Fragile states

Delivering excellence in difficult contexts

When the Centre for Development Results contacted us about contributing to their publication on working in fragile states, we had to stop to think. So much of our work takes place in the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected countries, so which would be the best project to delve into?

Our expertise in these challenging countries is a cross-practice strength. If we want a discussion about fragile states, we bring together our evaluators, our economic growth experts, our governance and security specialists, our risk and compliance team and more – all of whom can offer specific and in-depth experience of how they approach, adapt and succeed on projects amid conflict and unrest. 

After some discussion, we thought it would be interesting to shed some light on our work as Independent Technical Reviewer for the DFID-supported Comprehensive Agricultural and Rural Development Facility (CARD-F) programme in Afghanistan. It’s a programme we started working on in 2016, as the security situation in the country was worsening, and it has exemplified how we combine our disciplines – in this case, our evaluation and research team and our IT team, with its Cosmos app – to achieve our clients’ goals.

Ritobaan Roy, our senior manager who serves as project director for the CARD-F work, did the honours of putting pen to paper. He’s contributed a fascinating account of how he and his team use technology to gather information that meets DFID’s exacting and rigorous standards from some of the remotest, most inaccessible and restive corners of Afghanistan.

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