Our Services

Research and Advisory

Know Africa compiles research-based analysis and advisory packages that are tailored to address the specific contingencies of the African country, region or local environment within which our clients operate.

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Many businesses find doing business in African countries difficult because they do not take the time to understand the specific business, political or socioeconomic environments within which they operate. We offer research-based analysis and advisory packages that are tailored to address the specific contingencies of the African country, region or local environment within which our clients operate.

Our work typically addresses:

  • Business intelligence
  • Regional, national and local political analysis
  • Policy research and analysis
  • Economic research and analysis
  • Community research and analysis
  • Local market research, analysis and monitoring
  • Community and business relationship analysis
  • Media monitoring and analysis

Strategic Foresight and African Sociopolitical Futures

Know Africa utilises strategic foresight methodologies so as to offer our clients a systematic way of thinking about the future.

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Systematic strategic foresight provides a key to success in increasingly complex African business environments. Know Africa’s application of suitable strategic foresight methodologies offers clients a systematic way of thinking about the future so as to anticipate and be better prepared for change.  successfully navigate uncertainty.

Our methodologies include:

  • Environmental scanning
  • Domain mapping
  • Scenario Development
  • Trend identification and impact assessment
  • Roadmapping
  • Strategic planning

South African Business in Africa

Know Africa helps our South African clients navigate the very varied perception of South Africa, its companies and nationals that they are subject to when doing business in other African countries.

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South Africa, its companies and nationals are subject to very varied perceptions when doing business in other African countries. Such perceptions range from the country as a place of great opportunity to one where xenophobia is common. These create an image of the country that has a direct bearing on South African companies’ African based operations.

Know Africa offers advisory and training that addresses many of the difficulties that the complex image of the country creates for South Africans, or representatives of South African companies, when doing business in other African countries.

South African Business in Africa analysis, advisory and training is of particular use to:

  • South African executives and company leaders who are involved in high-level business negotiations with Africans from other countries.
  • South African business representatives who are in negotiations with local communities, or who act on behalf of South African companies in their dealing with non-South African communities.
  • Mid-level South African employees of South African companies who are in leadership or skills-transfer positions in the company’s non-South African operations.

Election Directions

Know Africa provides clear, concise data and analysis of various African countries’ elections.

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The increased democratisation of African politics requires that those operating in African countries need to have a deep understanding of how a country’s elections will affect their operating environment. With this in mind, Know Africa combines the best on-the-ground political analysis with cutting-edge data tools and analytics to ensure that their clients are prepared for any changes an election may bring.

Depending on requirements, the analysis can be presented as written reports, interactive presentations, or a combination of both.

Our analysis typically covers the following themes, but these can be extended to better suit county and client requirements:

  • A review of past elections.
  • Electoral system and its impact on national politics.
  • A look at registered voters and their likely behaviour
  • Our in-house scenarios and forecasts – nationally and, where possible, regionally.
  • A review and analysis of the country’ political landscape
  • The possibility of public disorder, protests and violence leading up to the elections.
  • Possible policy and process.

In partnership with Hlaziya Solutions.


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African Country Inductions and Intercultural Training

Know Africa offers African country inductions, intercultural training and community-based research that helps our clients avoid cultural misunderstandings.

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In Africa, causing offence through a lack of knowledge of local practice, custom or culture can have a very negative effect on productivity and company image. An understanding of a country’s history, sociopolitical environment, local cultures, communities or consumers is, therefore, of particular importance when doing business in African countries. With this in mind, Know Africa offers African country inductions, intercultural training and community-based research that helps our clients avoid such damaging misunderstandings.

Depending on requirements, country inductions and intercultural training can include:

  • Deep insight on the specific country’s history, politics and social structures, with a focus on their implications for living and/or working in the country.
  • Identification of local cultural frameworks, highlighting their local business cultures.
  • A focus on the understanding of cultural frameworks in operation in specific African communities.
  • African communities’ responses to companies’ marketing and advertising.
  • The business etiquette of various African countries.
  • General cultural dos and don’ts for those operating in new cultural environments.

Expert Witness Location

We ensure that all witnesses have a proven academic or experiential background and are capable of presenting their knowledge in a professional manner.
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Know Africa Research Consultants assists legal professionals, particularly those from non-African countries, locate witnesses with particular African knowledge, understanding and experience. We ensure that all such witnesses have a proven academic or experiential background and are capable of presenting their knowledge in a professional manner, particularly when under the stresses of a legal environment.