In operation for 17 years, OneWorld is a privately owned consultancy head-quartered in Cape Town, focused primarily on climate change issues in an African context. Integration, cooperation and stakeholder partnership are central to our approach.
OneWorld prides itself on its integrative approach to projects, and has cultivated strong relationships with both public and private institutions throughout Africa. With our strong base of regional partners, OneWorld adds value by working at the interface where scientific research, policy and development intersect.
Our work is by its nature interdisciplinary, but with three distinct outputs: applied research; technical analysis; and publishing. We support our partners and clients in the climate change, natural resource management, energy, green growth and socio-economic development arenas.
A large part of our work is to respond to continental demands for research, strategy development and policy analysis, and to translate these into publications. But our work is not simply demand-driven: we aim to provide thought leadership and play the role of game-changers, striving to reveal possibilities for resilient development in partnership with our clients.
Resilience underlies sustainability, and the objective of building resilience on the African continent is aligned with OneWorld’s four core programmes, focusing on building resilience through natural resource management, climate finance, global governance, and low carbon development.
OneWorld has in-depth experience in working in shared river basins and transboundary settings, as well as in climate change adaptation and resilience building throughout the African continent.
Our approach to our work derives from our values and the core skills we have developed:
These core skills find expression in how we develop and communicate our thinking, and how we translate our ideas into successful projects.
OneWorld’s comprehensive project experience and production of high-quality disciplinary research and technical advisory services strategically positions the firm to provide relevant and effectual support to decision and policy makers.
This, along with substantial experience in programme coordination, management, and strategy development, allows the OneWorld team to provide tailored technical advice and support to its clients.
We have developed clear and effective methodologies for socio-economic development and climate impact assessments, as well as depth of experience in stakeholder processes, including expertise in organising, managing and facilitating these.
This has been gained through many years of working on projects across sub-Saharan Africa that have had a strong focus on participatory analysis and high-level stakeholder engagement. The variety of projects that OneWorld has undertaken, particularly in southern Africa, attests to that.
Clients and partners include multilateral institutions, for example, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), donor and multilateral organisations such as the EU, UKAID, USAID, UNDP, DfID and SIDA, national governments, global and regional network partners (such as the Global Water Partnership (GWP)), and other organizations in the private and non-governmental sectors.
African countries we have worked in include all of the Southern African and Eastern African countries (Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe), Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal in West Africa, as well as Egypt and Tunisia in North Africa.
In Africa, our shared river basin work includes the Zambezi, Limpopo Cubango - Okavango and Nile River Basins.
OneWorld comprises a core team of dedicated professionals backed by a strong administrative, logistical, financial, and project management support team. Central to successful delivery is OneWorld’s extensive network of external partner institutions and experts with whom we work regularly. Through this network, OneWorld has access to resources covering a range of disciplines within the field of development and climate change, allowing for a high level of flexibility to client needs and related quality standards.
Dr. James van Hasselt, Public Health & Climate Expert | Full bio
Dr. James van Hasselt is a medical specialist with 30 years of international experience in clinical medicine and teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate level, as well as in-service training of medical and allied health personnel in diverse fields and specialities. He has substantial experience in tertiary health care; health development; NGOs; industry and medical education. As former Executive Director (for Africa) of a multinational NGO, he has acted as advisor to health ministers and senior officials on sector policies; organizational structures, and strategic development of specific health services. Over a decade of contracted work for the US Centres for Disease Control has enabled a seasoned understanding of the confluence of political, technical and resource demands imposed by health service development and related issues.
Dr. van Hasselt is an experienced facilitator, getting approval and securing government commitment and support for WHO and international best practice recommendations for blood safety and more recently, for awareness and adaptation to the public health impacts of Climate Change. He served on the WHO (AFRO) Committee for Climate Change and Human Health and has been a contributor to WHO global collaborations to improve blood safety from 2008 until 2012. He has led trans-disciplinary teams; has extensive contacts in the health sector and with Ministries of Health in Africa; is an effective network and alliance builder; and has been a speaker and author in professional and multi-country forums. He remains an active member of the Department of Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand and is an attending specialist at the academic Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg. Appointed as co-coordinator and lecturer for the Duke University affiliated Organisation for Tropical Studies Global Health Programme in 2013, Dr. van Hasselt is leading the design of a post-graduate course in Global Health, focused on the regional and international impact of Infectious Diseases. He is a member of the South African National Blood Service working group charged with curriculum development for a post graduate short course in Transfusion Medicine. He participated in establishing clinical trials on Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia in 2014 and 2015. He is also the co-founder and medical director of m2Health, a company dedicated to the deployment of affordable, mobile, ‘point-of-care’ diagnostics, recognised by WHO as ‘innovative technology for resource poor settings’. Together with his wife, he established The Nature’s Valley Trust in 2003, an award-winning NGO which conducts environmental research and has provided outdoor environmental education to over 20 000 disadvantaged children, done in collaboration with South Africa’s National Parks, regional schools and universities.
