Deborah Alimi


    Deborah Alimi is a researcher in international relations, focused on governance, international development, and international strategies and policies regarding transnational organised crime and illicit practices.


    A member of the European Center for Sociology and Political Science, she is pursuing a PhD in Political Science at Sorbonne. She analyses the evolutions and strategic reformulations of international drug policy and agenda.


    Prior to her PhD, Deborah served as Policy Analyst in the OECD’s Network on Governance (GOVNET), focusing on anti-corruption and accountability. Before that, she was a research assistant on democratic governance and human rights issues for organisations such as UNPD and the Washington–based Centre for Development and Population Activities.


    A French native, Deborah holds an MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as well as a Maîtrise in Political Science from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris. She speaks English and Spanish, and has some knowledge of Russian. Deborah is based in Paris.




    Juana de Catheu

    Founder & Senior Advisor

    Franco-Singaporean Juana de Catheu is a governance and security advisor, with 17 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating programmes in transition contexts.


    She founded Development Results in 2013, and is a Senior Conflict & Stabilisation Advisor for the UK Stabilisation Unit.


    She is former coordinator of the €200m/year French Peace and Resilience Fund "Minka" at Agence française de Développement (2017-19). Previously, she was Team Leader of the OECD International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) and DAC focal point on responsible supply chains of minerals (2007-2013). Before that, she assisted the DR Congo government in demobilising and reintegrating 150,000 combatants, including 30,000 children; and the government of Aceh (Indonesia) in implementing the Aceh peace agreement (2004-2006). Prior, she was a Conflict Specialist at the World Bank, where she received three awards for the design and implementation of recovery programmes in Indonesia and DR Congo, and her analysis of the conflict in Burundi, with US Special Envoy Ambassador Wolpe (2001-04).


    A native French and English speaker, she holds an MA from Sciences Po Paris, an MBA from ESSEC Business School and an MSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (Fulbright). Juana is based in Paris.



    Edward B. Rackley

    Senior Advisor

    Ed Rackley is a security and governance adviser to leading multilateral and bilateral institutions (World Bank, UN, DFID, USAID...), as well as INGOs (MSF), with over 20 years living and working in conflict-related emergencies and fragile states, notably in the Horn, Great Lakes, Sahel and West Africa. He also has programming and research experience in LAC, Balkans and SE Asian transitional contexts. In 2008 he co-founded Prism Partnerships in Nairobi to support community-led reconstruction initiatives in conflict-affected areas of East and Central Africa. He speaks English, French, Kikongo and Lingala.


    He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in political philosophy from the New School for Social Research, New York. His doctoral dissertation addressed the moral logic of humanitarian intervention, a critique of the humanitarian presumption that inaction before human atrocity amounts to complicity.


    He is a contributing author and co-editor of Catastrophe: Law, Politics and the Humanitarian Impulse (2009) and RD Congo: Silence, On Meurt (2002), and has published in Disasters, Multitudes, The Christian Science Monitor, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Sustainable Security, and 3QuarksDaily. Ed is based in Tunis.





    Colin Scott

    Senior Advisor

    Colin Scott is a Development Finance specialist, with over 30 of experience with development banks, UN agencies and international NGOs.


    Until 2015, he was Lead Specialist in the Operations Risk Management team of the World Bank’s policy and country services vice presidency, where he specialised in environmental and social safeguards and was task leader of the Bank’s corporate review of safeguard policies. Prior to that he spent seven years in the Bank’s Middle East and North Africa region specialising in conflict-affected and fragile states, and leading the team producing a regional study, “Reducing Conflict Risk”. Prior, starting in 1996, he worked on social risk, conflict and development at the World Bank including six years as administrator of the Bank’s Post Conflict Fund.


    Previously, he was a policy and communications consultant working on conflict and development issues for NGOs, UN agencies and independent institutions such as the Humanitarianism and War Project at Brown University. He served as senior press officer with Save the Children UK and managed its assistance programs in Mali, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Prior to that he worked in local government and the voluntary sector in the UK in social welfare policy, services and communications.


    He has an MSc. in International Relations, an LLB in law, and a professional qualification in social work. Colin is based in Washington, DC.

    Bertille Kerouault

    Junior Researcher

    Bertille Kerouault is a junior researcher focused on international organisations promoting inclusive development in emerging economies.


    A former research assistant for the NGO Data Pop Alliance (intern), she engaged with UN agencies and the World Bank (e.g. UNDP Haiti, World Bank Crisis & Disaster Risk Finance) and co-authored multidimensional economic, social and political country analyses.


    A native French speaker, she is fluent in English and Spanish. She is a graduate of the Collège Universitaire of Sciences Po Paris, majoring in Economy and Society, including an exchange programme with Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires focusing on the Argentine political economy. Bertille is based in Paris.




    Asia and Africa are enjoying unprecedented economic growth and, in some countries, greater political freedoms. But in many countries, income inequality has risen, under-employment is high and progress towards the MDGs uneven. Current population and urbanisation trends, if ignored, could lead to feelings of exclusion and fragmentation.




