Through our proven expertise, established presence and networks, we have built a solid track record in meeting our client’s needs and goals, delivering a range of services: research methods adapted to the field, data collection, analysis, report writing, academic papers and policy briefs, as well as multi-media work including video, photos, and testimonies from the field. This work is spread thematically across five pillars:

  1. Migration and Displacement

  2. Resilience

  3. Children & Youth

  4. Implementation Research

  5. Data Standards & Analytics


Coping, adapting, transforming, and learning in the face of crises and shocks


“Resilience” as a development framework has become an important and progressive way to promote individuals and communities so that they are in a position to: 1) navigate psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources to sustain their well-being; and, 2) negotiate so that resources are provided and experienced in culturally meaningful ways. The Resilience Pillar utilises this framework to design and deploy tailored durable solutions that address specific and fragile contexts affected by natural disasters, political instability, and/or socio-economic change.  

In collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia, WFP, and UNICEF, for example, Samuel Hall built upon research and design frameworks to create a National Social Protection Policy for Somalia. In-depth consultations with key government-level stakeholders and regional actors allowed for a multi-dimensional social and economic understanding of poverty and food insecurity. The final product, adopted by the Somali Federal Government in July 2019, is a policy that seeks to protect the basic needs of vulnerable people, promote the realisation of productive potential, and transform existing societal structures causing vulnerability in the Somali context. 

The Resilience Pillar has implemented over 60 resilience-related projects since its inception, each equally prioritising contextually aware methodologies and long-term sustainability. From a long-term partnership since 2010 with WFP to help the organisation develop more adaptive and durable assistance approaches and modalities in Afghanistan, to inclusive socio-economic mappings in 11 West-African countries for IOM in 2019. From an assessment of the impact and value for money of resilience-led consortia in the Somali context for SDC and the Humanitarian Donor Group (Adkaysi! 2017) to multiple ethnographic case studies and pilot initiatives with affected communities and households.

Led by Hervé Nicolle, Director and Co-Founder, the Resilience Pillar enacts its ethos by:

  • Focusing on people’s aspirations, decisions, and actions over purely rational and economic approaches;

  • Enhancing learning dynamics within organisations and contributing to the global learning agenda.

We are particularly known for our expertise in the following sub-topics:

  • Economic inclusion and integration

  • Social protection

  • Food security 

  • Resilience to climate change

  • Sustainable and efficient energy use

  • Urban and rural vulnerabilities

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