Shaping the landscape of governance
While new, unpredictable, and global threats are emerging, we help understand sociopolitical challenges and create adapted risk-based development strategies.
Shaping the future of governance
We provide consultancy, research and training to identify emerging challenges, strengthen organisational capacities and create risk-informed development strategies.
The company story
Award-
winning
tools

While new, unpredictable, and global threats are emerging, our tools and methodologies are applied across a spectrum of multidimensional risks to assess, prevent and mitigate the impact of complex global challenges such as violent extremism, illicit trafficking, fake news and climate change.

By analysing all actors influencing human security, we capture the nuances between real and perceived risks, provide context-specific solution and maximise the impact of public policies.
Re-defining risk for the development of the African continent
Socio-political
Risk

Capacity Building


Community Development
Our
Services

Capacity
Building





Capacity
Building
We support partners to
strengthen their internal
capacities and maximise the
impact of public policies, rather than
taking a transactional approach.
Inclusive
Development






We co-design development
opportunities that are interdisciplinary
and include all actors who
influence the stability of a state.
Inclusive
Collaboration
Our Global Threat Analysis Tool analyses current and potential threats to human progress across a spectrum of 25 interconnected risks.
Human
Security
Capacity
Building
Human
Security
Inclusive
Development




Socio-
Political
Risk


Community
Development

In-depth global expertise

Our team works with a curated pool of international experts who provide us with rich and diverse insights on security and development across the African continent.

We are also supported by honorable advisors, comprising former diplomats and decision-makers, who assist us in defining and delivering project engagements and provide pro bono guidance.
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COVID-19 Africa Crisis Response Index
March 2020
On Sunday 22 March, our CEO Benazir was featured in Denise Epoté's latest podcast "Les têtes d'affiche" on RFI. Denise Epote discussed Axle's latest initiative, COVID-19 Africa Crisis Response Index, which maps the propagation of the virus, the response of governments and health officials and information on best practices for policy-makers, practitioners and members of the public.
Listen to the podcast in French
Publication of the book
"Religion in War and Peace in Africa"
March 2020
We are pleased to announce the publication of  "Religion in War and Peace in Africa" by Routledge. The book features a chapter written by Axle on the correlation between religion, ethnicity, violent extremism and terrorism in Mali.
Visit to the Kenya School of Government
February 2020
Axle was pleased to meet with Director General Professor Ludeki Chweya and Director of Linkages, Partnership and Collaborations Prisca Oluoch at the Kenya School of Government. It is always a pleasure to discuss exciting new leadership and training initiatives for the current and future public service.
Visit to the Union of Comoros
February 2020
Axle was pleased to meet officials and key actors in charge of maritime affairs in the Comoros Islands. Our directors, Nathaniel Jowitt and Benazir Hilali, were grateful to have the opportunity during their visit to facilitate a workshop to understand better the national and regional efforts and present Axle's risk-based methodologies.
The 2nd International Young Women
Mediation Forum, Nairobi, Kenya
January 2020
Our Chief Executive Officer, Benazir Hilali, was selected as one of 30 female mediators to take part in the 2nd International Young Mediation Forum co-hosted by IPHRD Africa and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The Forum was held in Nairobi from 27 to 30 January 2020.
Conference on racialisation and publicness
in Africa and the African Diaspora
at the University of Oxford
June 2019
Our CEO, Benazir Hilali, was pleased to participate in a panel to share her last research paper on the racialised narrative of the African migration towards Europe at the University of Oxford. The African Studies Centre and St Antony's College were hosting the Racialisation and Publicness in Africa and African Diaspora Conference from 27 to the 28 June 2019.
Artificial Intelligence with a Heart the Benefits of AI for Good
July 2020
On 1st July, our Chief Operating Officer, Nathaniel Jowitt, published his latest opinion piece on Artificial Intelligence for good in the Startup, Medium. He looks at the societal benefits that technological revolution can bring in Africa and across the world.
Religion in africa: cultural, social, political transformation
April 2020
On 8 April, our CEO, Benazir Hilali, was honoured to be invited by Professor Jean-Pierre Karegeye and discuss African identities and Muslim women at Dickinson College.
African youth front on coronavirus
May 2020
Axle was pleased to meet officials and key actors in charge of maritime affairs in the Comoros Islands. Our directors, Nathaniel Jowitt and Benazir Hilali, were grateful to have the opportunity during their visit to facilitate a workshop to understand better the national and regional efforts and present Axle's risk-based methodologies.
COVID-19 Africa Crisis Response Index
March 2020
On Sunday 22 March, our CEO Benazir was featured in Denise Epoté's latest podcast "Les têtes d'affiche" on RFI. Denise Epote discussed Axle's latest initiative, COVID-19 Africa Crisis Response Index, which maps the propagation of the virus, the response of governments and health officials and information on best practices for policy-makers, practitioners and members of the public.
Listen to the podcast in French
Publication of the book
"Religion in War and Peace in Africa"
March 2020
We are pleased to announce the publication of  "Religion in War and Peace in Africa" by Routledge. The book features a chapter written by Axle on the correlation between religion, ethnicity, violent extremism and terrorism in Mali.
Supported by
Risk-
based
strategies
Geopolitics
Economic growth
Security
Sustainability
Communication
Private and social sectors
Our work is featured in over 20 national and international outlets
"A game-changer in addressing the
democracy and governance
deficits"
Africa News
"Axle makes it possible to analyse and anticipate events and their
potential consequences"
ADIAC
"An approach that can be
transformational for
African states"
RFI