About Us

What is COAR?

In 2018, a team of humanitarian affairs experts, conflict analysts, researchers, and program specialists established the Center for Operational Analysis and Research.

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, programs, and projects to emerging and progressively complex, fragile, and high-risk environments. At COAR, we develop conflict-sensitive, sustainable, and adaptable solutions using boutique, real-time, and long-term contextual analysis and research.

COAR leverages social media, individual networks, field research teams, and country-specific expertise to gather and translate information into actionable decisions.

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 on affected populations and the dynamics that shape their environment is fundamental to effective policy and practice; without this, responses will bureaucratic, limited to an output, and measured only by the volume of investment and numbers of beneficiaries served. COAR seeks to disrupt current conventions and recalibrate adopted practices to more closely align with on-the-ground realities, and thereby enable policy-makers and practitioners to devise better solutions to progressively complex, fragile, and high-risk environments. COAR unchains value through the provision of comprehensive, compelling, relevant, and rigorous contextual research and analysis. Through its field networks, COAR taps into the voices and insights of 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

Situation & Analytical

COAR provides regular reporting that monitors political, economic, social, governance, humanitarian and development, and security dynamics, and provides forward-looking assessments of relevant incidents at the local, national, and regional levels. COAR also produces more in-depth analytical papers that deconstruct recent developments and trends, and forecast impact, to inform policy-makers and practitioners at the strategic and operational levels.

Area and Community

Impactful programming strengthens communities and is built on comprehensive analysis and local insight. COAR provides area and community profiling that serves as a blueprint for organizations seeking to implement proactive programs that eschew conflict sensitivity and do-no-harm threats while supporting beneficiaries and communities.


Organizations working in fluid and complex operating environments often require around-the-clock monitoring and real-time analysis to remain proactive, situationally aware, and nimble. COAR offers 24/7 monitoring and rapid responses to clients information requests.

Data Visualization and

Employing its Information and Technical Unit, the COAR provides customized solutions to visualize qualitative and quantitative data sets, with products ranging from interactive dashboards to GIS mapping to infographics.

Strategic, Operational, and Security

COAR consults with clients to ensure that strategy, operations, compliance, and security align with changing on-the-ground dynamics. COAR marries granular contextual analysis with its client objectives and identifies associated organizational opportunities and risks.

Partner Identification

COAR supports its clients in identifying, evaluating, and building relationships with local partners in hard-to-reach and inaccessible areas.

Our Clients

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COAR is an independent social enterprise that supports the international community to navigate and adapt policy, programs, and projects to emerging and progressively complex, fragile, and high-risk environments.

If you have any questions about our services, please contact us using our contact form and we will try our best to respond imminently.