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Research and Analysis

The importance of understanding the operational environment is critical to the success of any business.  Through our team of researchers and analysts we keep our clients up to date on the key issues, helping them to understand root cause and consequences.  Above all, we provide recommendations based on facts and experience to protect the business from these issues.




To enhance your ability to achieve objectives we work closely with you to systematically analyse and establish the probability and impact of non-technical risks against your operations. 

Case study

The issue.   A client in the extractives industry was carrying significant reputational and operational risk due to instability in the operating environment.

Our approach.   We worked closely with our client to understand their business and ensure that all risks were identified.  Where appropriate, our recommendations to mitigate risk were designed to accommodate existing processes and procedures to minimise disruption.  Key to the effective risk assessment was understanding the client’s risk appetite.

The outcome.   Risks and associated mitigation actions were clearly communicated to enable informed decision-making.  


Having identified risks to the business, it is sometimes prudent to conduct an in-depth threat assessment on specific actors and issues to understand the credibility and severity of the threat.


The issue.   The client wanted to scope and understand specific threats which might negatively impact their operations at sites throughout East Africa.

Our approach.   Qualitative and quantitative data was collected from within the organisation, open source and on-the-ground research.  This was analysed using a host of methods to identify the key tactical, operational and strategic threats to the business.  These findings were documented to the client detailing the issues, likely impacts and options for mitigation.

The outcome.   Several unknown threats were identified and Assaye Risk’s analysis altered understanding of previously known threats.  This product was used to initiate a review and update of the corporate security strategy to ensure it was fit for purpose.


Through continuously comparing your performance to that of competitors, it is possible to identify areas for improvement and exploitable opportunities for growth.

Case study

The issue.  One of our clients wanted to better understand their competition with an aim to identify how their own organisation could develop.

Our approach.   Through our benchmarking process we gained an understanding of key areas and processes within our client’s business.  These were compared and set against best practice both within and across other industries.  This included strength, weakness, opportunity and threat (SWOT) analysis, which was used to inform business improvements.

The outcome.   The lessons identified were channelled towards improved performance in specific aspects of operations and for the business.


Understanding the operating environment is critical for successful planning across all areas of the business.   

Case study

The issue.   An opportunity to acquire a mining project in Africa was offered to one of our clients.  The client requested a strategic country analysis report and detailed regional risk assessment.

Our approach.   The country analysis and regional risk assessment included the full spectrum of political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) issues.  These were identified through our developed network of academic, business and in-country contacts to ensure we provided the clarity of detail required by our client.

The outcome.   This information was used to answer critical information requirements and inform the final acquisition decision.


The operating environment is constantly changing and influenced by issues such as politics, new laws and security incidents.

Case study

The issue.   The need for management to maintain a constant awareness of emerging issues was starting to detract from other areas of our client’s business.

Our approach.  Through liaison with key figures at all levels of the client’s organisation we identified key issues of concern to the business.  We put into place a system to monitor, research and analyse existing and emerging threats/issues throughout the region. Critically, our analysis focused on how these issues might impact their business.

The outcome.   Our tailored service delivered periodic updates to management which allowed them to implement actions in response to the changing operating environment.


The extensive range of businesses targeted by terrorism means there is a growing need for organisations to understand the specific threat to their interests.

Case study

The issue.   The board of a client’s organisation wanted to understand and be kept up-to-date on the threat posed by terrorism to their operations.

Our approach.   Periodic reports are now produced by our team to monitor and analyse the modus operandi and activity of terrorist groups in areas of concern to our client.  In response to incidents of significance, we conduct in-depth analysis to assess changes in threat levels, potential targets, terrorist tactics, and areas of increased risk to the client.

The outcome.   Provision of the latest information and intelligence detailing the terrorist threat and clear assessment of the probable impacts to client business operations is now available.  This information is being used to accordingly modify the posture and processes of security.


Organisations are often required to quickly develop an in-depth understanding of specific issues or changes in the environment.

Case study

The issue.   The increasing threat of resource nationalism across the globe was of specific concern to one of our clients in the extractives industry.  We were requested to provide support which helped them to understand whether this threat would impact their business.

Our approach.   The history of resource nationalism throughout the global extractives industry was analysed to understand the key issues and identify patterns.  Extensive desktop and on-the-ground research was conducted across government, academia and business in the countries of client operations to understand current sentiment for nationalisation.

The outcome.   Potential courses of action which host-governments might follow with regards to nationalisation were established.  Early warnings and indicators were identified for each of these, which enabled us to assess the associated impact to our client.  This information was used to formulate a response plan.

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