Making Sense of Development

At Sense we use private sector skills to solve tough development challenges. We’re an economic development consultancy known for facing the facts, working the numbers, deep insight and getting things done.
We specialise in value chain analysis, development program design, access to finance, investment promotion and business coaching and support.


Facing the Facts... Sensible Solutions

Facing the Facts...

Each of our team members has more than 15 years of private sector experience

We have in-house experience in business and market strategy, banking, market research and even farm management (fruit & dairy)

In-house economists

A strong network of local consultants

Global subject-expert alliances (dairy, forestry, tropical fruit)

Strong business network in Europe

Our team speaks English, French, Portuguese, Dutch & German

“Understand the economic logic and you’re closer to an answer, that in the real world, makes sense.”

Our Footprint

Sub-Saharan Africa

Our team and projects extend across sub-Saharan Africa, but as our team work in English and French we're ideal partners for work in West Africa.

Our enviable network of skilled local consultants across sub-Saharan Africa gives us access to high quality local data, local business networks and insider information.


Key EU and US Markets

Thanks to private sector experience in Western markets we're able to access importers, investors and development partners.

Built for Africa

It's no accident that we're based in South Africa.

Right on our doorstep we have access to research institutes, agricultural experts and thousands of farmers and processors of different sizes, all who understand African climate and context.

You could say that it's the best place to be if you want easy access to technology and know-how built for Africa.



Tropical Fruits

Mango, pineapple, banana, avocado, papaya, granadilla, citrus, coconut, kiwi fruit.



Maize, rice, sorghum, millet, wheat.



Vegetables, spices, potatoes, cassava, yams.



Dairy, meat, chicken and eggs.


Cotton and Textiles



Timber, paper, carbon credits, non-timber forest products.

Oil, Seeds & Legumes

Soybean, peanuts, sesame, sunflower, cowpea.

Coffee, Tea & Chocolate

Our Clients

We’re proud to have worked hand in hand with the largest global funders and development agencies as well as private businesses.