Our Engagements

From remote regions to crowded streets, our insight comes from the inside.

CVE

Sayara International works with international, regional, and local stakeholders to implement integrated and inclusive responses to violent extremism that emphasize the importance of community engagement, the rule of law, and human rights.

Economic Growth

Sayara International's economic growth programs foster innovation and entrepreneurship to help communities create sustainable livelihoods.

Stabilization, Peace, and Governance

Sayara International provides a comprehensive suite of tools, processes, and approaches to address root causes of instability and assist societies as they transition from conflict to effective, participatory governance.

Strategic Communications

Our experts use innovative communication campaigns to promote positive social change and strengthen relationships between communities and government.

Research

To develop practical solutions to difficult problems, Sayara International conducts rigorous, field-based research and assessments to inform effective strategies and improve decision-making.

M&E

Our experts provide a full range of evaluation services from monitoring and verification to impact evaluations to help clients learn, measure results, and refine their strategies.

CVE

Sayara International works with international, regional, and local stakeholders to implement integrated and inclusive responses to violent extremism that emphasize the importance of community engagement, the rule of law, and human rights.

Sayara International works with international, regional, and local stakeholders to implement integrated and inclusive responses to violent extremism that emphasize the importance of community engagement, the rule of law, and human rights.

 CVE Strategic Communications

This program strengthens community-government relations by building the communication capacity of local governments in Afghanistan. Sayara International launched this program in 2012 in five districts in South Ghazni province and has since undergone two expansion phases, first in Wardak and Khost provinces, and then in Helmand, Kunar, and Paktia. The program has markedly improved linkages between district governments and their communities. In these districts, we have seen noticeable increases in school enrollment, electoral participation, civil society organizational development, citizens’ freedom of movement, and people’s ability to gather in large groups for positive societal changes.

CVE Rapid Response Traditional Voices (CVE-RRTV)

CVE-RRTV is the only CVE program that conducts quarterly mixed methodology research to establish and track attitudes and support for both anti- and pro-extremist narratives in distinct regions in Afghanistan. This analysis identifies trends, isolates areas that require greater or unique focus, and offers insight into which form of rhetoric resonates with target audiences in different places. This approach allows the Sayara International team to craft targeted messages to address the grievances and misperceptions that underpin extremist support.

Economic Growth

Sayara International's economic growth programs foster innovation and entrepreneurship to help communities create sustainable livelihoods.

Sayara International’s economic growth programs foster innovation and entrepreneurship to help communities create sustainable livelihoods.

Lebanon Industrial Value Chain Development (LIVCD)

The LIVCD program seeks to increase the competitiveness of seven key Lebanese value chains in the agriculture, food processing, and tourism sectors through targeted and focused interventions that improve the overall competitiveness of each value chain. Sayara International supports the prime implementing partner, DAI, by conducting value chain assessments, developing market information systems for producers and distributors, and providing organizational capacity building for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Protect and Provide Livelihoods in Lebanon

To minimize the short- and long-term economic impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis on Lebanese host communities, the Protect and Provide Livelihoods program implements interventions that allow smallholders to diversify their activities to take advantage of opportunities across two or more value chains or within a single value chain, thus maximizing income streams to producers over a greater period of time. To support the prime implementing partner, Mercy Corps, Sayara International conducted rapid assessments of value chains to prioritize opportunities for maximum potential of diversification. The assessment resulted in a value chain map and a report that identified trends, opportunities, constraints, and recommendations for activities to increase smallholders’ income.

Developing Hydroponics to Access International Markets

The Developing Hydroponics to Access International Markets program invested in high-tech hydroponic production facilities for social enterprises in Lebanon. To support the prime implementing partner, ACDI/VOCA, Sayara International assessed the technical and financial feasibility of establishing a seedling nursery for grafted and traditional seedlings. Sayara International conducted a market assessment to determine which seedlings have the highest demand and developed a business plan to allow for year-round production. After the conclusion of the program, Sayara International continued to provide support to the target social enterprises to oversee implementation of the business plan.

Stabilization, Peace, and Governance

Sayara International provides a comprehensive suite of tools, processes, and approaches to address root causes of instability and assist societies as they transition from conflict to effective, participatory governance.

