Covenant Consult is an international operating consultancy, offering individual and innovative solutions to international organizations, non-governmental organizations, governments and actors within the private business sector. We have build a leading and diverse team that brings together unique skills, talents, expertise and experience.
Established in Yangon in 2011, Covenant Consult provides individual and innovative solutions in the development fields of livelihoods, education, security and peace building, governance and private sector development to international development agencies, non-governmental organizations, donor agencies, government and the private sector. This includes the design, management and delivery of complex research and development projects as well as strategic advisory services. We are highly dedicated to deliver impact, value and change for our clients and the lives we and they touch every day.
We specialise in implementing projects in conflict-affected areas, such as southeast Myanmar and Northern Shan and Kachin States. Through our work in these areas and our cooperation with leading experts on ethnic politics in Myanmar for a number of years, we have established strategic networks and relationships with various stakeholders, including ethnic armed organizations and their social service departments, civil society networks, conflict-affect populations and government departments. This gives us a unique mandate in carrying out projects in a conflict-sensitive way, adhering to international best practices of ‘do-no-harm’.
Senior leadership of Covenant Consult have been members of the Norewgian led Myanmar Peace Support Initiative (MPSI) during 2012-2015 and have successfully brought conflict stakeholders together in order to build trust and confidence. Currently, Covenant implements the Myanmar Interim Arragenments Research Project (MIARP), which focuses on the relationship between EAOs and government service delivery systems, including education, during the period initial ceasefires and comprehensive political settlement.
The list of our clients includes the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the International Labour Organisation, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, as well as international non-governmental organizations such as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Action Aid, Danish Church Aid, Johanniter International, Bread for the World. Among our local partners are organisations, which have assisted conflict-affected communities for decades, including Karen Development Network, Ethnic Peace Resource Project, Mon Women Organisation, Mon National Education Committee, Karen Teachers Working Group, Committee for Internally Displaced People, the Myanmar Council of Churches and others. Our projects are funded by institutions including the Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund and the Joint Peace Fund.
Matthias Rimarzik- Senior Development Advisor
Matthias is a development professional with 15 years of advisory, management and leadership roles in Southeast Asia. He conducted and contributed to a number of research activities with extensive field work in particular in the Education/Technical Vocational Education Training and Livelihoods sector with focus on vulnerability and inclusiveness in Myanmar. He holds a Master of Sciences (MSc Natural Resource Management) with post-graduate Certificate Development Studies.
Dr. Ashley South- Senior Associate Consultant
Dr Ashley South has 15 years’ experience as an independent researcher, author and consultant. He has a PhD from the Australian National University, and is a Research Fellow at Chiang Mai University, Center for Ethnic Studies and Development. Main research interests: ethnic conflict and peace processes in Myanmar/Burma and Mindanao, politics of language and education, humanitarian protection and forced migration, and comparative philosophies of peace-building. For a list of Dr South’s publications, see www.AshleySouth.co.uk
Dr. Robert Mellor – Senior Associate Consultant
Robert is a development advisor who has designed, managed and evaluated projects in more then 22 countries. His advisory focus is on capacity-building and learning: in policy and practice, both personal and institutional, to national and sub-national government, as well as to non-government organisations. He has a unique blend of practical skills, honed over years of experience with a capacity for strategic and innovative thinking. He has a Master of Policy (in international Development), a PhD in Business Innovation, as well as a number of vocational qualifications.
Professor Marie Lall- Senior Associate Consultant
Marie Lall is a Professor of Education and South Asian Studies at the UCL Institute of Education. Her research interests focus on the politics of South Asia including domestic politics, political economy, foreign policy, geopolitics of energy, migration and Diaspora politics, citizenship, ethnic peace and conflict issues. She has been instrumental in providing thought leadership to development agencies, policy makers and governments in the region and internationally.
Axel Schroeder – Financial Manager
Axel Schroeder is a professional with advanced experiences in economic and financial sector development. He worked with a wide range of organizations in the development sector in Europe, Africa and Asia. Axel has been involved in several research studies and economical assessments for intergovernmental organizations in Asia. He holds corporate finance lectures at university level and has developed and implemented microfinance training workshops for local NGOs in Myanmar. He holds a Master Degree in International Strategic Management, as well as a Master Degree in International Social Sciences.
Regine Rimarzik – Senior Advisor
With a professional background in community health and intercultural (South East Asia) work experience in the area of Children at Risk, the development practitioner Regine Rimarzik works, teaches, and researches with a passion for ethnic minority people who suffer from abuse, trauma, and addiction in social dislocation. Her role in developmentconsultancy is to strengthen organizations and individuals to adequately respond to recovery needs of vulnerable women and children.