about us

what we do


We provide services and support to humanitarian, development, rights-focused and academic organisations.

We reduce organisational and individual risk, building resilient communities of practice.



We forge quality into everything we do. We operate and price with fairness, work only with ethical organisations and bring positivity and creativity to everything we do.

why rakuba?


Rakuba is a type of grass used to build shelters in Darfur. It is a robust material that can be rapidly assembled into a home, meeting point or community shelter. We have spent years in these  resilient structures and believe that they form places of engagement, compassion, creativity and partnership.



Karen Abbs

Karen has worked in the humanitarian and development sectors for over 10 years.


Karen was Mental Health Advisor for Médecins Sans Frontières and The Center for Victims of Torture.  Her work has included developing and delivering Staff Care Policies, Clinical Guidelines for Mental Health programme delivery, National Mental Health Counsellor Training Frameworks and Psychosocial Training Manuals.  She is a specialist in training organisations and staff on staff wellbeing and resilience. 

Karen has been a practising therapist for 20 years and is a qualified psychotherapist (BACP registered) and Art Therapist (BAAT and HCPC registered).


She regularly provides technical subject matter support for sector projects and e-learning courses.

Karen’s clinical expertise includes post-traumatic incident counselling and support to families in crisis.

Dan Williamson

Security Risk Management has always been a part of Dan’s humanitarian career.


From the early days of managing projects and programmes with Médecins Sans Frontières in Zimbabwe, Darfur and Iraq, through to country management in Swaziland and South Sudan.


Dan’s risk advisory skills have been extensively developed in the last seven years working with Marie Stopes International where as Head of Security he created an entirely new global security function and team. At International Location Safety (ILS) as Director of Risk Advisory, Dan revolutionised project management, risk advisory and quality assurance approaches.


Dan has gained a solid sector reputation as a thought leader in security risk management having mitigated risks and crises in complex organisations and a variety of threat profile states.


Dan is a pragmatic and approachable strategic thinker.

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