Rob Davies, Biodiversity and GIS Expert | Full bio
Dr. Rob Davies is a specialist in spatial data management and holds 30 years’ experience of applying GIS for the benefit of conservation and social upliftment, mainly in Africa. Rob operates a technology company, habitat Info, based in West Wales but operating globally for a variety of clients - including other consultancies and international aid agencies. Most of his work has focused on the identification of locations where people are most in need of help adapting to the harmful effects of climate change, or where rural populations are most isolated from markets. Habitat INFO also works with biological records centres and local authorities in Wales to map the best available data on biodiversity so that it may be incorporated by forward planners.
The company generally aims to find geographic solutions to meet the needs of both the built (human) and the natural environments. The team is comprised of geographers and software developers who collaborate to provide cutting-edge technology solutions for the collation and dissemination of spatial data. This ability to send or receive information from smartphones and other devices in the field to/from a web-server in real time or near real time completes a comprehensive spatial data management system that the company is able to deliver. Habitat INFO makes full use of this expertise to help agencies get information to the people that need it most, as quickly as possible. Through his company, Rob is able to combine his passions for conservation, technology and development in Africa. The next generation mobile app is being developed to assist law enforcement agencies acquire timeous information on wildlife crimes such as poisoning and poaching which could readily be adapted for reporting other crimes and/or outbreaks of conflict.
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John Notoane, Stakeholder Engagement Specialist | Full bio
John Notoane has a wealth of experience in strategy development, systems design and logistics in both the public and private sectors. His work with the USAID-funded RESILIM Program included the establishment of a partnership with Groot Marico, leading and managing the process of supporting the DEA to design an integrated climate change response strategy for the national Savannah Biomes and facilitation of the stakeholder engagement process for the bilateral agreement between South Africa and Botswana. As a long-standing associate of OneWorld, John was instrumental in establishing and managing transboundary relationships for the Feasibility, Design and Implementation Phases of the Southern African Regional Climate Change Programme (RCCP). John was also responsible for stakeholder engagement processes across a number of important projects, including the Majeng Land Restitution Project in the Northern Cape, the development of the Western Cape Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, the development of the Coega deepwater port in the Eastern Cape and the facilitation of stakeholder platforms for the Ibhubhesi natural gas development.
Dr. Colleen Howell, Inclusive development specialist | Full bio
Dr Colleen Howell has been extensively involved over the last twenty years in research and policy work around issues of equity and diversity and the building of inclusive societies. A central focus of her work and the area in which she has developed significant expertise has been on the positioning of inclusivity as a critical element in the development of a post-apartheid South Africa. This has included researching and understanding those patterns of inequality that heighten, often in complex and subtle ways, the vulnerability and marginalisation of particular groups of people in our society, especially women and people with disabilities. Most importantly, her work has focused on translating these understandings into enabling policy frameworks and institutional practices that seek to transform rather than assimilate into unchanged environments. Working on these concerns for national government, within the university sector, for NGOs and for international donor agencies, she has managed and implemented a range of qualitative and quantitative research projects; managed national Ministerial policy development processes including facilitating broad stakeholder engagement; developed and written national and institutional policy frameworks; contributed to the building of institutional capacity for effective policy implementation and change; and undertaken various monitoring and evaluation tasks particularly towards the realisation of policy imperatives. For much of her professional career Colleen was based at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), initially as a Researcher in the Education Policy Unit and then as the Director of Institutional Research. Working now as an independent consultant she remains an Extraordinary Senior Researcher at the Institute for Post School Studies at UWC. She is also a research fellow at the Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and a Research Associate with the Disability Studies Division at the University of Cape Town.
Arthur Chapman, Independent Consultant: Hydrology and Climate Scientist | Full bio
Arthur Chapman (climate change, hydrology, adaptation and PES expert) is an independent consultant in hydrology, water-related matters and climate change adaptation in the water sector. Much of his recent work has focussed on climate adaptation and building resilience in the water and agriculture sectors, as well as hydrological impacts of land-use change, using hydrological modelling and risk assessment techniques. He has undertaken evaluations of benefits of watershed and land use management for payment for ecosystem services (PES), in South Africa (2006). He has also undertaken studies on relevant issues such as cost-benefit analyses (water benefits of alien plant control). He is also concerned with extreme events, disaster risk evaluation and developing strategies for adaptation. Arthur holds an MSc in Hydrology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has 28 years of professional experience. He currently advises on aspects of flood hazard exposure, disaster risk evaluation and early warning systems, locally and in India. He works on strategy and development concerning adaptations to climate change in southern Africa (SADC states) that relate to agricultural value chains, livelihoods, human health and socio-economic vulnerability. He also has consulted elsewhere internationally, in Uruguay, Uganda and Cameroon, on risks to water resources. Additional skills include developing integrated resource assessments, systems thinking, scenario planning, numerical modelling and statistical analysis. Download CV