Our Work

Human Rights

We have worked to raise the profile of a diverse range of human rights issues, both in the UK and internationally.

We work closely with partner organisations in Palestine, helping them to raise awareness, among policymakers and the public, of the ongoing suffering of millions in the Occupied Territories. Here, our work includes designing and implementing public affairs strategies,media management, conference organisation, and facilitating trips to the region for fundraising partners and journalists. Working around such a politically sensitive issue means that we are also on hand to provide crisis communications when necessary.

Raitt Orr has been instrumental in raising the profile of human rights abuses in Eritrea; an issue which has gained significant traction in the UK media. Following our launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eritrea in early 2016, we have run a number of campaigns to generate awareness of the issue among decision makers.

We have worked, on a number of occasions, with the Carter Center in the USA in support of their efforts to eradicate Guinea Worm from Sub-Saharan Africa. In February 2016, Raitt Orr coordinated a parliamentary visit for former US President, Jimmy Carter, where he addressed MPs and peers in the Queen’s Robing Room by special invitation of the Lord Speaker.

Raitt Orr has been actively involved with the global fight against leprosy and the discrimination faced by those afflicted. Spearheaded by The Nippon foundation, we have been on hand to promote this agenda at the highest levels, including the United Nations.

Our understanding of global issues and institutions, as well as our motivation to affect positive change makes us well placed to help you achieve your human rights-focused goals.

 

Agricultural Development

Raitt Orr has worked with partners in the agricultural development sector, principally involving smallholder farmers, for over 30 years. We understand the challenges involved in implementing programs on the ground in partnership with governments and regional organisations, and the importance of building and maintaining local support.

Our long standing partnership with the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA)  and its sister organisation - the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extention Education (SAFE) – means that we have involved in agriculture in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.

We work alongside SAA to strengthen every step in the agriculture value chain, from productivity, to managing the storage and processing of agricultural produce and establishing public-private partnerships to help smallholder farmers access profitable markets.

In August 2016, Raitt Orr worked closely with SAA in organising an official side event at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Nairobi, Kenya to celebrate 30 years of working in the field. The symposium was attended by distinguished speakers, including: the Prime Minister of Japan, HE Mr Shinzō Abe, Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, and HE Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, African Union Commissioner for rural Economy and Agriculture.

 

Conservation

Raitt Orr has worked with partners in the wildlife conservation sector for several years, resulting in an understanding of the necessity for effective partnerships with key stakeholders to bring about sustainable solutions to wildlife conservation – as well as cultivating local support.

One such example of this is our longstanding partnership with Kenyan charity, Rhino Ark.

Rhino Ark is a conservation project in Kenya’s Aberdare Mountain range, which, in 2009, finished constructing an electrified fence around the whole of the Aberdares mountain range. The fence encloses and protects 2,000 square km of indigenous forest, vital water towers, and the endangered black rhino and other wildlife of the Aberdare National Park – as well as preventing human-wildlife conflict. A similar project surrounding Mount Eburu, in the Mau forest complex, has also been completed. Rhino Ark is now working on the construction of a 450km fence around Mount Kenya.

Raitt Orr works with Rhino Ark in a number of areas, including facilitating dialogue with the Kenya Government and cultivating relationships with the media to raise the charity’s profile, in Kenya and in the UK. Particular attention is paid to the organisation’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Rhino Charge – a gruelling off-road challenge attracting some of Kenya’s most talented drivers. A sister event, UK Rhino Charge, is held annually in the UK, with the proceeds supporting the work of the Trust in Kenya.

 

International research and education

For organisations that work at the forefront of scientific research, it’s imperative that everyone on the team has a detailed understanding of the subject matter and keeps abreast of all new developments. Our core team and network of associates and consultants are well practiced in quickly getting to grips with technical issues.

We currently work in partnership with the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO), the only international organisation mandated by the United Nations to map the surface of the ocean floors. Operating under the joint auspices of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, GEBCO has endorsed the objective of Seafloor 2030 – that the comprehensive mapping of the entire ocean floor is possible by the year 2030. 

In 2016 we organised a Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping in Monaco, attended by leading international experts from around the world, as well as by Prince Albert II; Great Great Grandson of Prince Albert I of Monaco, who founded the organisation in 1903.

We also have a longstanding relationship with St George's University, the centre for international medical education on the Caribbean island of Grenada. We work closely with the university to target their research at specialist medical publications, and translate their strategic goals into public campaigns that effectively engage the public.

 

Arts and Literature

Raitt Orr has worked with the Caine Prize for African Writing – an annual literary prize known as the ‘African Booker’, since its inception in 2000. For seventeen years we have organised the annual award dinner, held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Beyond logistical support, we also devise and implement an annual media strategy, building interest in the ceremony and managing the interview schedule for the shortlisted authors and eventual winner of the £10,000 prize.

Media coverage of the Caine Prize for African Writing continues to grow year-on-year, with coverage appearing regularly on the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3, Radio France Internationale, The Fiancial Times, The Guardian, and African Business, among others in the UK, Europe and across the African continent.

Our extensive experience in this sector ensures we are able to maintain public interest in an initiative with a  cyclical event calendar, while remaining aware of the challenges and sensitivities of working in a subjective field that spans continents and cultures.