 by a group […]

Complex or complicated? A flooded cave or an immigration policy
20th July, 2018

12 children trapped in a cave in Thailand. 20 children trapped in an orphanage in Libya, orphans of ISIS fighters[1], now stateless and parentless. 300 Palestinian children in prison in Israel[2]. 1,995 children separated from their parents at the American border[3].   All children, all victims of circumstances not of their own making (expect perhaps […]

A practical approach to tackling complex problems – 14- 15 November, London
11th July, 2018

A two day training in using Systemcraft to tackle complex, intractable and downright messy problems. Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th November 2018, London Wasafiri works with leaders and organisations to tackle some of humanity’s toughest problems. Through our work on issues such as countering violent extremism, climate change, and agricultural reform in Africa, we have […]