Contextual risk refers to events, factors or dynamics occurring in the broader environment which affect programming or operations yet are beyond the control of organizations or individuals. For example, a mining company may not be able to directly control political unrest or an outbreak of armed conflict in their area of operation. Nevertheless, these factors inevitably affect the company’s operations and thus must be taken into consideration in the company’s planning and risk mitigation strategies.
FFP conducts research and develops practical tools for stakeholders across government, civil society, academia, and the private sector to better understand their operating environment and assess the pressures and risks facing a country. We believe that giving stakeholders (particularly those working in fragile and conflict-affected environments) a greater holistic understanding of context ultimately leads to smarter, more successful and more sustainable programming and interventions.