Services


Our services reflect the most important priorities for our region and clients. In addition, through the International Conflict and Security Institute, we provide services in Training and Capacity Building, Mediation and Dispute Resolution, and Policy Design and Roll-Out.

Business Resilience and risk management
ECAS provides non-securitised conflict management and stabilisation solutions that align the needs of our clients and their stakeholders. We bring aboard our experience working with governments, communities, and armed groups to set the course for informed company engagement and prevent runaway exposure or negative knock-on effects from security crises.
Stabilisation and violence reduction
ECAS designs and executes violence reduction strategies for a range of situations, including intra- and inter-community conflicts, conflicts between corporations and communities, and conflicts between non-state armed actors and governments.
Conflict sensitive development
ECAS helps multilateral agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations integrate approaches that build the resilience of fragile countries and communities into their humanitarian and development assistance packages and operations. We add value through our deep expertise in a host of development sectors – from health and education to agriculture, water, and energy – and cross-cutting areas, especially climate change, governance, and gender.
Cairo cityscape (Emmanuelle Diehl)

Business Resilience and Risk Management


With more on the line than ever, corporations need to ensure compliance with international standards and to plan for effective engagement and safe and responsible operations in transition, fragile, and conflict-affected areas.

 

Consultation with local elders in Honduras (Emmanuelle Diehl)

Since 2003, we have been helping companies to operate sustainably, ethically, and profitably in complex and fragile environments, and have developed effective approaches to address hostile or sensitive situations.

 

We work with clients, their partners and opponents to design customised solutions that create common ground and enable shared prosperity and a sustainable future. All the while, we take a scrip from the medical doctor on our team: prevention is better than cure; and especially in the event of acute crisis, the root causes of insecurity must be identified and treated.

The problem Armed violence • Civil unrest • Threats that endanger staff, assets, and production • Hostilities from stakeholders in government, local communities, or civil society

 

Our solution We provide non-securitised conflict management and stabilisation solutions. We bring aboard our experience working with governments, communities, and armed groups to set the course for informed company engagement.

 

What we do Human rights, social, and environmental impact assessments • Compliance reviews, audits, and spot-checks • Implementation of international standards (Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles, OECD Guidelines, environmental standards etc.) • Human rights training

Business Resilience and Risk Management


With more on the line than ever, corporations need to ensure compliance with international standards and to plan for effective engagement and safe and responsible operations in transition, fragile, and conflict-affected areas.

 

Since 2003, we have been helping companies to operate sustainably, ethically, and profitably in complex and fragile environments, and have developed effective approaches to address hostile or sensitive situations.

 

We work with clients, their partners and opponents to design customised solutions that create common ground and enable shared prosperity and a sustainable future. All the while, we take a scrip from the medical doctor on our team: prevention is better than cure; and especially in the event of acute crisis, the root causes of insecurity must be identified and treated.

The problem Armed violence • Civil unrest • Threats that endanger staff, assets, and production • Hostilities from stakeholders in government, local communities, or civil society

 

Our solution We provide non-securitised conflict management and stabilisation solutions. We bring aboard our experience working with governments, communities, and armed groups to set the course for informed company engagement.

 

What we do Human rights, social, and environmental impact assessments • Compliance reviews, audits, and spot-checks • Implementation of international standards (Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles, OECD Guidelines, environmental standards etc.) • Human rights training
Consultation with community elders in Honduras, by Emmanuelle Deihl

Stabilisation and Violence Reduction


Locally-owned peacebuilding interventions are essential for organisations to secure their staff and assets and minimize risk volatility in their operating environments.

 

Mapping Conflict Drivers in West Africa (Emmanuelle Diehl)

For more than a decade, ECAS has helped governments, multilateral agencies, and corporations to stabilise volatile environments. We specialise in designing violence reduction early warning and response systems and programmes to yield security outcomes without resorting to hard security measures.

 

Our toolbox for stabilisation and violence reduction includes community security systems, sub-national early warning and response activities, national and sub-national dialogue, conflict-sensitive area-based development programming, dispute resolution and mediation. We also work closely with security forces to normalise community relations and negotiate entry into violence-affected areas.

The problem Armed violence, linking state fragility, political grievance, and the transnational trade in drugs, arms, and human beings • Civil conflict • Criminalised violence amid weak rule of law • Community-specific histories and attitudes that inhibit or enable certain kinds of violence.

