We believe in creating positive change in the Middle East and Africa through integrating socio-environmental responsibility, entrepreneurship and technology. Some countries in the Middle East and Africa face complex development and security challenges. Problems are often extensive and are not solved overnight.
We need to think about effective means to create sustainable peace and development. The best place to begin is with data, and a plan.
Access to accurate and up-to-date information is essential. It helps develop policies that address the complex challenges affecting fragile states.
In-depth analysis and reliable scenario planning are key to achieving desired outcomes. We rely on experts and a strong network of local organisations and partners.
We provide support to NGOs, businesses, and governments who wish to create positive change in the Middle East and Africa. We work to assist clients throughout the project cycle. This includes de-risking projects and providing effective engagement with local stakeholders.
Our Peace-building Programme
Many countries in the Middle East and Africa have undergone successful transitions from war to peace. Through our peacebuilding programme, we strive to assist this process.
Our human security-focused approach builds local capacity and ensures long-term sustainability. Support for the empowerment of women, young people and marginalised groups is essential.
We focus on creating space for the peaceful resolution of conflict. Where possible we aid efforts to stop violence. We also support clients as they too embark on initiatives to catalyse change.
The following are some of our key service areas:
Conflict sensitivity: Organisations require naunced conflict analysis to be able to navigate complex challenges. We do this through a cultural/gender/environment sensitive lens. Reliable information is important in regions where factual and trustworthy news is rare.
Strategy development: Strategy development is strong when it is cross-disciplinary and creative. We rely on evidence-based solutions and evaluations.
Project Support: We assist organisations with projects throughout the project cycle. This includes project design, needs assessments, baseline studies, outreach campaigns and M&E.
Local consultations: Solutions must be tailored to local contexts. Far too many international projects misunderstand local views and dynamics. They thereby fail to build a realistic theory of change and do not have the desired impact.
Sustainability: We build local capacity and ensure the long-term viability of initiatives.
A business for peace angle: There is a strong link between peace and development. To establish positive peace, we need to provide economic opportunities and alternative livelihoods. We develop programme strategy that includes effective demobilisation and reintegration of former fighters. This is key to sustaining peace in the long-term.
Reforming the Public Sector
The last decade has seen a rise in complex public policy challenges in the Middle East and Africa.
They range from environmental and economic crises to inefficient and contested government administrations. As public policy questions gain in complexity, organisations struggle to develop effective responses.
We provide creative solutions to inherited and new problems. We do so by combining both private and public sector expertise.
This means integrating socio-environmental responsibility with entrepreneurial attitude, business models, and new technology. Effective change must be fair, transparent, and accountable. To help build effective and legitimate governance systems, we provide many services, including:
Strategy development: It is important to combine scientific expertise and research with creativity. Our strategies bring together existing best practices and novel ideas.
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) Consulting: Our goal is to foster the collaboration of private and public sector stakeholders. PPPs are a great tool for development but require an effective relationship between the public and private sector actors. This is where we can help.
Context-specific analysis: Our analysis offers nuance and pays attention to detail. We focus on local specificities, including cultural practices, legal regulations, and environmental conditions. Our context-specific analysis helps ensure the successful design and implementation of projects.
Change begets more change, and Mashora Group is focused on creating positive change in the Middle East and Africa.
* The picture in the header was taken by Yemeni photographer Thana Faroq in Sana’a, Yemen.