Saana Consulting is not the usual development consultancy. We aspire to look beyond conventional practices to ensure our clients receive the best possible outcomes for their projects in trade & regional integration, aid effectiveness and intellectual property. Our aim is to make development work better.

Above all, Saana is driven by positive, sustainable results. We typically work in small custom-built teams to provide our clients – DFID, EC, Danida and the World Bank to name a few – with individually tailored outcomes and innovative, ground-breaking solutions. We invest time and resources to get to know our clients, understand the key issues, and build ownership with stakeholders.

Launching our new, in-house think-tank – the Saana Institute

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Saana Institute. The institute will act as resource hub bringing together ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ to build practical, evidence-based implementable ideas to improve development outcomes, especially in the fields of trade and regional integration.  The institute will seek to bring the “academic” together with the “practical”, so that practitioners can act on the best available evidence and ideas, and academics can target research around cutting-edge real-world challenges and solutions in development co-operation.

As our inaugural event, the Saana Institute partnered with the Crown Agents Foundation to organise a half-day seminar in the run up to the WTO Ministerial Conference entitled “Unlocking Trade in LDCs: making sure African and Asian economies benefit from a new WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation”. A select group of 40 trade facilitation and development experts from developing countries, the private sector, academia and donor agencies came together in London on the 21st of November 2013 to review the state of play with the trade facilitation agenda in Least Developed Countries in Africa and Asia in the context of a new WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation which maybe launched at the Bali Ministerial Conference from 3-6 December 2013. Panellists and participants explored how LDCs and development partners could build on the regional integration and trade facilitation initiatives already underway in Africa and Asia to deliver solutions for implementing a new WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement that would maximise the pay-offs for LDCs in terms of cutting the costs of doing business and trading across borders.