Mind the Gap was founded in 1995 by Scott Jones. The original aim was to build local and international capacity for managing environmental conflicts, and to work with natural resources conflicts to explore peace-building more broadly. Over the years, clients have requested other work, and we now design and deliver a wide range of research, consultancy, and bespoke training.
We are also asked to facilitate complex programmes, or conflict management processes, where many different stakeholders’ views need to be included. We now undertake more evaluations of projects and programmes, and consultancy in governance and project management. Our UK work has expanded to include industry and businesses, as well as the community development, environmental and strategic partnership work we have always done with local authorities, government agencies and communities.
We set aside a percentage of our fees as a ‘fighting fund’ that enables us to work for social benefit projects in the UK and internationally. Our international voluntary efforts concentrate on sustainable land use, and the leadership of women and young people in conflict management and peace building. We have a long-term partnership with Messima Women’s Group in Sierra Leone to strengthen their approach toward sustainable agriculture and developing training for their local communities. Recently we have started to support, in a small way, local efforts towards education and peace building in Somalia.