About COAR Global

Founded and led by those directly affected by conflict, our teams bring international and local researchers together through a participatory approach that discourages hierarchies, and fosters collaboration.

Who We Are

In 2018, a team of humanitarian affairs experts, conflict analysts, researchers, and programme specialists established the Center for Operational Analysis and Research (COAR). Having experienced the effects of contextual knowledge gaps within the protracted humanitarian and stabilization response to Syria, COAR’s founding members concluded that a new approach was necessary.

COAR is an independent social enterprise that supports the international community to navigate and adapt policy, programmes, and projects to emerging and progressively complex, fragile, and high-risk environments. We develop conflict-sensitive, sustainable, and adaptable solutions using bespoke, real-time, and longitudinal analysis and research.

COAR leverages social media, individual networks, field research teams, and country-specific expertise to gather and translate data into understanding and action.

Based on direct access to affected populations and a deep understanding of their respective political, economic, social, security, and environmental systems and stakeholders, COAR builds a blueprint for humanitarian, stabilization, early recovery, social-cohesion, resilience and development-focused interventions.

Our Mission

At COAR, we believe that long-term, real-time contextual analysis is fundamental to effective aid policy and implementation. Without a deep understanding of affected populations and the dynamics that shape the surrounding environment, responses are doomed to remain bureaucratic, and can be measured only by the volume of investment and numbers of beneficiaries served.

COAR seeks to disrupt conventions and recalibrate practices to more closely align with on-the-ground realities. Doing so enables policymakers and implementers to devise better solutions in progressively complex, fragile, and high-risk environments.

COAR increases the value of programmatic approaches by providing  comprehensive, compelling, relevant, and rigorous contextual research and analysis. Through local field networks, COAR taps into the voices of conflict-affected populations and aligns outcomes and impact with the stark realities of complex and ever-changing field environments. COAR breaks down silos by focusing on a country, not a sector or funding stream, and therefore sits at the nexus of humanitarian, resilience, stabilization, early-recovery and development programming.

Our Services

Leveraging field networks and subject matter experts to provide detailed and specific insights, analysis, and recommendations including entity and stakeholder analysis.

Mitigating harm and maximizing impact through contextualized planning, monitoring, and risk management.

Rigorous and in-depth research papers that provide blueprints for decision-makers.

Ad hoc and custom solutions as well as real time answers to client questions.

Deep dives on geographic areas to inform area-based program design and relevant stakeholder engagement through a multivariate lens.

Briefings, dashboards, and dossiers that go beyond media and incident monitoring to assess the ‘why’ and ‘so what’ driving change, allowing our clients to adapt rapidly.