Imani is a kiSwahili word meaning faith and confidence – our approach to our development projects and clients.

About us

Imani Development is a private economic and development consultancy firm that facilitates the process of economic growth and poverty reduction in the developing world. Imani has been active in East and Southern Africa, the Caribbean, South East Asia and the Pacific for over 30 years, advising policy makers, governments, development agencies, regional and international organisations, and the private sector in our core areas of work.

Clients include national governments and institutions, including government departments, national trade development organisations, banks, and chambers of commerce and industry; regional institutions including the Secretariats of the South African Customs Union, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, East African Community and Southern African Development Community; development institutions and donor agencies including the Commonwealth Secretariat, European Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, Development Bank of Southern Africa, ACP Secretariat, European Commission, Department for International Development, United States Agency for International Development, the United Nations Development Programme, amongst many others; business organisations and private companies.

We are committed to pioneering innovative new ways of working, whereby we draw primarily on the knowledge and expertise of our partners, staff, associates and other stakeholders who live in developing countries.

 

 

Projects

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Latest News

Economic and Legal Assessment of South Sudan’s Accession to the EAC

As the world’s youngest democracy, South Sudan faces an immense number of economic, political, and social challenges. Shortly after gaining independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011, South Sudan applied to join the East […]

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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Roadmap Launched

Commissioned by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), with support from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Imani Development has delivered a roadmap for innovation-led growth in the Scottish Aquaculture Sector, entitled “Scottish Aquaculture: A view […]

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Meeting with COMESA on CBT

Imani Development has been contracted by the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) to develop a regional support programme for Small-Scale Cross-Border Trade. In order to better assess the priorities of key stakeholders […]

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EIB MSME Conference – Supporting Growth of MSMEs in Zambia

Imani Development has been collaborating with the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in providing Technical Assistance to the European Investment Bank (EIB) Financial Sector Operations in Southern Africa to improve Micro-, Small-, and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) access […]

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Blog

Effective, Accessible Transport in Cape Town: What can be done?

Martin Eichhorn

In recognition of the daily transport difficulties faced by People with Disabilities in Cape Town, the DG Murray Trust commissioned Imani Development to conduct research into the issue and draw up potential solutions. With […]

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Informal Cross-Border Trade – Innovative Interventions Achieve Positive Results

Informal Cross-Border Trade (ICBT) throughout the EAC makes up a significant part of the trade conducted within the region and neighbouring countries – 80% of those participating are women. ICBT refers to traders operating entirely outside of […]

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Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund Portfolio

The Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF), supported by UNDP and UKAid, is a US$8 million competitive, transparent mechanism that provides grant finance for innovative projects proposed by private sector firms active in Malawi’s agriculture and […]

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Black Holes in African Trade Data by Cyril Prinsloo

Imani colleague, Cyril Prinsloo, recently collaborated with Ron Sandrey from the Trade Law Centre (tralac) on an article investigating “black holes” in trade data, with a key focus on intra-African trade. A black hole is defined […]

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Trading costs inhibits intra-regional trade by Jandre Conradie

The cost of trade has generally been seen as an inhibiting factor of intra-regional trade in Africa. Considering the export characteristics of South Africa, one of the continent’s largest exporters both regionally and internationally, and […]

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The Role of FDI in Development by Khwima Singini

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is by far the largest and most stable source of capital for developing countries. However, the distribution of FDI has been uneven across different regions and countries.

Since 1992, China has attracted […]

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Value Chains in SSA – The Way Forward by Francois van Heerden

Value chains have changed the world and are rapidly changing and evolving due to the increasing rate of technology innovation, communication technology, and computer integrated technology. UNCTAD defines a global/regional value chain as, ‘the sequence […]

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The World Isn’t As Broken As You Think by Jaco Slabbert

When you’ve been working in development for a long time, you can easily become a little pessimistic about the state of the world. It could seem as if your actions are in vain especially when looking […]

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Contact Us

We cooperate with a wide range of consultancies, academic institutions and NGOs on development projects. If you would like to get in touch with us regarding potential collaborations, please forward your request to enquiries@imanidevelopment.com

 

Imani Development recognises that our success is built upon the talents and motivations of our people. If you are interested in working with us please forward your CV to enquiries@imanidevelopment.com

 

Whether applying for an advertised position or simply wishing to register your interest in potential job opportunities, please be assured that information you send will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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