Mainstreaming Gender

Real Empowerment – Social, Political, Economic Rights 

We assist clients to assess the implications for women and men, girls and boys of planned activities, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels. We identify suitable mitigation actions and advise on how to integrate these across the project, program, or portfolio. Scanteam assists donors and companies to get their gender strategies right and implemented at all levels. 

Political Risk

Political Risk and Conflict Analysis: Understanding Fragility, Reducing Vulnerability  

Scanteam assists companies with Political Risk analysis on macro and micro level in countries, regions and sectors. 

We also carry out conflict analysis. Conflicts may be formalized and politically visible, but can also be informal and invisible, only coming to the surface when vested interests are threatened – for instance by a new project. The unpacking of the conflict patterns, identification of conflict drivers and alliance-building of relevance for the proposed activity is crucial for a sustainable engagement in such settings. 

Participatory Processes

Process Facilitation

We facilitate strategic planning processes for organizations and companies.

Stakeholder Engagement: Helping companies build real social licence for operations

When companies enter into a new area with an operation, it is imperative that they gain local acceptance, a so-called social license for their operation. To achieve this, affected communities and other local stakeholders should be engaged in order for win-win-solutions to be identified. is particularly important in large area-requiring investments such as infrastructure and resource extraction with high risk of causing or contributing to adverse impacts on affected local communities. Such negative impact might be human rights infringements, environmental degradation and economic set-backs for the affected communities. The highest risks of negative impacts are historically shown to occur in conflict-affected, developing, frontier and emerging markets.

Scanteam helps plan, map, design and implement representative local stakeholder consultations. We assist in setting up structures for ongoing stakeholder engagement in order for the company gain and maintain social license for its operation.

Collective actions: Developing collaborative and collective action solutions

Societies often grapple with challenges that need multi-party stakeholders to find a solution. The term “collective action problem” describes the situation in which multiple individuals would all benefit from a certain action, i.e. curbing corruption, but has an associated cost making it implausible that any individual can or will undertake and solve it alone. The ideal solution is then to undertake this as a collective action, thereby holding each other accountable and sharing the costs (financial as well as social). Scanteam helps actors identify collective actions and set up suitable multi-stakeholder structures to solve challenges.

While generating desired win-win outcomes is often time demanding, collaborative efforts at identifying common interests and space for joint action is often necessary for achieving sustainable solutions.  

Who we are

Services for a sustainable future

Our Mission

To provide knowledge and services for a sustainable future.

Our Vision

To be a recognized centre contributing to a rights-based and sustainable future.

Quality Assurance

Scanteam’s Quality Assurance (QA) is based on ISO 9001 standards, and consists of external QA, process management, inclusive consultation, client feed-back, and a focus on data reliability and validity.

  • Data/information is the evidentiary core of all tasks. Attention is paid to the reliability and validity of data by validating as far as possible against other sources (triangulation), and discussing sources and data with clients and informed stakeholders.
  • External QA is provided by one or more senior experts in the field. The quality assuror is to monitor the team at particular points in the process: reviewing the TOR; clarifying roles; agreeing on methodology and instruments to use; ensuring that deliverables address the TOR and are of high quality; and that the process is on time and on-budget.
  • Process management is based on a check-list that the task leader uses to verify that key issues are addressed and critical steps implemented properly along the delivery process. The check-list is based on international “good practice” standards for evaluation tasks.
  • Inclusive consultation means Scanteam always tries to involve relevant stakeholders in the entire review process, both to ensure full knowledge and engagement on their side, but also to improve learning and understanding on ours, and that our local partners are fully engaged and contributing.
  • Client feed-back is requested through a standard Assessment Form where clients rate our work and provide comments that help us improve our work in the future.

Legal and Financial Status

Scanteam is owned by its consultants, and registered with Norway’s Business Registry, and thus operates in full compliance with Norwegian law.

Scanteam is audited annually by a certified external auditor, with the accounts publicly available on the Business Registry web-site. Our credit rating has been done annually since 2004, with the rating systematically being AAA or AA. Scanteam is fully insured and has never relinquished on a contract.

Our History

Scanteam was established in 1990 as a partner-owned consulting firm, working on development effectiveness issues.

An early focus was on identifying and developing better methodologies for project and program management. A first handbook on planning for Norwegian aid was produced by Scanteam and published by Norad in 1992, and ended up being translated into a dozen languages and used around the world. This was followed by handbooks in evaluation for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida, Sida and for the Japanese Foundation for Advanced Studies in International Development. Scanteam subsequently assisted the OECD developing and standardizing the evaluation definitions and criteria that are now in use around the world as the OECD-DAC Evaluation Glossary.

Methodology-based work remains at the core of Scanteam’s activities, with over 300 planning, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation tasks carried out in 100 countries over the last 15 years.

Looking ahead

While effectiveness at project and program levels were core fields of concern when the company started up, the world today is dramatically different. 

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change agreements, the funding approach identified in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness Cooperation point to more ambitious agendas involving new and emergent actors across a more challenging range of fields. 

In order to address these issues and provide relevant advice to a wider range of actors, Scanteam is continuously “re-tooling” by establishing new partnerships, upgrading own skills, and working with new partners.