Sayara International provides a comprehensive suite of tools, processes, and approaches to address root causes of instability and assist societies as they transition from conflict to effective, participatory governance.

Implementing Support Networks against Destabilization (ISNAD)

Sayara International is currently implementing the ISNAD program in Lebanon that aims to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable Lebanese communities against drivers of violence and instability. This will be accomplished through a two-pronged approach. First, the program will strengthen the capacity of strategically identified CSOs and youth groups to both identify and respond to local drivers of instability. Throughout the program, youth groups will work collaboratively with CSO partners to conduct civic engagement activities that target the identified drivers. The CSOs will also receive training on how to identify gaps in linkages and communication between local communities, CSOs, and municipal governments. Subsequently, the project will connect these groups by creating standing coalitions comprised of youth, CSO leaders, and municipal officials. Each coalition will design and execute an action plan to directly address the identified drivers of instability and to create safer communities.

Community Policing

Community Policing (Police-e-Mardomi) was a yearlong program to improve police responsiveness to local communities and increase residents’ knowledge of and support for police activities in Afghanistan. Sayara International trained over 1,000 police officers to engage with children and community members while teaching a public safety campaign. Additionally, Sayara International implemented a Train-the-Trainers component to ensure sustainability of program themes. In total, trained Afghan police conducted outreach to over 25,000 students across nine key provinces. School children between the ages of 7-18, and by extension, their parents, were able to constructively engage with Afghan law enforcement to address community concerns, the role of the police, and the daily challenges that they face. Sustained interest in program implementation demonstrated that it successfully addressed a critical need for communication between police and communities. After the conclusion of the program, officers continued to conduct outreach of their own accord, without further training or funding, in 36 schools in four provinces.

Afghanistan Counter Narcotics Program

The Afghanistan Counter Narcotics Program is a capacity building and organizational reform program for the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) Directorate of Strategic Communications and provincial Counter Narcotics Departments. The program supports MCN’s mission by improving outreach to communities affected by drugs through a strong focus on interpersonal communication, civil society outreach, and traditional media campaigns in key provinces. The program mapped drivers of counter-narcotics initiatives, and engaged target communities through a combination of civil society engagement, capacity building programs, and media products for government officials and journalists, while simultaneously integrating women’s issues in relation to poppy cultivation. Program activities included in-depth baseline research to identify target audiences using GIS mapping, design of a public information and awareness campaign in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Counter-Narcotics, campaign implementation in targeted regions across Afghanistan, and a dedicated monitoring and evaluation component to measure the impact of program activities.

Strategic Communications

Our experts use innovative communication campaigns to promote positive social change and strengthen relationships between communities and government.

Our experts use innovative communication campaigns to promote positive social change and strengthen relationships between communities and government.

Rule of Law Stabilization Program (Formal Sector)

The Rule of Law Stabilization Program (Formal Sector) supports the creation of an accessible, reliable, and fair justice system in Afghanistan. Sayara International supported the prime implementing partner, Tetra Tech, in raising public awareness and encouraging citizens to resolve disputes through the formal justice sector through nationwide and regional media campaigns. To increase citizens’ knowledge of their legal rights and the process of accessing the courts to redress their issues, Sayara International produced a series of media and communications products, and managed the media placement of the TV and radio programs across the country. Each of the media products produced by Sayara International focused on one of five themes: children’s rights; violence against women and women’s rights; promotion of the formal justice system; anti-corruption efforts; and arrest procedures. Sayara also maintained a monthly monitoring and evaluation reporting system that enabled pre-testing of the products through focus group discussions and post-testing the impact of the products.

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) Public Awareness Campaign

DABS Public Awareness Campaign aimed to create buy-in and public support for USAID and DABS’ electricity projects in Afghan communities along the DABS electricity construction zones. Sayara International developed a strategic communications campaign that both informed the public about the electricity projects and managed their expectations surrounding the timeline and prices of electricity provision. Sayara International utilized an array of media tools including TV and radio spots, SMS, documentaries, newsletters, billboards, pamphlets, booklets, public events, and village-level road shows. In addition, Sayara conducted a robust pre- and post-campaign survey polls to gauge public perception of DABS and to inform future campaign strategies.