    We help design stabilisation and growth strategies in fragile states and societies, political transitions and other sensitive contexts.

    • Our programme design is based on SWOTs, logical frameworks and theory-of-change approaches, political economy analysis and (where applicable) conflict analysis.
    • Our evaluations look at both correlations and possible contributions, and are fit for socially-divided and data-poor contexts.
    • Research, policy, programming, evaluation, facilitation and training: We offer our clients the full package.

  • Facilitation and training

    Nothing from us gets written in an ivory tower, our stakeholder consultations are in-depth and cut across social divides, horizontal and vertical. And we always work with local consultants to get the subtext.

    Programme design

    We sometimes support project design (mainly in governance and security), but our signature is programme design at country-level, including joint EU-EU member States country strategies. We also design regional programmes.  

    We use SWOTs, logical frameworks and theory-of-change approaches, political economy analysis and (where applicable) conflict analysis.

    Research and policy

    We are experts in integrating regional and global trends into country analysis, and scenario planning, especially in transition, unstable countries. Even in the most fragile, our signature is identifying champions of change, sources or resilience and opportunities for transformation. 


    We evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability of projects, programmes, and portfolios especially in fragile and transitions countries. Our signature is whole-of-portfolio evaluations, and thematic, multi-country evaluations.



    Established in 2013, we have earned the trust of recurrent clients such as the UK Department for International Development, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, the African Development Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN. Below are some recent projects.

    Literature review for Risk and Resilience Assessment of Lake Chad

    Literature review


    Haïti Grant Facility


    2020-2021 (ongoing)

    EU cooperation with the United Nations 2014-2020


    2021-2022 (ongoing)

    EU cooperation with the World Bank 2014-2020


    2021-2022 (starting soon)

    EU initial response to COVID-19 in partner countries and regions


    2021 (ongoing)

    Scenario planning in the Gulf of Guinea (Guinea, Liberia, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo and Benin) and recommendations to address fragility

    Research & Recommendations

    Paris, Sénégal, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, 2019-2020

    Analysis of socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 (South Sudan, Liberia, West Sahel) and policy recommendations

    Research & Recommendations

    2020-2021 (ongoing). With Data-Pop Alliance.

    Evaluation of EU cooperation with Tunisia 2011-2019


    2020-2021 (ongoing). With responsibility for democratic governance and rule of law. With ADE.

    Evaluation of the EU's African Peace Facility 2017-2020


    2021 (ongoing)

    African Development Bank support to countries in fragile situations


    Burundi, DR Congo, Togo, Côte d'Ivoire, South Sudan, 2015-2020. With ADE.


    Evaluation of the EU's €1.9 bn programme for civil society organisations and local authorities (2014-2019)


    Brussels, Chad, Madagascar, 2019-2020. With PEM Consult.

    Joint Programming among the EU and EU Member States


    Burundi, 2017

    Chad, 2019

    Evaluation of EU joint programming with Member States 2011-2015


    Brussels, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Mali, 2016

    Evaluation of the relevance and effectiveness of joint programming between the EU and Member States, based on 14 country cases and headquarter visits. With ADE.

    Danish support to social cohesion in Mali

    Programme Design

    Mali, 2016

    Support to the Embassy to develop a proposed programme for Danish support to social cohesion in Mali, after the 2015 Accord d'Alger. With PEMConsult.

    Evaluation of EU regional cooperation with West Africa 2008-2015


    Brussels, 2017

    With ADE.

    Evaluation of EU regional cooperation with Eastern & Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean 2008-2015


    Brussels, Addis, Arusha, Dar-Es-Salam, Djibouti, 2016-2017

    With ADE.

    Evaluation of EU support to demobilisation and reinsertion of ex-combattants in Côte d'Ivoire, 2013-2016


    Côte d'Ivoire, 2016

    Danish support to security in Burkina Faso

    Programme Design

    Burkina Faso, 2015

    Quality assurance of a proposed programme for Danish support to the security system in Burkina Faso, with interviews and focus-group discussions in Ouagadougou, Ouahigouya and Bobo-Dioulasso. Revisions to take into account the risks and opportunities of the ongoing transition (after the October 2014 regime change). With PEMConsult.


    Training in monitoring and evaluation for effective peacebuilding

    against the background of the 2017 UN Human Rights Council Resolution on reconciliation, accountability, and human rights

    Training and facilitation

    Sri Lanka, 2017

    Evaluability Assessment of the UN Peacebuilding Fund Portfolio in Côte d'Ivoire

    Evaluability Assessment

    Côte d'Ivoire, 2016


    Development Effectiveness in Uzbekistan

    Research and Recommendations

    Uzbekistan, 2015

    Based on interviews with government officials and development partners, produced an analysis of the development finance landscape and aid effectiveness in Uzbekistan, and presented recommendations to improve the development impact of aid at an inter-ministerial meeting.


