Innovate Abroad : David Trilling Innovate Abroad : David Trilling

We push the boundaries of current knowledge and practice of private and public actors in FCS – challenging conventional ways of doing things – to achieve more effective, efficient and impactful outcomes on conflict and stability.

Key services

We provide a range of interrelated services and opportunities:

  • Pioneering ‘boundary-breaking’ initiatives to overcome siloes, biases, gaps
  • Championing the mainstreaming of conflict-sensitivity into new, relevant realms
  • Leveraging data analytics/AI and building new technologies
  • Catalyzing conflict-sensitive and more impactful investment practices

Cross-cutting areas of work

  • Risk management
  • Applied upskilling (training, coaching, mentoring, accompaniment)
  • Strategic reviews and assessments
  • Leadership advisory in FCS
  • Crisis management in FCS

Examples of our work

Our clients and partners include multinational companies, development banks and other financial institutions, governments, and multilateral organisations such as the World Bank and United Nations.

Including Business in Peace (IBP) Programme

This five-year programme supports peace and security actors to engage businesses – formal/informal, licit/illicit, public/private, local/international – in peace mediation, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

Working in a wide range of geographical contexts, the programme seeks to minimise the negative and maximise the positive – or potentially positive – impacts that business actors have the achievement of peace. Using carefully tailored, risk-informed and conflict-sensitive strategies, the IBP programme aspires to ensure peace is deeply embedded in local needs and realities by grappling with the political economy that either supports or undermines long-term prospects for peace.

What works? Local approaches to conflict prevention in the context of the post-Arab uprisings

In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this action-oriented research project seek to elucidate good practices, lessons learned and other insights from almost ten years of engagements in the (MENA) region.

Focused on engagements at the sub-regional levels, the project uses interviews, surveys and focus groups to explore and analyse the insights of representatives from international organisations, governments, civil society actors, business leaders and academics. The findings of the research will be widely disseminated in 2021 with a view to informing policy and practice in the region and beyond.

PeaceEYE™: Leveraging data analytics for peace

Advances in data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence offer promising avenues for increasing the effectiveness of conflict prevention efforts and understanding ‘what works’ to prevent conflict and foster peace.

These tools allow us to understand not only the complex interaction of diverse actors and dynamics in non-linear fashion across social, economic, political and environmental realms, but also to predict how such dynamics may evolve over time, in which geographical locations and to what effect. When connected with efficient and effective decision-making processes, these tools can be leveraged to prevent crises, violence and armed conflict. In partnership with MajestEYE – a leading data analytics and artificial intelligence company based in Tunis and a strategic partner of TrustWorks – TrustWorks has developed PeaceEYE™, a data analytics tool being mainstreamed across all TrustWorks initiatives, while also providing the backdrop of our strategic early warning efforts and our app for local peacemakers – Peace by Piece – due to be launched in 2023.

Areas of Work


We support private and public actors to develop and implement context-specific, conflict-sensitive strategies to achieve their organizational objectives in FCS in a manner that at a minimum does ‘no harm’ and, where possible, maximises their unique potential to have positive impacts on conflict and stability.

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We drive powerful, novel and unusual cross-boundary collaboration - breaking down siloes between private and public actors - to address critical conflict- and stability-related challenges in FCS that cannot be solved by any one actor or sector alone.

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