Social Terrain is a venture capital firm, which supports projects that deal with specific societal risks.
Our motto: « Ne pas subir » (‘suffer not’) demonstrates our will to seek actively positive on the ground solutions.
In a fast-moving world, we all know of orphan social problems. We define these ‘orphans’ as risks posed to life which cannot be addressed today within existing resource allocations, existing mandates, or using current analytical approaches. Our approach is to build on social finance , and on social performance evaluation methods.
For this work we rely above all on our ability to understand the consequences of a social intervention, whether it be a development aid programme, a peace-building initiative, an industrial project, or a humanitarian action – and then we look for the drivers that will create a sustainable mechanism to resolve those risks.
We routinely participate in evaluation and impact assessments as coordinator or as partner, depending on the needs of each particular project. Over the years we have built a strong network of professionals with whom we are lucky to work on a regular basis. We claim to have in this way gained access and insights into some of the most intractable problems.
The specific initiatives we are supporting are:
Our recent projects include:
Evaluation of Finnish Civil Society Organisations: This work was performed under contract with FCG Consulting. It is the synthesis of the evaluations of the development programmes and humanitarian operations of six Finnish Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The evaluation provides evidence on the performance of the CSOs and the results achieved. It helps to inform a more strategic relationship between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the CSOs, and to preserve or increase the results achieved through these funding modalities.
Evaluation of the United Nations Peace-Building Fund in Guinea: this work was performed under contract with Transtec. It presents a comprehensive analysis of the performance of projects funded under this mechanism in Guinea, dealing with security sector reform, dialogue and reconciliation, and employment creation.
Evaluation of the BP Community Development Initiative in Georgia, around two oil and gas pipelines which cross remote areas of the country. The evaluation took place in November 2017, near the end of the three years of implementation of the fifth Community Development Initiative (CDI5). It has been commissioned with the aim of identifying the results achieved, and to formulate the next phase, to be called CDI 6.
Evaluation of the World Food Programme Protection Policy. This work was performed under contract with Dara. The Humanitarian Protection Policy (the Protection Policy) was approved by the WFP Executive Board in February 2012, and updated in 2014. This evaluation is timely particularly given the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the roll-out of WFP’s Integrated Road Map (IRM) 2017-2021.
Evaluation of the Syria Initiative - The evaluation covers the implementation, over three years, of the Syria Initiative, implemented by Felm and Common Space Initiative, to create a bottom-up and multi-stakeholder process of support to peace-building in Syria.
Evaluation of Finland’s Crisis Management Initiative - This evaluation was commissioned by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and covers all the activities of CMI over five years until 2017.
Social Due Diligence on Behalf of International Finance Corporation and Kinross Gold in Mauritania: The study presents the findings of the Due Diligence on social aspects conducted from October to December 2018 based on the review of available documentation including environmental permits, impact assessments, and a 5 day site visit. It is focused approach on key potential risks.
Evaluation of the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business: this evaluation covers the first five years of this think tank and aims to assist the Board, the management of MCRB, and the two parent organisations to reflect on past performance and define future steps. The evaluation was carried out with Thomas Trier Hansen in mid-2018 by two international consultants.