    Annual Review of the UK's Sahel Conflict Reduction Programme

    Programme review

    London, Bamako, 2017

    Conférence internationale pour la relance économique et le développement du Mali


    Paris, 2015

    Support to conference bringing together the Government of Mali, signatories to the Alger peace accord, civil society and delegations from 64 countries and organisations: conference documents, messages for media and final communiqué.

    Survey on donor support to security and justice


    Paris, 2015

    Synthesis report on an OECD survey gathering DAC members' views on their support to security and justice: aid and non-aid allocations, thematic priorities and geographic priorities (current and future), existing policy guidance and future needs.


    Governance in Africa


    2014 + 2015

    Chapter of the 2014 and 2015 African Economic Outlook (a joint African Development Bank-OECD-UNDP publication) on Political and Economic Governance in Africa.


    Security in Timor-Leste


    Timor-Leste, 2014

    Research on the extent to which personal security improved since Timor-Leste's restoration of independence, and correlation with sources of domestic and international finance. With ODI. Part of Development Progress, a four-year research project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


    DFID's scale up of aid to fragile states



    Member of Advisory Panel for the UK Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) review of the UK's scaling-up of aid to fragile states. With KPMG.


    Access to Security and Justice in Sierra Leone


    Sierra Leone, 2013

    Mid-term review of the DFID Access to Security and Justice Programme in Sierra Leone, a holistic Programme engaging with formal and customary institutions, civil society and community-based structures. With DAI.

    UK and EU electoral support to Zambia

    Programme Design

    Zambia, 2015

    Co-drafted the contours of UK and EU joint electoral support (channeled through UNDP) for 2015-2018: context analysis, theory of change, programme components, programme management, budget.


    Thinkpiece on conflict and fragility for the President Advisory Panel of the Islamic Development Bank

    Research and Recommendations


    Thinkpiece to help the President Advisory Panel discuss how the IDB can help its 56 member countries move from fragility to resilience, seizing opportunities brought by digital technologies in terms of jobs, access to services, government accountability, and social cohesion.

    Evaluation of EU cooperation with Pakistan 2007-2014


    Pakistan, 2015-2016

    With responsibility for governance and human rights, evaluation of EU support to Pakistan between 2007-2014. With ADE.


    EU support to the COMESA region 2014-2020

    Facilitation and Programme Design

    Zambia, 2014

    Facilitation and consultation-based design of EU support to the COMESA region 2014-2020, focused on:

    - Reduced cost of cross-border trade

    - Increased SME participation in global value chains

    - COMESA common investment area signed and implemented

    -Enhanced COMESA Secretariat capacity

    EU Staff Handbook for Operating in Situations of Fragility

    Research and Operational Guidance

    Brussels, 2013-14

    Consultations at Delegations and Headquarters, and development of an EU Handbook for Staff Operating in Situations of Fragility and Conflict. With ADE.


    UNDP Regional Programme for Africa 2014-2017

    Programme Design

    New York, Addis-Abbaba, Pretoria, Libreville, Gaborone, Lusaka, 2013

    Based on consultation with African leaders (Governments, civil society, African Union, NEPAD and Regional Economic Communities), and with responsibility for Governance issues, developed a concept note and the UNDP Regional Programme for for Africa.

    Evaluation of EU and EU Member States support to Burundi 2005-2011


    Burundi, 2013

    With responsiblity for governance and security issues, conducted Joint Evaluation of European Union, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and UK engagement in Burundi between 2005-2011.

    EU support to Zambia 2014-2020

    Facilitation and Programme Design

    Zambia, 2013

    In 2014, led drafting of the National Indicative Programme for the period 2014- 2020, based on facilitation of dialogue among Government of Zambia ministries and the EU Delegation to Zambia, and on available sector analyses (Governance, Agriculture and Energy).


    “Development Results a apporté une compétence indispensable en matière de sensibilité aux conflits/Etats fragiles pour l'évaluation de la coopération européenne avec le Burundi. La pertinence de son analyse et la qualité de son travail ont contribué à la robustesse de l'évaluation."—Catherine PRAVIN
    Deputy Head of Unit, Evaluation, European Commission


    The support provided by Juana de Catheu (Development Results) to the EU Delegation in Lusaka in the preparation of the 11th EDF programming exercise was essential. Her lively intelligence, her capacity to listen, to synthetize, to bring ideas, to build consensus highly improved our work. She is without a doubt among the top consultants I met during my career.”—Ambassador Gilles HERVIO

    Head of European Union Delegation to Zambia and Representative to COMESA


    EU Member States commended Zambia's indicative Programme that gives a clear and easy-to-follow results chain. The Programme contains short, single objectives and expected results that deliver the overall objectives. It was recommended that the Zambia model be followed as far as possible for the preparation of Programmes that are still under preparation."—Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation to Zambia


    "Juana de Catheu (Development Results) contributed to formulation of a sensitive and complex programme on policing and security sector reform in Burkina Faso. She demonstrated a strong knowledge of all aspects of the sector and her approach was admirably professional and open-minded. I give her the warmest recommendations."Ole Dahl RASMUSSEN, Ambassade royale du Danemark, Burkina Faso