MSI has worked extensively throughout the country to provide a range of services including economic research and analysis, supply chain assessments, and survey research to multinational clients from the extractive, development, and security sectors.
Socio-Economic Monitoring and Analysis
In the aftermath of the war in Afghanistan, the international community needed to determine which investments would reduce the chronic instability that had plagued the country since the conflict began. Security and logistical challenges had previously prevented any sort of nationwide assessment and monitoring.
MSI assembled a multidisciplinary team of social scientists, survey methodologists, and indigenous researchers to conduct a baseline assessment in specified locations. After the completion of the baseline assessment, key socio-economic indicators were identified and used to develop a monitoring framework that was updated on a quarterly basis in 20 provinces in Afghanistan. Over a two year period, MSI performed longitudinal analysis on the data to assess socio-economic trends in each of the monitored locations.
MSI's ability to comprehensively assess the development needs across Afghanistan and provide detailed analysis enabled the client to tailor the execution of its development strategy according to the specific needs of each location. The firm's insights ensured the client's resources were allocated efficiently and effectively based on the local needs and most importantly, provided a quarterly feedback mechanism by which the client could assess the effectiveness of its strategy at reducing instability throughout the country.
Market Entry for Public Infrastructure Projects
Construction and Engineering
Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
A construction and engineering firm desired to compete for large public infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. To successfully enter the market and compete for these contracts, the client required a partner with the necessary local knowledge for doing business in Afghanistan.
MSI consultants provided the necessary statutory and legal guidance for obtaining a business license and establishing a local presence in Kabul. Next, MSI brokered introductions to pre-vetted local Afghan partners that could provide sub-contracted transportation and logistics support. Finally, MSI consultants provided capture management in support of the client's business development efforts.
The client was able to immediately establish itself as a preferred vendor for large public infrastructure projects and secured its first contract within 100 days of registering to do business in Afghanistan.
Stability Baseline Assessment
Helmand, Kunduz, Nuristan and Paktika provinces, Afghanistan
As both governmental and non-governmental organizations began to establish programs in remote areas of Afghanistan, there was an urgent requirement for a baseline assessment of prevailing economic, political, security and social stability factors. Security and logistical challenges inhibited the ability to conduct such an assessment.
MSI assembled a multidisciplinary team of social scientists, survey methodologists, and indigenous researchers to conduct a baseline assessment in 21 districts across 4 provinces. Stability data was collected and analyzed to develop a strategy and supporting courses of action to minimize instability in each of the assessed areas.
The data-driven recommendations for mitigating threats to stability enabled the client to immediately begin implementing informed courses of action that improved stability in the assessed areas. Without the knowledge generated by the assessment, the client would have been forced to rely on inferior sources of information for planning and decision making and would not have had the ability to assess the effectiveness of its strategy.