Afai Consulting’s work in the supply chain is based on a clear and thorough understanding of the extractive industries. Our work focuses on the following, often overlapping, subjects.
Understanding the (socio-) political economy of extractive value chains. From the origin of the productive inputs to the extraction sites and to the final users
Understanding the role of legitimate and illegitimate armed actors and criminal groups in the extractive sector and where necessary close opportunities for their participation or regulate their role.
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and its relation to local stakeholders, including companies, communities, and, at-risk and disadvantaged populations.
In addition to these areas of focus, Afai Consulting is keen to provide bespoke services in the extractive sector, where it has experience undertaking groundbreaking research on previously unresearched sectors, an expertise complemented by its experience in areas such as: transparency in the extractive sectors, mining production data collection, mining code reform, or cattle raising and its impacts.
Extractive value chains and sectors are complex and often secretive, and even more so when informal or illegal. Understanding them is similar to turning confusing noise into a story. Yet not every story worth telling can be told as formal documentation or statistics that could back up allegations, are often missing.
Afai Consulting thus propose to its clients and partners a unique standardised approach to information validation and risk assessment. An approach that ensures we are speaking the same language as our clients and partners and that all findings can be reported while highlighting their limitations.
Extractive activities do not happen in a vacuum, and are often influenced by spillovers from neighbouring activities, reason for which we strive to integrate GIS data and network analyses to our work whenever possible. Thus ensuring not only that spillovers are accounted for in our analyses but also that complex information is presented in a highly readable format.