Groupe URD has set up a number of geographic Observatories to analyse certain contexts in greater detail. They provide an opportunity to adopt a mid/long-term strategic approach, conduct studies rooted in operational reality and support field actors. Observatories have a permanent office which is open for a given period and has a dedicated team.


To date, we have opened 4 Observatories:

An Observatory allows:

  • Real-time learning and the sharing of experiences
  • Strategic planning and proactive management of operations
  • In situ capacity building with local actors
  • Continuous analysis of changes in the context and their impact
  • Local networks, (e.g. evaluators) to be reinforced
  • Operational research, based on needs
  • Iterative evaluations by a multi-disciplinary team