With a small group of associates, we specialise in a limited field of services where we believe to have a distinct know-how. These include, inter alia:

  • International trade and regional integration (incl. WTO accession and negotiations, trade remedies, trade in services, trade facilitation and quality infrastructure, etc.);
  • Investment promotion (incl. investment climate assessments, competitiveness studies, etc.);
  • Private sector development (incl. competition policy, public-private partnership, support to the informal sector, micro and SME finance, etc.).

In each of these fields, we provide assistance at the micro, meso and macro levels (with a focus on the latter two), as indicated in the table below. In addition, we undertake research and provide advice to donors in formulating development policies, following and streamlining procedures. At the meta level, our services cover public procurement, donor co-ordination and aid harmonisation.

In addition, we undertake independent research and lecture at various universities and training institutions. Indeed, our approach is different from that of many other development consulting firms in that we attach great importance to a thorough theoretical foundation of our work. In practice, this means that, in addition to our own research oriented staff, we have established close links with universities and research institutes and typically include researchers of these institutes in our teams.