Acacia Development Associates provides policy analysis and advice on development to public, private and not-for-profit organisations working in Africa and elsewhere. Its founders, Jeremy and Marisa Astill-Brown, have lived and worked in Africa for 20 years, building up extensive experience in countries and regions characterized by a complex environment in which understanding how things work and knowing who’s who are key to making a difference. They have worked with organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and international NGOs, providing forward-thinking analysis as well as advice on strategic programme design and implementation in order to help their clients reach their goals.
Jeremy Astill-Brown is an independent consultant specialising in security and development issues. He is a former British diplomat with a 22-year career serving the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), specialising in African politics. Jeremy has worked in Uganda, Ethiopia, Angola and South Africa. Just before leaving the FCO, he worked as the UK Regional Conflict Adviser for the Horn of Africa (2003-2006) and Southern Africa (2006-2009) where he was responsible for the coordination of British Government security and development policy across the FCO, the Department of International Development and the Ministry of Defence. Jeremy is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (“Chatham House”) and a Deployable Civilian Expert with the British Government's Stabilisation Unit.