 

Our solution We take appropriate, and constructive action to prevent a crisis or stop escalation. We also devise longer-term measures to prevent violence and instability. 

 

What we do Violence reduction strategies • Stabilisation planning and implementation support • Conflict analysis • Risk assessment • Mediation • Negotiation • Design and implementation of preventive socio-economic and community security programmes.

Stabilisation and Violence Reduction


Locally-owned peacebuilding interventions are essential for organisations to secure their staff and assets and minimize risk volatility in their operating environments.

 

For more than a decade, ECAS has helped governments, multilateral agencies, and corporations to stabilise volatile environments. We specialise in designing violence reduction early warning and response systems and programmes to yield security outcomes without resorting to hard security measures.

 

Our toolbox for stabilisation and violence reduction includes community security systems, sub-national early warning and response activities, national and sub-national dialogue, conflict-sensitive area-based development programming, dispute resolution and mediation. We also work closely with security forces to normalise community relations and negotiate entry into violence-affected areas.

The problem Armed violence, linking state fragility, political grievance, and the transnational trade in drugs, arms, and human beings • Civil conflict • Criminalised violence amid weak rule of law • Community-specific histories and attitudes that inhibit or enable certain kinds of violence.

 

Our solution We take appropriate, and constructive action to prevent a crisis or stop escalation. We also devise longer-term measures to prevent violence and instability. 

 

What we do Violence reduction strategies • Stabilisation planning and implementation support • Conflict analysis • Risk assessment • Mediation • Negotiation • Design and implementation of preventive socio-economic and community security programmes.
Mapping conflict drivers in West Africa, Emmanuelle Diehl

Conflict-Sensitive Development


Our experts know much about the post-2015 development agenda – after all, they helped come up with it. From the development goals of the last millennium to envisioning the goals for this one, ECAS has been at the forefront of preventing conflict and building resilient communities through conflict-sensitive approaches and early-warning mechanisms.

 

Focus group with program beneficiaries in Habro, Ethiopia (Ashenafi Giorgis)

Bottom-up stakeholder engagement and local capacity for conflict management, combined with strong conflict analysis, are critical to the ambitious and cross-cutting post-2015 development agenda.

 

We continue this work through a thriving conflict sensitive development practice. Our work for clients is about helping them better implement programmes in transition, fragile, and conflict-affected areas. We do this through a range of actions, including field research and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, programme design – and work on thematics such as climate resilience.

 

 

 

 

The problem Rapidly changing conflict environments • Risk of collapse/relapse into conflict • How to strategically deploy limited assets and resources for maximum benefit while avoiding duplication of efforts.

 

Our solution We help multilateral agencies, governments and NGOs integrate resilience building into humanitarian and development operations in fragile contexts in the wake of natural or man-made disasters. We employ tools that foster peacebuilding and sustainable development, as well as Do No Harm.

 

What we do Design of early warning systems • Climate change vulnerability assessment with conflict mapping • Conflict-sensitive climate adaptation strategy • Building dispute resolution mechanisms • Post-conflict/disaster needs assessments • Design/evaluation of transition and peacebuilding programs • Conflict analysis training

Conflict-Sensitive Development


Our experts know much about the post-2015 development agenda – after all, they helped come up with it. From the development goals of the last millennium to envisioning the goals for this one, ECAS has been at the forefront of preventing conflict and building resilient communities through conflict-sensitive approaches and early-warning mechanisms.

 

We continue this work through a thriving conflict sensitive deelopment practice. Our work for clients is about helping them better implement programmes in transition, fragile, and conflict-affected areas. We do this through a range of actions, including field research and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, programme design – and work on thematics such as climate resilience.

 

Bottom-up stakeholder engagement and local capacity for conflict management, combined with strong conflict analysis, are critical to the ambitious and cross-cutting post-2015 development agenda.

The problem Rapidly changing conflict environments • Risk of collapse/relapse into conflict • How to strategically deploy limited assets and resources for maximum benefit while avoiding duplication of efforts.

 

Our solution We help multilateral agencies, governments and NGOs integrate resilience building into humanitarian and development operations in fragile contexts in the wake of natural or man-made disasters. We employ tools that foster peacebuilding and sustainable development, as well as Do No Harm.

 

What we do Design of early warning systems • Climate change vulnerability assessment with conflict mapping • Conflict-sensitive climate adaptation strategy • Building dispute resolution mechanisms • Post-conflict/disaster needs assessments • Design/evaluation of transition and peacebuilding programs • Conflict analysis training