The 50% – Gender Empowerment Campaign

In the months preceding the 2014 Afghan elections, Sayara International produced a weekly radio program that promoted women’s empowerment and democracy titled “The 50%.” Through inspirational stories about the lives and achievements of contemporary Afghan women, the program demonstrated the valuable role women hold in society and encouraged their increased participation in Afghanistan’s public sector.

Research

To develop practical solutions to difficult problems, Sayara International conducts rigorous, field-based research and assessments to inform effective strategies and improve decision-making.

To develop practical solutions to difficult problems, Sayara International conducts rigorous, field-based research and assessments to inform effective strategies and improve decision-making.

The Asia Foundation – Multi-pronged Study to Support The Ministry of Women’s Affairs Organization Restructuring and Empowerment (MORE)

The MORE study was conducted on behalf of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) to inform the implementation of the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA). This ten-year plan pursues the twin goals of gender equality and women’s empowerment by promoting women’s human rights through gender mainstreaming of laws, policies, and institutional reforms. Sayara used a multipronged research design to provide MoWA and The Asia Foundation with actionable information and recommendations on strategies to strengthen outreach and communications activities to local Afghan population groups and improve communication between key government and governance institutions on NAPWA themes.

The Office of Transition Initiative (OTI)-Social Tension and Resource Strain (STaRs) for the Lebanon Civic Support Initiative

The STaRS research was a mixed-method research initiative focused on the evolving political outlook and the sources of social tension within Lebanese communities, Lebanese host communities, and Syrian refugees. This research was longitudinal and thus provided the LCSI team with data on public opinion as it evolved in response to external national and regional events. Such events included the presidential elections, the first trial of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the implementation of the 2014 security plan in Beqaa and North, as well as urban violence in Beirut and Tripoli, the “Battle of Arsal,” and multiple other events related to the ongoing Syria crisis. Findings were used to inform the design of community resilience activities and stabilization programming.

The United States Institute for Peace (USIP) – Media-Based Information Ecology Research

To assess the relevance and effectiveness of an 18-week rule of law radio drama program aimed at increasing youth involvement in community justice, Sayara International used a research methodology consisting of a social consensus survey on media preferences, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and quantitative program popularity survey. The methodology was carefully designed to ensure that the data collected, using these different methods, was effectively integrated into an analysis that provided deep insight into how the radio drama achieved its intended outcomes. The study found that exposure to the radio drama increased knowledge of the contribution that youth can provide to community conflict resolution, and changed attitudes from ambivalence or opposition, to acceptance or support for increased youth involvement in community conflict resolution and justice decision-making. Sayara International provided pragmatic and applicable recommendations for amplifying the impact of future media-based interventions focused on youth access to justice and participation in conflict resolution.

M&E

Our experts provide a full range of evaluation services from monitoring and verification to impact evaluations to help clients learn, measure results, and refine their strategies.

Our experts provide a full range of evaluation services from monitoring and verification to impact evaluations to help clients learn, measure results, and refine their strategies.

Yale University – INVEST Baseline and Endline Survey Experiments

Mercy Corps’ Introducing New Vocational Education and Skills Training (INVEST) program, funded by DFID, increases youth employment by offering vocational and technical training in order to reduce young people’s incentive to be mobilized by, or support, violent movements. Yale University contracted Sayara International to conduct the fieldwork using ODK (tablets) for the baseline and the end-line surveys in Kandahar. Sayara implemented a randomized impact evaluation using a ‘fractional factorial’ design (n=6000). The survey instruments contained embedded experiments, endorsement, list, and randomized questions. The data collected is used by Yale University to estimate the causal effects of vocational training on participants’ employment status, propensity toward political violence, and other outcomes of interest.

Measuring Impact of Stabilization Initiatives (MISTI)

The Stability in Key Areas (SIKA) program conducted a multitude of district government confidence building initiatives, mitigation activities, and grants aimed at addressing community identified sources of instability in specially chosen unstable provinces in Afghanistan. MISTI is one of USAID’s largest and most ambitious monitoring an evaluation programs to date. The project was designed to measure stabilization trends and impacts and build a community of practice for rigorous monitoring and evaluation. MSI contracted Sayara International to design the final evaluation instruments and mobilize and train field researchers. To understand processes, challenges, and lessons learned, the evaluation team conducted on-site observations and qualitative interviews with SIKA, USAID, and IDLG staff, as well as with local officials. The complex project contributed to the larger body of knowledge on best practices and lessons learned from stabilization, and is being used to help shape U.S. government and Afghan policy.

