Teams and individuals
An intelligence capability depends on a coherent and collaborative structure, but also on the skills and knowledge of intelligence practitioners and users, both of whom are ultimately responsible for the beneficial effect of sound insight. Harmattan’s training engagements can take a variety of formats and are tailored to meet specific needs, but subjects broadly fall into three areas.
One is foundational knowledge. Seminars and structured discussions focus on core concepts such as political / socio-political risk, patterns in the manifestation of international and country-level challenges, intelligence as a way of thinking and learning, political risk management, and the significance of organisational ethics and culture.
The second is intelligence and planning frameworks. These include holistic processes to support strategic decisions and country entry. Specific frameworks, such as stakeholder or scenario analysis and planning, or conflict analysis and sensitivity, can be extracted for emphasis. Less in-depth but broader instruction could cover a toolkit of tactical assessment and problem-solving approaches.
Practical intelligence skills are the third area. Training emphasises case design and management, managing the practitioner-user relationship, effective reporting, and quality control both within intelligence production, and within the wider process that leads from the initial brief through to effective utilisation by intelligence customers.
NGOs can note Harmattan also offers a pro-bono one-day introductory course on political risk intelligence and management tailored to international NGOs' contexts. Enquiries are welcome.