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Research & Advisory

Scaled Impact runs projects on its own and on behalf of clients. To investigate more deeply, to clarify questions and to structure operations​.

A strategy engagement is usually the start of a long-term project development cycle.


Some of the projects we've worked on are detailed below

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Enabled Impact

Our approach to development

Together with partners in energy and mining, Scaled Impact has developed Enabled Impact, an approach to managing the complex relationships between companies, communities and governments. Enabled Impact recognises the mutual dependency between companies, communities and state actors​.

It is a framework to convert social and economic investments by companies into large-scale national development​ aligned with the SDGs and enables collaboration across multiple actors to achieve higher developmental performance.


It builds on the existing investments companies make in their host countries’ and communities’ development.​


We've fully explored Enabled impact taking the mining industry as a base case​.

Structuring renewable energy development spend

The renewable energy industry is investing steadily in the 'solar corridor' running across the Northern Cape province in South Africa. Scaled Impact structured an optimal approach to long-term social and economic development in the region.​

Viable, long-term development paths were identified, mapping possible paths to combine resources and skills development.  ​

Regional actors and stakeholders were engaged to convert insights and analysis into a pipeline of structured implementation projects.

Asset and skills investment priorities were identified to put the region on a higher level growth and inclusive development path. 

Scaled Impact is driving implementation of the projects in partnerships with energy companies, investors, government agencies and other actors​.​

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Understanding constraints to the Ugandan Arabica coffee sector 

Uganda has the highest concentration of coffee farmers in the world, but premiums from the sector are not as high as other East African countries.

Scaled Impact analysed the root causes of this under-performance, identified ways to overcome them and defined a future development path.

A combination of asset investments and market development mechanisms were recommended together with potential owners and sources of funding.

Recommendations included developing a unique brand for coffee produced in Uganda, establishing a market mediator between local and international players and rolling out washing stations in the west.

Research was conducted together with Kellogg Business School and the on behalf of the International Growth Centre of the London School of Economics.

Realizing the development potential of the global mining sector 

The mining industry spends half a trillion US$ every year worldwide on host-country staff, local procurement and community investments.

Countries with mining industries perform better on the Sustainable Development Goals than those without. However, ​the risks of being drawn into conflict or causing environmental damage are acute, but can be managed over the total mine lifecycle.

The report identified strategies to maximize mining's development impact, matching engagements to the right levels of development and governance capability

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