With depressed oil prices and sustained political uncertainty, the current global economic climate does not seem to lend itself to growing international trade, but the reality is that emerging and frontier markets are increasingly playing a central role in the market economy. According to the IMF, these markets have contributed over 80% of global growth since the 2008 financial crisis, and remain a source of great opportunity.

The problem is that many emerging and frontier markets lack business environments which are fully transparent. They are challenged with bribery and corruption, and political exposure which results in unfair competition, money laundering, and other unethical business behaviour. For this reason, Shadow Governance Intel is focused on identifying power players, and the ways in which they circumnavigate the political and commercial environment to their advantage.

More specifically, the Shadow Governance Intel platform provides:

  • Profiles of individuals who exert influence over political, commercial or criminal entities;
  • Relationship and influence maps of key power players and the elite networks to which they are associated;
  • Political stability assessments that highlight where in government power lies, the interplay between political stability and interference, what departments are exposed to undue influence, and where political exposure is the greatest;
  • Descriptions and assessments of a country’s main political, commercial and illicit networks;
  • Reports detailing, by Ministry and Industry, where power lies and how power players manipulate otherwise regulated structures. These reports highlight how influence exerted by power players impact the opacity of a country’s business culture vis-à-vis non-transparent business practices, intimidation, and the outright manipulation of political and legal structures.
  • Reports detailing related country risks, and the impact they specifically have on political stability and commercial viability of a market.