Laterite offers end-to-end data, research and advisory services, from design to data collection and analysis.
Laterite is a data, research and technical advisory firm that helps clients understand and analyze complex development challenges. Based in East Africa, we offer tested data collection systems, a large pool of experienced enumerators, an expert team and a thorough understanding of the local context. This unique combination enables us to carry out full-cycle research projects, from design to data collection and analysis.
We know that achieving impact doesn’t happen overnight. Our philosophy is that you need an excellent understanding of the local context to deliver sound advice that makes a difference. This requires building a local team, collecting high-quality primary data, understanding the context, and establishing close working relationships with key players. As a result, we only conduct research where we have a local presence.
Laterite strives to play an active role in making development research more rigorous and impactful. We are proudly anti-disciplinary, borrowing research techniques from economometrics as well as other fields. Our goal is to use innovative research technologies and methodologies in our project work. All our insights are based on empirical evidence.
We believe that working together and building the capacity of our teams and the organizations we work with is the best way to deliver high-quality research. We bring this collaborative spirit to our own teams: our research and data professionals work in the same offices, combining the ability to collect and process data with policy thinking and analysis. This synergy between our teams and our offices is one of our biggest assets.
To deliver useful insights, you need to understand the context. That’s why we only work in countries where we have an office.
With a roster of over 1,000 enumerators, and a team of over 70 full-time data and research professionals, Laterite supports research projects from start to finish.
At Laterite, we work to build quality control into every step of the research process.
The safety and rights of our research participants come first. That means we only work on projects that are ethically sound.
Over 90% of our staff are based in East Africa.