KPMG brings a track record of excellence working in fragile states. We have worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Zimbabwe as these countries emerged from conflict and undertook the difficult process of state building and post-conflict reconstruction. In many cases, KPMG maintained its in-country offices throughout the conflicts, establishing considerable credibility, access and local knowledge that have enabled us to help governments make rapid progress on their plans for transformation.
In fragile states, IDAS deploys the firm’s diverse service offerings, tailoring them to meet unique local challenges. Some key services we provide include:
- Design and management of social accountability programmes;
- Financial management of grants programmes and multi donor trust funds;
- Public financial management reform;
- Institutional and organisation development;
- Private sector development;
- Anti-corruption training and investigations;
- Fiduciary risk assessments and capacity development; and
- Audit and risk management.
KPMG has developed guiding principles that ensure our continued success working in fragile states. These include a thorough context analysis, using a best-fit strategy, inclusiveness, alignment, fostering local ownership and most importantly Do no Harm.
Do no Harm establishes the principles of minimising the negative effects of specific interventions. It aims to reduce the possibility of a programme unintentionally strengthening existing patterns of discrimination and exclusion based on ethnicity, religion, geographic region, and social class, among other factors. We use this framework to identify where and how resources are used and how this will impact power structures.
KPMG is consistently operating in new and higher risk areas, and in 2011 opened a permanent office in Hargeisa, Somaliland. This acts as a central coordinating office for our programmes in Somalia and across the greater Horn of Africa region, putting us a step ahead in our understanding and operational knowledge of the region.
Allan has a proven track record of implementing high profile complex multi-million dollar programs in fragile states. He has managed large multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams for delivery of projects and has also facilitated government institutions to identify and prioritise a broad range of projects and programmes that meet donor expectations of quality of design as well as ensure ownership and understanding within the government staff. His key areas of experience include project management, institutional strengthening and capacity building.
Allan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics from the University of East Anglia, UK, a Masters in Public Policy and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.