about us

"We are a research and advisory company that focuses on conflict, governance and peace-building issues"
"We work with governments, international organizations and community structures to inform, design and implement transformative strategies"
"We provide a full spectrum capacity, able to connect at HQ level and access hard to reach areas"
"We work alongside clients, bringing professionalism and passion to design and implement solutions most needed by exposed populations"

GIST helps clients operate in conflict and fragile states. It was founded in 2019 by three experts combining over 50 years of experience with development, aid, diplomatic and defence agencies and the private sector. We provide multi-disciplinary expertise in conflict research, governance, stabilization, security sector reform, institution-building, community recovery and reconciliation.

We uniquely combine experience from the development, aid and security sectors. The company’s partners have worked with actors ranging from international NGOs to defence agencies, including bilateral and multilateral development agencies, think tanks, private companies, and investment funds. This enables us to integrate approaches and best practices from across the security, aid, development and diplomatic sectors and to facilitate their coordination through field research, backed by academic expertise and translated to policy recommendations for effective implementation by seasoned professionals.

Our organisational model focuses on building long-term, meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with local partners beyond the requirements of single projects. We recognise that nothing replaces local knowledge and invest our time and energy in connecting with uniquely driven and experienced researchers and implementing partners from the countries we work in.