How we work
Our clients choose us over other providers for the following reasons
Our broader network
ARC’s database includes 3,000 political, academic and business contacts across the continent and in the Africa-linked world. Through ARC Briefing, our 22-country reports service, we have built a core network of on-the ground correspondents and a continuous information-gathering process and structure. This gives ARC and ARC clients unparalleled insight and proximity to hard news and shifts in political and business trends.
Our multi-layered approach to research
ARC’s research methodology combines academic expertise of the country, region or sector with an ability to carry out relevant on-the-ground enquiries with reliable sources. ARC’s information is further cross-referenced with detailed public records information. ARC’s teams draw on senior business leaders and reputable experts for input to any due diligence or piece of strategic or business intelligence that ARC delivers to a client. Our expert core team collates the final information, which is carefully vetted before it is delivered to a client
Most of ARC’s investigators and associates are based in-country. Many have worked with ARC for the 15 years of our existence. Our investigators, consultants and sources span a wide range of professions from business executives, lawyers, politicians, government advisors, to investigative journalists
Our Lusophone capabilities
Similarly, ARC’s Lusophone networks and in country consultants have enabled ARC to provide high quality due diligence and strategic information in Angola and Mozambique
Our agile team
Allows us to set up projects immediately across several jurisdictions and to operate quickly and efficiently – and yet price our work competitively.
Our North Africa risk consulting
Through client demand ARC has extended its reach beyond the Sahara and has developed the resources, network and consultants with Arab language skills for ARC to provide these services across North Africa from Algeria to Egypt
Our Francophone capabilities
ARC’s experience and network in Francophone countries is unparalleled, making us the leading organisation for businesses looking for rapid analysis and investigative due diligence work in in the West African currency zone of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Togo and Senegal and the Central African zone of Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Over half of ARC’s team are fluent French speakers
ARC has partnered with a number of leading Africa-focused organisations to broaden the scope of what we can deliver. Our partners include the legal platform Afriwise and security providers Salama Fikira.
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