Who We Are
IMPACT Initiatives is a leading Geneva based think and do tank, created in 2010 and firstly operationalized in 2012. IMPACT is a member of the ACTED Group.
Through its action, IMPACT aims at shaping practices and influencing policies in humanitarian and development settings, in order to positively impact the lives of people and their communities. We do so by co-constructing and promoting knowledge, tools, and practices which enable better decision-making by key aid stakeholders. In all our work, we promote the use of settlement approaches as a catalyst for more effective aid action. We believe that by understanding settlements through the lens of community dynamics, governance structures and socio-economic relationships, we can impact lives of people, improve communities’ development pathways and contribute to a fairer world.
IMPACT’s teams implement assessment, monitoring, evaluation, and organizational capacity-building programmes in direct partnership with aid actors or through its inter-agency initiatives, REACH and Agora. IMPACT’s global team, based in Geneva, is complemented by an established presence in over 15 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, South-East and Central Asia.
The IMPACT Global team, based in Geneva and comprising 20 staff, is composed of coordination, programme and support staff.
- The global coordination team provides strategic and programmatic guidance for all IMPACT programmes, and overall supervision of country teams. The coordination teams also leads the external representation and communication, including the dissemination of IMPACT products and related advocacy activities.
- The global programme team, composed by GIS and Assessment Specialists as well as by Reporting staff, provides support to country teams through technical backstopping and verification of all IMPACT products. The global programme team also provides surge capacity to country teams, with an established rapid-deployment mechanism between HQ and country teams.
- IMPACT HQ also hosts several support departments, including grants and project management, human resources, administration and finance.
Field outreach and presence is key to IMPACT, allowing us to collect primary information in contexts of crisis. IMPACT has a permanent presence in over 19 countries and a capacity to deploy to all new crises. IMPACT‘s country teams include IMPACT/REACH Country Coordinators, Assessment and GIS Specialists, as well as large teams of enumerators for data collection. Field staff include over 100 international experts and 400 national staff.
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