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


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.


The Malabo race that everyone can win!
25th March, 2018

A flame to ignite agriculture reform, nutrition and food security in Africa: will it be nurtured or snuffed out through irrelevance? Is there a rumbling of excitement in Africa about ending hunger and achieving agricultural development? It certainly feels to me that something positive is happening. Heads of State and Governments in Africa recently hailed […]

Aid is Dead: Long Live Impact Investment (well maybe)
5th July, 2017

“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” — Victor Hugo   Impact investing for social or environmental good is growing, and growing fast, but has its time come? And is it a replacement for international aid? Despite international aid maintaining record levels[1] among international donor governments ($146bn in 2016), there is talk of […]

On the front lines of preventing violent extremism: an interview with Gaëlle Le Pottier
27th September, 2017

11 September 2017 – Nairobi It’s 16 years to the day after the attacks on the twin towers and I’m sat in a chilly Nairobi café eating a limp croissant with Gaëlle Le Pottier and trying to work out what it really takes to provide leadership in the face of one of today’s pre-eminent complex […]