Learn About What We Do

The majority of the absolute poverty affects poor people of Africa which bulk of them live in rural areas, and are directly dependent on the interaction of countless social and biophysical factors for their livelihoods. The challenge of rural development is to assist the community build system resilience, the ability to absorb shocks and bounce back, or move to a new state, particularly now in the face of climate uncertainty.

Rural development is thus an interdisciplinary activity underpinned by knowledge and experience with;


  • Soils, water, forests, fisheries and the bio-diversity that underpins these.
  • Policies, governance, education, health, training and gender issues
  • physical infrastructure; rural water supply, irrigation feeder roads and processing facilities
  • value chain analysis; processing, marketing, logistics, technical services, credit and input supply.

Women often provide most rural labour on small farms, animal husbandry and often have the most interest in the long term future of their land and in capacity development of their families and yet are underrepresented in community decision making.

With more than 50% of the population now residing in cities, rural development has become the poor cousin of development although most food production in the world still comes from rural small farms. This may be changing as in recent times, the link between rural development and effective adaptation to and mitigation of the effects of human induced climatic change in rural areas has become increasingly obvious.

Our view is new investment in rural development can and will likely make a substantial contribution to reducing green house gases while improving livelihoods through carbon bio-sequestration. HAAN has always had a strong focus on rural development and its members have extensive experience in rural development in more than 25  countries in Africa region. More details are included here.

HAAN provides services with respect to the conduct of (feasibility) studies, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and the provision of strategic advice and policy development related to international. development.

It conducts risk management evaluations and studies, particularly targeted assisting local and regional governments to prepare communities to reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters and risks to their natural resource base from various hazards including climate.
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention.
Disasters often follow natural hazards. A disaster’s severity depends on how much impact a hazard has on society and the environment. The scale of the impact in turn depends on the choices we make for our lives and for our environment. These choices relate to how we grow our food, where and how we build our homes, what kind of government we have, how our financial system works and even what we teach in schools. Each decision and action makes us more vulnerable to disasters – or more resilient to them.

Disaster risk reduction is about choices.

Disaster risk reduction is the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyze and reduce the causal factors of disasters. Reducing exposure to hazards, lessening vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment, and improving preparedness for adverse events are all examples of disaster risk reduction.

Our approach to disaster risk management now emphasizes the consequences of hazard impact on communities and how best to minimize those consequences . This demands an holistic approach. It is no longer appropriate, for example, to simply focus on the hazard phenomenon, its history of impact and probability of recurrence. It is essential to also develop a comprehensive understanding of the community that is exposed to the hazard (its people, livelihoods, infrastructure, economic resources and natural environment) and the degree to which those elements are vulnerable to various hazard impacts. Further, it is widely acknowledged that it is no longer appropriate to simply focus on the physical consequences of disaster; it is essential to consider the ‘triple bottom line’ of disasters – the economic, social and environmental consequences.

Disaster Management Services

We are able to offer the following range of disaster risk management services covering the natural and human made disasters such as floods, famine and displacement and earthquakes.

  • Risk identification studies and feasibility  including analysis of the elements in the vulnerable people at risk and their vulnerability;
  • Humanitarian and development  assessment studies for all project’s levels
  • GIS-based disaster management information system design, development and training;
  • Post-disaster  and conflict surveys and studies;
  •  Community consultation, community education and community awareness programs;
  • Peer reviews and technical assessment workshops and courses.

Track Record 

The following materials are part of our very recent assignments indicating the width of experience regionally and locally of our personnel.
Independent evaluation of the recovery from the many regions of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia in which has suffered successive droughts hit the Horn of Africa in last one decade. These droughts turned famines and natural catastrophe that hit region after region and equivalent in scale of damage to the impact of dry seasons.  We have done studies, assessed and evaluated before/after agencies interventions.
The study provided a series of   impact, recovery achievement and remaining needs based on
A key feature of the studies was the development of strategic development and excellent projects review and analysis for many agencies operations.
We produced studies and a series of strategies for implementation by the UN, INGO and CBO to mitigate the risk and reduce the impact of natural and man-made disasters.

Complex emergencies operations

The poorest are always disparately affected by natural and man-made disasters, often resulting in human suffering and subsequent need for humanitarian assistance.
Lack of adequate response over time to severe poverty can in itself be a cause of human and natural resource degradation and lead to humanitarian crises that require external assistance.
Provision of humanitarian responses are sometimes carried out in sensitive political and security circumstances, requiring analytical ability and diplomatic capacity.

Our members have been directly involved in planning, implementation and evaluation of humanitarian assistance programs delivered before and after the droughts. Supported by and in conjunction with its experience from Rural Development, conflict resolution/ analysis and Disaster risk management, HAAN provides a full range of services to support the recovery and rehabilitation aspects of humanitarian assistance and development activities.