UN Women Third Party Monitoring and Verification (M&V) of Women’s Protection Centers

By supporting shelters for women who have been the victims of violence and criminality, UN Women is providing essential, lifesaving services as well as legal support, courses and training to assist women to recover after being victimized. Sayara International is supporting this mission by providing robust quarterly monitoring of the operation of Women’s Protection Centers in six provinces of northern Afghanistan. Sayara International’s all-female monitoring team is highly trained to obtain relevant, independent results without endangering the centers through their site visits. The monitors report on the extent to which the center is operating in compliance with regulations and delivering services as intended. During site visits the monitors observe the quality of the facilities and staffing, conduct interviews with the staff and clients of the center, and measure the level of engagement of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in the activities of the center. These evaluations have provided UN Women with accurate findings and relevant recommendations to improve services provided through Women’s Protection Centers.

Our Work

On the ground experience

  • Syria Media Landscape Assessment

    In 2012, Sayara International commissioned a media landscape assessment of Syria, researching consumption patterns, advertising rate trends and perceptions and attitudes pertaining to TV, radio, print and social media usage.

  • Situational Awareness for Stabilization Programming

    Sayara Strategies, a division of Sayara International, works closely with USAID programs to assess, track and trend situational awareness data and provide activity recommendations to support stability and resiliency programming.

  • Countering Narcotics

    Sayara International works closely with the State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL) to track narcotics related issues, employing GIS mapping and mixed-method research tools. Our team of specialists also creates targeted audience analyses, which empower INL and local entities influence the drivers of narcoticsrelated activities.

  • Communication for Stabilization

    Sayara Strategies, a division of Sayara International, deploys Strategic Communications Advisors to six districts in Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni region (one of  the most non-permissive parts of the country), to help train and assist district governors in communicating more effectively with their community, highlighting government achievements and countering harmful rumors or acts of extremism.

  • USAID Impact Assessment Studies

    Sayara Strategies, a division of Sayara International, works closely with USAID to measure impact and provide recommendations of specific programming in Afghanistan. Employing mixed-methods research our data collectors and analysts have recently measured the role and impact of gender in USAID’s agricultural programming. Our research teams also recently completed an assessment  for USAID on the transition of agricultural development projects from the US military to the Afghan government.

  • Countering Violent Extremism

    Sayara International works with government organizations and NGOs to develop research and engagement programs that assess, target and counter violent extremism.

  • Gender Programming

    Sayara International and Sayara Strategies work on a number of gender-based research and communications activities. Helping understand and communicate the role of gender in democracy and governance, rule of law, agriculture and  counter-narcotics, our gender team is constantly engaged and committed to furthering gender-equality in development and stability activities.

Our Clients & Partners

We work with the most reputable organizations in the world.

USAID

USAID

US Department of State

Department of State

European Union

European Union

CARE

CARE

Caritas

Caritas

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps

Unama

UNAMA

The Asia Foundation

Ministry of Higher Education

GIRoA Ministry of Higher Education

Ministry of Counter Narcotics

GIRoA Ministry of Counter Narcotics

Afghan National Army

Afghan National Army

unicef

UNICEF

UNOPS

UNOPS

UN-HABITAT

UN-HABITAT

IOM

IOM

National Democratic Institute

National Democratic Institute

ACTED

ACTED

ACF International Network

ACF International Network

IOM

AGEF

Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit

Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit

Bank Information Center

Bank Information Center

INL

International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau – State Department

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Chemonics

Chemonics

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Development Alternatives International

Development Alternatives International

Department of Defense

Department of Defense

GIZ

GIZ

internews

Internews

ISAF

ISAF

SOSi

SOSi

Torquoise Mountain

Turquoise Mountain

UN

UN

UNDP

UNDP

UNESCO

UNESCO

United States Institute of Peace

United States Institute of Peace

United States Embassy of Kabul

United States Embassy of Kabul

World Bank

World Bank

UN Women

Sayara by the numbers

17

Countries Served

55

Years of Experience with Government

1

Shared, Consistent Vision